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East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands will welcome four popular Grand Circuit stakes for older horses, previously been raced at Tioga & Vernon Downs, to the big time over the mile oval at Harness Racing's Greatest Showplace for 2021.   The Roll With Joe (Open Pace) sponsored by Clinton Tractor, Crawford Farms (Open Trot) sponsored by Al & Michelle Crawford's Crawford Farms, Artiscape (Open Mare Pace) sponsored by International Sound and the Joie De Vie (Open Mare Trot) sponsored by Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will all be raced at The Meadowlands as part of a celebration of Independence Day weekend on the night of Saturday, July 3, each for an estimated purse of $175,000.   These stakes are a part of a $20 million stakes program for 2021 at The Meadowlands with nearly $5 million of that total being directed to the older stars of the sport.   Please visit The Meadowlands website to access all information and nomination forms for the 2021 stakes season.            

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It was going to be difficult to match the excitement and bettor enthusiasm of Saturday, Jan. 2 at The Meadowlands when a harness racing $46,731 carryover and $150,000 guarantee led to a total 20-cent Pick-5 pool of $360,948. Last Saturday (Jan. 9), there was no carryover off which the Pick-5 pool could build, so track management and The Standardbred Owners Association of New Jersey got together to 'seed' the pool with $25,000 and give it a $100,000 promise. What resulted was a total pool of nearly $200,000 that for a second consecutive Saturday served as the catalyst for what was a huge night of betting at The Big M. "What a start to the year," said Meadowlands' Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "Last week's 20-cent Pick-5 was seeded with an extra $25,000. The 'new money' of $170,758 brought the total pool to $195,758, and the winning payout was $25,057 for each 20-cent winning ticket. "The $25,000 seeding was our way to thank the horseplayers for their enormous support of The Meadowlands. Their wagering has made The Big M the most popular nighttime signal of any breed in horse racing, with our Saturday Winter Meet handle averaging over $4 million. The Meadowlands remains an industry leader in lowering takeout and offers six player-friendly wagers with an extremely low 15 percent takeout every night. We are abundantly grateful to horseplayers around the world for their business." Speaking of business, the last three Saturdays have seen plenty, with big increases over the corresponding cards from the year before. The total handle on Dec. 26, 2020 was $3,718,250, which was $800,000 more than the Saturday after Christmas 2019. Jan. 2 of this year saw a gigantic $4,562,477 of action, an increase of $1.8 million, while $3,646,603 was put in play on Jan. 9, an increase of almost $1.1 million. As usual, Pick-4 play was vigorous, as last Saturday saw the two pools combine for just over $180,000, an average of $90,000 per wager. "It's been an enormous month for Strategic Wagering and the United States Trotting Association," said Settlemoir. "This is the 11th year for the Strategic Wagering arm of the USTA. It offers low takeout wagers, free program pages, carryover Information and guaranteed pools. Strategic Wagering has increased interest in harness racing and has been a big part of the wagering resurgence you see on a nightly basis, and The Meadowlands is proud to be a part of this initiative." TODD'S GREAT, WON EIGHT: Todd McCarthy, the 27-year-old recent Australian arrival who has been tearing things up since his September debut at The Big M, won four races both last Friday (Jan. 8) and Saturday (Jan. 9). The leader of the "Todd Squad" has now recorded four wins on three occasions. Dave Miller also did well last weekend, winning twice on Friday and four times on Saturday. He is now in Florida for the winter and has already been seen in the sulky at Pompano Park. CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE TRACK? There are several options for those who would rather catch the action from The Big M at home. Racing fans can watch all the races live on the Roberts Television Network (rtn.tv). In addition, they can watch and wager by going to the Television Games Network (tvg.com) or their favorite Advance-deposit Wagering site (ADW). FREE FOR ALL: Thanks to an agreement between The Meadowlands and TrackMaster, past performances for every race of every Big M program are now available at no cost. To access the free PPs, go to playmeadowlands.com. CHECK OUT THE PICKS: For those who need to get a leg up on the action, go to playmeadowlands.com to see track oddsmaker and analyst Dave Brower's selections and commentary. Click on the "handicapping" tab and go to "race reviews". Additionally, track announcer Ken Warkentin's blog is available on the site and offers his picks and analysis. On race nights, access picks and plays from the Big M TV team at #playbigm or at @TheMeadowlands. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Andrew Demsky (@shadesonracing) and Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1). Check in everyday for Meadowlands news and updates at those handles, as well as @TheMeadowlands and #playbigm. MEAN TWEETS: Demsky has compiled some entertaining segments during his short tenure at the track and has put together an especially fun one featuring many Meadowlands personalities. You can find Demsky's "Mean Tweets" on the track's Facebook page and on the Big M's YouTube Channel. PRE-GAME SHOW CHANGE: This Friday, the "Racing from The Meadowlands" live pre-game show begins at the usual 5:27 p.m. On Saturday, the United States Harness Writers Association will host a special Dan Patch Virtual Awards Show that gets underway at 5 p.m. Among the awards to be doled out will be the 12 divisional winners in the racehorse categories, along with Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. The show runs approximately 30 minutes, after which The Big M's TV team will take over with its usual pre-game presentation. Post time for the first race on Friday and Saturday is 6 p.m. THE FIELD IS DOWN TO EIGHT: The National Football League playoffs are now in the conference semifinal stage, and you can get all your pigskin action at The Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook. On Saturday, the Los Angeles Rams travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers (-6½) at 4:35 p.m., then at 8:15 p.m., the Buffalo Bills (-2½) host the Baltimore Ravens in the weekend's most competitive game, according to the oddsmakers. The Sunday actions kicks off at 3:05 p.m. when the Cleveland Browns visit the Chiefs (-10) in Kansas City, then at 6:40 p.m., the battle of the future Hall of Fame quarterbacks takes place when Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints (-3) host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Meadowlands Media Relations  

