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East Rutherford, NJ - Due to recent developments in the area related to health concerns, The Meadowlands has decided to cancel live racing this weekend, March 13 & 14.   "It's become impossible to provide the needed protection for those racing and those attending the races,"said Meadowlands GM Jason Settlemoir. "We wanted to go and get everyone raced but you get to a point where the possible negative consequences outweigh the positive aspects. So we'll follow all developments closely and keep everyone informed of the status of live racing in the near future." From the Meadowlands Racetrack  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Fans of harness racing driver Pat Berry undoubtedly have plenty of money burning a hole in their pockets after the exploits of the 44-year-old former Chicagoland pilot last weekend (March 6-7) at the Meadowlands. It started innocently enough on Friday, when Berry guided Muscle Fashion ($22.80) to the winner's circle. His only winner of the night from 10 drives was still enough to show a flat-bet profit for the night, but the man also known as "The Blue Berry Bomber" was just getting started. He got serious on Saturday, guiding three winners on the card, all of which went off at odds of at least 11-1. Berry kept on driving when it appeared Another Daily Copy had the eighth race wrapped up and gunned down the 8-5 second choice with 11-1 chance Keep On Rocking A ($25.80). Then Berry swept the Late Daily Double with 47-1 shot Barefoot Bluejeans ($96.40) and the 27-1 Jumping Jake ($57.00). Barefoot Bluejeans' win payoff was the largest of 2020 at the Big M as was the double, which returned $2,700.40. Barefoot Bluejeans topped a $927 exacta, $4,302 trifecta and $1,918 ten-cent superfecta, completed a Pick-3 that returned $4,969 and the Late 50-cent Pick-4 that paid off a whopping $18,466, another 2020 high. A $20 win bet on Berry's 19 weekend drives resulted in an investment of $380 and a return of $2,020, a profit of $1,640. Other big weekend payoffs included the Friday 20-cent Pick-6 ($1,251) and Late 50-cent Pick-4 ($2,915) and Saturday's Pick-6 ($2,217). The Big M's new "Fab Four" wagers have been well received since the track updated the wagering menu on Feb. 7 to offer $130,000 in guaranteed pools every night. The 20-cent Pick-5 (race one) and 50-cent Late Pick-4 (race 10) offer $40,000 promises, while the 50-cent Early Pick-4 (race six) has a $50,000 guarantee. The 20-cent Pick-6 (race four) offers no guarantee but does promise big carryovers - which have already occurred twice - in the event no one picks all six winners. Free program pages for the Early Pick-4 and Late 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five are available at playmeadowlands.com and ustrotting.com. "The Strategic Wagering division of the United States Trotting Association has been a big part of not only growing pool size and wagering interest here at the Meadowlands," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "But at other tracks all over the United States. The partnership of the tracks, USTA and TrackMaster that provide free program pages and promote these low 15 percent takeout wagers has been essential to the growth of these guaranteed pools, which creates added interest in our sport every night." BERRY GOES IN THE SULKY: Tune in to the Meadowlands' live in-house simulcast show Friday night at 6:22 p.m. when Berry will be the guest on the track's "In the Sulky" interview segment. CONTINUING CARRYOVERS: This Friday night (post time 6:55 p.m.), fans of the 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five will be shooting for some serious green. The fifth race carryover stands at $43,653, while the 13th race is at $47,953. MAC AND BURKE: Andy McCarthy swept both co-features last Friday and finished the weekend atop the driver colony with five wins. Ron Burke had the most training victories with three. WHHC RECAP: James Sidor captured Saturday night's World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier, presented by DerbyWars.com, at the Big M. He and second-place finisher Joe Barre will now move on the WHHC Final at the Meadowlands on April 18. TIME FOR MAYHEM: The NCAA Basketball Tournament is almost here, and you can get a front row seat to the action - while getting your action - in the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook. The selection show is at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 when all conference tournament play is concluded. Then, the 68-team tournament - known for its upsets and Cinderella stories - gets underway on Tuesday, March 17. WHAT'S GOING ON.... On March 13, card players who are 21 or older can play Texas Hold'em on "Free Poker Friday", hosted by World Free Poker. Every live racing night place a win bet on the fourth race, and if you win, get the "winning experience" and have your picture taken in the winner's circle. Those who qualify should proceed to the winner's circle immediately after the race. On Saturday (March 14), head to the Big M's Pink Restaurant for a fantastic St. Paddy's Day dinner. Enjoy Potato and Leek soup, bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage and a roasted prime rib carving station. The cost is only $39.95 and you can make reservations by calling 201-THE-BIGM. In addition, anytime a driver with green in his colors wins, two lucky patrons will receive $50 betting vouchers. Meadowlands Media Relations      

