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The Monmouth at Meadowlands thoroughbred meet kicks off the first of seven all-turf race cards this Friday, October 4, with 62 horses entered across the six-race program. The turf meet runs Fridays & Saturdays (Oct 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 25 and 26) with a 12:30pm first post. Starting Friday, Oct 11 the Meadowlands Racetrack will host racing double headers each Friday and Saturday when the fall harness meet opens with a 7:15pm post time. A full slate of activities and dining options will be available throughout the Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet, with racing fans having a chance to win cash and other prizes each race day. In addition, guests can also "Rock Out for The Cure" on Saturday, October 5 with Enough Said on Victory Terrace. Tickets are $20 at the door with $10 donated to Susan G Komen in support of breast cancer awareness month. More information can be found at http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=16486 The Lounge will be open for the all-grass meet with a full bar and lunch menu along with Victory Sports Bar. Trotters will be open for horsemen to sit and watch the afternoon races (no food service). There's free parking, free admission and free seating, both inside and out at the Meadowlands. Live turf programs will be $2, simulcast books $4. For more information visit www.monmouthpark.com or www.playmeadowlands.com by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment encourages fans to come out to eat, drink and rock out in support of breast cancer awareness month on Saturday, October 5th. There will be live harness racing that evening. "Enough Said" will perform on Victory Terrace with great views of the New York City skyline. Local residents and diehard jammers, Victor Nichols, Russell Nichols, Craig Just, Maryellen Butera Just, Domenic Maffei and Tom O'Rourke will showcase their diverse mix of classic tunes from the 60's-present and unique blend of musicianship. Delicious BBQ will be available for purchase along with full bar and signature cocktails. Doors open at 6:30pm with music starting at 8:30 pm. Tickets are$20 at the door with $10 per ticket going to Susan G. Komen to help fight breast cancer. In case of inclement weather event will be held inside the racetrack in the Gallery. Guests that wear pink will receive a Susan G. Komen scented pink bracelet. More event night information can be found at http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=16486 For more information on Susan G. Komen and to donate visit https://ww5.komen.org/ by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and DerbyWars.com are proud to announce the 2020 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com - offering a record $150,000 prize pool - is set for Saturday, April 18th, 2020. On that date, the top horseplayers in North America will compete for an estimated $150,000 prize pool. The total prize pool is based on 150 entries, with 100% of entries going to player prizes and bankrolls. "Our partnership with DerbyWars.com has allowed the WHHC prize pool to increase each year and return 100% of the entry fees as prizes," said Rachel Ryan, Marketing Manager at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "We hope to see participation by both the players and industry also continue to increase." "Last year's WHHC prize pool topped $100,000 for the first time," said Mark Midland, CEO of DerbyWars. "We're excited to be part of this growing contest." The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com is a one-day tournament, with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,300. The $1,300 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $1,000 going to the prize pool. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus three designated mandatory races. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10. The Meadowland's 2020 World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier schedule is as follows: November 2, 2019: $100 Qualifier with 2 WHHC seats Saturday, December 21- Free Handicapping Contest - 1 seat January 3, 2020 - March 28, 2020: Free Online Survival Challenge - 3 WHHC seats Saturday, January 11: $400 Qualifier with 4 WHHC seats Saturday, February 22 - $200 contest with top 2 WHHC seats Saturday, March 7- $200 contest with 2 WHHC seats DerbyWars will host regular online Qualifiers for the WHHC every Saturday night beginning September 21. Players can qualify for as little as $22. Complete DerbyWars Qualifier information can be found at DerbyWars.com. Leroy Kelly of Hickory Hills, NY, Scot Strong of Parma Heights, Ohio and Stan Jocz of Clay, NY; winners of the Meadowlands Summer Survival Challenge, have already qualified for the 2020 WHHC Final. "We are looking forward to the 2020 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars," said Jason Settlemoir, COO & GM of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "DerbyWars is a terrific partner for both the contest and the industry." For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (raryan@playmeadowlands.com) or 201-842-5015. For online qualifying on DerbyWars.com, players may contact support@derbywars.com. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

East Rutherford, N.J. (Sept. 3, 2019) - Peter Grandich and Company announced today that it will be providing several of its team members, each of whom are beloved former professional athletes in the Tri-State Area, over the course of two nights at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment in East Rutherford, New Jersey. In addition to the athlete appearances, Peter Grandich and Company will also provide numerous sports memorabilia items for drawing on those two evenings. "As a fan of harness racing for almost 50 years and involved with professional athletes for two decades, co-hosting an event with the good people at the Meadowlands Racetrack was a natural for me," said Peter Grandich, Managing Member of Peter Grandich and Company. "I am most grateful that members of my Advisory Board are making themselves available for these two great events." The first date is set for Saturday, November 9, when three former National Hockey League (NHL) standouts will be signing autographs and taking photos from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM as part of a special Hockey Night. The three players will be New York Rangers great Nick Fotiu, New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup champion Bruce Driver and Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Famer Brian Propp. In addition to the meet-and-greet, the three athletes will also take part in a race presentation later that evening. Peter Grandich and Company will then return to Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment for Football Night on Saturday, December 7. All-time New York Jets great Joe Klecko, along with his son and three-time Super Bowl champion Dan Klecko, will be signing autographs and taking photos with fans from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Later in the evening, the Kleckos will head to the winner's circle for a special race presentation. "We value our partnership with Peter Grandich and Company and would like to thank the members of his board that are attending these two great events, said Jason Settlemoir, GM and COO of Meadowlands Racing Entertainment. "We are excited to host these two nights and encourage all of our racing and sports fans to come out and meet these accomplished athletes." To learn more about Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, and to view their upcoming schedule, make sure to visit their official website: PlayMeadowlands.com by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

