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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The remarkable Preppy Art did it again. At this time, it would be hard to find a better inexpensive claimer than this harness racing veteran, who won his sixth consecutive race at the $7,500 claiming level for pacers at the Meadowlands Thursday night as the Big M hosted its first of four Thursday night cards during December. Racing out of the Nick Surick barn - his fourth different stable in four starts - Preppy Art was sent to the gate as the 1-5 public choice and driver Andy Miller rolled him immediately to the top and stopped the clock at the quarter in :27.3. A tepid second fraction of :29 followed, and even though Luck N Roll K moved boldly three-wide on the far turn to get into contention, he could not threaten the eventual winner, who hit the wire 3½ lengths in front of Luck N Roll K in 1:52.1, a season's best for the 7-year-old gelded son of Art Colony-Electric Smile. For Preppy Art - who paid $2.40 to win - his winning streak is even more amazing when you consider how he'd been doing before his winning ways began. At the end of 2017, he lost his last eight starts. During 2018, he had zero wins in 30 starts. In 2019, he was winless in his first 21 outings. Thus, he has won a half-dozen straight after losing 59 in a row. His streak created quite a stir at the claiming box, as 15 claims were entered on the horse. He leaves the Surick barn - where he had been owned by Melvin Fink and Debbie Surick - and now will race out of Traci Berry's barn after being claimed for a fifth straight start, this time by J. Craparotta and Pat Berry Racing. Lifetime, Preppy Art has 17 wins from 116 starts, good for earnings of $117,942. His lifetime best of 1:51.2 came two years ago at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A LITTLE MORE: Yannick Gingras paced the driver colony, scoring four times on the 10-race card. ... Trainers Surick and Trish Adams both had two winner's circle visits. ... Longshots won the first (29-1) and last (32-1) races on the program. Of the eight races in between, six were taken by the favorite. ... All-source handle totaled $1,051,607. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands   

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Tim Tetrick was the hot driver Saturday night at the Meadowlands as he drove the winners of the sixth, seventh and eighth races on the harness racing program. The last of his "natural hat trick" came in the $22,500 featured conditioned pace with San Domino A in 1:50.1. San Domino A picked up cover from 6-5 favorite Harambe Deo as leader Americanprimetime reached the half in :55.1. Harambe Deo and Americanprimetime were on even terms as they passed three-quarters while San Domino A continued along in perfect position second-over. Tetrick tipped San Domino A at just the right time inside the eighth pole as a tired Harambe Deo gave way. A super-game Americanprimetime fought on valiantly along the inside but could not prevent San Domino A from going on to a three-quarter-length win. Declan Seelster rallied for third. Harambe Deo faded to seventh. The winner, a 6-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Reggae Miss, returned $11.80 as the third choice in the wagering. He is owned by Joe P Racing and Oldford Racing, trained by Andrew Harris and now has 18 victories from 62 lifetime starts and earnings of $181,088. Tetrick's other winners came with 4-5 favorite McThriller (in the sixth race) and 1-5 public choice Griffon Hanover (seventh). LIVE RACING THIS THURSDAY: The racing schedule expands from two days a week to three, effective December 5, as live action at the Big M will be conducted on a Thursday-Saturday basis throughout December. Post time is 7:15 p.m. A LITTLE MORE: 50-cent Pick-5 players who had winning tickets cashed in for a handsome $3,476, even though none of the horses in the sequence went off at odds longer than 7-2. ... The 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 played out like a jackpot wager once again. One sharp bettor playing into the Portland hub who lasted seven legs walked away with $8,501. ... Andy Miller matched Tetrick by winning three times on the program. ... Tyler Buter drove two to victory lane on the card, giving him five winner's circle visits for the weekend. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card totaled $2,475,703, pushing wagering for the weekend past the $5 million mark.