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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (November 14, 2017) - All harness racing drivers that compete at the Meadowlands are required to attend a meeting with Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural, GM/COO Jason Settlemoir, and Presiding Judge John Tomasello on Saturday, November 18 at 6:15 p.m. The meeting will take place in the racing office. The mandatory drivers-only meeting will cover a variety of house rules and policies at the Meadowlands. Drivers are asked to contact the race office with any questions. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (November 11, 2017) - Week Two of the new Pick 10 Survivor harness racing wager at the Meadowlands picked up steam as the pool size increased to $16,188, up nearly 40 percent from its debut. While 33 tickets shared in the bounty last week, one single survivor took down the entire pool (minus 15 percent takeout) on Saturday for a $13,751.26 score on the 20-cent winning combination. The ticket was purchased through Twinspires.com. Unlike last week when a longshot eliminated 93 percent of the tickets after Race 1, odds-on favorites scored in the first two races of the evening. Favorites were defeated in the next three races, leaving just 44 tickets alive heading into Race 6. 3-to-5 favorite Express Stride scored in the sixth race, but only 13 tickets were still alive at that point. Race 7 served as the Saturday night feature. Some Attitude, a 3-year-old taking on older competitors, turned in the race of his life with a front-end score in 1:50.1 on a 32-degree evening. The win was his fifth in seven starts since moving to trainer Jackie Greene. The 7/2 wagering choice was one of three wins on the evening for Marcus Miller, but more importantly, only one live ticket in the Pick 10 Survivor used Some Attitude, leading to the five-figure score. Earlier in the night, highly-touted freshman pacer American History blasted a field of non-winners of two in 1:52.3 to maintain his undefeated record in three starts. The American Ideal colt, trained by Tony Alagna and owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and American History Racing, will head to the Governor's Cup eliminations scheduled for next Saturday at the Meadowlands. His stablemate and Breeders Crown champion Stay Hungry also tuned up for the Governor's Cup eliminations by winning a Big M qualifier on Saturday in 1:53/:26.3. Total handle on the 12-race card was $2,009,394. Live racing resumes next Saturday with a 7:15 p.m. post time. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com.   Justin Horowitz

MANALAPAN, NJ — November 3, 2017 —The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association is looking for harness racing pacing stallions to stand stud in the state of New Jersey. While our state is fortunate to have several strong trotting stallions standing in 2018, we lack significant representation on the pacing side. The SBOANJ has developed the “Home Grown Pace” for pacing foals of 2016 in an attempt to increase racing opportunities for pacers. New stallions will help populate this stakes program as well as increase New Jersey Sire stakes entries. The SBOANJ is considering financial incentives for pacing stallion owners who bring their stallions to New Jersey. If you are interested in standing a pacing stallion in New Jersey, please call the SBOANJ office at 732 462-2357. Representatives from the SBOANJ will also be available at the upcoming Harrisburg sale to discuss current New Jersey programs and the incentive program. Courtney Stafford

FREEHOLD, NJ -- September 28, 2017 -- Freehold Raceway has implemented a new system for issuing Purse, or Driver, Trainer commissions. They will no longer be issuing paper checks, all monies will be settled through direct deposit to a checking or savings account with a bank or credit union of your choice. Click on the direct deposit form here and send it to Freehold Raceway Horseman's Bookkeeper. Forms are also available from the Horseman's Bookkeeper. If you have any questions contact Freehold Raceway. Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ 64 Business Route 33 Manalapan, NJ 07726