Omar Acosta-Cabrera of Hackensack, New Jersey, walked away with a 2019 Toyota C-HR as the grand prize winner of Meadowlands Racetrack's Championship Meet Horseplay promotion. From Friday, May 3rd through August 2nd, Horseplay participants attempted to throw their numbered horse into the window of a moving car. A winner, randomly chosen from all the horses that make it into the car, received a $100 betting voucher. Each night's winner was entered into a grand prize drawing to win the brand new 2019 Toyota C-HR on, Friday, August 2nd. Cabrera, who comes to the track every Friday night during the summer was ecstatic to win the Toyota C-HR. "This is so awesome," Cabrera exclaimed after his name was drawn. "I was looking for a new car so this came at the perfect time!" For every horse that made it into the Horseplay car, Meadowlands Racetrack donated $10 to the designated monthly charity. For the 2019 season, a total of $8,020 was donated to three local charities. The May donation recipient was A Lot to Grow: https://www.alottogrow.org/index.html  The June donation recipient was Humane Society of Bergen County Lost Pet, Inc: http://www.humanesocietybergen.org/ The July/August donation recipient was Horse Rescue United - http://horserescueunited.org/ Since 2015 Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment has donated over $34,000 to local charities through Horseplay. For the most up-to-date Meadowlands Racetrack racing, event and promotions visit PlayMeadowlands.com by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands Racetrack will provide free live high-definition streaming of the entire Hambletonian Day card on Saturday, August 3 courtesy of Roberts Television Network (rtn.tv).   Post time for the 16-race card headlined by the $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks is 12:00 p.m.   The live stream will be available at http://www.thebigm.com/video.aspx?id=252 A direct link to the live stream will also be posted on all of Meadowlands Racetrack's social media channels for easy access.   For more information on everything Hambletonian Day visit http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/hambletonian/ by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

Greenshoe and Gimpanzee remain one-two in Week 10 of harness racings Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian. Marseille, off a new lifetime mark in last week's Tompkins Geers, moves up to number three. #Hambo19       Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Greenshoe (Father Patrick) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, Hans Backe, Lars Grandqvist, Morten Langli Two-time NJSS champion goes into the Hambo off an easy 1:50.1 career best in the Dancer, just a fifth off the stakes mark, Brian Sears looks for his 4th Hambo, and could become the 6thdriver to complete the Meadowlands Pace-Hambo double 2 Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, S R F Stable Made it 12-for-12 & three-for-three this season by winning a NYSS division @ Tioga Downs on July 19 & took a new mark of 1:52.4 after a 24-day layoff, dominated the EBC @ Vernon Downs in 1:54   3 Marseille (Muscle Hill)   Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt Inc, Order By Stable, Howard Taylor Outsprinted stablemate Soul Strong in :26.3 & took a new mark of 1:51.1 in the Tompkins Geers on July 20 after missing three weeks, stole the Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial wire-to-wire in 1:52.3 at 55-1, Team Svanstedt is peaking a Hambo triple threat 4 Green Manalishi S (Muscle Hill)   Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc Tuned up for the Hambo with an easy 1:52.4 score in the Tompkins Geers @ The Big M on July 20, came off second [1:51.4] to Swandre The Giant in the Dancer, Melander said, “He’s a big horse, he needed one more race and this was the perfect race to be in.” 5 Pilot Discretion (Muscle Hill)   Andrew McCarthy, Tony Alagna, Robert LeBlanc, David Anderson, John Fodera In his final Hambo prep he kicked home in :26.3 to finish third [1:52] to Marseille in the Tompkins Geers on July 20, a solid second [1:51] to Greenshoe in his Dancer division, was coming off a career best 1:51.4 Big M qualifier, won the Goodtimes Final in 1:52.4 6 Forbidden Trade (Kadabra) Bob McClure, Luc Blais, Determination O’Brien Award winner 6 – 4-2-0 in Ontario this season, beat older foes in an overnight @ Mohawk in 1:55 on July 22, won his Goodtimes elimination in 1:53.1, a close second [1:52.4] in that final 7 Swandre The Giant (Swan For All) Dave Miller, Ron Burke, Diamond Creek Racing, J & T Silva Stables, Howard Taylor Indiana standout upset Green