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East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is announcing that a previously unscheduled leg will be added to the Graduate Series for harness racing pacers to be raced on Saturday, May 15 in response to the cancellation of the Confederation Cup for 2021.   Horses that are fully paid up and eligible for the Graduate will be eligible to race in the added leg and it will be considered for points toward the final just as the the scheduled legs.   This added leg will make a total of four $75,000 ($50,000 div) preliminary legs for the pacers and three for the trotters heading into the $250,000e finals.   There will not be a leg added for the trotters as it would conflict with existing stakes.   "We scheduled the Graduate around the Confederation Cup to provide the 4-year-olds the best chance to race in stakes against their own age before moving into the open stakes," said Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural. "Without the Confederation Cup, which provided an elimination and final for them, there's a month between stakes. We'll add a Graduate leg same day as Cutler Memorial to give them a race and make a nice card on that night."   Graduate Series Schedule (at The Meadowlands unless otherwise indicated)   PACE: Saturday, May 1 Saturday, May 15 Saturday, June 5 (Woodbine at Mohawk) Saturday, June 26 Final on Saturday, July 10   TROT: Saturday, May 22 Saturday, June 5 (Woodbine at Mohawk) Saturday, June 26 Final on Saturday, July 10   From The Meadowlands    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - While the harness racing handle throughout all of 2021 has been on the fast track at The Meadowlands, it reached warp speed again last weekend, as a total of $7 million was bet over the course of last Friday (April 9) and Saturday's (April 10) race cards, the fourth time this year betting has busted that lofty barrier. All-source wagering totaled $3,237,137 on Friday - the biggest Friday of business this year - followed by a Saturday that saw $3,782,327 of action, for a total of $7,019,464. There have been 29 programs conducted in 2021, and 20 of them have seen betting of at least $3 million. During all of 2020, the $3-million plateau was reached a total of 11 times. Whether the winners paid big or small, the betting remained prolific. On Friday, there were but two winning favorites, while the next night saw a half-dozen public choices visit the winner's circle. The Saturday night chalks did not make the average payouts of some of the more popular bets unappealing, however. The average win payout was $17.73 while the exactas averaged $114, trifectas $829 and Pick-3s $804. The biggest scores were to be made by hitting the 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 ($7,625) and 20-cent Pick-5 ($3,083). Not surprisingly, much of the action on Saturday's card was over the top. Average play in the two 50-cent Pick-4s - the track's signature bet - was $120,192. That number in the exacta, AKA Old Reliable, was $77,340. Two wagers sporting carryovers took big play as well, as a $9,000 carryover led to a total pool of $73,124 in the 20-cent Pick-6 and a $32,000 carryover served as the catalyst for a total pool in the 10-cent Hi-5/Pentafecta of $116,192. "The Big M has been on a great roll in 2021," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "The horseplayers have compelling races and an excellent wagering menu with huge pools to bet into. Those with the lower takeouts have been especially popular. The lower minimums and free programs have allowed more and more people to stay in the action all night long. Last weekend, The Meadowlands provided horseplayers around the world with many opportunities to make some nice scores." COUNTDOWN TO DERBY DAY: The May 1 Kentucky Derby is just over two weeks away, and the place to watch and wager on the "Run for the Roses" is The Meadowlands, which has one of the best simulcast facilities anywhere. Doors will open at 9 a.m. with the first race at Churchill Downs slated for 10:30 a.m. Post time for The Kentucky Derby is 6:57 p.m. There are many admission and dining options available at The Big M on Derby Day. For all the details, go to playmeadowlands.com. GET SOCIAL: You can always check in with the team at The Meadowlands on Twitter. For early changes, racing information and staff selections, go to @themeadowlands or #playbigm. On race nights, stay in touch with the Big M's Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover) and Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1). GET YOUR FREE PROGRAM: Need a program but don't want to spend any green? The Big M has you covered, with free programs on every race of every race card. Just go to playmeadowlands.com to get your no-cost past performances. A HALF-DOZEN CHANCES: The Big M offers players six chances every night to make a score, betting on the track's popular wagers that offer a low 15 percent takeout. They are: Race 1: 20-cent Pick-5 Race 3: 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 Race 6: 50-cent Pick-4 Race 8: 20-cent Pick-6 Race 10: 50-cent Pick-4 Race 13: 10-cent Hi-5/Pentafecta $100,000 GUARANTEED: Every night, The Meadowlands guarantees big green on both editions of its signature wager, as each 50-cent Pick-4 sports a guaranteed pool of $50,000. 