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (September 26, 2017) - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment was awarded "Best Visitor Experience" at the 5th Annual Meadowlands Liberty Convention & Visitors Bureau Hospi-tourism Awards held September 26 in Secaucus, New Jersey. Voting was conducted by Destination Marketing Organizations around the state. MRE competed against dozens of area restaurants, hotels, and other entertainment venues. "It has always been the foundation of our business to provide exceptional customer service while paying close attention to detail," explained Jason M. Settlemoir, GM/COO of MRE. "We take great pride in our new facility and our ability to put on a great show for our guests whether they come here for live horse racing or one of our numerous events or parties. We have a tremendous team here that is always willing to go the extra mile for our customers and this award is truly an honor for everyone that works here." For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands Racetrack closes their short September meet with an intriguing Saturday night card on September 16 that offers full fields and competitive harness racing.   With the Friday card consumed by the Kindergarten series races, Saturday has a blend of paces and trots with classes ranging from young Non Winners types right on up the ladder to a head-scratcher of a featured pace with horses coming in from all directions and track sizes.   In the featured 6th race, a $15,000 condition pace, Jackie Green send out a two horse entry for owner Kellogg Racing that includes St Lads Moonwalk (Eric Abbatiello) who has been facing the 4-year-old opens at Yonkers and Saratoga Open stalwart Titus Seelster (Vincent Ginsburg).   Saratoga based Ashley's Husband seems to relish the Meadowlands mile oval and always steps up his game when Kyle Spagnola brings him to town for owner Michael Polansky as evidenced by his dominant 1:51 win last week for driver Montrell Teague.   If the races don't fill your action void, stick around for the Canelo vs Golovkin bout on the big screens in Victory Sports Bar afterwards.   All of the Meadowlands dining options are available, call for reservations.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (September 7, 2017) - The Meadowlands Racetrack is pleased to introduce the Pick 10 Survivor wager. This first-of-its-kind wager will debut when the New Jersey harness racing track opens its Fall/Winter Meet on Saturday, November 4. The Pick 10 Survivor requires the selection of the winner in the first 10 races on the program. The unique twist in the wager is ticket holders that correctly select the winner of Race 1 will advance to Race 2 while those tickets that fail to pick the Race 1 winner will be eliminated. Then all live tickets after Race 2 will advance to Race 3 while those that failed to pick the Race 2 winner will be eliminated. This continues until there is only one correct ticket ("The Survivor") or all 10 races have been completed. The lone surviving ticket will win the entire pool minus the wager's 15-percent takeout. If there are multiple tickets that survive through all 10 legs or are the last surviving tickets eliminated at the same time, they will split the net pool. The wager will carry a 20-cent minimum and begin each night on the first race. There is no carryover associated with the wager. The Meadowlands is partnering with the USTA's Strategic Wagering Program to guarantee the wagering pool at $10,000. "We think it is imperative for our industry to innovate and create new ways to wager on our product for our core customers," said Jason Settlemoir, Meadowlands GM/COO. "We believe the horseplayers will love the fact that the winner takes down the entire pool each night. The Pick 10 Survivor is the result of lots of hard work and dedication from both our staff at the Meadowlands and our partners at Sportech and I would like to thank everyone who has helped get us to this position." The Survivor Wager was first presented to Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural by longtime horseplayer Eric Cherry. It took more than three years of development and testing in partnership with Sportech to finalize the wager. Once this piece of the puzzle was completed, it was sent to the New Jersey Racing Commission for approval. Michele Fischer, Sportech's Vice President Sales and Business Development for the Americas, commented, "As the tote technology provider for The Meadowlands, Sportech is pleased to help bring the new exotic Pick 10 Survivor wager to New Jersey. The Pick 10 Survivor demonstrates that both The Meadowlands and Sportech are player-centric and seek to maximize player satisfaction by catering to the demand for engaging and rewarding bets." The Meadowlands will be the only track in North America that will offer this wager. It is scheduled to be available for horseplayers on all Advance Deposit Wagering platforms and brick-and-mortar racetrack and simulcast facilities. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

