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East Rutherford, NJ - In anticipation of the upcoming start to the 2017 Fall/Winter meet, The Meadowlands will hold harness racing qualifying races on Thursday, October 26 at 10:00 am. The box will close at 10:00 am on Wednesday, October 25.   The live meet kicks off on Saturday, November 4 featuring the finals and consolations of the Kindergarten Classic Series. Live racing with continue each Saturday in November before expanding to a three day per week schedule in December.   The Meadowlands reminds horsemen that racing applications must be updated to participate in the upcoming meet.   Call the Racing Office at 877-782-2537 with entries or for further information.

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and DerbyWars.com are proud to announce the details for the 2018 World Harness Racing Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com set for Saturday, April 28, 2018 On that date, the top horseplayers in North America will compete for a guaranteed $75,000 prize pool in the WHHC Final at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. "DerbyWars.com is a terrific partner for the World Harness Handicapping Championship," said Rachel Ryan, Marketing Manager at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "With their support we are able to guarantee the Championship prize pool at $75,000. With 100% of entry fees returned as prizes, this offers tremendous value to our players. Should 108 or more players enter the Championship, the prize pool will exceed $75,000." 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 $1,000. The $1,000 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $700 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 2018 World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier schedule is set and each Qualifier brochure is available at PlayMeadowlands.com.  The contest schedule is as follows: ·         Nov 4, 2017 – March 31, 2018: Free Online Survival Challenge – 3 WHHC seats ·         Saturday, December 2, 2017: $200 Qualifier with 2 WHHC seats ·         Saturday, January 20, 2018: $200 Qualifier with 2 WHHC seats ·         Saturday, February 17 - $400 contest with top 4 WHHC seats ·         Saturday, March 10 - $200 contest with 2 WHHC seats ·         Saturday, April 14 - $100 Last Chance contest with 2 WHHC seats DerbyWars will host regular online Qualifiers for the WHHC beginning with a Free WHHC Qualifier on Friday, October 20.  Contests include:  ·         Friday, October 20: Free WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat ·         Saturday nights starting October 21: WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat ·         Saturday, December 2: $10,000 WHHC Qualifier Game with two WHHC seats ·         Saturday, January 6: $25,000 WHHC Qualifier Game with three WHHC seats Complete DerbyWars Qualifier information can be found at DerbyWars.com. 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. Rachel Ryan                                   This e-mail, including any attachments, may contain information that is confidential, and is transmitted for the sole use of the intended recipient. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, copying or retention of this e-mail or the information contained herein is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify the sender by telephone or reply e-mail, and permanently delete this e-mail from your computer system. The views presented in this message are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinion of New Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners OTW. New Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners OTW do not guarantee the integrity, security or proper receipt of this message. Likewise, New Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners OTW do not accept any liability whatsoever for any possible damages arising from, or in connection with, data interception, software viruses or manipulation by third parties.   Disclaimer The information contained in this communication from the sender is confidential. It is intended solely for use by the recipient and others authorized to receive it. If you are not the recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or taking action in relation of the contents of this information is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful.

