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Pink Restaurant has a special "dinner and a show" planned for this Friday, July 19 with a tribute to Frank Sinatra. Impersonator, Jesse Posa takes the stage as Mr. Blue Eyes. Jesse Posa is one of the leading Frank Sinatra impersonators in the country and has appeared at numerous corporate events and private affairs. He has performed as "Frank Sinatra" on stage at Radio City Music Hall, in the Off-Broadway production of "Sinatra & Friends" and at BB King's in Times Square NYC in "Party with the Rat Pack". The Sinatra tribute night buffet is $39.95 excluding tax & gratuity. The buffet begins at 5:30pm with the musical entertainment on stage at 8:30pm. The buffet features some of Sinatra's favorite dishes including spaghetti & meatballs, eggplant parmigiana, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes and cannoli. Reservations can be made by calling 201-THE-BIGM. Live harness racing kicks off at 7:15 pm.   Rachel Ryan

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

Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural joins Ferrall on the Bench to talk about the huge success of sports betting in NJ in year 1, the impact at Fan Duel sports book at the Meadowlands, keeping harness racing alive, and much more. Click on this link to listen  

East Rutherford, NJ -- Lather Up, the fastest harness racing horse in the 43-year history of The Meadowlands, captured the $423,000 William R. Haughton Memorial by one length on Saturday (June 13) at The Meadowlands.   The 4-year-old stallion, trained by Clyde Francis of the George Teague Jr. stable and driven by Montrell Teague, never missed a beat after taking the lead prior to the half mile in :53.1, and stormed home to complete a mile and an eighth in 2:01.1 over 10-1 This Is The Plan, driven by Yannick Gingras.   Last Saturday, Lather Up won the $250,000 Graduate Series final by equaling the all-time mile record of 1:46 set by then 5-year-old Always B Miki at Red Mile three years ago. He also broke the previous 4-year-old pacing mark of 1:46.4, previously shared by Warrawee Needy and Dr J Hanover.   "I just wanted to make sure I was up close and wanted to be close to the pace," said Montrell Teague. "I was happy with the fractions. It's a bit different at a mile and an eighth, because you're not sure how fast you are going, but I was trying not to back down and he got the job done."   Lather Up, who paid $5.80 to his backers to win, improved his record to 6-0-1 in nine starts.   "Montrell does a great job with him and he (Lather Up) can do whatever he wants. That's how good he has been racing," said Francis.   This Is The Plan, who finished second in four of his last five starts, took the runner-up spot again, while Always a Prince and David Miller finished third.   by Lou Monaco, Meadowlands Media      

East Rutherford, NJ — Stonebridge Soul led from start to finish to capture Saturday’s $207,700 Mistletoe Shalee for harness racing 3-year-old female pacers by a neck over Tall Drink Hanover in 2:04.2 for 1-1/8 miles at the Meadowlands. Warrawee Ubeaut, the 4-5 favorite, finished third.   Tim Tetrick drove Stonebridge Soul, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of Rock N Soul, for trainer Chris Ryder and owners Henderson Farms and Bob Mondillo. The filly, sent off at odds of 3-1, has won seven of 17 career races and earned $443,846.   Stonebridge Soul’s victory was her second consecutive Grand Circuit score, following her triumph in the Lynch Memorial on June 29.    “People said she got lucky in the Lynch,” Ryder said. “That was ridiculous, and she proved it tonight.”   by Ken Weingartner, Meadowlands Media

East Rutherford, NJ -- An extra eighth of a mile can make the difference, and that seemed to be the case when 23-1 shot Crystal Fashion drove by heavy harness racing favorite Atlanta nearing the wire to capture the $450,000 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-olds at The Meadowlands on Saturday night (July 13) for driver Tim Tetrick.   The outcome of the race appeared to go through the 1-5 favorite Atlanta, as Yannick Gingras got her away in third in the early stages while Crystal Fashion wrestled the lead from Custom Cantab through a :26.1 opening quarter. Gingras hit the accelerator, and Atlanta hustled to the front after the opening fraction. Atlanta appeared in complete command through a half in :55 and three-quarters of a mile in 1:23.1, with Manchego on the offensive but Gingras appearing relaxed and ready to sprint home.   The fourth quarter had Atlanta leading through a 1:50.2 mile, but the mare started to bear out, enabling Tetrick and Crystal Fashion to find room along the pylons to go by the favorite. Custom Cantab and David Miller flew to the finish and came up just a nose off the winner, with Atlanta third past the finish line. However, a judges' inquiry into the race revealed that Custom Cantab had in fact interfered with three horses -- Phaetosive, Fiftydallarbill and Six Pack -- and was placed behind them as a result. The revised order of finish elevated Atlanta to second, with Six Pack placed third and Manchego fourth.   Crystal Fashion is a 4-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall trained by Jim Campbell for Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, Pa. Sent off at 23-1, Crystal Fashion returned $48.20 in his third win of the season in seven starts.   "I wanted to be forwardly placed," said Tetrick following the victory. "I followed Atlanta last week and it didn't work out. I thought the extra distance would help my horse."   Crystal Fashion completed the mile and one-eighth distance in 2:04.3.   by Jay Bergman, Meadowlands Media