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". Brower's input is generally available 48 hours before every card. THE SCHEDULE: Live racing continues every Friday and Saturday with a first-race post time of 6:20 p.m. Big M TV's live "Racing from The Meadowlands" pre-game show, which provides news and notes, a look at that evening's featured action and staff selections, gets underway at 5:47 p.m. THE MAD HATTER: Edison Hatter, the 21-year-old track announcer at Freehold Raceway, will be joining The Meadowlands TV team Friday night when he will be serving as analyst and handicapper on TVG for The Big M's races. On Saturday, Mike Bozich, the track announcer at Harrah's Philadelphia who did a great job on the microphone last week filling in for Warkentin at The Big M, will be downstairs on set sitting alongside Brower as the co-host for the pre-game show and between-race segments during the card. GET YOUR SPORTS ACTION: The Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook, the leading facility of its kind in the entire country, offers fans a chance to bet on MLB, the NBA, NHL, professional soccer and golf and much more. Baseball bettors may want to stay with the hot Los Angeles Dodgers, who are -320 to defeat the Colorado Rockies Thursday (April 15) night. Don't want to bet a game at short odds like that? Play the Dodgers and lay 1½ runs and your odds jump to -144. Local hockey fans may want to take a shot with the New York Islanders, who are a slight +108 underdog taking on the Boston Bruins. The sportsbook is open Sunday-Friday from 10 a.m.-midnight and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 a.m. The cash counter is open from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. From the Meadowlands  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands' newly formed task force, a mix of harness racing horsemen and horseplayers blended with a few racetrack management types, convened for the first time on Wednesday morning via conference call to address issues on the racetrack.   The topics discussed ranged from driver decorum to the application of racing strategy and public perception.   The primary focus of today's exchange were a few issues that have become the culture of Meadowlands racing, specifically first turn "courtesy tucks", the lack of movement in the middle quarters of the race due to drivers riding "half out" and moving off the rail as the horses enter the stretch, allowing a horse to pass inside.   The horseplayers made known their frustration with the outcome of a race being altered by the above while the horsemen offered their perspective on why those things occur and how the races might be negatively affected if discretion on some of those issues was removed from their options.   The exchanges were honest and forthright and with it was agreed that as the quality of the racing/horses improves the issues focused upon may resolve themselves to a large extent.   Meadowlands GM Jason Settlemoir moderated the call and was pleased with the exchange.   "I thought it went really well for the first meeting," Settlemoir said afterwards. "The opinions, questions and answers were legitimate, I thought everyone took it seriously and all involved were forthcoming. It's good sometimes for people to hear what others are thinking and how our product comes off to the customer. We'll take what we learned from this exchange, apply what works and move forward from there with future calls."   From The Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - The greatest two minutes in sports - the Kentucky Derby - takes place on Saturday, May 1st and the Meadowlands Racetrack is the best place to watch and wager. Racetrack doors open at 9 am with first Churchill Downs post at 10:30 am. Live harness racing kicks off at 6:20 pm and the Kentucky Derby post time is set for 6:57 pm. Guaranteed seating for this exciting day is now on sale at PlayMeadowlands.com/derby Due to limited attendance capacities and COVID protocols, onsite attendance is limited to the following: Café table seating Backyard BBQ & Grill seating Lounge dining West Deck & Promenade dining 500 hundred pre-paid general admission indoor Grandstand tickets 3,000 Backyard only FREE general admission 25 Café picnic tables are