H. Mitchell Schuman of Brightwaters, NY, captured the October 7th National Handicapping Championship Qualifier at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. The $400 no-takeout contest attracted a field of 121 players representing several different states. All entry fees were added to the prize pool of $24,200 The Meadowlands NHC Qualifier required each contestant to make at least ten $20 minimum Win, Place, Show or any combination WPS bets on their choice of races from Keeneland, Belmont and Gulfstream West. The total prize pool reached $24,200. Schuman built his $200 bankroll into $3,024.40 earning him the $9,680 top cash prize and seat in the 2018 NHC Final in Las Vegas. His largest score of the day netted $3,024 when he bet entire $756 bankroll to win on #6 Little Baby Bella in Gulfstream West's 10th and final race. Also earning berths into the National Handicapping Championship Final were Bill Rendino of Bronx, NY and John Conte of Oceanside, NY. Conte won the NHC in 2009. The top ten finishers along with contest prize payouts are below. Prize $ Bankroll First Last City State $9,680.00 $3,024.40 H. Mitchell Schuman Brightwaters NY $4,840.00 $2,888.00 Bill Rendino Bronx NY $2,420.00 $2,518.00 John Conte Oceanside NY $1,815.00 $2,180.70 H. Mitchell Schuman Brightwaters NY $1,210.00 $1,468.10 Kevin Englehard Franklin Park NJ $847.00 $1,443.10 Nick Fazzolari Colts Neck NJ $847.00 $1,440.80 Al Squillante Ocean NJ $847.00 $570.00 Kevin Kreiser Wernersville PA $847.00 $322.00 John Vail III Lyndhurst NY $847.00 $313.50 Babubhai Patel Belleville NJ   Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (October 4, 2017) - The Meadowlands Racetrack will be horse racing nirvana on Saturday, November 4 with an all-day and all-night offering of racing and dining at its finest. The afternoon and early evening features the simulcast of the Breeders' Cup World Championships live from the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in California. Fans can watch and wager on the top-class races beginning at 1:10 p.m. and leading up to the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic at 8:35 p.m. The Breeders' Cup races begin Friday with four championship events starting at 5:25 p.m. Pink Restaurant at the Meadowlands will open at noon and offer a premium buffet featuring roasted boneless rib eye, grilled chicken breast with fresh arugula, tomato, and mozzarella, penne pasta ala vodka, and lobster cobb salad wrap. Appetizers include a variety of salads and calamari. Dessert selections include a variety of cookies, cakes, and locally baked babka. The price is $49.95 per person plus tax and gratuity. The excitement builds up to the evening when the 2017-2018 live harness racing season begins with the first race starting at 7:15 p.m. The first 1,000 fans will receive the always-popular commemorative Meadowlands calendar filled with images of the sport's greatest horses and drivers in action from the 2017 racing season. The giveaway begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Players Club Desk. The opening night racing action is highlighted by four $150,000 Kindergarten Classic Finals for the 2-year-olds. Opening night will also mark the debut of the highly-anticipated Pick 10 Survivor Wager beginning on the first race of the season. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (October 4, 2017) - Thoroughbreds won't be the only horses harness racing fans will come out to see on Saturday, October 7 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be visiting the East Rutherford racetrack for a special appearance. Fans can meet-and-greet the gentle giants from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Then fans can watch in amazement as the eight-horse Hitch parades around the track before the night's second turf race. The first race post is 7:00 p.m. Admission and general parking are free. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Rachel Ryan