East Rutherford, NJ -- Hannelore Hanover, the 2017 harness racing Horse of the Year, proved to be too much in the second leg of the $40,000 Miss Versatility on Saturday (June 13) at The Meadowlands.   A surprising 9-5 second choice, Hannelore Hanover held off a late charge by even-money favorite Darling Mearas S to capture her second straight victory by three-quarters of a length in 1:50.2.   Both mares went head-to-head at the top of the stretch, but Hannelore Hanover, driven by Yannick Gingras, dug in and had an extra gear. It was her third win of the year and it raised her total to 45 victories in 76 lifetime starts.   "She was very good tonight and hopefully she can build from here," said Gingras. "When she got alongside me, I wasn't sure what was going to happen, but when he did get there, my horse was digging and the last 10 to 15 strides I knew I was home free."   The Swedish-owned and bred Darling Mearas S, driven by up-and-coming star Dexter Dunn, joined J L Cruze (2015) and Plunge Blue Chip (2018) just last Saturday as the only 1:49.4 performers in the history of the Big M.   Hannelore Hanover paid $5.80 to win for her efforts in the eight-horse field.   Satin Dancer finished third at 99-1, and Ice Attraction finished fourth at 44-1.   Shartin N wins ninth straight in Golden Girls   Shartin N, the 1-5 favorite driven by Tim Tetrick, took command early and held off a charging Caviart Ally and Andy McCarthy by three-quarters of a length to win the $179,550 Golden Girls TVG for pacing mares, covering a mile and an eighth in 2:02.1.   Shartin N, who paid $2.40 to win, recorded her ninth straight victory and her 10th of 11 starts this season, and she captured career win number 36 in 48 lifetime starts.   "My trainer (Jim King, Jr.) told me that we were good to go off the layoff and that's who I believe," said owner JoAnn Looney-King. "She is so easy and is such a happy horse. I'm so blessed to have this mare."   Apple Bottom Jeans took third at 19-1, and 15-1 Seaswift Joy N finished fourth.   Shartin N   by Lou Monaco, Meadowlands Media  

