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The Freehold Raceway is the oldest and fastest daytime half mile harness racing track in the United States. Located in central New Jersey in the iconic town of Freehold, Freehold Raceway was founded in 1853 and features live Standard bred harness racing for pacers and trotters from September through May. The racetrack is also open seven days a week and seven nights for year round thoroughbred and harness racing telecast from tracks throughout North America.

In 1854 the society rented a 10-acre parcel of land from Hudson Bennett for a total of $50 a year. The land is presently the location of Freehold Raceway. The following year, it purchased 20 acres, including the original 10 acres for $3,000 from Col. W.D. Davis. Improvements at were made and two years later the half-mile track and Grandstand were constructed.

One of the first polo matches ever held in the United States was played in 1884 during the fair event. A trotter named George M. Patchen, the "Pride of Monmouth County", inked the world record for trotting-under-saddle with a two-mile mark of 4:56 at age 14. In 1946, Freehold began a 24-day meeting and enjoyed a capacity crowd of 4,000 horse racing enthusiasts. Over $1.4 million had been wagered by the time the meeting ended. Freehold was finally on an upward trend.

The season was slightly increased each year as Freehold continually gained popularity. In 1960, it was sold for $5 million and was sold again to a new for $8 million five years later.Freehold Raceway started construction to upgrade the racetrack in 1967. At the same time, the number of horses that can race was raised from six to eight making year-round horse racing possible.

In December of 1984, the Freehold Raceway changed hands again, this time to Wilmorite Inc. Reconstruction of the racetrack started by summer of the same year with a total project cost of over $12 million. In 1990, Wilmorite Inc. decided to sell Freehold Raceway. The racetrack would exchange hands a few more times over the next 10 years. Today, the Freehold Raceway attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators each year to witness horse racing in this part of the United States.
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