Freehold Raceway Horse Racing Track in New Jersey

Established in 1853, Freehold Raceway is located in Freehold Borough, New Jersey. Located at the junction where U.S. Route 9 and Route 33 Business meet – right across the road from the impressive Freehold shopping mall - Freehold is believed to be the oldest half-mile track in the country. This legendary racetrack has become a big part of the historic town of Freehold and the track features live harness racing for ten months out of every year.

Freehold Raceway is a favourite playground for both trotters and pacers and it is open for racing from August through to May. Besides being open for a long and enjoyable season, the racetrack continues to operate, albeit on a smaller scale, for the rest of the year by way of restaurants, events and great racing simulcast coverage of harness races across the country. A number of the facilities are available for hire and the grounds are often used as a venue for public events. The raceway is the home ground of the legendary Cane Pace harness horse race which has been run every year since 1955. This race, together with the Little Brown Jug and the Messenger Stakes, is now part of the Triple Crown of Harness Race.

It is interesting to note that the area where Freehold Raceway is presently situated was likely used for racing from as early as the 1830s. There is a lot of research to suggest that both flat and harness racing was regularly conducted on the site in conjunction with the Monmouth Country Agriculture Society annual fair. Today things may have changed quite a bit but you can still enjoy great harness racing at Freehold Raceway. Combine this with as many as fifteen great dining options, the third largest shopping mall in New Jersey and a movie theatre and you’ll find that Freehold Raceway makes for an unbeatable racing venue.

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