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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's safe to say that McWicked is ready for next week's TVG Free For All Pace. The current leader in the race for Horse of the Year, McWicked lived up to his name in a big way Saturday night at the Meadowlands, scorching the mile oval in 1:47.3 in taking the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers. "I wasn't expecting that," said trainer Casie Coleman of the blazing-fast effort in cold 42-degree conditions. "I was kind of worried about a slow half, but they went (the half) :53.4. He looked like he did it pretty easy." That he did. McWicked was in no hurry early, racing fifth and last as he swung to the outside at the half-mile marker. He grinded his way toward the leaders down the backside and was just a length behind the horse in the top spot, Dealt A Winner, as three-quarters was timed in 1:20.4. From there, McWicked put on a show, sprinting the final quarter in :26.3 to hit the wire 2¼ lengths in front of 7-2 second choice Filibuster Hanover. Western Fame was third. As the 1-5 favorite, McWicked, who was driven by Brian Sears, paid $2.40 to win in scoring for the 33rd time in 92 lifetime starts. He lifted his bank account to a gaudy $3.725 million. "He always gives everything he's got," said Coleman. "Tonight, he looked as strong as he's been in any of his races this year. That mile tonight was crazy." Coleman confirmed the good news that had previously been shared several weeks ago. "The TVG will be his last race of the year," said the conditioner. "But he is 100 percent coming back next year. We've had a lot of offers to go to stud, but his owner, Ed James, is loving this and he said McWicked is racing next year." Next Saturday's huge Meadowlands program includes eight stakes events: The Fall Final Four has two pair of $400,000 events for 2-year-olds - the Three Diamonds, Goldsmith Maid, Valley Victory and Governor's Cup - while the TVGs for 3-year-olds and up have a pair of $350,000 events (the Free For All Pace and Trot) as well as two $175,000 races (the Free For All Mare Pace and Trot). A LITTLE MORE: Trix And Stones (1:55.1, $14.20 to win) and Chin Chin Hall (1:54.4, $22.20) were victorious in the two Valley Victory elims for colt and gelding trotters, while the single Governor's Cup elim for pacing colts and geldings went to Mangogh (1:51.3, $16.40). ... All Bets Off showed his class in a high-end conditioned event, stopping the clock in 1:48.4 as the 3-5 favorite. ... Geez Joe (2-1 favorite), racing in a non-winners of $8,500 pace, lowered his previous lifetime best by two full seconds, stopping the clock in 1:48.1. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race card totaled $2,449,013. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Muscle Diamond and Pure Country lived up to their billing as post-time favorites in taking the co-features at the Meadowlands Friday night. Driver Andy McCarthy, whose three winners on the night upped his meet-leading total to 17, guided Muscle Diamond to victory in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. The trip wasn't an easy one, but the Brett Bittle trainee was up for the challenge. Racing sixth past the quarter, McCarthy tipped the 6-year-old son of Muscle Hill-Windylane Hanover to the outside as they began their march toward the leader, who was 2015 Hambletonian champion (and 5-2 second choice) Pinkman. Muscle Diamond chipped away at the leader's edge around the far turn and was on even terms with that foe with an eighth of a mile to go before drawing clear to a three-quarter length win in 1:52.4. Will Take Charge rallied to gun down Pinkman for the place spot. As the 3-5 public choice, Muscle Diamond returned $3.20 to his backers in winning his fourth straight. Pure Country, the winner of the 2017 TVG Mare Pace, gave notice that a repeat might be coming next week as she won the co-featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacing fillies and mares in 1:51. Monica Gallagher was second with her entry mate, Windsun Glory, third. The Jimmy Takter-trained Pure Country was put in the four hole early by driver Yannick Gingras and opted to stay there until swinging to the outside at the five-eighths. Shortly thereafter, Monica Gallagher popped out of the two hole, providing live - albeit short-lived - cover for the eventual winner. Through the stretch, Monica Gallagher was determined, but so was the even-money public choice Pure Country, who gunned down that foe nearing the wire, notching a pulse-pounding head score. Pure Country, a 5-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana, returned $4.20 to win. She has now won 27 of 62 lifetime starts and earned $2,418,249. