Harness Horse Racing

Important Harness Races

There are many important harness races around the world. There are important annual races in North America, Australasia and in continental Europe.

North America

Important annual races in North America include the Hambletonian for 3 year old trotters, the Little Brown Jug for 3 year old pacers and the Breeders Crown series of twelve races convering each of the traditional categories of age, gait and gender.

The Hambletonian is part of the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Trotters and the Little Brown Jug is part of the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Pacers. Important Canadian races include the North America Cup (for pacers), the Canadian Pacing Derby, and the Maple Leaf Trot.


The marquee even of Australasian racing is the Inter Dominion Series, which includes a pacing series and a trotting series. The series is held yearly and rotated around the Australian State Controlling Bodies and once every four years the Inter Dominion Championships are held in New Zealand.

There are major events for open age pacers in Australia, they are the Miacle MIle, the AG Hunter CUp, Victoria Cup and the Australian Pacing Championship. The prestigious events for 3 year olds are the Victoria Derby, the New South Wales Derby and the Australian Derby.

The major races in New Zealand include the Auckland Cup, the New Zealand Cup as well as the Noel J Taylor Memorial Mile, there is also the New Zealand Derby and the Great Northern Derby for three year olds.


Practically all harness races in Europe are trotting races, saddled events though less frequent are not considered exceptional.

The Prix d'Amerique at Vincennes hippodrome near Paris, France is widely considered the most prestigious event of the European racing year. Other notable races include the Elitloppet one-mile race in Solvalla track near Stockholm, Sweden and Gran Premio Lotteria di Agnano in Naples, Italy.

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