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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Broadway Donna outlasted Dayson after a stirring stretch duel to capture the first leg of the Graduate Series for harness racing 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands Saturday night. The 6-5 favorite Dayson, who bled after failing one week ago in his Graduate prep, was sailing along on the lead with Lasix added as Broadway Donna inched closer racing on the rim after vacating the five hole just after the half. The pair were on even terms at the head of the stretch as Broadway Donna, a daughter of Donato Hanover, continued to wear down the leader before going on to a half-length win in 1:52.1. Tight Lines was third. Broadway Donna, the 2016 Breeders Crown champion, returned $5.60 to win as the 9-5 second choice in the wagering with David Miller in the sulky for trainer Jim Campbell. "That's what she's going to do for the rest of the year," said winning owner Jules Siegel (Fashion Farms). Broadway Donna 'LYONS' ROARS: The betting public wasn't deterred by the fact that Lyons Snyder had gone off stride in both of his starts this year, and they were rewarded for their loyalty. The 4-year-old son of Well Said was bet down to 4-5 and went right down the road in a $17,500 conditioned pace. The time for the mile was an eye-popping 1:48.3, which equaled the sport's seasonal best, which was established by Rock N' Roll World at Hoosier Park on May 12. Lyons Snyder paid $3.80 to win for owners Jeff Snyder and Geoffrey Lyons Mound, trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Yannick Gingras. A LITTLE MORE: Clear Vision gunned down Dealt A Winner nearing the wire to take the Preferred Pace in 1:49. ... Wagering was vigorous as all-source betting totaled $2,880,980. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. Clear Vision GIANT JACKPOT SUPER HIGH FIVE HIT AT BIG M One lucky patron at the Meadowlands’ owned off-track wagering facility Winners at Bayonne walked off with a monster score in Saturday night’s fifth race. That lucky bettor had the correct combination of 9-10-5-3-4 in the Big M’s 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five and walked away with a payoff of $43,641.50. The race winner, Preparty, paid $10.40 to win.   By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ariana G gave notice Friday night at the Meadowlands that the road to the Hambletonian Oaks goes through her as she crushed seven overmatched foes in a division of the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old trotting fillies by 7¾ lengths in 1:52.2. The Jimmy Takter trainee was more than prepared for her seasonal debut as driver Yannick Gingras put the daughter of Muscle Hill on the lead just after the quarter. Racing unpressured, the winner of 10-of-12 lifetime starts opened up an insurmountable edge after pocket-sitting Ice Attraction broke at the head of the stretch. She then sprinted home in :27.2, paying $2.10 as the 1-9 favorite for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Dream Baby Dream was second with Southwind Prius third. "She was really good," said Gingras. "I couldn't be any happier with her. She was as good as I expected her to be. I'm crossing my fingers she stays healthy and let her talent do the rest." Ariana G Glitzey Gal ($7.40 to win, 1:52.3 for the mile, David Miller driving, trainer Nifty Norman) and Colorful Jasmine ($2.40, 1:54.1, Corey Callahan, Thomas Cancelliere) were victorious in the other two NJSS filly divisions. Ron Burke trainee What The Hill lowered his lifetime best by two-and-two-fifth seconds, impressively taking one of three NJSS divisions for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Driven by David Miller, the son of Muscle Hill stopped the clock in 1:52.2 to stay perfect in two seasonal starts. He returned $2.40 as the 1-5 public choice. Every Way Out ($2.10, Dylan Davis) and Long Tom ($3.80, Marcus Melander) won the other sophomore colt and gelding divisions in identical clockings of 1:52.1. Both were driven by Tim Tetrick. JL Cruze CHALK TALK: Seven favorites scored on the card, bringing the total over the last three programs to 18 winning chalks from 32 races (56%). ... David Miller piloted four winners on the card. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,475,077. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. with the Graduate for 4-year-old trotters, featuring Dayson and Broadway Donna. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

