Meadowlands Racetrack Seeking Charities for Annual Charity Contest

Friday, March 1, 2024

The Meadowlands Racetrack is seeking local charities interested in having a night at the races for a good cause in the track’s annual Charity Handicapping Contest, scheduled for Saturday, May 25th.

The Charity Contest is a free handicapping contest open to 501C3 organizations.   It offers a $15,000 total donation/prize pool, with all ten charities receiving a donation. Prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st Place: $5,000, 2nd Place: $3,000, 3rd Place: $2,000, 4th Place: $1,500,
5th Place: $1,000, 6th-10th: $500


For the Charity Handicapping Contest, organizations will select one (1) horse in each of the 10 designated Meadowlands live races.  The organizations will amass a mythical bankroll if their selection officially finishes first, second or third in the designated race. Official $2 WPS (Win, Place, Show) payoffs will be added to the mythical bankroll. Official race results will serve as the order of finish. The organization that accumulates the highest mythical bankroll is the winner.

“This is an event we love to host each year,” said Jason Settlemoir, COO and GM of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. “Every year more and more charities register to participate and all the chosen charities make the event a huge night out. It is a terrific event for not only the track but also for the local community.”

Act Now won the inaugural contest in 2019, Horse Rescue United took home the top prize in both 2021and 2022 and the Travis Mills Foundation finished in the top spot in 2023.

Participating organizations will also have the opportunity to make winner’s circle presentations and be featured on the track’s jumbotron.

Interested not-for-profit organizations must apply to participate by emailing Rachel Ryan at by Thursday, May 9th.   The email must include:
1. Charity/Non-Profit Name
2. 501C3 letter
3. Charity/Non-Profit Mission
4. Website URL & Social Links
5. Charity Representative/s that will be onsite for the contest on May 25th.

If more than ten organizations apply, ten will be selected via a random drawing. Selected organizations will be notified by Friday, May 10th.

For more details email Rachel Ryan at

Photo Credit Lisa Photo: 2023 Charity Challenge Winner – Travis Mills Foundation