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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Shortly after winning the weekly harness racing feature at the Meadowlands in January in 1:50.2 as the 2-5 favorite, all was well with Geez Joe, who seemingly was on his way to a big year. But a throat ailment led to surgery and seven months on the shelf. Now he's back, and he's looking better than ever. Saturday night at the Meadowlands, Geez Joe won the featured $27,500 conditioned pace in 1:48.2, two weeks after winning at Hoosier Park in 1:47.4. Indeed, the 5-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe-Beach Bretta is all the way back. In the early stages of his first Big M start in nine months, driver Marcus Miller moved Geez Joe directly to the top, hitting the quarter in :26.3. A relaxing second fraction of :28 would follow before 8-5 second choice Dealt A Winner would move right to the leader at the five-eighths and the pair continued their duel at three-quarters in 1:21.3. Then Geez Joe would deliver the knockout punch. The Erv Miller trainee, the slight 8-5 public choice, powered clear of his main foe through the stretch with a :26.4 kicker, hitting the wire 4½ lengths clear of Dealt A Winner. Our Max Phactor N finished third. Geez Joe, who has won five of his last seven Meadowlands starts dating back to November of 2018, paid $5.20 to win and now has 20 victories from 61 lifetime outings and earnings of $256,728 for owners Bay Pond Racing Stable. BIG POT OF GOLD: With a pair of 30-1 shots and two more that went off at at least 13-1, the Pick-5 did not get hit, creating a carryover of almost $21,000. As a result, Friday's 50-Cent Pick-5 will have a guaranteed pool of $75,000, instead of the usual $25,000. A LITTLE MORE: It was a night for the longshot players as four favorites scored on the 13-race program while six winners went off at 13-1 or more. ... Dave Miller and Joe Bongiorno both had driving doubles. ... All-source wagering was $2,108,436. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Captain Barbossa and Papi Rob Hanover won in impressive fashion in Kindergarten Classic action Friday night as live harness racing  returned to the Meadowlands after a nine-week hiatus. A son of Captaintreacherous-Swinging Beauty, Captain Barbossa was an easy three-quarter length, wire-to-wire winner over Team Best in the first of two dashes for colts and geldings on the pace in the Kindergarten, which is for 2-year-olds. Andy McCarthy put the Tony Alagna trainee on the point early, then cut out all the fractions on the way to a 1:52 score, his third win in 12 lifetime starts. The lifetime earner of $113,079, who returned $2.60 to his backers as the 1-5 public choice, has hit the board nine times. In the other division for male pacers, 1-9 favorite Papi Rob Hanover was a dominant winner for driver David Miller and trainer Brett Pelling as the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Panera Hanover stopped the clock in 1:52. Miller had the lifetime earner of $315,358 sit a three-hole trip to the top of the stretch before swinging wide in the lane and easily powering past his foes to record a 2½-length score over Force N Fury. He’s won three-of-eight in his career, hitting the board in every start, and returned $2.10 to win. GETTING IT DUNN: Fresh off his superb week at Lexington’s Red Mile, where he was the leading Grand Circuit driver, Dexter Dunn had four winners on the card. Scott Zeron, Marcus Miller and David Miller had two apiece. A LITTLE MORE: The Linda Toscano-trained Rocknificent impressed from just off the pace as the 3-5 choice in a division of the Kindergarten for pacing fillies, stopping the clock in 1:54.1, one of two winners on the night for the Hall of Fame trainer. … Nifty Norman also conditioned a pair to victory lane. … All-source handle on the 13-race program totaled $2,294,061. … Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