available for purchase. The Café will have waitress service and be tented for guest comfort. Guests can dine on racetrack staples including chicken wings and French fries, cheese steaks, burgers, pretzels, popcorn, ice cream and more. Reservations must be pre-paid and are $100 per table. Each table seats up to four people. The $100 is also a food credit that can be used at the outdoor Café on Kentucky Derby Day. The credit is valid on Saturday, May 1st only. Outdoor Backyard guaranteed seating is limited for Derby Day. The Backyard BBQ & Grill opens at 11 am will have waitress service. Guests can dine delicious spring-time grilled fare including burgers, sausage and hot dog along with brisket, ribs and mac & cheese. Each table seats up to 4 people. The $100 is a food credit that can be used at the Backyard BBQ & Grill and Backyard Bar on Saturday, May 1st only. Additional seats can be purchased for $25. All Backyard diners should enter via the Backyard entrance. The West Deck has a $39.95 pre-fixe Derby lunch menu featuring a variety of cold salads, grilled items along with a selection of pre-packaged desserts will also be available. Reservations are required and dining must be prepaid. Reservations can be made by calling 201-TheBigM or emailing mrefinski@playmeadowlands.com. Please keep in mind seating is limited and begins at 11am. Hot food service is 11am - 4:30pm. If additional food is ordered after 5pm, each additional diner will be charged $29.95 for the evening food service. The Promenade will open for outdoor dining at 5pm featuring salads, grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken along with desserts. Reservations are required and dining must be prepaid. Reservations can be made by calling 201-TheBigM or emailing mrefinski@playmeadowlands.com. There is no better place to watch and wager on all the Derby Day racing action, than the 2nd floor Lounge. Guests can dine on delicious Victory Sports Bar fare including chicken wings and loaded French fries, paninis, burgers, loaded nachos, popcorn shrimp, cheese steaks and more. The seating cost is a food credit that will be applied to the food and beverage bill. Tax and gratuity are not included in this credit and are additional. Available Seating/Dining Options for purchase include: Grandstand Lounge Table: Reservations must be pre-paid and are $80 per two person table and $160 for a four person table. Grandstand Lounge Couch: Reservations must be pre-paid and are $150 per four person section complete with couch. These sections are premium seating directly in front of the HD Tvs. Additional Seats: Seats can be added to any of the above options for an additional $40 per seat. Guests not interested in dining can purchase a General Admission ticket for $10. It guarantees track entrance through the Simulcast Entrance from 9 am - 7pm. After 7pm admission is free. There is also the free Backyard admission option. Guests are able to enter the track via the Backyard entrance and watch and wager on all the racing action at the outdoor mutuel tellers. Due to COVID attendance restrictions Backyard admissions will not be granted access to the Grandstand. All guests will have their temperature checked and must complete a brief health questionnaire before entering via the Clubhouse entrance. No one with a temperature exceeding 100.4 will be allowed to enter. Guests can download and complete the required questionnaire at PlayMeadowlands.com to help speed up the check-in process. All must wear masks while not actively eating or drinking at their table. More detailed information on dining and Derby Day admission can be found at PlayMeadowlands.com/derby From the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick recently returned to The Meadowlands after spending the winter racing at Dover Downs, and based on Saturday night's results, the 39-year-old Hall of Famer hasn't missed a Big M beat by winning four races on the card, including both $30,000 features, one on the pace and the other on the trot. Ana Afreet N, back from an unsuccessful stint at Yonkers racing in the Borgata series where he finished no better than fourth in three starts, held off 3-5 favorite Colossal Stride A in a thrilling finish in the Preferred for pacers back at the track where he was an impressive wire-to-wire winner on March 6. Tetrick was intent on racing on the point in the seven-horse field. "If they were going to go a half in :55," said Tetrick. "I might as well be cutting it and make that horse of Dexter's [Dunn, driving Colossal Stride A] chase me, so it just worked out. My horse is a nice horse, he just didn't like the four turns at Yonkers. It just didn't agree with him and he couldn't get around there." Around two turns at The Big M, it was a far different story. Yacht Seelster was on the move early