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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - As the leading harness racing driver at the Meadowlands, Yannick Gingras has had his share of big nights at the mile oval, and Saturday at the Big M was just another of many for the 39-year-old, who scored four times on the 13-race program, among them the featured conditioned pace. Seeing Eye Single, a 4-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again-Shabalabadingdong, overcame post 10 and lowered his previous lifetime best by one-and-one-fifth seconds after stopping the clock in 1:49.3 in the event for non-winners of $17,500 in their last five starts. Gingras had Seeing Eye Single on the go from the start, following Captain Deo (who led at the quarter in :27) before clearing the lead just after the first split. A rated second fraction of :28.2 would follow before pressure would come from Stonedust, who was inching his way closer to the leader while first-over at three-quarters. Seeing Eye Single shrugged off that challenger to get some separation at the head of the stretch before holding sway to the wire, finishing a length in front of the pocket-sitting Captain Deo. Rough Odds was third with Penzance Hanover fourth. K Ryan Bluechip, the 4-5 favorite, was in a fourth-over flow before closing well to be a non-threatening fifth. Seeing Eye Single returned $6.00 as the second choice in the wagering, and in the process upped his resume to 11 wins from 28 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $359,926 for owners Burke Racing, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi. "He was strong and won fairly easily," said Gingras of the Ron Burke trainee who sprinted his final quarter in :26. "He loves the big track." Gingras' other wins came with McRaven (first race, $8.20, 1:52.3), All It Takes (third, $6.00, 1:52) and Always A Diamond (sixth, $8.20, 1:52.1). BETTING TOPS $3 MILLION: For the seventh time in 2019, wagering at the Meadowlands exceeded $3 million, as a total of $3,046,148 was pushed through the windows. Race eight saw $341,302 in action, and the ever-popular 50-Cent Pick-4 served as the catalyst with a pool of $116,859. A LITTLE MORE: It was huge day for Austin Siegelman. Monticello Raceway's leading driver took his act on the road Saturday and piled up the victories. After winning five times during the day at Freehold, Siegelman then won three more under the lights at the Big M. ... Players who don't like chalk are loving life of late at the Meadowlands. Over the last four programs, favorites have gone nine-for-52, good (or bad, based on your preference) for a minuscule win percentage of 17. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Considering the talent level of the field he was facing, even harness racing driver Andy Miller must have been surprised at how easily his Sutton won his second straight Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, the $30,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. After all, Sutton was taking on arch-rival Trolley, the only horse to defeat him (twice) this year. In addition, there was $2.7-million lifetime earner Pinkman to contend with, as well as Dover Downs shipper All Champy, who was looking for his third straight win, not to mention Sutton's stablemate, Top Flight Angel, who was second in last year's Breeders Crown. But there was Sutton, leaving the gate alertly before yielding the top to Pinkman at the quarter, and even though the track was unforgiving to speed all night long, Miller put the 6-year-old son of Donato Hanover-I Wanted Wings right back on the point at the three-eighths. After a sleepy :29.4 second quarter, Sutton was in full control as Trolley was the first to pull off the rail - from sixth - after the half. His attempt to beat Sutton - as well as everyone else's - would prove futile. Sutton raced on a clear lead around the far turn as Trolley picked up cover from longshot Sortie, but no one ever got close. Sutton trotted his final quarter in :26.3 and hit the wire in 1:53. It was 2¼ lengths back to Pinkman. Sortie was third while Trolley finished fourth. The winner, trained by Julie Miller, paid $4.20 to win as the even-money favorite and now has 13 wins from 40 lifetime starts and earnings of $557,288 for owners Andy Miller Stable and Jason and Douglas Allen. CAP4 REACHES NEW HEIGHTS: The fifth edition of the Can-Am Pick-4, which requires a bettor to select two winners at the Meadowlands and two more at Woodbine Mohawk Park, provided the wager's biggest pool yet, as a total of $65,333 was put in play. After a sequence that saw winner's odds of even-money, 8-1, 8-5 and 2-1, the return for the bet with the 20-Cent base was $87.17. The Meadowlands' Dave Brower and Woodbine's Jason Portuondo gave out winning selections to their followers. BIG HIT IN JSH5: One lucky patron wagering on the Meadowlands' signal into the Oregon hub went home with a huge smile on his or her face Friday night. In the 13th race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five, 10-1 shot Knightofvictory held off 5-2 favorite Prince Of Minto after a stirring stretch duel and that player holding the only ticket with the winning combination of 6-8-1-10-3 cashed in for $68,059. A LITTLE MORE: Five drivers won two races on the program: Yannick Gingras, Dexter Dunn, Corey Callahan, Dave Miller and Andy Miller. ... Ron Burke had a training triple while Mark Harder scored twice. ... Tyler Buter found a late seam to win the ninth race with Parkin In Heaven, giving him 2,999 driving wins for his career. ... All-source handle totaled $2,717,504. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Dover Downs shipper Highalator rose to the top of the horse colony at the Meadowlands by putting together a pair of dominant wins, but his quest for a third straight score was thwarted by another Dover invader in the Big M's Saturday night harness racing  feature, the $30,000 Preferred for pacers. Sweet Rock, a Wayne Givens trainee who shipped in from Delaware off a pair of hard-fought wins, got a perfect ground-saving trip and pulled off a 24-1 upset, and in the process, became the fastest performer in the sport this year when he stopped the clock in 1:48.1. The script played out differently than expected as a group of leavers left 4-5 favorite Highalator four-wide into the first turn. Driver Richard Still opted to take back and sit a three-hole to the quarter as Sunfire Blue Chip hit the first split in :26. Another Dover invader, Bags To Riches, had designs on the lead, but Sunfire Blue Chip was not in a yielding frame of mind and parked that foe to the half in :53. At three-quarters, Bags To Riches started to back out of it as the pocket-sitting New Talent took second. Highalator was now second-over and swung three wide around a struggling Bags To Riches while Sweet Rock and driver Dexter Dunn sat in the three-hole. After hitting three-quarters in 1:21.1, Sunfire Blue Chip was done for the night. Highalator was in full flight on the outside while Sweet Rock was closing along the pylons after New Talent had angled off the rail. In deep stretch, it would be Sweet Rock, the eighth choice in the nine-horse field, grabbing the lead and holding off Highalator - who went a huge mile - by a half-length. New Talent held third. Sweet Rock, an 8-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover-Penny For Nickel, returned $51.00 to his appreciative backers while lowering his previous lifetime-best by one-and-one-fifth seconds. For his career, he now has 31 wins from 169 starts and earnings of $719,106 for owners Legacy Racing of Delaware, Reginald Hazzard II and Gary Calloway. BETTING REACHES $3 MILLION: Players who don't care for favorites bet with both hands all night long, as no post-time choices hit the winner's circle after 3-5 chance Abigail Dawn took the first race. All-source wagering exceeded the magic $3-million mark for the sixth time this year, as $3,025,740 was pushed through the windows during the 13-race card. A LITTLE MORE: Dunn, Yannick Gingras and Dave Miller all drove three winners on the program while Chris Ryder had a training double. ... Blood Line made his seasonal debut a winning one, gunning down 2-5 shot Wheels On Fire in the second race high-range conditioned pace. Wheels On Fire had won two weeks ago in 1:49.1, at the time the fastest Big M mile of the year. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. as the fifth edition of the Can-Am Pick-4 will take center stage.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Rollwithpapajoe rebounded in a big way from a sub-par seasonal debut a week ago to win a division of the Wiggle It Jiggleit Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the pace at the Meadowlands Friday night. The Jenn Bongiorno trainee, a tough-trip fifth-place finisher on April 5, came back with a strong mile as Dave Miller moved the son of Roll With Joe-Crazy On You off the rail from fifth at the three-eighths and made steady progress past the half and onto the far turn, trailing leader - and 6-5 favorite - Actor Hanover by just a head at three-quarters. Through the stretch, Rollwithpapajoe drew clear over a sloppy track as heavy rains fell. Rollwithpapajoe, who paid $6.80 as the second choice in the wagering, hit the wire 1¾ lengths in front of Prince Of Tides in 1:51.3. Sugartown was third. "That's the performance from Papajoe that I was waiting for him to show everyone," said Bongiorno. "This horse has serious speed and ability. Last week, the problem was they walked to the half. Tonight, he showed that he loves his job and wants to win." The first of three Wiggle It Jiggleit divisions went to 6-1 chance Rockme Rollme ($14.00) for driver Marcus Miller and trainer Nik Drennan. Miller dove to the inside in deep stretch to nip even-money favorite Dealer's Table at the wire by the smallest of noses in 1:50.4 as Dealer's Table saw his four-race win streak come to an end. Stone Hanover was third. The third and final Wiggle It Jiggleit division went to JK Captain Jack for driver Josert Fonseca and trainer Nancy Johansson. The winner went first over for a little more than the final half-mile to score by a half-length over Bring The Thunder. Goldberg, the 3-5 favorite, settled for third. JK Captain Jack paid $13.20 as the second choice in the wagering after completing the mile in 1:52. The third and final leg of the Wiggle It Jiggleit takes place April 19. The April 26 final will offer a purse of $58,500. A LITTLE MORE: The fourth edition of the Can-Am Pick-4 saw a total pool of $55,610, and after a sequence saw winner's odds of 5-2, 5-2, 4-1 and 5-2, the return for the wager with the 20-Cent base bet was $158.76. ... The Meadowlands' 50-Cent Pick-4 took in $95,127 in wagers and those who had horses that went off at 2-1, 4-5, 5-2 and 5-2 walked away with $107.50. ... Yannick Gingras drove three winners to up his meet-leading total to 78. ... The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $78,108. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,400,551. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For harness racing fans who love tournaments, fast horses and plenty of Pick-4 action, the Meadowlands is the place to be this weekend (April 12-13). On Saturday (April 13), the Big M will host the 2019 World Harness Handicapping Championship final. The tournament, presented by www.DerbyWars.com, is the only one for harness players to feature a guaranteed prize pool, and while many participants have secured spots in qualifiers leading up to the final, those who wish to walk-up and play can do so. There is a total fee of $1,300 to get into the game. $1,000 is a non-refundable entry fee while $300 goes toward a "betting card". Players have a choice of eight Meadowlands races, plus two designated mandatory races (one from Buffalo Raceway and one from the Big M). One must wager at least $30 per race with a maximum bet of $100. Win, Place, Show or any combination of WPS wagers only. One may wager on one horse per race. Contestants keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Three entries per person maximum. Based on 125 entries, $125,000 in prize money will be up for grabs in the WHHC, with the winner walking away with $50,000. Even if there are not 125 entries, first place is guaranteed at $40,000. The top 10 finishers will cash, plus, players keep their bankrolls. All entry fees will be returned as prize money and the order of finish is based on