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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Abbeylara loves to win from off the pace. So much, in fact, that he did it for a second straight start at the Meadowlands, hitting the wire a head in front of The Bruiser to win the harness racing Dash For The "G" Notes Final Thursday night. Pumped Up Kicks was third. Abbeylara moved into the Nick Surick barn less than a month ago, and it's been all systems go ever since. He won his first start as a Surick student on Nov. 24 at Freehold before finishing second at the half-mile track in his next outing. The 9-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again-Lisbella came to the Big M on Dec. 6 and won his Dash For The "G" Notes preliminary by splitting rivals late, and this time around, he was equally impressive. Driver Andy Miller had Abbeylara away in fifth, and when he moved to the outside, he gapped his cover in what looked to be a subpar effort. But with a little more than an eighth of a mile to go, Abbeylara started rolling, getting up in deep stretch to nail the speedy The Bruiser in a remarkably game effort in 1:53.1. Abbeylara's night was over, but Surick's had just begun. Surick, whose 136 winners at Freehold are 105 more than his closest pursuer, also won the ninth (with Ella Christina) and 10th (Ideal Romance) races on the card. His three winners doubled his Big M meet total. MELADY'S MONET ROLLS: Showing no ill effects of having been on the sidelines since June 24, lifetime $1.3 million earner Melady's Monet had explosive late trot to win the overnight feature, a $15,000 conditioned trot, in 1:53 as the 3-5 public choice, gunning down Misslarose at the wire after swinging three-wide at three-quarters. A LITTLE MORE: Track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir called the races as the Big M continued its Thursday night "Borrow Ken's Binoculars" promotion, with Ken Warkentin stepping aside to bring some new voices to the Big M faithful. Peter Kleinhans is up next Thursday. ... It was a good night to be a driving Miller, as eight of the 10 races on the card were taken by Andy (3), Brett (3), Dave and Marcus. ... Andy McCarthy won the second race to up his meet-leading driver-win total to 31. ... All-source handle on the card was $1,153,995. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. ... Remember, there is no racing Saturday due to the New York Jets game at MetLife Stadium. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations      

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - K Ryan Bluechip used an amazing final half-mile to win the Saturday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands - an $18,500 conditioned pace - for a second straight week. Driver Brett Miller was in no hurry early with the Virgil Morgan Jr. trainee, but the fans who bet him as the 2-1 favorite probably wish he'd been closer at the half. K Ryan Bluechip was last in the field of seven past the quarter- and half-mile markers, as the pace-setting Bell I No was being pressured on the front end, setting the stage for an off-the-pace winner. K Ryan Bluechip, a 6-year-old gelded son of Art Major-Fool That I Am, was activated by Miller with just over three-eighths to go, using a quick burst of speed to get into a third-over flow around the far turn and past three-quarters. Instead of opting to stay in the fast lane, KRB swung three-wide for the drive to the wire and that proved to be the right move, as K Ryan Bluechip sprinted past the field during his :26.3 final quarter, recording a three-quarter length win in 1:50.1. A determined Bell I No and Clouseau Hanover - who had plenty of late pace - finished in a dead heat for second. The winner, who is owned by Carl Howard and Brian Witt, returned $6.00 to his backers, and now has seven victories in 31 starts this year. Lifetime, he's won 30-of-97 and banked just over $378,000. PICK-5 TURNAROUND: After Friday night's 50-Cent Pick-5 paid $60.15 as favorites won every leg of the wager, things went much differently Saturday evening. In the third race on the program (Leg one of the Pick-5), Too Much Hanover and driver Vinny Ginsburg scored at odds of 29-1, paying more to win ($61.00) than the Pick-5 returned on Friday. After the next four winners in the sequence were sent off at 'useable' odds of 8-1, 3-5, 6-5 and 2-1, the Saturday Pick-5 came back a handsome $21,640.30. A LITTLE MORE: In addition to getting the Pick-5 off to a good start, Ginsburg also had a big hand in the Early Daily Double ($194.80), scoring with 14-1 chance Rock Star in the opener. ... Andy McCarthy made three winner's circle visits, raising his meet-leading dash-win total to 30. ... All-source handle totaled $1,943,975 for the 11-race program. ... Racing resumes Thursday at 7:15 p.m. ... Live action will be conducted on a Thursday-Saturday basis at the Big M during December, with one exception. There will be no live racing on Saturday, Dec. 15, with the New York Jets hosting the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Kickoff is 4:30 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Trolley bumped up in class for a third straight start and was at his most impressive Friday night at the Meadowlands, scoring by 3¼ dominant lengths in the Big M's trotting feature, the harness racing $20,000 Preferred Handicap. The Erv Miller trainee, sent off as the 1-5 favorite in the field of six, opted to sit in the three-hole early before driver Marcus Miller edged the 5-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride off the rail just after the half to go after leader Misslarose. Trolley drew alongside Misslarose at the three-quarter mark and edged away from that foe with an eighth of a mile to go, before powerfully striding clear to an easy win, his third of the year in only four starts. Thisguyisonfire and Dynamic Edge had good late trot to claim second and third, respectively. Misslarose