and looped Ana Afreet N to grab the lead at the quarter in :27.2. Tetrick immediately moved Ana Afreet N back to the lead and hit the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:23.3. Colossal Stride A, the 3-5 favorite, moved from the four-hole just after the half and made his way closer to the leader gradually while racing first-over, and continued his constructive grind throughout the stretch drive. But at the wire, it was Ana Afreet N holding on by a diminishing nose. Vettel N was third. The time for the mile was 1:49.4. ANA AFREET N REPLAY   "I was a little nervous [in deep stretch]," said Tetrick. "Especially when you look back and have Dex coming at you. Luckily, my horse dug in and made me look good." Trained by Jeff Cullipher and owned by Pollack Racing and Cullipher, Ana Afreet N returned $8.40 to win as the second choice in the betting. The 6-year-old son of Bettor's Delight - Anna Livia has now won 24 of 50 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $198,272. In the marquee trot, Scirocco Rob stayed on a roll, as the Mark Silva trainee won for the fourth time in five starts. The 6-year-old gelded son of Explosive Matter - Fun At Parties stopped the clock in an eye-popping 1:50.3 to lower his previous lifetime best by a full second. Things could not have gone any better for the 4-5 favorite, who worked out an ideal pocket trip behind the speedy Nows The Moment (Mark MacDonald), who cut out fractions of :26.4, :54.3 and 1:22.2 before Tetrick tipped Scirocco Rob out of the pocket with an eighth of a mile to go and roared home to an easy 4¼-length score. Nows The Moment held second with Morairtime third. SCIROCCO ROB REPLAY   "My horse is very versatile," said Tetrick. "Last week, he was second-over at Dover and won. Tonight, it worked out perfect." Sitting off quick fractions in the abbreviated six-horse field (JL Cruze was scratched), Tetrick loved his spot. "I was thinking, just don't fall off," said Tetrick. "I was pretty confident. My horse was tracking so good." "I was just trying to have a little fun," said Tetrick when asked about looking back at MacDonald as he went by in the stretch. "Mark was laughing, I was laughing, so it was kind of fun." Scirocco Rob returned $3.60 to his backers in winning for the 28th time from 81 lifetime starts. His bankroll stands at $551,604 for owners Lewis and Kathleen Whitaker. WHATTA WEEKEND: With the track's two signature Pick-4s accounting for over $240,000 of action to go along with a pair of potent carryovers, all-source wagering totaled $3,782,327. When you add in Friday's $3.23 million handle, that brought the total of $7-million wagering weekends at The Big M to four on the year. CARRYOVER CRAZY: The 20-cent Pick-6 pool started out with $9,019 before $64,105 in "new money" was added for a total of $73,124. Those who hit all six winners collected $877.14. The 10-cent Pentafecta/Hi-5 had a carryover of $32,103 before $84,462 was added for a total of $116,565. Those with tickets bearing the combination of 5-1-9-3-7 cashed in for $141.84. A LITTLE MORE: After only four favorites won on the previous two programs combined, chalk players had smiles on their faces Saturday as six post-time choices hit victory lane. ... Cullipher trained three winners on the card while Bruce Saunders had two. ... Racing resumes Friday at 6:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by Dave Little, for The Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - When harness racing longshot Lotus Seelster lit up the tote board in Friday night's 13th race at The Meadowlands, handicappers no doubt got right to work on the Saturday program given the opportunities that await. The 83-1 shot, driven by Simon Allard and trained by Mark Capone, paid $168.20 to win, and in the process, set up a pair of tantalizing carryovers for Saturday's card. No one had a winning ticket on the 20-cent Pick-6, creating a carryover of $9,019. Those with five correct collected $85.90. The 10-cent Hi-5/Pentafecta also went unhit, as no one had the winning combination of 9-1-3-10-4, resulting in a carryover of $32,103. Free program pages for the Saturday card - as well as every Big M program - are available by going to the track's website, playmeadowlands.com. A FABULOUS FRIDAY: Thus far in 2021, handle numbers have been superb at The Meadowlands, and that trend continued Friday night, as the Big M saw its biggest night of wagering this year on a Friday as all-source betting totaled $3,237,137 on the 13 races. The sixth race served as the catalyst for yet another $3 million night of betting, the 19th out of 28 cards this year, as a total of $383,474 was put in play, $104,470 of that in the Early 50-cent Pick-4. The eighth race took in a total of $305,550 before the 10th race saw $295,705 of action, with $94,445 of that bet on the Late 50-cent Pick-4. 