East Rutherford, NJ - Greenshoe rebounded from his first loss of the season with a commanding 1:50.1 win in the second of Saturday's (July 13) two $153,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial divisions for harness racing 3-year-old male trotters at The Meadowlands, defeating Pilot Discretion by 3-3/4 lengths to stamp himself as the favorite for the Aug. 3 Hambletonian. Super Schissel was third, another eight lengths back.   The time was one-fifth of a second off the stakes and track record for a 3-year-old male trotter set by Six Pack in a division of last year's Dancer Memorial.   In the first Dancer division, Swandre The Giant overtook favorite Green Manalishi S in the stretch to win by one length in a career-best 1:51.3. Reign Of Honor finished third.   Greenshoe, beaten a head in the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial on June 29, started from post seven in the Dancer and settled in third behind Pilot Discretion and Don't Let'em for the first half of the race. Driver Brian Sears put Greenshoe in motion from there and was alongside Pilot Discretion as they came out of the final turn before cruising to victory.   "All along he's been a really talented colt, has a really high turn of speed, and he showed it tonight," Sears said. "He's done everything we've asked all year long and he's done it pretty easily, pretty in hand, so we're real happy with where we're at right now."   Greenshoe, who was the 1-5 favorite, is trained by Marcus Melander for owners Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli. He has won six of nine career races and earned $403,223.   Last year, the highly regarded colt went off stride behind the starting gate or at the beginning of each of his four races, although he was able to recover and win two. The son of Father Patrick out of Designed To Be has been on his best behavior this year for Sears.   "I'm always nervous when he races," Melander said. "Even if he's behaved in all his starts this year, I still don't trust him because you know one little misstep can cost you the race. Today (Sears) left a little bit out of there (from the gate) and kept him calm, and he behaved."   In the second division, David Miller drove Swandre The Giant to his first Grand Circuit win after picking up nine of his 10 previous victories in Indiana Sires Stakes competition. The colt, a son of Swan For All out of Adagio, is trained by Ron Burke for owners Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva Stables and Howard Taylor.   Swandre The Giant, sent off at odds of 5-1, raced without shoes and added Lasix for his Meadowlands debut. He has won 11 of 18 career starts and $417,568. He has won two of six races this season.   "It was definitely the Lasix, and they pulled his shoes off too," driver David Miller said after Swandre The Giant snapped a four-race skid. "He felt really strong. Through the stretch I was getting by (Green Manalishi S) without even asking him yet. He trotted right on by. He went a huge mile." Swandre The Giant    Last year, Swandre The Giant won his first seven starts, all in Indiana, for trainer-driver Brandon Bates before being sold to his current owners.   "He dominated Indiana and Brandon did a great job developing him," Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden said. "This is the kind of horse that we saw. Finally, he realized that."   by Ken Weingartner, Meadowlands Media

East Rutherford, NJ - Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB) Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace day edition began at 10am on a prefect morning with a fast harness racing track, minimal wind and the temperature at 75f. Crucial opened the day with another win, her second in as many attempts in 1:57.3 / 28.2 in hand to Yannick Gingras. The Father Patrick filly took over as the approached the half in a minute, rated the turn then sprinted home to score over I'm Really Special (Tim Tetrick) and Hot Springs Volo (Brian Sears). Ronnie Burke trains the $200,000 Lexington purchase for his interests as Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva and Purnell & Libby. Steve Stewart and Maumee River Stables, Black Creek Farm and Martin Schmucker bred the impressive filly. Paul Kelley sent out a winner this morning in Cover Girl (Scott Zeron), a Muscle Hill from the Grand Circuit stakes winning To Dream On. Zeron moved her to the lead past the quarter, rated fairly and held off the challenges of Fashion Charmer (Dexter Dunn) to the outside and Winter Olympics (Ake Svanstedt) to the inside for the 1:59.1 win. Cover Girl is owned by the trainer along with TLP Stable, SRF Stable and L. Thomases and was bred by Katz Libfeld & Goldband who sold her in Lexington for $70,000. Ready For Moni (Gingras) won right back in 1:57.2 / 29 from off the rated pace. Placed second over, the Ready Cash colt fanned off cover and went by willingly to pick up mile cutter Stay Close (David Miller). Platoon System (Corey Callahan) rallied for third. Fielding, Lindy Farms, Liverman & Hatfield gave $220,000 for him at Lexington. Moni Market Breeders bred the colt. Trond Smedshammer drove Bluffinner, a Credit Winner from Bluff with the grand dam being the million dollar winning Blur, both trained by Trond, to an easy forwardly placed 1:58.2 / 28.3 romp over Merger Hanover (Tetrick) and Rock Party (Callahan). Purple Haze Stable gave $40,000 for the colt at Harrisburg and the breeder is Fair Winds Farm. Papi Rob Hanover (David Miller) was a winner in 1:55.2 for trainer Brett Pelling and owner Dave McDuffee, a pair that have enjoyed great success together over the years. Papi Rob took over past the half then won as he pleased over a charging What The Luck (Matt Kreuger). The Hanover bred Somebeachsomewhere colt brought $130,000 at Harrisburg last fall. Caviart Jane (Zeron) won the last of the baby races in 1:53.3. A sick scratch from a Kindergarten last week, the Captaintreacherous filly was again in hand while scoring her third baby win in as many tries for trainer Nancy Johansson. Caviart Farms and Christina Takter (looking forward to a big night as partners on Pace favorite Captain Crunch) gave $100,000 for her in Lexington last fall, White Birch Farms bred and consigned the filly. The Greatest Night in Harness Racing, Meadowlands Pace night is on tap this evening with $2.5 million in stakes led by the track's signature race the $682,650 Meadowlands Pace begins at 7:15 with post time for the Pace set at 10:10 pm. Free Pace programs are available on the web. Compliments of The Meadowlands and Trackmaster. Nick Salvi        