Hightstown, NJ — The Meadowlands Racetrack will host its fourth edition of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Race on Saturday (Jan. 16). The 10-horse $15,000 pace, which features African American drivers, is race No. 2 on the harness racing card with a 6:22 p.m. post time. Among this year’s drivers are Montrell Teague, who won the event in 2018 and 2020, and 2019 winner Jim King Solomon. The race honors the memory of slain civil rights leader King, who was born Jan. 15, 1929. “This means a lot to me,” said Solomon, who has worked with Meadowlands race secretaries Peter Koch and Scott Warren over the years to help organize the event. “To be part of a race like this, to have them put it together, I’m very honored. This is for everyone, for all people. “Dr. King was a great man who stood for equal rights, not only for Black Americans but for all races where there was injustice. It’s an honor to even be a part of keeping his memory alive.” Teague will start the race from post 10 with Rufo. Teague, who turned 30 earlier this month, was harness racing’s 2015 Rising Star Award winner. He was the driver of 2015 Horse of the Year and fan favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit and has won 1,602 races in his career. Solomon, who recently returned to action after ankle surgery, starts Saturday from post two with Duckies Dynasty. Solomon also won an edition of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pace at Monticello Raceway in 2009. He remembers the details. “It was very cold,” Solomon said about the snowy 12-degree day in upstate New York. “I put my horse on the front, backed him down a little bit, and then came on home with him. It was a great thrill.” The remaining eight drivers participating in Saturday’s King Remembrance Race are Randy Crisler, Eric Tharps Jr., Orlando Greene, Deshawn Sample, Mark Sheridan, Jamaal Denson, Devon Tharps, and Chad Washington. Washington finished second in the past two editions of the race. Sheridan finished third in the previous two. “We’ve got good drivers, good horses,” Solomon said. “This is going to be a very good race.” For complete entries for Saturday’s 15-race Meadowlands card, which will be preceded by a one-hour show announcing the 2020 Dan Patch Awards, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Faithful fans of The Meadowlands product produced another huge night of harness racing action at mile oval, as for a third consecutive Saturday betting topped the $3.6-million mark. All-source wagering on the 15-race card totaled $3,646,603. Just like one week ago (Jan. 2), a big first race guaranteed 20-cent Pick-5 pool set the tone for the night. The wager carried not only a $100,000 pool promise but had a $25,000 seed as well, which was provided by track management and the Standardbred Owners Association of New Jersey. In the end, the total P5 pool represented $195,759 of the $411,664 bet overall in the opener. Play was steady all night long, as three times single-race totals exceeded the $300,000 mark. The track's Pick-4s were predictably popular with players, as a total of $180,909 was pushed through the windows on the two wagers. Over the last three Saturdays, betting has totaled $11,927,330, an average per card of $3,975,776. NO REGULAR JOE Grizzled veteran Western Joe used a quick brush to grab the top before the half and flaunted his back class from there, crushing his foes in the featured $19,000 high-end conditioned pace. The 7-year-old gelding by Western Ideal-Ante Fay, who is trained by Chris Choate, stopped the clock in 1:50 with Dave Miller driving to win for the 30th time from 97 career starts. His earnings now stand at $712,908. As the 2-5 favorite, he returned $2.80 to his backers. Paduka N was 3¼ lengths back to finish second. Rockin The Aces was third. Western Joe   THAT'S EIGHT, MATE Driver Todd McCarthy capped a superb weekend with four winners on the card. The 27-year-old recent Australian transplant, who also won four times Friday night, was the key to the 20-cent Pick-5 payoff of $25,057, winning three times during the sequence, including a score at 29-1 with Effronte A in the fourth race. THAT'S A HALF-DOZEN, COUSIN Dave Miller matched McCarthy by winning four times Saturday after recording a driving double Friday. Fans of "The Buckeye" will have to do without the Hall of Famers talents for a while, as Miller is now heading to Florida for the winter. He plans to do some driving at Pompano Park. A LITTLE MORE There was something for everybody during the races, as seven favorites clicked during the night while four winners were sent to the gate at odds of 11-1 or more. Marcus Miller guided two of those, scoring at 11-1 and 39-1. Three of those long shots scored in the 12th, 13th and 14th races, leading to a $1 Pick-3 that returned $2,858.00. ... Free past performances for every race of every Meadowlands card are available at playmeadowlands.com. ... Racing resumes Friday at 6 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - For a second straight night, harness racing driver Todd McCarthy had the hot hand, and for a second straight week, action in The Meadowlands' 20-cent Pick-5 was huge. The combination led to a giant payday for a handful of sharp players. Unlike seven days ago (Jan. 2), when the total Pick-5 pool of $360,948 was divvied up many ways as three favorites (two odds-on choices) scored during the sequence leading to a payoff of $343.74, members of the "Todd Squad" cashed in for big balloons this time around. Saturday night, the pool was $195,759 including a $25,000 seed put up by the track and the Standardbred Owners Association of New Jersey, and those who had all five winners walked away with $25,057.52. McCarthy, who won four times on the Friday card, scored on Saturday in the second race with 9-1 shot Pokerface Bluechip. He made the day of those who hit the bet when he guided 29-1 chance Effronte A to the winner's circle in the fourth before winning his third race of the sequence with 2-1 favorite Somebaddude in the fifth-race payoff leg. Winner's odds for the sequence - that included a pair of post-time public choices - were 7-1, 9-1, 6-5, 29-1 and 2-1. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - For a guy who didn't arrive until four months ago, Todd McCarthy continues to impress in harness racing's toughest driver colony. The 27-year-old McCarthy continued to do good things since his arrival from Australia, winning four times on the Friday night card at The Meadowlands. The five-time driving champion at Australia's Menangle Racetrack finished second at the recently concluded Fall Big M Meeting, ending up just four winners behind leading pilot Dexter Dunn, the native New Zealander who won 46 races. Break The Deal got McCarthy's big Friday off to a good start in the opener, taking a low-end fillies and mares pace in 1:52.4 as the 8-5 favorite for trainer Tom Shay before recording three more victories with non-chalks. The Double Deuce raced uncovered around the far turn on the way to taking the fourth race, a low-end conditioned distaff pace, for trainer Nancy Takter as the 5-1 third choice in 1:53.1 before another 5-1 chance, the Noel Daley-trained Darkrshadeofpale N, won the fifth race mid-range fillies and mares pace in 1:51.4 as the fourth choice in the betting. The "Todd Squad" were smiling once again at the conclusion of race eight, when Godspell Hall tipped off perfect cover to score as the 9-2 third choice in a mid-range conditioned trot in 1:53.2 for trainer Nifty Norman. Darkrshadeofpale N JOEY UPSETS IN FEATURE: Driver Dave Miller put 13-1 long shot Joey on the front early, and the 6-year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide-Jodi's Jayme went all the way to take the featured $19,000 high-end conditioned trot in 1:53.1. Seeking his third consecutive win, 4-5 favorite Some Chapter used a huge brush down the backside to challenge the eventual winner, but flattened out on the far turn before coming back to battle Joey through the stretch, only to come up a neck short in a superb try. A LITTLE MORE: Dexter Dunn guided three winners on the card while Dave Miller had a pair. ... The Julie Miller-trained, Andy Miller-driven Get Legs stayed perfect in five lifetime starts after winning the 11th race non-winners of three trot in a lifetime-best 1:53.1. ... All-source handle totaled $2,804,088. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6 p.m. when the first race 20-cent Pick-5 kicks off. The Meadowlands and the Standardbred Owners Association of New Jersey have teamed up to seed the pool with $25,000. The wager sports a $100,000 guaranteed pool. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - With the stars in perfect alignment, harness racing wagering at The Meadowlands has been booming of late. In fact, with the track dark each of the last two holiday-season Fridays, the Saturdays (Dec. 26 and Jan. 2) that followed saw cumulative handle batter the $8-million barrier. After $3.7 million - the fourth-highest day or night of business during 2020 - was pushed through the windows Dec. 26, an incredible $4.5 million was put in play on Jan. 2, which sets a high bar to leap over on a "non-event" card during 2021. Last Saturday's program started with a loud bang and the noise kept on coming as players fired away for all 15 races. The first race 20-cent Pick-5 had a well-publicized carryover and $150,000 guaranteed pool that ended up with a total pool of just over $360,000. In addition, because the $46,000 carryover was not subject to the already low 15 percent takeout, bettors got back precisely 99.87 percent of the Pick-5 action, instead of the usual 85 percent. "The Meadowlands is offering horseplayers a challenging and beatable game featuring low takeout and large pools driving the insatiable demand for these wagers," said Meadowlands' Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "We thank horseplayers around the world for their increasingly positive response to New Jersey racing at The Meadowlands." Big pools were the norm throughout the Saturday card. Four times during the program betting on a single race exceeded the $300,000 mark, with the first-race total of $565,076 representing the evening's most vigorous play on a single dash. "Historically speaking," said Settlemoir. "Wagering over $300,000 a race without a stakes event on the program is completely off the charts. We are proud of everyone at The Big M who worked so hard to make a $4.5-million night possible. With no racing either of the last two Fridays, there was obviously a large demand for the Saturday program, and, fortunately for us, the momentum from the last Saturday in December carried over into the first Saturday of January. Another factor was our media relations people helping to fuel a social media fire that burned all night long." Other big Saturday pools included the track's two signature Pick-4s, which averaged $111,597 per pool, as well as the mile oval's always popular Exacta, that averaged better than $84,000 a pop. Total Exacta play for the night was better than $1.25 million. "The Pick-5 carryover of $46,000 brought everyone to the party early," said Settlemoir. "The Pick-5 pool grew to $360,000 and the first race handle of $565,000 could possibly be a Meadowlands record for an opening race. In addition, now that we are offering free program pages on all Big M races, that provides something else that appeals to our regular customers and may bring us some new clientele as well, and, during the winter months, we have moved our post time to 6 p.m. In essence, we have traded the 11 p.m.