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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - A new post time of 6:55 p.m. and new betting choices highlighted the harness racing action at the Meadowlands Friday night, and despite no horse paying off at double-digit odds through the first nine races, the payoffs for the 20-cent Pick-5, 20-cent Pick-6 and Early 50-cent Pick-4 were all extremely attractive. The Pick-5, which saw its base bet decrease from 50 cents, saw a typical pool of $55,082, which is more than double the wager's $25,000 guarantee. But with bettors "spreading" their tickets further, the resulting payoff of $1,335.10 was superb given that the odds of the winners during the sequence were 4-1, 9-2, 3-2, 8-5 and 6-1. The horses in the third and fourth legs were the post-time favorites. The Pick-6, which will no doubt offer attractive carryovers on occasion in the coming weeks, paid off on six-for-six to the tune of $3,056.56. All the winners were 6-1 or less - with one exception - as Muscle Fashion won the seventh race, paying $20.80 to win. The Big M's "signature" wager - the Early 50-cent Pick-4 - now begins in race six, and after Say You Do sat a perfect pocket trip to surge past Rubber Duck to win at 5-1 in the payoff leg, those who hit cashed in for $758.90. The key to hitting was Leg One, when players included 4-1 shot Resita, who upset 2-5 favorite Max. Say You Do The Late 50-cent Pick-4 also yielded a solid payout despite favorites winning the last two legs. A 16-1 shot started the sequence followed by a 6-1 leading to another four-figure payoff, at $1,130.90. All-source wagering on the 13-race card surpassed the $2.5-million mark for a fourth straight program as $2,534,709 was put in play. A LITTLE MORE Corey Callahan, Andy Miller, Tyler Buter and Dexter Dunn all recorded driving doubles on the program. ... Windy conditions made things tough on horses racing on the front end all night long. Handicappers should take that into consideration when looking at those horses who raced on this card and showed speed. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6:55 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Freehold, NJ --- They call him "Diamond Jim", and he had a gem of an afternoon on Saturday (January 25) at Freehold Raceway. Harness racing driver Jim Marshall III won four of the eleven races on the program.   He didn't waste any time, taking race 1 with Brandon Mongiello's Northern Jack ($4.40). After missing in races 2 and 3, he bounced back in the 4th race, guiding the John Bavosi-trained gelding Tie Your Shoe Ed ($5) to his second consecutive win.   Marshall completed the hat trick with Bullet Bob ($5.80) in race 6, for trainer Mark Harder. He had three chances to complete the grand slam, and did so in race 11 with R M Blackhawk ($2.60). That win also gave Mongiello his second training win of the day.   The veteran driver has gotten off to a strong start in 2020.   On the calendar year, he's won 15 races from 88 starts, good for third place in the Freehold driver standings.   Since Freehold restarted on August 30, Marshall has 40 victories in 336 drives.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Thursday, beginning at 12:30 PM EST. Marshall is named to drive in every race on the card.   Northern Jack     Tie Your Shoe Ed     Bullet Bob     R M Blackhawk

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - In the unlikely event you weren't sure who the best trotter on the grounds at the Meadowlands was before Saturday night's harness racing feature, there was positively no doubt after. Despite taking two weeks off, the red-hot Pappy Go Go upped his winning streak to three after taking the $37,500 Preferred in 1:52.2 over a track rated 'good' with a -1 variant, missing his lifetime best by just two-fifths of a second. The Andrew Harris trainee never had an anxious moment after being sent to the gate as the 8-5 favorite in the talented field of seven as driver Corey Callahan - who won five races on Friday's card - hit the gas pedal early with the 6-year-old gelded son of Tad The Stud-Paging Willy from post seven and made the front while parked at the quarter after a headstrong Misslarose yielded the top in :27.2. Pappy Go Go trotted easily through the second fraction while unpressured in :27.3 as Misslarose sat the pocket. Morairtime, who was so good winning eight days ago after going a first-over trip, was in gear making up ground while racing on the rim uncovered. After three-quarters was reached in 1:23.4, Pappy Go Go accelerated, opening up a 3-length edge at the head of the stretch on the way to an easy 3½-length score. Morairtime was