Freehold, NJ --- Ponder the Odds dominated in the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) for 3-year-old filly pacers last Saturday at Freehold Raceway. She'll seek to continue her hot streak this Saturday, as she drew post one in the second leg of the series. The Kathleen La Montagne-trained filly has won three races in a row, and went the mile in an impressive 1:56.2. She went right to the lead in that race, and never looked back for a 2 1/2 length win. Many of her rivals from that race have returned, including Surreality. The Nicholas Devita-trained filly finished second at 55/1, and will seek to pull off the upset again from post position six. That race is scheduled as race 5, with an approximate post time of 1:50 PM EDT. The card also features the second leg of the NJSS-SDF for colts & geldings. Trainers Nick Surick and Tom Fanning send out four of the five horses in the race. Surick trains Black Dan and Trente Deo, who were fifth and third, respectively, in the first leg of the series last week. Fanning conditions Cool Your Heels, who was seventh last week, and Just Plain Loco, who placed fourth. Michael Hall-trained Admiral Ballsy rounds out the field. The race is scheduled as the third race, at approximately 1:10 PM EDT. Post time for the first race on Saturday at Freehold is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT.   Freehold Raceway

FREEHOLD, NJ — September 2, 2019 — This weekend Freehold hosted $10,000 first legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Standardbred Development Fund for harness racing 2-Year-Olds.  On Friday (Aug 30), the Julie Miller trainee Contepartiro Deo lunged past the odds on favorite, Heart N Soul Deo to win the first leg of the SDF for 2-Year-Old filly trotters. Andy Miller set Contepartiro Deo in the two hole for a pocket trip behind the favorite. The daughter of Muscle Hill took her first win of the season in 2:00.0 for owners Andy Miller Stable Inc., Little E LLC, and Deo Volente Farms LLC.  Heart N Soul Deo was a close second with Tricky Sister finishing third. The 2-Year-Old SDF pacers took the stage at Freehold Raceway on Saturday (Aug 31) with two divisions for colts and fillies alike.  The first two legs took place as non-betting races before the actual racing card. Follow Your Heart took the first division for colt pacers on the day in the non-betting race for trainer Aaron Lambert.  George Brennan steered the Rock N Roll Heaven colt to a wire to wire victory in 1:57.4 last quarter in 28.4.  Southwind Dredge finished second and Rockin Jukebox came in third. The fillies first division of leg one went to the Tony Alagna trainee Odds On Hollywood, giving driver George Brennan his second win of the day.  The Captaintreacherous filly nosed out Ap Emily’s Dance in 2:00.0.  Ready Set Rock finished third. The second division for the pacing colts on the regularly scheduled racing card was won by Rockin The Gates for trainer Steve Le Blanc.  Driver Andy Miller pulled Rockin The Gates behind odds on favorite Columbo for a second over trip and then surged past him in the lane to stop the clock in 1:56.2.  This makes win number two for the Rock N Roll Heaven colt and a new lifetime mark.  Columbo finished second with JK Lucky Charms coming in third. The final division of the first leg of SDF for filly pacers was once again won by driver George Brennan and trainer Tony Alagna with Caviart Heather.  Caviart Heather stalked the field from the fifth position to make a late move in the stretch to take the win in 1:57.3.  The Somebeachsomewhere filly captured her first win of the season for owners Caviart Farms.  Git Go came in a close second with Lucy Lightyear finishing third. The SDF action will continue next weekend at Freehold Raceway on Friday and Saturday with post times of 12:30 pm.   Courtney Stafford

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Trainer Tony Alagna was on target at the Meadowlands Friday night, scoring three times in the second harness racing leg of the Kindergarten Classic series for 2-year-olds. Ramona Hill got things going for Alagna in the second race filly trot. The daughter of Muscle Hill-Lock Down Lindy led at every call on the way to an easy 4¾-length score over Jula Beauty Am in 1:54.1, giving her two wins in as many Kindergarten - and lifetime - starts. Andy McCarthy was in the sulky behind the 1-9 favorite. In the very next race, 22-1 longshot Captain Kirk sat a three-hole trip before bursting through between rivals late to record a nose win over 3-5 shot Captain Nemo - who is also trained by Alagna - in a division for pacing colts and geldings. Captain Kirk, a son of Captaintreacherous-Aria Hanover who was driven by Yannick Gingras, completed the mile in 1:51.2 in winning his first career race in two tries. Alagna would have to