weakened to fourth. The winner, who is owned by Paymaq Racing, L.L. Mathias, G. Gillis and L.A. Willinger, now has 11 wins in 24 lifetime starts and a bankroll of $290,059 after trotting the mile in 1:52.2. He returned $2.60 to win. FAVES RULE IN PICK-5: The 50-Cent Pick-5 took huge action, as $106,397 in "new" money was added to the $18,376 carryover from Thursday night to create a total pool of $124,773. There was no big score to be had, however, as post-time favorites won each leg of the wager, resulting in a payoff of $60.15. A LITTLE MORE: Andy McCarthy continued his winning ways, as the Big M's leading driver upped his meet-leading win total to 27 after scoring three times on the night. ... It was all about form on the nine-race card, as six favorites and three second choices hit the winner's circle. ... All-source handle totaled $1,526,865. ... Racing resumes Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Meadowlands kicked off its "Borrow Ken's Binoculars" Thursdays as guest announcer Larry Lederman was on the microphone at the Big M, describing the harness racing action and entertaining fans at the same time. It was a great night for Lederman - and for the fans who love his style - given the fact that he has been battling a brain tumor for some time now. He had surgery several months ago to remove most of the mass, and to see him back in the booth was a great thing. "Post time should be within the hour," Lederman cracked as a horse reported to the paddock for equipment repair after there had been a recall before the second race. During the eighth race, Lederman asked: "Do the Mets really need Robinson Cano?" Lederman's never been one to follow the track announcer handbook. Lederman was the first of what are scheduled to be four different announcers to call the Big M races on Thursdays during December, and he did not disappoint the masses as the response to hearing him call was overwhelmingly positive on social media. "It was nice to hear Larry in the booth," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir, who will call the races on Dec. 13. "Through all of Larry's health issues and his daughter passing away this year, he has never lost his passion for race calling or his enthusiasm. The industry loves Larry's race calling and Larry loves the industry." A LITTLE MORE: One player wagering into the Oregon hub was the only bettor to have a ticket bearing the winning combination of 4-3-6-5-1 in the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five and walked away with $29,547. ... The 50-Cent Pick-5 failed to yield a winning ticket, creating a carryover of $18,376 heading into Friday's card. ... Nine different drivers won on the nine-race program. ... All-source handle totaled $1,069,585. ... Come on out and see the Budweiser Clydesdales Friday, starting at 6 p.m. ... Live racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. Dave Little

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Off a pair of respectable tries, it was clear that K Ryan Bluechip could be competitive at the harness racing non-winners of $15,000 level at the Meadowlands, but what remained uncertain was, could he beat them? Now we know. In the Saturday night conditioned pacing feature at the Big M, Maroma Beach was the slight 8-5 public choice and hit the quarter first in :27. K Ryan Bluechip, fourth in the early going, was up to engage the leader at the half (:55) and the pair continued to battle to the three-quarter mark (1:22.4). But instead of caving in after going first-over, K Ryan Bluechip continued to find more, powering away from Maroma Beach through the stretch to record a 1½-length win in the $16,000 event. Tact Tate N (the 9-5 second choice) rallied for second while Maroma Beach settled for third. K Ryan Bluechip, who paid $7.00 to win as the third choice in the wagering, is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr., was driven by Brett Miller and is owned by Carl Howard and Brian Witt. A veteran with a lifetime mark of 1:49.2 taken last year at the Red Mile, K Ryan Bluechip is a 6-year-old son of Art Major-Fool That I Am who completed his mile in 1:50.2 in winning for the sixth time this year in 30 starts. Lifetime, he's 29-for-96 and has earned $368,804. A LITTLE MORE: All-source handle on the 12-race card was $2,113,898, the fifth straight Saturday where wagering topped the $2 million mark. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool came close to reaching six figures for a second straight Saturday, coming up just short at $98,454. ... Driver Corey Callahan had three winners on the program while Mike Merton, Brett Miller and Dexter Dunn had two apiece. ... The Big M's schedule will change slightly for the month of December as the track will add Thursdays to its race week, effective immediately, with the usual 7:15 p.m. post time. Take note that there will be no live racing on Saturday, Dec. 15, with the New York Jets hosting the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - One week ago, the Erv Miller-trained Trolley worked out a perfect pocket trip on the way to gunning down a heavy favorite in the Friday night conditioned harness racing trotting feature at the Meadowlands. Trolley left nothing to chance this time around, blasting to the lead just after the quarter and taking the Big M Friday night feature for a second straight week. The 5-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride left the gate and was parked around the first turn. He was then urged to the lead by driver Marcus Miller just after the quarter and was permitted to rate the middle half in :57, leaving more than enough gas in his tank to win for the 10th time in just 23 lifetime starts. The pocket-sitting Opulent Yankee raced well for second, finishing three-quarters of a length behind the winner. Misslarose was third. Trolley, who finished second to 1-5 shot Southwind Frank in the $500,000 Beal Memorial in 2016, has now earned just over $280,000 for owners Paymaq Racing, L.L. Mathias, G. Gillis and L.A. Willinger. As the 3-5 public choice, Trolley paid $3.20 to win after trotting the mile in 1:52.1. A LITTLE MORE: Driver Andy McCarthy kept up his winning ways, scoring three times on the program to increase his meet-leading win total to 24. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 was a hit with the bettors, as the pool total of $85,439 proves. ... One lucky player wagering into the Oregon hub was the only bettor to correctly select the winner of the first eight legs of the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $11,664. ... All-source wagering totaled $1,799,373. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The weather may not have been cooperative, as a heavy rain fell for most of the evening, but that did not stop many of harness racing's stars from shining last Saturday (Nov. 24) at the Meadowlands. Horse of the Year voters got to see the top two horses in training take down tough fields in their respective TVG Finals, as McWicked - the presumed favorite in the HOTY race - won the Open Pace in dominant fashion in 1:48. Not to be outdone, Shartin N - who became the first-ever aged pacing female to earn $1 million in a calendar year - splashed through the slop to score easily in the Mares Pace in 1:50.3. In the TVG Open Trot, Tactical Landing defeated rival 3-year-old Six Pack in 1:51.4 in what is presumed to be trainer Jimmy Takter's last big Meadowlands victory as he heads off into retirement. Also on the card were the Fall Final Four for 2-year-olds and one performer, Captain Crunch, stood out from the others as the Breeders Crown champion took the Governor's Cup for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the pace in 1:50.3. The great Foiled Again made his final career appearance at the Big M but had to settle for fourth in the "Auld Lane Syne" Pace after going a tough trip. Despite the weather, he hung around in the winner's circle long enough for his fans to take pictures and have track TV personality Jessica Otten give him a bouquet of carrots, which he had no qualms about snacking on right after his race. The Meadowlands' TV dynamic interview duo of Dave Brower and Bob "Hollywood" Heyden braved the elements to get insightful post-race interviews for all eight of the stakes events on the program, while TVG, who dedicated much air time to the Big M card, had Tom Cassidy (who came in from California to be part of the evening) and the Big M's 'super-sub', Rich Mattei, provide extensive commentary on the 13-race card. The all-source handle was a meet-best $2,764,912, and the track's signature wager, the 50-Cent Pick-4, saw a meet-high $101,859 in play. This weekend, live racing takes place on the usual Friday and Saturday (post time, 7:15 p.m.), but the schedule will change slightly beginning Dec. 6, as Thursdays will be added to the slate for the month of December. The date that racegoers need to be aware of is Saturday, Dec. 15, when the track will be dark as the New York Jets will host the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m. WIN SOME CASH: On Friday, Nov. 30, Big M fans can grab some green in the Players Club Swipe N Score promotion. Swipe your Players Club card and win a betting voucher worth up to $500. Prizes range from $2 to $500 and vouchers will print after the first swipe, one voucher per person. In the event you are not a Players Club member and want to get in on the action, contact James Johnston (jjohnston@playmeadowlands.com) or any Players Club representative to sign up. BRING A TOY, MEET QUINCY: On Monday, Dec. 3, the Meadowlands will host a U.S. Marines Toys for Tots holiday toy drive, and football fans who bring a new unwrapped toy for the great cause will get to meet and greet New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa. FOX5 sportscaster Tina Cervasio will serve as master of ceremonies at the event, which takes place from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Enunwa, who currently has 33 catches and a team-high 418 receiving yards, will personally deliver the collected toys to children at Harlem Grown, a charitable organization in Harlem whose mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability and nutrition. THE CLYDESDALES ARE COMING: On Friday, Dec. 7, the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will make a stop at the Meadowlands. Come out for a selfie with the majestic animals - who were originally a gift to August A. Busch Sr. to commemorate the repeal of Prohibition - on the East Apron from 6 p.m.-7:15 p.m. Then grab a Bud or a Bud Lite and watch the Clydesdales parade on the track after the conclusion of the first race. GET YOUR NFL ACTION: Or for that matter, wager on college football, pro basketball, soccer and hockey at the Big M's FanDuel Sports Book. The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 a.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-2 a.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Keep in mind that the sports book will close after all live U.S. games have concluded. Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - She's done all she can do. Now, she hopes the Horse of the Year voters are in her corner. Shartin N became the first older pacing female to earn $1 million in a single season by taking the $175,000 TVG Mares Pace in 1:50.3 in a dominant performance over a sloppy track at the Meadowlands Saturday night on the biggest night of racing on the fall calendar, as four TVG Finals as well as the Fall Final Four for 2-year-olds were contested. The 5-year-old daughter of Tintin In America-Bagdarin was used hard into the first turn by driver Tim Tetrick, putting 2-1 second choice Caviart Ally in the pocket. Shartin N was permitted to rate the second fraction in :29.2 as Blue Moon Stride made progress racing first-over, getting within a neck of the eventual winner nearing three-quarters, which was timed in 1:23.2. The 4-5 favorite then turned it on, sprinting clear of Caviart Ally as Blue Moon Stride faded. At the wire, Shartin N was 1¾ lengths clear of a fast-closing Apple Bottom Jeans, who was 55-1 on the tote board. Pure Country was third. "She's been great. It's been a great trip with her," said Richard Poillucci, who owns the horse with Jo Ann Looney-King, wife of trainer Jim King Jr. "It was a little tough in the beginning with (her going off stride) when we got her here but she's just been an incredible mare." "McWicked has been a tremendous horse," said Poillucci when the subject of Horse of the Year was brought up. "I'm just happy that she's done what she's done." Shartin N, who won the Breeders Crown four weeks ago, paid $3.60 as the 4-5 public choice and has won 19-of-24 starts this year, good for earnings of $1,053,236. Earlier in the evening, in the $175,000 TVG Mares Trot, Breeders Crown champion Emoticon Hanover sealed up divisional honors by holding off the late-charging Hannelore Hanover by a neck in 1:52.4. Celebrity Ruth was third. Driver Daniel Dube hustled Emoticon Hanover to the lead in the abbreviated five-horse field with Hannelore Hanover racing right behind. Over a track rated 'good' as heavy rains fell, the moderate fractions of :28, :56.3 and 1:25.4 set the stage for a sprint to the wire. "Everything went well with those fractions," said Dube in the winner's circle. "But I was not sure I had it won because (Hannelore Hanover) is a great horse, but my horse was good to the wire." Emoticon Hanover trotted her final quarter in :27, and it was just enough, as Hannelore Hanover - who started the year six-for-six but is now six-for-13 - was in tight quarters in mid stretch. Nearing the wire, Ice Attraction started to flatten a bit after grinding toward the leader during the final half-mile, allowing Hannelore enough room for one final surge. But she would come up just short. Trained by Luc Blais, Emoticon Hanover, a 5-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Emmylou Who, returned $4.00 as the even-money favorite. She has now won 22-of-53 lifetime starts and earned $1,454,576 for owners Determination of Montreal. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - McWicked completely dominated his foes for a third straight stakes start, and in the process, likely wrapped up Horse of the Year honors Saturday night at the Meadowlands after taking the $350,000 TVG Open Pace by 2 lengths over Dealt A Winner in 1:48 over a sloppy track. Filibuster Hanover was third. "He was absolutely awesome," said winning trainer Casie Coleman. "He's been awesome all season long. I was a little worried when Filibuster got to the front and nobody was coming, I thought we might go a little bit slow fractions up front, but he kept rolling along and it set up great." She needn't have been concerned. Sent to the gate as the 1-9 public choice with the heavy rains from earlier in the evening having diminished to a steady drizzle, McWicked, who was an easy winner in the Dan Rooney on Oct. 13 before following that up with a crushing Breeders Crown score two weeks later, was away in third as Filibuster Hanover reached the quarter in :27 and the half in :54.2. Driver Brian Sears activated McWicked, a 7-year-old son of McArdle-Western Sahara, with about three-eighths of a mile to go, moving quickly after the leader, and was just a length to the bad at three-quarters in 1:21.2. McWicked then powerfully, methodically wore down Filibuster Hanover and went on to an easy victory, his 12th in 19 starts this year. His earnings for 2018 stand at $1,575,364, while his lifetime bank account is a gaudy $3,896,876. He's won 34 of 93 starts over his career. As the heavy favorite, McWicked returned $2.20 to his backers. He is owned by the S S G Stables. Coleman explained after McWicked's win in a Big M overnight event last week that the horse will return for his 8-year-old season. "We've had a lot of offers to go to stud, but his owner, Ed James, is loving this and he said McWicked is racing next year." Will McWicked be chosen as Horse of the Year? "I sure hope so," said Coleman. "We'll see what the voters think, so hopefully." In the $350,000 TVG Open Trot, Tactical Landing completed a marvelous 3-year-old season by besting rival sophomore Six Pack as the pair finished 1-2 facing seven older foes. "He's really, really special. I'm so proud of this horse," said winning trainer Jimmy Takter. "I can't praise a horse more than I praise this guy. He's one of a kind." Strong words. But deserving ones. Six Pack, the 8-5 second choice, was away third in the early going before driver Ake Svanstedt brushed the Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity winner to the top at the three-eighths. Sears was patient with 7-5 public choice Tactical Landing, moving the son of Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena off the rail from fifth at the half. Tactical Landing chipped away at Six Pack's lead until the duo were on even terms at three-quarters. They went at it nose-to-nose from there until Tactical Landing powered clear inside the eighth pole, going on to a 2½-length score in 1:51.4. Will Take Charge finished third. "In the beginning, he was a real project," said Takter of Tactical Landing, an $800,000 Lexington Select Sale purchase who earned only $1,500 as a 2-year-old. "He did not have confidence in himself." That would come when Tactical Landing, who paid $4.80 to win, moved into Takter's barn at the start of this year, one during which his prized pupil has won nine-of-14 starts and bankrolled $810,800 for owners The Tactical Landing Stable. Alluding to his impending retirement at the end of the year, Takter wasn't sure what lies ahead for the horse. "It's something we have to decide. I'm going to be out of the picture for most of it. I don't know." A LITTLE MORE: One astute player betting at Pompano (Fla.) Park was the lone winner of the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and took home $15,488 for surviving nine legs. ... The great Foiled Again finished fourth in his Meadowlands finale. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card was a meet-high $2,764,913. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It had been a long time between drinks for the Erv Miller-trained Trolley, but a perfect pocket trip was just the right tonic to get him to the winner's circle for the first time since Sept. 10 of last year when he took the $16,000 high-range conditioned trotting feature Friday night at the Meadowlands. Making only his second start of the year, Trolley was asked for early speed from driver Marcus Miller and got it, ending up in the two-hole behind even-money choice Lindy The Great. Those two raced that way from the quarter as Fashionwoodchopper struggled first-over from the get-go. Mayfair Johnny B - who was seeking his fourth straight win - was another who couldn't hack it while racing uncovered past the half and three-quarters. Through the stretch, Lindy The Great could not finish the job, as Trolley popped out of the pocket in midstretch and rolled by for a 2-length win in 1:52.2. Zlatan finished third. A 5-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride, Trolley returned $11.80 as the co-third choice in the betting. He's now won nine-of-22 lifetime outings for owners Paymaq Racing, L.L. Mathias, G. Gillis and L.A. Willinger. Magnum Mike won his third straight in the fifth race claiming handicap. He was claimed for $10,000 for the third time this month after scoring as the 4-5 favorite and now resides in the Chris Marino barn. One lucky player wagering into the Ohio hub raked the pot in the ninth-race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five, correctly wagering on the winning combination of 4-7-3-9-2. The payoff was $11,674. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool was a rock-solid $91,452, falling just $534 short of the meet high, which was established on Nov. 3. ... All-source wagering on the 11-race card totaled $2,034,923. ... Racing resumes Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. with the biggest card of the fall meeting. Eight stakes races - four TVG finals and the Fall Final Four for 2-year-olds - top a spectacular 13-race program. The top two contenders for Horse of the Year - McWicked (TVG pace) and Shartin N (TVG mare pace) - are the top two names on the marquee. In addition, the great Foiled Again will be in race three and then meet and greet his fans in the 'Backyard' after the race. There is also a Foiled Again poster giveaway.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Saturday night, the place to be for an end of the year stakes-season sendoff spectacular card of harness racing is at the showcase of the sport, the Meadowlands. Speaking of sendoffs, Big M enthusiasts will also get to say goodbye to an all-time great as Foiled Again appears on the track one last time at the mile oval before meeting and greeting his faithful fans. Horse of the Year front-runner McWicked (TVG open pace) and the still-in-the-hunt Shartin N (TVG female pace) are the marquee names in two of six stakes events on the 13-race program, which gets underway at 7:15 p.m. Defending Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover takes on Breeders Crown champion Emoticon Hanover in the TVG female trot while 3-year-olds Tactical Landing and Six Pack duke it out for divisional honors as they face off with older foes Marion Marauder and Cruzado Dela Noche in the TVG open trot. They'll also be 2-year-olds in action in the Three Diamonds for filly pacers (featuring Breeders Crown winner Warrawee Ubeaut), the Goldsmith Maid for filly trotters, the Governor's Cup for pacing colts and geldings (with BC champ Captain Crunch) and the Valley Victory for colt and gelding trotters. Harness insiders talk Foiled Again With the Meadowlands celebrating the five-year anniversary of the opening of its new grandstand, the great pacer Foiled Again, he of 106 career wins and $7.6 million in earnings, will be on the scene. Having won the much-hyped 2013 TVG open pace, he might be wondering why he isn't in Saturday night's TVG, but he will be racing on the card, leaving from post seven in the "Auld Land Syne", which is the third race on the program. After he cools down, racing fans are encouraged to come back to the Big M's 'Backyard' and meet Foiled, and to take pictures with a horse that history is sure to recognize as one of the greatest of all-time. There is also a commemorative Foiled Again poster giveaway, available at the Players Club Desk beginning at 6 p.m. The Meadowlands caught up with some harness racing experts, and this what they had to say about Foiled Again: Yannick Gingras, driver, Foiled Again: Foiled Again's and my careers took off at the same time and I can't help but think he was a huge part in taking me to the next level as a catch driver. His longevity, toughness, will to win and forgiveness of a tough trip is what made him so special. He was not the fastest horse I've ever driven but he will for sure be the toughest, gamest horse I will ever drive. The TVG meant so much that year with Captain(treacherous) being in it and all the hype around him plus Pet Rock, Sweet Lou and others. He was the old guy against a bunch of much-younger horses trying to take his spot. But in his true self, Foiled Again refused to lose and took it to all of them. (He held off Golden Receiver by a neck in 1:49.2.) His BC win that year to me is my favorite and is the perfect race to describe Foiled as he was sooooo game that night and he fought horses coming from everywhere, but the TVG is a very close second and it's a race I'll never forget (like many other of his races). I will be forever thankful for him and what he has done for my family