LOS ANGELES/EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ, April 19 – TVG, America’s Horseracing Network, and New Jersey’s Meadowlands Racetrack announced today that TVG will serve as title sponsor of the inaugural $4 million TVG Free For All Series.
Open to pacers and trotters ages three-and-up, the season-long competition gets underway May 11, and concludes November 30 with a pair of $500,000 Free for All Finals. Competitors in those finals will be determined by a system under which horses will be awarded points for results in nine pacing and trotting races. In addition, the finals may also include the winners of such prestigious events as the 3YO Breeders’ Crown Trot & Pace Finals, the Hambletonian or the Meadowlands Pace.
“As the exclusive TV network of Meadowlands racing, we are excited to become title sponsor of this innovative event,” said Don Scott, TVG’s Vice President of Marketing. “From making facility improvements to creating new racing programs like the TVG Free For All series, Jeff Gural and his team have embarked on an ambitious campaign to further elevate the Meadowlands as the leader within the American harness racing industry. We applaud these efforts and look forward to partnering with them.”
“We have enjoyed a good working relationship with TVG since taking over the Meadowlands and believe this new series for older trotters and pacers should make the upcoming championship meet the most exciting racing we have seen in years at the Meadowlands,” said Jeff Gural, Meadowlands Chairman. “The prospect of the best three-year-olds challenging older horses is unprecedented and should be embraced by many in the sport. Championship night, November 30th should be one for the history books.”
TVG account holders can wager on all Meadowlands races by visiting www.TVG.com.
TVG, a subsidiary of Betfair Group plc, the premier e-gaming betting community, is among the most widely distributed horseracing networks in the world. TVG is one of the largest legal online gaming companies in the US, accepting over $650 million in wagers in 2011. The company has demonstrated its commitment to the racing industry, its owners, tracks and fans through sponsorship of several preeminent races including the TVG Pacific Classic and the TVG Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Located less than 10 miles from midtown Manhattan, the Meadowlands Racetrack has undergone a complete makeover under the leadership of longtime racing enthusiast Jeff Gural and his management team. Home of the country's finest harness racing, the Meadowlands Racetrack is undergoing a major facelift, including the construction of a new grandstand, the renovation of existing facilities and the addition of state-of-the art technology, dining and entertainment options. The Meadowlands is in the midst of an 81-day racing season. The first part of that season, “The Winter Meet” will conclude Saturday April 20th. The Meadowlands will then skip a weekend and return with the beginning of ‘The Championship Meet” on Friday May 3rd. The 2013 racing calendar features 40 stakes with purses totaling $12.5 million. Highlighting the year will be the 88th running of the $1.2 million Hambletonian (August 3), the 37th edition of the $800,000 Meadowlands Pace (July 13) and the inaugural staging of the $1 million TVG Free For All Championship Finals (November 30).
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