Jeff Gural says he would not have built the new Meadowlands investing $40,000,000 of his own money, if he knew at the time that harness racing drivers George Brennan and Brian Sears would leave the Meadowlands to race at Yonkers Raceway. President of The Standardbred Owners Association of New York, Joseph Faraldo responds to Jeff Gural's claims, that were printed in a recent Harness Racing Update. Here is his letter; I just read in Harness Racing Update that Jeff Gural claims that his motivation in investing so much money (his or others; I’m not sure) to keep The Meadowlands open was that he was doing George Brennan and Brian Sears a “favor”. Does anyone naively think that this investment was made other than because there was a potential to make a great deal of money and enjoy increased personal wealth from a North Jersey Casino?  This is beyond comical; Jeff writes to HRU that he was investing in a racetrack because he wanted to especially do these two guys a favor. According to him, "Had I known, I doubt I would have taken the risk as I thought I was doing them a favor". Doing them a favor! Give me a break! After the amusement wore off, it gave me pause to consider who was he doing a favor for when he invested in the shuttered quarter horse track at Tioga Downs?  If not for himself, then for whom?  And why wasn’t such an investment made long before the air was filling with talk of Racinos coming to New York? The Investment clearly was for a potential Tioga Racino. If this was nothing more than a “favor” as well, the scream heard when a casino for Tioga was initially rejected puts serious doubts to that premise. Similarly, Vernon was an Investment made for a Racino, and hopefully a Casino, and again one has to wonder who was being done a favor for them? While a Racino materialized at Vernon, which was only five miles from the Oneida Casino, a subsequent Indian compact precluded there ever being a Casino at Vernon. Recently, the mantra then shifted to, ‘I’ll close the Racino and the Racetrack unless the horsemen agree to cut days (sound familiar) and/or I get $2 million dollars in tax relief, otherwise horsemen, the industry and government will suffer.’ Curiously, it was Jeff himself who publically stated that Vernon would be fine if Tioga was ever given the very Casino he demanded. So far, The Albany Times Union has written two Editorials pointing to the irony that Jeff as an advocate for Casino legislation in New York was now its chief protestor, because the very Casino Legislation he championed was hurting his bottom line.  The Oneida Indian Casino was five miles away from Vernon from day one, and the threatened closure has helped drive the Vernon VLT players away. Players at Vernon have lost confidence in the payouts offered, erroneously thinking that the VLT machines will not pay out the mandated percentages, and they have apparently returned to the reservation. The VLTs at Vernon are down some 17%. Ask for Casinos and cannibalize the market. One has to conclude, as has been widely reported, that the present Casinos are underperforming, simply because there are too many. I guess for one person, the one doing everybody else a “favor” only one NY Casino would have been OK. Getting back to doing favors, The Meadowlands scenario is no different than Tioga or Vernon. None were Investments for horsemen, whether individually, collectively or as an industry. The investment was done to make a personal score. Selling this as doing anyone or any entity a favor has been pretty well sold to the industry. Make no mistake about it; all these track acquisitions are calculated business decisions, pure and simple. Nonetheless, it amuses me that one has the audacity to write that favors were being done for any individual or individuals as the rationale that motivated these acquisitions. A big favor is being done for sure; for one person, and one person only. After what Jeff did to both George Brennan and Brian Sears in individual, separate tirades at The Meadowlands, it becomes apparent that in Jeff’s mind it was the horsemen who were supposed to be doing Jeff the “favor”, by giving him convenient cover. Once George, Brian and others took their talent and skills elsewhere, and The Big M was rendered an abbreviated meet, a class B track, Jeff was left without a plausible argument for his “sacrifices” for an “industry”. The only sacrifice Jeff has made is his Investment “on the come”, for an East Rutherford Casino; and the only “Industry” he truly cares about is his own. It’s high time Jeff is called out for his opportunistic ways, for which he shamelessly invokes the names of our industry’s best. While calling him out invites further vilification our Industry’s best and all the others who speak out don’t need any more “favors” from this guy! Joseph Faraldo