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky simulcast player wagering into the Oregon hub was the only bettor to last six races - and was the lone winner - in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $12,326. ... The 50-Cent Pick-5 came back $1,174, a healthy payout when you consider the odds of the winning horses in the sequence were 2-1, 5-2, 3-1, 3-5 and 18-1. The 18-1 shot was listed at 4-1 on the morning line. ... All-source handle on the 11-race card was $1,966,181. ... Racing resumes Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. Horse of the Year favorite McWicked will prep for next week's TVG Open Pace by racing in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Driver Bob McClure and trainer Luc Blais have forged a strong relationship this year, winning 28 percent of their starts together. The partnership has helped McClure make a successful transition from Canada's "B" tracks to the main stage of Woodbine Mohawk Park, not to mention the harness racing Grand Circuit, and aided Blais' bid for career highs for wins and purses. The two will look to add to their accomplishments Saturday (Nov. 17) at the Meadowlands, where Ontario Sire Stakes champion Forbidden Trade takes on seven rivals in the second of two eliminations for the Valley Victory Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters. The top-five finishers from each elim advance to the $435,900 final on Nov. 24 at the Big M. Elimination winners will draw for posts one thorough six. Forbidden Trade, who has won seven of nine races, is the 7-2 second choice on the morning line. He will start from post seven. Seven Hills is the 3-1 favorite, with Corey Callahan driving for trainer John Butenschoen. "He's been top notch all year," McClure said about Forbidden Trade. "He's pretty incredible for a 2-year-old. He looks like a 3-year-old and has the maturity of a 4-year-old. He's never given me any trouble. He's perfect to drive, a complete professional, no matter what kind of trip you give him. He's got the attitude of a good one. "The two races he lost were probably his two best races. One race (a preliminary leg of the sire stakes) he had a lot of bad racing luck and still raced huge. The other time (in a division of the Champlain Stakes) he had some traffic trouble. I didn't have him in good position and he got out of gear a little bit. He still came home :27.1, but he was in no position to win. He could have come home in :26.4 and he still wasn't going to win." Forbidden Trade, by Kadabra out of O'Brien Award-winner Pure Ivory, has earned $213,139 for owner Serge Godin's Determination stable. He brings a four-race win streak to his Valley Victory elimination. "I think the sky is the limit for him," McClure said. "He's been a professional from day one. He's made my job easy. If he's in any position to win he usually gets the job done. He's been fun to drive all year. I think he has the potential to be a top Grand Circuit horse." The 28-year-old McClure led Canada in wins in 2017 and 2016, topping 500 both years, and was third in 2015. This season, with his focus on Woodbine Mohawk, he has won 285 races and a career-best $3.74 million (U.S.) in purses. He ranks third in Canada in both wins and purses. "I'm very happy," McClure said. "I have a lot of people to thank for that. I was really happy where I was (at the smaller tracks) and I was having a lot of fun. But I decided to commit to (Woodbine Mohawk). I wanted to be home with family more. I didn't anticipate picking up the stakes stables I did. I didn't anticipate having as good a year that I've had right off the bat. It's worked out significantly better than I thought it would." Among those on McClure's thank-you list is trainer Dean Nixon, who backed the driver from the earliest days of his transition. "I've driven for him for a long time and he's somebody I've had a really good working relationship with," McClure said. "He's happy with the work I do, and I respect the good job he does. We've always done really well together. It gave me the freedom of being able to make some mistakes during the transition and not worry about him being upset about it. He's always going to be in your corner. "When I picked up Luc Blais, that was the icing on the cake." Blais, who trains exclusively for Determination, is in the midst of his third consecutive million-dollar-season. His 66 wins this year are the third most of his career (his best came in 2000 with 77) and his $1.56 million in purses is also third (his best came last year with $1.85 million). In addition to winning the Ontario Sire Stakes championship with Forbidden Trade, Blais and McClure have captured the Steele Memorial and Joie De Vie with Dream Together. They finished second in the Armbro Flight Stakes with Emoticon Hanover and second in the Ontario Sire Stakes championship with Champagne Jane. "They asked if I wanted to be the driver for Determination stables and I jumped at the opportunity," said McClure, who has driven 163 of Blais' 236 starters. "Serge Godin and Luc Blais are very good people to work for. "I think everyone is real happy with the year we've had." For Saturday's complete Meadowlands entries, click here. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EST). by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Due to the heavy snowfall and poor driving conditions, the Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners Bayonne OTW will have an early closing time of 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15. Normal operations are expected to resume on Friday. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The early returns are in, and so far - as the Meadowlands harness racing driver colony is concerned - it's been all Andrew McCarthy, all the time. The 32-year-old native of Australia has 14 wins in just 50 starts through the first five weeks of the 2018-2019 Big M meeting. A pair of not-so-familiar-names - Dexter Dunn and Michael Merton - sit tied in the second spot with nine victories apiece. "The trainers that I drive for," said McCarthy as to why he's done so well to this point. "I've had some nice horses to drive. They make it a heck of a lot easier when you've got the best horse in the race." McCarthy has driven some of the stronger stock at the meeting thus far. He guided Muscle Diamond in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters to a 1:52.2 score on Nov. 2, Escapetothebeach to victory in the $173,800 Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Nov. 3 in 1:51.3 and Caviart Ally to the winner's circle on Nov. 9 in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacing fillies and mares in 1:50.2. "Caviart Ally is really good right now," said McCarthy. "She's at the top of her game heading into the (Nov. 24) TVG final." McCarthy is listed to drive more talented stock during the upcoming race week at the Big M. He will team up once again with Muscle Diamond in Friday night's Preferred Handicap for trotters and will guide New York Sire Stakes champion Reigning Deo in an elimination for the Governor's Cup for 2-year-old colt pacers Saturday. As usual, racing will be conducted on Friday and Saturday with a first race post time of 7:15 p.m. JUMP IN THE POOL: The track's signature wager, the 50-Cent Pick-4, took plenty of green into its pools last weekend (Nov. 9-10). On Friday night, $67,610 was poured into the pot, while Saturday saw $76,382 in action. One Big M wager that continues to pay off well week in and week out is the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10, which returned $4,810 (8 of 10) on Friday and $4,451 (6 of 10) Saturday. Both bets feature low 15 percent take outs. Free track program pages are available at both www.playmeadowlands.com and www.ustrotting.com. FOILED AGAIN COMING TO BIG M: On Saturday, Nov. 24, Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred of all time, will be at the Meadowlands, but instead of racing, he'll be visiting with all of his fans. The veteran superstar will be posing for selfies in the Backyard during the live card. In addition, there will also be a special commemorative Foiled Again poster giveaway to all guests, which is available at the Players Club Desk beginning at 6 p.m. Foiled Again's visit comes on a huge night of racing, as the Big M will host both the Fall Final Four and TVG finals that evening. TWO PAIR A STRONG HAND: Last Saturday, driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke teamed up to win four times on the program while McCarthy made four winner's circle visits over the course of the weekend. From the Meadowlands Media Department

NY Jets WR Quincy Enunwa will host a U.S. Marine Toys For Tots Holiday Toy Drive on Monday, December 3, 2018 at the Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. NY Jets WR Quincy Enunwa will meet & greet guests who bring a new unwrapped toy. FOX5 Sportscaster Tina Cervasio will Emcee and race horse owner Larry Roman will sponsor toys. Toys for Tots and Quincy Enunwa will personally deliver the collected toys to children at Harlem Grown -- 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.

East Rutherford, NJ - The upcoming weekend of racing, featuring eliminations for the $1.8 million Freshman Fall Final Four and an overnight peek at a few of the sport's veteran stars looking forward to the $1 million Grand Circuit TVG Championships will serve as a hearty appetizer to nearly $3 million worth of finals on Saturday, November 24. Friday's headliners are a pair of $20,000 Open Handicap events both of which contain TVG eligible looking for a tightner before the final. The Open Mare Pace is led by Pure Country (Y. Gingras). The TVG Final will be the swan song for the great mare whose retirement following the TVG has already been announced. The triple Dan Patch award winner will race sans hopples for the first time on Friday as she closes in on $2.5 million in career earnings for owner/breeder Diamond Creek Racing and trainer Jimmy Takter. The Open Trot boasts the point leader in both the TVG Open and Mare division squaring off for $20,000. After a sparkling beginning to his season that placed him atop the TVG leaderboard, Will Take Charge (Tim Tetrick) has not had his finest form for the past few months and looks to reclaim that position in these late stages for owner Mac Nichol. Ice Attraction's campaign took an opposite course with early season struggles giving way to a successful fall including a World Record equaling performance at The Red Mile and a remarkable trip to gather the place in the Breeders Crown final. Andy Miller drives on Friday for owner/trainer Ake Svanstedt and partners Sipple, Burroughs and Little E, LLC. Saturday night brings a few elimination races for the Grand Circuit season's curtain call for the freshmen. Fifteen trotting colts entered the Valley Victory and after a pair of elimination races the top ten of those will pass through to next week's $435,900 final. It's an