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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It was a big night on many fronts last Saturday (July 14) at the Meadowlands, as the $4 million plateau was reached in total handle, the track's sparkling new Fanduel Sports Book @ Victory Sports Bar was opened for wagering on professional sports and Hall of Fame driver David Miller won the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for the first time in his 19th try. Total handle on the program was a meet-high $4,083,401 (an increase of approximately $250,000 over last year's Pace Night) as six stakes races on the program saw pools in excess of $300,000, with the Pace leading that parade, with $536,305 being put in play. "All of us at the Meadowlands are so pleased that our fans supported the Pace card like they did," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "It just goes to show you with quality purses we attract quality horses and the public responds by betting with both fists." On the morning of Pace Night, the sports book opened to a big crowd anxious to place wagers on Major League Baseball, the World Cup Final and many other future bets. The hours of the sports book are as follows: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 a.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-2 a.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Finally, the 53-year-old Miller broke his Pace maiden by guiding 6-5 favorite Courtly Choice to a 1¼-length win over 57-1 shot Dorsoduro Hanover in 1:47.1. Horses driven by Miller have earned at least $10 million 15 times over the last 17 years and "The Buckeye" sports lifetime earnings of nearly $226 million. Miller will be the guest Friday night on "In the Sulky", the Big M's interview segment on its live simulcast presentation. It will be seen at approximately 7:35 p.m. POST TIME CHANGE: This Friday and Saturday, post time for the first live race at the Meadowlands will be 8 p.m. JUMP INTO THE POOL: After failing to reach six figures for two months, Saturday night marked the fourth consecutive race card where the 50-Cent Pick-4 pool reached $100,000, as a meet-high $142,198 was pushed through the windows. ... On Friday night, the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five had a mandatory payout, and after "new" money pushed the total pool well past the $500,000 mark, those holding winning tickets cashed in for $76,472. HAMBO COUNTDOWN: It's just three Saturdays until this year's edition of the Hambletonian. Here is the track's schedule for its stretch run: July 20 and 21, post time 8 p.m.; July 27, 28 and Aug. 3, 7:15 p.m. On Hambletonian Day, Saturday, Aug. 4, post time is noon. On the card, more than $3 million in purse money will be up for grabs. HAVE A SPA DAY: Thoroughbred racing's most popular meeting starts on Friday as the Big M will feature racing from Saratoga on its daily simulcast menu. Every Saturday, there will be at least one $500,000 event on the Spa card, with the marquee event, the $1.25 Travers Stakes, slated for Saturday, August 25. Saratoga races every day except Tuesday through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. Post time is 1 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - With a pair of wagers sporting carryovers that promise to offer huge pools and likely payoffs to match, a signature stakes event that offers a purse of $701,830 and the long-awaited birth of the sports betting era, this weekend will be one to remember at the Meadowlands. First up is Friday, which has a first-race post time of 7:15 p.m. For just the second time in 2018, the 50-Cent Pick-5 sports a carryover ($28,976), which is significant, because the last carryover - one that was nearly identical to the current one - served as the catalyst for a final pool of over $250,000. Track management has put a guarantee on the pool of $100,000, but the final tally figures to be far more than that. The wager offers a low 15 percent takeout and will be offered on races three through seven. Based on last weekend, the track's signature 50-Cent Pick-4 (races eight through 11) is likely to have an overflow pool once again, one that far exceeds the guarantee of $50,000. Last Friday (July 6) and Saturday (July 7), the pools surpassed the $100,000 mark for the first time since mid-May, averaging just a tad more than $110,000. The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five pool, which should push past the seven-figure mark given the carryover of $276,939, will be available on the 13th and final race of the evening. Instead of one needing to be the only holder of a winning ticket to take down the jackpot, the wager has a mandatory payout Friday, meaning that all of those with winning combinations will take home a slice of the pie. And that slice figures to be a hefty one. In the event the final pool is $1 million, it breaks down this way:  Carryover -- $276,939  New money -- $723,061 15 percent takeout on new money -- $108,459  Total payout -- $891,541 Surplus to winners -- $168,480 Thus, a final pool of $1 million creates an enormous windfall for those who cash winning JSH5 tickets, giving them a 23 percent advantage. The United States Trotting Association will partner with the Big M on all guaranteed pool totals. A little less than 12 hours after Friday's last race, an historic Saturday gets underway at the mile oval. At 11 a.m., bettors will be able to place Las Vegas-style wagers on professional sports events. Action on Major League Baseball, World Cup Soccer, the National Football League, college football, etc. will be offered. If one was accustomed to betting on those events on the Vegas Strip, they will be able to now bet them at the Big M. "This promises to be one of the most exciting weekends ever for our fans," said Big M chief operating officer and general manager Jason Settlemoir. "In addition to a star-studded Saturday stakes card that includes our signature event, the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, the ability to offer our patrons the chance to also bet on professional sports is a game-changer. All of us at the Meadowlands are extremely excited and hope all of our patrons take at least a few minutes to visit our new Fanduel Sports Book @ Victory Sports Bar." Saturday evening's live card of harness racing gets underway at 6:35 p.m. and offers a Murderer's Row of stakes events: The $701,830 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old open pacers, $405,850 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old open trotters, $191,800 Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old fillies on the pace, $189,750 Golden Girls for filly and mare pacers 3-years-old-and-up, $257,000 Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old fillies on the trot (divisions), $362,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old open trotters (divisions) and $471,100 William Haughton Memorial for open pacers 3-years-old-and-up. On what promises to be the biggest night of the year in terms of handle, two treats for players await: the 50-Cent Pick-5 (races three through seven) will have a guaranteed pool of $40,000 while the 50-Cent Pick-4 (races eight through 11) has a $75,000 guarantee. Both bets are likely to have pools that double (and possibly more) the promised amounts. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Stay Hungry and Courtly Choice were the harness racing winners of the $50,000 eliminations for next week's Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Saturday night at the Meadowlands. "(The trip) worked out great and he got the job done," said Doug McNair, who guided Stay Hungry to victory in the first elim. "The trips have not worked out 100 percent for him." Until Saturday night, that is. McNair was content to race Stay Hungry from off the pace, sitting fifth at the quarter before picking up live cover from 37-1 shot Ideal Feeling after the half, where even-money favorite Nutcracker Sweet had the lead in :55.1. Ideal Feeling continued to make progress on the rim passing three-quarters. After the field straightened away in the stretch, McNair tipped the son of Somebeachsomewhere off his cover, and Stay Hungry did the rest. He cruised to the wire, a three-quarter length winner over the pocket-sitting Hayden Hanover. Thinkbig Dreambig closed well for third, while Nutcracker Sweet and This Is The Plan finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to qualify for next week's $701,830 final. "He's come back well," said trainer Tony Alagna of Stay Hungry. "The five-eighths mile racing is really not his forte (he finished fourth at Pocono in the Hempt). Everything came together tonight." As the 2-1 second choice, Stay Hungry paid $6.40 to win. He competed the mile in a lifetime-best 1:49. Two races later, Courtly Choice, supplemented to the event by his connections for $61,690, sat third as 4-5 favorite Jimmy Freight (the other supplemental entrant) cut out fractions of :27, :54.2 and 1:22.2. David Miller moved his horse off the rail at the five-eighths and inched closer to the leader around the far turn and still had work to do at the head of the stretch. But he was up to the task. Courtly Choice eased past Jimmy Freight in deep stretch and had more than enough to hold off the late rally of the pocket-sitting American History, who finished three-quarters of a length back in second. Jimmy Freight and Dorsoduro Hanover finished in a dead-heat for third while Babes Dig Me claimed the last spot in the final by finishing fifth. "I actually got away where I expected to," said David Miller. "He felt really strong. I asked him and he paced really hard. He's got big lungs and can carry his speed." "From last year to this year, he's really matured," said winning trainer Blake MacIntosh. "He loves to race now." As the 2-1 second choice in the wagering, Courtly Choice returned $6.00 to his backers. The son of Art Major hit the wire in a lifetime-best 1:48.2. A LITTLE MORE:  No one hit the 50-Cent Pick-5, meaning that for the first time since January, the wager will have a carryover. The last time there was a Pick-5 carryover, the pool total exceeded $250,000. … Speaking of carryovers, the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $276,939. This Friday, July 13, the JSH5 will have a mandatory payout, meaning that to cash, one does not have to hold the only ticket with the winning combination. … For the second consecutive race card after a nearly two-month drought, the 50-Cent Pick-4 pool went past the $100,000 mark, as a total of $108,123 was poured into the pot. … The 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 was tough, with three early races going to a pair of 16-1 shots and a 26-1 chance. In the end, only one player survived six legs, and he or she cashed in for $12,491. … All-source wagering on the 12-race card totaled $2,513,366. … Racing resumes Friday at the Big M at 7:15 p.m. … Next Saturday has an early post time of 6:35 p.m. The featured event is the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. That morning, at 11 a.m., a new era in Big M history will be ushered in as sports betting will be available. The field for the $701,830 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, an open event for 3-year-olds, with post position, horse (driver, trainer) and morning-line odds. The Pace takes place on Saturday, July 14 and has an approximate post time of 9:45 p.m. PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Stay Hungry by Somebeachsomewhere - (Doug McNair, Tony Alagna), 3-1 2. This Is The Plan by Somebeachsomewhere - (Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder), 15-1 3. American History by American Ideal (Yannick Gingras, Tony Alagna), 5-1 4. Jimmy Freight by Sportswriter - (Louis-Philippe Roy, Andrew Harris), 9-2 5. Courtly Choice by Art Major - (David Miller, Blake MacIntosh), 5-2 6. Nutcracker Sweet by Bettor's Delight - (No Driver, Jimmy Takter), 15-1 7. Hayden Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere - (Andy Miller, Julie Miller), 8-1 8. Thinkbig Dreambig by Bettor's Delight - (Jordan Stratton, Jimmy Takter), 12-1 9. Babes Dig Me by Somebeachsomewhere - (Brett Miller, Tony Alagna), 30-1 10. Dorsoduro Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere - (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 15-1 by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Trainer Tony Alagna is undoubtedly hoping he can carry his momentum from one night to the next. Alagna, who has a total of five horses in the two Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace eliminations Saturday night, started his weekend in a big way, winning four times on the Friday program at the Meadowlands. The trainer got things going in the first race with Mollydooker ($4.20 to win as the second choice, Brett Miller driving) in a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies. The daughter of Great Vintage completed the mile in 1:55.1. Treacherous Reign ($4.60 as the second choice, Andy McCarthy) took race four, a division of the Kindergarten for 2-year-old fillies on the pace. The time for the mile was 1:53.1 for the daughter of Captaintreacherous. Odds On Boca Raton ($9.00 as the second choice, Scott Zeron) won the sixth race, a Kindergarten for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the pace. The Captaintreacherous product stopped the clock in 1:53.4. Alagna's four-bagger was completed in race 13, as Captain Ahab ($5.40 as the third choice, McCarthy), won another Kindergarten for juvenile male pacers. Sired by Captaintreacherous, Captain Ahab hit the wire in 1:52.2. A LITTLE MORE: The Big M's signature 50-Cent Pick-4 was extremely popular, as the pool reached the $100,000 mark for the first time since May 19. A total of $112,478 was poured into pot, and the odds of the winners in the sequence were 2-1, 3-1, 6-5 and even-money, leading to a payoff of $73.10. ... McCarthy guided Mother Bonnie to a 12-1 upset in the 12th race for NJSS 2-year-old filly trotters, giving him career win 2,000. ... A pair of lucky players went 10-for-10 in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and cashed in for $6,989. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $273,937. In the event no one hits the jackpot Saturday, the wager will have a mandatory payout on Friday, July 13. ... All-source wagering on the card was $2,318,503. ... Racing resumes Saturday at the Big M with a special post time of 6:35 p.m. Food and drink specials, the 1st annual Wiener Dog Derby, a fabulous fireworks show and eliminations for the $701,830 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace will all be a part of what promises to be a big night. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - This Friday and Saturday signals the start of a five-weekend stretch at the Meadowlands during which many of the stars of the sport will be competing at the mile oval as the Meadowlands Pace kicks things off before the stakes-frenzy concludes on Hambletonian Day. After a 14-race Friday card (post time, 7:15 p.m.) that features many 2-year-olds, the Saturday program (post time, 6:35 p.m.) has a pair of eliminations - for the first time since 2015 - for the $701,830 Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds in the spotlight. In the first elim (Race 6), the field includes Nutcracker Sweet, who missed by just a head when second in the Hempt; Stay Hungry, fourth in both the North America Cup and Hempt; and Thinkbig Dreambig, who was interfered with in his first career start earlier this season before reeling off four straight victories. The second elim (Race 8) looks a bit stronger than the first, and features American History, who paced the fastest mile of the year in the sport last week when he won in 1:47 at the Big M. In addition, two talented colts have supplemented to the Pace for $61,690, and each has a big shot at winning the whole thing. First up is Courtly Choice, who is off a blowout 12½-length win in the Hempt Consolation in 1:48.4. Next is Jimmy Freight, who lost his seasonal debut by a nose. His only other loss this year in seven starts came at the hands of older standouts Sintra and McWicked in a 1:48 mile. A pair of Graduate Finals for 4-year-olds are also on the Saturday card, and each carries a purse of $250,000. In the fifth race for trotters, Ariana G will look to get back on track after losing two in a row for the first time in her career. She'll face Dunbar Hall and Moonshiner Hanover, each of whom was victorious in their respective most recent Graduate preliminaries. Miso Fast won preliminary legs at Woodbine Mohawk Park and Tioga Downs last month and will be one of the favorites in the 10th race for pacers. Early-season sensation Filibuster Hanover won a Graduate prelim at Tioga three starts back before a second and a fifth, respectively, in the Ben Franklin, which were his first two losses of the season. SUPER HIGH CARRYOVER: On Friday night, bettors will have a good reason to wait around for the 14th and final race. The carryover for the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five stands at $272,052. Speaking of the JSH5, in the event the jackpot is not hit this weekend, there will be a mandatory payout of the carryover and any new money wagered on Friday, July 13. WIENER TAKE ALL: Saturday is Fan Appreciation Night as the Big M hosts its 1st annual Wiener Dog Races. For those who own a dachshund and want to enter, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/wiener_racing_sign-up_sheet.pdf. At the conclusion of the races, stay for a fantastic fireworks display. They'll be beer and food specials all night long. Remember, there is a special early post time of 6:35 p.m. this Saturday. STILL TO COME..... JULY 14: History will be made both on and off the track, as the Meadowlands' signature event, the $701,830 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds, takes center stage, while a new era will be ushered in for Meadowlands' fans as Las Vegas-style sports betting will be offered for the first time. Patrons will not only be able to wager on live Meadowlands and simulcast horse and harness races but also on Major League Baseball games and future bets on National Football League games and prop bets, as well as many other professional sports events. The live racing program, which gets underway at 6:35 p.m., will offer other major stakes as well: The $400,000E Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old open trotters, $187,000E Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old fillies on the pace, $190,000E Golden Girls for filly and mare pacers 3-years-old-and-up, $250,000E Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old fillies on the trot (divisions), $350,000E Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old open trotters (divisions) and $467,000E William Haughton Memorial for open pacers 3-years-old-and-up. (E-estimated purse. Exact purse becomes available when field size is determined at the entry box.) AUGUST 4: Harness racing's signature event, the $1 million Hambletonian, brings the best 3-year-old trotters to not only the Big M, but to a national television audience (on the CBS Sports Network). Post time is noon for harness racing's biggest day. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It what was the most thrilling finish of the year at the Meadowlands, Highalator outlasted a stubborn Bettor's Edge by the smallest of noses in the Saturday night feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers. Western Joe was third. Driver Eric Abbatiello asked Highalator for early speed, and the Jenny Bier trainee responded big time, reaching the quarter in :26.2 while parked out. As the cadence slowed, Jennifer Lappe put Bettor's Edge in play, moving the veteran three wide at three-eighths to go up after the leader, who hit the half in :55.2. The battle was now on. Highalator was at the rail with Bettor's Edge right alongside as the duo dueled nose-to-nose past the five-eighths and three-quarters (1:21.3) before Highalator gained a length lead at the head of the stretch. The pair continued to go at it as Bettor's Edge inched closer through the lane and when he took one last lunge at the wire, it appeared he may have gotten there in time. But he just missed. Apparently, Abbatiello thought he got caught. He had taken Highalator back to the paddock and had to be summoned to the winner's circle after his number was posted after the judges took several minutes to examine the photo. The winning time of 1:48 was a lifetime best for Highalator, a 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere, who won at the Big M on June 2 in 1:48.1. He's now won seven-of-17 starts this year and 19-of-38 overall. He has lifetime earnings of $233,218 for owners Jenny Bier, Joann Dombeck and Midsize Construction. As the 4-5 favorite, Highalator paid $3.80 to win. MONEY MAKIN' MILLENNIALS: New Jersey residents Aaron Staluzzi of Wayne ($2,500), Dennis J. McKeon III ($1,500) of Keansburg and Eric Pollari of Morris Plains ($1,000) were the big winners in the Big M's free-to-enter handicapping contest for patrons 18-30 years of age. The $5,000 in prize money was sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farms. A LITTLE MORE: Andy Miller drove four winners on the card while Abbatiello had three. ... The hot temperatures led to a lightning-fast track that produced eight lifetime-best miles and one lifetime-best equaling effort. ... One lucky player was sharp enough to survive eight legs of the 20-Cent Survivor Pick 10 and collected $10,813. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $272,052. ... All-source wagering on the 12-race card totaled $1,975,759. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m. ... Saturday's card gets underway at 6:35 p.m. and features eliminations for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

Dorsoduro Hanover took the top spot back in Dave Little's Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace off a win in one of three eliminations for the Hempt at Pocono Downs (the final is Saturday night). The next challenge for Dorsoduro and seven others: Defeating North America Cup champion Lather Up, whose connections are still kicking around the idea of supplementing to The Pace. Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner(s) Dave Little’s Comments   1 Dorsoduro Hanover ($172,668 – 1:49.4) M. Kakaley, R. Burke Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi, Wingfield Five Takes the top spot back off a lifetime-best win in his Hempt Elimination. The only blemish on his five-start 2018 resume is a tough-trip seventh in his NA Cup Elim. Burke: “He was good in his elimination but will need to step it up more in the final.” He’s drawn post 4 for the $500,000 Hempt Saturday night. Is there a way to beat 2-1 morning-line choice Lather Up (post 7)? Burke: “I haven’t figured that out yet.” Last Race: 6/23 – PcD – Hempt Elim – 1st (1:49.4) 2 Stay Hungry ($619,384 – 1:50)   D. McNair, T. Alagna B. Grant, I. Samelman   Finished a tough-trip third (missing a half-length) in his Hempt Elim and has drawn post 5 for the final. Alagna: “He raced terrific. A horse went off stride in front of him and he came to a halt. I thought it was one of his best races ever. He’s drawn a good post but beating Lather Up, that’s a tough assignment right now.” Last Race: 6/23 – PcD – Hempt Elim – 3rd (1:49.3) 3 Lost In Time ($718,723 – 1:50.1) S. Zeron, J. Takter Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva, W. Rufenacht, Ric Flair Stable Took the Hempt off to prepare for the Pace. Takter noted the grueling schedule for the 3-year-old pacing colts, where the NA Cup, Hempt and Meadowlands Pace require a horse to race for six straight weeks if they want to go in all three. “When you look at the schedule, it’s kind of insane. I don’t think this horse is suited for that. Horses are not machines. I think Lost In Time will be much better in the Pace than he was in the Cup.” Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Final – 3rd (1:48.4) 4 This Is The Plan ($243,372 – 1:50.2) T. Tetrick, C. Ryder C. Ryder, R. Mondillo Finished third in his Hempt elim after a four-week layoff but a luckless pill drop has left him with post 9 for the final. Ryder: “I’d have been happier had he finished second, but this week, we are adding Lasix after some minor bleeding. Some horses improve a lot on Lasix, some don’t at all.” Last Race: 6/23 – PcD – Hempt Elim – 3rd (1:49.4) 5 Thinkbig Dreambig ($38,500 – 1:49.2) Y. Gingras, J. Takter Brixton Medical Inc., J. Fielding, G. Anderberg, G. Falk   Since taking the Escort at the Meadowlands, this son of Bettor’s Delight has won two in a row in Pennsylvania with ease. Takter: “I’m going to race him at Tioga Friday (race 8, post 7). I want him to go a really strong mile. He’s so professional. We are still strongly considering going to the Pace.” Last Race: 6/20 – Phl – NW3 – 1st (1:52.2) 6 Nutcracker Sweet ($196,832 – 1:50.2) D. Miller, J. Takter H. Taylor, Order By Stable, R. Lombardo   Continues to prove he belongs with this division’s best while having yet to win this year. Finished second in his elim to Lather Up and has drawn post 1 for the final. Takter: “I thought he raced tremendous, Lather Up was just so freaking Good! Right now, he might be unbeatable.” Is Nutcracker sweet on The Pace? “Not sure if he’s going,” said Takter. “We still have a ton of races coming up.” Last Race: 6/23 – PcD – Hempt Elim – 2nd (1:49.2) 7 Babes Dig Me ($122,947 – 1:52.3Q) B. Miller, T. Alagna B.J. Grant, J. Sbrocco, J. Leblanc, In The Gym Partners   Went a rail trip to grab a fifth-place check in his Hempt Elim. Alagna: “He was in the toughest division, but once he got loose, he had pace in the lane. I am going to give him this week off.” Last Race: 6/23 – PcD – Hempt Elim – 5th (1:50.1) 8 American History ($94,243 – 1:49.1) Y. Gingras, T. Alagna Brittany Farms, M. Katz, American History Racing   Took the Hempt off after a 10th-place finish in the Cup. Will take on older foes Friday at the Meadowlands in a NW3. Alagna: “Coming off a bad start I thought I was better off giving him the week off to get ready for The Pace. He’s in Friday and trained great.” Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Final – 10th (1:50.3) 9 Captain Deo ($28,867 – 1:50.2) D. McNair, T. Alagna Alagna Racing, J. Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners, Captain Deo Partners   Kicked home in :26.2 to grab a fifth-place check in the Cup Consolation before taking the Hempt off. Alagna: “He’s been very good but hasn’t had a lot of luck. He’s been too far back coming into fast fractions.” He’s in the same Meadowlands race as stablemate American History Friday night. Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Consolation – 5th (1:50.3) 10 Odds On Lauderdale ($51,059 – 1:49.1) V. Ginsburg, T Alagna Odds On Racing   Breaks into the Top 10 after winning his second straight a week ago. The victory came from an impossible spot after being trapped until the final eighth of a mile. Is this a possible Pace upsetter? Alagna: “He’s a little bit of a sleeper. He showed a lot of ability last year. He wasn’t himself earlier in the year so we made some adjustments. As far as the Pace goes, we are on the bubble.” Last Race: 6/23 – M1 – NW2/3 – 1st (1:49.1)   KEY PREP RACES MEADOWLANDS PACE ELIGIBLES IN CAPS – Supplements are permitted per the conditions of the race Date Stakes Site Winner Trainer Driver 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time                   5/5 PA Sire Stakes   Mea   THIS IS THE PLAN C. Ryder D. Palone BABES DIG ME Record Machine 1:53   PA Sire Stakes   Mea   DORSODURO HANOVER R. Burke J. Pantaleano Wes Delight CAPTAIN DEO 1:50.3                   5/19 PA Sire Stakes PcD I’M A BIG DEAL C. Ryder G. Napolitano Jr. GRAND TETON Whos Better 1:50.2   PA Sire Stakes PcD DORSODURO HANOVER R. Burke M. Kakaley THIS IS THE PLAN PRO BEACH 1:50.1   PA Sire Stakes PcD   Wes Delight M. Harder C. Callahan LOST IN TIME STAY HUNGRY 1:50.4 5/20 OnSS Gold Flm Backstreet Shadow R. McNair D. McNair St Lads Neptune Wind Blast 1:52.3   OnSS Gold Flm Western Passage C. Coleman D. McNair Levis Day SHADOW MOON 1:53.4 5/26 Art Rooney Final YR Trump Nation C. Oakes J. Bartlett Minnie Vinnie BABES DIG ME 1:51.3 5/28 NYSS VD 1 Courtly Choice B. MacIntosh D. Miller Hitman Hill Real Surreal 1:48.4   NYSS VD AMERICAN HISTORY T. Alagna Y. Gingras Rock Lights Heavenly Sound 1:49.1   NYSS VD My Delight H. Hochstetler M. Miller Lyons Steel Ostro Hanover 1:49.4 6/1 NJSS Final M1 Melanie’s Fran K. Mc Dermott D. Miller Hypnotico - 1:56.3 6/2 Somebeachsmwhere Moh Burning Midnight C. Giles T. Henry Simple Kinda Man GRAND TETON 1:50.4   Somebeachsmwhere Moh Lather Up C. Francis M. Teague St Lads Neptune Scouts Report 1:50.3   Somebeachsmwhere Moh Jimmy Freight R. Moreau L. Roy LOST IN TIME When You Dance 1:50.2 6/9 NA Cup Elim Moh STAY HUNGRY T. Alagna D. McNair Done Well HAYDEN HANOVER 1:50   NA Cup Elim Moh Wes Delight M. Harder C. Callahan NUTCRACKER SWEET AMERICAN HISTORY 1:50.2   NA Cup Elim Moh Lather Up C. Francis M. Teague St Lads Neptune Hitman Hill 1:49.2 6/10 NYSS Tioga Springsteen R. Allard D. Miller Real Surreal I Soar Him First 1:51   NYSS Tioga Heavenly Sound B. Saunders A. McCarthy Ideal Feeling Trump Nation 1:50.4   NYSS Tioga Keystone Tenacious P. Kelley M. MacDonald My Delight TWIN B TUFFENUFF 1:52.1 6/16 NA Cup Final Moh Lather Up C. Francis M. Teague Done Well LOST IN TIME 1:48.1 6/18 NYSS MR TOPVILLE OLYMPIAN D. Menary J. Stratton Mr Profeta TWIN B TUFFENUFF 1:55   NYSS MR Ghost Dance E. Adams S. Zeron Rockapelo Ostro Hanover 1:54.4   NYSS MR Rootin Tootin B. MacIntosh M. MacDonald Handsoffmychips My Delight 1:53.4 6/23 OnSS Gold Moh Sharp Action Money M. Brethour S. Filion Sports Legend Taste Of History 1:50.4   OnSS Gold Moh Jimmy Freight R. Moreau L. Roy St Lads Neptune Levis Day 1:49.2 6/23 Hempt Elim PcD DORSODURO HANOVER R. Burke M. Kakaley Springsteen THIS IS THE PLAN 1:49.4   Hempt Elim PcD Hitman Hill C. Oakes B. Miller Shnitzledosomethin STAY HUNGRY 1:49.3   Hempt Elim PcD Lather Up C. Francis M. Teague NUTCRACKER SWEET Wes Delight 1:49  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - This weekend, faithful Meadowlands fans will get 24 live races on which to wager, and in addition, will have a string of stakes races offered via simulcast. The Big M will have 12-race live programs on both Friday and Saturday, with each getting underway at the usual 7:15 p.m. Friday night will feature an appearance by the defending Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Hannelore Hanover. "Hannelore needs a race and this is the track that suits her best," said trainer Ron Burke. "I'm just keeping her fit." Currently at the top of the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown weekly poll, Hannelore Hanover will face six accomplished rivals in the seventh race, a $20,000 Preferred