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands would like to clarify its position regarding the sustaining payments to stakes and Early Closers due by March 16 on horses that are currently in the care of those affected by the recent indictments and arrests. It is suggested by The Meadowlands that you make those payments by the deadline as required if you desire to continue eligibility. If you do not make the March 16 sustaining payments the horses in question will lose eligibility to the stakes to which they were nominated in February. The stakes conditions provide for a trainer change within a stated time frame, with the stipulation that the change be accepted and approved by The Meadowlands. Those situations will be evaluated by the stakes administrators on a case by case basis and that decision shall be final. The same policy is in effect for stakes and Early Closers at Tioga & Vernon Downs that have a March 16 close of nomination. Horses trained by any of the accused will continue to be excluded from overnight races until further notice. Questions should be directed to the stakes department for the tracks at 607-972-5500. From The Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands intends to race live harness racing cards on Friday and Saturday as scheduled and drawn. To accomplish this as safely as possible, horsemen competing will be required to comply with guidelines as set by NJ State officials.   Part of this initiative is self quarantine, take that to mean that if you have been in the presence of a person that you are aware has been diagnosed with COVID-19 you should not be on The Meadowlands property this weekend and beyond.   Be advised that those caretakers of who were in the paddock at Freehold over the past weekend or have recently been in the paddock at Yonkers will not be permitted on the property of the Meadowlands Racetrack for two weeks.   "We recognize the gravity of the situation with COVID-19," said Meadowlands GM Jason Settlemoir. "We also realize the plight of our horsemen who have horses to race, so we will do everything we can to see the weekend's racing through as safely as possible. To accomplish this we will need the cooperation of those horsemen coming to The Meadowlands to race. Be thoughtful, considerate and aware of the guidelines set by those charged with managing this situation."   For additional information about COVID-19, please read the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov, or your local health department website. Post time Friday and Saturday will be 6:55 PM. From the Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is celebrating St. Patrick's Day all weekend long with special buffet offerings and voucher drawings. Live harness racing kicks off at 6:55 pm both Friday & Saturday night. On Friday, March 13 guests can enjoy the $29.95 Irish themed buffet in Pink. Potato & leek soup, Irish soda bread, corned beef & cabbage and pork chop murphy are menu highlights. Homemade cupcakes and brownies with mint chocolate chip ice cream are perfect sweet ends to the night. For those wanting more Irish -themed fare on Saturday, March 14, diners can enjoy the $39.95 Pink St. Patrick's buffet. The menu features hand-carved NY strip steak, Guinness battered cod & chips, corned beef & cabbage and creamy pesto fettuccini. On Saturday guests have a chance to leave with a little more green in their pockets in the "Go Green for Greenbacks" promotion. Every time a driver with green in his colors wins two lucky fans win $50 betting vouchers. Entry forms are available in the live racing program and at the Players Club Desk. Reservations for dining can be made by calling 201-TheBigM. For full menus, racing and event information visit http://playmeadowlands.com/dining/frimarch13-st-pats.html From The Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is in complete support of the Federal indictments against those who would use and distribute Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) that came to light yesterday.   As a result, no horses that have been recently trained by any of those named in the indictments will be accepted for entry in Meadowlands races until further notice.   