Harrah's Philadelphia gets key 2-year-old harness stakes races

Posted: January 29, 2013

The Historic Stakes, some of the oldest and most prestigious races on the Grand Circuit, conducted for more than 80 years, have a new venue for 2-year-old pacers and trotters.

In 2013 the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association and Harrah's Philadelphia will host the quartet of events on the following dates.

Wednesday, Aug. 7 -- $60,000 est. -- The E.H. Harriman Cup for 2-year-old male trotters.

Wednesday, Aug. 14 -- $66,000 est. -- The Acorn for 2-year-old trotting fillies.

Friday, Aug. 30 -- $75,000 est. -- The Goshen Cup for 2-year-old male pacers.

Friday, Aug. 30 -- $64,000 est. -- The Debutante for 2-year-old filly pacers.

The Historic races are owned and administered by the Hambletonian Society and yearling nominations were taken in May 2012. The freshman races were recently conducted at Vernon Downs.

"This scheduling complements the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes 2-year-old program as well as other unrestricted 2-year-old stakes on the calendar, especially at the three Pennsylvania tracks," said Tom Charters, president of the Hambletonian Society.

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