'ART' WINS ANOTHER: Preppy Art was claimed by trainer Kyle Spagnola for $12,500 last week and paid immediate dividends to his connections by crushing his foes in the second leg of the GSY Series on the pace. The 9-year-old gelded son of Art Colony - Electric Smile was clear of the field by 4¾ lengths at the conclusion of a season's-best 1:53.2 mile. As the 9-5 second choice, Preppy Art returned $5.80 after using a huge brush down the backside when called upon by driver Robert Hechkoff to win for the fourth time in his last five starts. PREPPY ART REPLAY   THE KIDS ALRIGHT: Tyler (T.J.) Miller made his parents proud by winning twice on the card. The 23-year-old son of Andy and Julie Miller guided Gottalovemyshadow (race eight, $12.40 to win) and Bettor Notbitter A (race 12, $7.80) to victory lane to up his numbers at the meeting to four wins from just 23 starts (17 percent) Both of Miller's victories were with horses trained by Edwin Quevedo, who finished the night with three victories. A LITTLE MORE: Mark MacDonald and Scott Zeron joined Miller with two driving victories apiece. ... Chalk players took it on the chin, as for a second consecutive card only two public choices went to the winner's circle. Favorites have won just four times over the last 26 races (15 percent). ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by Dave Little, for The Meadowland  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Business at The Meadowlands continued its remarkable early stages of 2021 run, as after a highly-successful first quarter, action at the mile oval stayed vigorous as the second quarter kicked off last weekend with a pair of $3-million handles, upping the total number of harness racing cards that have surpassed that magic number to 18 on the year. During all of 2020, the $3-million barrier was broken a total of 11 times. Much of the success The Big M has experienced can be attributed to the half-dozen popular wagers offered nightly that offer a low takeout of 15 per cent. A prime example is last weekend's action in the extremely popular Pick-4, when the bet - which is offered four times every weekend - took in a total of $367,866 of action, an average per pool of $91,966. Meadowlands management is convinced that when you return more to the bettors, the more bettors will bet. "All of us at The Meadowlands feel that low takeout is a key component in bringing horseplayers of all breeds to wager on our track," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "The Big M offers six chances a night to play into low 15 percent takeout pools. Another significant reason to the play The Meadowlands is that we offer only one wager (the trifecta, 25 percent) that has a takeout higher than 20 percent. Judging by our rapidly growing business this year, players around the world seem very appreciative for the built-in value created by our price-conscious wagering menu." Here is the takeout breakdown at the Big M: 15%: 50-cent Pick-4, 20-cent Pick-5, 20-cent Pick-6, 20-cent Survivor Pick-7, 10-cent Pentafecta/Hi-5 17%: Win, Place and Show 19%: Exacta, Daily Double 20%: Pick-3, 10-cent Superfecta 25%: Trifecta Saturday night saw betting total $3,444,133, with two popular multi-leg bets showing big returns, with the Pick-4 averaging $101,770 per pool while the first race Pick-5 saw action of $82,960. The ever-reliable exacta, which is available on every race, averaged $72,997, accounting for almost $950,000 of action on the night, more than one quarter of the total handle. Some potent payoffs from last weekend included Friday's Early Pick-4 ($3,556), Survivor ($15,231) and Pentafecta/Hi-5 ($1,224). Saturday's big payouts came in the Pick-5 ($1,632), Survivor ($6,506) and Pick-6 ($12,209). FINAL DERBY PREP: The last prep for the May 1 Kentucky Derby is on Saturday (April 10) as the $1-million Arkansas Derby takes place at Arkansas' Oaklawn Park. The card will be offered as part of an extensive simulcasting menu at The Meadowlands. The Oaklawn card has a post time of 1 p.m. with the Arkansas Derby slated to go as race 12 at 7:41 p.m. The horse to beat is the Joel Rosario-ridden, Bob Baffert-trained Concert Tour, who is the even-money morning-line favorite. There are four stakes events on the 13-race program that feature purses of at least $250,000. GET SOCIAL: You can always check in with the team at The Meadowlands on Twitter. For early changes, racing information and staff selections, go to @themeadowlands or #playbigm. On race nights, stay in touch with the Big M's Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Andrew Demsky (@shadesonracing) and Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1). $100,000 GUARANTEED: Every night, The Meadowlands guarantees big green on both editions of its signature wager, as each 50-cent Pick-4 sports a guaranteed pool of $50,000. The wagers span races 6-9 and 10-13. 