even group with the seasonal late bloomers making a last grab for the gold ring before winter training. The Governor's Cup drew 13 colt pacers and after three colts accepted a bye into the $469,300 final ten are left to battle over the seven remaining berths. Breeders Crown winner Captain Crunch (S. Zeron) brings the strongest resume to this one for trainer Nancy Johansson and the partnership of 3 Brothers Stable, Christina Takter, Rojan Stable and Caviart Farms. Both the $490,000 Goldsmith Maid and $391,250 Three Diamonds for 2-year-old trotting and pacing fillies respectively did not require elimination races and those two groups head directly into next week's finals. For good measure, the Saturday card also includes TVG Open Pace point leader and likely final favorite McWicked facing four others in an overnight Open Handicap. Post time for both nights is 7:15 pm. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is pleased to announce that on Saturday, November 17, Ray Negron, NY Times best-selling author and New York Yankees executive, will be making an appearance. Negron will be the "In The Sulky" guest on the pre-game show with Bob "Hollywood" Heyden. They will discuss Ray's relationship with George Steinbrenner, his memories with the Yankees and his real-life story being developed into a Broadway musical. He will also make a winner's circle presentation during live racing and sign autographs. "Ray Negron's story is truly remarkable," said Meadowlands COO and General Manger Jason Settlemoir. "We are privileged to host Ray on Saturday and look forward to hearing about his storied past." Live racing begins at 7:15pm and features eliminations for the Fall Final Four. For more information log onto PlayMeadowlands.com. From the Meadowlands Media Department

This Week: Matron Stakes, Dover Downs, Dover, DE. and Fall Four eliminations, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit returns to Dover Downs this Thursday (Nov. 15) for four Matron Stakes for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The 3-year-old colt pace carries a purse of $193,750, the 3-year-old colt trotters will race for $210,150, the purse for the 3-year-old filly pace is $159,350 and the 3-year-old filly trotters will race for $183,900. On Saturday night (Nov. 17) Meadowlands Racetrack will host eliminations in each of the Fall Four events for freshman pacers and trotters. There will be two $20,000 eliminations in the Valley Victory for 2-year-old male trotters and a single $20,000 elimination in the Governor's Cup for 2-year-old male pacers. Eliminations were not required in the Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters and the Three Diamonds for 2-year-old filly pacers. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Yannick Gingras teamed up for a Grand Circuit double in Thursday evening's (Nov. 8) Matron Stakes for 2-year-olds at Dover Downs, combining with Super Schissel and Blood Money in their respective divisions. Super Schissel made his move from the pocket with five-sixteenths to go en route to an easy 1:56 win in the $158,000 Matron 2-year-old colt and gelding trot, contested as a non-wagering event before the main program. After yielding early control to Lindy's Crazy Hall (David Miller) on approach to the first turn, Yannick Gingras kept Super Schissel close from the pocket through early splits of :28.2 and :58.1. Midway up the backstretch, the son of Uncle Peter and Bavarde angled out and strode to the lead immediately, putting a quarter-length on Lindy's Crazy Hall by three-quarters in 1:27.2 before drawing off handily. Holiday Hangover (Tim Tetrick) rallied belatedly from last to take second, 3-1/2 lengths back, while Union Forces (Scott Zeron) took third over the fading Lindy's Crazy Hall. Super Schissel is trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Al Libfeld and Perry Soderberg. Blood Money ($8.00) sustained an uncovered bid out of midfield through the final half-mile of the $213,000 Matron 2-year-old colt and gelding pace and held off a late charge from Sugar Factory to narrowly prevail in 1:51.1. Gingras, wearing the colors of Diamond Creek Racing, floated Blood Money up the pegs to protect a close stalking spot behind dueling leaders Love Me Some Lou (Corey Callahan) and Mangogh (Brett Miller) through a sharp :26.3 quarter, but the pair were relegated to fourth when No Mas Amor (Tim Tetrick) pushed clear with nine-sixteenths to go after losing cover. At the :54.3 half-mile juncture, Gingras angled the Sweet Lou-Blood Diamond colt off the pegs, and he responded immediately to accelerate, press the pace, and take the lead under urging past three-quarters in 1:22.4. No Mas Amor gave way on the far turn, but Sugar Factory (David Miller) loomed off live cover to pose a late threat. Blood Money was driven out off the home turn and all the way to the winning post to keep the lunging Sugar Factory a head at bay. Reigning Deo rallied from last down the grandstand side to take third. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 1,462.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 1,450; 3. David Miller - 1,182.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 709; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 653.