but also to the sport in general. He was a breath of fresh air and the 'people's horse' in a sport that need many more feel-good stories like Foiled Again's. A true champion I will miss but never forget. Bob "Hollywood" Heyden, Meadowlands TV personality, handicapper and historian: I remember the 2013 TVG Pace well, the (new grandstand) had just opened. Foiled Again, whose 47 starts at the Meadowlands are the most he has at any one track, dug in as was his style, and held off a grandiose field. (Keep in mind that Sweet Lou came back in 2014 to dominate this event by a city block and then retired.) An amazingly durable horse was Foiled Again at the top level, which is unheard of. I recall this horse made $57,000 at 2 and 3 COMBINED! He had three straight $1 million seasons - when he 7, 8 and 9-years-old - and is $1,120 in front of McWicked going into this weekend as the richest 7-year-old in the history of the game as a pacer. I loved this horse, knowing how he gave his all each and every time and it didn't seem to matter where he was or who he was in with. The modern-day Rambling Willie, he ignored the calendar and has earned $7.6 million. For the last 75 months, he has been the richest pacer in harness history. The numbers could fill up a couple more pages. What a way to kick off the TVG than with Foiled Again in 2013! John Campbell, President and CEO, The Hambletonian Society: I was in the 2013 TVG (driving Modern Legend, who finished fifth), and Foiled Again was a very difficult horse to race against because he was so tough. That was a great race. There was a lot of build up with Captaintreacherous going in. It was one of many great races Foiled went. I think what's astounding is how he raced at that top level and won major free-for-all stakes for I don't know how many years. He's going to be in the conversation with almost everybody when we talk about our all-time greats because of his longevity and the level that he raced at. Moira Fanning, Director of Publicity and COO, The Hambletonian Society: To me, Foiled Again epitomizes harness racing. He wasn't a flashy 2- or 3-year-old but he kept going out on the track and grinding out wins and money. He rose to the highest echelon in racing and stayed there far longer than expected. He wouldn't stand out in a crowd and was just another bay Standardbred - until he hit the racetrack, where his workmanlike attitude meant he raced about every two weeks, year after year, and suddenly was inching past all hoses for money earned - $4 million, $5 million, $6 million - finally coming to rest at the legal age of retirement, 14, with $7.6 million banked. He was always kind of standoffish, too, didn't seek attention and didn't even like being turned out with other horses - Foiled Again is no herd animal, but he ended up being the leader of the pack. His personality seems changed a bit as well, to where he relishes the pictures, is cool with all the hoopla and puts his head down to be petted by the fans who drive from near and far to see him. Now that's a true-blue collar hero! Jeff Gural, Chairman and CEO, The Meadowlands: He was obviously a great horse and I am glad he chose this Saturday to make an appearance. He won so many races it is hard to remember any specific one! Debbie Little, harness racing writer/handicapper, New York Post: To be at the top of his game for as many years as he was, racing against the best in the business, is just extraordinary. He was great to watch when he won as the favorite but much more fun when he won as a long shot like in the 2012 Canadian Pacing Derby beating Betterthancheddar by a neck at 14-1. I remember the Niatross tour in 1996 and it was such a great thing for the fans and I think it's amazing that the connections of Foiled Again were willing to take this on. People need heroes in this sport that don't disappear after competing for just a year or two. Thank you to Foiled Again for always giving us his best and for doing it for as long as he has. He will be missed. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's safe to say that McWicked is ready for next week's TVG Free For All Pace. The current leader in the race for Horse of the Year, McWicked lived up to his name in a big way Saturday night at the Meadowlands, scorching the mile oval in 1:47.3 in taking the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers. "I wasn't expecting that," said trainer Casie Coleman of the blazing-fast effort in cold 42-degree conditions. "I was kind of worried about a slow half, but they went (the half) :53.4. He looked like he did it pretty easy." That he did. McWicked was in no hurry early, racing fifth and last as he swung to the outside at the half-mile marker. He grinded his way toward the leaders down the backside and was just a length behind the horse in the top spot, Dealt A Winner, as three-quarters was timed in 1:20.4. From there, McWicked put on a show, sprinting the final quarter in :26.3 to hit the wire 2¼ lengths in front of 7-2 second choice Filibuster Hanover. Western Fame was third. As the 1-5 favorite, McWicked, who was driven by Brian Sears, paid $2.40 to win in scoring for the 33rd time in 92 lifetime starts. He lifted his bank account to a gaudy $3.725 million. "He always gives everything he's got," said Coleman. "Tonight, he looked as strong as he's been in any of his races this year. That mile tonight was crazy." Coleman confirmed the good news that had previously been shared several weeks ago. "The TVG will be his last race of the year," said the conditioner. "But he is 100 percent coming back next year. We've had a lot of offers to go to stud, but his owner, Ed James, is loving this and he said McWicked is racing next year." Next Saturday's huge Meadowlands program includes eight stakes events: The Fall Final Four has two pair of $400,000 events for 2-year-olds - the Three Diamonds, Goldsmith Maid, Valley Victory and Governor's Cup - while the TVGs for 3-year-olds and up have a pair of $350,000 events (the Free For All Pace and Trot) as well as two $175,000 races (the Free For All Mare Pace and Trot). A LITTLE MORE: Trix And Stones (1:55.1, $14.20 to win) and Chin Chin Hall (1:54.4, $22.20) were victorious in the two Valley Victory elims for colt and gelding trotters, while the single Governor's Cup elim for pacing colts and geldings went to Mangogh (1:51.3, $16.40). ... All Bets Off showed his class in a high-end conditioned event, stopping the clock in 1:48.4 as the 3-5 favorite. ... Geez Joe (2-1 favorite), racing in a non-winners of $8,500 pace, lowered his previous lifetime best by two full seconds, stopping the clock in 1:48.1. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race card totaled $2,449,013. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Muscle Diamond and Pure Country lived up to their billing as post-time favorites in taking the co-features at the Meadowlands Friday night. Driver Andy McCarthy, whose three winners on the night upped his meet-leading total to 17, guided Muscle Diamond to victory in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. The trip wasn't an easy one, but the Brett Bittle trainee was up for the challenge. Racing sixth past the quarter, McCarthy tipped the 6-year-old son of Muscle Hill-Windylane Hanover to the outside as they began their march toward the leader, who was 2015 Hambletonian champion (and 5-2 second choice) Pinkman. Muscle Diamond chipped away at the leader's edge around the far turn and was on even terms with that foe with an eighth of a mile to go before drawing clear to a three-quarter length win in 1:52.4. Will Take Charge rallied to gun down Pinkman for the place spot. As the 3-5 public choice, Muscle Diamond returned $3.20 to his backers in winning his fourth straight. Pure Country, the winner of the 2017 TVG Mare Pace, gave notice that a repeat might be coming next week as she won the co-featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacing fillies and mares in 1:51. Monica Gallagher was second with her entry mate, Windsun Glory, third. The Jimmy Takter-trained Pure Country was put in the four hole early by driver Yannick Gingras and opted to stay there until swinging to the outside at the five-eighths. Shortly thereafter, Monica Gallagher popped out of the two hole, providing live - albeit short-lived - cover for the eventual winner. Through the stretch, Monica Gallagher was determined, but so was the even-money public choice Pure Country, who gunned down that foe nearing the wire, notching a pulse-pounding head score. Pure Country, a 5-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana, returned $4.20 to win. She has now won 27 of 62 lifetime starts and earned $2,418,249. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky simulcast player wagering into the Oregon hub was the only bettor to last six races - and was the lone winner - in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $12,326. ... The 50-Cent Pick-5 came back $1,174, a healthy payout when you consider the odds of the winning horses in the sequence were 2-1, 5-2, 3-1, 3-5 and 18-1. The 18-1 shot was listed at 4-1 on the morning line. ... All-source handle on the 11-race card was $1,966,181. ... Racing resumes Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. Horse of the Year favorite McWicked will prep for next week's TVG Open Pace by racing in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The prolific pair of driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke were up to their old tricks Saturday night at the Meadowlands, combining to win four times on the 12-race program. Windsong Jack got the dynamic duo off to a good start in the second race harness racing pace, the $17,500 Dash For The "G" Notes final, as the 8-year-old gelded son of Santanna Blue Chip-Milliondollarsmile, who won his preliminary a week ago by 8¾ lengths in 1:51.1, was up for what was almost a repeat performance. The result was never in doubt as the 1-9 public choice cut out all of the fractions before hitting the wire 6½ lengths in front of Joe's Bid in a season's-best equaling 1:51.1. He paid $2.20 to win. But Gingras and Burke were just getting started. Rockn Motion, a regular earlier this season on the Kentucky Sire Stakes circuit, beat a solid field of conditioned pacers in race five. The son of Pet Rock-Graceful Motion, who was unraced at 2, was the only 3-year-old in the field, but held sway through the stretch despite getting steppy with an eighth of a mile to go to hold off even-money choice Ocean Colony by a head. As the 8-5 second choice, Rockn Motion paid $5.20 after completing the mile in 1:52.1. The Burke-Gingras pairing struck again in the seventh, scoring with another 3-year-old - Dragon Time - who was good enough to beat older foes in a high-range conditioned pace in 1:51.3. The gelded son of Bettor's Delight-Little Miss Dragon slipped out of the three hole at three-quarters before angling through the stretch with steady pace to gun down the pacesetting - and eventual third-place finisher - Geez Joe. Dragon Time hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front of Burkentine Hanover and paid $14.00 as the third choice in the wagering. Veteran Bettor's Edge was sent to the gate as the 3-5 choice, but after working out a perfect pocket trip came up empty at crunch time. Burke and Gingras completed their four-bagger with Magnum Mike, a 10-year-old son of Magical Mike-Dare To Dream, in the 10th race claiming handicap pace. Racing out of the Burke barn for the first time, Magnum Mike was sent to the gate as the 2-1 favorite and delivered on that promise after following perfect cover while second over. He paid $6.40 after pacing his mile in 1:52.2, a lifetime best. It 3½ lengths back to second-place finisher Glass Prince. A LITTLE MORE: Andy McCarthy won the third race to up his meet-leading driver win total to 14. ... Kyle Husted got his first training and driving winner of the meet, steering 3-2 favorite Terror Of The Nite to victory lane in the sixth. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,077,898. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The heavy rain and sloppy conditions didn't figure to deter Caviart Ally in the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacing fillies and mares, as the 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Cool stomped on an abbreviated field, besting four foes in 1:50.2. The Noel Daley trainee was sent to the gate as the 1-9 choice and deservedly so. Two starts back, she was sent off as the even-money choice and finished third to Shartin N in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace elimination. One week later, in the BC final, she finished second to Shartin N - who is in the Horse of the Year hunt - despite drawing post nine. In both Breeders Crown events - as well as Friday at the Big M - the weather was lousy with a track labeled 'sloppy'. Friday at the Meadowlands, driver Andy McCarthy put Caviart Ally on the front, and given the defections of two top-flight mares - Pure Country, who was an early judges scratch, and Darlinonthebeach, who took the night off due to sickness - it did not figure to be much of a race, and it turned out to be just that. Caviart Ally sprinted to the top, with 5-1 second choice Monica Gallagher and 28-1 longshot I'm Trigger Happy sitting second and third at the rail. Except for a non-threatening challenge from 8-1 third choice Penpal down the backside, positions were unchanged from start to finish, with Caviart Ally powering clear late to a 4¾-length romp in the slop, with Monica Gallagher finishing second and I'm Trigger Happy third. While upping her lifetime record to 16 wins in 52 starts, Caviart Ally returned $2.20 to her backers and topped a $4.60 exacta for her owners Buck and Judy Chaffee's Caviart Farms. Her lifetime bankroll stands at $1,138,721. A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy scored three times on the program. The leading driver at the Big M now has 13 winners for the meet. ... The Steve Smith-driven, Jackie Greene-trained Mayfair Johnny B stayed red hot, winning for a third straight start. The 4-year-old gelding continues to climb the class ladder, having beaten non-winners of $3,500, non-winners of $5,000 and non-winners of $8,500 in succession. ... Trainer Eric Abbatiello won twice on the card, as did drivers Smith and Dexter Dunn. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $1,641,661. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Last Saturday (Nov. 3) night's four Kindergarten Classic finals served as the catalyst for the Meadowlands to break out of the handle doldrums and bet a meet-high $2,539,968 on the 11-race program. The per race average reached $230,906, with race eight's $306,544 serving as the most-played dash of the night. The track's signature 50-Cent Pick-4, as well as its 50-Cent Pick-5, had their meet-best pools of $91,985 and $61,468, respectively. Big action wasn't restricted to the multi-leg wagers as the amounts wagered in the Exacta ($76,307) in race seven, Trifecta ($67,454) in race three and Superfecta ($42,977) in race seven were evening highs. A fall chill is expected for this weekend's races (Friday and Saturday, post time 7:15 p.m.), with temperatures expected to be in the 40s Friday and 30s on Saturday, as the mile oval counts down to its next huge night of racing, Saturday, Nov. 24, when the Fall Final Four for 2-year-olds and TVG Series finals will take place. The Fall Final Four has two pair of $400,000 events - the Three Diamonds, Goldsmith Maid, Valley Victory and Governor's Cup - while the TVGs for 3-year-olds and up have a pair of $350,000 events (the Free For All Pace and Trot) as well as two $175,000 races (the Free For All Mare Pace and Trot). Free Big M program pages are available on the handicapping tab at ustrotting.com as well as at playmeadowlands.com. But that's not all. On the same night as the Fall Final Four and TVG finals, racing fans will be able to come out and visit with the richest Standardbred of all time, the great Foiled Again. The veteran superstar will be posing for selfies in the Backyard during live racing and there will also be a special commemorative Foiled Again poster giveaway to all guests, which is available at the Players Club Desk beginning at 6 p.m. ANDY'S FAB FIVE: Last weekend (Nov. 2-3) at the Meadowlands, driver Andy McCarthy had the hot hand, winning five times over the course of the 21 races to up his meet-leading win total to 10. Yannick Gingras was next with three winner's circle visits. On the training side, two conditioners - Tony Alagna and Ron Burke - each won three times. BLUE POINT FAB FIVE: The Meadowlands' Pink Restaurant will host a fabulous five-course dinner for beer lovers Saturday night. Each course is paired with a delicious beer from Long Island's Blue Point Brewing Co. (https://www.bluepointbrewing.com/ ). The price is $49.95 (plus tax and gratuity), with reservations required. For this extraordinary experience, call 201-843-2446. NON-STOP ACTION: At the Meadowlands, in addition to wagering on the world's best harness racing, one can also bet on college and pro sports at the track's FanDuel Sportsbook. The sports book is open from 10 a.m. - 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. on Friday, 7 a.m. - 2 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. - 1 a.m. on Sunday, but be aware, when there is a football game at MetLife Stadium it is not business as usual. Go to this link to find out what to do in this case: https://fanduel.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/331/~/what-are-the-fanduel-sportsbook-hours-at-the-meadowlands%3F by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands      

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