wait until the 14th and final race on the program to complete his three-bagger, as his Chief Mate scored in 1:51.1 in another colts and geldings pace. The 2-5 public choice, who is a son of Captaintreacherous-Heaven Forbid, held on by a nose over a fast-closing Bombshell Hanover. Like Ramona Hill, Chief Mate has now made both of his lifetime starts in the Kindergarten and won them both. SATURDAY POST TIME CHANGE: Due to the anticipated extreme high heat, Saturday's 13-race program will begin at 8 p.m. A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy and Dave Miller paced the driver's colony with three wins apiece, while Gingras and Andy Miller each had a pair. ... Trainer Marcus Melander had two winners on the card. ... All-source handle on the 14-race program totaled $2,306,944. There have been 57 race dates at the Big M in 2019, and on 56 occasions, handle has exceeded the $2.3-million mark.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Due to the anticipated extreme high temperatures, post time for the Saturday, July 20 harness racing card at the Meadowlands will be 8 p.m.     Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Meadowlands Pace Night (July 13) at the Meadowlands featured many things that bettors apparently like, as total wagering on the 13-race, stakes-laden harness racing card topped $4 million, the first time in 2019 wagering reached that lofty level at the mile oval. Five favorites did emerge victorious on the program on which $4,044,303 was bet, but some of the post-time choices that went down clearly raised some eyebrows - and helped some to handsome scores - as odds-on choices Green Manalishi S (3-5 odds), Atlanta (1-5), Captain Crunch (1-2) and Warrawee Ubeaut (4-5) all tasted defeat in major stakes events. Large fields at an added distance are always a big draw at the Big M, and on Saturday night, the Golden Girls (11 horses), Hambletonian Maturity (11), William Haughton (12) and Mistletoe Shalee (12) were all contested with overflow fields at a mile and an eighth. Betting on those four races totaled just under $1.6 million, good for an average of $397,614 per race. "The betting public embracing the added distance races with larger fields on Meadowlands Pace Night should definitely be considered a big positive step forward for our sport," said President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hambletonian Society John Campbell. "The atmosphere in the building was electric. You could tell it was a special night." Big M management decided to double up on the track's signature wager - the 50-Cent Pick-4 - and both times big pools were the result. In the initial Pick-4 (Races 6-9), a total of $146,229 - the most of any Pick-4 this year - was pushed through the windows, while in the Late Pick-4 (Races 10-13), wagering totaled $122,070. The 50-Cent Pick-5 total of $116,401 was by far the largest non-carryover pool of 2019. Both the Pick-4 and Pick-5 both offered a low takeout of 15 percent. Not surprisingly, the race on which the most wagering dollars were plunked down was the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, where $499,925 was put in play. Finishing a close second was the Golden Girls, which saw total action of $480,757. "We are so appreciative of our owners, trainers, drivers, and of course, our faithful fans for a big Meadowlands Pace Night," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "And we look forward to that support continuing through the end of the meeting, which concludes on Saturday, Aug. 3 with the $1 million Hambletonian serving as the centerpiece." SIX TO GO: Just six race cards remain for the 2018-19 meeting at the Meadowlands. Racing will continue to be conducted on a Friday-Saturday basis with a 7:15 p.m. post time through Friday, Aug. 2. The final program takes place on Saturday, Aug. 3, Hambletonian Day. Post time is noon. IT'LL BE CORN-TASTIC: Come out to the Meadowlands on Friday (July 19) and have some free corn (one ear per guest) before taking part in the Corn Carrying Contest (after Race 2) and Corn Husking Contest (Race 4). Sign up for the events at the promotions table for the competitions that take place in the Backyard. Winners receive a $100 betting voucher while all participants get a $25 voucher. SINATRA TRIBUTE: Also on Friday (July 19) night, Frank Sinatra impersonator Jessa Posa will entertain all who