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It was a case of long and short at the Meadowlands in a pair of New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals Friday night, as Villiam scored at 85-1 in the 2-year-old colt and gelding harness racing pace while 3-5 shot Fortune Starlet dominated in the 2-year-old filly trot. Villiam, a gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Village Mirage, had plenty of action unfold in front of him as the top three horses in the wagering - 3-1 Follow Your Heart, even-money Rockin The Gates and 8-5 Rockin The Aces - all battled for supremacy from the quarter to the three-quarters, and that suited driver Tim Tetrick just fine, who had Villiam in a third-over flow around the far turn. Rockin The Aces was dead game to the wire after racing uncovered for the final half-mile but got nailed by the smallest of noses at the finish. Follow Your Heart was third. The win payout of $172.60 was the highest of the meeting at the Big M. It was Villiam's first victory in three lifetime starts for trainer Eric Foster. The time for the mile was 1:53.1. "I didn't think about winning at three-quarters, I just wanted to get a good check," said Tetrick. "But those other colts beat themselves up and I picked up the pieces." Fortune Starlet ($3.20 to win), a daughter of Trixton-Fortune Dream, had no anxious moments in her dash, grabbing the lead while parked at the half before powering clear of her foes by five lengths in 1:54.3 in winning for the second time in three starts. Caviart Eva finished second but was off stride at the wire and placed fourth behind official second-place finisher Jula Champagne and Spoiled Princess, who was placed third. "She's got a beautiful gait and a great attitude," said winning driver Dexter Dunn of the George Ducharme trainee. "She showed last week (when she won in 1:55.4) what she can do. She's still learning a little, but she's got a bright future." Before the betting card, two other NJSS Finals were conducted. Play Trix On Me, a son of Trixton-Lima Playmate, took the 2-year-old colt and gelding trot in 1:55.3 for driver Tetrick and trainer Gareth Dowse to stay perfect in four lifetime tries. Ready Set Rock, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Popcorn N Peanuts, took the 2-year-old filly pace. Driver Andy McCarthy guided the winner to a 1:56.3 score for trainer Michael Hall. A LITTLE MORE: Leading driver Yannick Gingras had the hot hand once again, scoring five times on the program, twice with Per Engblom trainees. ... Chalk players cashed plenty of tickets on the card, as eight favorites visited the winner's circle. ... All-source handle on the 14 races totaled $2,682,541. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. with a stakes-laden 13-race card that features the $682,650 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