Trot. The Meadowlands will present a glimpse into the future on Friday night with the first leg of the 2018 New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for 2-year-old trotters and pacers. While the Jersey-bred pacers are still few in number, the colts off the card at 6:15 with a field of three and the fillies a single division of six in the second race each for a purse of $15,000, the trotters are fortified by the progeny of two exciting first crop sires in Father Patrick and Trixton. The fourteen trotting colts split evenly into a pair of sevens, going as races 4 and 6 on the bill for a purse of $20,000. Trixton enjoys an advantage in numbers with a 10 to 4 edge among the entrants. Greenshoe is the 2-1 morning line choice in race 4 off a pair of dazzling morning trials. The $330,000 Lexington yearling purchase by Anders Strom as Courant, Inc sports a purple pedigree. The colt is by Father Patrick who is enjoying a remarkable start to his career as a sire and is the first foal from world champion mare Designed To Be. Greenshoe wowed the crowd in his first start on June 2 with a ridiculously easy 1:55 win for trainer Marcus Melander then returned two weeks later to win in a measured 1:56.1 for Brian Sears, who has the assignment on the colt from post 6 on Friday. Trixton is well represented by his blazingly fast son Battenberg in division two. Three qualifiers, including a 1:55.4 win, have Battenberg sharp and ready to race for trainer Joe Holloway and driver Dave Miller. The colt has displayed an affinity for the lead and the stamina to make it last thus far, he’ll begin from post six for owners Crawford Farms and Val D’Or Farms who spent $210,000 for the first foal of the dam Coffeecake Hanover at Harrisburg last fall. The filly division drew two equal fields of nine and they go as races 9 and 11, also for a $20,000 purse. Special Honor has a pair of baby race wins under her belt for Andy and Julie Miller. She converted perfect pocket steers by Andy each time for 1:58 wins with strong final quarters. Special Honor is a Father Patrick homebred, retained by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Whispering Oaks has been tabbed as the 5-2 ML favorite in the very contentious second division. An impressive winner in two morning trials, Whispering Oaks then disappointed the pari-mutuel crowd in her first try at night, going off-stride as the 2-5 favorite. Her connections, driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter are well versed in the merits of her sire Father Patrick as they campaigned that champion throughout his career. Brixton Medical, Herb Liverman and R A W Equine bought her from the Lexington Yearling Sale at a price of $100,000. Those who stick around until the 12th and final will be rewarded by seeing three legitimate Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace contenders in Captain Deo, American History and Hayden Hanover looking for a fine edge going into next week’s eliminations. In addition to the live Big M races on Saturday, many a watchful eye will be on simulcast screens tuned to racing at Pennsylvania's Pocono Downs (post time 7 p.m.), where the five-eighths mile track will serve up a powerhouse four-pack of stakes on Races 9-12, with each serving as a final prep before major events that will be contested at the Big M on Meadowlands Pace Night. The $300,000 James Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old fillies on the pace kicks off the stakes superfecta, followed by the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old pacers, $500,000 Ben Franklin for free-for-all pacers and $500,000 Earl Beal Memorial for 3-year-old trotters. The Lynch serves as a prelude to the Big M's Mistletoe Shalee, the Hempt to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, the Franklin to the William Haughton and the Beal to the Stanley Dancer. The four Meadowlands' events take place on July 14. Also on the Saturday simulcast menu is the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic from Northfield Park, which features 2016 Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder. JUMP INTO THE POOL: The Big M's 50-Cent Pick-4 was popular as always last weekend as a total of just over $178,000 was poured into the pools over the two racing programs. Free program pages for the Meadowlands' Pick-4, courtesy of Track Master, are available on the Meadowlands' website (www.playmeadowlands.com) and on the handicapping section at www.ustrotting.com. The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five's carryover has reached new heights. It now stands at $265,472 and is up for grabs in Friday night's finale. Both the Pick-4 and JSH5 offer low 15 percent takeouts. CALLING ALL MILLENNIALS: On Saturday night, college students can enter to win one of ten $1,000 college scholarships sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farm. Those showing a valid college ID will receive a voucher good for a $5 wager as well as a free program. They'll also a be a handicapping contest that night for those 18-30 years of age and the guaranteed prize pool of $5,000 is also being sponsored by the Gurals. Coming attractions... JULY 7: It's Fan Appreciation Night, and it's also wiener take all, as the Big M hosts its 1st annual Wiener Dog Races. For those who own a dachshund and want to enter, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/wiener_racing_sign-up_sheet.pdf. At the conclusion of the races, stay for a fantastic fireworks display. They'll be beer and food specials all night long. There is a special early post time of 6:35 p.m. The featured event are the eliminations for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. JULY 14: The Meadowlands' signature event, the $650,000E Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds, takes center stage. Post time is 6:35 p.m. Other stakes events on the card include the $400,000E Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old open trotters, $165,000E Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old fillies on the pace, $200,000E Golden Girls for filly and mare pacers 3-years-old-and-up, $250,000E Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old fillies on the trot (divisions), $320,000E Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old open trotters (divisions) and $425,000E William Haughton Memorial for open pacers 3-years-old-and-up. AUGUST 4: Harness racing's signature event, the $1 million Hambletonian, brings the best 3-year-old trotters to not only the Big M, but to a national television audience (on the CBS Sports Network). Post time is noon for harness racing's biggest day. By Dave Little & Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After finishing a solid second and third, respectively, in his two preliminaries, Mike's Powerhouse upped his game Saturday night, saving his best effort for the Caramore Series Final, winning the $20,850 harness racing feature at the Meadowlands for non-winners of $20,000 in 2018 on the pace. Driver Vinny Ginsburg, who won three races on the evening, put the 6-year-old gelded son of Camluck on the lead around the first turn from the rail and hit the quarter in :26.2. The eventual winner got a :57.3 breather through the middle half as Rockinwiththebest, the slight 3-2 favorite, popped out the four hole at the three-eighths and inched his way toward the leader on the rim. But Mike's Powerhouse brought just enough through a final quarter of :26.4 to hold off the late-charging Astor, who finished a neck back. Rockinwiththebest held on for third. Byby Landon, the slight 3-2 second choice, was blocked in the pocket and had to settle for fifth. Mike's Powerhouse returned $11.80 to win as the third choice in the wagering and completed