East Rutherford, NJ - The first leg of the Graduate series for four-year-old trotters, a Grand Circuit stake, highlights an intriguing twelve race harness racing extravaganza on Saturday at The Meadowlands.   A full field of ten talented trotters are set to contest the $75,000 first of three preliminary legs. Leg two is scheduled for June 3 at Mohawk and leg three at Tioga Downs on June 11 leading to the $250,000e final on July 8, also at The Meadowlands.   Dayson has drawn the rail and the favorites role in Saturday's race, his third seasonal start following a pair of fourth place finishes in overnight preps. The winner of two thirds of his career starts and over $665,000 took his 1:51.2 career mark in the Townsend Ackerman stake over the Meadowlands mile last summer. He will race with Lasix for the first time on Saturday. Ron Burke trains Dayson for his own interest as Burke Racing along with partners Our Horse Cents, J&T Silva and Rossie Smith. Yannick Gingras will drive.   The competition is led by double Dan Patch award winner Broadway Donna (Dave Miller) representing the fairer sex, last year's PASS champ Cufflink Hanover (Andy Miller) and Yonkers invader Taco Tuesday (Jason Bartlett). It should be an interesting race.   The supporting card is strong with full and competitive fields the order of the day.   Saturday is Preakness Day so the action will be hot and heavy all day long with the gates opening at 9:30 a.m.   Nick Salvi  

East Rutherford, NJ - Friday, May 19 marks the start of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) at The Meadowlands with a total of six $20,000 divisions for harness racing sophomore trotters and pacers.   Trotting fillies open the card with Glitzy Gal the slight 2/1 choice in a competitive field of seven. She accomplished little last season in a handful of starts but has returned stronger and faster, winning in 1:56 in her most recent outing for trainer Nifty Norman. Dave Miller has the drive in Friday's race for owners David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Little E, LLC.   Last year's NJSS final and Dan Patch award winner Ariana G banked nearly three-quarters of a million dollars while winning all the majors for the Jimmy Takter barn. She's had a pair of qualifiers to prepare for her 2017 debut as the heavy favorite in the second division (race five). Yannick Gingras drives the homebred lass for Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.   The colts will battle it out in races three and eight, with Deacon Tony given the 9/5 edge in the first and considerably easier split. He's off to a good start on the campaign with a pair of wins thus far for trainer Ron Burke and owners Our Horse Cents, Deo Volente, TLP Stable and Silva Burroughs Stable. Gingras has the drive on Deacon Tony.   The second division contains the defending NJSS champ and Peter Haughton final winner in What The Hill. The Burke trainee was a 1:55.3 winner in his first start at age three for owners Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents, J&T Silva Stable and Deo Volente. Dave Miller is the driver.   Last year's top New Jersey freshman pacer Every Way Out is the prohibitive choice in the single division of the colt pace. He makes his seasonal debut on Friday for owners Taylor, Basen, Gold and Lazzaro. Dylan Davis is the trainer and Tim Tetrick the driver for Every Way Out.   Designated Drinker won the 2016 NJSS filly pace final for owner (in partnership with Triple C Stable), trainer and driver Chris Lems last year but is a 10/1 outsider in race ten.   The favorite's role falls to John Cancelliere's homebred Colorful Jasmine. She got a late start to her freshman campaign and missed last year's NJSS but has quickly caught up to the field and flashed god speed in her 2017 debut with an easy 1:54.1 score at Harrah's. Tom Cancelliere trains and Corey Callahan will drive Colorful Jasmine.   The menu in Pink features a Portuguese theme this Friday for $29.95.   Saturday is Preakness Day, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. The gates open at 9:30 a.m.   Friday's post time is 7:15 p.m. Nick Salvi  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Driver Joe Bongiorno waited patiently for his opportunity, and when it came, he unleashed B Yoyo, who rallied furiously through the stretch to take the Friday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands, a $20,000 conditioned event for trotters. The 7-year-old gelded son of Striking Sahbra, who won this race a week ago as the even-money favorite, was away well and sat in the three hole from the quarter to the stretch. The conditions of the race may have been the same as a week ago but the task was far tougher this time around with the field including the likes of Opulent Yankee, who was off a dominant score at Yonkers, and 2016 Townsend-Ackerman winner Dayson, who was sent to the gate as the 3-5 public choice. After an energetic opening quarter of :27.3, Opulent Yankee yielded the front to Dayson, who seemingly had everything under control after rating the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.3. But at crunch time, he came up empty. Enter B Yoyo, this time a 10-1 outsider who was sitting in a tough spot before swerving off the rail with three-sixteenths to go and out into the five path. He then charged home in a final quarter of :26.2 to win by a widening 2 lengths. Broadway Donna, the Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly champion from a year ago, was second in her seasonal debut. Opulent Yankee was third with Dayson fourth. "This horse is razor sharp and loves the Meadowlands," said Richard Johnson, trainer of B Yoyo. "He has a shot to be as good (as Dayson and Opulent Yankee). He is a very versatile horse." B Yoyo returned $22.80 to his backers and upped his seasonal stats to five wins in 16 starts after completing the mile in 1:52.3. A LITTLE MORE: A reminder to Meadowlands fans, the second annual Spring Beer Fest has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 10. The rainy weather expected to hit the Big M caused the postponement of the event, which had been slated for Saturday, May 13. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,449,987. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