From the Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - James Sidor of Bloomfield, New Jersey, captured the March 7th World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Sidor started out strong cashing for $235 in the Meadowlands' first race with a $50 win wager on #3 Sports Vision. He solidified his lead with a $440 score in race 5 with $40 to win on #2 Vettel N. Sidor finished the contest with $674, $168 more than his closest competitor. With this win he is qualified for the 2020 WHHC Final at the Meadowlands on April 18th. Joe Barre of Waretown, NJ, also qualified for the April 18th Final with his second place finish in Saturday's contest with $506. His largest score was for $482 in race twelve with $10 to win on long-shot Barefoot Bluejeans. The $200 Qualifier required contestants to place a minimum of ten $10 win, wagers on Meadowlands races. The top ten finishers from this qualifier were: First Last Bankroll Prize $ James Sidor $674 $945 + WHHC Seat Joe Barre $506 $675 + WHHC Seat Ira Sobel $399 $540 Mike Petrucelli $252 $270 Justin Sobel $219 $135 Guy Gerber $176 $27 E. Howland $126 $27 Alan Hirschberg $118 $27 H. Frenkel $112 $27 Michael Kanter $79 $27 The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com is a one-day tournament [April 18, 2020], 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 $150,000 prize pool is based on an estimated 150 entries. DerbyWars hosts online Qualifiers for the WHHC every Saturday night. Players can qualify for as little as $22. Complete DerbyWars Qualifier information can be found at DerbyWars.com. Buffalo Raceway's qualifier with one spot into the Final will be held on Saturday, March 21st. 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. All WHHC details can be found at http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/contest_detail.aspx?id=8240 From The Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Covered Bridge has been so good early on in his 4-year-old harness racing campaign, he's even surprised his trainer, Ron Burke. "He has been even better than we had hoped," said Burke of the gelded son of American Ideal-Stonebridge Kisses, who was a dominant winner of the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands, a $27,500 high-end conditioned pace. "We couldn't be happier with him," said winning driver Yannick Gingras. "He's getting stronger every week." A scary thought for all the other 4-year-olds who will take him on this season. Covered Bridge remained unbeaten in three starts this year - all at the Meadowlands - facing his toughest test of the season. He was in against Sintra, the "Terror from Toronto" who had won all four of his starts this season facing the best on the grounds at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and the super-formful Bell I No, who had finished second or better in seven straight Big M outings. Unlike a week ago, Gingras opted to put Covered Bridge on the engine, making a second move to the top after yielding briefly to Sintra just after the quarter. Given the caliber of the combatants, the half was reached in a lazy :56.1, and when one considers that Covered Bridge had won his first two outings of 2020 in 1:48.3 and 1:49.2, it was going to take a lot to catch him. As it turned out, it could not be done. After three-quarters was clocked in 1:24, Covered Bridge had a :26.3 kicker in his tank to easily beat Sintra, who is presumably on his way to Yonkers next week for the Borgata Series, by 1½ lengths in 1:50.3. Bell I No finished third.   "Mostly 4-year-old races," said Burke when asked what the plan is for Covered Bridge. "But we will be re-evaluate soon." Is he the type of horse you'd put into the Graduate, which gets underway May 2 at the Meadowlands? "I think for sure." Covered Bridge, who is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Mortgage Boys Stable, returned $3.00 to his backers as the 1-2 favorite and has now won 10-of-36 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $273,837. BOMBS AWAY! Pat Berry, aka "The Blue Berry Bomber", put a big smile on his fans' faces when he guided 47-1 shot Barefoot Bluejeans to victory lane in the 12th race. The win price of $96.40 was the largest of 2020 at the Big M. Apparently unsatisfied with one huge longshot, Berry came right back in the 13th race and scored with 27-1 chance Jumping Jake, giving the 44-year-old pilot a sweep of the Late Double that paid $2,700.40. Berry scored earlier on the card with an 11-1 shot and his one Friday winner went off at 10-1. With Berry's bombs hitting their targets in the final two races, the Late Pick-4 returned $18,446.90 after driver Andy Miller and trainer Nick Surick teamed up to take legs one and two at odds of 5-1. A LITTLE MORE: Betting surpassed the $2.5-million plateau for the 12th time in the last 13 race cards, as a total of $2,845,232 was pushed through the windows on the 13 races. ... Berry, Gingras and Andy McCarthy had driving triples on the program. After scoring in both co-features Friday, McCarthy finished the weekend with five winner's circle trips. ... Racing resumes Friday at 6:55 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands   