come to the Big M's Pink restaurant with many hits of the "Chairman of the Board". The cost for the show and buffet dinner is $39.95. Call 201-THE-BIG-M for reservations. BLUEGRASS BROWER: Dave Brower, lead TV personality for the nightly "Racing from the Meadowlands" live in-house simulcast show, has picked up another gig. In addition to the current two high-profile positions he holds on the side - co-host of the Hambletonian live production on the CBS Sports Network and serving as host of the live simulcast from the Little Brown Jug - earlier this week, Brower got the job working with track announcer Gabe Prewitt - a Big M Championship Meeting TV personality - in providing race analysis and commentary for all eight afternoons of racing during the Red Mile's two-week Grand Circuit meeting that begins Sept. 26.   Meadowlands Media Relations  

Come to Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment this weekend, July 19th and 20th, to have a corntastic time! Plenty of Jersey-fresh corn will be available to eat, husk and carry as guests compete in contests between the harness races. First race each night is 7:15pm. A free ear of grilled Jersey corn will be available to all guests, all weekend. On Friday night guests can join the Corn Carrying Contest (after Race 2) and the Corn Husking Contest (after Race 4). Winners of each contest will receive a $100 betting voucher. On Saturday night both contests will take place again as well as the Corn Eating Contest (after Race 8) in which 10 randomly chosen participants will chow down on as much corn as they can in 3 minutes. The first place winner receives $500, followed by $250 for second place and $100 for third place. Guests can sign up at the Promotions Table for each contest and they will all take place in the Backyard/East Apron. Friday night is also Frank Sinatra Tribute Night in Pink Restaurant. Impersonator, Jesse Posa takes the stage as Mr. Blue Eyes. Jesse Posa is one of the leading Frank Sinatra impersonators in the country and has appeared at numerous corporate events and private affairs. He has performed as "Frank Sinatra" on stage at Radio City Music Hall, in the Off-Broadway production of "Sinatra & Friends" and at BB King's in Times Square NYC in "Party with the Rat Pack". The Sinatra tribute night buffet is $39.95 excluding tax & gratuity. The buffet begins at 5:30pm with the musical entertainment on stage at 8:30pm. Call 201-The-BigM for reservations. Weekend details can be found at PlayMeadowlands.com   Rachel Ryan

Pink Restaurant has a special "dinner and a show" planned for this Friday, July 19 with a tribute to Frank Sinatra. Impersonator, Jesse Posa takes the stage as Mr. Blue Eyes. Jesse Posa is one of the leading Frank Sinatra impersonators in the country and has appeared at numerous corporate events and private affairs. He has performed as "Frank Sinatra" on stage at Radio City Music Hall, in the Off-Broadway production of "Sinatra & Friends" and at BB King's in Times Square NYC in "Party with the Rat Pack". The Sinatra tribute night buffet is $39.95 excluding tax & gratuity. The buffet begins at 5:30pm with the musical entertainment on stage at 8:30pm. The buffet features some of Sinatra's favorite dishes including spaghetti & meatballs, eggplant parmigiana, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes and cannoli. Reservations can be made by calling 201-THE-BIGM. Live harness racing kicks off at 7:15 pm.   Rachel Ryan

Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural joins Ferrall on the Bench to talk about the huge success of sports betting in NJ in year 1, the impact at Fan Duel sports book at the Meadowlands, keeping harness racing alive, and much more. Click on this link to listen  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It was a case of long and short at the Meadowlands in a pair of New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals Friday night, as Villiam scored at 85-1 in the 2-year-old colt and gelding harness racing pace while 3-5 shot Fortune Starlet dominated in the 2-year-old filly trot. Villiam, a gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Village Mirage, had plenty of action unfold in front of him as the top three horses in the wagering - 3-1 Follow Your Heart, even-money Rockin The Gates and 8-5 Rockin The Aces - all battled for supremacy from the quarter to the