the highest accumulated pari-mutuel earnings. Walk-up registrations will be available until 7 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 201-842-5015 or go to http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/2019WHHCFinal_Rev2.pdf. There is a last-chance qualifier this evening (Thursday, April 11). For details, go to https://www.derbywars.com/tournaments/list/whhc. BURNING RUBBER: Wheels Of Fire, whose 1:49.1 mile on March 30 stands as the fastest of the year at the Meadowlands, returns in Saturday's second race, a high-range conditioned pace. He'll start out as the 2-1 morning-line choice from post position four for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. FRIDAY IS CAP4 DAY: The Can-Am Pick-4, a wager which requires one to select two winners at Toronto's Woodbine Mohawk Park and two at the Meadowlands, continues its run with edition No. 4 Friday (April 12) night. Last week, the total pool was a best-yet $65,235, and many cashed in as a sequence of "figure" horses resulted in a payoff of $48.84 for the 20-Cent base bet, which sports a low 15 percent takeout. The CAP4 begins with Woodbine Mohawk Park's 10th race. The 10th from the Meadowlands, WMP's 11th and the Big M's 11th then complete the wager, which start to finish takes only about 40 minutes to complete. SIX-FIGURE FUN: The Meadowlands' 50-Cent Pick-4, which is available on races eight through 11 nightly, continues to be as popular as ever. After a month of March that saw pools average just over $100,000, the first weekend of April saw that trend extend as the two Pick-4 pools totaled $204,486, an average of $102,243. Harness racing's best bet, which paid a handsome $3,874 to those lucky enough to hold winning tickets Saturday, has a low 15 percent takeout. Free program pages are available at www.ustrotting.com and www.playmeadowlands.com. They may not have reached six figures as of yet, but 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five players have a pair of big pots to shoot for when racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. In the fifth race, a carryover of $76,611 awaits, while in the 13th, the pot will begin at $47,406. Speaking of big betting, last Friday's GSY Series event may have been for amateur drivers, but players bet it like real pros. Total handle on the first race was $304,029 on the highly competitive event. More of the same can be expected when the GSY resumes Friday, once again in the opener on the 13-race card. 1 MILLION PENNY GIVEAWAY: On all live racing nights during April, make sure to try and win one or more of many prizes totaling $10,000 in the Big M's "1 Million Penny Giveaway". Guests may enter once per live race day. The month-long contest concludes Saturday (April 27). For complete information and a list of prizes, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=16148 'MASTER' THE GOLF: The "Hambletonian of Professional Golf", The Masters, takes place this Thursday through Sunday. Watch and wager in the comfort of the Meadowlands' FanDuel Sportsbook, where one can not only bet the golf, but also on all NBA, NHL and MLB games. THE TAXMAN COMETH WITH GREEN: Come to the Big M on Friday (April 12) and get a refund of up to $500 - and you don't even have to file your taxes at the track. Just fill out the entry form in the live program and be one of 10 contestants selected to pick a piece off the prize board after the sixth race.   Dave Little

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Historically, the Meadowlands is a track where a horse can win from well off the pace, but Alotbettor N took that to an extreme in taking the featured high-range conditioned pace at the Big M harness racing on Saturday night. Bushwacker, the 9-2 third choice in the wagering, was on the point from the start to the head of the stretch, but nearing three-quarters there was a live flow coming after the leader, with the train being led by 2-1 favorite, Dover Downs shipper Penzance Hanover. Driver Vinny Ginsburg had Alotbettor N in the flow but had much to do since he was seventh in the eight-horse field with a quarter-mile to go racing fourth over. The duo proved up to the task. Ginsburg steered Alotbettor N to the outside for the stretch drive and the pair fired home in :27 to record a half-length win over McThriller. Stonedust finished third. "Alotbettor is such an honest horse," said winning trainer Jenn Bongiorno. "And he absolutely loves it when we bring him back to the Big M. I wasn't surprised at all how he won the race because I know he loves to come from off the pace and never gives up." Alotbettor N returned $16.60 to win as the fifth choice in the wagering after completing the mile in a lifetime-best 1:49.3. For his career, the 8-year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight-Falcons Flybye has won 25-of-88 starts and banked $259,415 for owners Joe Bongiorno, Howard Taylor and Thomas Lazzaro. On the driving side of things, Yannick Gingras had what for him is a typical night at the salt mine, visiting the winner's circle four times on the 13-race program. Gingras scored with McClinchie N ($3.80 to win as the favorite) in 1:51.3 in the first race conditioned pace, Blacklight ($3.80 as the favorite) in 1:52.2 in the fourth race for pacers who were non-winners of two, Spaghetti Eddie ($9.20 as the third choice) in 1:51.3 in the 11th race conditioned pace before capping his night off with U F Rockin Dragon ($4.40 as the favorite) in 1:52.1 in the 12th race conditioned pace. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky simulcast player betting into the Catskills hub was the holder of the only ticket that lasted six legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and was rewarded with a payout of $14,376. ... Ginsburg, Andy Miller and Dexter Dunn all had driving doubles while Nick Surick trained a pair of winners. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool saw $108,946 in bets. Those who had 28-1 shot Mach N Cheese in the first leg and then went on to cash collected a hefty $3,874. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,782,432. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - With arch-rival Trolley opting to take the week off, Sutton had little trouble winning the Friday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands, the $30,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. Andy Miller had the gas pedal down from the start as the 6-year-old son of Donato Hanover-I Wanted Wings swooped past the field from post seven in the eight-horse field and made the lead at the quarter in a brisk :27.1. Sutton raced on an open lead from there all the way to the wire, as the pocket-sitting Pinkman, making his 2019 debut, offered little in the way of a threat. Sutton was 2½ lengths clear of Pinkman at the wire, with Golden Son finishing third. The Julie Miller-trained Sutton, who finished third in the 2016 Hambletonian, has now won half of his four 2019 starts after completing the mile in 1:52.3. He paid $4.80 to win as the 7-5 public choice. Lifetime, he's amassed 12 wins from 39 outings and earned $542,288 for owners Andy Miller Stable and Jason and Douglas Allen. BURKE DOUBLES IN SERIES ACTION: A pair of series for 3-year-old colts and geldings got underway on the Friday card and trainer Ron Burke had one winner in each. In the Walner Series for trotters, Burke scored with the Joe Bongiorno-driven Final Claim in 1:55.2. Final Claim, now two-for-two this year, scored as the 7-5 second choice as Burke's other trainee, even-money choice Goes Down Smooth, went off stride at the start and finished last. Final Claim                        -Lisa photo The Ray Schnittker-trained and driven Full Rights took the other division in 1:55.4 as the longest shot on the board at odds of 32-1. Full Rights                       -Lisa photo Burke hit the winner's circle in the Wiggle It Jiggleit Series for pacers with 9-2 fourth choice World On Edge in 1:54.1 for driver Yannick Gingras. Respect Our Flag took the other division for the trainer-driver, sister-brother team of Jenn and Joe Bongiorno in 1:52.4 as the 6-5 second choice. CAP4 POOL DEEPENS: A total of $65,235 was wagered in the third edition of the Can-Am Pick-4, by far the largest pool yet. Form players cashed in for $48.84 for the bet that has a 20-Cent base wager after a sequence that saw winner's odds of 5-2, 3-5, 9-5 and 9-2. A LITTLE MORE: Those sharp enough to throw Schnittker's Full Rights into their 50-Cent Pick-5 combinations and hit walked away with a handsome payoff of $9,274. ... Burke finished the night with three training wins while Julie Miller had two. ... Andy Miller, Bongiorno, Gingras and Dave Miller all had driving doubles. Dave Miller broke out of a slump, as he had won only once in his first 19 drives since returning from vacation. ... All-source handle totaled $2,626,955 on the 13-race card. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The five weekends of racing during the month of March showed why the best bet in all of harness racing is the Meadowlands' 50-Cent Pick-4. Betting throughout the month known for coming in like a lion and out like a lamb was downright ravenous. A total of $1,009,704 was bet on the 10 Pick-4s during the five weekends of live action, good for an average of $100,970 per pool. On March 2, the pot was a by-far 2019-best $134,613. "Our fans love our Pick-4," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "With our horsemen continuing to support our entry box - due in large part to our increased purses - we have been able to card races with big fields, which our bettors love to play. The consistency of how the 50-Cent Pick-4 is bet at the Meadowlands is a reflection of how well things are going of late for not only that popular bet, but for us from an overall wagering perspective as well." The Pick-4, which carries a guaranteed $50,000 pool and low 15 percent takeout, is offered nightly on races eight through 11. Free Pick-4 program pages are available at www.ustrotting.com and www.playmeadowlands.com. Given the normally competitive racing and the multiple purse increases, betting has been strong at the Big M. A total of $29,298,646 was bet on races at the mile oval during March, good for a nightly average of $2,929,864 for the industry's handle leader. Average wagering per race was $223,653. Three times during the month, total handle exceeded the magic $3-million mark. When racing resumes Friday (April 5), racing fans will take their third shot at the new Can-Am Pick-4 wager. The bet, which has a 20-Cent base and 15 percent takeout, requires fans to select the winners of two races at the Big M and two at Toronto's Woodbine Mohawk Park. The wager begins with the 10th race at WMP. The first two CAP4s have seen pools of well over $50,000, as well as some handsome payoffs. On March 22, $596.51 was the return, while one week later, those who went four-for-four walked away with $780.98. One of the appealing things about the Can-Am Pick-4 is that all four races are conducted in approximately 40 minutes, giving those who cash an opportunity to play more races without tying their money up for an extended period of time. CAP4 program pages are available for free at the websites mentioned above. Racing will be conducted this Friday and Saturday night. The first of 13 races head to the gate both nights at 7:15 p.m. AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR: The NCAA college basketball tournament is down to the semifinal round. Come on out to the Meadowlands' FanDuel Sportsbook and watch and wager on the games while taking advantage of plenty of comfortable seating and a variety of food and drink options from which to choose. On Saturday (April 6), Auburn takes on Virginia at 6:09 p.m. The second game pits Texas Tech against Michigan State in a game slated to begin at 8:49 p.m.   TEXT TO WIN: Cash and prizes will be up for grabs on Friday (April 5) when the Big M hosts "Text to Win" night. To qualify, one must be a member of the track's text-to service. If you are not a member, text "NewBigM" to 23819 to get in the game. For more information, stop by the Players' Club Desk just inside the main entrance.   