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

East Rutherford, NJ - On Sunday, September 17 Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment hosted the Driving Force Club, a group of high-performance automobile enthusiasts, in their 2017 New York Bull Fest outing.   This event was a gathering of approximately 75 Lamborghini's and their owners who began the day with breakfast in a nearby location then followed a custom designed route that provided an abundance of open highway stretches and scenic twisty roads.   The ultimate destination, kept a secret to members until the cruise began, was Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment where the club drove onto the track for photos followed by a BBQ lunch in the Backyard. A $2 million Lamborghini stole the spotlight proving that not just horses look great in the winner's circle!   The Bull Fest group was duly impressed with the new grandstand and Andrea Lokshin, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, reported lots of interest from club members in staging future engagements at the track.   Nick Salvi    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (September 16, 2017) - Driver William Mann and trainer Al Annunziata teamed up to win the featured $17,500 Dash For The "G" Notes Final at the Meadowlands Saturday night, and then for good measure, the duo added three more victories on the harness racing card. Iyq Yqr (Think Elmer Fudd saying "I wike you wike you are") followed up his 1:50.3 score in last week's preliminary with a dominant win in the final in the same exact time. Iyq Yqr, who paid $3.00 to win as the 1-2 public choice, grabbed the lead at the half and sailed home as much the best from there, finishing 1¾ lengths in front of stablemate RU Ready To Rock. But the team was far from done. Mann and Annunziata scored their second win in the $15,000 co-featured conditioned pace with Chevals Clivesdale ($14.00, 1:50.1), who was nothing short of airborne through the stretch, pacing home in an electric :25.3 to get up by 1¼ lengths over Super Imposed N. Before the dust settled, the dynamic duo added victories with Our Els Dream N ($29.40, 1:51.1) and Rock To Glory ($10.40, 1:51.1). A LITTLE MORE: Sicily, a 5-year-old gelded son of Art Major from the Wayne Givens barn, rocked the clock to the tune of a 1:48.2 score in the seventh race conditioned pace. In lowering his previous lifetime best by two and two-fifths seconds, he returned $17.80 to his backers for driver Montrell Teague. ... All-source handle on the 12-race card totaled $1,530,328. ... Thoroughbred racing returns to the Meadowlands Friday, September 22 with a first race post time of 7 p.m. During September, the thoroughbreds will also race on the 23rd, 29th and 30th. In addition, they will race every Saturday during October. ... Harness racing comes back on Saturday, November 4 and every Saturday during November. Post time is 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (September 15, 2017) - Trainers Jimmy Takter, Nifty Norman and Jim Campbell all recorded training doubles as the fourth leg of the Kindergarten Classic saw harness racing 2-year-olds of all sexes and gait compete in 10 of the 11 races on the Meadowlands Friday program. Takter scored with a pair of filly trotters: Dab Hanover ($5.00 to win) in the third race and Basquiat ($7.00) in the seventh. Dab Hanover worked out a pocket trip for driver Marcus Johansson on the way to a half-length win over even-money choice Seviyorum in 1:53.4, while Basquiat, with Takter in the bike, made the lead at the half before holding off Piranha Fury by a head in 1:55. Jim Campbell won a pair of colt trots, the first with favorite Patent Leather ($3.40) in the second, who scored powerfully by 2¼ lengths over Lindy's Big Bang in 1:56.2 with Yannick Gingras driving. His other winner was Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship winner Fashionwoodchopper ($4.80), who upped his win streak to three after defeating Chucky De Vie by 2½ lengths in 1:56.1 with David Miller in the bike. Norman hit with a gelding pacer, Points North ($5.00) in the sixth, and a filly pacer, Reign On Me ($6.60) in the eighth. After starting the year 0-for-4, Points North notched his third straight win with Andrew McCarthy driving. The son of Somebeachsomewhere went wire-to-wire and held off the late-charging Surfing Tide by a half-length in 1:52. Reign On Me also led gate to wire, holding off Solitary by a neck in 1:52.4 with Gingras calling the shots. A LITTLE MORE: Tim Tetrick and Gingras each won twice on the program. Tetrick won with Mooshka Stride a Credit Winner daughter of Champion mare Check Me Out 1:51.2 ($1,906,468). ... All-source handle on the 11-race card totaled $1,579,880. ... Racing resumes Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands     PHOTO: Points North and driver Andrew McCarthy are clear at the wire in a division of the Kindergarten Classic at the Meadowlands Friday night. (Credit: Lisa Photo)          

