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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Billy Dobson finished second in the driver standings at Saratoga Raceway in 2017 and the 33-year-old proved Friday night at the Meadowlands that he is anything but a one-trick, half-mile track pony by guiding four winners over the mile oval on the 14-race harness racing card. Dobson got underway in the third race $10,000 claiming pace, scoring with Windsong Gorgeous in 1:53 at odds of 5-1. His second winner would come about 20 minutes later as Duluth took the fourth race conditioned trot in 1:55.2 as the 9-5 favorite. Long Story Short would bring Dobson's third victory after taking the ninth race conditioned trot in 1:56.4 at odds of 3-1 before A Jersey Contract completed the four-bagger by winning the 11th race conditioned trot in 1:55.3 at 7-2 on the tote board. Dobson picked up that drive when Bill Mann took off his late assignments after taking ill. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky simulcast bettor at Arlington (Ill.) Park raked the pot in the ninth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five, cashing a ticket worth $11,656.22. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, allowing the carryover to swell to $72.275.75. ... Anthony Napolitano and Brett Miller both recorded driving doubles. ... Total wagering on the card was $2,356,344. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - Live harness racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday, January 19 with another action-filled 14 race card.   The featured race of the evening is the seventh, a ten horse conditioned trot for a purse of $15,000. Chief among the competitors are a pair who have recently competed at the Preferred level now realizing a bit of class relief and another that is rising through the ranks.   Opulent Yankee (PP #9) has toiled at the top level for the past several seasons for Team Miller (trainer Julie and driver Andy) and owners Little E, LLC, Dave Stolz and Art Geiger. The now 7-year-old always gives an honest effort and has been a virtual ATM, grinding a series out six-figure earnings seasons on their behalf.   Iron Mine Bucky danced the big dances as a sophomore and is transitioning nicely to the open ranks at age five but has drawn the far outside post 10 in Friday's race. Trainer Greg Haverstick has tabbed Eric Carlson with the task of mapping out a trip from that starting point for owners Iron Mine Branch, LLC.   PL Ichabod has been in career form for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Jennifer Dalton, hitting the board in all of his visible past performance lines including a win against softer last week. He retains driver Brett Miller from post 7 in this one.   All the usual guaranteed wagers are in place and the last race Jackpot Hi-5 carryover is flirting with $70,000. Find free program pages for some of those bets and expert opinions on the web.   In an attempt to counter the effects of the deep freeze being felt in the Northeast, it is also American BBQ Buffet night in Pink where for a mere $29.95 you can make believe it's July.   Post time is 6:35 p.m.   BIG M THE PLACE TO BET MULTI-RACE While wagering in general remained strong at the Meadowlands last weekend (Jan. 12-13), players were especially fired up when it came time to play the track’s popular Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers. The Friday Pick 5 had a pool that swelled to $253,772, with interest in the wager piqued due to a $28,786 carryover from the prior race card. The five-bagger has a 50-cent base bet and a low takeout of 15 percent (which the carryover is not subject to). The Pick 5 saw three winning favorites but the payoff was still a handsome $2,820. The next night saw the bettors pour $45,432 into the Pick 5 pool, and those who had a winning ticket cashed $9,653, as only one post-time public choice visited the winner’s circle. “We are extremely happy with our multi-race wagers,” said track chief operating officer and general manager Jason Settlemoir. “The Pick 4 pools have exploded, averaging over $80,000 the last two weekends, compared to $64,000 the previous four Fridays and Saturdays. Of course, we were thrilled with our Friday Pick 5 carryover. The players response to these low takeout wagers has been enthusiastic, to say the least.” While not a multi-race bet, there figures to be plenty of interest in the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five when racing resumes Friday night. That wager, which requires one to be a single-ticket holder of the top five finishers