three-quarters, and that suited driver Tim Tetrick just fine, who had Villiam in a third-over flow around the far turn. Rockin The Aces was dead game to the wire after racing uncovered for the final half-mile but got nailed by the smallest of noses at the finish. Follow Your Heart was third. The win payout of $172.60 was the highest of the meeting at the Big M. It was Villiam's first victory in three lifetime starts for trainer Eric Foster. The time for the mile was 1:53.1. "I didn't think about winning at three-quarters, I just wanted to get a good check," said Tetrick. "But those other colts beat themselves up and I picked up the pieces." Fortune Starlet ($3.20 to win), a daughter of Trixton-Fortune Dream, had no anxious moments in her dash, grabbing the lead while parked at the half before powering clear of her foes by five lengths in 1:54.3 in winning for the second time in three starts. Caviart Eva finished second but was off stride at the wire and placed fourth behind official second-place finisher Jula Champagne and Spoiled Princess, who was placed third. "She's got a beautiful gait and a great attitude," said winning driver Dexter Dunn of the George Ducharme trainee. "She showed last week (when she won in 1:55.4) what she can do. She's still learning a little, but she's got a bright future." Before the betting card, two other NJSS Finals were conducted. Play Trix On Me, a son of Trixton-Lima Playmate, took the 2-year-old colt and gelding trot in 1:55.3 for driver Tetrick and trainer Gareth Dowse to stay perfect in four lifetime tries. Ready Set Rock, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Popcorn N Peanuts, took the 2-year-old filly pace. Driver Andy McCarthy guided the winner to a 1:56.3 score for trainer Michael Hall. A LITTLE MORE: Leading driver Yannick Gingras had the hot hand once again, scoring five times on the program, twice with Per Engblom trainees. ... Chalk players cashed plenty of tickets on the card, as eight favorites visited the winner's circle. ... All-source handle on the 14 races totaled $2,682,541. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. with a stakes-laden 13-race card that features the $682,650 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment is sponsoring a Race Announcer Workshop on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The workshop, open to all ages, will be conducted by Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway announcer Ken Warkentin, who has called over 200,000 Standardbred and Thoroughbred races, including 19 Hambletonians. Warkentin, who started calling races at age 16, has been on racing broadcast teams for CBS, NBC and ESPN. He provides voice overs for a variety of outlets and has a website, http://www.kenvoice.com/. The day's events will start at 9 a.m. at the track and wrap up with students who wish to do so calling one of the non-betting, non-purse races for 2 year olds that will start at 10 a.m. If the number of students who want to call a race exceeds the number of races that day, a random draw will be held to match a student with a race. Tuition is $25. Tuition will take the form of a tax deductible donation to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Class size is limited to 30. For more information or to sign up, contact Matt Zuccarello via phone or e-mail at 516-314-0478 and e-mail at mzuccarello25@gmail.com by Friday, July 12th. Rachel Ryan

The Hambletonian Maturity, a $450,000 race exclusively for 4-year-old trotters, drew 11 entrants and will go to post Saturday (July 13) at The Meadowlands. Headlining the field is Atlanta, the 2018 Hambletonian winner and one of just 14 fillies to capture the classic event. Atlanta raced into the record books last Saturday in the Graduate final, catching world champion Six Pack at the wire in 1:49.1. That makes her the fastest trotting mare ever, and it was the fastest trotting mile ever at The Meadowlands. A win in the Maturity by Atlanta, a daughter of Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip, would make her just the second Hambletonian champion after Marion Marauder (2017) to capture the modern-day edition of the Maturity. Post positions, driver choices, race number and morning line will be available when finalized. The field in alphabetical order is: Created by the Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands as a racing opportunity solely for 4-year-olds previously eligible to the Hambletonian and Oaks, like those events the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey and entrants are subject to out of competition testing and a retention barn. The distance is 1-1/8 miles. All starters in the race will receive money, with the winner receiving 50 percent of the purse. One percent of the total purse will be paid to the owners of the finalist finishing sixth through eleventh. The remainder of the purse for the Maturity will be divided 50-24-16-10 percent for the horses finishing second through fifth.   by Moira Fanning for the Hambletonian Society