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

East Rutherford, NJ - Those who appreciate 2-year-old harness racing will adore the Friday card at The Meadowlands where ten of the eleven races are Kindergarten divisions of the fourth leg and all but four horses on the entire eleven race program are rookies.   The Kindergarten races are comprised of two divisions each for pacing fillies and colts and three for each sex of the trotters, all of which will go for a purse of $10,000. Also on the table are points toward the $175,000e Kindergarten finals which will be raced at The Meadowlands on Saturday, November 4 after the last preliminary leg goes at Vernon Downs on October 26.   The most accomplished of the freshmen racing in the Friday Kindergarten leg are a pair of Donato Hanover trotting colts come along in the ninth race. That split pits PA Sires Stakes final winner Fashionwoodchopper against Reynolds winner Farsetti Hanover ,who was a winner last week in leg three.   Fashionwoodchopper (PP #7) has but two wins in five starts but they were timely ones. A PASS win in August cemented his position in the $252,000 final and he converted that opportunity into a state crown at odds of 38-1 for driver David Miller and trainer Jim Campbell. Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms is the owner.   Farsetti Hanover (PP #4) was third in the Peter Haughton final, won the Reynolds and was an easy winner of his Kindergarten leg as the 2-5 choice last week. Marcus Miller drives for his father, trainer Erv who owns the colt in a partnership with George Golemes and David Prushnok.   The Kindergarten point standings may be viewed on The Meadowlands website.   All of the Meadowlands dining options are available all weekend, call for reservations.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands has long been considered the greatest day in harness racing and our sport's finest showcase.   Meadowlands Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Gural and COO/General Manager Jason M. Settlemoir have received many complaints from both inside and outside of the United States regarding what was considered beyond acceptable standards of whipping during the afternoon of racing, including in the Hambletonian final heat race itself. The complaints resurfaced during the World Trotting Conference in Prince Edward Island among many European spectators.   After carefully reviewing the afternoon's races, both Mr. Gural and Mr. Settlemoir felt it is necessary to state the importance of the drivers adhering to the whipping rule at the Meadowlands and how abuse or overuse of the whip and kicking will not be tolerated.   "While we understand the emotion and importance of these races, we must not forget that these are animals and many spectators watching our nationally broadcast race card were appalled at the use of the whip by a few on Hambletonian Day afternoon. We have stricter rules in place for a reason at our properties. When it comes to overuse of the whip and kicking, we will not tolerate either," said COO/GM Jason M. Settlemoir.   Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Gural went on to say "What was a great day of racing was marred by overuse of the whip. We simply will not tolerate it! We have spoken with the drivers who we believe violated the rules and reiterated to them what we expect. We will not tolerate abuse with the whip, kicking or nudging...whatever you want to call it.   "There will be one warning given along with the conventional penalty for violating the whipping policy the first time. If there is a second occurrence, the offender can expect not only a stiffer penalty but will be subject to formal notice of a year's house barring at my three properties. Let this serve as a final notice we will not allow this to become the norm and we stand ready to take action ourselves at my properties". Gural continued. "These guys know the rules and what we expect from them on the track; we have met more than once where we emphasized what we expect. I am not happy but after talking to these individuals I think/hope they get it".   The New Meadowlands Racetrack whipping rule is below:   New Meadowlands Racetrack Whipping Rule   **Drivers shall comply with the rules of the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC), and all drivers through their horsemen's organization agree with the racetrack that it shall be necessary to use the whip in compliance with these additional standards at New Meadowlands Racetrack:   **The use of the whip shall be confined to the areas above and between the sulky shafts. The one handed use of the whip shall be limited to the striking of the shafts of the sulky or the saddle pad.   **Using the whip in a one handed striking motion when, in the opinion of the judges, it does not appear that the horse is advancing its position in the race or is not in contention.   **Any blatant or exaggerated movements of the whipping arm which will result from raising the elbow above the driver's shoulder height or allowing the hand holding the whip to reach behind the driver while striking with the whip.   **Whipping under the arch or shafts of the sulky, using the whip as a goading or poking device, or placing the whip between the legs of the horse.   **Whipping after the finish of the race.   **Causing visible injury to the horse by leaving welts, cuts or other marks resulting from the use of the whip.   **Using the whip in such a manner as to cause interference or confusion to any other horse or driver in the race.   **Excessive use of the whip is prohibited and one handed whipping is restricted as follows:   **Drivers are prohibited from using the whip in a one handed striking motion from the start of the race until the horse reaches the 1/4 mile pole.   **From the 1/4 mile pole until the horse reaches the 7/8 mile pole, the driver may strike the shaft of the sulky or saddle pad in a one handed motion for a maximum of 3 strikes, but must pause after each strike (NO REPETITIVE WHIPPING)   **Once the horse has reached the 7/8 mile pole, the driver may, in a one handed motion, strike the shaft of the sulky or the saddle pad in a reasonable and responsible manner (approximately 6 to 8 strikes) but must pause after 2 strikes (NO REPETITIVE WHIPPING FOR MORE THAN 2 STRIKES)   **The terms "striking the horse" or "one handed striking motion" shall not be construed as to mean a light tapping with the whip, at any point in the race, while maintaining a line in each hand.   Nick Salvi

(East Rutherford, NJ) - Continuing where he left off at Ocean Downs, Hyway Marcus went wire to wire to win Saturday (September 9) night's $5,000 Bill Weaver Memorial Trot, the second leg of the harness racing RUS MidAtlantic Monte Trotting Series at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Trained and piloted by Sasha Moczulski, Hyway Marcus tripped the teletimer in 1:59.4, an 8½ length victory for owner Keith Pippa of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The race was closer than the result indicated as Pine Tab (Helene Gregory) was tracking the leader the entire mile to close within a quarter length of the winner in the stretch before he went off-stride, losing all chance. One True Friend (Hillary Hartnett) finished second while Pine Tab finished third but disqualified and placed sixth for the untimely miscue. Mr Protab (Emma Wahlberg) finished fourth but was elevated to the show spot. Until the miscue, it was a two-horse race as Hyway Marcus and Pine Tab raced as a team to the quarter pole, hitting the first station in :28.2. As they continued down the backstretch, Pine Tab decided to track the eventual victor, sitting a little more than three lengths behind the leader with The Franchise (Michelle Crawford) two lengths further back in third. The half was reached in a brisk :58. Continuing around the final turn, The Franchise broke stride as Pine Tab made up some ground to be within two lengths of the eventual winner who reached the third station in 1:28.2. One True Friend took over the third position vacated by The Franchise. Hyway Marcus continued to race strong despite the late onslaught by Pine Tab, determined not to be denied. With his victory, the six year old altered son of Gut Instinct is 2 for 2 this season with earnings of $4,600. Lifetime, Hyway Marcus has compiled a 7-5-1-0 record with lifetime RUS earnings of $10,825. Despite earning over $182,000 and a 1:53.3 race mark 'in sulky', it is clear racing under saddle is his specialty. With only nine horses competing in the series, all of Saturday night's starters are eligible to compete in the RUS MidAtlantic series finale on October 8 at Rosecroft Raceway. Most of Saturday night's starters are expected to return. Allan Schott RUS MidAtlantic - Bringing racing under saddle to DE, MD, NJ, and VA      