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". Brower's input is generally available 48 hours before every card. THE SCHEDULE: Live racing continues every Friday and Saturday with a first-race post time of 6:20 p.m. Big M TV's live "Racing from The Meadowlands" pre-game show, which provides news and notes, features, a look at that evening's featured action and staff selections, gets underway at 5:47 p.m. BET THE MASTERS: Golf's biggest event of the year, The Masters, tees off Thursday (April 8) morning and the place to watch and wager on all the action is at The Meadowlands' FanDuel Sportsbook. Some of the bets that will be available include Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson, who are both +950 to wear the Green Jacket Sunday evening. Next up at +1100 are Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. How about making the cut? DeChambeau leads the way at -1150, followed by Johnson, Thomas and Jon Rahm, all of whom are -1100. How about the top finishing former winner? Johnson is at +175, followed by Spieth (+250), Patrick Reed (+550) and Sergio Garcia (+900). All odds shown were as of Wednesday evening. The sportsbook is open Sunday-Friday from 10 a.m.-midnight and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 a.m. The cash counter is open from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Colossal Stride A was wound up early in the Saturday night harness racing feature at The Meadowlands, so his driver Dexter Dunn had to change the game plan. Colossal Stride A, an Australian import who has been stateside for only a little more than two months, recorded his fourth win in six starts since shipping over from Down Under, taking the $27,500 high-end conditioned pace in a lifetime-best 1:50. In a field that saw one scratch decrease the field size to five, Dunn was on board with trying to win from off the pace with the 3-5 favorite. "I was planning on going to the back and chasing the horses home," said the Big M's current dash-win leader. "But when the gate closed, he hit his leg on my bike, so my horse got a little excited in the first turn, so we moved to the front." Dunn went after early leader Shnitzledosomethin and grinded his way to the top at the half in :54.3. On the far turn, Yacht Seelster, who defeated Colossal Stride A the last time the duo met on March 20, was on the go after moving from fifth after the half and inched closer to the leader as they straightened away for the final three-sixteenths. "My horse heard a noise coming," said Dunn, the two-time defending United States Harness Writers Association Driver of the Year. "When you have a good horse like that chasing you, you never know. But when my horse heard the other horses coming, he accelerated." Colossal Stride A then paced home in :27 to record a 1½-length win over Yacht Seelster. U S Captain was third. COLOSSAL STRIDE A REPLAY   A 6-year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight -Tailamade Lombo who is trained by Nifty Norman, Colossal Stride A returned $3.40 to his backers. He now has 12 wins from 35 career starts, good for earnings of $94,413 for owners Paul Sunderhaus, Derek Menchhofer, En Ess Stable and Enzed Racing Stable. THE FAB FOUR: Leading trainer Jeff Cullipher padded his lead atop the Big M conditioner standings with four winners on the card. Cullipher, whose horses won 125 races during 2020, scored with Lovedbythemasses ($6.20 to win in the third race), Rose Run Vantage ($14.80, fifth), Bechers Brook A ($7.00, seventh) and Dealer's Table ($31.00, 10th). He now has 29 winners at the Big M's current Winter-Spring-Championship meeting, 14 more than Ron Burke, who sits in the second spot. A BETTING BONANZA: All-source wagering totaled $3,444,133 on the 13-race card, the 13th time out of 14 Saturdays this year betting has broken the $3-million barrier. Overall, the $3-million plateau has been reached 18 times out of a total of 27 programs during 2021. A year ago, betting was $3 million or more a total of 11 times. A LITTLE MORE: Betting on the 50-cent Pick-4s was vigorous, as the two popular puzzles combined to see action of just over $203,000. ... Dunn led the driver colony with three winners. ... Racing resumes Friday at 6:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Preppy Art continues to be one of the more amazing stories in harness racing for a horse of modest class, as the veteran 9-year-old visited The Meadowlands winner's circle once again Friday night, this time in a claiming handicap pace with a top price tag of $12,500. The recipient of an ideal pocket trip, Preppy Art stormed past leader Northern Rock to record a convincing 2½-length score, his 24th lifetime from 