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,344.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,168; 3. Tony Alagna - 721.5; 4. Julie Miller - 481; 5. Jim Campbell - 437. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 325; 2. Diamond Creek Racing - 294.6; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 283.5; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 262; 5. Robert Key - 234. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at The Meadowlands with the finals for the Fall Four for 2-year-olds -- the Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid -- along with the TVG finals for older trotters and pacers of both sexes. In addition, Dover Downs will host eliminations for the Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for The Grand Circuit  

East Rutherford, NJ - Entries for the lucrative Freshman Fall Final Four stakes were taken today at The Meadowlands. Both filly races, the Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid required no elimination races, the Governor's Cup a single elimination and the Valley Victory with two elimination heats on Saturday, November 17.   All of the $1.8 million finals will be raced on Saturday, November 24.   The ten pacing fillies entered for the $391,250 Three Diamonds will go directly to the final and are listed in alphabetical order with driver and trainer:   Alkippe T.Tetrick L.Toscano Beautyonthebeach D. McNair G. McNair Love At First Bite A. McCarthy J. Takter Michelon's Filly M. Miller E. Miller Prescient Beauty D. McNair G. McNair Renaissance Lady K B. Sears N. Parker Summer Charm T. Tetrick R. Burke Sylph Hanover M. Kakaley R. Burke Warrawee Ubeaut Y. Gingras R. Burke Zero Tolerance D. Miller J. Holloway   The ten trotting fillies entered for the $490,000 Goldsmith Maid will go directly to the final and are listed in alphabetical order with driver and trainer:   Asiago B. Miller J. Takter Can't Touch It B. Sears J. Takter Caviart Jenny A. McCarthy N. Johansson Evident Beauty D. Miller R. Norman Fate Smiled M. Kakaley R. Burke Jezzy's Legacy R. Schnittker R. Schnittker Miss You Kelly T. Tetrick B. Lauer Princess Deo A. McCarthy N. Daley Sonnet Grace Y. Gingras R. Burke Stella Jane C. Callahan J. Butenschoen   The $469,300 Governor's Cup drew 13 declarations. The conditions require that byes to the final be offered to the top money winners in descending order. The connections of Captain Crunch and Reigning Deo declined the bye and will race in a single $20,000 10 horse elimination race with three colts to be eliminated from the final.   Accepting the three offered byes were the connections of Blood Money, Semi Tough and Sugar Factory. Those three will join the seven moving successfully from the elimination race to next week's final. The elimination winner will draw from posts 1-6 for the final.   The elim entrants are listed here in alphabetical order with the driver and trainer.   Artie's Ideal M. Miller E. Miller Captain Crunch S. Zeron N. Johansson Duddie's Lor A. McCarthy N. Daley Escapetothebeach T. Tetrick T. Alagna Lyons Johnnyjnr T. Tetrick J. Gillis Mac's Power D. Miller M. Silva Mangogh B. Miller B. Saunders Reigning Deo A. McCarthy B. Pelling Waterway B. Miller T. Alagna Yacht Week C. Lind S. Lind   The $435,900 Valley Victory took 15 declarations and will require 2 $20,000 elimination races. Elimination winners will draw from posts 1-6 for the final.   The elimination entrants are listed here in alphabetical order with the driver and trainer.   Battenberg C. Callahan J. Holloway Chin Chin Hall P. Wrenn M. Wrenn Divine Spirit A. McCarthy B. Pelling Forbidden Trade B. McClure L. Blais Gangham Style KS E. Abbatiello A. Svanstedt Hudson River B. Sears J. Takter No Drama Please A. Miller J. Miller Prospect Hill A. Miller J. Miller Quiksilvr Bluechip A. McCarthy L. Wallin Reign Of Honor D. Miller R. Norman Seven Hills C. Callahan J. Butenschoen Southwind Avenger D. Miller R. Norman Super Schissel Y. Gingras J. Takter Trix And Stones S. Zeron C. Jamieson Union Forces S. Zeron D. Cecere   The draw for the elimination races will be completed later today and available on the Meadowlands website.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands      

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The prolific pair of driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke were up to their old tricks Saturday night at the Meadowlands, combining to win four times on the 12-race program. Windsong Jack got the dynamic duo off to a good start in the second race harness racing pace, the $17,500 Dash For The "G" Notes final, as the 8-year-old gelded son of Santanna Blue Chip-Milliondollarsmile, who won his preliminary a week ago by 8¾ lengths in 1:51.1, was up for what was almost a repeat performance. The result was never in doubt as the 1-9 public choice cut out all of the fractions before hitting the wire 6½ lengths in front of Joe's Bid in a season's-best equaling 1:51.1. He paid $2.20 to win. But Gingras and Burke were just getting started. Rockn Motion, a regular earlier this season on the Kentucky Sire Stakes circuit, beat a solid field of conditioned pacers in race five. The son of Pet Rock-Graceful Motion, who was unraced at 2, was