second with Misslarose third. "I wasn't worried about the layoff at all," said Harris. "He'd been prepping every week in between. They just didn't have a Preferred for him, so hopefully, horses start entering so I can race him a little more." Is Pappy Go Go the type of horse who can go with the game's best? "I don't have any big dreams for him," said Harris. "He's a nice open horse, but realistically, I can't spend money staking him to go against the likes of Manchego and Atlanta. So, we'll race in the Preferred and try to keep him happy and fresh and being the big fish in the pond until the floods come later." Pappy Go Go returned $5.40 to his fans and has now won 32 of 83 career outings, good for earnings of $249,547 for owners Michael Goldberg Racing. ANOTHER GIANT MILE: The Robert Cleary-trained Harambe Deo went parked for a little more than the final half-mile and had no trouble blowing away his foes in the pacing feature, a high-end conditioned event with a $31,250 purse. The 5-year-old gelded son of Woodstock-Tea Time, who was the 8-5 favorite, stopped the clock in 1:50.4 with Tyler Buter in the bike to win for the third time in his last five starts. McThriller finished second, 1¼ lengths behind. A LITTLE MORE: Tim Tetrick had the hot hand, leading the driver colony with four winners. Buter, Drew Monti and Vinny Ginsburg had two apiece. ... The 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 failed to pay at least $3,000 for an eighth straight time, but it came close, as three players lasted eight legs and cashed in for $2,611.98. ... The 20-cent Can-Am Pick-4 came back $175.32, the key to cashing being Leg One, when Heza Thrill N won at Woodbine Mohawk Park at odds of 7-1. ... All-source handle totaled $2,667,043. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Last Friday, Major Occasion A flew home in :25.3, but because she was eighth at three-quarters while three-wide, had to settle for second at the hands of rival Sandy Win, who would win a third straight harness racing start. Driver Dexter Dunn made sure that wasn't going to happen again. Major Occasion A, instead of racing from well off the pace as she had in her first two North American outings, was hustled to the top at the half this time around and had little trouble from there, recording an easy score in the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, a $25,000 high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares. Dunn, who would go on to win four times on the program after his incredible seven-winner night last Saturday, had Major Occasion A in the four-hole early before brushing up to take command at the half while parked before settling in on the point. Ideal Lifestyle A was left first-over at this point while applying token pressure as Major Occasion A used a :27.1 third quarter to maintain a safe 1½-length lead on the pocket-sitting Odds On St Lucie. Through the stretch, no one threatened the 1-2 favorite, who reported home an easy 1¾-length winner in 1:51 after pacing her final half in 54.2. Odds On St Lucie held second with Wisdom Tree rallying for third. Sandy Win failed in her bid for a fourth straight score, settling for fourth after racing three-wide at three-quarters from mid-pack. Major Occasion A, a 6-year-old daughter of Art Major-Fake Occasion who is trained by Nifty Norman, returned $3.00 to her backers and has now won 16 times from 51 lifetime starts for owners Enzed Racing Stable. Her earnings stand at $193,280. For Dunn, it was merely another day at the salt mine, with one - make that two - exceptions. The 30-year-old New Zealand native did score with the heavy favorite in the feature and with 4-1 Hammer Time in a mid-range conditioned trot, but he also won with a pair of longshots. The 2019 United States Harness Writers Association's Driver of the Year guided 20-1 Bold Goddess to victory lane in a low-end conditioned trot and also scored with the night's biggest price of the night with 26-1 chance Auteur Hanover, who hit the wire first in another low-end conditioned trot. Dunn now has 18 winners at the winter meeting and is well in front of Corey Callahan, whose driving double gave him 10 victories, good for second in the driver standings. A PAIR OF FOURS: Yannick Gingras is apparently not interested in Dunn running away with the driver's title, as the Big M overall driver champ from 2019 also guided four to the winner's circle. A LITTLE MORE: One sharp player betting into the Oregon Express hub held the only ticket to last five legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $8,596.70. The wager has now paid at least $3,526.86 during each of the last five race cards. ... Chalk players took it on the chin most of the night as only two favorites won over the first 12 races, which helped bolster the payouts of the 50-cent Pick-5 ($6,292.35) and 50-cent Pick-4 ($3,155.05). ... All-source wagering on the card totaled $2,416,176. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Meadowlands delivered full harness racing fields to its faithful last week (Dec. 19-21), and the following bet with both hands. The previous week of racing (Dec. 12-14) saw handle that totaled $5,388,738 over the three-card race week. Last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, handle was $6,121,558, an increase of 13.6 percent. "With some of the other tracks in our region not racing, we have been able to take advantage and provide better opportunities for our players due to our horsemen energetically supporting our entry box," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "And, once again this weekend, we will provide them with more chances to cash some big tickets." A handful of big hits have come in the track's 50-cent Pick-5, which always comes with a guaranteed pool of $25,000 and a low 15 percent takeout, as the last four times the bet has been offered the payout has been at least four figures. The streak began Dec. 14 when one superb player held the only ticket to pick all five winners and walked away with $33,773. On Dec. 19 and Dec. 20, the payouts were $1,006 and $2,050, respectively, before a lone-winning-ticket holder cashed $29,478 on Dec. 21. The Big M's signature bet, the 50-cent Pick-4, may not have provided the payoffs of the Pick-5, but that did not deter players from going deep. Last week, the pools from Thursday through Saturday were, $60,029, $72,380 and $94,408, respectively. Free program pages for the Pick-4 - which offers a $50,000 guaranteed pool on Fridays and Saturdays - are always available at playmeadowlands.com and ustrotting.com. The carryovers for the track's two 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Fives continue to expand, as bettors on Thursday will shoot for starting pots of $17,076 (Race 5) and $67,864 (Race 11). The Meadowlands will race one additional Thursday night card. Not only will the Big M race this Thursday (Dec. 26), but will also host a live card on Jan. 2. As always, post time is 7:15 p.m. For the fields on Thursday night click here. DECEMBER'S DYNAMIC DUO: The Big M's top two drivers have been killing it at the mile oval this month. Yannick Gingras has 21 wins during December, while Dexter Dunn - who is the overall leader at the Fall Meeting - has 20. Following the top two for the month are Andy Miller (11 wins) and Andy McCarthy (10). Gingras had five victories last Thursday, leading to 10 wins for the week. Dunn had six while Andy Miller had five. Fans will not get to bet on Gingras for a while, though, as he will be on vacation for the next few weeks. Nick Surick tops the December trainer's race with six wins, followed by Jeff Cullipher and Andrew Harris, who have five each, and Harry Landy, who has four. SEASON'S GREETINGS: Settlemoir's holiday message to all: "On behalf of our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Gural, and all of us here at the Meadowlands, I'd like to wish everybody a joyous holiday season. We appreciate our employees, horsemen and faithful fans for being loyal to our product. We hope everybody takes some time to be with family and friends while celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas and hope everyone has a healthy and happy New Year." COMING UP: On Dec. 27, card players who are 21 or older can play Texas Hold'em on "Free Poker Friday", hosted by World Free Poker. ... On Friday and Saturday "Win Your Share" when the Big M puts $2,019 up for grabs. Ten contestants will be selected after Race 6 to win betting vouchers ranging in value from $100-$500. The entry form is available in the live racing program or at the Players Club Desk. ... Looking ahead, on Jan. 11, the Big M will host a $400 qualifier for the World Harness Handicapping Championship. For more information, go to playmeadowlands.com. HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: Big M Fans are reminded that the track will be closed for simulcasting on December 29 and will be open on New Year's Eve from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The operating schedule for the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook will see bettors able to get their action on New Year's Eve from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and on New Year's Day from 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Speaking of action, college football fans are sure to be fired up for the College Football Playoff that takes place on Saturday (Dec. 28). At 4 p.m., 4th-ranked Oklahoma takes on No. 1 LSU, while at 8 p.m., No. 2 Ohio State faces No. 3 Clemson, who are the defending national champions. In addition, on Sunday (Dec. 29), watch and wager on all Week 17 National Football League games. The NFL playoffs begin Jan. 4. Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Except for a break two starts back, Rich And Miserable has raced well for some time now without getting a win. He ended that drought by taking the featured Preferred Handicap for trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night to end a six-race losing streak. His last win came on Sept. 28 at Yonkers Raceway. All eyes were on Southwind Chrome early. The 3-5 favorite was assigned post 10 (scratched down to post 9) and was seeking his third straight score against the best horses at the Big M. Driver Dexter Dunn left the gate with Southwind Chrome, but there were leavers to his inside, which pushed him extremely wide into the first turn. Southwind Chrome settled into an early six-hole and waited for a live tow, which he got from Rich And Miserable before the half after that one vacated the three-hole after the quarter. Longshot Joey Bats (15-1) led the field past the first three calls, but Rich And Miserable was right at his throat on the far turn as Southwind Chrome tipped off his cover to race three-wide. Southwind Chrome had trouble handling the turn and lost ground for the final three-sixteenths-of-a-mile sprint to the finish, which brought his win streak to an end. Rich And Miserable kept chipping away at the leader's advantage, finally moving to get a short edge on Joey Bats at the head of the stretch. From there, the 4-year-old gelded son of Explosive Matter-Wishful Me extended his lead while keeping a super-game Joey Bats at bay to record a three-quarter-length win in 1:52.1. Cruising In Style, a 60-1 outsider, outkicked Southwind Chrome - who went well once straightened up - for the show dough. Rich And Miserable paid $8.80 to win as the second choice in the wagering. Driven by Tyler Buter and trained by his dad Todd, Rich And Miserable - whose last Meadowlands win came on July 20 - now has 16 victories from 45 career starts, good for earnings of $400,422 for owners Buter Farm, Lynette Buter, William Fuhs and Carol Fuhs. A LITTLE MORE: Driver Yannick Gingras followed up his five-winner Thursday with three more on Friday. ... Andy Miller, Tyler Buter, Dexter Dunn and Eric Abbatiello had two apiece. ... One patron playing into the Ontario hub was the only holder of a 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 ticket to last six legs and collected $9,407. ... All-source handle totaled $2,428,157. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.     By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - After last weekend saw him win six races and finish second on nine occasions in just 34 starts, Yannick Gingras upgraded from superb to scintillating at the Meadowlands Thursday night, winning five times on the 11-race harness racing program. Gingras, whose horses have earned over $13 million during 2019, now has 32 wins at the Big M Fall Meeting, trailing only Dexter Dunn, who has 41. Dunn did not race at the Meadowlands Thursday. Gingras got things going in the third race, scoring with the Nick Surick-trained Sew Psyched in a fillies and mares $7,500 claiming pace. The 4-5 favorite hit the wire in 1:56 on the way to winning for the seventh time in 32 seasonal starts. Gingras would then go from bake to broil, winning four in a row beginning in Race 6. Cracklin Rosie scored in a fillies and mares conditioned pace for trainer Juan Cano. The 6-year-old mare completed the mile in 1:54 and won by 4½ dominant lengths in wire-to-wire fashion after being sent to the gate as the 3-5 public choice. Next, Gingras guided 2-year-old gelding Island Of The Sea to victory after traveling first-over for the final half-mile in a non-winners of two pace. The Eric Ell trainee, who was the 4-5 favorite, hit the wire in 1:52.1 while winning for the second time in three lifetime starts. Gloria Pierre gave Gingras his fourth score of the night with a gigantic mile as the 3-2 public choice in a fillies and mares $10,000-$12,500 claiming handicap pace. The Yogi Sheridan trainee went parked to the quarter from post 10, finally getting the lead just after three-eighths before taking pressure and holding sway to the wire in 1:53.3 for her eighth win of the year in 39 tries. "I didn't think the trip was that hard," said Gingras. "She won really easy two starts back. When I got to the front