151 starts, after stopping the clock in 1:54.3 as the 9-5 second choice in the wagering. The gelded son of Art Colony - Electric Smile wrote a remarkable story back in December of 2019. During 2018, he won exactly zero races from 30 starts before starting the following season winless in 21 outings. PREPPY ART REPLAY   With his losing streak at 59, he then caught fire, winning six in a row at the $7,500 claiming level to earn himself a legion of fans. He finished 2019 with eight wins in his last nine tries. He had an off year in 2020, finishing with a 15-race losing streak and just two victories from 20 starts on the season. But in 2021, he appears to be all the way back. After beginning the year winless in eight tries, Preppy Art, who has been seen for the most part in the GSY Series, has been victorious in three of his last four, with his only loss coming to the razor sharp So So De Vie one week ago in the GSY Series Final. On Friday, he scored with Andy McCarthy in the bike for trainer Edwin Quevedo, and in his next start, he'll attempt to keep rolling for new connections, as trainer Kyle Spagnola took the sharp sort for $12,500. ONES TO WATCH: The Nancy Takter-trained Really Fast, a $700,000 purchase at the Lexington Select Yearling Sale, did not disappoint as the 1-9 favorite in a non-winners of two on the trot, winning his first career start from off the pace in 1:55 for driver Yannick Gingras. The 3-year-old son of Muscle Hill - Stubborn Belle moved to the outside from the four-hole at the half and steadily made up ground on the leaders around the far turn, and went on to an easy 2½-length win when leader Light Blue Movers went off stride during the stretch drive. Really Fast is owned by Brixton Medical, Hatfield Stables and Marvin Katz. Using a dazzling burst of speed down the backstretch to grab the lead, Whole Lotta Lou was beyond impressive staying perfect in two starts this year, taking a non-winners of two on the pace by 4½ lengths in 1:52.1 as the 3-5 public choice. "I didn't really have it in the game plan to do that," said winning driver McCarthy of the backside brush. "But Simon's [Allard, driving Itzalldowntoluck N] horse looked like he was about to drop anchor, so I decided to make the move. He's a little green but he finished up well. He's got a little bit more to learn. I had to keep telling him what to do. He had a lot more pace than he was showing. I think this is a pretty nice colt." A 3-year-old son of Sweet Lou - Ideal Love, Whole Lotta Lou, who is trained by Stacy Chiodo, won for the second time from just four lifetime outings for owners Timothy Tobias Stable. A LITTLE MORE: Yannick Gingras led the driver colony with three winners on the card. ... All-source wagering totaled $3,044,446, the 17th time this year the $3-million barrier has been busted. During all of 2020, the $3-million plateau was reached a total of 11 times. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6:20 p.m. From the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - A fast opening quarter is sometimes a bad thing in harness racing, given that in the latter stages of the mile, the horse who sprinted to the top might be on fumes in deep stretch. But management at The Meadowlands is thrilled at the giant opening quarter the track has experienced in 2021 from a business standpoint and hopes to continue that momentum right through the end of the year. In fact, the first quarter of 2021 at the mile oval - which concluded last Saturday (March 27) - has been one not seen in at least 10 years. "As the United States and New Jersey rebound from the pandemic of 2020," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "The handle during the first quarter of 2021 at The Meadowlands indicates that our track has become an increasingly popular wagering destination with horseplayers around the world. The comparisons to previous years are staggering." Thus far in 2021, there have been 25 programs that have seen 341 races contested. The total handle of $81,192,515 computes to an average handle per card of $3,247,700, good for a per race of $238,101. Those numbers were far better than just one year ago, when 2020 saw an opening quarter of 21 nights (four were lost due to COVID-19) and 276 races account for total action of $55,149,060, which averaged out to $2,626,145 per night and $199,815 per race. When you make the comparison to 10 years ago, immediately before Jeff Gural saw fit to see racing continue at The Big M when the State of New Jersey decided it was getting out of the harness racing business, the differences were even more staggering. That year - 2011 - nightly business averaged $2,280,293 and the per race was $186,723, excellent on the current national harness racing scale, but a huge 28 percent less than the action seen this year at the