Since the early 1980's the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series started the rebirth of amateur harness racing driving and since then it has been the granddaddy of all amateur contests. It was so successful that it spawned amateur clubs at many racetracks, especially on the east coast, many of which today sap the entries in the Billings Series. On Thursday night (May 12) a 10-horse field of trotters went to post in a Billings contest at the Meadowlands which produced an excellent stretch duel with two trotters and their tail-setters giving their all in an effort to be a winner. When the two main competitors, David "Poppa" Glasser with Winwood Scout and "Hurricane Hannah" Miller and Pine Tab, locked horns at the top of the lane they battled side-by-side all the way to the finish line. The finish was so tight that it took a few minutes before the judges hung the official sign but when they did the former duo was short nose winner over the latter. Glasser and Winwood Scout started from the nine hole and they hustled to the lead and had command in a :27.3 first quarter. Meanwhile, Hannah and Pine Tab got away sixth and they were seven lengths behind the leader at the first stanza. Secure on the lead Glasser got his trotter a breather and they were an open lengths ahead of Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff and Keystone Thomas as the half mile timer flashed :57.3. Nearing that point Hannah moved Pine Tab off the pylons still in sixth position and five lengths behind Winwood Scout. As they headed up the backside Glasser's trotter began to open some daylight on the field and they had a two-length lead in the 1:26.4 clocked three furlongs. Forced to go three-wide around horses Hannah had Pine Tab in high gear at the third stanza and they ranged alongside the leader at the top of the stretch. And from there the battle for victory ensued until Winwood Scout was posted the winner. "I won by one quarter of a nose!" laughed Glasser, who is the president of a litigation support company. "It was a tough first quarter, then I tried to go a fair pace-- not too fast and not too slow --and I just had enough to hold on. Barely. "It was a great race and it felt great to win. This was my fourth Meadowlands win, with the other the last May. Mother's Day has been good to me. I won my first-ever last Mother's Day and this one just before Mother's Day." Recently claimed by Glasser Racing and trained by Mike Watson, the 7-year-old Keystone Nordic gelding paid $9.80 for win. It was the fourth victory in eight seasonal starts for Winwood Scout. And for Glasser, it was his second driving victory this season and 34th of his amateur career. John Manzi

East Rutherford, NJ --- She's Watching raced only twice last year, but it was enough to get harness racing trainer Tony Alagna, as well as others, to want to keep watching. A three-quarter sister to Dan Patch Award-winner and world champion He's Watching, She's Watching was 2-for-2 before a hairline fracture in her left hind ankle sidelined her the rest of the season. She's Watching is back now and preparing for her 3-year-old campaign and Alagna is looking forward to her return. The filly pacer qualified on Friday at the Meadowlands, winning in 1:54.1 with a :26.1 final quarter-mile, with Scott Zeron in the sulky. It was the second qualifier of the year for She's Watching, who was second in 1:54.2 (last quarter in :26.2) on May 6 at the Big M. "I was very happy," Alagna said about She's Watching, who is a daughter of stallion Rocknroll Hanover out of the mare Baberhood. "We were very high on her last year and she got hurt. It was nothing major, she just needed some time. We thought it was in her best interest to put her away and let her heal up. So far this year she's been great." She's Watching, a $200,000 purchase at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale, is owned by Brittany Farms and Marvin Katz. She won her career debut in 1:53.3 last July and then won the opening leg of the Kindergarten Classic Series in 1:52.1 at the Meadowlands. "I thought she was as good as anything out there before she got hurt," Alagna said. "She won in (1):52.1 in her second lifetime start and you don't see many 2-year-old pacing fillies that do it as impressively as she did it that early. "We're very happy with how she's coming