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Driver Joe Bongiorno guided Misslarose to a perfect pocket trip and the veteran harness racing mare found clearance inside the final sixteenth to pull off a 30-1 shocker in the $30,000 featured Preferred for trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night. The 5-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-Marion Chocolata was hustled away from the gate by Bongiorno and raced in the pocket behind JL Cruze at the quarter in :27.1. The action started to heat up at the half as Rich And Miserable vacated the three-hole to come after the leader. The look of the race changed shortly thereafter when 4-5 favorite Southwind Chrome broke as he looked to pick up cover. On the far turn, Rich And Miserable was up to engage JL Cruze as Bongiorno sat patiently just in behind the dueling leaders, waiting for his chance. And his chance would come. Through the stretch, Meladys Monet, who swung three-wide for the drive after going a third-over journey, was putting in his usual late charge while Rich And Miserable clung to a short edge after JL Cruze weakened. Nearing the wire, Bongiorno found a seam between Rich And Miserable (to his inside) and Meladys Monet (to his outside) and got up on the wire to record a neck win over Meladys Monet and Rich And Miserable in 1:53. Even at odds of 30-1, Misslarose's trainer had faith. "If I can be totally honest," said Jenn Bongiorno. "I really did think we had a shot. Granted, this was a big step up and I respect the field of horses she was up against immensely - the field was stacked - but at the end of the day, this is a really nice mare that absolutely loves the Big M. "(My brother) Joe couldn't have worked out a better trip and just always seems to get the most out of our horses. Both Joe and Misslarose continue to impress me more and more every day. I couldn't be happier." Misslarose, who paid $62.40 to win, now has four wins in eight Meadowlands starts in 2019 and has 11 Big M victories over the last two years. Her only other start in the Preferred ranks this season came in February when she missed a head to Trolley. Her career stats now stand at 19 wins from 73 starts and earnings of $229,790 for owner Wish Me Luck Stables. A LITTLE MORE: Trainer Justin Sodano, 23, won his first career Meadowlands race when The Lady Sheriff scored in the fifth race. ... One sharp player betting into the Catskills hub walked away with $6,847 after lasting just five legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10. Three of the five races were won by the post-time favorite. ... Tyler Buter had the right stuff, driving three winners on the card. Buter's fans grabbed some Black Friday green as his horses paid off at 2-1, 13-1 and 11-1. ... All-source handle for the 13-race card was $2,622,854, third best at the Fall Meeting. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Shellie De Vie was the recipient of a superb harness racing drive by Vinny Ginsburg, and the result was an easy 3¼-length score in the $25,000 featured conditioned pace for fillies and mares at the Meadowlands Friday night. The 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Beach Girl De Vie was put on the point around the first turn and made the quarter in :27.3. Oceania, the 4-5 favorite, was sitting sixth at this stage before working her way into the outer flow third-over as Shellie De Vie hit the half in :55.3. You Should Be Here came calling first-over to pressure the leader, but Shellie De Vie kept on rolling to three-quarters in 1:23.1 after a middle-half rating of :55.3 by Ginsburg with a strong winds at the horses' backs. Oceania was now three-wide with cover as the field came to the top of the stretch. Through the final three-sixteenths of a mile, Shellie De Vie continued to move well while Oceania could provide no punch after tipping off cover. Trained by Paul Fusco, Shellie De Vie completed the mile in 1:52. Annabeth came from way back to grab second while Renaissance Lady K finished third. Oceania was seventh in the nine-horse field.   As the second choice in the wagering, Shellie De Vie, who's now won 11-of-56 lifetime with earnings of $129,304 for owner Robert Arzano, paid $11.80 to win. THE BIG NIGHT IS HERE: Saturday night, the Meadowlands is hosting its biggest night of the autumn meeting, Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night, with purses totaling just over $2.8 million. A galaxy of harness racing stars will be on the card, including Atlanta, Hannelore Hanover, Papi Rob Hanover, Amigo Volo, Sister Sledge, Senorita Rita, American History, McWicked, Bettor's Wish, Lyons Sentinel, Six Pack, Gimpanzee, Manchego, Warrawee Ubeaut, Caviart Ally, and last but not least, the great Shartin N, who will look to claim the Horse of the Year trophy should she emerge victorious. The star-studded program gets off to an earlier-than-usual start, with the first race going off at 7 p.m. A LITTLE MORE: Dexter Dunn and Yannick Gingras both drove three winners on the card. Dunn leads the way at the Big M at the current meeting with 24 victories. ... The 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 returned $3,147 for those who lasted seven legs. Of the seven winners, four were post-time choices. ... All-source handle totaled $2,193,101 for the 13-race program. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Atlanta tuned up for next week's TVG Mares Trot by winning the Saturday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands in dominant fashion. The fastest trotter in Big M history by virtue of her 1:49.1 clocking on July 6 of this year, Atlanta toyed with a talented field in the mile oval's featured $30,000 Preferred for trotters. Sent to the gate as the 3-5 public choice, driver Yannick Gingras put Atlanta on the early lead, hitting the quarter in :27.3. After a sleepy second fraction of :29.4 followed, it was all but over right then and there. The 4-year-old daughter of Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip never had an anxious moment, hitting the finish 2¼ lengths in front of the pocket-sitting-throughout Guardian Angel As in 1:52.2. Southwind Chrome rallied for third. The winner returned $3.40 to her backers. "I couldn't be happier with her," said Gingras. "She trotted right to the wire better than she has in a little while." "The track wasn't playing super fast," said winning trainer Ron Burke. "There might have been a bias against horses racing on the front end. It's the best performance Atlanta has had on the front this year. We could not have asked for anything more. She was straight all the way to the wire. I can't take anything bad out of the race." Atlanta has now won 20 of her 38 career starts and earned $1,866,889 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor. Atlanta's stablemate, Hannelore Hanover, raced first over at the half but never threatened before weakening and finishing last in the field of eight. The lifetime earner of more than $3 million, who will face Atlanta when she makes her final career start in the TVG Mares Trot on Nov. 23, had some problems in her next-to-last race. "She bled again," said Burke of Hannelore Hanover. "It happens intermittently. That's why she's not who she was before. She's not the same because of it. That's why it's time to call it quits. We'll treat her this week and she'll be better on Saturday." A LITTLE MORE: Tim Tetrick drove four winners on the card. ... Dexter Dunn stayed hot, as after winning three on the Friday card, he won three more on Saturday. ... Favorites ruled for a second straight night as eight post-time choices won Saturday after a half-dozen scored on Friday. ... The 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 paid $4,060.24 to the pair of players who lasted eight legs. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card was $2,412,658. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Misslarose is a harness racing veteran who knows what the winner's circle at the Meadowlands looks like, and the 5-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-Marion Chocolata found her way there again Friday night after winning the Big M's featured event, a high-level $20,000 conditioned trot. Gemologist, the longest shot in the field at odds of 79-1, was on the go early and led the field past the quarter before yielding the top to 3-2 favorite Very Very Fast. Misslarose was also in the early scrum and quickly brushed up to the top just before the half, stopping the clock there in :56.2. The Jenn Bongiorno trainee, who won at the Big M seven times a year ago, showed her home-field advantage from there, hitting three-quarters in 1:25 before reporting home an easy winner, 1¼ lengths in front of Very Very Fast, in 1:53.2. Uncle Hanover rallied for third. With Dave Miller doing the driving, Misslarose returned $7.20 to her backers as the second choice in the wagering. She now has three wins in seven Meadowlands starts this year, and over the last 23 months, has won at the Big M 10 times. "What a solid edition to the stable," said Bongiorno of the winner, who was making only her fifth start for the conditioner. "She absolutely loves the Big M. Once she got to the front tonight, I knew it would be tough to catch her. She just loves to do her work. I'm proud she can beat a solid field of aged male trotters." Owned by Wish Me Luck Stables, Misslarose has now amassed 18 wins from 72 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $214,790. CHURN, BABY, CHURN: A formful night of racing led to many tickets cashed on the Big M's popular multi-leg wagers. There were six winning favorites on the program, while nine of the 13 races on the card resulted in win payouts of $7.20 or less. The 50-cent Pick-5 returned $161.20 while the 50-cent Pick-4 came back $67.15. A LITTLE MORE: You can't stop Dexter Dunn, you can only hope to contain him. The 30-year-old New Zealander, who leads the Big M driver's colony with 18 victories, won three on the Friday program. Dunn loves to win in bunches, as in the early stages of the Fall Meeting, he's won four on a card twice and three on three occasions. ... Yannick Gingras also won three on the card. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $2,314,260. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Dave Little

