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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Racing luck usually plays a part when one wins a race. Getting an expert steer doesn't hurt, either. Those two factors were on display in the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands, as Caviart Luca and Big M leading harness racing driver Yannick Gingras nailed favorite K Ryan Bluechip at the wire in the featured Preferred for pacers. Speedsters Castle Flight and New Talent were on the go early. Castle Flight led at the quarter in :27.3 while New Talent, fresh off his Big M season's-fastest 1:49.2 score last week, then brushed to the top at the three-eighths and hit the half in :55.1 as the 2-1 chalk K Ryan Bluechip was gradually chipping away at the leader's edge racing first-over. All the while, Caviart Luca was sitting in what appeared to be an impossible spot - third at the rail - with four horses in the outer flow. K Ryan Bluechip inched his way past New Talent with a little less than three-sixteenths of a mile to go. Enter racing luck and Gingras. Finding a seam just big enough as the field spread out in the stretch, Gingras moved Caviart Luca off the rail to get directly behind KRB with an eighth to go. Inside the sixteenth pole, Caviart Luca swung to the outside and managed to get up by the smallest of noses at the wire. New Talent held on for third. "I just got lucky to find a seam in the middle," said Gingras, "my horse was sharp and ready." Making just his second start of the year, Caviart Luca, eighth and last in his 2019 debut at Yonkers, returned $10.40 as the third choice in the wagering for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Phillip Collura. The 8-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Caviart Sierra, who completed the mile in 1:51.1, has now won 29-of-141 career starts and earned $742,535. ANDY'S DANDY: Andy Miller piloted four winners on the card, giving him seven for the weekend. Gingras was right behind him with six, after winning three times on both Friday and Saturday. On the training side, the red-hot Jennifer Bongiorno made two Saturday winner's circle visits, giving her three victories for the weekend. A LITTLE MORE: Wagering continued to be strong as all-source betting totaled $2,919,538. ... 50-Cent Pick-4 cashers walked away with $903.80 by using 9-1 shot Pepper Guy and driver Dexter Dunn in the ninth race. The winner's odds of the other three horses in the sequence were 4-1, 9-2 and 3-2. ... Dunn and Vinny Ginsburg each drove a pair of winners. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. Bettors will have a new wager to try as that evening will see the debut of the Can-Am Pick-4, a wager that requires players to pick two winners at the Meadowlands and two at Woodbine Mohawk Park. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Apparently, Yannick Gingras and Andy Miller like an off track, as both Meadowlands regulars, currently first and third, respectively, in the driver standings at the mile oval, each scored three times on the Friday night Big M harness racing card. At the start of the evening, the weather was spring like, with temperatures in the 70s, but a cold front came through after the fourth race, dousing the track with several intense rainfalls that made it necessary to delay the action twice during the remainder of the card. Neither Miller nor Gingras could have cared less, as each scored their trifectas after the track was downgraded to sloppy for the start of the fifth race. That's when Miller got his night underway, scoring with Abbeylara in a $7,500 claiming pace as the 8-5 second choice in 1:53.2. The resurgent Rubber Duck won the seventh, a conditioned trot, in 1:52.3 as the 6-5 favorite before Miller completed his three-bagger in the 14th race with Arch Credit in a conditioned trot in 1:55.3. After going a three-hole trip, Arch Credit skimmed the cones to become the night's biggest-priced winner at $23.80. Gingras began with Max Volo in the sixth race conditioned trot, scoring as the 6-5 public choice in 1:56.1. Well Said Maria (4-1 second choice) followed in the ninth race fillies and mares conditioned pace in 1:52.1 before Tearful Of Happy became Gingras' third of the night in the 11th race fillies and mares conditioned pace in 1:52.1 as the 5-2 second choice. A LITTLE MORE: The 14-race card saw a 6-1 shot win the opener and a 10-1 chance take the finale. The 12 races in the middle were won by six favorites, with no horse scoring at odds greater than 4-1. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 fell just short of a sixth straight $100,000 pool, as a total of $97,185 was wagered. The sequence saw winner's odds of 3-1, 4-1, 7-2 and 5-2 add up to a healthy payoff of $1,001. ... Tyler Buter and Andy McCarthy had driving doubles while Nick Surick trained a pair to victory lane. ... All-source handle totaled $2,675,593. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - As the weather warms and perennials reappear, hope springs eternal, and nowhere in harness racing is that more evident than at the mecca of the sport, the Meadowlands. The Big M is closing out winter on a roll and hopes to continue that momentum with spring due to arrive this Wednesday (March 20). Wagering at the mile oval exceeded $3 million for the fourth time in 2019 last Saturday (March 9) as $3,175,007 was put in play, marking the fourth time this year that betting exceeded that magic mark. At this time a year ago, the $3-million plateau had been reached only once. "We've been able to put up big handle numbers thanks to our horsemen, who have supported our entry box," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "Our fans like betting into big fields, which, in part, is due to the increased purses we have been able to offer thanks to the governor and legislators. Purses are due for another bump up in April, so New Jersey is a great place to race. All of us at the Meadowlands are optimistic that the best is yet to come." With the track's "Championship Meeting" about a month away, featuring races like the July 13 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace and the granddaddy of them all, the August 3 Hambletonian, things are indeed blooming at the mile oval. TWO TRACKS, PICK-4: Harness racing's two biggest tracks are combining forces for what they hope is the sport's next big thing, the Can-Am Pick-4. The wager consists of two races at the Meadowlands and two at Woodbine Mohawk Park. It will offer a 20-Cent minimum and a low 15 percent takeout. Thoroughbred racing has seen success with bets like the Stronach 5 and NYRA Cross Country, and the Meadowlands and Woodbine Entertainment hope to create some added interest in both tracks with harness racing's version of a multi-track, multi-leg wager when the bet debuts on Friday, March 22. The CAP4 will be offered on Friday nights. JUMP INTO THE POOL: On Saturday's card, some notable pools included the Exacta ($98,542) and Trifecta ($72,185) in the first race, the Superfecta ($41,183) in the fourth, and, as usual the popular 50-Cent Pick-4 ($100,470), which reached six figures for a fifth straight time in the eighth. Twice on the program, single-race wagering topped $339,000. Those races were the first (leg one of the 50-Cent Pick-5) and eighth (leg one of the Pick-4). Fans of the 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five have a pair of sizable carryovers to shoot for when racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. In the fifth race, $63,647 awaits, while the 14th race pot will start out at $25,576. On the driving end of things, it was business as usual for two of the game's greats last weekend, as Yannick Gingras had seven wins and Tim Tetrick six. Ron Burke and Jeff Cullipher were the top trainers with three victories apiece. GREEN WITH ENVY: On Friday (March 15), celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Big M by filling out the entry form in the live program (or by visiting the track level Players Club desk) and entering the track's "Go Green For Greenbacks" drawings. Every time a driver with green in his colors wins, two lucky patrons will receive $50 betting vouchers. St. Paddy's Day dining specials will include corned beef and cabbage, green beer and Irish coffee. Pink restaurant will offer a St. Patrick's Day buffet featuring potato and leek soup, bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage. The buffet costs $29.95. Call 201-THE-BIGM for reservations. A 5-COURSE DINNER...AND BEER! On Saturday (March 16), Pink restaurant will host a fabulous five-course beer dinner. Each course will be paired with a beer from Long Island's Blue Point Brewing Co. that goes perfectly with the food. The price is $49.95 and reservations are required. Please call 201-843-2446. LAST WHHC CHANCE: Your final opportunity to qualify at the Meadowlands for the World Harness Handicapping Championship - presented by www.DerbyWars.com - takes place on Saturday (March 16). It's $200 to enter and you could win a seat in the April 13 WHHC Final. For complete information go to http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/2019%20March%20WHHC%20qualifier_Rev1.pdf. GET READY FOR MAYHEM: Tuesday (March 19) marks the start of the NCAA college basketball tournament. Head to the Big M' FanDuel Sportsbook to watch and wager on all of the games. Meadowlands Media Relations  

The 94th Hambletonian Future Wager at the Meadowlands will open its first pool Friday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m. in conjunction with the final payments taken on the harness racing trotters for the $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. This will be the first of four pools opened in advance of the race to be held Saturday, August 3 at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ. Wagering will be available at racetrack and online sites throughout North America and internationally and wagering for the first pool will close on Sunday, March 17 at 11:00 p.m. (EDT) A team of harness racing analysts and handicappers led by Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin, whose Road to the Hambletonian annually tracks the leading candidates to the race, selected a group of 14 trotters out of the 199 colts, fillies and geldings that were made eligible to start in the Hambletonian after the final February 15 payment. The wager will be discussed at length on The Meadowlands weekend simulcast show. Though fillies have their own division in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, several have started in the $1 million event for males in recent years, most recently Atlanta, who became just the 14th filly to win a Hambletonian. The 14 horses assigned odds in the pool will be listed in alphabetical order. The mutuel field, #15, will consist of the remaining horses eligible, including all fillies eligible to the Oaks. There are no supplements permitted to the Hambletonian or Oaks. The minimum future wager is $1.00 and all future wagers are win wagering only. The winner of each pool will be determined by the official first-place finisher in the 2019 Hambletonian. The second future pool will open Friday, May 31 at 11:00 a.m. through Sunday, June 2, closing at 11:00 p.m. The third future wager pool will open Friday, July 5 at 11:00 a.m. through