“Firsts” will loom huge come Saturday as the New Meadowlands Racetrack starter leads an 11-horse Hambletonian field into action.
Bob Quigley was GM of the Meadowlands when the track opened in 1976. He oversaw harness and thoroughbred operations for six years.
The sport, while not necessarily thriving today, is at least hanging on. And its premier event for three-year-olds, The 87th Hambletonian, goes off Saturday with its $1.5 million purse and an uncommonly deep 10-horse field.
The largest annual event in harness racing is Saturday in East Rutherford.