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The original Halley's Comet is a short-period comet visible from Earth every 75-76 years. Good thing for fans of Hallie's Comet the harness racing horse, that he wins with a lot more regularity than that. The Ron Burke-trained Hallie's Comet, a 5-year-old gelded son of Roddy's Bags Again-Joyanna, won his third straight start (the first came at Pocono Downs), scoring Saturday night at the Meadowlands in the track's featured $22,500 conditioned pace. Upon arrival at the Big M on Oct. 26, Hallie's Comet pulled off a gigantic upset at odds of 44-1 facing non-winners of $15,000, this time around, facing better non-winners of $20,000 types, the result was the same, while the payoff was not. Hallie's Comet was away fifth in the field of six as 2-1 second choice New Talent, who made the top just after the quarter, led the way at the half in :55.3. Hallie's Comet was off the rail a tad before the halfway point and was towing even-money favorite Hayden Hanover into the race. 'Comet' continued to gain on the leader and was on even terms with New Talent when they turned for home. That's when Hallie's Comet took off through the stretch, leaving both New Talent and Hayden Hanover in his wake. Hallie's Comet hit the finish 2½-lengths clear of Hayden Hanover with Vega Star N closing for third. The winner was driven by Yannick Gingras and returned $8.00 to his backers as the third choice in the wagering. He's now won 14 of 94 lifetime starts and earned $239,961 for owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. A LITTLE MORE: Tim Tetrick had the hot hands among the drivers, winning four on the card. Dexter Dunn followed up his four-winner Friday with a three-score Saturday. ... Rich Mattei, who did the commentary on TVG for the Big M, gave out the $74.55 Pick-5 cold. ... Chalk players got to have their fun as seven post-time favorites visited the winner's circle. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card totaled $2,157,207. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Harness racing fans got a real treat Friday night, getting to see the best horse in training right now - the great mare Manchego - tune up for the Nov. 23 TVG Final by easily defeating four overmatched foes in the featured Preferred Handicap for trotters at the Meadowlands. The 4-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill-Secret Magic encountered nothing in the way of trouble, grabbing the lead just before the three-eighths-mile marker, hitting the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24.3, before extending her edge through the stretch on the way to a 3¾-length win in 1:52.4. The fastest female trotter (1:49) of all-time paid $2.10 to win with Dexter Dunn in the sulky. Rich And Miserable was second with Pat Matters third. "She was pretty much under wraps," said winning trainer Nancy Johansson. "Dexter told me he wrapped her up at three-quarters. She's just amazing. She's out there playing. She's so happy now. She just goes out there and does her thing." The question now: Which TVG event will Manchego go in? The $175,000 Mare Trot, or take on the boys in the $350,000 Open Trot. Johansson made it clear which one she'd prefer. "I would like for the Meadowlands to let us race the boys in the Open Trot," said Johansson. "I think she deserves a shot at the boys. Arguably, she's the best trotting horse in training. She has earned the invitation." While the entry box has to be emptied before it's a certainty, it is likely Johansson will get what she desires. "There's a pretty good shot she'll get an invite," said Meadowlands' Racing Secretary Scott Warren. "There has to be room to invite her. There are no eliminations and only 10 can go." Whether the invitation is extended or not, Manchego will be at the Big M on the 23rd. "If the invitation is offered, of course we will take it," said Johansson. "Regardless, she will race (in either the Open or Mare Trot)." Manchego has been on a gigantic roll since coming back from an injury. "She injured herself prior to the (Aug. 24) Maple Leaf Trot," said Johansson. "She lost half of her right hind hoof in the trailer on the way to Canada. It took some time for that to heal. But once that was taken care of, she hasn't lost." Among the victories during her current six-race win streak include the Sept. 27 Dayton Derby (where she won in 1:50.1) at Dayton Raceway, Oct. 6 Allerage (1:49) at Lexington's Red Mile and the Oct. 26 Breeders Crown (1:51) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. She's now won 27 of her 42 career starts and earned $2,037,980 for owners Black Horse Racing. A LITTLE MORE: Dunn had the hot hand among the drivers, guiding four winners on the card. Tyler Buter had three, including a sweep of the late double, which paid $99.00. Buter's other score came with Aragorn Hoss Fi in the third race, paying $109.80 to win ... All-source handle on the 13-race program totaled $1,873,140. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Look out below! After being dismissed at odds of 50-1, Buen Camino shocked an abbreviated star-laden harness racing field in the featured $30,000 Preferred for trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night. The Trond Smedshammer trainee was in no hurry in the early stages, sitting fifth past the quarter and the half. Heading to three-quarters, driver Scott Zeron put Buen Camino in a perfect spot second-over, getting towed into the race by 8-5 favorite Cruzado Dela Noche, who earlier this year won the $175,200 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Big M. Leader Muscle M Up opened up some space between himself and the pocket-sitting JL Cruze as he reached three-quarters in 1:23.2 while Cruzado Dela Noche continued to inch his way forward while parked. At the head of the stretch, Muscle M Up was still a length-and-a-half to the good, but his lead was tenuous as he began to tire. Buen Camino swung around a weary Cruzado Dela Noche with a little more than an eighth of a mile to go as even-money favorite Melady's Monet swung to the far outside after going a third-over journey. "He's a classy horse," said Zeron of Buen Camino. "He's a big strong horse and I figured he could go with (this field). He exceeded my expectations." In deep stretch, it appeared Melady's Money would power by to go on to his fourth straight victory, but Buen Camino was strong to the wire, keeping the favorite at bay for a neck win in a lifetime-best equaling 1:52. JL Cruze was third, followed by Trolley, Muscle M Up and Cruzado Dela Noche in the six-horse field. "I did think Melady's Monet was going to go by," said Zeron. "He had been winning the opens at Yonkers, but my horse exploded off cover and I just had to keep him on that tempo." Buen Camino returned $104.40 to his backers for trainer Trond Smedshammer and owners Purple Haze Stables. The 7-year-old gelded son of Cash Hall-Baby Bella now has 18 wins from 88 career starts, good for earnings of $765,071. PICK-5 CARRYOVER: No one selected all of the winners in the 50-cent Pick-5, creating a carryover of $19,326 going into Saturday's card. The last time there was a Pick-5 carryover, the total pool reached $150,000 (on Oct. 18), and wagering could exceed that figure Saturday, given the four Kindergarten Classic Finals that are on the card that have purses totaling almost $900,000. Those who went four-for-five in the Pick-5 collected $495.55. A LITTLE MORE: Dexter Dunn drove three winners on the card. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race program totaled $2,423,608, a meet best. ... Simulcasting of the Breeders' Cup from Santa Anita begins Saturday with the first Cup event at 2:55 p.m. The Breeders' Cup Classic has a post time of 8:44 p.m. ... Live harness racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Hallie's Comet used some racing luck and a great steer from driver Eric Abbatiello to pull off a major surprise in the featured $22,500 conditioned pace Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The tote board spoke volumes about how evenly-matched the field was, as the post-time favorite was 3-1 while the fifth choice was 4-1. Americanprimetime moved past early leader Sicily to lead while parked at the quarter, before Sicily retook and led the field past the half in :55 and three-quarters in 1:23.3. As Sicily turned for home on the point, Hallie's Comet was in an extremely tough spot, racing fourth along the rail with no apparent shot. That's when the eventual winner got some luck, in the form of a seam between rivals as the horses up front started to weaken. In midstretch, Abbatiello found enough room with the 5-year-old gelded son of Roddy's Bags Again-Joyanna to swing to the far outside before charging home to score in 1:50.2 at odds of 44-1. The Ron Burke trainee, who is owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, paid $91.60 to win as he scored for the 13th time in 93 lifetime starts. His career earnings stand at $228,711. Hallie's Comet hit the wire a head in front of Another Daily Copy while Americanprimetime finished third. A LITTLE MORE: With Hallie's Comet scoring in leg one of the Pick-4, the return was $5,083. ... Driver Steve Smith scored twice at odds of 17-1 early on the program, helping the Pick-5 return a handsome $6,312. ... Driver Tyler Buter, who had four winners last Saturday, tallied three on the card, as did Vinny Ginsburg. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race program totaled $1,947,268. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Rocknificent and Hen Party won their respective harness racing divisions of the sixth and final leg of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds Friday night at the Meadowlands, setting up what should be an interesting final for pacing fillies next week. Rocknificent sat in the three-hole from the start, and when driver Scott Zeron asked for speed nearing the top of the stretch, the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Rocklamation responded in a big way, powering to a 6¾-length win over Courting Marie in a lifetime-best 1:51.1 for trainer Linda Toscano. The 2-5 favorite returned $2.80 to her backers in winning for the fifth time in 10 starts. Hen Party was permitted to rate a middle half in :58 on the way to an easy score in a lifetime-best 1:52.2 for driver Pat Berry and trainer Ron Burke. The daughter of Roll With Joe-My Lady Day was 1½ lengths clear of Love For Sail at the wire. She's now won three of 14 starts, to go along with 11 on-the-board finishes. She paid $2.60 to win as the 1-5 public choice. In other Kindergarten Classic action, El Ideal was dominant in the colt and gelding trot, hitting the wire 6¼ lengths in front of Barley for driver Andy Miller and trainer Ake Svanstedt. The son of Muscle Hill-Courtney Hall completed the mile in 1:54.1 and paid $2.20 to win at odds of 1-9. Chief Mate pulled off an upset in the colt and gelding pace, scoring at odds of 7-1 - paying $16.20 - with Mitch Cushing driving for trainer Tony Alagna. The product of Captaintreacherous-Heaven Forbid hit the wire three-quarters-of-a-length in front of Force N Fury in 1:50.4, a lifetime best. Captain Barbossa, one of six Alagna trainees among the nine starters in the race, finished third as the 4-5 favorite. Filly trotter Senorita Rita never had an anxious moment on the way to a 5-length score over Common Sense S in a lifetime-best 1:54. The daughter of Chapter Seven-Lindys Head Nurse, who was driven by Zeron and is trained by Toscano, returned $3.60 to win as the 4-5 favorite. A LITTLE MORE: The four Kindergarten Classic Finals take place Saturday, Nov. 2, and have estimated purses totaling just over $850,000. ... Both Andy Miller and Marcus Miller recorded driving triples on the program. ... Trainer Jenn Bongiorno sent three to the winner's circle. ... One lucky player wagering into the Twin Sires hub was the only bettor to last seven legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $6,302. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race program totaled $1,762,565. ... Simulcasting from Woodbine Mohawk Park, a card that includes eight Breeders Crown Finals, gets underway Saturday at 7 p.m. ... Live racing at the Big M resumes Saturday at 7:05 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - They'll be plenty going on at the Meadowlands both this weekend and next with the Big M's race office carding competitive, big harness racing fields along with an abundance of high-powered stakes events being simulcast to the mile oval. So that racing fans can get in on all the action, post time at the Meadowlands will be 10 minutes earlier than usual on Friday (Oct. 25) and Saturday (Oct. 26) at 7:05 p.m. On track this weekend finds the sixth and final leg of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds on both the pace and trot on Friday night, while Saturday will have an ultra-competitive card with the big fields Meadowlands' fans love as bettors will have the opportunity to wager on one 8-horse field, two with 9 horses and 10 with full 10-horse fields. Simulcast fans know that when the stakes are high, the Big M is the place to catch the races. This weekend, Woodbine Mohawk Park will host all 12 championship events of the Breeders Crown. During the 48-hour span at Canada's top venue, all horses who are in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Top 10 Poll - with one exception (Lather Up, who has been retired) - will be in action. Shartin N, Greenshoe, Bettor's Wish, Warrawee Ubeaut, Real Cool Sam, Southwind Ozzi, McWicked, Atlanta and Manchego are all scheduled to compete. The Breeders Crown takes place Friday and Saturday. Post time at WMP is 7 p.m. DRINK FROM THE CUP: Next week, Santa Anita Park will be the center of the Thoroughbred - and simulcast - racing universe as the 2019 edition of the Breeders' Cup will take place with five races on Day One and nine more on Day Two, featuring the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic. On Friday, Nov. 1, post time at Santa Anita is 1:45 p.m. EDT while the first Breeders' Cup event takes place at 4:12 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 2, post time for the first race is 1:07 p.m. The first Cup race is at 2:55 p.m. with the Classic scheduled for 8:44 p.m. Watch and wager on the Breeders' Cup at the Meadowlands. THEY BET LIKE PROS: Last Friday's 50-cent Pick-5 had a carryover of nearly $21,000 coming in and ended up with a total pool in excess of $150,000. Two of the races during the sequence were for amateur drivers and the betting public showed no hesitation in stepping up to the windows, betting