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Just 48 hours after arch-rival - and 2019 Horse of the Year - Shartin N won in 1:50 at Dover Downs in her seasonal debut, Caviart Ally sizzled over a sloppy strip at the Meadowlands Friday night in her first start of 2020, taking the co-featured $30,000 Preferred for harness racing pacing fillies and mares in 1:49.4 in rainy and chilly conditions over a sloppy track with a -2 variant. "I'm very proud of her," said Caviart Ally's trainer Brett Pelling. "She is reasonably fit and race ready but there's nothing like a race to get her on her game." Let the rivalry resume. "Racing Shartin N always presents a dilemma since they both share the same racing style," said Pelling. "No matter what, posts at Yonkers will dictate [when the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series gets underway next week]." JK American Beauty, spectacular two weeks ago when she won her first start of the year in a lifetime-best 1:50.2, was on the go early and grabbed the top. After taking a brief tuck, Caviart Ally was up after the lead and cleared at the three-eighths before hitting the half in :55.1. 'Ally' was clear of JK American Beauty as Odds On St Lucie inched her way into the fray at three-quarters while first-over, but through the stretch, after some coaxing from driver Andy McCarthy, Caviart Ally hit the wire a safe neck in front of JK American Beauty. Odds On St Lucie was third.   "She was terrific," said McCarthy. "I was hoping to [come from off the pace] but I had to put her in the race. I wanted to give her a good tightener and we were in a bit of a soft bunch, so I figured we had to be close to the front anyway." Caviart Ally, a 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Cool who is owned by Caviart Farms, returned $3.40 to win as the 3-5 public choice. She's now won 26-of-73 lifetime starts and earned $1,839,516. ANDY MAC-NIFICENT: Winning one of the features on the card wasn't enough for McCarthy, who also scored in the $30,000 Preferred for trotters, with Joey Bats, in 1:53.1. Joey Bats went parked past the quarter but eventually got around a head-strong Muscle Diamond soon thereafter before reaching the half in :55.4. Pappy Go Go, who along with Joey Bats comprised a power-packed uncoupled 1-2 punch for trainer Andrew Harris, raced fifth to the half before uncorking a burst of speed to get into contention on the far turn, but faded soon thereafter. The pocket-sitting Muscle Diamond took his shot in deep stretch but would come up a neck short. Misslarose finished third but was disqualified and placed last in the field of six for interference. Pappy Go Go finished fourth, then placed third.   "He was good," said McCarthy of Joey Bats. "I think he needs to sit off a helmet, but if I didn't go to the lead tonight, I knew I would have to come first-over. I knew I had to win tonight. I know they staked him up pretty good, so I wanted to make sure he won." "Joey is just a phenomenal horse who is still developing," said Harris. "I think he has every bit of what it takes to become a stakes winner at some point. Andy Mac just knows how to manage him." Joey Bats, a 5-year-old gelded son of Holiday Road-JN Daytona who is owned by Scott Dillon, Michele Nelson and Marc Reynolds, returned $5.20 to win as the 8-5 favorite. He's now won 18-of-58 lifetime outings and earned $329,962. Pappy Go Go, who was in search of a fifth straight Meadowlands win, did not bring his best effort. "Pappy was a little disappointing," said Harris. "He's a very talented horse and when he didn't get better position off the gate, in short fields, everyone is protecting. I knew he was going to be stuck with a tough journey." A LITTLE MORE: Drew Monti, the 25-year-old driver regularly seen on the Buffalo-Batavia circuit, upped his win total at the meeting to 12 after winning three races on the card. ... All-source handle on the 13-race program totaled $2,503,586. Wagering has now gone past the $2.5 million mark in 11 of the last 12 Big M cards. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6:55 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands    