tonight, I thought the fractions were fair. She did not surprise me at all." The incredible Preppy Art completed the 40-year-old driver's five-bagger, scoring as the 4-5 choice in 1:53.1 in a $10,000 claiming pace. Preppy Art, who won for the seventh time in his last eight starts, was claimed for a seventh consecutive start, this time by Nick Surick, who was Preppy Art's trainer for his win on Dec. 5. "I knew I had some live ones tonight," said Gingras. "I thought I had some power going in. I had some big favorites, so I tried to take control of the races." Even on a big night, Gingras did some second-guessing after tasting defeat with 1-5 favorite JB's Shooting Star in the 10th race. "It's easy after the race," said Gingras. "But I wish I had gotten closer to the front, (Andy McCarthy driving Woodmere Oleksiak) had position on me, and I had to outpace him home, instead of the other way around." A LITTLE MORE: Before Gingras, the last driver to win five times on a card was Dunn (on Dec. 13). ... The last time a driver won six times was when Gingras turned the trick on Feb. 2. ... The USTA's Michael Carter did a superb job calling the races on the third of four "Borrow Ken's Binoculars" Thursdays. ... All-source handle on the 11-race card was $1,277,001. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Trump Nation may have looked a bit class-challenged in the past performance lines, but harness racing driver Yannick Gingras and the betting public showed confidence and they were rewarded with an impressive victory in the Saturday night featured Preferred for pacers at the Meadowlands. The Ron Burke trainee was facing a strong field - including Geez Joe, who won the Preferred last week in 1:50 as the 8-5 favorite - but the parimutuel players sent him to the gate as the 6-5 choice despite the fact that he had beaten a far weaker conditioned field in his last start. As for Gingras, he had choice of Trump Nation and another Burke trainee, Wheels On Fire (who would finish last in the field of eight), and as it turned out, he backed the right candidate. Yonkers shipper Saying Grace N left hard to grab the early lead and hit the quarter in :27.3. Gingras then called on Trump Nation to move to the top, and the pair reached the lead before the half. Lyons Steel was now moving toward the leader from first-over, almost getting on even terms with Trump Nation as three-quarters went in 1:23.2. Geez Joe, the 5-2 second choice, gapped third-over cover down the backside before rallying well through the stretch, only to be outkicked for the place spot by Franco Totem N, who finished 1 length behind the winner. Lyons Steel hung in there for fourth. The time for the mile was 1:51.1. "He was very good again," said Gingras of Trump Nation. "I wasn't too worried (when Lyons Steel challenged) but you still have to respect the competition." Trump Nation, a 4-year-old gelded son of Betterthancheddar-Late Flyin N who is owned by Burke Racing, E Katz, Weaver Bruscemi and Purnel & Libby, returned $4.60 to his backers. He now has 13 wins in 35 career starts and earnings of $383,796. Trump Nation A LITTLE MORE: The amazing Dexter Dunn keeps on winning races in bunches. On Friday, he scored five times and added four more on Saturday to run his meet-leading win total to 41. Gingras, who had two on Friday and three more Saturday, is next with 27. ... Fueled by horses who went off at 26-1 and 36-1, the 50-cent Pick-5 returned $33,873. ... At the opposite end of the spectrum was the 50-cent Pick-4, which came back $68.95 after two favorites, a 5-2 and a 9-2 shot won during the sequence. ... All-source handle totaled $2,222,157. ... Racing resumes Thursday at 7:15 p.m. "Borrowing Ken's Binoculars" that night will be the USTA's Michael Carter.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - After going off stride just after the half a week ago as the 4-5 harness racing favorite on the way to a ninth-place finish, Southwind Chrome rebounded in a big way Friday night, taking the featured $30,000 Preferred for trotters at the Meadowlands. Sent off this time as the 5-2 second choice in the wagering, Southwind Chrome raced with cover past the quarter behind 9-5 public choice Muscle M Up and ending up clearing the top before the half, which was timed in a quick :54.4 with strong winds at their backs. Midway around the far turn, Ake Svanstedt directed Muscle M Up to vacate the pocket and the duo then dueled all the way to the wire from there. Muscle M Up was determined, but Southwind Chrome was just a bit better, hanging on to win by a neck in 1:51.4 after a contentious stretch battle. JL Cruze finished third. "He was super," said