the only 3-year-old in the field, but held sway through the stretch despite getting steppy with an eighth of a mile to go to hold off even-money choice Ocean Colony by a head. As the 8-5 second choice, Rockn Motion paid $5.20 after completing the mile in 1:52.1. The Burke-Gingras pairing struck again in the seventh, scoring with another 3-year-old - Dragon Time - who was good enough to beat older foes in a high-range conditioned pace in 1:51.3. The gelded son of Bettor's Delight-Little Miss Dragon slipped out of the three hole at three-quarters before angling through the stretch with steady pace to gun down the pacesetting - and eventual third-place finisher - Geez Joe. Dragon Time hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front of Burkentine Hanover and paid $14.00 as the third choice in the wagering. Veteran Bettor's Edge was sent to the gate as the 3-5 choice, but after working out a perfect pocket trip came up empty at crunch time. Burke and Gingras completed their four-bagger with Magnum Mike, a 10-year-old son of Magical Mike-Dare To Dream, in the 10th race claiming handicap pace. Racing out of the Burke barn for the first time, Magnum Mike was sent to the gate as the 2-1 favorite and delivered on that promise after following perfect cover while second over. He paid $6.40 after pacing his mile in 1:52.2, a lifetime best. It 3½ lengths back to second-place finisher Glass Prince. A LITTLE MORE: Andy McCarthy won the third race to up his meet-leading driver win total to 14. ... Kyle Husted got his first training and driving winner of the meet, steering 3-2 favorite Terror Of The Nite to victory lane in the sixth. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,077,898. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The heavy rain and sloppy conditions didn't figure to deter Caviart Ally in the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacing fillies and mares, as the 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Cool stomped on an abbreviated field, besting four foes in 1:50.2. The Noel Daley trainee was sent to the gate as the 1-9 choice and deservedly so. Two starts back, she was sent off as the even-money choice and finished third to Shartin N in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace elimination. One week later, in the BC final, she finished second to Shartin N - who is in the Horse of the Year hunt - despite drawing post nine. In both Breeders Crown events - as well as Friday at the Big M - the weather was lousy with a track labeled 'sloppy'. Friday at the Meadowlands, driver Andy McCarthy put Caviart Ally on the front, and given the defections of two top-flight mares - Pure Country, who was an early judges scratch, and Darlinonthebeach, who took the night off due to sickness - it did not figure to be much of a race, and it turned out to be just that. Caviart Ally sprinted to the top, with 5-1 second choice Monica Gallagher and 28-1 longshot I'm Trigger Happy sitting second and third at the rail. Except for a non-threatening challenge from 8-1 third choice Penpal down the backside, positions were unchanged from start to finish, with Caviart Ally powering clear late to a 4¾-length romp in the slop, with Monica Gallagher finishing second and I'm Trigger Happy third. While upping her lifetime record to 16 wins in 52 starts, Caviart Ally returned $2.20 to her backers and topped a $4.60 exacta for her owners Buck and Judy Chaffee's Caviart Farms. Her lifetime bankroll stands at $1,138,721. A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy scored three times on the program. The leading driver at the Big M now has 13 winners for the meet. ... The Steve Smith-driven, Jackie Greene-trained Mayfair Johnny B stayed red hot, winning for a third straight start. The 4-year-old gelding continues to climb the class ladder, having beaten non-winners of $3,500, non-winners of $5,000 and non-winners of $8,500 in succession. ... Trainer Eric Abbatiello won twice on the card, as did drivers Smith and Dexter Dunn. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $1,641,661. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - The inaugural edition of a new stake for New Jersey sired 2 year-old trotters christened the "Garden State", a joint effort by the SBOA of NJ and The Meadowlands, will make it's debut on Saturday, November 10.   The colts race in the Saturday opener where three Father Patrick rookies will face three by Trixton for a purse of $50,000.   Reign Of Honor comes in to the Garden State hot on the heels of his mild upset score in last week's $221,540 Kindergarten final. The Father Patrick gelding broke maiden in style with the Grand Circuit stake for owners Deo Volente Farms, Jennifer Dalton Stable and Tom Pontone. Nifty Norman trains and David Miller drives Reign Of Honor.   It is a very competitive group of seven in the $55,000 filly division led by a pair of Trixton fillies, Evident Beauty and Princess Deo, both of whom have been in fine recent form.   Evident Beauty converted the difficult Red Mile double, winning both weeks of Grand Circuit racing in 1:54.4 to go along with her runner up finish in the Peaceful Way. Nifty Norman trains the winner of $178,582 on the year for Mel Hartman, Little E and R A W Equine. Dave Miller has the drive.   