Manalishi S in his Big M debut with a career best of 1:51.3 in his Dancer division with Lasix added, Lasix not allowed in the Hambo, did not race last week, post 11 in Reynolds Memorial on July 27 @ Big M 8 Soul Strong (Father Patrick)   Dexter Dunn, Ake Svanstedt, Stable Why Not Father Patrick gelding finished a gutsy first over second [1:51.4] to stablemate Marseille in the Tompkins Geers after holding off stablemate Sheena’s Boy in :26.3 on June 28, the Dexter Dunn juggernaut soars into his first Hambo 9 Don’t Let’em (Muscle Hill) Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman Broke late & finished seventh in his Dancer division, second in :26 to Pilot Discretion in a Big M qualifier on July 5 after dominating a Big M overnight in 1:51.3, did not race last week, post 10 in Reynolds Memorial on July 27 @ Big M 10 Sheena’s Boy (Trixton) Ake Svanstedt, Knutsson Trotting Inc, S R F Stable Finished a solid second [1:53] to Green Manalishi S in the Tompkins Geers after taking a new mark of 1:53 @ Pocono, runner up to Greenshoe in a NJSS division, 7 – 3-3-0 this season, post 5 in Reynolds Memorial on July 27 @ Big M     KEY PREP RACES Date Stakes Site Winner Driver Trainer 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time 05/04 Dexter Cup Fhld OSTERC Yannick Gingras Per Engblom HL REVADON Skyway Kon Man 1:57 05/11 PASS Mea GINGER TREE SKYR Dan Rawlings Sam Beegle Capy Chaps Hanover Explosive Magic 1:55 05/11 PASS Mea OSTERC Yannick Gingras Per Engblom KLUTZY FASHION POSSESSED 1:55.1 05/11 PASS Mea GOES DOWN SMOOTH Yannick Gingras Ron Burke CHIPLOSIVE Papi Hanover 1:54.3 05/17 NJSS M GREENSHOE Brian Sears Marcus Melander SHEENA’S BOY BATTENBERG 1:51.2 05/17 NJSS M SOUL STRONG Yannick Gingras Ake Svanstedt NO DRAMA PLEASE Galixton 1:53 05/24 NJSS M REIGN OF HONOR Dave Miller Nifty Norman TRIX AND STONES NO DRAMA PLEASE 1:54.2 05/27 E. Breeders Final VD GIMPANZEE Brian Sears Marcus Melander MR VICKTOR Travel Winner 1:54 05/31 NJSS Final M GREENSHOE Brian Sears Marcus Melander REIGN OF HONOR Galixton 1:50.2 06/02 PASS PcD MARSEILLE Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt GERRY Papi Hanover 1:53.3 06/02 PASS PcD EXPLOSIVEBREAKAWAY Tom Jackson Fred Grant SUMMIT IN SIGHT Capt Chaps Hanover 1:54.2 06/07 Goodtimes Elim Moh FORBIDDEN TRADE Bob McClure Luc Blais SWANDRE THE GIANT SMART AS HILL 1:53.1 06/07 Goodtimes Elim Moh PILOT DISCRETION Andrew McCarthy Tony Alagna SOUTHWIND AVENGER Dream Nation 1:52 06/14 PASS Phl SUMMIT IN SIGHT Andy Miller Julie Miller GOES DOWN SMOOTH Night Hall 1:53 06/14 PASS Phl GUARANTEED Tim Tetrick Linda Toscano Macmorris Hanover Kate’s Massive 1:55.1 06/14 PASS Phl OSTERC Yannick Gingras Per Engblom MARSEILLE EXPLOSIVEBREAKAWAY 1:52.2 06/15 Goodtimes Final Moh PILOT DISCRETION Andrew McCarthy Tony Alagna FORBIDDEN TRADE SUPER SCHISSEL 1:52.4 06/22 E. Beal, Jr. Elim PcD GREENSHOE Brian Sears Marcus Melander OSTERC MARSEILLE 1:52.3 06.22 E. Beal, Jr. Elim PcD GREEN MANALISHI S Tim Tetrick Marcus Melander SUMMIT IN SIGHT SWANDRE THE GIANT 1:52.1 06/29 Earl Beal, Jr. Mem PcD MARSEILLE Ake Svanstedt Ake Savnstedt GREENSHOE GREEN MANILISHI S 1:52.3 07/13 Stanley Dancer M SWANDRE THE GIANT Dave Miller Ron Burke GREEN MANALISHI S REIGN OF HONOR 1:51.3 07/13 Stanley Dancer M GREENSHOE Brian Sears Marcus Melander PILOT DISCRETION SUPER SCHISSEL 1:50.1 07/20 Tompkins Geers M GREEN MANALISHI S Tim Tetrick Marcus Melander SHEENA’S BOY CANTAB FASHION 1:52.4 07/20 Tompkins Geers M MARSEILLE Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt SOUL STRONG PILOT DISCRETION 1:51.4     Rachel Ryan

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