the mile in a lifetime-best 1:50.4 for trainer Vincent Fusco Jr. RED MAN, BLACK INK: Driver Eric Abbatiello continued to endear himself to value players Saturday, guiding one 6-1 shot and a 9-2 chance to victory lane. This after his 22-1 score on the Friday card. FAVES NOT FAB: After post-time choices went only 2-for-9 on the Friday program, the chalk players probably felt they were due for a big night Saturday, but it wasn't to be. The first 10 chalks failed before Music Is Art clicked at 4-5 in the finale. For the race week, favorites went 3-for-20 (15 percent). A LITTLE MORE: Wagering was down when compared to the comparable card from a year ago, with short fields the main culprit. During the course of the night, four fields had but six betting interests at post time. On last year's card, the average numbers of starters per race was 8.2. This year, it was 7.2. Last year, the total wagered was $2,229,350. This year, it was $1,878,057, a decrease of 15.8 percent. ... One lucky player betting into the Elite Turf Club hub raked the pot in the Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five. He or she who held the only ticket with the winning combination of 1-8-6-2-5 in the ninth race cashed in for $16,154. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $265,472. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It has been a long time between drinks for harness racing's 2015 Hambletonian champion Pinkman, but his extended wait to return to the winner's circle is finally over. The Jimmy Takter trainee, who last won on May 29, 2016 in a stakes event in Sweden, took the featured conditioned trot Friday night at the Meadowlands in 1:52 by a half-length over Misslarose. Opulent Yankee finished third. Prior to his score in Sweden, Pinkman's previous North American victory came in the October 10, 2015 Kentucky Futurity, two months after he hoisted Hambletonian hardware. Friday night, driver Andy McCarthy was in the sulky as Pinkman, who never saw the rail, was in a live second-over flow heading for three-quarters. He tipped off his cover in midstretch and rolled to his 19th career win in 42 starts for owners C. Takter, John and Jim Fielding, J. McClelland and H. Liverman. Lifetime, the 6-year-old gelded son of Explosive Matter has earned $2.65 million. As the 3-1 second choice in the wagering, Pinkman returned $8.00 to win. Lindy The Great, the 3-2 public choice, broke stride before the quarter. HAMBO HOPEFULS: The Paula Wellwood-trained Southwind Chrome crushed an overmatched field in a non-winners of two earlier on the card. The Hambletonian eligible, a son of Chapter Seven, was driven by Scott Zeron and completed the mile in 1:54 as the 1-5 favorite for his first-ever win in his fifth start. Zephyr Kronos, trained and driven by Takter, won a non-winners of three later in the evening. The son of Ready Cash, another Hambo eligible, scored on the front end in 1:53 as the 5-1 third choice in the wagering. A LITTLE MORE: The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $262,148. ... One lucky player walked away with $11,470 after being the only bettor to survive eight legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-9. ... All-source wagering on the nine-race card totaled $1,767,338. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

There was no change in the top four of Dave Little's Road To The Meadowlands Pace after last week's North America Cup saw Lather Up (a Pace non-eligible who can supplement if he chooses to) take the hardware. Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner(s) Dave Little’s Comments   1 Stay Hungry ($616,384 – 1:50)   D. McNair, T. Alagna B. Grant, I. Samelman   The trip worked out well in The Cup, but there was no explosiveness like there was the week before in his elim. Alagna: “I thought the trip was good but I was not thrilled with the way he raced. After the race, he did not have a clean scope, so I think he’ll bounce right back”. He’ll need to. He’s in the second of two Hempt Eliminations Saturday night at Pocono. Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Final – 4th (1:49) 2 Dorsoduro Hanover ($160,168 – 1:50.1) M. Kakaley, R. Burke Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi, Wingfield Five Took the week off after finishing seventh in his Cup Elim. Burke: “His elim was a total disaster but everything seems fine with him and, hopefully, we can turn it around this week.” He’s drawn post 5 in Hempt Elim 1. Last Race: 6/9 – Wbsb – NA Cup Elim – 7th (1:51.1) 3 Lost In Time ($718,723 – 1:50.1) S. Zeron, J. Takter Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva, W. Rufenacht, Ric Flair Stable Was racing 10th at the half in The Cup before storming home to grab the show dough in a superb mile. Takter: “I thought he raced tremendous. It was impossible for him to win from that spot, especially when they are sprinting home like they did. We are taking the Hempt off to get ready for The Pace.” Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Final – 3rd (1:48.4) 4 This Is The Plan ($240,372 – 1:50.2) T. Tetrick, C. Ryder C. Ryder, R. Mondillo The plan was to skip The Cup and get ready for the Hempt (Elim 1, Post 1). Ryder: “I’m very happy with him. I think he’s on the Improve. The (four-week) layoff is to his advantage.” It is? How come? His trainer kidded: “Because I told you so!” Last Race: 5/28 – PcD – Pa All-Stars – 3rd (1:50.3) 5 Thinkbig Dreambig ($38,500 – 1:49.2) Y. Gingras, J. Takter Brixton Medical Inc., J. Fielding, G. Anderberg, G. Falk   Takter talks about this colt like a dad would his favorite son: “I love him. That’s why I keep driving him. He raced so well at Pocono (on June 11, when he won in 1:51). He’s so professional. As far as The Pace, we just don’t know yet if he will be there.” The son of Bettor’s Delight followed up that June 11 score with another nine days later. Why wouldn’t Takter love him? Last Race: 6/20 – Phl – NW3 – 1st (1:52.2) 6 Nutcracker Sweet ($190,582 – 1:50.2) D. Miller, J. Takter H. Taylor, Order By Stable, R. Lombardo   Had to rough it first-over in 1:21.3 to three-quarters in The Cup, ended up sixth after being done in by a bad trip. Takter: “I thought he went a helluva race. He had to go four-wide into the first turn. Turning for home, he was side-by-side with the winner (Lather Up). Given the trip he went, he lost seven or eight lengths.” He’s In Hempt Elim 3 from post 4. Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Final – 6th (1:49.2) 7 Babes Dig Me ($121,697 – 1:52.3Q) B. Miller, T. Alagna B.J. Grant, J. Sbrocco, J. Leblanc, In The Gym Partners   Nice rebound after a sixth-place finish in his elim, rallying to get second in The Cup Consolation. Alagna: “He showed up and was really good. He’s in a tough division (Post 2 in Elim 3) in the Hempt and will have to bring his “A” game.” Off a nice try, maybe that’s exactly what he’ll have on tap. Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Consolation – 2nd (1:50) 8 American History ($94,243 – 1:49.1) Y. Gingras, T. Alagna Brittany Farms, M. Katz, American History Racing   Never saw the rail, ended up in a third-over flow and was never in contention in the Cup. Alagna: “That was a total clunker. There was really no reason why. He scoped a little bit of mucus but I figured there would have been more given how he did. We’ll race him in an overnight at the Meadowlands next week, and if all goes as it should, he will be in The Pace.” Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Final – 10th (1:50.3) 9 Captain Deo ($28,867 – 1:50.2) D. McNair, T. Alagna Alagna Racing, J. Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners, Captain Deo Partners   Kicked home in :26.2 to grab a fifth-place check in the Cup Consolation. Alagna: “He raced really good, he was just a little too far back. He’ll go in an overnight next week and then it’s off to the Meadowlands Pace.” Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Consolation – 5th (1:50.3) 10 I’m A Big Deal ($110,344 – 1:50.2) G. Napolitano Jr., C. Ryder C. Henderson, R. Mondillo, C. Ryder   The other RTTMP member from the Ryder barn who also did not participate in the Cup. Opted to get a race by facing older foes at the Big M, which resulted in a sixth-place finish. Ryder: “The positive was that he got a tightener. He’s not a good closer, so I’m hoping he gets to the top at Pocono.” He’s in Elim 2, post 5. Last Race: 6/16 – M1 – NW$11,500 – 6th (1:51)   KEY PREP RACES MEADOWLANDS PACE ELIGIBLES IN CAPS – Supplements are permitted per the conditions of the race Date Stakes Site Winner Trainer Driver 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time                   5/5 PA Sire Stakes   Mea   THIS IS THE PLAN C. Ryder D. Palone BABES DIG ME Record Machine 1:53   PA Sire Stakes   Mea   DORSODURO HANOVER R. Burke J. Pantaleano Wes Delight CAPTAIN DEO 1:50.3                   5/19 PA Sire Stakes PcD I’M A BIG DEAL C. Ryder G. Napolitano Jr. GRAND TETON Whos Better 1:50.2   PA Sire Stakes PcD DORSODURO HANOVER R. Burke M. Kakaley THIS IS THE PLAN PRO BEACH 1:50.1   PA Sire Stakes PcD   Wes Delight M. Harder C. Callahan LOST IN TIME STAY HUNGRY 1:50.4 5/20 OnSS Gold Flm Backstreet Shadow R. McNair D. McNair St Lads Neptune Wind Blast 1:52.3   OnSS Gold Flm Western Passage C. Coleman D. McNair Levis Day SHADOW MOON 1:53.4 5/26 Art Rooney Final YR Trump Nation C. Oakes J. Bartlett Minnie Vinnie BABES DIG ME 1:51.3 5/28 NYSS VD 1 Courtly Choice B. MacIntosh D. Miller Hitman Hill Real Surreal 1:48.4   NYSS VD AMERICAN HISTORY T. Alagna Y. Gingras Rock Lights Heavenly Sound 1:49.1   NYSS VD My Delight H. Hochstetler M. Miller Lyons Steel Ostro Hanover 1:49.4 6/1 NJSS Final M1 Melanie’s Fran K. Mc Dermott D. Miller Hypnotico - 1:56.3 6/2 Somebeachsmwhere Moh Burning Midnight C. Giles T. Henry Simple Kinda Man GRAND TETON 1:50.4   Somebeachsmwhere Moh Lather Up C. Francis M. Teague St Lads Neptune Scouts Report 1:50.3   Somebeachsmwhere Moh Jimmy Freight R. Moreau L. Roy LOST IN TIME When You Dance 1:50.2 6/9 NA Cup Elim Moh STAY HUNGRY T. Alagna D. McNair Done Well HAYDEN HANOVER 1:50   NA Cup Elim Moh Wes Delight M. Harder C. Callahan NUTCRACKER SWEET AMERICAN HISTORY 1:50.2   NA Cup Elim Moh Lather Up C. Francis M. Teague St Lads Neptune Hitman Hill 1:49.2 6/10 NYSS Tioga Springsteen R. Allard D. Miller Real Surreal I Soar Him First 1:51   NYSS Tioga Heavenly Sound B. Saunders A. McCarthy Ideal Feeling Trump Nation 1:50.4   NYSS Tioga Keystone Tenacious P. Kelley M. MacDonald My Delight TWIN B TUFFENUFF 1:52.1 6/16 NA Cup Final Moh Lather Up C. Francis M. Teague Done Well LOST IN TIME 1:48.1 6/18 NYSS MR TOPVILLE OLYMPIAN D. Menary J. Stratton Mr Profeta TWIN B TUFFENUFF 1:55   NYSS MR Ghost Dance E. Adams S. Zeron Rockapelo     ...

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It wasn't your typical Saturday night at the Meadowlands. In addition to the usual competitive 11-race program and simulcast of the C$1 million North America Cup from Woodbine Mohawk Park, the mile oval hosted something a bit unusual. The seventh-annual editions of the Ostrich Derby and Cameltonian were contested, much to the delight of the huge crowd that gathered on a beautiful evening. In the Ostrich Derby, Olive Petal had a strong late rally to record the win, Geisha had good foot from between rivals to get second, with Smooty's Poof settling for third. The Cameltonian saw I Got Patience get away well at the start and go on to an easy victory over Military Catman, Lord Clairol and Old Man Dan, who had a rough go of it at the start. WESTERN FAME TAKES FEATURE: After finishing second a week ago behind All Bets Off, who was establishing a national-season's record of 1:48, Western Fame appeared more than ready to win the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers, which he did, in 1:49.1. Driver Andy McCarthy put the 5-year-old son of Western Ideal on the point just after the quarter and was then permitted to rate the middle half in :55.3 before sprinting home in :26.1 to win for trainer Jimmy Takter. Emeritus Maximus was a length back in second. Bettor's Edge finished third. As the 4-5 favorite, Western Fame paid $3.80 to win. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky player wagering into the Oregon hub was the only holder of a winning 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 ticket, and for surviving all 10 legs of the wager, he or she walked away with $13,953. ... McCarthy won three races on the program, while Vinny Ginsburg, Jim Marohn Jr. and Eric Abbatiello won two apiece. ... All-source wagering on the 11-race card totaled $1,764,225. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $258,907. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Shady McCoy and Kaitlyn N both displayed high speed in taking the co-features at the Meadowlands Friday night. Shady McCoy won the fifth race conditioned trot in a lifetime-best equaling 1:53.2 for trainer-driver Eric Abbatiello. The 5-year-old gelded son of S J's Caviar cleared the lead just after the quarter, and after sprinting home in :28.1, hit the wire 2¼ lengths in front of Gold Medal Swan. Zlatan was third. As the 3-1 third choice in the wagering, Shady McCoy paid $8.40 to win. Kaitlyn N took the sixth race conditioned pace for fillies and mares in a lifetime-best 1:51.1 for the Delaware-based trainer-driver team of Joshua Parker and Art Stafford Jr. The 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal sprinted to the lead in :27, rebuffed a challenge by OK Heavenly at three-quarters, and then reported home a 2-length winner. OK Heavenly held the place spot with Rockin Praline grabbing third. As the even-money favorite, Kaitlyn N returned $4.00 to her backers, winning for the fourth time in her last five starts. Earlier on the card, Hambletonian hopeful Zephyr Kronos scored as the 1-5 favorite in a lifetime-best equaling 1:53.3 for trainer-driver Jimmy Takter in a conditioned trot. Takter was unhurried with his pupil, who's now three-for-seven in his career, getting away last before making his way toward the leaders heading past the half. The son of Ready Cash continued to move well all the way to the wire, which he hit a safe neck in front of Dawson Springs. A LITTLE MORE: Nine different drivers won one race apiece on the card. ... Favorites ruled the night, as five public choices visited the winner's circle. ... All-source wagering on the nine-race program was $1,583,322. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, swelling the carryover to $255,625. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Curiosity seekers will want to come out and see the seventh-annual Camel and Ostrich Derbies, which will be contested after the third (ostriches) and eighth (camels) races. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace is a just little more than four weeks away (July 14), which means the final major prep before the Big M's signature race - the C$1 million North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers at Woodbine Mohawk Park - is the highlighted simulcast event this Saturday night at the mile oval. The 35th edition of Canada's richest harness race will head to the gate at 10:40 p.m. Lather Up, Wes Delight and Stay Hungry were the winners of last week's three eliminations. The NA Cup will have five Meadowlands Pace eligibles get behind the starting gate: Stay Hungry, American History, Hayden Hanover, Lost In Time and Nutcracker Sweet. It should be noted that supplementing to the Meadowlands Pace is still on the table for interested connections. Also on the NA Cup program, which will have a mandatory High-5 payout on the last race (the carryover was at $160,000 at the conclusion of racing Tuesday), are the C$250,000 Armbro Flight for trotting fillies and mares (featuring Hannelore Hanover), C$266,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old trotters, C$415,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers and the C$370,000 Roses Are Red for pacing fillies and mares. Post time for the 15-race program is 6:30 p.m. CAMEL AND OSTRICH DERBIES: On Saturday night at the Meadowlands, patrons will be in for something a little different as the sixth annual Camel and Ostrich Derbies are certain to bring out both the hardcore and the curious. The camels and ostriches will race in between the live action, with the ostriches hitting the track after the third race and the camels after the eighth. TRY FOR A QUARTER-MILLION: Friday night's ninth and final race will offer harness racing's pot of gold, as the carryover for the Big M's Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five now stands at $252,765. As usual, the pools for the track's signature Pick-4 have been big. During the month of June, the average pool has been $84,777. Both the Late JSH5 and Pick-4 sport low 15 percent takeouts. Free program pages for the Meadowlands Pick-4, courtesy of Track Master, are available on the Meadowlands' website (www.playmeadowlands.com) and on the handicapping section at www.ustrotting.com. Live racing at the Meadowlands is this Friday and Saturday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Coming attractions.... JUNE 23: The Meadowlands' Summer Wine Festival takes place with local wineries from New York and New Jersey participating. They'll be more than 25 total producers - wineries. For complete information, go to www.playmeadowlands.com. JUNE 30: College students can enter to win one of ten $1,000 college scholarships sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farm. Those showing a valid college ID will receive a voucher good for a $5 wager as well as a free program. They'll also a be a handicapping contest that night for those 18-30 years of age and the guaranteed prize pool of $5,000 is also being sponsored by the Gurals. JULY 7: It's Fan Appreciation Night, and it's also wiener take all, as the Big M hosts its 1st annual Wiener Dog Races. For those who own a dachshund and want to enter, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/wiener_racing_sign-up_sheet.pdf. At the conclusion of the races, stay for a fantastic fireworks display. They'll be beer and food specials all night long. There is a special early post time of 6:35 p.m. The featured event are the eliminations for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. JULY 14: The Meadowlands' signature event, the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, takes center stage. Post time is 6:35 p.m. AUGUST 4: Harness racing's signature event, the $1 million Hambletonian, brings the best 3-year-old trotters to not only the Big M, but to a national television audience (on the CBS Sports Network). Post time is noon for harness racing's biggest day. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's hard to say who had the better night at the Meadowlands Saturday. Was it driver Jim Marohn Jr., who drove six winners on the program? Or was it All Bets Off, whom Marohn guided to a North American season's record of 1:48 in taking the featured Preferred Handicap for pacers? Tough call. All Bets Off, who upped his lifetime earnings to $2.97 million, scorched the Big M's mile oval after leaving alertly, then yielding to a headstrong Mel Mara, who hit the quarter in :26.1. Sicily, who earlier this year won at Dover Downs in what was then a season's-best 1:49.2, made a bold move to the top at the three-eighths before reaching the half in :53.1. Enter All Bets Off, who vacated the three hole at the five-eighths and made a ferocious move to pass Sicily and secure the top just after three-quarters. The 7-year-old son of Bettor's Delight then sprinted home in :26.3 to stop the clock one-fifth of a second faster than Highalator (last week at the Big M) and Easy Lover Hanover (May 5 at Woodbine Mohawk Park) did earlier in the year. Western Fame was 2¾ lengths back in second with Emeritus Maximus grabbing the show dough. All Bets Off returned $3.40 to win for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, F. Baldachino and Panhellenic Stable. Marohn's six-pack came with Rockinwiththebest ($6.80 to win, 1:51.3 for the mile) in the second race, The Fire Within ($3.00, 1:51.4) in the third, Feel The Need A ($5.40, 1:50.3) in the fourth, Wheels On Fire ($2.40, 1:51) in the sixth, All Bets Off in the seventh and Southern Pursuit N ($3.80, 1:51.1) in the 10th. A LITTLE MORE: Wagering was down once again, the result of a light entry box. On the comparable card last year, a total of 92 betting interests competed on an 11-race card (8.4 per race) that saw a total wager of $2,349,707. On Saturday, it was again an 11-race program, but only 80 horses raced (7.3 per race, a decrease of 13 percent) with betting that totaled $2,102,020 (down 10.5 percent). ... Brandon Mongiello, Burke and Scott DiDomenico all had training doubles. All were driven by Marohn. ... Victor Kirby drove a pair to victory lane. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $252,765. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - You could say Team Orange crushed it at the Meadowlands. The husband and wife team of Andy and Julie Miller - and 20-year-old son T.J. - all had a good time of it Friday night as the Julie-trained Double L Lindy won the feature, son T.J. won his first-ever Big M drive, and then for good measure, Andy scored in the eighth race with an 8-1 shot. Double L Lindy was superb in taking the $15,000, fifth-race conditioned trot. Driver Jim Marohn Jr. hustled the 5-year-old gelded son of Muscles Yankee-Love Lockdown to the top in :27.4. There was little stress for the eventual winner, only a far turn challenge from second-choice Misslarose, but it did not amount to much, as Double L Lindy reported home a safe three-quarter length winner as the 1-5 favorite over a fast-closing Pinkman. Misslarose finished third. The winner, who was coupled with Fly On in the wagering (Fly On broke on the far turn while racing in the pocket), returned $2.60 and completed the mile in a lifetime-best 1:52 for owners Little E LLC, Living The Dream Racing LLC and RBH Ventures Inc. Two races earlier, it was wall-to-wall winner's circle smiles as T.J. guided Lily's Swan Pond to victory in the GSY Amateur Driving Club's Hot To Trot Series in 1:55.2. "It was a great experience," said T.J. "And I'll be driving this summer in some more amateur races." To top off the night, Andy guided Clifton Beach ($19.40, 1:56.1) to victory lane in the eighth race conditioned trot. A LITTLE MORE: Lack of interest in the entry box led to lackluster wagering on the program. On the comparable card from a year ago, a total of 84 horses competed in 10 races - an average of 8.4 starters per race - with a total wager of $2,137,916. Friday night, only 66 betting interests competed over nine races (7.3 per race) with all-source handle totaling $1,681,527, a decrease of 21.3 percent from the year before. ... The team of trainer Linda Toscano and driver Tim Tetrick won twice on the card. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $250,090. ... Gates open at the Big M Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with a big Belmont Stakes simulcast crowd expected. ... Live racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

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