For Friday, September 8 two separate classes have been written on The Meadowlands condition sheet.   There is an "Open to all amateur drivers" division that requires horses to fit:   Non Winners of $7,500 in Last 5 Starts. W/O $1,750 per start in 2017 or in 2016/2017 if less than 8 starts in 2017. Optional Claiming $17,500   There is also a "Senior" division with the following race conditions: Drivers must be 50 or older on race day   Horses: N/W $6,000 in Last 5 Starts. W/O $1,500 p/s in 2017 or in 2016/17 if less than 8 starts in 2017 Optional Claiming $15K   Drivers 65 or older - AE: horses who raced for a claiming price of $15K or less in Last 5 Starts   Why?   During the last month of the meet at The Meadowlands GSY Club amateur races did not fill. There were 4 weeks when the club tried to race and could not because members did not enter enough horses to fill a race.   The GSY Club exists to support The Meadowlands which in turn enthusiastically supports amateur racing and amateur races often are among the top betting handles of the night. GSY races go for relatively small purses, and with large handles these races play an important role in sustaining the track. It is no longer a surprise to see $200,000 bet on an amateur race at The Meadowlands, it is the norm.   Meadowlands COO/General Manager Jason Settlemoir said, "Amateur racing at the Meadowlands has been and continues to be an important part of our business plan going forward. With the growing horse shortage these amateur races are needed to fill our weekly races. I have been quite pleased over the last few years how well amateur racing has been wagered upon at the Meadowlands".   Club members voted with their lack of entries not to race with the club at The Meadowlands despite the venue still being "the mecca" to the GSY membership, offering the highest weekly purses in amateur racing and paying at least 3% of the purse to every horse who starts. Yes, The Meadowlands offers the highest purses and weekly races for amateurs and the club was unable to fill a race for a month. Clearly, change was in order.   The vast majority of GSY Club members treat their investment in amateur horses as a hobby, not a business. These members are employed in other businesses or have retired from careers outside harness racing and only participate for the love of racing, which is the primary purpose of having separate amateur races. Many, such as the man the beloved, late Sam McKee once called, "perhaps the top amateur driver in the history of harness racing," Robert Krivelin, have invested millions in harness racing over the last decades. When reached for comment, Krivelin said, "if you think you're as good at 70 as you were at 25, then you were not very good at 25."   Meadowlands Chairman, Jeff Gural said, "In golf and tennis they have senior events. Why is this different? Originally this was a fun thing, yet some have made it a business. With the continued horse shortage having the ability to host two amateur races weekly may be critical."   The vast majority of club members do not approach amateur racing as a business or career, which is of course a disconnect in every sense of what the word "amateur" means. Many current professional drivers began their careers with brief stints driving in amateur races and it has become convention in sports to have a separate division for participants over a certain age.   Beyond the track, more than $600,000 ($175,000 from the GSY Club alone) has been donated back to the children of professional horsemen via scholarships for continuing education and to other charities from the four largest Amateur Driving Clubs which are the GSY Club, Billings, NAADA and Florida Amateur clubs. These funds are derived from a combination of the 5% driver commission that all drivers donate, plus membership dues and race entry fees.   Nick Salvi

CREAM RIDGE, NJ -- August 30, 2017 -- Edward Kett Mullen, 94, of Cream Ridge, N.J. died on August 24, 2017. Son of Edward Kett and Mary Kinnear Mullen, loving husband of Joanne Hilbish Mullen, Ed passed away at home of natural causes. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Ed's life at the Happy Apple Inn on Friday, September 8 from 4-7 pm, 29 Imlaystown Road, Cream Ridge, N.J. (609)259-7889. Ed was an avid outdoorsman and became an Eagle Scout in his youth in Brooklyn, NY. His college education at the Forestry College of the State University of New York was interrupted by World War II where he attained the rank of First Lieutenant in the Army Air Force. He was a pilot of B-29 aircraft in the Pacific, flying 31 missions from the island of Tinian. He returned to complete his college degree In Pulp and Paper Engineering in Syracuse, NY where he met and married Joanne Hilbish. Their 70th wedding anniversary would have been October 11 of this year. In his professional life, Ed entered the pulp and paper industry, and rose quickly through the ranks at Robert Gair Company and Continental Can Company, eventually becoming President and CEO of the Newark Group, which he built into one of the 200 largest privately held companies in the U.S. Ed built and grew Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge into one of the foremost standardbred racehorse breeding operations in the state. He was a longtime summer resident of Bay Head, N.J. and member of the Bay Head Yacht Club. He was a dedicated fisherman and kept a boat near the Manasquan Inlet. Ed and Joanne donated their home, Walnford, the historic mill site in Upper Freehold Township, to the Monmouth County Park System in 1985. Ed is survived by his wife Joanne, his daughter Susan of New York City, his four sons, Jeffrey (Julie) of Middletown, NJ, Robert (Adriana) of Philadelphia, PA, Mark (Laura) of Cranbury, NJ and Matthew(Sarah) of Manhattan Beach, CA; 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Monmouth Conservation Foundation at P.O. Box 4150, Middletown, New Jersey 07748 (732)-671-7000, or to the Syracuse Pulp and Paper Foundation at SUNY-ESF, One Forestry Drive, Syracuse, New York 13210, (315)-470-6592. Courtney Stafford  

The Meadowlands - Breakfast With The Babies began at 9:30 a.m. on a perfect windless, morning with the temperature at 82 degrees. Gabe Prewitt called the harness racing action.   Owner Ken Jacobs has discovered the key to trotting success. He seeks out and buys a nice looking Chapter Seven yearling, turns it over to Linda Toscano to train then sits back and collects the proceeds. They've done it again with the filly Seven Karats, a Diamond Creek bred lass Kenny bought for $75,000 in Lexington last fall. Tim Tetrick put her right on the front and let the filly trot home in 28.3 on the end of the 1:58.1 mile in her very first start. Lima Charisma (Ake Svanstedt) followed along the whole way to be second while Kyle's Sweetheart (Andy McCarthy) was third.   Trond Smedshammer has a nice Explosive Matter filly named Phaetosive for the Purple Haze stable. Trond sat her in behind the front running Endless Flirt (Andy Miller), when he tipped her out in the stretch she roared by in the 28 second end to the 1:57.4 mile with plenty left. Phaetosive was a $75,000 Standardbred Horse Sale yearling.   Jimmy Takter drove Samo Different Day to a sparkling 1:56.2 win in the third race. He sat just behind leader Chucky De Vie (Chris Ryder) as that one put up honest fractions then sailed by and kept going, widening to a six or seven length win with the final quarter in 28.3. The winner was a $130,000 Lindy bred Lexington yearling and is owned by Christina Takter and Samo Partners.   Perfetto won in 1:59.4 for Brian Sears, converting a pocket trip to a narrow decision over With Presence (Svanstedt). Nifty Norman trains the $32,000 Harrisburg yearling for his interests as Enzed Racing along with Dave McDuffee and Joe Hansford.   Marcus Johansson drove MS Triple J to a 2:01 win for trainer/wife Nancy. She cut the mile and held sway over Gemologist (Svanstedt). Nancy owns the Cantab Hall filly, a $20,000 Lexington bargain, with Rojan Stable and Joyce Mc Clelland.   Ake Svanstedt broke through with pacing filly Python Blue Chip, sailing along through fast fraction and lasting under mile encouragement in 1:54/28.3. Ake owns the $34,000 Goshen yearling with Blue Chip Bloodstock, Our Horse Cents and Rossie Smith. Odds On Stephanie (Sears) towed along with a pocket ride for second.   Babes Dig Me (Joe Bongiorno) was a 1:54.3 winner for trainer Tony Alagna today, setting a solid pace holding sway over a closing California Cruisin (Johansson) through a 27.1 final quarter. Babes Dig Me is a $100,000 Lexington Somebeachsomewhere colt owned by Brad Grant, Joe Sbrocco, Rob LeBlanc and In The Gym Partners.   Rush To Judgement set sail and kept going this morning for the Alagna / Bongiorno tandem. Joe pointed the American Ideal colt to the front, set honest fractions on a long lead and paced strong through the lane on his own ending the 1:55.2 mile in 29 flat. Rush To Judgement is a Riverview Racing / Alagna Racing homebred. Bohemian Rock (Andy Miller) was a wide second and Surfing Tide (Sears) third.   