back. Someday, hopefully in the long-distance future, she'll be heading to (be bred to) Captaintreacherous. She was bought with Captaintreacherous in mind and that's the ultimate plan for her when it's all said and done." She's Watching   She's Watching was one of 13 horses in the Alagna Armada at Friday's qualifiers. Other winners were 3-year-old male trotter Signal Hill and 3-year-old male pacer Art Scene. Signal Hill (Muscle Hill-Special Appeal) captured his qualifier in 1:55.4 with Brett Miller driving for owners Brittany Farms, David McDuffee, Marvin Katz, and Adriano Sorella. A $250,000 yearling buy whose family includes 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster, Signal Hill won twice last season, with one of his victories coming in a division of the Champlain Stakes. "He was better today," Alagna said. "I've got a couple more adjustments to make on him, but I was happy with the way he did it today." Signal Hill   Art Scene (American Ideal-Lover Of Art) won his qualifier in 1:54 with Zeron driving. The colt is owned by Brittany Farms, Alagna Racing, In The Gym Partners, and Americam Art Stable. Art Scene   Other notables from the Alagna Stable were 4-year-old male trotter Winter Harbor (Muscle Hill-Spectacular Bay) and 3-year-old male pacer Odds On Delray (Somebeachsomewhere-My Little Dragon). "Overall I was happy with the whole bunch," Alagna said. "Winter Harbor, first time back, no trotting hobbles this year, was very good. Odds On Delray was a little foot sore getting out of Florida, but he's getting better. I think we're close to getting him to where we need him to be." Three-year-old filly trotter Hillarmbro (Muscle Hill-Armbro Emma) got the morning's first win, with trainer Trond Smedshammer driving. She won in 1:54.4 for owner Purple Haze Stables as she prepped for the first round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes on May 19 at the Meadowlands. Chezatter (Explosive Matter-Chez Lucie), another Purple Haze-owned 3-year-old filly trotter in Smedshammer's barn, finished fifth in her first qualifier of the season, timed in 1:57.3. She won her elimination for the Doherty Memorial last year and finished second to Ariana G in the final. She also won her elimination for the Breeders Crown and finished fourth in the final. "I was a little bit concerned about (Chezatter)," Smedshammer said. "She's been very nervous. I've been up here a couple times to train and she's been very nervous both times and she was nervous today. She must have tied up because (driver David Miller) said she let go of him and got on the right line really hard and had no trot, which is not like her. Hopefully we'll get her straightened out. "Hillarmbo was good today. A little bit too aggressive, but she was good." Cufflink Hanover (Andover Hall-CR Savoire Faire) prepped for the first round of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters by winning in 1:54.4 for driver David Miller and trainer John Butenschoen. Cufflink Hanover, owned by Crawford Farms Racing, went off stride in a qualifier two tries back, but has won back-to-back qualifiers since an equipment adjustment to raise the gelding's head. "I'm very happy with him here today," assistant trainer Tyler Butenschoen said about last year's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion, who joined the family's stable this year. "He's been real good the last two. "We raced against him quite a bit last year and I thought he had a very good year. He seems strong. He seems like a horse that isn't the best on the front, so going on the front last week we were real happy with him. He was on the front a long way again today and he just seems to get a little bit lost out there. But he was good so I was really happy with him. David was real happy with him too." Other winners today were 3-year-old female pacer Planet Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven-Villa Hanover) in 1:53.3 for driver John Campbell, trainer Linda Toscano, and owner Ken Jacobs; 3-year-old male pacer Summer Side (Well Said-Beachy Lady) in 1:52 for driver/trainer Ray Schnittker and owners Schnittker and Howard Taylor; and 8-year-old male pacer Mel Mara (Lis Mara-M L Revrac) in 1:50.3 for driver Corey Callahan, trainer Dylan Davis, and owners Robert Cooper Stables and J&T Silva Stables. Click here for the complete charts. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