Eight competitors battled it out at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's 4th Annual BBQ Battle on Saturday, July 13th, all vying for $2,000 in prizes and bragging rights. The BBQ categories were for best Ribs, Brisket, Chicken, and Pulled Pork, with a $500 prize to the winner of each category. A panel of five judges conducted a blind tasting for each tasting round. Each entry was judged on Taste (1-15 Points), Tenderness (1-10 Points) and Appearance (1-5 Points). Doreen Rinaldo, known as Dr. Dor's BBQ, took home an award for the fourth straight year, winning $500 for best bbq chicken. Rinaldo has created her own line of BBQ dry rubs which are available for purchase at DrDorsBBQ.com. Gentle Giant Brewing Company's Matt Worgul took home the $500 top prize for his outstanding ribs. First time competitor Michael Nurse of Magic Mike's Smoked Meats won for the best pulled pork and best brisket categories, earning $1,000. Three big weekends remain in the Meadowlands Racetrack's Championship Meet. This Friday and Saturday (July 19th & 20th) is Corntastic Weekend with $1,200 in prize money up for grabs. Saturday, July 27th is the 6th annual Seafood Festival along with eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks. The meet wraps up on Saturday, August 3rd with Hambletonian Day. Details for all events and promotions can be found at PlayMeadowlands.com Rachel Ryan

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

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

This Friday, July 12th harness racing fans can watch the world's greatest racing while dining on delicious Italian food in Pink at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. The Italian-themed buffet is $29.95 and features all the classic Italian dishes. Guests can start their night with Italian wedding soup, assorted antipasti, and classic Caesar salad. Buffet entrees include Chef Dennis Samarrone's famous chicken Cacciatore, pork chop Murphy with hot cherry peppers, homemade manicotti, chicken parmigiana and beef Maison. Assorted Italian desserts round out the tantalizing meal. Reservations can be made by calling 201-THE-BIGM. Live harness racing kicks off at 7:15 pm. Then on Friday, July 19th impersonator, Jesse Posa takes the stage as Mr. Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra. 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 taking the stage at 8:30pm. On non-themed or non-music nights, the Pink Friday buffet remains $29.95 and $39.95 on Saturdays. Live harness racing post time is 7:15 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling (201) THE-BIGM. Rachel Ryan

East Rutherford, NJ — The 10th and final edition of Dave Little’s “Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace” finds Captain Crunch in the top spot harness racing for the ninth time. There are 14 horses looking to beat him in the Big M’s signature event, which gets underway Saturday (July 6) with two eliminations. To view the complete list, click here.   Rachel Ryan  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - On Saturday, July 13th the 4th Annual BBQ Battle returns to the harness racing track on Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Night. $2,000 is up for grabs in the Battle with $500 top prizes for the best brisket, chicken, pulled pork and ribs. Plus on the track, the top 3 year old pacers compete for the $700,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace title. From 6-11 p.m. in the Backyard, fans can grab some delicious barbecue and food truck eats from some of the best local food trucks and restaurants in the area. So far, seven contestants have signed up to compete in this year's Battle including: Magic Mike's Smoked Meats, Dr Dors BBQ, Delicious BBQ, Gentle Giant Brew Co, Smoke & Steer BBQ Grill, Carlitos BBQ and Big Barlow's BBQ. Additional food and dessert options ranging from empanadas to seafood tacos to burgers to Italian ice and cupcakes will be provided by Empanada Guy, All Surf No Turf, Jersey Roll, 2 Guys Catering, The Mozzarella God, Clydes Italian Ice and House of Cupcakes. BBQ Battle registration is limited to the first ten entrants. There is a $100 registration fee that must be paid prior to the start of cooking. Those interested in participating should contact Rachel Ryan at RaRyan@playmeadowlands.com "Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace night is a highlight of our Championship Meet," said Meadowlands General Manager and CEO Jason M. Settlemoir. "This is truly a spectacular night of racing, food and family fun." In addition to the BBQ Battle, The "Greatest Night in Harness Racing" also takes place on Saturday (July 13) with