Princess Deo raced to a win and a second in Lexington then used a sharp close to nab the place in the Kindergarten filly final. She's at $145,546 seasonally for Deo Volente, Tom Pontone, John Fodera and trainer Noel Daley. Andy McCarthy drives.   The Meadowlands is giving away donuts to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the opening of the new grandstand, stick around for the doughy delights on both Friday and Saturday.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Last Saturday (Nov. 3) night's four Kindergarten Classic finals served as the catalyst for the Meadowlands to break out of the handle doldrums and bet a meet-high $2,539,968 on the 11-race program. The per race average reached $230,906, with race eight's $306,544 serving as the most-played dash of the night. The track's signature 50-Cent Pick-4, as well as its 50-Cent Pick-5, had their meet-best pools of $91,985 and $61,468, respectively. Big action wasn't restricted to the multi-leg wagers as the amounts wagered in the Exacta ($76,307) in race seven, Trifecta ($67,454) in race three and Superfecta ($42,977) in race seven were evening highs. A fall chill is expected for this weekend's races (Friday and Saturday, post time 7:15 p.m.), with temperatures expected to be in the 40s Friday and 30s on Saturday, as the mile oval counts down to its next huge night of racing, Saturday, Nov. 24, when the Fall Final Four for 2-year-olds and TVG Series finals will take place. The Fall Final Four has two pair of $400,000 events - the Three Diamonds, Goldsmith Maid, Valley Victory and Governor's Cup - while the TVGs for 3-year-olds and up have a pair of $350,000 events (the Free For All Pace and Trot) as well as two $175,000 races (the Free For All Mare Pace and Trot). Free Big M program pages are available on the handicapping tab at ustrotting.com as well as at playmeadowlands.com. But that's not all. On the same night as the Fall Final Four and TVG finals, racing fans will be able to come out and visit with the richest Standardbred of all time, the great Foiled Again. The veteran superstar will be posing for selfies in the Backyard during live racing and there will also be a special commemorative Foiled Again poster giveaway to all guests, which is available at the Players Club Desk beginning at 6 p.m. ANDY'S FAB FIVE: Last weekend (Nov. 2-3) at the Meadowlands, driver Andy McCarthy had the hot hand, winning five times over the course of the 21 races to up his meet-leading win total to 10. Yannick Gingras was next with three winner's circle visits. On the training side, two conditioners - Tony Alagna and Ron Burke - each won three times. BLUE POINT FAB FIVE: The Meadowlands' Pink Restaurant will host a fabulous five-course dinner for beer lovers Saturday night. Each course is paired with a delicious beer from Long Island's Blue Point Brewing Co. (https://www.bluepointbrewing.com/ ). The price is $49.95 (plus tax and gratuity), with reservations required. For this extraordinary experience, call 201-843-2446. NON-STOP ACTION: At the Meadowlands, in addition to wagering on the world's best harness racing, one can also bet on college and pro sports at the track's FanDuel Sportsbook. The sports book is open from 10 a.m. - 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. on Friday, 7 a.m. - 2 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. - 1 a.m. on Sunday, but be aware, when there is a football game at MetLife Stadium it is not business as usual. Go to this link to find out what to do in this case: https://fanduel.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/331/~/what-are-the-fanduel-sportsbook-hours-at-the-meadowlands%3F by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands      

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Corey Callahan was a major player in the two Kindergarten Classic trotting events at the Meadowlands Saturday night, an evening that saw four Kindergarten finals for 2-year-olds with total purses at more than $780,000. 'The Captain' drove 1-9 favorite Seven Hills in the $221,540 colt and gelding trot, but after beginning his career with four powerful wins, the son of Muscle Hill-Southwind Maywood went off stride in the first turn, losing all chance. "He's still really immature," said Callahan. "Vinny (Ginsburg, driving Lucky Weekend) kind of crossed over on me and I had to grab hold of him a little bit and he made a break." That opened the door for 7-1 second-choice Reign Of Honor to break his maiden at a most opportune time. David Miller kept the gelded son of Father Patrick-Margarita Momma in a live cover flow, came alongside leader Divine Spirit at the top of the stretch, before powering past that foe to go on to a convincing 5¼-length score in 1:55.3. Memo was second with Reve Toujours third. "It definitely opened the race up," said Miller of the early break by the favorite. "And around the first turn I wasn't real happy with my spot. But I got cover past the half." Reign Of Honor, trained by Nifty Norman, returned $17.60 to his backers for owners Deo Valente Farms, Jennifer Dalton Stable and Tom Pontone. Callahan guided an upset winner in the $236,060 filly trot, steering 17-1 shot Stella