1 MILLION PENNY GIVEAWAY: On all live racing nights during April, make sure to try and win one or more of many prizes totaling $10,000 in the Big M's "1 Million Penny Giveaway". Guests may enter once per live race day beginning Friday (April 5). The contest concludes Saturday (April 27). For complete information and a list of prizes, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=16148   SPRUCE UP: On Saturday (April 6), enter the Meadowlands' "Saturday Spruce Up" drawing for a chance to win one of two 2019 Snapper lawn mowers. The prizes are furnished by Clinton Tractor & Implement Co. Check in at the Players Rewards Desk for complete details.   BOOK SIGNING: Senator Raymond J. Lesniak will be at the Meadowlands Monday (April 8) evening - the night of the NCAA college basketball championship game - signing copies of his book "Beating The Odds: The Epic Battle That Brought Legal Sports Betting Across America." The book signing takes place from 7-9 p.m. and all proceeds from the book will be gifted to the Lesniak Institute for American Leadership, which Lesniak formed last year. To purchase a copy of the book, go to www.thelesniakinstitute.com/product/book.   Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relation  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For a harness racing second straight start, no one could go with Highalator at the Meadowlands. The 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Higher And Higher, who was an easy winner in his Big M seasonal debut a week ago at the tough non-winners of $17,500 level in 1:50.2, was even better Saturday night, bumping up in class yet managing to still be a dominant force in the Preferred for pacers, which for the first time since multiple increases at the Meadowlands, sported a purse of $30,000. There were no fewer than four horses that left the gate in the abbreviated six-horse field as Caviart Luca (post 6), Shneonucrzydiamnd A (5) and K Ryan Bluechip (4) all were away alertly from the outside, but Highalator protected his position from the rail and led into the first turn, an advantage he would never relinquish. Highalator, driven once again by Rosecroft regular Richard Still, hit the quarter in a blazing :26.1, but Still was then able to calm the Jenny Bier trainee as they hit the half in a leisurely :55.4 while Shneonucrzydiamnd A sat the pocket, with Caviart Luca third at the rail and K Ryan Bluechip inching his way toward the leader from first-over. But after a rated third fraction of :28.2, neither Caviart Luca nor K Ryan Bluechip could mount a genuine threat, and from there it was easy gravy for Highalator, who exploded home in :26 to record a never-in-doubt 1¾-length win in 1:50.1. Caviart Luca finished second with Shneonucrzydiamnd A third. "He struggled a little bit this year at Dover with sickness and tie-up issues," said Bier. "He just loves the Meadowlands. He got an aggressive drive, which is what he needed. He's as good now as he's ever been. He'll get next week off - well deserved - and then we'll go from there. He'll probably come back to the Meadowlands." Highalator paid $3.20 to win as the odds-on favorite and now has three wins in 10 starts this year. Lifetime, he has 24 victories from just 56 outings (43 percent) and earnings of $329,028 for owners Jenny Bier, Joann Dombeck and Midsize Construction. BURNING UP THE TRACK: Wheels On Fire went the fastest mile of the year at the Meadowlands in his seasonal debut as the 4-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Ab Fab made the lead while parked at the half in :54 before pacing his back half in :55.1 on the way to a hard-fought win over a fast-closing Hudson Phil in 1:49.1 as the 1-5 public choice in a non-winners of $17,500 pace. Yannick Gingras drove the Ron Burke trainee to his sixth straight win dating back to last year. WHITTEMORE'S WILD WINNING WEEKEND: After winning a pair of races Friday night, the duo of driver Jimmy Whittemore and trainer Marissa Chadbourne - who were both making their respective Big M debuts this year - completed their tag-team trifecta with 2-1 favorite Major Leaguer in the first race Saturday. A LITTLE MORE: Marcus Miller drove three winners on the card while Corey Callahan and Dexter Dunn had two apiece. ... The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $73,387.54. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,773,762. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Drawing the outside post position nine proved to provide no problem for the red-hot Oceania in the Friday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands, a high-class conditioned pace for fillies and mares. The 5-year-old daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Western Cruise was in the early fray around the first turn and followed the cover of Dongal Rundlscrk N down the backside and never saw the rail until she made lead at the three-eighths. Driver Andy McCarthy had plenty of horse power under the hood, as after a half in :55.4, Oceania paced her third fraction in :27.4 before a final-quarter sprint of :27 saw her hit the wire 1¼ lengths in front of an overmatched Dongal Rundlscrk N. Believe In Me was third. "She was vicious tonight," said McCarthy. "(Trainer) Robert Cleary has done an excellent job in keeping her quiet and manageable. We are expecting this mare to mix things up in the open ranks." Oceania completed the mile in 1:50.3 and returned $3.00 as the odds-on public choice to stay perfect in three starts this year. Lifetime, she's won 16-of-57 outings and earned $181,031 for owners Royal Wire Products and United Process Control. CAP4 STRONG AGAIN: The second edition of the Can-Am Pick-4, a wager that requires a player to pick two winners at the Big M and two at Woodbine Mohawk Park, saw a total pool of $58,715, approximately $1,000 more than the debut of the bet one week ago. The payoff on the 20-Cent base wager was $780.98. The winner's odds were 7-5, 1-2, 22-1 and 5-1, so like a week ago, shrewd bettors who had the one big price cashed in big. TOP GUNS: Yannick Gingras led the driver's colony with four winners on the program, while Jimmy Whittemore, a name not-so-well-known at the Big M, scored twice with a pair of prices. Whittemore, who has been driving regularly of late at Saratoga, pulled off a shocker at 37-1 in the third race with Bold Fresh before completing his driving double in the seventh with 9-1 chance Only Passing Thru. Both of his winners were trained Marissa Chadbourne. It was the first Meadowlands appearance of the year for both driver and trainer. A LITTLE MORE: A pair of big carryovers await 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five players when racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. The fifth race will start out with $71,880 in the hat, while the 13th race will offer $38,433 to start. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,355,837.   Dave Little