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands has processed the February nomination payments for the extensive Grand Circuit program of stakes and Early Closers. The lists of horses paid into those races is now posted on the track's website.   The number of horses nominated was down slightly, just 4% from the 2019 payments. Several older horse divisions saw a remarkable uptick with the Graduate Pace and Trot both at an all time high while the WR Haughton and Sam McKee Memorials rose to levels that haven't been seen for years.   Be reminded that the sustaining payments come due (postmarked by) March 16.   Also two brand new Early Closers have been added for Older Pacing Horses & Mares with a single payment of $1,000 due by March 16. They will serve as supporting stakes to the Cutler Memorial on the May 16 nationally televised broadcast for an estimated purse of $85,000.   Information on the stakes process is available on the web or by calling the Meadowlands Racing Office at (201) 842-5130.   From The Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - As the saying goes: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." But at the Meadowlands, there are exceptions to that rule. For Big M bettors, guarantees have been part of the landscape for some time now, and pending regulatory approval, one already in play is about to get sweeter, while another is brand new. Beginning Friday, March 6 (post time 6:55 p.m.), the Big M will offer three popular multi-leg wagers with guaranteed pools that total $130,000. They are: The 20-cent Pick-5 (race one), which will now have a $40,000 guaranteed pool, up 60% from the $25,000 promise it had previously The track's "signature" wager, the Early 50-cent Pick-4 (race six), whose $50,000 guarantee remains unchanged The new Late 50-cent Pick-4 (race 10), which is off to an incredible start in its first four weeks, will now go from no guarantee to a $40,000 assurance "This is an enormous step for not only the Meadowlands, but for the sport of harness racing," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "Making the game better for horseplayers has to be a major part of the equation for this sport to flourish. Our fans around the world have responded positively to our new wagering menu, and we are responding to our horseplayers with $130,000 in nightly guarantees, big carryover pools and multi-leg wagers that offer a low takeout of 15 percent." It appears the call by Big M management to shakeup the wagering format four weeks ago was the right one, based on last weekend's returns. After Friday's (Feb. 28) handle reached $2,970,735 - third best of 2020 - the very next night that number was eclipsed when $2,973,673 was pushed through the windows. The weekend total of $5,944,408 and per race average (for the 26 races) of $228,631 both established seasonal bests. The guarantee of the Pick-5 pool appears to be one that will be surpassed rather easily, even with the increase. The wager has seen all eight of its pools exceed $55,000 since it was updated to use a base wager of 20 cents, with the last three reaching at least $72,000. Last weekend's payoffs were certain to put a smile on winner's faces, as they cashed in for $2,092 on Friday and $3,140 on Saturday. The consistent play in the Early Pick-4 has seen seven straight pools of $70,000 or more, while going past $80,000 on four occasions. One could argue the biggest surprise has been the popularity of the Late Pick-4, which has seen wagering of at least $70,000 in its last four tries, including a bet-best $86,834 last Saturday. This for a wager that did not exist until Feb. 7. The only one of the Big M's "Fab Four" wagers not to offer a guarantee is the 20-cent Pick-6, but when the bet doesn't get hit, the ensuing carryover always makes it special. After Friday's Pick-6 failed to produce any tickets with six winners, $11,270 carried over to Saturday's card, when $77,512 in new money was wagered to create a total pool of $88,782. The average Pick-6 payout is a handsome $4,145. FREE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY PPs: For free past performances of the entire Big M cards for Friday and Saturday, go to playmeadowlands.com. JSH5 ALERT: 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five players are waiting for this weekend with great anticipation, as carryovers of $40,367 (race five) and $37,169 (race 13) will go to any player on Friday night who are holding the only ticket bearing the numbers of the first five in official order of finish. FEBRUARY STANDOUTS: Yannick Gingras recorded a driving double on both Friday and Saturday last week to finish atop the February driver standings with 23 wins. Dexter Dunn, who scored four times Saturday night, finished the month with 19 victories. Ron Burke sat atop the February trainer standings with 19 winner's circle trips. WHHC QUALIFIER: On Saturday (March 7), the Big M will host its March World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier, the final qualifier to be held at the Big M. The top two finishers Saturday will qualify for the April 18 WHHC Final. It's only $200 to play ($100 to enter; $100 bankroll). For complete information, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/contest_detail.aspx?id=1646. TIME FOR MAYHEM: The NCAA Basketball Tournament is almost here, and you can get a front row seat to the action - while getting your action - in the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook. The selection show is at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 when all conference tournament play is concluded. Then, the 68-team tournament - known for its upsets and Cinderella stories - gets underway on Tuesday, March 17. From The Meadowlands  