Jane to victory lane in 1:54.4. Tim Tetrick blasted Sister's Promise away from the gate from post 10 and Callahan went with him from the eight hole. After making the lead at the quarter, Stella Jane yielded to Sister's Promise and the duo raced 1-2 around the track. Stella Jane vacated the pocket in mid-stretch and rolled to 2¾-length score in 1:54.4. Princess Deo rallied for second with Sister's Promise holding third. Global Pageant, the 9-5 favorite, went a tough first-over trip, wilted and finished eighth. Stella Jane, trained by John Butenschoen, returned $36.20 for owner Crawford Farms Racing. "She really has been good all year," said Callahan. "She's been handy, so we just shot out of there and everything worked out well. I had a lot of trot in the last turn." It was a case of too close to call in the Kindergarten Classic for filly pacers on a card that featured four Kindergarten finals for 2-year-olds at the Meadowlands Saturday night. Odds On St Lucie and Michelon's Filly finished in a dead heat in the $148,700 event in a mile that went in 1:52. Alkippe was a head back in third. Brett Miller sent 6-1 shot Odds On St Lucie to the top in search of her third straight series win. She would never relinquish the top. Even-money favorite Michelon's Filly started to inch her way toward the leader after popping out of the four hole at the half. Three-quarters was reached in 1:24.2 as Michelon's Filly and Marcus Miller continued to march closer while racing uncovered. Through the stretch, Michelon's Filly bravely continued on, and at the wire, the photo finish cameras could not separate the pair. Odds On St Lucie, a daughter of Sweet Lou-Shes Some Treasure, paid $5.20 to win for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Odds On Racing. She's now five-for-10 lifetime and has earnings of over $100,000. The Erv Miller-trained Michelon's Filly returned $2.60 for owners Ronald Michelon and Michael Anderson and now has six wins in 13 starts and also a bankroll that just breaks the six-figure barrier. "I thought I was out there way too long," said Marcus Miller of Michelon's Filly. "She paid me back for taking care of her in her last few starts. She was as game as possible. They were both digging right to the wire." Escapetothebeach went a perfect trip on the way to taking the $173,800 colts and geldings pace in 1:51.3. It was three-quarters of a length back to Mac's Power. Waterway was third while 8-5 favorite Southwind Ozzi finished last in the field of 10. Waterway and Brett Miller fired right to the top and cut out all of the fractions as Andy McCarthy sat right behind with Escapetothebeach. In deep stretch, Waterway bore out while weakening on the lead, allowing Escapetothebeach a pathway to victory. "He raced really good tonight," said McCarthy. "I got him to hustle out of there pretty good and I got the trip I wanted. He had a lot of pace. I was quite confident if I got out, I was the winner. I kept edging to the outside (in deep stretch) hoping I'd get room, but it wasn't coming, so I looked and it looked like it was starting to open up to the inside, so I switched him back there and he went right through." A son of Somebeachsomewhere-Shelliscape, Escapetothebeach returned $16.00 to his backers for trainer Alagna and owners Alagna & Inthegym, J. Sbrocco, R. Leblanc and W. Donovan, and now has three wins in 12 lifetime starts and earnings of $124,728. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky player became the second in as many nights to walk away with a $10,000 score in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10. Friday night, the winner had to go 10-for-10 but on Saturday, all it took was five out of 10 to hit big. ... Yannick Gingras drove three winners on the card while Corey Callahan, Brett Miller and David Miller had two apiece. ... All-source wagering on the 11-race program reached a meet-best $2,539,969. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - Tim Platt of Little Falls, NJ, captured the November 3rd World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Platt cashed on seven of his ten wagers to finish the contest with $246. He earned him the $546 top cash prize and a $1,300 seat in the WHHC Final April 6, 2019 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Tim McKenna also qualified for the April 6th Final with his second place finish in Saturday's contest. McKenna remained in the top three throughout the contest and was able to solidify his second place finish with a $20 win wager on #4 Ghost Pine in Race 10. The $200 Qualifier required contestants to place at least ten $10 minimum win wagers on Meadowlands races. The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com is a one-day tournament [April 6, 2019], 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. 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. DerbyWars.com is currently hosting regular online Qualifiers for the Final. For more information visit https://www.derbywars.com/tournaments/list/whhc For more information on the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com can be found at PlayMeadowlands.com by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

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