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What are some facts about the Meadowlands Racetrack?

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Meadowlands Racetrack originally opened in the mid-1970s. The track held its first harness race on a mile track on September 1, 1976, and held its first thoroughbred race just over a year later on September 6, 1977. Since 1981, Meadowlands has been the location of the Hambletonian, the first leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. Nicknamed "The Big M," Meadowlands Racetrack remains one of the more famous harness racing tracks in the United States as of 2015.

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The Meadowlands Racetrack is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and is operated by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. It has a main track that is 1 mile long with a dirt track and a turf course inside of the main track that is 7 furlongs. Its other dimensions, such as width and length of the stretch, are standard for horse racing.

In 2010, there was a rumor that the racetrack was destined to be converted into a Nascar track. According to multiple news outlets, Governor Chris Christie had organized a panel in 2010 that concluded the track was no longer profitable and determined that converting it into a Nascar facility would be financially advantageous. However, this conversion never happened. Instead, Meadowlands Racetrack was sold to private owner Jeffrey Gural.

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