-to-midnight hour for the 6-7 p.m. hour. We certainly are happy with the overwhelming response from our racing fans the last two weeks." The Big M's six 15 percent takeout wagers accounted for 14 percent of the evening's action on Saturday, with a total of over $650,000. In addition to the Pick-5 and two Pick-4s, players can also choose to get in on the track's 20-cent Survivor Pick-7, 20-cent Pick-6 and 10-cent Hi-Five. A $100,000 PROMISE: Given the tremendous success of one week ago, Big M management - along with the Standardbred Owners Association of New Jersey - will provide $25,000 in seed money and a $100,000 guaranteed pool for the Saturday night 20-cent Pick-5 wager. In addition - on both Friday and Saturday night - each 50-cent Pick-4 (which begin in races six and race 10, respectively) have guaranteed pools of $50,000. THE SCHEDULE: Live racing at The Meadowlands will be conducted every Friday and Saturday night. First-race post time is 6 p.m. TUNE IN: Be sure to watch the live "Racing from The Meadowlands" pre-game show, which now begins at 5:27 p.m. every race night. On Friday, Dave Brower and Dave Little will be at the main desk on the Sam McKee Memorial Broadcast Set while Jessica Otten will be the featured handicapper on the live Television Games Network (tvg.com) presentation. Shades Demsky will provide interviews from the back paddock. On Saturday night, Demsky will be alongside Brower, Little will shift to TVG and Otten will not only be on interview duty, but will also provide an in-depth look at the 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 after the conclusion of the replay of race two. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Brower (@eedoogie), Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Demsky (@shadesonracing) and Otten (@JessicaOtten1). Check in everyday for Meadowlands news and updates at those handles, as well as @TheMeadowlands and #playbigm. FREE FOR ALL: Thanks to an agreement between The Meadowlands and TrackMaster, past performances for every race of every program through Hambletonian Day, Aug. 7, are now available to Big M players for free. To access the free PPs, go to playmeadowlands.com. CHECK OUT THE PICKS: For those who need to get a leg up on the action, go to playmeadowlands.com to see track oddsmaker and analyst Brower's selections and commentary. Click on the "handicapping" tab and go to "race reviews". Additionally, track announcer Warkentin's blog is available on the site and offers his picks and analysis. On race nights, access picks and plays from the Big M TV team at #playbigm or at @TheMeadowlands. CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE TRACK? There are several options for those who would rather catch the action from The Big M at home. Racing fans can watch all the races live on the Roberts Television Network (rtn.tv). In addition, they can watch and wager by going to the Television Games Network (tvg.com) or their favorite Advance-deposit Wagering site (ADW). FANDUEL'S FOOTBALL FRENZY: Need a football fix? Head to the Meadowlands' FanDuel Sportsbook for all your action. The National Football League playoffs get underway with tripleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday. Kickoff times are 1 p.m., 4:40 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. both days. Then, stick around for Monday, when Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith and the Alabama Crimson Tide (-7½) take on the Buckeyes of Ohio State and quarterback Justin Fields at 8 p.m. in the game to determine who walks away with the National Championship of college football. Meadowlands Media Relations  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is pleased to announce that Saturday, January 9th will have a guaranteed Pick 5 pool of $100,000. Additionally, the harness racing pool with be seeded with $25,000. Free past performances will be available for this and every live race card at PlayMeadowlands.com "We want to run a wagering promotion that gives back to our customers as a way of thanking them for wagering over $4.5 million on us last Saturday night," said COO & GM of the Meadowlands Racetrack, Jason Settlemoir. "This seeded and guaranteed Pick 5 pool, along with free past performances hopefully provides bettors an additional incentive to wager on us." "We would like to thank the SBOA of NJ especially President Mark Ford and the SBOA Board for taking on this initiative with us," Settlemoir added. "We were extremely pleased with on-track racing product and pool totals last Saturday and this promotion will hopefully keep the momentum going." The 20-Cent Pick 5 covers races 1-5 and features a low 15% takeout. Live racing returns this Friday, January 8th at 6pm. Free pps courtesy of TrackMaster.com for the entire cards both Friday and Saturday can be found at PlayMeadowlands.com.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Handle reached remarkable heights and Let It Ride N stamped himself as the top harness racing horse currently in training on an eventful Saturday night at The Meadowlands. Wagering on the 15-race program totaled $4,562,477, which topped the "non-event" 2020 best of $4.1 million on June 20, when there were 18 races on the card. The average per race was $304,165, a number not seen since Hambletonian Day, when an average of $358,163 was put in play. From the get-go Saturday, the action was fast and furious, as $565,076 was bet in the first race, thanks to $314,217 in "new money" wagered into the 20-cent Pick-5, which saw a total pool of $360,948 after the carryover of $46,731 was added in. Another $468,040 was wagered on the sixth race, due in large part to an Early 50-cent Pick-4 pool of $120,947. The Late 50-cent Pick-4 was predictably popular as well, with $102,248 in action leading to $351,354 in total play. The single-race $350,000 barrier would be broken four times during the night. RIDE, RIDE, RIDE: The incredible early success of the Nifty Norman-trained Let It Ride N continued in the featured $28,000 Open/Preferred Handicap for pacers, as the 8-year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Love A Gamble stayed perfect in five North American starts since his arrival from Australia