Sunday, July 7, and close at 11:00 p.m. The fourth and final pool opens Thursday, August 1, after the entries and elimination heats are sorted, and close at post-time of the first elimination and/or heat of the Hambletonian on Saturday, August 3. The Hambletonian Future Wager will be set-up in the tote system as one separate event. The event code is MZX. Past performance lines for the Hambletonian eligible horses will be available free of charge on the Meadowlands website playmeadowlands.com. All rules and updates can be found there and on www.Hambletonian.com. 2019 Hambletonian Future Wagering - Pool #1 HD - Horse - Morning Line Odds 1. CHAPTER FASHION 20-1 2. CHIN CHIN HALL 10-1 3. DONT LET'EM 10-1 4. FORBIDDEN TRADE 15-1 5. FORECAST 20-1 6. GIMPANZEE 4-1 7. GREEN MANALISHI 6-1 8. GREENSHOE 8-1 9. HUDSON RIVER 20-1 10. KINGS COUNTY 20-1 11. OSTERC 20-1 12. PROSPECT HILL 15-1 13. SOUTHWIND AVENGER 10-1 14. SWANDRE THE GIANT 12-1 15. All Other Horses - 8-1 ***************************************************************** The 2019 Hambletonian Future Wager Official Rules The 2019 Hambletonian Future Wager Official Rules 17% Takeout Win Wagering Only - $1 Minimum The Hambletonian Future wager will be four (4) separate wagering pools during the months of March, May, June, July and August, with the winner of each pool being determined by the official first place winner of the Hambletonian on August 3, 2019. Each pool will remain open for a period to be determined by the association, but in any event, not less than three (3) days nor more than ten (10) days. The pools shall each be open for the same length of time. The starting and closing date of the wager will be determined by the association and will be promoted to the public. Each Hambletonian Future wager shall be win wagers only and each pool shall be separate and independent. Calculation and distribution of winning wagers will be made following the official results of the 2019 Hambletonian. The minimum wager shall be one dollar ($1.00). Each pool shall be comprised of up to fifteen (15) betting interests. The top fourteen (14) betting interests shall be determined by the New Meadowlands Racetrack handicapper and listed alphabetically. The number fifteen (15) betting interest shall represent the mutuel field, which will include all other runners not listed in numbers one (1) through fourteen (14). The fifteen (15) betting interests will appear in the daily race program with morning line odds on each day the wager is offered. Following the close of each month's Hambletonian Future wagering pool, the final odds and/or probable payoffs will be listed in the racing program and released to the media. No refunds will be issued. All wagers are final once the patron has left the window. Career-ending injuries, death and failure to start are not subject to refunds. If the New Meadowlands Racetrack and/or Hambletonian Society becomes aware that a horse suffers a career-ending injury or becomes deceased after the numbers (1) through fourteen (14) are printed, but before Future Book Wagering has begun, the number shall be scratched and no wagers shall be accepted on that horse. That scratched horse will become part of the field number fifteen (15). If the New Meadowlands Racetrack and/or Hambletonian Society becomes aware that a horse suffers a career-ending injury or becomes deceased after the numbers one (1) through fourteen (14) are printed, and after Future Book Wagering has begun, wagering on that number shall be suspended. No refunds will be issued on the suspended number. Notwithstanding the above, in the event the 2019 Hambletonian is not run or does not produce an official winner, all wagers shall result in a refund. Also, in the event that there is a coupled entry or mutual field in the 2019 Hambletonian, for the purpose of the Hambletonian Future wager, each entry or mutuel field shall be considered a single betting interest. All calculations and payoffs for the Hambletonian Future wagers shall be governed by the New Jersey Racing Laws and Rules. Each pool shall be separately and independently calculated and distributed. Takeout shall be deducted from each gross pool as stipulated by law. The remainder of the monies in the pool shall constitute the net pool distribution as payoff on winning wagers. The amount wagered on the betting interest which finishes first is deducted from the net pool, the balance remaining being the profit; the profit is divided by the amount wagered on the betting finishing first, such quotient being the profit per dollar wagered to win on that betting interest. The net pool shall be distributed as a single price pool to winning wagers in the following precedence, based upon the official order of finish: (a) To those whose selection finished first; but if there are no wagers, then To those whose selection finished second; but if there are no wagers, then (b) To those whose selection finished third; but if there are no wagers, then (c) The entire pool shall be refunded on win wagers for that contest. If there is a dead heat for first involving: Contestants representing the same betting interest, the pool shall be distributed as if no dead heat occurred or Contestants representing two or more betting interests, the pool shall be distributed as a profit split. The Hambletonian Future Wager will be set-up in the tote system as one separate event. The event code is MZX and the future wager pools will be placed as follows: * Race 1: Hambletonian Future Wager Pool 1 March 15 - March 17 * Race 2: Hambletonian Future Wager Pool 2 May 31 - June 2 *Race 3: Hambletonian Future Wager Pool 3 July 5 - July 7 * Race 4: Hambletonian Future Wager Pool 4 August 1 - August 3 Real time odds, pool data and updates on field participants for the 2019 Hambletonian Wagers and current odds will be shown on various simulcast shows including New Meadowlands Racetrack. For the Hambletonian Society & Meadowlands Racetrack    