QUALIFIERS   Sortie has been torturing his connections of late, making breaks in the big stakes costing lotsa money and clouding his Hambletonian chances. Trainer Noel Daley sent him out with regular driver Andy McCarthy to go a good mile, and he did, setting fast fraction on his way to a 1:52.3 win with the greatest of ease.   Some of the world's best trotters gathered for the tenth race qualifier and the millionaire stakes winning Crazy Wow actually equaled his lifetime mark of 1:51.1 for Bongiorno. He cut the mile, equal 55.3 halves, then held that pretty Tuonoblu Rex (A. Miller) off through the 27 flat last quarter. All-time Meadowlands track record holder JL Cruze (A. McCarthy) gained late to be third.   Post time for tonight's live card is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 20, 2017) - The life and career of legendary harness racing driver Hervé Filion will be celebrated Saturday, July 22 at the Meadowlands with a series of events to honor the Hall of Famer who passed away last month at the age of 77. "My father always cared for the horse and had a God-given talent to get the most out of the horse," said Andrew Filion, one of three sons of Hervé. "He had a huge, generous heart and always felt like he knew you for years. He always wanted others around him to be happy and successful. He was definitely the Babe Ruth of harness racing and we are so appreciative to be able to honor our dad at the Meadowlands." Race 2 will feature a special salute to Filion and other legends of Roosevelt Raceway. The drivers in that race will wear the colors of many former Roosevelt drivers including Filion. Dozens of horsemen from the Roosevelt Raceway days will also be at the Meadowlands on Saturday as part of the last Roosevelt Raceway reunion. Filion was the longtime leading driver at Roosevelt, the famed racetrack on Long Island that closed in 1988. Race 3 will be a special memorial race to Filion and his former competitors and friends from Roosevelt will stick around to sign autographs and help celebrate his life in the winner's circle. An exclusive cocktail party will take place at the Meadowlands Skybox Suites from 6:00pm - 7:30pm in which guests will have the opportunity to meet-and-greet the dozens of former Roosevelt Raceway horsemen including Carmine Abbatiello, Mike Lachance, Billy O'Donnell, Benny Webster, The Popfingers, and more. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $49 with proceeds to benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. An impressive display of memorabilia will be on display and available for purchase through an online auction by visiting 32auctions/rrr2017. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz  

The Meadowlands is requiring that all horses entered in the stakes listed here be stabled at an approved training facility within a 150 mile radius (as the crow flies) of The Meadowlands or in the stable area at Vernon Downs by 8 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, July 31 and be made available for out of competition testing as requested.   The stakes are all part of the Saturday, August 5 race card; the Cane Pace, Sam McKee Memorial (US Pacing Championship) Lady Liberty, John Cashman Memorial, Dr John Steele Memorial (Fresh Yankee).   This time frame was chosen to avoid conflict with the Spirit of Massachusetts trot and the Adios, as both of those stakes are raced the previous weekend.   There will be no charge for the stabling at Vernon and a discounted hotel rate of $20 per night will again be offered to those with these stakes horses.   Trainers for all of the horses entered in those stakes are responsible for informing The Meadowlands Racing Office at 877.782.5130 of where each horse will be stabled from July 31 until the stakes have been raced.   Questions should be directed to Brice Cote at 609.558.5062.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 12, 2017) - While the harness racing action on the track Saturday night at the Meadowlands will be hot, with nearly $3 million in purses headlined by the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, there will be plenty of action off the track as well. Live racing begins at the earlier post time of 6:30 p.m. A large and varied silent auction will take place on the main grandstand level of the Meadowlands from 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Some of the items up for auction include sports memorabilia from legends such as Muhammad Ali, Derek Jeter, and Jack Nicklaus, as well as vacation packages and unique sports experiences. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. SRF is a 28-year-old non-profit providing new careers through re-training and adoption for trotters and pacers no longer successful on the track for pleasure and competitive riding, as police mounts, for therapeutic riding programs, and more. Beginning at 6:00pm, fans will receive a Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace beach towel while supplies last. A TapSnap Photo Booth will be set up in the Clubhouse Lobby for fans to take commemorative photos and share on social media using the event's official hashtag, #Pace17. The Meadowlands Backyard area will feature rides and attractions including a mechanical shark and obstacle course from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Live music by rock band Spectrum will take place on the Backyard stage. Fans can also register to win one of six $500 win wagers to be placed on one of the designated contest races. Entry forms will be available at the Players Club desk. "As usual, Pace Night provides some of the very best racing our sport has to offer," said Meadowlands GM/COO Jason Settlemoir. "We also think we are offering our fans some exciting entertainment and promotions to give them even more reason to get a front-row seat to the event. I can't wait for Saturday night to get here." For more information, visit www.meadowlandspace.com or www.playmeadowlands.com. CRAWFORD FARMS MEADOWLANDS PACE NIGHT AT A GLANCE Simulcasting Begins: 11 am / Night-time Gates open: 5:00 p.m. / First race: 6:30 p.m. ¨       $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace: post time: 9:34 p.m. - Race 9 ¨       Racing information:  www.PlayMeadowlands.com ¨       TVG Network – full race card coverage ¨       SNY – live coverage 9:00 – 10:00 p.m.   Wagering ¨       Two guaranteed Pick 4 pools – Races 5-8 ($40,000), Races 9-12 ($75,000) ¨       $30,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool – Races 3-7   Race Card ¨       $125,250 Division of the Del Miller Memorial – Race 1 ¨       $30,000 Miss Versatility – Race 2 ¨       $159,000 Division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial – Race 3 ¨       $125,250 Division of the Del Miller Memorial – Race 4 ¨       $165,700 Mistletoe Shalee – Race 5 ¨       $30,000 Miss Versatility – Race 6 ¨       $458,750 Hambletonian Maturity – Race 8 ¨       $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace – Race 9 ¨       $427,400 William R Haughton Memorial – Race 10 ¨       $201,000 Golden Girls – Race 11 ¨       $161,500 Division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial – Race 12     Entertainment ¨       Beach Towel Giveaway beginning at 6 pm, while supplies last ¨       Live music by The Mighty Spectrum Band beginning at 6 pm ¨       Obstacle course, giant slide, bounce house, mechanical shark ¨       TapSnap Photo Booth in Clubhouse Lobby 5:30-8:30 p.m. ¨       Silent Sports Auction on the Grandstand Level 5:30 – 10 p.m. ¨       DJ on Victory Terrace ¨       $500 Win Wager Challenge: 6 lucky fans are selected to place a $500 win wager on the Meadowlands Pace, Hambletonian Maturity and William Haughton ¨       Horse Play Car Giveaway (after race 6) - Fans try to throw a rubber horse into the Toyota target card for a shot at winning a $100 betting voucher and the chance to come back and win the 2017 Yaris iA on August 4   Pace Night Attendance & Handle ¨       2016 attendance:  10,002                        2016 total handle:  $4,205,981 ¨       2016 live handle:  $510,275   Stakes Record ¨       1:46.4        He’s Watching                7/13/2014   Three-Year-Old Meadowlands Track Records ¨      Colt            1:46.4              He’s Watching (7/13/2014) ¨       Gelding      1:47.4              One More Laugh (7/17/10)   Media Requests ¨       Media credential requests should be sent to Justin Horowitz at Jhorowitz@playmeadowlands.com Justin Horowitz

The Meadowlands - This Saturday's Breakfast With The Babies began at 10 a.m. on a nice morning with little wind, some cloud cover and moderate temperatures. Jason Settlemoir called the harness racing action.   Broodmare Solveig never misses. She's had seven foals of racing age including five stakes winners that have earned nearly $6 million combined, led by the great Shake It Cerry. This morning her 2 year old daughter Swing It Cathy became a record performer as a 1:57.2 winner for Jimmy Takter. Bred and owned by Solveig Breeders, she is by Donato Hanover making her a full sister to Cerry and International winner Uncle Lasse. Fuel Her Flame (Yannick Gingras) and Beholder (DR Ackerman) followed her in.   Diamond Creek's homebred Chapter Seven filly Repentance (Tim Tetrick) was a 1:57.4 winner today. Tetrick rated her mid pack until fanning wide off cover into the stretch and she went by willingly for the "W". Linda Toscano is the trainer. Basquiat (Takter) gave way grudgingly to be second and Michando (Marcus Miller) trotted up for third.   