in late November. Driver Dexter Dunn didn't ask Let It Ride N for big speed at the start, settling in seventh along the rail from post nine in the nine-horse field around the first turn. Searching for a second consecutive score, Harambe Deo set a fast pace, hitting the quarter in :26.1. Before the half, Dunn had Let It Ride N racing on the rim, following the first-over Rock Diamonds N as Harambe Deo paced the half in :53.2. Nearing the five-eighths, Rock Diamonds N started to back up in the 1-2 favorite's face, so Dunn had to move three-wide likely earlier than he would have liked. It didn't matter. "He had no choice [but to move him]," said Norman of Dunn's aggressiveness. "But the horse has a huge kick and seems to be able to carry his speed a long way." Let It Ride N Let It Ride N gobbled up ground while three-wide around the far turn and collared Harambe Deo shortly after they straightened up in the stretch before blowing his foes away in a thoroughly dominant performance, scoring by 2 lengths over the late-rallying Hesa Kingslayer N after pacing his final quarter in :26.1. Vettel N closed for third. Highalator, the 9-2 second choice, finished seventh, with Harambe Deo (7-1) eighth. "He really amazed me," said Norman of his prized pupil. "He doesn't seem to have any bottom in him. I'm in shock again tonight. He's got an amazing brush. What impressed me the most, is once he passed Harambe Deo, he kicked off again like he had another gear." Let It Ride N, who won at The Meadowlands on Dec. 12 in 1:48.4 and now has three wins at the mile oval, lowered his lifetime best to 1:48.1. He's now won 23-of-59 lifetime starts and earned $360,958 for owners Enzed Racing Stable Inc. "He's 8 years old," said Norman. "You don't expect 8-year-olds to do this. All I've done is put him on Lasix, so he must have been bleeding back home. Next, I'll take him to Yonkers to see if he can get around a half-mile track. We might try the [Borgata] series there. I'm going to have to stake him to some races this year. He looks like he can be a Grand Circuit horse. I have to give him that chance." A LITTLE MORE: Dunn and Yannick Gingras picked up right where they left off in 2020, as each won three times on the card. ... Norman had a training double, as did Stacy Chiodo. ... Racing resumes Friday at 6 p.m. ... The Big M will race every Friday and Saturday from now through Hambletonian Day, Aug. 7. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - After last Saturday's (Dec. 26) sensational sendoff to 2020 saw huge handle lead to a deep guaranteed Pick-5 pool, The Meadowlands looks poised to begin 2021 harness racing with another big Saturday (Jan. 2) night at the races. Post time is 6 p.m. "Happy New Year from The Meadowlands," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "We are thrilled to kick off the 2021 season Saturday night with a $46,731 carryover on the extremely popular 20-cent Pick-5. The low minimum allows more combinations and added coverage, which will undoubtedly put us on the wagering radar of more horseplayers, especially with the bet's low 15 percent takeout." Three consecutive longshots led to the P5 carryover, which prompted Big M management - in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering initiative - to guarantee Saturday night's pool at $150,000. Social media posts have opined the final pool will be double that or more. Based on last Saturday's wagering, they just might be right. Handle for the night totaled $3,718,250, an average per race of $247,883. The last time - other than Hambletonian Day and Meadowlands Pace Night - that business was as brisk on a per-race basis was on July 11 (Meadowlands Pace Eliminations Night) when a total of $3,440,248 was bet over 13 races, an average of $264,634 per dash. "The Meadowlands would like to thank our loyal fans for one of our best nights of the year," said Settlemoir. "It was very encouraging to see the horseplayers around the world respond to our product in such a big way. In fact, our total handle was up $800,000 over the corresponding card from the year before." The Pick-5 spans races one through five and free past performances for the wager will be available at playmeadowlands.com. The Big M's signature 50-cent Pick-4 wagers were predictably popular last Saturday, as more than $180,000 was put in play on the well-liked puzzles, an average pool of better than $90,000. The Pick-5 total pool of $73,305 nosed out the average exacta pool of $73,013 for second-most prolific betting proposition of the night. A statistically typical six favorites emerged victorious on the 15-race card, but the bombs that capped the Pick-5 managed to edge the evening's average win price past the $20 mark. In addition to the 20-cent Pick-5 (which begins in race one) and the two $50,000 guaranteed 50-cent Pick-4s (which kick off in the sixth and 10th races), the other low 15 percent takeout wagers that will be in play Saturday are the 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 (race three), 20-cent Pick-6 (race eight) and 10-cent Superfecta (race 15). RIDE, RIDE, RIDE: With four wins in as many starts since arriving from Australia, the Nifty Norman-trained Let It Ride N is the headliner in the featured $28,000 Preferred Handicap Saturday night. The 8-year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Love A Gamble, who will be driven by Dexter Dunn, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite and was assigned post position nine in the nine-horse field. The primary contenders are Harambe Deo (7-2), who won The Meadowlands feature a week ago in 1:49.3, and fan-favorite Highalator (4-1), a winner of six-of-nine Big M outings this year. SHOW ME TICKETS: Be sure to watch the live "Racing from The Meadowlands" pre-game show, which now begins at 5:27 p.m. On Saturday night, The Big M team of Dave Brower and Dave Little will take a long look at the Preferred Handicap and provide extended analysis and tickets for the Pick-5. Shades Demsky will be the featured handicapper on the live presentation on the Television Games Network (tvg.com) all night long. THE SCHEDULE: Effective Saturday night, live racing at The Meadowlands will be conducted every Friday and