Meadowlands and Pa. tracks reach harness agreement

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The Meadowland and two other harness race tracks in Pennsylvania have agreed to alternate the dates of their upper echelon free-for-all race in an effort to attract bigger fields and spur betting.

The Meadowlands Racetrack announced on Tuesday the agreement with Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Harrah's Philadelphia.

The alternating dates will be raced on nine dates in July and August with each race carry a $50,000 purse.

New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC chairman Jeff Gural said the schedule will allow trainers of the top horses to plan accordingly, while giving racing fans more competitive open races with full fields.