East Rutherford, NJ - This Saturday, March 7th the Meadowlands hosts its Last Chance WHHC Qualifier. Two spots are up for grabs in the $200 Qualifier ($100 entry plus a $100 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to make $10 Win bets on at least ten Meadowlands races of their choice. Players can wager more than $10 a race if they desire. Players can register on-site until 7 pm on Saturday. DerbyWars hosts online Qualifiers for the WHHC every Saturday night. Players can qualify for as little as $22. Complete DerbyWars Qualifier information can be found at DerbyWars.com. Buffalo Raceway's qualifier with one spot into the Final will be held on Saturday, March 21st. 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. All WHHC details along with a list of qualified players can be found at http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/contest_detail.aspx?id=8240 From the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Preferred Pace at the Meadowlands Saturday night may have lacked quantity, but it did not lack for quality - or a thrilling finish - as None Bettor A recorded a narrow harness racing victory over Trump Nation in 1:50.4. After Endeavor scratched, the $30,000 event was down to a field of five, and in the early going 4-5 favorite Trump Nation, who was in search of a fifth straight Big M score, put even-money second choice None Bettor A in the pocket. There wasn't much action to the half, which was clocked in :56.1, but with three-eighths of a mile to go, Andy McCarthy edged None Bettor A to the outside as Yannick Gingras and Trump Nation braced for the challenge. Then, the action went from pedestrian to pulse-pounding. Trump Nation dug in through the length of the stretch as the Andrew Harris-trained None Bettor A relentlessly continued to inch closer, and at the wire, it took the photo-finish camera to determine that None Bettor A, making his seasonal debut, had nosed out Trump Nation. Both recorded final quarters of :26.1. Rodeo Rock was explosive late after racing last to the top of the stretch to finish third. Harambe Deo and Franco Totem N cashed the final two checks. "I've trained Trump Nation [in the past]," said Harris. "And I know how quick his turn of foot is. But I won't lie. When I saw those fractions, I was not sure what to think. But this being None Bettor's first start, and against top horses, I'm very pleased. He's tuned up and ready for stakes season. "He will skip next week most likely. Then on to the [March 14] Borgata Series [at Yonkers]. And he's staked up pretty good, so we will play it by ear as we go and he will tell us what he's ready for and when." None Bettor A returned $4.20 to win as the second choice in the wagering. The 7-year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight-Limerick Star, who is owned by Joe P Racing and Oldford Racing, now has 29 wins in 77 lifetime starts and earnings of $459,445. POWERFUL PICK-6 POOL: The 20-cent Pick-6, which had a carryover of $11,270 from Friday, saw $77,512 in "new money" for a total pool of $88,782. A formful sequence saw four favorites, one even-money second choice and one 5-1 shot combine to create a payoff of $288.98. WILD WAGERING WEEKEND: For a second straight night, betting was less than $30,000 away from the magic $3-million mark, but was more than enough to complete the biggest weekend of betting at the Big M in 2020. After $2,973,673 was pushed through the windows Saturday, the third best single night of the year, the weekend total reached $5,944,408. A LITTLE MORE: When Jeff Dauplaise, 58, moved Soho Chelsea A along the inside to win the 11th race, it gave the veteran driver his first win at the Meadowlands since Dec. 5th of 2015. Lifetime, he's won 228 races. ... Dexter Dunn led the driver colony with four wins on the card. ... Gingras had a driving double, lifting his February win total to a track-best 23. ... Racing resumes Friday at 6:55 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is excited to announce that three of the top Grand Circuit stakes cards of the 2020 Championship Meet will be televised live across North America on a National Sports network. Three live races will be broadcast on each program with the Cutler Memorial (Saturday, May 16), Meadowlands Pace elimination (Saturday, July 11) and Meadowlands Pace Final (Saturday, July 18) headlining the chosen nights. Each broadcast is tentatively set to run from 8:00 to 10:00 pm. While the Meadowlands Pace elimination and final cards are loaded with supporting stakes such as the Graduate finals and Hambletonian Maturity, the Cutler Memorial will be supplemented by two brand new, yet to be named Early Closers for the older pacing horses and mares.  