Chanel Me continued the parade of homebred winners for Takter. Jimmy sat patiently in the pocket behind Girl Talk's (Troy Beyer) rapid fractions then fed his filly racetrack for the easy 1:57.1 win. Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband retained the Cantab Hall daughter of their champion mare To Dream On to train. Girl Talk haled up for second and Meadowbranch Patsy (Ake Svanstedt) was third.   Final Dream ($45,000 LEX SEL) won in 1:58.3 / 28 for Svanstedt, cutting the mile and widening late. Ake owns the Cantab Hall colt with Joe Sbrocco and Lars Berg. Helpisontheway (Tetrick) trotted home well for second and Lins Lil Justin was an even third.   Svanstedt came right back with his own On The Ropes ($40,000 GOSHEN), a Chapter Seven gelding to win in 1:56.2. He clipped along at an honest rate through the 1:27.1 three quarters and had to be asked to maintain his margin over American Steele (M. Miller) to the wire. I Am Summer (Scott Zeron) came third.   After the break the homebred Art Major filly Blue Grotto (Tetrick) took a 1:54.4 mark for Brittany Farms. She came from just off the pace to rip by leader Someangelsomewhere (Zeron) through the 27.2 final quarter. Linda Toscano trains the winner.   Reign On Me (Brian Sears) was a handy 1:57 winner for owner Jennifer Dalton, stalking Red Snapper (Dave Miller) all the way then out hustling that one for the win. Nifty Norman trains the $22,000 Standardbred Horse Sale graduate for Ms. Dalton's interests. Seen At Rio Deo was third.   Key Advisor ($200,000 LEX SEL) was a 1:54.4 / 27.4 winner out of the pocket for Yannick Gingras. He drafted behind Alagna stablemate Odds On Lauderdale (Zeron), hooked that on mid-stretch and edged by that gritty rival right on the wire. I'm A Big Deal (D. Miller) was a closing third in his first start. Brittany Farms and Key Advisor Racing own the winner.   QUALIFIERS   What The Hill looked sharp this morning for Dave Miller as he prepares for next week's Stanley Dancer Memorial, cutting it out in 1:52.4 easily handling Enterprise who drafted along in second but could not menace the winner.   Caprice Hill (Sears) won in 1:54.1 after following the returning Pinkman through leisurely fractions trotting home strong in 27.1. Emoticon Hanover (Dan Dube) was a closing third with both mares likely for next week's Miss Versatility. Pinkman tired a bit to fourth in his first start since last fall.     Nick Salvi            

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Trainer Julie Miller wasn't worried. She had faith her husband would get Tuonoblu Rex clear for the stretch drive in the harness racing featured $20,000 preferred handicap trot at the Meadowlands Friday night. That faith was realized as driver Andy Miller and 'T Rex' swerved off the rail as the field straightened away in the stretch before uncorking an explosive :26.2 final quarter that resulted in a 1¼-length win. The final time of 1:51 lowered the 5-year-old son of Cantab Hall's lifetime mark by one and one-fifth seconds. Gural Hanover was second with Opulent Yankee third. Gural Hanover was sent to the lead and set solid fractions of :26.3, :56.1 and 1:24. JL Cruze, the 9-5 second choice, went first over from the three-eighths and made steady progress approaching the head of the stretch as Tuonoblu Rex sat trapped in the three hole along the rail. "I was actually happy to see him out there," said the winning trainer. "I know JL Cruze doesn't like to be on the outside." JL Cruze weakened for the stretch drive, leaving room for Tuonoblu Rex to showcase his explosive late burst. "I figured Andy would find a way," said Julie Miller. Despite an 18-day layoff, Tuonoblu Rex was super sharp. "He's been healthy but there aren't many opportunities for a horse like this to get raced," said Julie Miller. "He's staked to everything. The problem is, a lot of those races go by money won, so he gets knocked out of a lot of those." 'T Rex' paid $4.00 to win as the even-money choice and is now four-for-six this year and 10-for-20 overall, with lifetime earnings of $234,918 for owners Stable Why Not of Millstone Township, N.J. Tuonoblu Rex A LITTLE MORE: All-source wagering on the program totaled $2,040,352. ... Post time on Saturday has been moved up 45 minutes to 6:30 p.m. The card features the 2017 debut of Hambletonian favorite Walner as well as the elimination for the July 15 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. In addition, there are also two Graduate Series finals, with each sporting a purse of $240,000. Dave Little  

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