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (September 9, 2017) – Americanprimetime brought the biggest bankroll and biggest credentials into Saturday night’s $15,000 pacing feature at the Meadowlands and he needed all of his class to hold on for a 1:49.4 win over eight other harness racing rivals. Trainer and driver Rick Dane Jr. put the son of American Ideal on the front end while setting honest fractions of :27, :54.2 and 1:21.4 through three quarters. The narrow 2/1 second wagering choice did not face much pressure until the field turned into the long Big M stretch. With longshots Go Big Spinder, Chevals Clivesdale and Change Stride fanned across the track in pursuit, Dane and Americanprimetime held on in a desperate photo finish to post the win. The top four finishers were separated by two noses and a neck on the wire. It is the 18th career win for the 5-year-old Americanprimetime. The Rock & Roll Stable homebred has now earned $453,419. Total handle on the 11-race program was $1,731,348. The September Meet wraps up next Friday and Saturday. Post time both nights is 7:15. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (September 8, 2017) - The abbreviated four-date September Meet at the Meadowlands got underway Friday night and it was an abbreviated four-horse harness racing field that was the night's spotlight showdown. Millionaire trotting mares Caprice Hill and Broadway Donna faced off against the 1-2 punch of Oho Diamond and PL Jill from trainer Renaldo Morales III. Track record holder Oho Diamond grabbed the lead while her three opponents were content to follow single file through modest fractions of :28.4, :57.4, and 1:26. Into the stretch, 1-2 favorite Caprice Hill tipped out of the pocket and trotted past Oho Diamond. But Corey Callahan had PL Jill geared up and trotting up a storm farther outside and the 4-year-old Kadabra mare kicked home with a :26.3 final quarter to win in 1:53.1. PL Jill paid $7.00 to win. She is owned by Daniel Clements and has now won eight times in 33 career starts for earnings of $94,389. Friday's card also included eight divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The fastest mile of the night was turned in by I'm Trigger Happy. The half-sister to millionaires Heston Blue Chip and Sunfire Blue Chip was gapping the field while sitting fifth through the first three-quarters. Into the stretch Callahan got her into gear. I'm Trigger Happy showed greenness while zigging and zagging, but also showed a huge turn of foot to sweep past her competitors and win in an impressive 1:52.2 for her second win from three lifetime starts. Total handle on the 11-race program was $1,704,153. Live racing continues Saturday with a 12-race card beginning at 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands will host a dozen harness racing live races on Saturday night (September 9) beginning at 7:15 p.m.   Among the features are higher class conditions for pacers, both male and female and three divisions of the popular "G-Note" series in which the top finishers returning for a larger purse final next Saturday.   The sixth race is a test of young versus old as the speedy sophomore Talent Soup, a 1:48.4 winner here on July 1, takes on a gritty field of eight veterans in a conditioned pace. The American Ideal colt has battled the best of his division making the finals of both the Meadowlands Pace and Empire Breeders Classic. Talent Soup is a Cotton and Julie Nash homebred trained by Bruce Saunders and Eric Abbatiello , who was aboard for the record mile, has the driving assignment on Saturday.   Saturday is also Battle For The Best BBQ night with local purveyors competing for hungry racing fans and cash prizes.   Live racing returns next weekend with a 7:15 post time.   More information and details are available on The Meadowlands website.   Nick Salvi

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