winning driver Tim Tetrick of Southwind Chrome. "We went a very fast middle half with a nice horse following us. My horse showed a lot of toughness to hold off Muscle M Up. My horse went a big mile. I'm very happy with his effort." Southwind Chrome, a 4-year-old son of Chapter Seven-Counter Pointe who is trained by Jeff Cullipher and owned by Pollack Racing and Cullipher, returned $7.20 to his backers. He's won 10 of his 30 lifetime starts and earned $181,085. A LITTLE MORE: Leading driver Dexter Dunn, fresh off a month of November that saw him win 23 Big M races, had three winners on the card. ... Dunn and trainer Harry Landy teamed up to take the 11th and 12th races. ... One shrewd handicapper betting into the Oregon hub was the only player to last six legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 and cashed in for $7,480. ... All-source handle totaled $2,252,358 on the 13-race program. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Evident Beauty has been selected as the New Jersey Sire Stakes' harness racing Horse of the Year for 2019. The award, which is voted annually by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, is based solely on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJSS-sponsored races and other major stakes for NJ-sired or bred horses. Evident Beauty, by Trixton out of the Explosive Matter mare Struck By Lindy, swept the preliminary legs and final of her division at the Meadowlands. A winner of $535,234 in 2019 the three-year-old filly trotter won eight of her sixteen starts this year. Regular driver Dave Miller handled Evident Beauty in all her races this season. With a record of 1:55.2 which she took in winning the Premier Division final at The Meadowlands, she was also victorious in open company with wins in the $124,000 Del Miller at the Meadowlands, the $282,000 Elegant Image at Woodbine Mohawk, and the $135 ,000 Moni Maker at Hoosier Park. Evident Beauty is owned by Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Canada, Little E LLC of New York, and RAW Equine of Burlington, Ontario. Richard "Nifty" Norman trained the filly that was bred by White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ. Evident Beauty's connections will be honored at the 63rd annual Breeder Awards Luncheon on January 26, 2020 at the Hilton Gardens Inn in Hamilton, New Jersey.   Christopher Castens

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Tim Tetrick was the hot driver Saturday night at the Meadowlands as he drove the winners of the sixth, seventh and eighth races on the harness racing program. The last of his "natural hat trick" came in the $22,500 featured conditioned pace with San Domino A in 1:50.1. San Domino A picked up cover from 6-5 favorite Harambe Deo as leader Americanprimetime reached the half in :55.1. Harambe Deo and Americanprimetime were on even terms as they passed three-quarters while San Domino A continued along in perfect position second-over. Tetrick tipped San Domino A at just the right time inside the eighth pole as a tired Harambe Deo gave way. A super-game Americanprimetime fought on valiantly along the inside but could not prevent San Domino A from going on to a three-quarter-length win. Declan Seelster rallied for third. Harambe Deo faded to seventh. The winner, a 6-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Reggae Miss, returned $11.80 as the third choice in the wagering. He is owned by Joe P Racing and Oldford Racing, trained by Andrew Harris and now has 18 victories from 62 lifetime starts and earnings of $181,088. Tetrick's other winners came with 4-5 favorite McThriller (in the sixth race) and 1-5 public choice Griffon Hanover (seventh). LIVE RACING THIS THURSDAY: The racing schedule expands from two days a week to three, effective December 5, as live action at the Big M will be conducted on a Thursday-Saturday basis throughout December. Post time is 7:15 p.m. A LITTLE MORE: 50-cent Pick-5 players who had winning tickets cashed in for a handsome $3,476, even though none of the horses in the sequence went off at odds longer than 7-2. ... The 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 played out like a jackpot wager once again. One sharp bettor playing into the Portland hub who lasted seven legs walked away with $8,501. ... Andy Miller matched Tetrick by winning three times on the program. ... Tyler Buter drove two to victory lane on the card, giving him five winner's circle visits for the weekend. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card totaled $2,475,703, pushing wagering for the weekend past the $5 million mark.