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – This Friday (March 29) and Saturday (March 30), the choices for Meadowlands’ players will be plentiful, whether it’s top-flight harness racing or thoroughbred racing or the NCAA college basketball tournament’s Sweet 16, the action will be constant. The second purse increase of the year at the Big M goes into effect this weekend, thanks to Gov. Phil Murphy and state legislators. One year ago, the corresponding race cards had purses that totaled $250,500. This weekend, that number will increase 50 percent, as $375,750 will be up for grabs. Wagering at the Big M has been strong all year long. Last Saturday (March 23) marked the fifth time betting exceeded the magic $3-million mark ($3,082,637) during 2019 not only at the mile oval, but in the entire industry. Races one, four and five all saw wagering of over $300,000 with the three races accounting for a little more than $976,000 of action. The single-pool highlight of the night was the fourth race Exacta, which saw $103,276 in play despite the race being for maidens. The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool reached six figures for the seventh time in 11 tries ($101,640) and those who held winning tickets walked away with $4,699. Free program pages for the 50-Cent Pick-4 are available at www.playmeadowlands.com and www.ustrotting.com. Last Friday’s debut of the Can-Am Pick-4 was a big success, as the wager that requires a bettor to select two winners at the Meadowlands and two more at Woodbine Mohawk Park took in $57,489 of action. The bet, which has a 20-Cent base and low 15 percent takeout, returned $596.51. Three of the winners’ odds were 7-2 or less. It was just one 11-1 shot that separated many of those who cashed from those who didn’t. The wager, which will be offered on Fridays, gets underway with the 10th race at WMP followed by the 10th at the Big M, the 11th at WMP and 11th at the Meadowlands. It is accessed by going to a separate pool on a separate race card. Go to “select track” on betting terminals then go to “Can-Am Pick-4” to play. “All of us at the Meadowlands are pleased with how things are going,” said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. “Our higher purses have created increased interest by our horsemen, which creates big fields on which to wager, which our fans love. In addition, with the Can-Am Pick-4, we now have the two biggest tracks in harness racing – ours and Woodbine Entertainment’s – combining forces on a bet that created quite a stir in its initial offering and we are optimistic that trend will continue.” SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS: In addition to a big 13-race Meadowlands live card, Saturday will be a huge day for simulcast players. The 20-Cent Jackpot High-5 at Woodbine Mohawk Park will have a mandatory payout. The carryover stands at $525,140 for the last race on the card at WMP (Race 10, post time 10:10 p.m.). Check your Meadowlands live program for the past performances. Entering Thursday’s card, the Rainbow Six carryover at Gulfstream Park stood at $2.4 million. In the event the bet is not hit Thursday or Friday, there will be a mandatory payout of the wager on Saturday (March 30), which just happens to be the same day as one of the major preps for the Kentucky Derby, the $1-million Florida Derby (Race 14, post time 6:30 p.m.). But that’s not all. For those who don’t mind getting up early, the $12-million Dubai World Cup will be simulcast from Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates. The first of nine races on the card is scheduled for 7:45 a.m. EDT. Gates at the Meadowlands open at 8:30 a.m. with the third race at Meydan slated to go at 8:50 a.m. The Dubai World Cup (Race 9) is scheduled to go off at 12:40 p.m. Purses on the Meydan card total an incredible $35 million. SWEET 16 UP NEXT: The NCAA college basketball tournament is down to 16 teams and there are likely many brackets still in good shape since all four No. 1 seeds – Duke, North Carolina, Gonzaga and Virginia – are still alive. Watch and wager on all of the action in the Meadowlands’ FanDuel Sportsbook, with games set to tip-off on Thursday (March 28) and Friday (March 29) at 7:09 p.m. before continuing through Saturday (March 30) and Sunday (March 31) with action in the Elite Eight round. CHECK YOUR SCORECARD: There will be some lineup changes this weekend on “Racing from the Meadowlands”, the live simulcast show seen coast-to-coast that begins every Friday and Saturday night at 6:42 p.m. EDT. On Friday (March 29), Jessica Otten, normally seen conducting interviews in the back paddock or hosting promotions in the grandstand, will sit alongside host Dave Brower and serve as co-host of the Big M’s live presentation that will take a look at that evening’s feature races. In addition, the team of Brower and Otten will analyze the second edition of the Can-Am Pick-4. The announcers’ booth will find owner, amateur driver and musician Peter Kleinhans on the microphone calling the races on both Friday and Saturday, while Mike Bozich, one-half of the “Post Time with Mike and Mike” podcast team and track announcer at Harrah’s Philadelphia, will serve as the on-the-set co-host Saturday evening. Post time on Friday and Saturday is 7:15 p.m. A REAL DELIGHT: On Friday (March 29), head to the Big M’s Pink restaurant for a spectacular buffet, the “Seafood D*Light”. The cost is just $29.95. For reservations, call 201-THE-BIGM. SPRING BREAK FEVER: On Saturday (March 30), enter the Meadowlands’ Spring Break Sweepstakes for your chance to win a vacation sponsored by FantaSea Resorts. For complete details, see the entry form in the live racing program.   Dave Little

