Note: A sincere thank you from all of us to the Meadowlands for making this happen. Thank you for taking on the challenge, Rusty - The HANA Board
East Rutherford, NJ ---
When the world’s top horseplayers convene at Meadowlands Racing &
Entertainment in East Rutherford, N.J., on April 19 to compete in the
World Harness Handicapping Championship, an estimated prize pool of more
than $50,000 will be up for grabs.
But one prominent player won’t be playing for himself; he’ll be playing for the health and care of retired racehorses.
recently the runner-up in the Horseplayers Association of North
America harness handicapping tournament, was given a seat in the WHHC by
the Meadowlands ($800 value) in exchange for agreeing to donate any
winnings in the event to a Standardbred rescue organization. The first
place prize in the WHHC is $20,000.
"Rusty Nash has
been a valued player in previous Meadowlands contests and we are happy
that he received the $800 charity buy-in to the WHHC final," said Rachel
Ryan, WHHC contest director. "The Meadowlands and HANA have enjoyed a
strong partnership and have worked together to promote racing and
wagering at the Meadowlands as well as supporting horse retirement and
rescue charities. This event is the premier betting contest for harness
players in North America and we hope this sparks further interest in the
World Harness Handicapping Championship."
"The HANA Harness
Handicapping Contest has raised -- through its sponsors -- over $7,000
for retired racehorses the past two years," said HANA Harness director
Allan Schott. "The Meadowlands stepping up to the plate to give one of
its top handicappers the chance to earn even more for the horses is
truly appreciated. We wish Rusty, as well as all the participants in the
World Harness Handicapping Championship, good luck."
The WHHC is a one-day tournament, with a welcome reception the evening prior.
Players may earn a
seat in the WHHC through a qualifying event at a partner wagering
outlet or through direct $800 buy-in. The WHHC contest format requires
players to bet 10 races -- their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus
three designated mandatory races from partner tracks. Players keep all
pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10, with an estimated
prize pool of $50,000.
Registration deadline is 10 p.m. on Thursday (April 17). For the contest entry form and complete rules visit www.PlayMeadowlands.com.