in the evening’s last race, sports a carryover of $68,553. Some other wagering notes from last weekend: The Early Daily Double pools averaged over $33,500 Friday night’s fourth race saw an Exacta pool of $87,142 and a Trifecta of $60,214 Total wagering over the weekend was $5.25 million, or better than $2.6 million per night Free program pages for the Meadowlands Pick 4, courtesy of Track Master, are available on the Meadowlands’ website (www.playmeadowlands.com) and on the handicapping section at www.ustrotting.com. EARLY POST TIME EXTENDED: The winter post time of 6:35 p.m. has been extended. The 40-minutes-earlier-than-usual starting time will now continue until Saturday, March 17. Post time will change to 7:15 p.m. on Friday, March 23. Harness racing continues at the Meadowlands on Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, August 4. Dave Little

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras was the go-to guy Saturday night at the Meadowlands, winning four times on the 14-race card. The 2017 United States Harness Writers Association Driver of the Year scored in the first race with 6-5 favorite P H Kenny, who had lost no fewer than 37 straight heading into the night. The son of Lis Mara took the $15,000 claiming pace in 1:53 in powerful, two-move fashion. Next up was 9-5 chance Abbijade Hanover in the sixth race fillies and mares conditioned pace. The winner overcame the strong anti-speed track bias by taking the point at the half and holding on in a game performance in 1:53.2. Gingras took the seventh, a mid-range conditioned pace, with Cheyenne Seeber. Trapped at the rail at the top of the stretch, Gingras weaved the son of Rocknroll Hanover through the field to score in 1:52.2 at odds of 8-1. "The Green Hornet" scored his fourth of the night as he fired Six Gun to victory in the 11th race conditioned pace in 1:53.4. The 10-1 chance paid $23.80 to win. A LITTLE MORE: Driver Bill Mann and trainer Al Annunziata put smiles on their fans' faces, scoring twice at a nice price. Lachie Maguire N took the 10th race and paid $58.00, then, two races later, Don'tcallmefrancis was in the winner's circle after scoring at 9-1. ... The Pick 5 pool, which had a total wager of $45,432, returned $9,653.90 to those smart enough to have the winning combination of 6-6-4-7-3. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,568,853. ... After failing to result in a single-ticket winner, the 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five carryover swelled to $68,553.35. ... Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Friday at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After cold temperatures cancelled harness racing at the Meadowlands a week ago, Big M fans and driver Brett Miller enjoyed the unseasonable warmth in a big way as racing resumed on a rainy Friday night. The Pick 5, which had a guaranteed pool of $125,000, ended up at just over $250,000 after adding the wager's carryover of $28,786 to the pot. Those smart enough to have the winning combination of 3-9-8-4-5 cashed a handsome $2,820.55 for a 50 cent bet. The 20 Cent Survivor Pick 10 saw a total pool of just over $15,000, and one lucky simulcast bettor at Hazel Park in Hazel Park, Michigan, was the sole winner, taking home $12,920.56. The Pick 4, which was guaranteed at $50,000, was another puzzle that saw big play. A total of $72,239 was poured into the pool, with those who had tickets that read 1,4-10-8-3 getting back $539.15 for the 50 cent wager. Miller fans were rewarded to the tune of a four-win night, two of them for trainer Jenn Bongiorno. The Brett-Bongiorno duo scored in the eighth race with Keystone Wanda, who won her second straight in a fillies and mares conditioned pace in 1:53.1 as the 3-5 public choice, before taking the 10th with Dont Stop Believin, who stopped the clock in another conditioned event for pacing females in 1:53.2 as the 3-2 favorite. Miller also scored in the third, yet another conditioned event for pacing distaffers, guiding 7-5 chalk Casa Miasa to victory lane in 1:53.2. He also won with P L Icabod in the seventh, completing his all-favorites four-bagger with the 2-1 chance in 1:54.3. A LITTLE MORE: Montrell Teague was behind the winner of the first race, 1-2 favorite Windsong Gorgeous, in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Pace, an event that featured African-American drivers. ... Anthony Napolitano and Marcus Miller each recorded driving doubles. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,688,976 for the 14-race card, which saw eight winning favorites. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For Meadowlands harness racing fans whose resolutions in addition to weight loss and quitting smoking were to go for bigger scores at the track, all they have to do is get involved in the track's Pick 5 on the first night of racing in 2018, when players will have a guaranteed pool of $125,000 to shoot for Friday evening. The bet requires a player to correctly select the winners of Races 3 through 7 and has a base wager of 50 cents. Last Saturday's Pick 5 resulted in a carryover of $28,786, which served as a catalyst for the Big M - in partnership with United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering - to offer the huge, eighth-of-a-million-dollar pool certainty. Program pages for all Pick 5 races, as well as the Pick 4 (3 through 11), are now available on the handicapping tab at www.ustrotting.com, courtesy of Track Master. A big reason why swimming in the Big M's Pick 5 pool makes sense for the bettor is value. If the final pool is $150,000 ($121,214 in new money), the winners would get back $131,818, a surplus in winnings of over $10,000. As for the Pick 4, the beauty of a carryover with low takeout is that it potentially turns the odds in favor of the players. Any final Pick 4 pool less than $220,000 would result in the winners receiving more money than was wagered. "If the pool grows to $250,000, the takeout is only 2 percent," said track chief operating officer and general manager Jason Settlemoir. "Mathematically speaking, there are few wagering opportunities in all of gambling that can match the Meadowlands Pick 4 or Pick 5 with a carryover. Low takeout and big pools make that happen." The record payoff on the Meadowlands Pick 5 was on Friday, February 5, 2017, when one bettor had the lone winning 50 cent ticket worth $109,966. WEEKEND WRAPUP: Last week saw some double-fisted wagering at the Big M. Total handle on Saturday reached $2.7 million. The Pick 4 remained as popular as ever, with a total pool of $81,043 on Friday and $87,371 on Saturday. MORE MONEY: The carryover for the Late 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five stands at $64,317 for the Friday card, on which the first of 10 "Meadowlands Harness Live" telecasts will be seen on SportsNet New York (SNY) from 9-10 p.m. The three races shown will include the 'cash' leg of the Pick 5 as well as the first two legs of the Pick 4, which has a guaranteed pool of $50,000. Post time at the Meadowlands Friday, and on every Friday and Saturday through the end of February, is 6:35 p.m. Dave Little

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Rock Of Cashel returned from a four-month layoff a week ago and raised a few eyebrows with his impressive harness racing win off a live-cover trip in 1:53.4. Saturday night at the Meadowlands, he proved that was no fluke. The 7-year-old son of Majestic Son went a tougher journey this time around, but the result was the same as the Mark Harder trainee went parked for the final five-eighths of a mile and won for fun nonetheless in the featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. Rock Of Cashel was in no hurry early, sitting a five-hole trip as the classy Opulent Yankee was sailing along on the point at the half in :56.2 after rating his second fraction in :29.3. Gradually making up ground while first-over, Rock Of Cashel reached the leader's wheel as they turned for home, and wore that foe down in determined fashion to record a three-quarter-length win over a fast-closing Cash Me Out in 1:54. Elysium Lindy was third. As the odds-on public choice, Rock Of Cashel returned $3.40 to win for owners Joseph Jannuzzelli and Jeffery Ruch, and now has 26 wins in 146 lifetime starts. A LITTLE MORE: Corey Callahan drove three winners on the card after guiding six to victory lane last Saturday. ... Jim Marohn Jr. won twice, giving him 12 straight programs with at least a driving double. ... The Pick 5 was not hit, resulting in a rare carryover. They'll be $28,786 in the hat for the next race card. ... The Pick 4 pool totaled $87,371, and resulted in a payoff of $1,549.70 for a 50-cent wager. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five did not result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $64,317. ... All-source wagering for the 14-race card was $2,710,217. ... Racing resumes at the Big M on Friday at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – On another competitive evening of harness racing that saw several staple wagers come back with big payouts, speed horses reigned supreme at the Meadowlands Friday, taking the track’s three featured events, all of which had the condition of non-winners of $11,500 in their last five starts, while leading at every call. The first of the wire-to-wire victors was Scirocco Jakob for driver Billy Dobson and trainer Gregory White. After starting out at 15-1 on the morning line, the 6-year-old gelding trotted the mile in 1:55.1 and returned $17.20 to win as the 7-1 fifth choice in the wagering. Know It All, with driver-trainer Eric Abbatiello, took the fillies and mares pace in 1:53.1. The 7-year-old mare had been facing better stock at Yonkers in recent tries and took well to the class drop, returning $10.40 to win. In the second division for trotters, Montalbano Bi held on by a nose over a fast-closing Fleet Bumblebee in 1:55.2. The 6-year-old gelding, driven by Jim Marohn Jr. and trained by Patti Harmon, returned $5.20 as the public choice. The Pick Five wager sported a total pool of $49,622 and when the dust cleared after Race 7, the winning combination of 6-3-9-2-5 returned $31,656.15 for a wager of 50 cents. The 20 Cent Survivor Pick 10 had a pool of $21,546 and two lucky patrons walked away with $9,152.72. The Pick Four attracted $81,043 in wagers, and after two favorites, a 4-1 shot and a 6-1 chance won races eight through 11, the payout for 50 cents was $420.10. A LITTLE MORE: Andy Miller, Dobson, Abbatiello, Greg Merton and Marohn all recorded driving doubles. … Chalk players had a nice night as six post-time choices scored on the program. … All-source handle on the 14-race card was $2,516,597. … The Late 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five carryover grew to $61,900.15 when the wager failed to result in a single-ticket winner. … Racing resumes Saturday night with another 14-race program that gets underway at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The reviews on the Meadowlands' 20 Cent Survivor Pick 10 harness racing wager are in, and one lucky patron who was wagering via simulcasting from Maine is sure to give it five stars after having the only winning ticket Thursday night, good for a payoff of $14,628.80. The big winner became the sole survivor after Tempster Hanover took the sixth race at odds of 2-1. Last weekend, the bet yielded an average payoff of almost $8,500, but Thursday evening, that number increased more than 70 percent since there was a single winner in the pool that totaled $17,217. A REAL CHARMER: Trainer Bruce Clarke was selected as the Big Dee's Tack Trainer of the Week earlier Thursday night. One of the reasons was the powerful score recorded by his Charming Hill on Dec. 21. The 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight got the new week off to a good start for Clarke by winning her fourth straight start - all at the Meadowlands - since shipping in from Pocono Downs, taking the second race claiming pace in 1:55.2 with Jim Marohn Jr. in the bike. As the 3-5 public choice, she returned $3.20 to win. A LITTLE MORE: Driver-trainer Annie Stoebe won her first career Meadowlands race by guiding 60-1 shot Uriel to a powerhouse score in the first race, the "B" division of the two GSY Amateur Driving Club events on the card. ... After Uriel's big upset, the next eight races on the program saw no winner go off at odds greater than 2-1. ... Marohn, Eric Carlson and Brett Miller all recorded driving doubles. ... The Late 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five did not result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $57,252.19. ... All-source wagering totaled $1,478,745. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 6:35 p.m. Dave Little

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Soto blasted right to the top and rolled directly down the road Saturday night at the Meadowlands, taking the harness racing featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap pace in 1:50 over a sloppy track. The 5-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven was last seen at Dover Downs on Dec. 7, missing only a head to Christen Me N, who was nothing short of dominant in winning the Meadowlands' feature last week. That race served as the perfect prep. Soto sprinted away from the gate and took control right away, hitting the quarter in :26.2 and the half in :54.1 while unpressured. Out of the four hole came 7-5 favorite Sweet Rock at the half to go after the leader, and at the three-quarter-mile mark, Sweet Rock was up to the leader's wheel. But he would get no closer. After a rated third fraction led to a three-quarter time of 1:22.1, Soto and driver Jim Marohn Jr. had plenty left in the tank, striding clear through the stretch and hitting the wire 3¼-lengths in front of Sweet Rock. Always At My Place, who was three wide at the top of the stretch, rallied for the show dough. Soto, an Eric Ell trainee, paid $6.80 to win and now has 23 lifetime victories in 94 starts and earnings of $464,950 for owners W. Kenneth Wood, W.J. Dittmar Jr. and S.J. Iaquinta. The winning time was a season's best for the horse, whose lifetime mark of 1:48.4 was taken last year at Pocono Downs. SIX FOR CALLAHAN: Corey Callahan was the big man in the driver's room, as after scoring a natural hat trick in the third, fourth and fifth races, he went on to win three more on the card, including a sweep of the Late Daily Double, giving him a six-bagger. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky simulcast bettor in Chicago hit big, as he or she who held the only ticket with the combination of 6-8-3-1-9 cashed in for $28,332.92 in the ninth race 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five. ... The Late 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five failed to produce a single-ticket winner in the 14th race, upping the carryover to $53,076.05. ... Jim Marohn Jr. recorded a driving double, giving him six winners for the week and 15 over the last two weeks. ... The great Foiled Again, a lifetime earner of over $7.5 million, rallied for fourth in the eighth race conditioned pace despite drawing post 10. ... All-source wagering on the card totaled $2,771,242. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Thursday at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It was Christmas two days early for one lucky harnness racing Meadowlands simulcast bettor in Chicago. The Windy City punter raked the pot Saturday night at the conclusion of the ninth race 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five, as the single-ticket that had the winning combination of 6-8-3-1-9 paid a hefty $28,332.92. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations      

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Harness racing driver Jim Taggart Jr. is having a superb season at Monticello Raceway, and if Thursday night is any indication, he may be heading for some wintertime success at the Meadowlands as well. Taggart guided Master Of Puppets to an ideal second-over trip, and as the favorites weakened late, he tipped his 23-1 chance off cover when they straightened away at the head of the stretch before going on to a three-quarter length win in the Dash For The "G" Notes Final. May I Cruise West was second, with Acton Onelasttime third. In the early going, 9-5 second choice Esprit De Kayjay A, seeking his seventh straight score, was on the lead, but yielded to even-money public choice Walks Of Life. The leader was sailing along on the point as May I Cruise West started his grind at the five-eighths, towing Master Of Puppets with him. Walks Of Life was clear at three-quarters, but over a surface that has been unkind of late to horses racing on the lead, his crunch-time gas tank was on empty as Master Of Puppets scored with ease for trainer Dan Morrissey. The winner, a 7-year-old gelded son of Ashlee's Big Guy, paid $48.80 to win and paced the mile in a season's-best 1:52.3. He now has 34 lifetime wins in 183 starts. A LITTLE MORE: Jim Marohn Jr., fresh off winning his third straight Finn Tack Driver of the Week award, won twice on the card, giving him 11 winners over the last four racing programs. ... Brett Miller also scored a driving double. ... The Late 20 Cent Jackpot Super High 5 failed to result in a single-ticket winner, pushing the carryover to $47,447. ... All-source wagering on the card totaled $1,520,576. ... Effective immediately, and until the end of February, post time at the Big M shifts to 6:35 p.m. ... Racing resumes Friday evening. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Richard Poillucci knew what he was doing when he purchased harness racing 9-year-old gelding Christen Me N earlier this year, and after taking the featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap at the Meadowlands Saturday night, everything appears to be all systems go for the upcoming season. "He came out of the race really well," said Joann Looney-King, who trains the horse along with her husband, Jim King, Jr. "Everything is real good. We were just talking about the fact that Wiggle It Jiggleit is coming back (next year) and we would love to take him on." If it happens, 'Wiggle' will have his hands full. Christen Me N was much the best after sitting a four-hole trip in the early stages. Driver Tim Tetrick got the 2015 New Zealand Horse of the Year in gear at the