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Driver Dexter Dunn was electric at the Meadowlands Saturday night, and so was the harness racing action, as Dunn scored four times on the program and wagering reached the magic $3-million mark for the fifth time in 2019. Dunn got his night off to a quick start, sweeping the Early Daily Double with a pair of Tim Lancaster trainees. Smileandsaycheese came from well off the pace to take the opener, a conditioned pace, in 1:52.1 at odds of 12-1 before 2-1 favorite Four Staces completed the DD - which paid $85.80 - in a $15,000 up to $20,000 claiming handicap pace in 1:52.4. The New Zealand native swept another Daily Double, this one beginning in race four, scoring with the Chris Ryder-trained American World in 1:53 in a non-winners of one pace as the 2-1 second choice before winning with Rather Swell, the 7-5 public choice, for trainer Mike Watson in a $10,000 up to $12,500 claiming handicap pace in 1:54.1. That DD returned $20.80. All-source wagering totaled $3,082,637, good for the fifth-best night of action at the Big M - as well as the industry - this year. A total of $313,088 was bet on the opener, $345,218 on the fourth race ($103,276 in the Exacta pool alone) and $317,809 on the fifth as those three races accounted for $976,115 of the evening's action. The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool reached six figures for the seventh time in 11 tries, as $101,640 was poured into the pot. A LITTLE MORE: Dover Downs invader Highalator destroyed a high-class conditioned field of pacers in the eighth race by 5¾ lengths. Driver Richard Still guided the Jenny Bier trainee to the easy speed win in 1:50.2 as the 6-5 favorite for his 23rd victory in 55 lifetime starts. ... Rebel Rouser made the lead while parked at the quarter and went down the road from there in an ultra-competitive non-winners of four on the pace in race 12. The Robert Cleary trainee sprinted his final quarter in :26.4 on the way to his fourth straight score. Andy McCarthy guided the winner to a lifetime-best mile time of 1:51.1. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m., featuring the second edition of the 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Even Marcus Miller must have been surprised at how easy things went for him and Trolley in the Friday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands. In a field where one scratch (Zlatan) left but six starters in the $25,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters, Miller urged Trolley from the start, setting sail for the top and leading at the quarter in :28.3. The 6-year-old Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride product continued his sleepwalk to the half in :56.3 as pocket-sitter Rubber Duck and Sutton - who was racing in the three hole - did not move a muscle. Trolley trotted his third fraction in :27.3 to remain clear on the engine and after coming home in :29.2, he hit the wire 2 lengths in front of a fast-closing - but non-threatening - Sutton. Rubber Duck held third. "It's nice when a plan comes to fruition," said Miller. "I never really had any doubts tonight off of those fractions. He was very, very strong." The Erv Miller-trained Trolley returned $3.80 to his backers after completing the mile in 1:53.3. He's now won five-of-six this year while facing the best stock on the grounds at the Big M. He has 16 wins from 31 career starts and earnings of $353,209 for owners Michael Anderson, Leland Mathias, Greg Gillis and Louis Willinger. In the co-featured Preferred Handicap for fillies and mares on the pace, Divas Image, who looked rough-gaited at the start, settled for a fourth-over trip, tipped wide in the stretch, then exploded home in :26.3 to record a 1-length win in 1:53.2 as the 3-5 favorite for driver Andy Miller. Believe In Me was second with Newsday third. "When she was rough behind the gate, I didn't know what to expect," said winning trainer Jenn Bongiorno. "But I do know closing is definitely her best game. She absolutely loves the stretch at the Big M." Divas Image, a 6-year-old by Bettor's Delight-Rocknroll Diva, won for the second time this year in four starts (two-for-two at the Big M) and now has won 23-of-70 lifetime outings and banked just over $575,000. A VERY GOOD START: Friday marked the first-ever Can-Am Pick-4 - a wager where one must pick the winners of two races at both the Meadowlands and Woodbine Mohawk Park - and the response was vigorous. A total of $57,489 was poured in the pool and after a sequence that saw winner's odds of 5-2, 6-5, 11-1 and 7-2, the return was a handsome $596.51 for a 20-Cent bet. The Can-Am Pick-4 will be offered on Friday nights. A LITTLE MORE: One player wagering into the Oregon hub was the holder of the only ticket to last five legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $10,549.56. ... During the course of the 13-race program there were six winning favorites, but longshot players hit big in the third race when La Dolfina ($99.80) scored at 48-1. Five races later, Piercewave Hanover skimmed the cones at 60-1 and returned $128.20. ... All-source handle totaled $2,634,286. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Racing luck usually plays a part when one wins a race. Getting an expert steer doesn't hurt, either. Those two factors were on display in the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands, as Caviart Luca and Big M leading harness racing driver Yannick Gingras nailed favorite K Ryan Bluechip at the wire in the featured Preferred for pacers. Speedsters Castle Flight and New Talent were on the go early. Castle Flight led at the quarter in :27.3 while New Talent, fresh off his Big M season's-fastest 1:49.2 score last week, then brushed to the top at the three-eighths and hit the half in :55.1 as the 2-1 chalk K Ryan Bluechip was gradually chipping away at the leader's edge racing first-over. All the while, Caviart Luca was sitting in what appeared to be an impossible spot - third at the rail - with four horses in the outer flow. K Ryan Bluechip inched his way past New Talent with a little less than three-sixteenths of a mile to go. Enter racing luck and Gingras. Finding a seam just big enough as the field spread out in the stretch, Gingras moved Caviart Luca off the rail to get directly behind KRB with an eighth to go. Inside the sixteenth pole, Caviart Luca swung to the outside and managed