Hightstown, NJ — The race for No. 1 got a little tighter in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Shartin N remained in the top spot, as she has for all seven weeks of the poll, but Atlanta is gaining. Atlanta cut Shartin N’s lead from to 26 points to five thanks to her world-record 1:49.1 win in the Graduate Series championship for 4-year-old trotters at The Meadowlands. Atlanta received 15 first-place votes, up from eight a week ago. Shartin N also won over the weekend, capturing a leg of the Great Northeast Open Series for pacing mares at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Meadowlands Pace elimination winners Captain Crunch and Bettor’s Wish remained in positions three and five, respectively, in the rankings while idle Greenshoe held steady in fourth. Lather Up, who equaled the fastest mile in history with his 1:46 score in the Graduate Series championship for 4-year-old pacers, joined the Top 10 at No. 6. The remainder of the Top 10 was idle. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, which runs weekly through November, does not determine Horse of the Year. The members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association vote on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 7 – 7/9/2019 Rank Name (First Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (19) 6pm 10-9-0-0 $521,375 330 1 2 Atlanta (15) 4tm 6-6-0-0 $339,330 325 2 3 Captain Crunch (1) 3pc 5-4-0-0 $459,693 270 3 4 Greenshoe 3tc 4-3-1-0 $250,000 204 4 5 Bettor’s Wish 3pc 6-5-1-0 $392,500 190 5 6 Lather Up 4ph 8-5-0-1 $214,710 146 — 7 Western Fame 6ph 10-6-1-2 $526,300 99 7 8 Gimpanzee 3tc 2-2-0-0 $131,788 94 6 9 Warrawee Ubeaut 3pf 6-4-1-1 $192,358 70 8 10 Hannelore Hanover 7tm 4-2-0-0 $59,282 38 9 Also: Guardian Angel As 35; Pilot Discretion 14; Six Pack 12; Tequila Monday, Treacherous Reign 10; Bettor Joy N, Century Farroh, McWicked, None Bettor A, Workin Ona Mystery 8; Green Manalishi S 7; Highalator, Rich And Miserable 6; Courtly Choice 5; Always A Prince 4; Jimmy Freight 3; JK First Lady, Mr Vicktor 2; Millies Possesion, Queen Of The Pride, This Is The Plan 1.   by Ken Weingartner USTA Media Relations Manager

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 9, 2019) - On Friday, June 21, 2019, Jarheads MC was riding to a charity event at the local American Legion (Post #82) in Gorham, New Hampshire. The pack was struck by an oncoming vehicle and 5 patch holders along with 2 supporters lost their lives. Many others were injured and the devastation of this horrific accident will impact those families and friends forever. The Dirty Jersey Chapter of Leathernecks MC has brought together Bergen County Harley Davidson, Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Legion Ride and American Flat Track to create a benefit where 100% of the proceeds will go to the Jarheads MC families. These organizations are dedicated to helping mitigate some of the financial burden for the families left behind after this tragic event. The event will take place at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment on Sunday, July 28 from 12noon to 6pm. It will feature food trucks, merchandising vendors and musical entertainment by Madison Rising. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $30 and will include admission and BBQ lunch (from 12-3pm) provided by Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "We are grateful to be able help these families during such a difficult time and welcome everyone who can attend for what is sure to be a memorable afternoon," states Andrea Lokshin, VP of Marketing & Sales. If you cannot attend and would like to make a donation, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/jarheads-mc-victims-and-families-support For additional event information visit https://www.jarheads-mc.com/   Rachel Ryan