East Rutherford, NJ - Fast class pacers open the Saturday, May 13 harness racing card at The Meadowlands as a field of six will contest the first of eleven races, an $18,000 conditioned pace.   Dealt A Winner (David Miller) has drawn the rail and been tabbed a slight 2-1 favorite as the 2015 Cane Pace in track and world record time makes his five-year-old debut.   Dealt A Winner endured a non-descript 2016, spent chasing Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit around the continent. Although his past performance includes an impressive streak of sub 1:50 miles, it is also populated with long odds and no chance trips.   With a pair of useful qualifiers under his belt to prepare, Dealt A Winner finds a friendly spot to embark on the new season for trainer Mark Silva and owner Jeff Snyder.   The competition in the opener is led by a pair of classy, million dollar winning veterans in Bettors Edge (Brett Miller) and Doctor Butch (John Campbell).   The horizontal wager guarantees are in place and you may download free program pages for the $50,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 for the weekend to get an early start on your selections.   An unfortunate forecast for Saturday's weather has forced the postponement of the Spring Beer Fest until June 10.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi        

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - With the impending Nor'easter on Saturday May 13th, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment's for the 2nd Annual Spring Beer Fest has been cancelled. The rescheduled date is Saturday, June 10. Doors open for VIP at 4:30 pm with General Admission at 5:30 pm and beer is poured until 9:30pm. Fest-goers will experience an evening of the best craft beer, cider, live-harness racing, music and food the Garden State has to offer. Over 30 breweries and cideries are participating including Blue Point Brewing who is providing specialty casks and small batch beers for VIP tasters in addition to its flagship beers available to all ticket holders. NJ favorites Lone Eagle Brewing, Beach Haus, Cricket Hill, 908 Brewing Company, Forgotten Boardwalk, Cypress Brewing and Melick's Hard Cider will also be at the festival. Other breweries and cideries attending the festival include: Breckenridge, Red Hook, Elysian Brewery, Golden Road, Virtue Cider, Goose Island, Devil's Backbone, Kona, Crispin cider, Terrapin, Coney Island, Captain Lawrence Brewing, Sweetwater Brewing, Boulevard Brewing, Keegan Ales, DuClaw, Coronado Brewing and Atwater Brewing. A complete list of breweries and the full beer lineup will be posted at the week of June 5th. The Saturday, June 10th Beer Festival will be held in the Backyard and on the East Apron and will open to the public at 4:30 pm for VIP admission. The VIP ticket is $75 and includes an additional 1 hour of sampling, exclusive VIP Tent beer samplings, and food. General Admission begins at 5:30 pm and is available in advance for $35 or at the door for $45. To purchase tickets click here.       

East Rutherford, NJ - Another of last season's stars returns to racing when the multiple Dan Patch award winning mare Broadway Donna makes her debut in the sixth race trot at The Meadowlands.   After a somewhat slow start to her 2016 season, Broadway Donna ran the table last fall with a dominant sweep of the PA Sires Stakes, Kentucky Filly Futurity and Breeders Crown finals to secure year end honors.   She has won nearly $1.2 million thus far in her splendid career for owner/breeder Jules Siegel's Fashion Farm, trainer Jim Campbell and regular driver Dave Miller.   Coming in to the race off a pair of conditioning qualifiers behind the likes of Hannelore Hanover, Broadway Donna finds a pretty stout group against whom to launch her 2017 campaign. The competition is led by multiple 2016 Grand Circuit stakes winner Dayson, the razor sharp Opulent Yankee and a familiar foe from last season's stakes in Fad Finance.   Broadway Donna and Dayson are both eligible to the $1 million Graduate Series which kicks off next Saturday, May 20 at The Meadowlands.   Friday is Italian night in Pink with a delectable assortment of dishes on the buffet for you culinary delight.   With summer on the horizon, the various outdoor events are beginning to populate the weekends at The Meadowlands. This week it's the second annual Beerfest on Saturday.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi

Rock N' Roll World was the top seller at Sunday's Tattersalls Spring Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, going for $165,000 to Thomas Pollack. The harness racing 5-year-old pacing stallion has won 15 of 63 lifetime races and earned $572,660. He headed to the auction off three consecutive victories, including Saturday at the Big M. A son of 2005 Horse of the Year Rocknroll Hanover out of the multiple Dan Patch Award-winning Worldy Beauty, Rock N' Roll World is a full brother to stakes-winner World Of Rocknroll. Rock N' Roll World's top wins to date came in the consolation division of the 2015 Adios and a division of the 2014 Tompkins-Geers. He was second in the 2014 Sheppard and third in the 2015 Rooney and Tattersalls paces. He also finished third in the 2016 Graduate Series final. "I flew out here from Pennsylvania, so I had to do something," Pollack said with a laugh. "I'm just trying to buy good horses, and it's been my M.O. not to be afraid to buy higher end conditioned horses. This is a little more than the normal spend, but he has some chances to make good money. "He's staked to a lot of stuff and he seems like a solid horse. Hopefully he can get some chunks in the stakes and he's also a well-bred horse