East Rutherford, NJ — The Meadowlands has scheduled the legs of the popular Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old trotters and pacers where it is hoped they will best serve those nominating horses for 2021.
The Kindergarten was designed to assure a place to start on a big track against other 2-year-olds when needed as well as a place for the late blooming freshmen. The four preliminary leg purses remain at the guaranteed at $20,000 level.
The legs will be raced with all divisions scheduled for the same date, all at The Meadowlands, and have been placed as follows:
• Leg No. 1, on July 23, will serve as a prep for the Peter Haughton and Jim Doherty Memorials, which have their elimination the following Friday, as well as a start over the mile track for pacers who may be on the way to The Red Mile for Kentucky Sire Stakes.
• Legs No. 2 and 3 fall on consecutive Fridays, Sept. 18 and 24, just before The Meadowlands live harness goes dark for the Thoroughbred meet, which begins on Oct. 1. This will provide races for those horsemen that have a 2-year-old whose sire stakes program are completed, as well as for others who may need a test to sort out their abilities before the fall Grand Circuit gets rolling.
• Leg No. 4 will be on Nov. 6, on the heels of the Breeders Crown Finals and providing a race going into the Kindergarten finals for those not competing in the Crown.
• The finals are on Nov. 13, with purses expected to be at or above the 2020 levels: $252,000 for the filly trot, $207,000 for the colt trot, $204,000 for the colt pace and $151,000 for the filly pace.
Nomination forms and other pertinent info may be found on the Meadowlands website.