A break in the schedule between the Blue Chip Matchmaker and Borgata (Levy) at Yonkers and the Betsy Ross and Commodore Barry at Harrah's Philly affords The Meadowlands a spot to add a new race for those divisions. The new Early Closers will use a top eleven money winners in 2019-2020 and have a estimated purse of $85,000. They will also be considered point bearing TVG legs, though horses need not be TVG eligible to be nominated to them. These races will require a nomination payment of $1,000 due by March 15 and a $1,000 entry fee. The added money will be $60,000. Further details and conditions are in development and will be released soon. "NYRA has been doing a lot of live TV since Saratoga last summer. We feel it's important to try broadcasting some of our big stakes live," said Meadowlands President Jeff Gural. "We have a good product and hope by exposing it to a national audience it will generate more interest in the sport. From the Meadowlands Media Department

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Machnhope pulled off an upset in the harness racing feature on an otherwise formful evening of racing, and betting came oh-so-close to the magic $3 million mark on an eventful Friday night at the Meadowlands. The Noel Daley-trained Machnhope, a 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Hope For Life, scored in the $25,000 fillies and mares high-end conditioned pace after racing along the rail in the three-hole before Pat Berry swerved her to the outside at the head of the stretch. The pair then exploded home in :27.2 to record a half-length win over Odds On St Lucie in a lifetime-best 1:51.3. The race set up for a closer after early leader Lily Hammer, in search of her fifth victory in six starts, was pressed by Odds On St Lucie, who was nothing short of gigantic going parked the mile, racing without cover from start to finish. 'Lucie' nudged past the leader with a sixteenth of a mile to go and was clear nearing the finish, only to get gunned down. Write Me A Song, the 6-5 favorite who was making her 2020 debut, went second over and finished third.   Machnhope returned $29.60 to win as the fifth choice in the eight-horse field for owner Gary J. Lance and now has 20 wins from 70 lifetime starts and earnings of $243,867. BETTING BIG: All-source handle reached $2,970,735, the third best night of business in 2020 at the Big M. The only two bigger totals occurred on Jan. 3 ($3,069,967) and Feb. 1 ($3,026,740). Betting has now exceeded $2.5 million nine of the last 10 race cards. PICK-6 CARRYOVER: With three of the winners going off at odds of 25-1, 17-1 and 13-1, there were no tickets with all six winners in the 20-cent Pick-Six, creating a carryover of $11,270 heading into Saturday's card. Those with five winners cashed in for $939.30. As part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering initiative, there will be a $40,000 guarantee on Saturday's pool. There was a Pick-6 carryover of $14,376 heading into the card of Feb. 21, which led to $76,682 in "new money" being poured into the pot for a total of $91,058. Saturday's 20-cent Pick-6 begins with the fourth race in the program. A LITTLE MORE: Yannick Gingras kept his February roll moving, driving two winners on the card, giving him 21 victories for the month. ... Berry and Andy Miller also had two winners apiece. ... Chalk players ruled again, as for a second straight program, eight winning favorites hit victory lane. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6:55 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 27, 2020) The Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners Off-Track Wagering in Bayonne will open at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 29th for the simulcast of the inaugural running of the Saudi Cup. The world's richest race features a purse of $20 million and is headlined by American star Maximum Security. The Meadowlands and Winners will take races five through eight from King Abdulaziz Racecourse. Race five, the $500,000 Jockey Club Cup, has a post time of 10:30 am post. Post time for the Saudi Cup is 12:40 pm. For the complete simulcast lineup visit PlayMeadowlands.com From the Meadowlands Media Department

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