This Saturday, March 16th the Meadowlands hosts its Last Chance harness racing WHHC Qualifier. Two spots are up for grabs in the $200 Qualifier ($100 entry plus a $100 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to make $10 Win, Place, Show or any combination WPS bets on ten Meadowlands races of their choice. Players can wager more than $10 a race if they desire. Players can register on-site until 7:15 pm on the 16th. DerbyWars will host regular online Qualifiers for the WHHC every Saturday through the end of March. Players can qualify for as little as $33. Complete DerbyWars Qualifier information can be found at DerbyWars.com. The remaining upcoming partner track WHHC qualifiers include: ·         TVG/4NJBets ·         Vernon Downs: March 16th ·         Tioga Downs: March 23rd ·         Buffalo Raceway: March 16th ·         Rosecroft Raceway: March 31st The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com is Saturday, April 13th,  with a welcome reception the evening prior.  Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,300.  The $1,300 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $1,000 going to the prize pool.  The $150,000 prize pool is based on an estimated 150 entries and the $40,000 first place prize is guaranteed.  The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, two designated mandatory races.  Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings.  Prize payouts are to the Top 10.  The WHHC Final brochure is available at here            

A limited number of seats remain for Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's 5-course Blue Point Brewing Beer Dinner this Saturday, March 16th. Each course is expertly paired by Executive Chef Dennis Sammarone to showcase Blue Point's brews. 1st course: Brie, Manchego, Fig & Apricot with Blue Point Toasted Lager 2nd course: Fresh Guacamole with Jalapenos & Cumin served with house-made chips paired with Blue Point The IPA 3rd course: Beer-Steamed Mussels with Blue Point Shore Thing Lager 4th course: BBQ Ribs with Spicy Fries & Coleslaw with Blue Point Small Batch Hazy Bastard 5th course: Apple & Lemon Tart with fresh Whipped Cream & Blueberries paired with Blue Point Blueberry Ale Beer dinner guests also get a show on the racetrack with live harness racing kicking off at 7:15pm. For reservations call 201-The-BigM. For the full menu and beer descriptions click here.   Irish-themed Buffet this St. Patrick’s Weekend at the Meadowlands Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all weekend long with beer, food and voucher drawings.  Live harness racing kicks off at 7:15 pm both Friday & Saturday night. On Friday, March 15 guests can enjoy the $29.95 Irish themed buffet in Pink.  Potato & leek soup, Irish soda bread, corned beer & cabbage and shepherd’s pie are menu highlights.  Homemade shamrock cupcakes and brownies are a perfect sweet end to the night. On Friday & Saturday guests have a chance to leave with a little more green in their pockets in the “Go Green for Greenbacks” promotion.  Every time a driver with green in his colors wins two lucky fans win $50 betting vouchers. Entry forms are available in the live racing program and at the Players Club Desk.   For those wanting more Irish –themed fare on Saturday, March 16, diners can enjoy the $39.95 St. Patrick’s buffet in Pink.  The menu features hand-carved NY strip steak, Guinness battered cod & chips, corned beef & cabbage and shepherd’s pie.  Reservations for dining can be made by calling 201-TheBigM. For full menus, racing and event information click here.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After settling for a close second in each of his first two starts of the season coming from off the pace, harness racing driver driver Tim Tetrick thought he'd try something different with Beckhams Z Tam in the $25,000 featured Preferred Handicap for pacers at the Meadowlands Saturday night. And Tetrick was right on the money. Beckhams Z Tam, the 2017 Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt and gelding pace champion, has come back sharp as a 5-year-old, and after racing eighth and last most of the way a week ago, Tetrick had the son of Always A Virgin-Sara's Lucky Charm on the go from the start this time around. After Rodeo Romeo reached the quarter in a snappy :27, Beckhams Z Tam took over shortly thereafter and hit the half in :55.1. Mindtrip, a recent $50,000 claim by trainer Dylan Davis, was now creeping his way toward the leader while parked out as Beckhams Z Tam continued to cruise on the point at three-quarters in 1:23.1. It was blowout city from there. With minor urging from Tetrick, Beckhams Z Tam sprinted his final quarter in :27 to hit the finish 3¼ lengths in front of Rodeo Romeo. K Ryan Bluechip rallied for third. "Timmy asked me if I cared how he drove him," said winning trainer Bruce Saunders, "and I thought it would be a good opportunity to see if he had any gate speed. Leaving the gate was Timmy's idea. Really good horses can race any way and win, and Beckhams Z Tam can be competitive with any field right now." Beckhams Z Tam, who is on his way to next week's Levy Series at Yonkers, returned $3.40 as the 3-5 public choice after completing the mile in 1:50.1. He now has 16 victories from 47 lifetime starts and earnings of $727,597 for owners Z Tam Stables. A LITTLE MORE: Sams Triple Crown and driver Tyler Buter lit up the toteboard while rocking the clock in the eighth race. The 25-1 chance scored in 1:49.4, becoming the third horse in 2019 to break the 1:50 barrier at the Big M. ... Just two races later, New Talent flexed his class muscles from post 10, scoring in 1:49.2 with Tetrick calling the shots in the fastest Meadowlands mile of the year. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool surpassed the $100,000 mark for a fifth straight race card. ... Tetrick and Yannick Gingras were the kings of the driver colony, with Tetrick winning five times on the program and Gingras four. ... All-source wagering was $3,175,007, the second-highest total of the year and the fourth time betting has gone past the $3-million mark. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Driver Andy Miller was able to steal a slow middle half, and that's just what Sutton needed to end Trolley's four-race winning streak in the Friday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands, the $25,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. Sutton was away quickly from post eight and went parked out past the quarter before securing the top at the three-eighths. Sutton hit the half in :57.1 after looping early leader In Secret, who led at the quarter in :28. Trolley, the 4-5 favorite, started his first-over march toward the leader at the half after sitting in the five-hole and made steady progress as Sutton hit three-quarters in 1:26.2 after rating the middle half in :58.2. Trolley couldn't get close enough to the pace-setter to threaten given the sluggish pace, and Sutton still led by a little more than a length at the head of the stretch before slightly extending that advantage to 1½ lengths as they hit the wire. Trolley held second, with In Secret finishing third. "When the draw came out," said winning trainer Julie Miller, "I was hoping Andy was going to do what he did, leave the gate. The fact that he was able to rate the middle half was a big factor in us winning, because Sutton has back class." "He had a foot injury last year," said Julie of her prized pupil, "so we've been giving him some TLC. He's heavily staked for this year, so we are hoping to keep him sound and have a big 2019." Sutton, a 6-year-old son of Donato Hanover-I Wanted Wings who trotted the mile in 1:54, returned $6.20 to his backers as the second choice in the wagering. He's now won 11-of-37 lifetime outings, good for earnings of $521,038 for owners Andy Miller Stable and Jason and Douglas Allen. A LITTLE MORE: Wagering was lively in the 50-Cent Pick-4, as $107,921 was pushed through the windows, and after a sequence that saw winner's odds of 5-1, 4-1, 3-1 and 2-1, the payoff was $533.20. ... Longshot players were loving life in the sixth race as Explosive Ridge and driver Vinny Ginsburg lit up the tote board, returning $170.40 for a $2 bet, the biggest win payout of the year. ... Andy Miller and Big M leading driver Yannick Gingras both had three victories on the night. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,799,501, the 18th time this year out of 19 cards that wagering has exceeded $2.5 million. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations      

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A pair of harness racing giants - the Meadowlands and Woodbine Entertainment - are joining forces to create a wager certain to titillate the palate of any punter when the "Can-Am Pick-4" makes its debut on Friday, March 22. As the name suggests, the wager requires players to select the winners of four races from Canada and America. Two of those races will take place at the mile oval in East Rutherford, NJ, with the other pair to be contested at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the seven-eighths track in Milton, ON, Canada. "We are extremely pleased to be working with everybody at Woodbine Entertainment," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "They have a great racing product and so do we, and to combine those products to make one wager that's sure to create increased interest for both tracks is great for business as well as the sport. We are optimistic that followers of both the Meadowlands and Woodbine Mohawk Park will jump headlong into the challenge the Can-Am Pick-4 presents." The CAP4 will have a 20-cent minimum bet and a low 15 percent takeout. That's good for the bettor. But the management teams at the industry's top two tracks also want to tackle a source of frustration for racing fans: the drag. Both tracks will work together beginning on Friday nights (effective March 22) to lessen the drags. The plan calls for, at three minutes past zero to post, the countdown clock would start; at four past zero, horses called; and at five past, the race goes off. "We will both be doing this as the leaders of this industry," said Settlemoir. "We want to move the needle back on these outlandish drags but it will take an industry-wide initiative to make it happen. We will be taking the first step in doing so and are hoping that our fans will continue to wager the same or more." The Can-Am Pick-4 will be made up of the next-to-last race at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with the tracks then alternating until the bet concludes at the Big M. The pools will be separate but both tracks will share equally in revenues. If the bet is a success, it could also be seen on Saturday nights down the road. Both tracks will continue to conduct their usual Pick-4 wagers. "The biggest thing I'm happy about is that we have seen a proliferation of Pick-4 wagers utilizing multiple tracks on the thoroughbred side," said Klaus Ebner, Senior