to get up by the smallest of noses at the wire. New Talent held on for third. "I just got lucky to find a seam in the middle," said Gingras, "my horse was sharp and ready." Making just his second start of the year, Caviart Luca, eighth and last in his 2019 debut at Yonkers, returned $10.40 as the third choice in the wagering for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Phillip Collura. The 8-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Caviart Sierra, who completed the mile in 1:51.1, has now won 29-of-141 career starts and earned $742,535. ANDY'S DANDY: Andy Miller piloted four winners on the card, giving him seven for the weekend. Gingras was right behind him with six, after winning three times on both Friday and Saturday. On the training side, the red-hot Jennifer Bongiorno made two Saturday winner's circle visits, giving her three victories for the weekend. A LITTLE MORE: Wagering continued to be strong as all-source betting totaled $2,919,538. ... 50-Cent Pick-4 cashers walked away with $903.80 by using 9-1 shot Pepper Guy and driver Dexter Dunn in the ninth race. The winner's odds of the other three horses in the sequence were 4-1, 9-2 and 3-2. ... Dunn and Vinny Ginsburg each drove a pair of winners. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. Bettors will have a new wager to try as that evening will see the debut of the Can-Am Pick-4, a wager that requires players to pick two winners at the Meadowlands and two at Woodbine Mohawk Park. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Apparently, Yannick Gingras and Andy Miller like an off track, as both Meadowlands regulars, currently first and third, respectively, in the driver standings at the mile oval, each scored three times on the Friday night Big M harness racing card. At the start of the evening, the weather was spring like, with temperatures in the 70s, but a cold front came through after the fourth race, dousing the track with several intense rainfalls that made it necessary to delay the action twice during the remainder of the card. Neither Miller nor Gingras could have cared less, as each scored their trifectas after the track was downgraded to sloppy for the start of the fifth race. That's when Miller got his night underway, scoring with Abbeylara in a $7,500 claiming pace as the 8-5 second choice in 1:53.2. The resurgent Rubber Duck won the seventh, a conditioned trot, in 1:52.3 as the 6-5 favorite before Miller completed his three-bagger in the 14th race with Arch Credit in a conditioned trot in 1:55.3. After going a three-hole trip, Arch Credit skimmed the cones to become the night's biggest-priced winner at $23.80. Gingras began with Max Volo in the sixth race conditioned trot, scoring as the 6-5 public choice in 1:56.1. Well Said Maria (4-1 second choice) followed in the ninth race fillies and mares conditioned pace in 1:52.1 before Tearful Of Happy became Gingras' third of the night in the 11th race fillies and mares conditioned pace in 1:52.1 as the 5-2 second choice. A LITTLE MORE: The 14-race card saw a 6-1 shot win the opener and a 10-1 chance take the finale. The 12 races in the middle were won by six favorites, with no horse scoring at odds greater than 4-1. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 fell just short of a sixth straight $100,000 pool, as a total of $97,185 was wagered. The sequence saw winner's odds of 3-1, 4-1, 7-2 and 5-2 add up to a healthy payoff of $1,001. ... Tyler Buter and Andy McCarthy had driving doubles while Nick Surick trained a pair to victory lane. ... All-source handle totaled $2,675,593. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After settling for a close second in each of his first two starts of the season coming from off the pace, harness racing driver driver Tim Tetrick thought he'd try something different with Beckhams Z Tam in the $25,000 featured Preferred Handicap for pacers at the Meadowlands Saturday night. And Tetrick was right on the money. Beckhams Z Tam, the 2017 Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt and gelding pace champion, has come back sharp as a 5-year-old, and after racing eighth and last most of the way a week ago, Tetrick had the son of Always A Virgin-Sara's Lucky Charm on the go from the start this time around. After Rodeo Romeo reached the quarter in a snappy :27, Beckhams Z Tam took over shortly thereafter and hit the half in :55.1. Mindtrip, a recent $50,000 claim by trainer Dylan Davis, was now creeping his way toward the leader while parked out as Beckhams Z Tam continued to cruise on the point at three-quarters in 1:23.1. It was blowout city from there. With minor urging from Tetrick, Beckhams Z Tam sprinted his final quarter in :27 to hit the finish 3¼ lengths in front of Rodeo Romeo. K Ryan Bluechip rallied for third. "Timmy asked me if I cared how he drove him," said winning trainer Bruce Saunders, "and I thought it would be a good opportunity to see if he had any gate speed. Leaving the gate was Timmy's idea. Really good horses can race any way and win, and Beckhams Z Tam can be competitive with any field right now." Beckhams Z Tam, who is on his way to next week's Levy Series at Yonkers, returned $3.40 as the 3-5 public choice after completing the mile in 1:50.1. He now has 16 victories from 47 lifetime starts and earnings of $727,597 for owners Z Tam Stables. A LITTLE MORE: Sams Triple Crown and driver Tyler Buter lit up the toteboard while rocking the clock in the eighth race. The 25-1 chance scored in 1:49.4, becoming the third horse in 2019 to break the 1:50 barrier at the Big M. ... Just two races later, New Talent flexed his class muscles from post 10, scoring in 1:49.2 with Tetrick calling the shots in the fastest Meadowlands mile of the year. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool surpassed the $100,000 mark for a fifth straight race card. ... Tetrick and Yannick Gingras were the kings of the driver colony, with Tetrick winning five times on the program and Gingras four. ... All-source wagering was $3,175,007, the second-highest total of the year and the fourth time betting has gone past the $3-million mark. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

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