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Driver Joe Bongiorno guided Misslarose to a perfect pocket trip and the veteran harness racing mare found clearance inside the final sixteenth to pull off a 30-1 shocker in the $30,000 featured Preferred for trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night. The 5-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-Marion Chocolata was hustled away from the gate by Bongiorno and raced in the pocket behind JL Cruze at the quarter in :27.1. The action started to heat up at the half as Rich And Miserable vacated the three-hole to come after the leader. The look of the race changed shortly thereafter when 4-5 favorite Southwind Chrome broke as he looked to pick up cover. On the far turn, Rich And Miserable was up to engage JL Cruze as Bongiorno sat patiently just in behind the dueling leaders, waiting for his chance. And his chance would come. Through the stretch, Meladys Monet, who swung three-wide for the drive after going a third-over journey, was putting in his usual late charge while Rich And Miserable clung to a short edge after JL Cruze weakened. Nearing the wire, Bongiorno found a seam between Rich And Miserable (to his inside) and Meladys Monet (to his outside) and got up on the wire to record a neck win over Meladys Monet and Rich And Miserable in 1:53. Even at odds of 30-1, Misslarose's trainer had faith. "If I can be totally honest," said Jenn Bongiorno. "I really did think we had a shot. Granted, this was a big step up and I respect the field of horses she was up against immensely - the field was stacked - but at the end of the day, this is a really nice mare that absolutely loves the Big M. "(My brother) Joe couldn't have worked out a better trip and just always seems to get the most out of our horses. Both Joe and Misslarose continue to impress me more and more every day. I couldn't be happier." Misslarose, who paid $62.40 to win, now has four wins in eight Meadowlands starts in 2019 and has 11 Big M victories over the last two years. Her only other start in the Preferred ranks this season came in February when she missed a head to Trolley. Her career stats now stand at 19 wins from 73 starts and earnings of $229,790 for owner Wish Me Luck Stables. A LITTLE MORE: Trainer Justin Sodano, 23, won his first career Meadowlands race when The Lady Sheriff scored in the fifth race. ... One sharp player betting into the Catskills hub walked away with $6,847 after lasting just five legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10. Three of the five races were won by the post-time favorite. ... Tyler Buter had the right stuff, driving three winners on the card. Buter's fans grabbed some Black Friday green as his horses paid off at 2-1, 13-1 and 11-1. ... All-source handle for the 13-race card was $2,622,854, third best at the Fall Meeting. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Meadowlands Racetrack is holding its 16th Annual Toy Collection Drive through Monday, December 2nd. Once again the racetrack has teamed up with NY Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa & the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots to donate all the collected toys to Harlem Grown. Harlem Grown is a charitable organization in Harlem whose mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. For additional information, please visit www.HarlemGrown.org. Enunwa will be at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Monday, December 2 from 6:30-8:30pm. FOX5 Sportscaster Tina Cervasio will emcee the event. Anyone that brings in a new unwrapped toy will be able to meet and grab a selfie with Enunwa. "I look forward to this toy collection drive each year," said Jason M. Settlemoir, GM/COO of Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment. "We are excited to help Quincy Enunwa and Harlem Grown bring some holiday cheer to those in need." Details at PlayMeadowlands.com   by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Misslarose is a harness racing veteran who knows what the winner's circle at the Meadowlands looks like, and the 5-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-Marion Chocolata found her way there again Friday night after winning the Big M's featured event, a high-level $20,000 conditioned trot. Gemologist, the longest shot in the field at odds of 79-1, was on the go early and led the field past the quarter before yielding the top to 3-2 favorite Very Very Fast. Misslarose was also in the early scrum and quickly brushed up to the top just before the half, stopping the clock there in :56.2. The Jenn Bongiorno trainee, who won at the Big M seven times a year ago, showed her home-field advantage from there, hitting three-quarters in 1:25 before