Manager of Simulcast Services for Woodbine. "Both teams have worked hard to make this happen and it will be great to see the harness side get some exposure on bets like this. "Our main goal is we don't want our customers having to choose between wagering on Woodbine Mohawk Park and the Meadowlands. The coordination of post times will allow them access to the best two harness racing products in the world. We have worked together to stay off one another (not race at the same time) to the best of our abilities and, for the most part, the staffs at both tracks do a great job of doing that." By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Big pools, big payoffs and the first taste of purse increases highlighted the harness racing action during the first weekend of March (1-2) at the Meadowlands. After a highly successful February at the windows, betting at the Big M last weekend was just shy of $6.5 million, far and away the highest two-day total of 2019. Saturday was the big night, with all-source handle totaling $3,603,187, which crushed the previous yearly single-card high of $3,166,920 (which was set on Feb. 16) by 13.8 percent. The average wagered per race was $277,168, with five races seeing action in excess of $300,000. The mile oval's popular multi-leg bets also saw 2019 highs, as $134,613 was poured into the 50-Cent Pick-4 pot while the 50-Cent Pick-5 pool totaled $79,818. Both wagers, which have a low 15 percent takeout, yielded handsome payoffs, with the Pick-4 returning $1,025 and the Pick-5 coming back $6,441. "All of us at the Meadowlands were pleased at how things went last weekend, especially Saturday," said Jason Settlemoir, the track's chief operating officer and general manager. "We got off to a good start with $332,662 bet in the first race and things just kept rolling from there. We appreciate our horsemen, whose participation allow us to card fuller fields, and our faithful fans, who like betting into big fields." Free Pick-4 program pages for the upcoming Friday and Saturday race cards are available at www.playmeadowlands.com and www.ustrotting.com. Some Saturday night pool bests: Win: $86,713 (Race three) Exacta: $90,888 (Race five) Trifecta: $66,203 (Race six) Superfecta: $48,713 (Race 10) Daily Double: $40,182 (Race one) Pick-3: $32,596 (Race 11) Despite four winning favorites and two other winning 9-5 non-chalks, the average win payoff was $17.32, helping the average payoffs of the Exactas ($136.15), Trifectas ($833.46) and 10-Cent Superfectas ($156.70). A LOOK AHEAD: Those who like playing the 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five have a pair of carryovers to shoot for when racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. In the fifth race, a carryover of $58,339 awaits, while in the 13th race, the pot begins at $20,278. ALL SALUTE: Driver Corey Callahan, aka “The Captain”, kept the troops in line Saturday, winning five times on the card. He doubled on Friday, giving him seven winner’s circle visits last weekend. Dexter Dunn, currently second in the Big M driver standings behind Yannick Gingras, was next with four victories over the two race programs. FLY AWAY: On Saturday (March 9), enter the Meadowlands’ “Spring Break Sweepstakes” for a chance to win a $500 airline voucher. Complete the entry form in the live racing program and put it in the drawing bin before race five. For complete information, go to www.playmeadowlands.com. GREEN WITH ENVY: On Friday (March 15), celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Big M by filling out the entry form in the live program (or by visiting the track level Players Club desk) and entering the track’s “Go Green For Greenbacks” drawings. Every time a driver with green in his colors wins, two lucky patrons will receive $50 betting vouchers. St. Paddy’s Day dining specials will include corned beef and cabbage, green beer and Irish coffee. The same night, Pink restaurant will offer a St. Patrick’s Day buffet featuring potato and leek soup, bangers and mash, Sheppard’s Pie, fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage. The buffet costs $29.95. Call 201-THE-BIGM for reservations. A 5-COURSE DINNER…AND BEER!  On Saturday (March 16), Pink restaurant will host a fabulous five-course beer dinner. Each course will be paired with a beer from Long Island’s Blue Point Brewing Co. that goes perfectly with the food. The price is $49.95 and reservations are required. Please call 201-843-2446. LAST WHHC CHANCE:  Your final opportunity to qualify at the Meadowlands for the World Harness Handicapping Championship – presented by www.DerbyWars.com – takes place on Saturday (March 16). It’s $200 to enter and you could win a seat in the April 13 WHHC Final. For complete information go to http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/2019%20March%20WHHC%20qualifier_Rev1.pdf. MAYHEM DRAWS NEAR:  Tuesday (March 19) marks the start of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament, when 68 teams will dream of cutting down the nets after winning a national championship. Watch and wager on all of the games in the Big M’s FanDuel Sportsbook. Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Two of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's most popular events are returning for 2019. The 4th annual Spring Beer Festival is set for Saturday, May 18th and the 3rd annual Summer Wine Festival is slated for Saturday, June 29th. For the Saturday, May 18th craft beer fest, doors open for VIP at 4:30 pm with General Admission at 5:30 pm and beer is poured until 9:30pm. The VIP ticket is $75 and includes an additional 1 hour of sampling, exclusive VIP Tent beer samplings, and food. General Admission begins at 5:30 pm and is available in advance for $35 or at the door for $45. Over 60 breweries and cideries are participating including a number of local New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York craft brewers. NJ favorites Lone Eagle Brewing, River Horse, 902 Brewing Company, Forgotten Boardwalk, Bolero Snort, Departed Soles, Angry Erik, Flying Fish, Iron Bound Cider and Melick's Hard Cider will poured at the festival. PA favorites including Weyerbacher, Neshaminy Creek, and Yards will also be featured. Original Sin, Bronx, Captain Lawrence and Ommegang are just a few New York based companies that will be available for tasting. Other breweries and cideries featured at the festival include: Breckenridge, Red Hook, Elysian Brewery, Golden Road, Virtue Cider, Goose Island, Devil's Backbone, Kona, 10 Barrel Brewing, Terrapin, Oskar Blues, Left Hand, Sweetwater Brewing, Boulevard Brewing, Austin East Cider, Two Roads, and Dogfish Head. A complete list of breweries and the full beer lineup will be posted at PlayMeadowlands.com the week of May6th. To purchase tickets : https://meadowlandsracetrack.com/beerfest Wine fest-goers on Saturday, June 29th will experience an evening of great wines from around the world, live-harness racing, music and food. Doors open for VIP at 4:30 pm with General Admission beginning at 5:30 pm with wine poured until 9:30pm. The VIP ticket is $75 and includes an additional 1 hour of sampling, exclusive VIP Tent wine samplings, and food. General Admission begins at 5:30 pm and is available in advance for $35 or at the door for $45. Over 30 wineries are participating including ones from Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, New Jersey, California, South Africa and Oregon. Festival goers will be sampling Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Champagne, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Prosecco, Rosè, Sangrias, Merlots, Cabernet and much more. To purchase tickets : https://meadowlandsracetrack.ticketleap.com/2019-meadowlands-racetrack-wine-festival/dates/Jun-29-2019_at_0430PM Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is located at 1 Racetrack Drive in East Rutherford, NJ 07073. Guests must be 21 & older to attend/ no refunds given. Event subject to ISSUANCE OF NJ ABC permits.  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will host its "2nd Sportscasters Charity Derby" -- two harness racing races to benefit each participating Sportscaster's selected charitable organizations -- on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The "2nd Sportscasters Charity Derby" will consist of ten famous Sportscasters who will each compete in a one-mile harness race driving a racehorse in a jog cart. There will be two charity races -- with five Sportscasters participating in each race. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will donate $5000 to each of the two winning Sportscasters' selected charities -- and will also make a $1000 donation to each charity selected by each Sportscaster who participates. Jeff Gural, Chairman and CEO of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, said, "We are very excited to be hosting the '2nd Sportscaster Charity Derby.' We are equally excited that so many of the top Sportscasters who live in the NY-NJ Metro area will be participating in this fun and exciting event. It will raise funds for many important charitable organizations and harness racing fans will shave a great time handicapping and analyzing the Sportscasters' respective talents to drive a racehorse." About Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment Since 1976, Meadowlands Racetrack has been a staple in North American horse racing, known for events like the Hambletonian and Meadowlands Pace. The track hosts year-round live harness racing and simulcasting as well as Fall Thoroughbred turf racing. In 2013, Chairman & CEO, Jeffery Gural unveiled the newly constructed Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. The state of the art facility features racing, entertainment, dining and the FanDuel Sportsbook. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment also holds year round events that both racing and non-racing fans can enjoy. For additional information, please visit: www.playmeadowlands.com. Rachel Ryan Marketing Manager, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment

Next Saturday, March 16th the Meadowlands hosts its Last Chance WHHC Qualifier. Two spots are up for grabs in the $200 Qualifier ($100 entry plus a $100 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to make $10 Win, Place, Show or any combination WPS bets on ten Meadowlands races of their choice. Players can wager more than $10 a race if they desire. Players can register on-site until 7:15 pm on the 16th. DerbyWars will host regular online Qualifiers for the WHHC every Saturday through March. Players can qualify for as little as $33. Complete DerbyWars Qualifier information can be found at DerbyWars.com. The remaining upcoming partner track qualifiers include: ·         TVG/4NJBets: 1 WHHC March Qualifier with two spots for the Final ·         Vernon Downs: 2 WHHC spots up for grabs in their 16th contest ·         Tioga Downs: 2 WHHC spots up for grabs in their March 8th and 23rd contests ·         Buffalo Raceway: 1 WHHC seat given away in their March 16th contest ·         Rosecroft Raceway: 1 WHHC seat at the March 30th qualifier & 1 WHHC seat at the March 31st qualifier Qualifier information can be found at http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=12592 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.