the featured $700,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace in the spotlight. Also being contested on the card will be the Mistletoe Shalee, Stanley Dancer, Del Miller, William Haughton, Golden Girls and Hambletonian Maturity. Fans can grab a free Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace commemorative T-shirt (while supply lasts), ride the mechanical shark and enter to win a $500 win wager. There is also live music by the Mighty Spectrum Band and bounce houses for the kids. For more details on the BBQ Battle and the Crawford Farm Meadowlands Pace, visit http://meadowlandspace.com/default.html   Rachel Ryan

Off victories in Hempt eliminations, Proof and Captain Victorious are two new harness racing names in the Week 9 edition of Dave Little's "Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace" The top three of Captain Crunch, Bettor's Wish and Workin Ona Mystery remain intact, as all three take the week off as they continue to prep for the $700,000 event.  #Paceyourself19   Rank Horse (Earnings – Mark) Driver, Trainer Owner(s) Dave Little’s Comments 1 Captain Crunch ($1,050,806 – 1:47.2)   S. Zeron, N. Johansson 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables, Caviart Farms Clearly the leader of the 3-year-old colt pacing pack with the North America Cup trophy sitting on his mantle. Will go after the Cup-Pace double when elims are contested at the Big M a week from Saturday. Johansson: “He trained (Wednesday) morning along with Caviart (Rockland) and both were very good. They will train fast Saturday morning and then they should be ready to go.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 1st (1:47.2) 2 Bettor’s Wish ($639,556 – 1:49.3)   D. Dunn, C. Ryder Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm, Kenneth Solomon   Came up just short in The Cup. Can he score some revenge on his arch-rival Captain Crunch in the Pace? Ryder: “He’s good. We are going to qualify Saturday morning at the Meadowlands.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 2nd (1:47.3) 3 Workin Ona Mystery ($258,567 – 1:49)   T. Tetrick, B. Brown Diamond Creek Racing, Stambaugh Leeman Stable, Alan Keith, Wingfield Brothers   The 7-5 NA Cup favorite reached three-quarters on the point in 1:20 before settling for third. The Pace will feature a rematch of the division’s Big Three. Brown: “He went a big mile in the North America Cup but I don’t think there will be any repercussions for The Pace. He’ll train on Friday or Saturday.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 3rd (1:47.3) 4 Best In Show ($96,163 – 1:50.3)   B. McClure, L. Toscano Richard P Young, Joanne Young, Craig W Henderson   Still inexperienced sort is headed for some Ontario Sire Stakes Gold action Saturday before returning to New Jersey to give The Pace a go. Toscano: “He’s good. I don’t love my draw (post 8) for Saturday (in the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold) but we decided to race instead of stay at the Meadowlands and qualify. If he can’t go with the sire stake horses, then he doesn’t belong with the others (in The Pace).” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 6th (1:48.2) 5 Air Force Hanover ($215,888 – 1:50.1)   D. Dunn, B. Brown Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, Richard M Lombardo, W J Donovan   Showed early speed before yielding and staying at the rail the rest of the way to get second in his Hempt Elim. Brown: “I’m very happy with him but he’s not quite as good as some of the other horses. I don’t think he’s coming to The Pace. We are looking more towards the Adios.” Last Race: 6/22 – PcD – Hempt Elimination – 2nd (1:49.1) 6 Proof ($476,299 – 1:48.1)   D. Miller, B. Brown Diamond Creek Racing   Reappears in the Top 10 after several weeks away off an impressive 1:48.1 score in his Hempt Elimination as the 4-5 favorite. Brown: “The week of training he had before that race was the best of his life. He was unbelievable last week. We’ll decide after the Hempt what we will do next, but I’m leaning towards the Meadowlands Pace.” Last Race: 6/22 – PcD – Hempt Elimination – 1st (1:48.1) 7 Hurrikane Emperor ($331,650 – 1:49.3)   D. Dube, J. McDermott Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group, William Garofalo   Sat the pocket throughout behind Captain Victorious’ improbably incredible mile in a Hempt Elim as the 3-2 public choice. McDermott: “His earplugs never got pulled. We accomplished what we needed to (by making it to the final). He scoped a little sick, so he’s been on anti-biotics and I expect him to be better on Saturday.” Last Race: 6/22 – PcD – Hempt Elimination – 2nd (1:49) 8 Captain Victorious ($180,271 – 1:48.3)   Y. Gingras, R. Burke The Captain V Stable If you did not see his mile in the Hempt, do yourself a favor and check it out. He was hounded every step of the way on the lead and won in decisive fashion to earn a spot in the Top 10 for the first time. Unbelievable!  Burke: “I wasn’t that surprised at how good he was. I was more surprised at how bad he was the start before (in the NA Cup). As for last week, when the track at Pocono is like it was, you can go far on the lead.” Last Race: 6/22 – PcD – Hempt Elimination – 1st (1:48.3) 9 De Los Cielos Deo ($217,758 – 1:48.4Q)   D. Miller, R. Burke Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence R Karr, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC     Was sent to the gate as the 3-1 second choice in the wagering, but did not live up to that billing, finishing seventh in The Cup. Burke: “I still think he’s the best colt I have. I think being off for two weeks is good for him. After the (1:48.4) qualifier followed by the big mile in his NA Cup Elim followed by the disaster in the final, he needs some time to recoup.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 7th (1:49.3) 10 Caviart Rockland ($93,265 – 1:50.3)   Y. Gingras, N. Johansson Caviart Farms   Finished second in a nice try in the NA Cup Consolation after pacing home in :27. Johansson: “If it sets up well and he gets a trip, he always closes very well, I think he has a legitimate shot to get a check in The Pace. It’s better for me to have them (Caviart Rockland and Captain Crunch) on two separate avenues as we get further into the season. Hopeflly, Caviart can get into the Millstein and races like that.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Consolation – 2nd (1:49.1)   KEY PREP RACES MEADOWLANDS PACE ELIGIBLES IN CAPS – Supplements are permitted per the conditions of the race Date Stakes Site Winner Trainer Driver 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time 5/4 Pa. Sire Stakes Pa. Sire Stakes Pa. Sire Stakes Mea Mea Mea Southwind Ozzi WORKIN ONA MYSTERY LOVE ME SOME LOU B. Mac Kenzie B. Brown T. Cancelliere T. Tetrick T. Tetrick D. Miller PROOF Wild Wild Western Brassy Hanover Prince Of Tides Captain Malicious CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS 1:50.4 1:50.1 1:50.4 5/11 Pa. All-Stars Pa. All-Stars Pa. All-Stars PcD PcD PcD BLOOD MONEY Branquinho AIR FORCE HANOVER N. Johansson R. Schnittker B. Brown S. Zeron T. Buter G. Napolitano, Jr. ESCAPETOTHEBEACH LYONS NIGHT HAWK Highlandbeachlover Brassy Hanover Warrawee Unique SUGAR FACTORY 1:50 1:50.1 1:50.1 5/13 NY Sire Stakes NY Sire Stakes NY Sire Stakes MR MR MR Hickfromfrenchlick Major March Rollwithpapajoe R. Schnittker L. Toscano J. Bongiorno M. MacDonald J. Bartlett T. Buter American Mercury Major Blake REIGNING DEO Stone Hanover Astaire Covered Bridge 1:55 1:55 1:56 5/17 NJ Sire Stakes M1 HURRIKANE EMPEROR J. McDermott D. Dube Clintock Black Dan 1:53.2 5/18 Art Rooney Elim. Art Rooney Elim. YR YR AIR FORCE HANOVER BETTOR’S WISH B. Brown C. Ryder D. Miller D. Dunn BUDDY HILL BLOOD MONEY PRICE HANOVER Rollwithpapajoe 1:52.4 1:53.2 5/19 Pa. Sire Stakes Pa. Sire Stakes Pa. Sire Stakes PcD PcD PcD Wild Wild Western CAPTAIN CRUNCH WORKIN ONA MYSTERY N. Parker N. Johansson B. Brown M. Wilder S. Zeron T. Tetrick CAVIART STETSON Southwind Ozzi LOVE ME SOME LOU SEMI TOUGH PROOF Highlandbeachlover 1:52 1:49.1 1:49.3 5/24 NJ Sire Stakes M1 HURRIKANE EMPEROR J. McDermott D. Dube Black Dan Clintock 1:52 5/25 Art Rooney Final YR BETTOR’S WISH C. Ryder D. Dunn       Rachel Ryan Meadowlands Media Relations

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