a total of $520,372 on the two events. Speaking of the Pick-5, those sharp enough to hit the "all" button in Leg 4 - where Princess Holly N returned $81.80 - cashed in for just over $3,000 after the other legs were won by four haveable contestants: two favorites, one second choice and one third choice. Because of the wager's low 15 percent takeout, players had a big edge when pumping green into the pool in the form of positive takeout. The way the math panned out, there was $130,782 paid out even though there was only $129,247 in "new" money put in the pot. The $25,000 guaranteed 50-cent Pick-5 (Races 1 through 5), as well as the Big M's signature bet, the 50-cent Pick-4 (8 through 11) that features a $50,000 promise, will both be offered - as always - this Friday and Saturday. Free program pages are available at ustrotting.com and playmeadowlands.com. FREE POKER FRIDAY: Not only is live racing back for just its third week of the meeting, so are "Free Poker Fridays" at the Meadowlands. For those 21 years of age and older, free Texas Hold'em tournaments will be conducted in the Gallery, hosted by World Free Poker. Players can pre-register or walk-up. Games begin at 7 p.m. BET (WORLD) SERIES-OUSLY: Games 3, 4 and 5 of the 2019 World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros take place this Friday (Oct. 25), Saturday (Oct. 26) and Sunday (Oct. 27). First pitch for all three of the games is 8:07 p.m. (Game 5 will be played only if necessary) Bet on the World Series - and all National Football League games on Sunday and Monday (Oct. 27) - at the Big M in the FanDuel Sportsbook or in the track's Victory Sports Bar. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In one of the tightest harness racing photo finishes anyone has ever seen, Sweet Rock held off Sicily at the wire in the Saturday night $22,500 conditioned pacing feature at the Meadowlands. Sicily, who was sent off at odds of 5-1, was quickest away from the gate from post 5 into the first turn, but 5-2 second choice Sweet Rock (post 6) was even faster to the quarter, hitting that station in :26.2. A rated second fraction of :28.2 would follow as 2-1 favorite Americanprimetime joined the fray from first-over and made steady progress, racing only three-quarters of a length behind the leader at the three-quarter mark as Sicily remained in the two hole. Through the stretch, Sweet Rock kept Americanprimetime at bay as Victor Kirby, driving Sicily, was desperate for racing room. Inside the sixteenth pole, just enough real estate became available and Sicily sprinted along the pylons only to finish a heartbreaking second after the judges had a lengthy look at the win photo. Americanprimetime was third. Sweet Rock, an 8-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover-Penny For Nickel, completed the mile in 1:50.2 for his 33rd career win in 187 starts, and now has lifetime earnings of just over $792,000. He was driven by Greg Merton, is trained by Wayne Givens and owned by Legacy Racing, R A Hazzard II and G P Calloway. He returned $7.60 to win. TYLER TERRIFIC: Tyler Buter had the hot hand among the drivers, scoring four times on the program. He kept his fan base smiling for sure, as his winners went off at odds of 4-1, 6-1, 17-1 and even-money (who won by 12 lengths). ... Trainer Dan Morrissey scored twice, with both driven by Buter. A LITTLE MORE: One sharp player at Pompano Park raked the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 pot, walking away with $5,966 for lasting six races. ... All-source handle on the 13-race program totaled $1,921,240. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Creature Of Habit got into the win column for the first time in her harness racing career a week ago, and Friday night at the Meadowlands, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Habit's Best came right back and won again, taking one of five divisions of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds. The Nifty Norman trainee scored in the dash for filly trotters by brushing to command down the backstretch before reporting home a safe half-length in front of She Rocks Kemp in 1:55.3 for driver Victor Kirby. As the 8-5 favorite, the winner of two of 11 lifetime starts returned $5.40 to her backers. In other Kindergarten action, Hen Party ($15.60) went wire-to-wire to defeat 1-5 public choice Annabelle Hanover by 1¼ lengths in a filly pace for driver Pat Berry and trainer Ron Burke in 1:52.4 while Ideal Perception ($7.60) held off Force N Fury by a hard-fought nose in 1:51.3 in a pace for colts and geldings with Joe Bongiorno in the bike for trainer Tony Alagna. Hall Of AM S ($5.00 as the favorite) took another filly trot, completing the mile in 1:55.2 to finish 1¾ lengths in front of Scorched Romance for driver Mattias Melander, who is the brother of winning trainer Marcus. In a non-betting race before the start of the regular card, Sky Castles scored in a division for trotting colts and geldings for driver Mitch Cushing and trainer Andrew Harris in 1:55.1. TROLLEY ON TIME: The Erv Miller-trained Trolley hit the Meadowlands' winner's circle for the first time since May 18, scoring by 1¾ lengths over Max as the 3-5 favorite in 1:54.4 in a $25,000 conditioned trot for driver Marcus Miller. A LITTLE MORE: A $20,922 carryover from last Saturday led to a total pool of just over $150,000 in the 50-cent Pick-5. Those who cashed had to be sharp, as the fourth leg of the wager was won by 39-1 chance Princess Holly N. The odds of the other four winners were 4-5, 8-5, 2-1 and 9-2. The payoff was $3,054.15. ... 