Saturday night. First-race post time is 6 p.m. CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE TRACK? There are several options for those who would rather catch the action from The Big M at home. Racing fans can watch all the races live on the Roberts Television Network (rtn.tv). In addition, they can watch and wager by going to the Television Games Network (tvg.com) or their favorite Advance-deposit Wagering site (ADW). TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Brower (@eedoogie), Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Demsky (@shadesonracing) and Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1). Check in everyday for Meadowlands news and updates at those handles, as well as @TheMeadowlands and #playbigm. FREE PPs: Some good news came for Meadowlands players Thursday morning, when it was announced that the track and TrackMaster had entered into an agreement that will provide free past performances for every race of every race card through Hambletonian Day, Aug. 7, 2021. To access the free past performances, go to playmeadowlands.com. CHECK OUT THE PICKS: For those who need to get a leg up on the action, go to playmeadowlands.com to see track oddsmaker and analyst Brower's selections and commentary. Click on the "handicapping" tab and go to "race reviews". Additionally, track announcer Warkentin's blog is available on the site and offers his picks and analysis. On race nights, access picks and plays from the Big M TV team at #playbigm or at @TheMeadowlands. FOOTBALL AT FANDUEL: The National Football League's final day of regular season play is this Sunday (Jan. 3), and fans can bet on all the action at the FanDuel Sportsbook, located just inside the main entrance at The Meadowlands. Local football fans will be hoping the New York Giants (+2½) can - with a little help - win the NFC East by defeating the visiting Dallas Cowboys in a 1 p.m. start. Also at 1 p.m., the New York Jets (+3) will be in search of a third straight win - after losing their first 13 games on the season - when they visit the New England Patriots. Hours for the track's FanDuel Sportsbook are from 10 a.m. - midnight Sunday through Friday and from 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. on Saturday. Free Full Card Past Performances for the Meadowlands Racetrack Starting with the first race card of 2021, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will now offer free full card past performances for each race night through the Winter/Spring and Championship Meets. Working with TrackMaster, the Meadowlands Racetrack was able to come to an agreement that allows the track to provide free Platinum TrackMaster Past Performances through Saturday, August 7, 2021.  The PPs are available for download here.  "I have always recognized the importance of getting program information in everyone's hands. We have now entered into an agreement with Trackmaster that enables us to do just that and post our programs on our website for each live race card so anyone can download and print the program free of charge,” said Jason Settlemoir, COO & GM of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. “When I found out about this opportunity I jumped on it for our customers as the price seemed right after speaking with David Siegal President of Trackmaster. Mr. Gural agreed to give it a try for our customers.  As the premier harness track in North America to be able to disseminate our information for free to everyone puts us on par with professional sports leagues such as the NFL, NBA, MLB and all the others with free information available to our customers and fan base. We will give this a try and see if it moves the needle for handle.” Settlemoir also said, “We are also working on another exciting project with Trackmaster as well that should be completed hopefully in February. More details to follow on that initiative as we move forward." Live racing kicks off in 2021 this Saturday, January 2 with a 6 p.m. post time.  There is a $46,731 Pick 5 carryover with a $150,000 guarantee.  For all more information visit PlayMeadowlands.com Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands supports the inclusion of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) in the 2020 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.   The Omnibus passed through both houses of Congress last week and was signed into law by President Trump on Sunday. "The HISA is important to all of horse racing to demonstrate that we are addressing the problems that have plagued the sport for the last several decades. It is clear the past and current policies do not work.   "Virtually all the horsemen that I have asked support trying to eliminate trainers that drug the horses. Having the Federal government involved will put some teeth into the effort to stop them as the indictments and subsequent arrests of last March showed.   "It seems inconceivable that in 2022 every thoroughbred racetrack will have uniform rules and be governed by this legislation while every standardbred racetrack will continue to be governed by the states despite the fact that 27 of the 29 people indicted earlier this year were associated with standardbred racing and only two were thoroughbred trainers.   "Hopefully we can work with the USTA to modify the law next year to meet our needs which are considerably different than the thoroughbreds. If the USTA continues to oppose the legislation it would be our intention to ask the Racing Commissions in New York and New Jersey to allow us to opt in to the legislation since it does provide that option.   "I remain confident that the majority of the issues that concern the Standardbred industry can be addressed and adjusted to where we can live with them," said Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural. Details on the HISA and its passage are available by visiting the "WHOA" website and consider joining that organization while you're on the site. It is free to join. The Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) is a grassroots movement of like- minded individuals who support the passage of federal legislation to prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport of horse racing.    