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is celebrating St. Patrick's Day all weekend long with beer, food and voucher drawings. Live harness racing kicks off at 7:15 pm both Friday & Saturday night. On Friday, March 15 guests can enjoy the $29.95 Irish themed buffet in Pink. Potato & leek soup, Irish soda bread, corned beef & cabbage and shepherd's pie are menu highlights. Homemade shamrock cupcakes and brownies are a perfect sweet end to the night. Friday guests have a chance to leave with a little more green in their pockets in the "Go Green for Greenbacks" promotion. Every time a driver with green in his colors wins two lucky fans win $50 betting vouchers. Entry forms are available in the live racing program and at the Players Club Desk. Saturday, March 16 features two dining options at the track. There is a 5-course $49.95 Blue Point Brewing Co. dinner in Pink Skybox Suites. Executive Chef Dennis Sammarone has paired each Blue Point beer with fantastic food, sure to tantalize the taste buds. Menu highlights include a guacamole with jalapenos and cumin paired with The IPA, beer-steamed mussels with Shore Thing Lager and BBQ ribs paired with Hazy Bastard IPA. The full menu is available here. Those wanting more Irish -themed fare can enjoy the $39.95 Pink St. Patrick's buffet. The menu features hand-carved NY strip steak, Guinness battered cod & chips, corned beef & cabbage and shepherd's pie. Reservations for dining can be made by calling 201-TheBigM. For full menus, racing and event information visit PlayMeadowlands.com  

East Rutherford, NJ - With stakes payments for this season's Grand Circuit events currently being accepted, The Meadowlands advises those harness racing owners who are nominating horses to these races to be aware that the stakes conditions contain language requiring the nominated horse(s) be in the stable of an approved trainer by the date listed in those conditions.   Please contact the Racing Office at 877-782-2537 with questions.   The Articles that address trainer requirements are below;   Disputes: All owners, trainers and drivers of horses nominated to this event must be accepted to participate at the Host Track or the nomination/entry may be denied without refund of previous payments. Any change of trainers made fewer than 30 days or within four starts of the date of this race will be reviewed by the sponsor and if not accepted, may result in refusal of entry. Sponsors reserve the right to amend conditions as deemed necessary without liability.   Rules: A minimum of seven (7) separate interests may be required in any event or the event may be cancelled. All starters are subject to the detention policy of the Host Track. The rules of the Host Track and its state Racing Commission along with the USTA shall govern unless otherwise specified in these conditions. These races are subject to the Stallion Restriction Condition (SRC) see Meadowlands website for details.   Any horse nominated to any Meadowlands stakes/event must be in the care of an approved trainer by April 15, 2019 for any stake/event raced during the month of May and by May 15 for all other 2019 stakes/events.   In addition, any owner who participates in a Meadowlands Stake or Early Closing event (with added money greater than $25,000) with a trainer who has an outstanding Class 1, Class 2 or TC02 positive test having occurred on or after January 1, 2019 and under appeal in any jurisdiction will be declared ineligible to participate in any Meadowlands Stake or Early Closing event for 12 months following the conviction if such trainer is subsequently found guilty relating to the Class 1, Class 2 or TC02 positive test.   Nominator also agrees that any horse paid into any Meadowlands stake/event may be required to be stabled for up to 14 days at an approved facility within a 150 mile radius of The Meadowlands or the Tioga or Vernon Downs stable area or an approved facility in a state that agrees to cooperate in an out of competition testing protocol by the date set by The Meadowlands for that stake/event for the purpose of out of competition testing.   Failure to comply with these conditions may result in any agreement created by the acceptance of any stakes payment to be declared void at the discretion of The Meadowlands rendering the horse(s) in question ineligible to race in those stakes/events with no liability to The Meadowlands and no assurance of a refund of payments previously made to the stake/event in question.   A nomination to these events is an agreement to the above terms and conditions.   Nick Salvi          

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Increased purses, big fields, competitive harness racing and - of course - a dedicated fan base led to the biggest night of wagering of the year Saturday at the Meadowlands. All-source betting on the 13-race program totaled $3,603,187, easily eclipsing the previous single-card - and industry - best of $3,166,920, which had been established on Feb. 16. Saturday's card got off to a fast start as $332,662 was wagered on the first race, $79,818 of which was bet in the 50-Cent Pick-5 pool, a yearly best. Single-race betting exceeded $300,000 five times during the course of the evening, with the most action taken in the eighth race, when $340,076 was put in play. The 50-Cent Pick-4, which begins in the eighth, took $134,614 in wagers, that bet's biggest pool of 2019. Corey Callahan, known as "The Captain", was in command of the driver colony, winning five times on the card. He won four of the first six races with the longest-priced winner going off at odds of 9-5. But Callahan saved his best for last, scoring with 11-1 chance Ever Again in the 10th race, making his fans stand at attention and salute. In a thrilling stretch finish, Rodeo Rock pulled off an upset in the featured seventh race, the $25,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers. Driver Andy McCarthy had the 6-year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Electric Fool in a tough spot - fourth along the rail racing in last - when the field turned for home, but McCarthy swung the Robert Cleary trainee to the far outside and exploded through the stretch, pacing his final quarter in :26.2 to nail Beckhams Z Tam nearing the wire and win by a neck. Always At My Place was third. The winning time of 1:49.4 marked the second time this year that a Big M race went in sub-1:50, with Castle Flight's 1:49.3 from a week ago the only faster mile. Rodeo Rock paid $20.80 as the sixth choice in the wagering for owners Royal Wire Products Inc. Castle Flight, the 2-1 favorite, worked hard to make the lead at the half in :53.4, then wilted through the stretch, finishing eighth and last. A LITTLE MORE: Kyle Husted had a driving double on the card while Jeff Cullipher trained a pair to victory lane. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

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