Over the past 40 years, only three female trotters have earned at least $300,000 at age 3 after being unraced at age 2. Harness racing trainer Jim Campbell trained one of the horses in that group, Stage Show, in 2008. He hopes to add another to the list this season. Millies Possesion is 6-for-6 this year for Campbell and breeder/owner Fashion Farms after sitting out her 2-year-old campaign because of soundness issues. She won four times on the Pennsylvania stakes circuit before notching her first Grand Circuit victory last week in a division of the Reynolds Memorial at The Meadowlands, pushing her earnings to $107,267. On Saturday, she competes in the second of two divisions of the Del Miller Memorial at The Meadowlands. The $126,500 race is expected to be her final prep for the Hambletonian Oaks eliminations July 27 at the Big M. "I can't say enough about her; she kind of speaks for herself," Campbell said. "She made a great transition last week stepping up with tougher horses and her first time at The Meadowlands. She took to it like a true professional. "It's a small percentage of the ones that don't race at 2 that come back and do what she's done. Am I surprised? Nothing surprises me in this game anymore. You think you know something and then it goes the opposite way. With her, the more she's raced, the more she's shown that she knows what she has to do. She's just a true professional. She gives you everything she's got." Only one 3-year-old filly over the past 40 years has earned more than $564,000 after missing her 2-year-old season, pacer Yellow Diamond, with $1.31 million in 2009. In addition to Stage Show, who won the Matron Stakes and finished third in the Oaks and Breeders Crown on her way to $394,279, the trotters to surpass $300,000 were Ontario standouts China Pearls (with $511,856 in 2011) and Donven Promise (with $456,350 in 2001). Both were O'Brien Award winners. Campbell considered Millies Possesion, a daughter of Possess The Will out of Fashion Athena, one of his top 2-year-olds last season before shutting her down. This season, she is the sport's fastest 3-year-old filly trotter thanks to her 1:51.1 win in the Reynolds. Millies Possesion, with regular driver Dexter Dunn, started from post nine and raced on the outside the entire mile. "It's hard when you're training them to say this one is going to be our best one because you never know what they're going to do when they go behind the starting gate," Campbell said. "I'm really impressed with her gait and the way she gets over the ground, and her determination and attitude. She knows she's a racehorse and she loves doing it. There's nothing negative to say about her, that's for sure." Among the fillies joining Millies Possesion in the second Del Miller division are Starita, who also won a Reynolds division last week, as well as The Ice Dutchess, who won last year's Peaceful Way and Jim Doherty Memorial stakes, and multiple Pennsylvania stakes winner Asiago. The $124,000 first division includes Reynolds division winner Cloud Nine Fashion, also from Campbell's stable, and New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Evident Beauty. Also in action Saturday will be Hambletonian-eligible 3-year-old male trotters in two divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. The fields feature seven of the 10 horses in Meadowlands announcer/analyst Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian rankings: No. 1 Greenshoe, No. 3 Green Manalishi S, No. 4 Pilot Discretion, No. 5 Don't Let'em, No. 7 Super Schissel, No. 9 Swandre The Giant, and No. 10 Osterc. Saturday's 13-race card at The Meadowlands also includes the Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers, the Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters, Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old female pacers, William R. Haughton Memorial for older male pacers, Golden Girls for older female pacers, and a leg of the Miss Versatility Series for older female trotters. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT). For Saturday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Eight of the horses in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown weekly Top 10 Poll will be in harness racing action on the Saturday (July 13) night program at the Meadowlands, and a slightly different wagering menu - which promises to create big pools - will also be offered on the highly-anticipated Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Night card. Top-ranked Shartin N seeks her ninth win in a row in the Golden Girls for free-for-all mare pacers. Her last Meadowlands appearance came on November 24th of last year when she won the TVG Mares pace in 1:50.3. No. 2 Atlanta, who a week ago recorded the fastest trotting Big M mile ever of 1:49.1 in the Graduate Series Final, will look to stay perfect in seven seasonal starts in the Hambletonian Maturity, an open event for 4-year-olds at a mile and an eighth. In the evening's feature, Captain Crunch (No. 3) and Bettor's Wish (No. 5) will go head-to-head in a second consecutive major event in the glamourous 3-year-old male pacing division, the $682,650 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. Four weeks ago, 'Crunch' bested 'Wish' by three-quarters of a length in the North America Cup. No. 4 Greenshoe, whose explosive late rally left him a head short at the wire in the June 29th Beal, will try to make it six wins in nine lifetime tries in the second of two divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old open trotters. Speaking of polls, Greenshoe is currently the top-ranked horse in Meadowlands' track announcer Ken Warkentin's weekly 'Road to the Hambletonian' Top 10. Last Saturday, in the Graduate Series Final for pacers, sixth-ranked Lather Up became only the second horse in harness racing history to complete a mile in 1:46. He'll take on defending Horse of the Year McWicked in the William Haughton Memorial at a mile and an eighth. No. 9 Warrawee Ubeaut, who was upset two weeks ago in the Lynch, takes on the horse that beat her - Stonebridge Soul - in the Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old pacing fillies at a mile and an eighth. Finally, Hannelore Hanover (No. 10) takes on Darling Mearas S, one of only four horses to ever break the 1:50-barrier on the trot at the Big M, in the second leg of the Miss Versatility for open mares. WAGERING MENU: The Saturday card will feature an extra 50-Cent Pick-4 as well as an extra Pick-3 as compared to a normal 13-race card. There will be Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta and Superfecta wagering on all 13 races; Daily Doubles will be offered on races 1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 8-9, 9-10 and 12-13; the 50-Cent Pick-5 will begin with Race 1, but will have a $50,000 guaranteed pool instead of the usual $25,000; the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 will be offered starting with Race 3 while the pair of 20-Cent Jackpot Super-High Fives will be in their usual spots, Races 5 and 13. Fans of the track's signature wager, the 50-Cent Pick-4, will get to double their pleasure. There will be two rounds of the bet on Saturday. The first - which will be made up of the Golden Girls, Hambletonian Maturity, Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace and Haughton Memorial - takes place on Races 6-9 and will offer a guaranteed pool of $100,000, while the second will be on Races 10-13 with a $50,000 promise. Keep in mind that the Survivor, Pick-5 and Pick-4 all offer a low 15 percent takeout. CHECK YOUR WATCH: The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace field will head to the gate at 10:10 p.m. ... Racing on Friday and Saturday night will get underway at the usual 7:15 p.m. ... For the remainder of the meeting, racing will be conducted on a Friday-Saturday 7:15 p.m. basis, except for Hambletonian Day, Saturday, Aug. 3, when the card gets underway at noon. Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment is sponsoring a Race Announcer Workshop on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The workshop, open to all ages, will be conducted by Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway announcer Ken Warkentin, who has called over 200,000 Standardbred and Thoroughbred races, including 19 Hambletonians. Warkentin, who started calling races at age 16, has been on racing broadcast teams for CBS, NBC and ESPN. He provides voice overs for a variety of outlets and has a website, http://www.kenvoice.com/. The day's events will start at 9 a.m. at the track and wrap up with students who wish to do so calling one of the non-betting, non-purse races for 2 year olds that will start at 10 a.m. If the number of students who want to call a race exceeds the number of races that day, a random draw will be held to match a student with a race. Tuition is $25. Tuition will take the form of a tax deductible donation to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Class size is limited to 30. For more information or to sign up, contact Matt Zuccarello via phone or e-mail at 516-314-0478 and e-mail at mzuccarello25@gmail.com by Friday, July 12th. Rachel Ryan