so he should have additional value down the road." Pollack said Rock N' Roll World is staked to a number of events for older male pacers, including the Breeders Crown, Ben Franklin, Canadian Pacing Derby, William Haughton Memorial, and Jim Ewart Memorial. He will send the horse to trainer Jeff Cullipher in Indiana. Rock N' Roll World was one of 15 horses in the sale from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. Pollack has enjoyed recent success buying Burke pupils. In 2016 he purchased female pacer Medusa for $65,000 at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale from the Burke Brigade. Since then, Medusa has earned $361,954. She finished second in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series final last month and races Monday in the $100,000 Noble Memorial at Miami Valley Raceway. Preferred Equine was the consignor of Rock N' Roll World. The second-highest seller was Blaise MM Hanover, to Allard Racing, for $80,000. The 4-year-old gelded pacer has won eight of 28 career races and earned $138,854. The son of Bettor's Delight-BJ's Squall was owned previously by Casie Coleman's West Wins Stable and raced for trainers Coleman and Andrew Harris. Preferred Equine consigned the gelding. Jeff Gregory signed the ticket for the day's third-highest priced horse, 5-year-old trotting stallion Macho Mass, for $62,000. Macho Mass has won six of 39 career races and earned $74,791. He was bred and owned by David Goodrow Stable. The son of Muscle Mass-Prenup has done his most successful work on half-mile tracks, winning four of 11 starts while finishing worse than third only once. Macho Mass was consigned by Northwood Bloodstock. Click here for the complete list of sales results. Ken Weingartner

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Showing no rust after a six-month layoff, Resolve went parked for the final half-mile on the way to a determined win in the $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for harness racing trotters at the Meadowlands Saturday night. "He raced well," understated trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. "He was a little bit lazy but he was strong." Indeed. Resolve ($3.60 to win as the 4-5 favorite), who won four-of-13 a year ago while earning $1.2 million, was unhurried in the early going and got underway at the five-eighths after sitting fifth. The 6-year-old son of Muscle Hill went on a steady grind and got up to leader Crazy Wow's wheel nearing the head of the stretch. From there, Svanstedt's star pupil continued to gain steadily, forging to the front inside the sixteenth pole before going on to a 1-length win in 2:06.3 for the mile and an eighth distance. Crazy Wow held second with J L Cruze third. In the winner's circle, Svanstedt accepted an invitation for Resolve to participate in the May 28 Elitlopp at Solvalla, Sweden, a race in which he finished second a year ago. SINTRA-LATING!: Toronto invader Sintra destroyed five overmatched opponents in the first division of the first leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers. The gelded son of Mach Three sat in the five hole early before vacating the rail at the three-eighths, then sprinted up to engage leader Roll Away Joe. Sintra ($3.20 as the 3-5 public choice) then powered clear of the field on the way to a 6-length win in a lifetime-best 1:49.1 for driver Brett Miller and trainer David Menary. Western Fame was second with Awesomeness third. "Hopefully, we are just getting started here," said Menary, who indicated Sintra will be seen next in the May 14 Confederation Cup. Check Six never had an anxious moment in the second Graduate division, winning in wire-to-wire fashion for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. The son of Somebeachsomewhere hit the quarter and half in tepid fractions of :27.4 and :55.4, respectively, which left plenty in the tank as the flow did not develop until the five-eighths. After stopping the clock in 1:23 at three-quarters, Check Six ($8.00) sprinted home in :26.3 to complete the mile in a lifetime-best 1:49.3. Boston Red Rocks was a length back in second while 3-5 favorite Missile J, who had live cover approaching the top of the stretch, went evenly from there for third. "I was really happy with his effort," said Burke. "He's a very good horse. I don't know if he's a great horse but hopefully he's one of those that gets better with age." A LITTLE MORE: All-source wagering totaled $2,805,426. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - On Saturday May 13th, the beer will flow at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment for the 2nd Annual Spring Beer Fest. Doors open for VIP at 4:30 pm with General Admission at 5:30 pm and beer is poured until 9:30pm. Fest-goers will experience an evening of the best craft beer, cider, live-harness racing, music and food the Garden State has to offer. Over 30 breweries and cideries are participating including Blue Point Brewing who is providing specialty casks and small batch beers for VIP tasters in addition to its flagship beers available to all ticket holders. NJ favorites Twisted Limb Cider, Lone Eagle Brewing, Beach Haus, Cricket Hill, 908 Brewing Company, Forgotten Boardwalk, Cypress Brewing and Melick's Hard Cider will also be at the festival. Other breweries and cideries attending the festival include: Breckenridge, Red Hook, Elysian Brewery, Golden Road, Virtue Cider, Goose Island, Devil's Backbone, Kona, Crispin cider, Terrapin, Coney Island, Captain Lawrence Brewing, Sweetwater Brewing, Boulevard Brewing, Keegan Ales, DuClaw, Coronado Brewing and Atwater Brewing. A complete list of breweries and the full beer lineup will be posted at the week of May 8th. The 2nd Annual Beer Fest will be held in the Backyard and on the East Apron and will open to the public at 4:30 pm for VIP admission. The VIP ticket is $75 and includes an additional 1 hour of sampling, exclusive VIP Tent beer samplings, and food. General Admission begins at 5:30 pm and is available in advance for $35 or at the door for $45. Live musical entertainment by Men Of Horses will commence at 4:30 pm until 9:00 pm. To purchase tickets : . Rachel Ryan

East Rutherford, NJ - Derby Day harness racing qualifiers at The Meadowlands came an hour early at 9:00 on an overcast morning with an unusual wind at their backs in the homestretch and the temperature around 60 degrees.   The day opened with a powerful field of 3YO trotting colts that included last year's divisional champ, world record holder and winter book Hambletonian favorite Walner and he could not have looked better.   Driver Tim Tetrick took Walner back to fifth early on as Devious Man (Andy Miller) and King On The Hill (Jimmy Takter) took turns on the lead through fractions of 28.1, 56.3 and 1:25.4. Tetrick moved Walner to the outside into the final turn, picked up live cover from Long Tom (Marcus Melander) then fanned off that and stormed by to win by a couple under no encouragement while closing the 1:53.1 mile with his individual final quarter slightly better than the on the board 27.2.   Linda Toscano conditions the imposing son of Chapter Seven for Ken Jacobs.   Walner     The lightly raced Sweet Chap won race two for trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer, leading all the way in 1:57.3 / 28.1 over a closing Brown Bear (Brian Sears) and Eastern Promise (John Campbell).   The royally bred $230,000 yearling purchase That's All Moni won her second qualifier in 1:56.1. Trainer Jimmy Takter did the driving today and settled the filly just off the lead then trotted a 28 last quarter to hold off stablemate Feed Your Head (Yannick Gingras) who finished strong. Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld share ownership of the Cantab Hall three-quarter sister to the mythical Snow White.   That's All Moni     The parade of stars continued with Ariana G's (Gingras) impressive 1:55.1 / 27.2 win. Yannick drove Ariana G into an early seat Caviart Wonder (Andy McCarthy) led through a 58.2 half then set her rolling around the turn to a clear lead and she widened as she pleased to the wire. Caviart Wonder and Hillarmbro (Smedshammer) followed her in.   Ariana G     Last year's PASS 3YO colt trotting Cufflink Hanover continued on the course to his four-year-old season with a winning 1:55.2 effort for Andy Miller. He led all the way and held of the close of Jewel's In Hock (Campbell) within himself.   New York bred sophomore filly pacer Robin J (Campbell) was a winner at second asking for the Toscano / Jacobs connection, sitting just off the pace then charging by on her own for Campbell to win in 1:54.4 / 27.1. Awash (Gingras) and Queen To Me were next in behind the winner.   Toscano struck again with another NY stakes filly when World Apart (Andy Miller) tracked down She's Watching (Gingras) in the shadow of the wire to win in 1:54.2 the final quarter a wind aided 26.2. She's Watching gave a good account of herself in her first start since last July and Caviart Ally (McCarthy) was third.   Dealt A Winner (Brain Sears) won the last of the qualifiers in 1:53 with a 27 flat end to the mile. Rockeyed Optimist was a good second with a pair of 3YO's, Lindythefourteenth and Odds On Delray were next across the line.   It's an all-day affair at The Meadowlands with Derby festivities already under way and the Cutler Memorial and Graduate pace highlighting the live race card at 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - B Yoyo took control early, then rated the middle half before kicking home a dominant 3-length winner in the Friday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands, an $18,000 conditioned trot. The 7-year-old gelded son of Striking Sahbra powered up to the lead at the quarter in :27.3, then backed down the fractions to :56.4 and 1:25.2 as the outer flow was slow to develop. At the head of the stretch, B Yoyo drew clear of the field after an unpressured journey and scored with ease as 2012 Hambletonian winner Market Share, who sat in the pocket throughout, finished second while never threatening. J A T O was a