East Rutherford, NJ - Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace harness racing elimination day Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB) sponsored by Jules Siegel's Fashion Farm took place on another muggy Saturday morning at The Meadowlands. The track was fast, temperature in the 80's with a slight crosswind when the trotting fillies stepped onto the track to contest the first race at 9:00am. Colt pacer Tall Dark Stranger demanded a bid of $330,000 at last fall's Lexington sale and his first foray into racing indicated the money was well spent. Yannick Gingras bided his time along the rail early with the son of Bettors Delight as Just Say Joe (Matt Kreuger) rolled along on the lead through a 1:28.3 six panels. When the field turned home, Gingras fanned Tall Dark Stranger wide off his cover and he roared by the field with strong and sure strides through a 26.1 last quarter for the 1:55.2 win over the closing Force N Fury (Dexter Dunn) and Sea Of Life (Andy McCarthy). Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms and HA Taylor own the winner trained in the Nancy Johansson stable. James Avritt bred the colt. She's Speechless (Marcus Miller) converted a pocket trip into a 1:54.4 / 27.2 win in a tight photo over Caviart Heather and late charging Annabella Hanover (Dexter Dunn) in the lone filly pace. The Artspeak filly is trained by Chris Freck for owner Anthony Olswfski who bought her at the Harrisburg sale for $17,000form the Hanover consignment. The day's opener was won by the Diamond Creek homebred Father Patrick trotting filly Bayou (Tim Tetrick) in a 1:57.1 / 28 front stepping masterpiece over Contepartiro Deo (Andy Miller) and Questichap (Trond Smedshammer). Linda Toscano, on the threshold of her induction into the Living Hall of Fame on Sunday, is the trainer. Crucial (Yannick Gingras) was a very impressive winner in her debut for the Ron Burke barn. Falling into the pocket as Wine Rack Hanover (Dexter Dunn) set easy fractions; Crucial tipped out in the stretch went zooming by through a 27.1 final quarter. The royally bred Father Patrick filly, first foal from Jolene Jolene. Crucial required a $200,000 final bid at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS) from Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, J&T Silva, Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Steve Stewart, Maumee River Stable, Black Creek Farm and Martin Schmucker are the breeders. Harry Landy drove his Father Patrick colt Father Figure to a 1:58.2 / 28.2 win in the front, holding off Light Blue Movers (Ake Svanstedt) and Zacapa (Jimmy Takter) under minimal urging. Father Figure was a $20,000 bargain purchase at the Lexington sale last fall from breeder Marvin Katz. A pair of really sharp lookin' colts battled to the wire in race 4 with Primo Padre (Andy McCarthy) holding off the charging Chestnut Hill (David Miller) through a 27.2 end to a 1:58.1 mile. Rose Run Voyage (Svanstedt) stayed for third. The winner is trained by Tony Alagna for Kelly Walker who bred and owns the son of Father Patrick. Hambo Prep Qualifier Several serious Hambletonian candidates lined up for the 7th race qualifier as a prep for next week's Stanley Dancer Memorial with Pilot Discretion (Andy McCarthy) continuing his unbeaten streak but he had to trot a 1:51.4 / 26.4 to hold off the late charging Don't Let'em (Gingras) who went a remarkable final half and 26 flat last quarter. These two trotted strong right through the wire, leaving the crowd to ruminate over the possibilities regarding the forecast dominance of the great Greenshoe heading into the August 3 Hambletonian. Kissin In The Sand (Scott Zeron) qualified on Lasix for trainer Nancy Johansson this morning and looked strong after a few sub-par efforts, leading all the way and sprinting home in 25.4 to close out the 1:51.2 mile under wraps. Soho Chelsea A (McCarthy) was a restrained second and Odds On Lauderdale (Kreuger) third. Nancy Johansson trains the champion filly. Live racing resumes with eliminations for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, $250,000 Graduate Series finals, Fan Appreciation night and post-race firecrackers at the early post time of 6:30 this evening. Nick Salvi

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