Chris Ryder knows what it is like to race in the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace -- this year's appearance with Bettor's Wish will be the trainer's seventh trip to the harness racing event's final -- but this time feels different. Bettor's Wish, who has won five of six starts this season, is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line in Saturday's $682,650 race for 3-year-old pacers at The Meadowlands. The colt, with driver Dexter Dunn, heads to the final off a win in his elimination last weekend. The morning line favorite is Captain Crunch, who is 2-1 after also winning his elimination. Captain Crunch, the 2018 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer, won the North America Cup on June 15 at Canada's Woodbine Mohawk Park, with Bettor's Wish finishing second. Bettor's Wish has finished third or better in all but one of his 18 career races, winning 10. "Quite often in the past, I've been in the North America Cup and the Meadowlands Pace, and you get a bit nervous," the 63-year-old Ryder said. "You think hard about it, what has to be done. You always question yourself as a trainer. But with this horse, I'm absolutely not doing that because he gives you confidence. That's what Dexter says, and he's right. "He's so reliable when he races. Every time he races, he shows you some brilliance. I'm not nervous, I'm going to enjoy it, because you don't get in these spots very often. I'm just going to enjoy it and make the most of it." Ryder is among the owners of Bettor's Wish, along with Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm, and Ken Solomon. The colt, by Bettor's Delight out of Lifetime Star, was purchased for $20,000 at the 2017 Lexington Selected Sale and has earned $664,556 so far in his career. "It's just a good story," Ryder said. "He was a cheap yearling, but when you look at his pedigree, it's tremendous. He's from the family of Life Sign and American Ideal; Three Diamonds is his fourth dam. But he was small and he wasn't a (Captaintreacherous-sired yearling). That was the first year of the Captains and the money went to Captaintreacherous. "He doesn't look small when he's racing," Ryder added. "He's got a big, long stride. And he's always good down by the wire. We're just pleased to have him." Bettor's Wish won five times last year, all in Canada, and was second in the Battle of Waterloo and Ontario Sire Stakes championship. This season, his triumphs include the Art Rooney Pace. Bettor's Wish "Honestly, he's a little better than I thought he would be," said Ryder, whose best Meadowlands Pace finish came in 2002 with runner-up McArdle. "He impresses me every time he races. He trains quite well, but plenty of horses train pretty good. When you go and race, he's got that bit extra that you don't always see when you race them. "I like his speed and his versatility. He's getting two-hole trips all the time and it's not just luck. It's because he can get himself where he needs to be." Bettor's Wish will start Saturday from post four. Captain Crunch and driver Scott Zeron will leave from post one while Workin Ona Mystery, the 5-1 third choice on the morning line, and driver Tim Tetrick start from post nine. No other pacer in the 10-horse field is better than 10-1. "This is going to be a tricky race," Ryder said, adding with a laugh, "I said that about the North America Cup, and here I am saying the same thing again. Who knows?" Saturday's 13-race card at The Meadowlands features eight of the top-10 horses in this week's Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. In addition to Captain Crunch (No. 3) and Bettor's Wish (No. 5) in the Meadowlands Pace, No. 1 Shartin N is in the Golden Girls, No. 2 Atlanta is in the Hambletonian Maturity, No. 4 Greenshoe is in a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial, No. 6 Lather Up is in the William R. Haughton Memorial, No. 9 Warrawee Ubeaut is in the Mistletoe Shalee, and No. 10 Hannelore Hanover is in the Miss Versatility. For Saturday's complete entries, click here. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT). by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager  