25-year-old Kasper Foget was a winner in his Big M driving debut, guiding For A Dreamer to victory lane in the 11th race at odds of 5-1. The native Of Denmark was a champion European driver in the under-25 division. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race card totaled $2,294,868. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Shortly after winning the weekly harness racing feature at the Meadowlands in January in 1:50.2 as the 2-5 favorite, all was well with Geez Joe, who seemingly was on his way to a big year. But a throat ailment led to surgery and seven months on the shelf. Now he's back, and he's looking better than ever. Saturday night at the Meadowlands, Geez Joe won the featured $27,500 conditioned pace in 1:48.2, two weeks after winning at Hoosier Park in 1:47.4. Indeed, the 5-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe-Beach Bretta is all the way back. In the early stages of his first Big M start in nine months, driver Marcus Miller moved Geez Joe directly to the top, hitting the quarter in :26.3. A relaxing second fraction of :28 would follow before 8-5 second choice Dealt A Winner would move right to the leader at the five-eighths and the pair continued their duel at three-quarters in 1:21.3. Then Geez Joe would deliver the knockout punch. The Erv Miller trainee, the slight 8-5 public choice, powered clear of his main foe through the stretch with a :26.4 kicker, hitting the wire 4½ lengths clear of Dealt A Winner. Our Max Phactor N finished third. Geez Joe, who has won five of his last seven Meadowlands starts dating back to November of 2018, paid $5.20 to win and now has 20 victories from 61 lifetime outings and earnings of $256,728 for owners Bay Pond Racing Stable. BIG POT OF GOLD: With a pair of 30-1 shots and two more that went off at at least 13-1, the Pick-5 did not get hit, creating a carryover of almost $21,000. As a result, Friday's 50-Cent Pick-5 will have a guaranteed pool of $75,000, instead of the usual $25,000. A LITTLE MORE: It was a night for the longshot players as four favorites scored on the 13-race program while six winners went off at 13-1 or more. ... Dave Miller and Joe Bongiorno both had driving doubles. ... All-source wagering was $2,108,436. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Captain Barbossa and Papi Rob Hanover won in impressive fashion in Kindergarten Classic action Friday night as live harness racing  returned to the Meadowlands after a nine-week hiatus. A son of Captaintreacherous-Swinging Beauty, Captain Barbossa was an easy three-quarter length, wire-to-wire winner over Team Best in the first of two dashes for colts and geldings on the pace in the Kindergarten, which is for 2-year-olds. Andy McCarthy put the Tony Alagna trainee on the point early, then cut out all the fractions on the way to a 1:52 score, his third win in 12 lifetime starts. The lifetime earner of $113,079, who returned $2.60 to his backers as the 1-5 public choice, has hit the board nine times. In the other division for male pacers, 1-9 favorite Papi Rob Hanover was a dominant winner for driver David Miller and trainer Brett Pelling as the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Panera Hanover stopped the clock in 1:52. Miller had the lifetime earner of $315,358 sit a three-hole trip to the top of the stretch before swinging wide in the lane and easily powering past his foes to record a 2½-length score over Force N Fury. He’s won three-of-eight in his career, hitting the board in every start, and returned $2.10 to win. GETTING IT DUNN: Fresh off his superb week at Lexington’s Red Mile, where he was the leading Grand Circuit driver, Dexter Dunn had four winners on the card. Scott Zeron, Marcus Miller and David Miller had two apiece. A LITTLE MORE: The Linda Toscano-trained Rocknificent impressed from just off the pace as the 3-5 choice in a division of the Kindergarten for pacing fillies, stopping the clock in 1:54.1, one of two winners on the night for the Hall of Fame trainer. … Nifty Norman also conditioned a pair to victory lane. … All-source handle on the 13-race program totaled $2,294,061. … Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

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