East Rutherford, NJ - The always popular Meadowlands Winter Meet Survival Challenge powered by 123Racing returns Saturday, January 2, 2021. Cash prizes and World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars seats are up for grabs in this free online competition. Trackmaster will provide Platinum Past Performances for each night of the contest. The game covers the Meadowlands' Winter Meet and concludes on March 27, 2021. The winner is determined by the highest total bankroll at the end of the Challenge based on a $2 "across the board" wager [win, place and show] on selections for three designated races each program. However, to continue in the game, entrants have to "survive" by finishing in-the-money [first through third] with at least one of their selections each day. Failing to do so or not making selections knocks the player out of the game. To aid in the player's survival a "lucky horseshoe" is given. The lucky horseshoe is a "free pass" given to all Challenge participants that allows the player to survive if he does not make selections for a race card or all three of his selections fail to hit the board. The grand prize is $500 & $1,300 2021 WHHC Spot The second-place prize is $300 & $1,300 2021 WHHC Spot The third-place prize is $200 & $1,300 2021 WHHC Spot The free contest is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada 18 years and older, and all selections must be made through the format provided on the Survival Challenge website page. No selections will be accepted by phone, fax, e-mail or any other means. Trackmaster Platinum Past performances for the three designated races will be provided through the game board. The deadline for selections each day is 30 minutes before 6 p.m. post time for the first race through March 13th. Post time then switches to 7:15pm for March 19-27th. After 30 minutes to post, all selections are final. To login or to register as a first time player, visit www.survival-challenge.com. Meadowlands Racetrack

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – The Meadowlands faithful was out in force with Christmas money in hand Saturday night, and at the conclusion of the 15-race card, all-source wagering topped the $3-million mark for the first time during the Fall Meeting on the last day of harness racing in 2020. Handle for the night totaled $3,718,250, an average per race of $247,883. The last time – other than Hambletonian Day and Meadowlands Pace Night – that business was as brisk on a per-race basis was on July 11 (Meadowlands Pace Eliminations Night) when a total of $3,440,248 was bet over 13 races, an average of $264,634 per dash. Things got rolling in the fifth race Saturday, when a night-best $366,063 was pushed through the windows with $117,910 in exacta action leading the way. Twenty minutes later, $85,859 in 50-cent Pick-4 play keyed total betting of $353,837 in race six. Race eight – which saw an exacta pool of $98,671 – was the third $300,000 or better race of the night, with total action of $302,405. ON THE TRACK: Warrior One took the $19,000 high-end conditioned trotting co-feature for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras in 1:52.3. The 4-year-old gelded son of Father Patrick-Yoga was on the go from the start, making the lead out of the first turn from post eight before yielding to Hill Of A Horse just after the quarter. Gingras moved his horse back to the top before the half and went down the road from there, recording an easy 3-length score over Cue Hall. Hill Of A Horse was third. Sent to the gate as the 5-2 favorite, Warrior One returned $7.40 to his backers in winning for the 13th time in 52 lifetime starts. He now has earnings of $221,146. In the co-featured high-end conditioned pace, Harambe Deo got back into the win column for trainer Jeff Cullipher and driver Simon Allard. Racing in a softer spot than he had in his previous three outings, the 5-year-old gelded son of Woodstock-Tea Time held off the late-charging Bracken Storm A by a nose in 1:49.3. J M Mandamin was third. Harambe Deo was away well from post nine and made his way to the top at the half in a pulse-pounding :54.1 on the chilly evening that saw a wind chill of 19 degrees. He used a :27.2 third fraction to open a 2-length lead on the pocket-sitting Heza Real Diamond before holding off Bracken Storm A – who might have won had he found room just a moment or two earlier in deep stretch when in bad traffic – by an eyelash. As the 5-1 fourth choice, Harambe Deo returned $13.20 to win in scoring his 17th career win from 85 starts. His earnings stand at $263,369. $150,000 GUARANTEED: After longshots scored in the third, fourth and fifth races, the track’s 20-cent Pick-5 wager did not yield a winning ticket, setting up what could be a gigantic pool when racing resumes on Saturday, Jan. 2. Those who correctly selected four winners cashed in for $312.78. The bet started innocently enough as the 9-5 second choice and 2-1 favorite won the first two races, respectively, on the card. But then the bombs fell as 14-1, 50-1 and 36-1 outsiders took the final three legs of the sequence, leading to a carryover of $46,731.16. As a result, Big M management – in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering initiative – has guaranteed next Saturday’s pool at $150,000. Free past performances will be available for the Pick-5 at playmeadowlands.com. A LITTLE MORE: Cullipher was on fire all night long, winning four races on the night. … Dave Miller led the driver’s colony with four victories, three coming with Cullipher trainees. … There will be no racing at The Big M on Friday, Jan. 1. … Racing resumes Saturday, Jan. 2, with a first-race post time of 6 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - After longshots scored in the third, fourth and fifth races Saturday night at The Meadowlands, the track's 20-cent Pick-5 wager did not yield a winning ticket, setting up what could be a gigantic pool when harness racing resumes Saturday, Jan. 2. Those who correctly selected four winners cashed in for $312.78. The bet started innocently enough as the 9-5 second choice and 2-1 favorite won the first two races on the card. But then the bombs fell as 14-1, 50-1 and 36-1 outsiders took the final three legs of the sequence, leading to a carryover of $46,731.16. As a result, Big M management - in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering initiative - has guaranteed next Saturday's pool at $150,000. Free past performances will be available for the Pick-5 at playmeadowlands.com. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – After The Meadowlands takes a break for the holiday – there is no harness racing or simulcasting on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day – live action will return to The Big M with a bang this Saturday (Dec. 26) night with a gigantic 15-race program that will begin at the track’s new early post time of 6 p.m. Like a true holiday feast, the card comes with all the trimmings. All 15 races have full 10-horse fields and the track’s betting menu offers all the goodies Big M players have grown accustomed to, with a 20-cent Pick-5 (race one), 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 (race three), 20-cent Pick-6 (race eight), 10-cent Pentafecta (race 15) and a pair of 50-cent Pick-4s (beginning in races six and 10). Both Pick-4s will have guaranteed pools of $50,000 and all the wagers offer a low 15 percent takeout. The wagering on the card figures to be fast and furious since the last two Saturday programs were compromised: Two weeks ago by heavy fog – which left all of who watched a limited view of the first eight races – and last week by an electrical malfunction that caused the cancelation of the entire 13-race card. “The Saturday card features 15 full 10-horse fields,” said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. “Which will give horseplayers many chances for the big score. The one-mile oval makes it possible for all vertical and horizontal players to shoot for the moon. “We think our product will do extraordinarily well this winter with our new 6 p.m. post time, which will be in effect through mid-March. We are hopeful that The Meadowlands with full fields and low takeout can cultivate even more horseplayers from around the world to wager on our signal.” Not only will harness fans get to overindulge on the races from the mile oval, but Thoroughbred fans will get an excellent nosh as well, as the day after Christmas The Big M will offer simulcasting of the Opening Day card from Arcadia, California’s Santa Anita Park. The 11-race program – which features five graded stakes events – has a post time of 2 p.m. FREE PPs: For free past performances of Meadowlands races, courtesy of the United States Trotting Association and TrackMaster, go to playmeadowlands.com. Races 10 through 13 – the entire Late 50-cent Pick-4 – will be available for Saturday’s card. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M’s Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Shades Demsky (@shadesonracing) and Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1). Check in everyday for Meadowlands news and updates at those handles, as well as @TheMeadowlands and #playbigm. CHECK OUT THE PICKS: For those who need to get a leg up on the action, go to playmeadowlands.com to see track oddsmaker and analyst Brower’s selections and commentary. Click on the “handicapping” tab and go to “race reviews”. Additionally, track announcer Warkentin’s blog is available on the site and offers his picks and analysis. On race nights, access picks and plays from the Big M TV team at #playbigm or at @TheMeadowlands. CHECK OUT THE SHOW: Be sure to watch the live “Racing from The Meadowlands” pre-game show, which will now begin on race nights at 5:27 p.m. On Saturday night, The Big M’s “A” team of Brower and Little will talk about what’s going on in harness racing and take a look at that evening’s featured races from the Sam McKee Memorial Broadcast Set while Demsky will be the featured handicapper on the live presentation on the Television Games Network (tvg.com) all night long. CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE TRACK? There are several options for those who would rather catch the action from The Big M at home. Racing fans can watch all the races live on the Roberts Television Network (rtn.tv). In addition, they can watch and wager by going to the Television Games Network (tvg.com) or their favorite Advance-deposit Wagering site (ADW). THE MEADOWLANDS SCHEDULE: There is no live racing on Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25. There will be live racing Saturday, Dec. 26, with a post time of 6 p.m. In addition, The Big M will be closed for simulcasting on both Dec. 24 and 25. HOLIDAY AT FANDUEL: Football fans can get their fill at the FanDuel Sportsbook, located just inside the main entrance at The Meadowlands. On Saturday (Dec. 26), there will be four college football games that handicappers can play, and, in addition, the National Football League will have three contests: At 1 p.m., Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-9½) travel to Detroit to take on the Lions; Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals (-5½) host the San Francisco 49ers at 4:30 p.m. before the final game of the day kicks off at 8:15 p.m. when Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins (-3) travel to Sin City to take on the Las Vegas Raiders. This week for the Christmas holiday, there will be some changes to the schedule at the FanDuel Sports Book. On Dec. 24, bets will be taken until 6 p.m. The book will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. During a normal week, hours in the track’s FanDuel Sports Book are from 10 a.m. – midnight Sunday through Friday and from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. on Saturday.   Dave Little

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Saturday night's live harness racing program at The Meadowlands was canceled due to an electrical malfunction of the track's lighting system. The Big M will resume with live action on Saturday, Dec. 26, with a special early post time of 6 p.m. "We apologize for any inconvenience this caused," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "And we would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season." By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

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