The Hambletonian Maturity, a $450,000 race exclusively for 4-year-old trotters, drew 11 entrants and will go to post Saturday (July 13) at The Meadowlands. Headlining the field is Atlanta, the 2018 Hambletonian winner and one of just 14 fillies to capture the classic event. Atlanta raced into the record books last Saturday in the Graduate final, catching world champion Six Pack at the wire in 1:49.1. That makes her the fastest trotting mare ever, and it was the fastest trotting mile ever at The Meadowlands. A win in the Maturity by Atlanta, a daughter of Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip, would make her just the second Hambletonian champion after Marion Marauder (2017) to capture the modern-day edition of the Maturity. Post positions, driver choices, race number and morning line will be available when finalized. The field in alphabetical order is: Created by the Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands as a racing opportunity solely for 4-year-olds previously eligible to the Hambletonian and Oaks, like those events the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey and entrants are subject to out of competition testing and a retention barn. The distance is 1-1/8 miles. All starters in the race will receive money, with the winner receiving 50 percent of the purse. One percent of the total purse will be paid to the owners of the finalist finishing sixth through eleventh. The remainder of the purse for the Maturity will be divided 50-24-16-10 percent for the horses finishing second through fifth.   by Moira Fanning for the Hambletonian Society

Hightstown, NJ — The race for No. 1 got a little tighter in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Shartin N remained in the top spot, as she has for all seven weeks of the poll, but Atlanta is gaining. Atlanta cut Shartin N’s lead from to 26 points to five thanks to her world-record 1:49.1 win in the Graduate Series championship for 4-year-old trotters at The Meadowlands. Atlanta received 15 first-place votes, up from eight a week ago. Shartin N also won over the weekend, capturing a leg of the Great Northeast Open Series for pacing mares at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Meadowlands Pace elimination winners Captain Crunch and Bettor’s Wish remained in positions three and five, respectively, in the rankings while idle Greenshoe held steady in fourth. Lather Up, who equaled the fastest mile in history with his 1:46 score in the Graduate Series championship for 4-year-old pacers, joined the Top 10 at No. 6. The remainder of the Top 10 was idle. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, which runs weekly through November, does not determine Horse of the Year. The members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association vote on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 7 – 7/9/2019 Rank Name (First Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (19) 6pm 10-9-0-0 $521,375 330 1 2 Atlanta (15) 4tm 6-6-0-0 $339,330 325 2 3 Captain Crunch (1) 3pc 5-4-0-0 $459,693 270 3 4 Greenshoe 3tc 4-3-1-0 $250,000 204 4 5 Bettor’s Wish 3pc 6-5-1-0 $392,500 190 5 6 Lather Up 4ph 8-5-0-1 $214,710 146 — 7 Western Fame 6ph 10-6-1-2 $526,300 99 7 8 Gimpanzee 3tc 2-2-0-0 $131,788 94 6 9 Warrawee Ubeaut 3pf 6-4-1-1 $192,358 70 8 10 Hannelore Hanover 7tm 4-2-0-0 $59,282 38 9 Also: Guardian Angel As 35; Pilot Discretion 14; Six Pack 12; Tequila Monday, Treacherous Reign 10; Bettor Joy N, Century Farroh, McWicked, None Bettor A, Workin Ona Mystery 8; Green Manalishi S 7; Highalator, Rich And Miserable 6; Courtly Choice 5; Always A Prince 4; Jimmy Freight 3; JK First Lady, Mr Vicktor 2; Millies Possesion, Queen Of The Pride, This Is The Plan 1.   by Ken Weingartner USTA Media Relations Manager

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