reporting home an easy winner, 1¼ lengths in front of Very Very Fast, in 1:53.2. Uncle Hanover rallied for third. With Dave Miller doing the driving, Misslarose returned $7.20 to her backers as the second choice in the wagering. She now has three wins in seven Meadowlands starts this year, and over the last 23 months, has won at the Big M 10 times. "What a solid edition to the stable," said Bongiorno of the winner, who was making only her fifth start for the conditioner. "She absolutely loves the Big M. Once she got to the front tonight, I knew it would be tough to catch her. She just loves to do her work. I'm proud she can beat a solid field of aged male trotters." Owned by Wish Me Luck Stables, Misslarose has now amassed 18 wins from 72 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $214,790. CHURN, BABY, CHURN: A formful night of racing led to many tickets cashed on the Big M's popular multi-leg wagers. There were six winning favorites on the program, while nine of the 13 races on the card resulted in win payouts of $7.20 or less. The 50-cent Pick-5 returned $161.20 while the 50-cent Pick-4 came back $67.15. A LITTLE MORE: You can't stop Dexter Dunn, you can only hope to contain him. The 30-year-old New Zealander, who leads the Big M driver's colony with 18 victories, won three on the Friday program. Dunn loves to win in bunches, as in the early stages of the Fall Meeting, he's won four on a card twice and three on three occasions. ... Yannick Gingras also won three on the card. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $2,314,260. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Dave Little

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The original Halley's Comet is a short-period comet visible from Earth every 75-76 years. Good thing for fans of Hallie's Comet the harness racing horse, that he wins with a lot more regularity than that. The Ron Burke-trained Hallie's Comet, a 5-year-old gelded son of Roddy's Bags Again-Joyanna, won his third straight start (the first came at Pocono Downs), scoring Saturday night at the Meadowlands in the track's featured $22,500 conditioned pace. Upon arrival at the Big M on Oct. 26, Hallie's Comet pulled off a gigantic upset at odds of 44-1 facing non-winners of $15,000, this time around, facing better non-winners of $20,000 types, the result was the same, while the payoff was not. Hallie's Comet was away fifth in the field of six as 2-1 second choice New Talent, who made the top just after the quarter, led the way at the half in :55.3. Hallie's Comet was off the rail a tad before the halfway point and was towing even-money favorite Hayden Hanover into the race. 'Comet' continued to gain on the leader and was on even terms with New Talent when they turned for home. That's when Hallie's Comet took off through the stretch, leaving both New Talent and Hayden Hanover in his wake. Hallie's Comet hit the finish 2½-lengths clear of Hayden Hanover with Vega Star N closing for third. The winner was driven by Yannick Gingras and returned $8.00 to his backers as the third choice in the wagering. He's now won 14 of 94 lifetime starts and earned $239,961 for owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. A LITTLE MORE: Tim Tetrick had the hot hands among the drivers, winning four on the card. Dexter Dunn followed up his four-winner Friday with a three-score Saturday. ... Rich Mattei, who did the commentary on TVG for the Big M, gave out the $74.55 Pick-5 cold. ... Chalk players got to have their fun as seven post-time favorites visited the winner's circle. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card totaled $2,157,207. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Freehold, NJ --- Vinny Ginsburg had a big day at Freehold Raceway on Saturday (November 9), as he piloted home four harness racing winners on the 12-race card.   Ginsburg swept the early double, winning with Tim Lancaster's Rap it Up in race 1 and Davids Coming Home, trained by Brandon Mongiello, in race 2. He completed the hat trick with Sutton Seelster, for Allie Reynolds, in race 4, and got the grand slam while driving Jody Dunning's Real Flight in race 12.   In addition to his four wins, Ginsburg had two second-place finishes. He finished second with Astor in race 6, and again with Rockinwiththebest in race 7.   Ginsburg's four wins gives him 20 since Freehold's re-opening on August 30, and 56 on the calendar year. Both totals are good for third place in the driver standings.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, with a first post time of 12:30 PM EST.     Publicity Freehold Raceway

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