fast-closing third. B Yoyo, the even-money favorite, returned $4.20 to win and completed the mile in 1:53.2 for driver Joe Bongiorno and trainer Richard Johnson. The winner now has four victories in 15 starts this year and upped his lifetime stats to 28-for-131, good for earnings of just over $358,000. B Yoyo A LITTLE MORE: Enterprise, trained by Marcus Melander and driven by Tim Tetrick, won for the second time in as many 2017 starts in a clocking of 1:54.2. The 3-year-old son of Chapter Seven is perfect in three lifetime outings. ... The Big M welcomed back Dave Brower after a six-year hiatus to the track's in-house simulcast show. He will serve in that capacity as well as morning-line odds maker and track program analyst. Brower is also part of the team on the national television presentation of the Hambletonian. ... All-source handle on the program totaled $2,182,096. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. featuring the $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for trotters. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - At long last, Grand Circuit harness racing returns to The Meadowlands on Saturday night. A dozen of the finest Free For All trotters on the continent are set to contest the $200,000 Arthur Cutler Memorial (TVG Series event) at a mile and one eighth.   Two $50,000 divisions of the Graduate Pace for four-year-olds play a supporting role.   The Cutler marks the first seasonal start for Resolve who took last year's edition on his way to a million dollar season for owner Hans Enggren and trainer driver Ake Svanstedt. Reslove also counted the $1 million International Trot and $480,000 Maple Leaf among his successes along with a second place finish in last year's Elitlopp.   It will be no easy task for Resolve to defend his title against the talented group who have cumulatively won over $9 million. World record holder JL Cruze (Corey Callahan) and the iron tough Crazy Wow (Yannick Gingras) stand chief among the competition in the bulky field.   The Cutler has been carded as race seven, the first leg of the $50,000 guaranteed pool Late Pick 4. You may download the past performance for that wager from The Meadowlands website.   A potential perk to the Cutler winner is an invitation to compete in the 2017 Elitlopp set for Sunday, May 29. The use of trotting hopples and Lasix is prohibited in that event.   Elitlopp officials have again arranged for a direct flight to Solvalla for those horses travelling across the Atlantic to compete in the that historic event. Horsemen are encouraged to contact The Meadowlands at (201) 842-5130 if they have interest in taking a horse to race in Sweden. There are a number of stakes offered on the Elitlopp undercard.   The $1 million Graduate Series opens with the first of three legs leading into the $250,000e final on July 8. Thirteen declarations were split into a pair of divisions which are scheduled as races four and six on Saturday.   The first division features Western Fame, Roll Away Joe and Sintra all of whom significant impact in various state-bred races last season.   Western Fame was second in the PASS final which parlayed into Grand Circuit success. He won his division of the first heat and was second in the Little Brown Jug final then copped a Bluegrass division in Lexington. Western Fame was a game winner over a pair of Graduate contenders in his first seasonal start last week here for driver Mark Mac Donald, trainer Jimmy Takter and owner Brittany Farms.   Roll Away Joe was the NYSS champ last season and won at The Meadowlands last week when paired with Yannick Gingras for the first time. Ron Burke trains for Howard Taylor, Steve Demeter and Tom Lazzaro.   Sintra spent most of last season chasing division leader Betting Line while banking over $200,000 for owners Brad Gray, Michale Guerriero and trainer Dave Menary as Menary Racing. He comes in off an impressive winning effort at Mohawk in his seasonal bow and gets Brett Miller to drive.   The second Graduate division may be a bit deeper in talent with all seven horses having earned six figures at three, led by million dollar winner Check Six (Gingras) who missed by just a nose to Western Fame in his seasonal debut last week for the Burke Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Switala & Martin.   There are a few interesting angle to consider, not the least of which is driver Tim Tetrick's decision to get off Boston Red Rocks, a horse he's driven to a million dollars in earnings for Missile J who had remarkable success facing older in the Levy series at Yonkers earlier this season.   Also, Brett Miller picks up the drive on Lyons Snyder which seems a natural pairing as they both enjoy going fast.   Saturday is of Kentucky Derby day and The Meadowlands is as good a place as there is to watch and wager on the big race in the metropolitan area. We start early with gates opening at 9:30 a.m. and go all day into the night with the live card starting at 7:15 p.m. Nick Salvi

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