five-eighths, sailed past leader Sweet Rock on the far turn and reported home an easy winner, three-quarters-of-a-length in front of Sweet Rock at the wire. Tullow N was third. As the 2-5 public choice, Christen Me N returned $2.80 to his backers, winning his fourth straight and 38th overall from only 79 starts. The winning time was 1:50, three-fifths of a second off his lifetime best, set Dec. 7 at Dover Downs. "We are putting him back in Thursday at Dover," said Looney-King. "Even though we are trying not to over race him. I'm sure we won't do that very often." So, Joann, what's the plan? "We are looking to race in all of the major older pacing stakes and then, at the end of the year, the Breeders Crown." A LITTLE MORE: Driver Jim Marohn Jr. stayed red-hot, winning four times on the card, capping a three-day race week that saw him visit the winner's circle nine times. ... There were some big payoffs on the program as only three favorites visited victory lane. The 20 Cent Survivor Pick 10 returned $8,301.02 to two lucky winners and the Late Pick 4 - which featured a 30-1 shot in the final leg - returned $20,607.95 for a 50 Cent ticket. ... After not resulting in a single-ticket winner, the Late 20 Cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryover ballooned to $43,831.49. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,284,134. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Thursday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Harness racing drivers Simon Allard and Brett Miller had the hot hands on a cold night at the Meadowlands Friday, ringing up three winners each on the 11-race card. Allard struck in the third race with Show Me Up ($6.20 to win) in 1:53.2 and Cousin Mary ($4.40) in the seventh in 1:53.1. Allard then put big smiles on his fans' faces as 23-1 chance Spilling The Beans ($48.40) made a big move down the backstretch and won the ninth for fun in 1:52.2. Miller got his three-bagger started with a pair of trotters - Watkins ($10.60) in the sixth in 1:54.3 and Lauderdale ($15.80) in the eighth in 1:54.4 - before capping his night with Youda Shark ($4.20) in the 11th in 1:54. Jim Marohn Jr. and Corey Callahan each recorded driving doubles, meaning that the foursome accounted for 10 of the 11 winners on the program. A LITTLE MORE: There were three winning tickets in the 20 Cent Survivor Pick 10, with those going eight-for-10 cashing in for $5,135.66. ... The Late 20 Cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unhit, increasing the carryover to $39,701.14. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $1,793,170. ... Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Saturday night with a first race post time of 7:15 p.m. ... Through the end of December, the Big M will conduct live racing on a Thursday through Saturday basis. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Two names that might not be familiar to Meadowlands regulars will be appearing in the harness racing program more and more during the winter months, and Mitchell Cushing and Austin Siegelman are prepared to do what it takes to make it on the sizable Big M stage. The first of these two youngsters is 19-year-old Cushing, who was actually contacted while making his way from his Albion, Maine home to the Meadowlands Thursday night. "I'm on my way there now," said Cushing, who graduated high school in June of 2016. "It's about six hours to get there. It'll be my second time driving at the Meadowlands. Last week, I drove one horse." Six hours in the car for one drive. Why? "For the love of the sport," said Cushing, who has been driving regularly for a year and a half in Maine and Massachusetts. "It's always been a childhood dream to drive at the Meadowlands." It may not be a six-hour trip, but when Pocono Downs races, Siegelman drives four days a week from Pocono to Monticello and back. On days such as Thursday, once Monti is done, it's 90 minutes one way to the Big M. Siegelman has been driving full-time for about four years. His father James has horses at Pocono that Austin drives, but with Pocono dark for the winter, the 25-year-old is taking another shot at Big M glory after trying the mile oval a year ago with limited good results. "It's the Meadowlands," said Siegelman. "Who doesn't want to drive there?" Siegelman has an alliance with trainer Chris Marino, so he'll get some drives there, as well as for his dad. Other than that, he'll be relying on himself. "I'm not a big phone guy," said Siegelman. "So how much work I get will be based on performance and people I know." It'll be tough for the two youngsters, who both plan to be around until March, and they are keeping expectations muted. "Try to make as much money as possible," said Cushing, whose dad Ron has been a long-time trainer. "But that depends on what horses you have. To have people say, 'Did you see this kid, he did a good job'. Then, if a big trainer were to come to Plaindridge this summer, he might consider me. It would be more than enough to be be known and respected." "I don't have a lot of expectations," said Siegelman. "Just put in some good efforts. I'd like to win some races. The Meadowlands is the place to be. Everybody watches the Meadowlands." And now everybody will be watching Cushing and Siegelman. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Esprit De Kayjay A isn't getting older, he's getting better. The 13-year-old harness racing gelding won his second straight Meadowlands start after taking four in a row at Freehold, winning the first of two divisions of the second leg of the Dash For The "G" Notes series Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Andy Miller has been in the sulky for all half-dozen victories. Esprit De Kayjay A worked out a pocket trip and won easily splitting rivals in deep stretch to win in a season's-best 1:53.4 by 2¾-lengths over Pan Grad. Salevster Stallion was third. As the 1-2 public choice, 'Kayjay' returned $3.00 to win for trainer Nick Surick, who also owns the horse along with his mom Debbie. The veteran campaigner has now won 71 races in 300 lifetime starts and has banked $533,121. "He's a horse with a lot of problems," said Surick, who is far in front of the field in the trainer standings at Freehold Raceway. "But he has a huge heart. He seems to do his best work in the winter when they don't go as fast." Miller completed a driving sweep of the Dash For The "G" Notes events, guiding Walks Of Life to a powerhouse score in 1:52.4. The 7-year-old son of Western Ideal burst away from the gate and was never threatened while racing on the lead, scoring by 2¼-lengths over May I Cruise West. Every Intention was third. Walks Of Life's performance was particularly impressive given that the gelding had not raced since late July, when he won at the Meadowlands in 1:51.2. Trained by Vincent Fusco Jr., Walks Of Life paid $6.40 to win as the 2-1 favorite, scoring for the 24th time in 104 lifetime outings, and in the process, pushed his lifetime earnings past the $100,000 mark. A LITTLE MORE: Driver Jim Marohn Jr. recorded three winners on the card, including a sweep of the Late Daily Double. ... All-source handle on the nine-race program totaled $1,150,707. ... After once again not resulting in a single-ticket winner, the carryover for the late 20 Cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 swelled to $37,595.13. ... Racing resumes Friday night at the Big M with a first race post time of 7:15 p.m. ... During December, the Meadowlands will race Thursday through Saturday nights. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New Meadowlands Racetrack is pleased to announce that Dave Little has been added to the Big M's television and media relations staffs. His first appearance will be during this evening's nine-race harness racing card that gets underway at 7:15 p.m. Little will serve as the primary co-host (alongside Dave Brower) and occasional host of the track's award-winning nightly simulcast production that is seen in every venue that takes action on Meadowlands racing. He'll serve in the same capacity on the "Racing from the Meadowlands" replay show, which can be seen on SportsNet New York (SNY) after a live race card. The long-time harness racing aficionado will also be responsible to send out the nightly release that recaps the evening's action. "We are happy to have Dave back at the Meadowlands," said track chief operating officer and general manager Jason Settlemoir. "Dave did plenty of TV work at the track years ago, and more recently, did our morning-line odds and program analysis. He has been a patron of the Meadowlands for nearly four decades and we are looking forward to having him - and that wealth of experience he brings - on our team." Little was a long-time newspaperman, first handicapping both harness and thoroughbred races for the New York Post before moving on to the New York Daily News, where he served as racing editor, columnist and handicapper for 24 years. He is the Grand Circuit Week track announcer at Goshen (N.Y.) Historic Track and also calls the action every year at the Orleans County Fair in Barton, Vermont. By Meadowlands Media Relations  

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