industry's handle leader. When comparing nights where all-source wagering is $3 million, the numbers look favorably on 2021. During 2011, the first quarter saw one night where $3 million was bet. Last year, the magic number was bested twice during January, February and March, but so far this year, action has already busted the $3 million barrier a remarkable 16 times. Highest single handle of the quarter? Not surprisingly, 2021 has it by a lot, at $4.56 million, followed by 2011's $3.09M and 2020's $3.06M. "The Meadowlands and the State of New Jersey are proud to say that we are both coming back from the pandemic in a big way," said Settlemoir. "Thanks to the help of Gov. Murphy and the State Legislature, The Big M will once again be turned into a valuable asset, a sparkling facility that is full of life." That appears to be accurate, given the number of choices a patron has when they arrive at the facility. Take this Saturday (April 3), for example. During the day, simulcast fans can bet all the best Thoroughbred action in the country, as well as the NCAA Basketball Tournament's semifinals. Racing fans will have the Kentucky Derby on their minds as the three final major preps for the May 1 "Run for the Roses" take place. New York's Aqueduct Racetrack will host the Wood Memorial (which has a post time of 5:58 p.m.), California's Santa Anita Park has the Santa Anita Derby (6:30 p.m.) and Kentucky's Keeneland Race Course has the Bluegrass (6:35 p.m.). College hoop fans will have the opportunity to watch and wager on the Houston vs. Baylor (-5, -215 money line) game, which tips off at 5:14 p.m. Then, at 8:34 p.m., tournament favorite Gonzaga (-14, -1100) takes on UCLA. The two winners will meet in the championship game Monday (April 4) at 9 p.m. Of course, for those who like The Big M for the world's best harness action, clear weather is expected for Saturday, which will allow on-track patrons to relax outdoors in a safe socially distant setting, watching the races while enjoying the action with their favorite food and beverage. MORE MONEY: Effective Friday (April 2), The Meadowlands will offer purse increases ranging from $500 to $2,500, with the lower classes getting smaller boosts and the higher classes' purses swelling even more. There are several factors that went into the added green. "We take over a million dollars a year from sports betting for purses," said Jeff Gural, the chairman and chief executive officer of the mile oval. "We have sponsors and we received a subsidy from the state." The larger purses should give The Big M a leg up on area tracks with slots-revenue bloated purse structures in the never-ending battle for horses as the mile oval continues to card 13 races a night with as many 10-horse fields as possible. THE SCHEDULE: Live racing continues every Friday and Saturday with a first-race post time of 6:20 p.m. Big M TV's live "Racing from The Meadowlands" pre-game show, which provides news and notes, features, a look at that evening's featured action and staff selections, gets underway at 5:47 p.m. FREE, FREE, FREE: The Meadowlands offers past performances for every race of every card at no cost. To get your free PPs, go to The Big M's website, playmeadowlands.com. GET SOCIAL: You can always check in with the team at The Meadowlands on Twitter. For early changes, racing information and staff selections, go to @themeadowlands or #playbigm. On race nights, stay in touch with the Big M's Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Andrew Demsky (@shadesonracing) and Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1). 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". Brower's input is generally available 48 hours before every card. THE BIG M HAS THE BEST BOOK: The Meadowlands' FanDuel Sportsbook, the leading facility of its type in the country, will not only offer wagering on the college basketball tournament, but a plethora of other sports as well. For starters, Major League Baseball begins its 162-game regular season marathon at 1 p.m. on Thursday (April 1), and one of the games taking place will be the New York Yankees (-198) hosting the Toronto Blue Jays. In addition to the MLB, bettors can get action on the NBA, NHL, professional golf's Texas Open (where Jordan Spieth is the favorite at +430), and much, much more. The sportsbook is open Sunday-Friday from 10 a.m.-midnight and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 a.m. The cash counter is open from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. From The Meadowlands

Black Magic Racing has announce the acquisition of the open pacer and stakes winner Dojea Gizmo after his stellar performance at the Meadowlands this past Saturday night (March 27).  The 4-year-old gelded son of Tellitlikeitis has been undefeated since he changed hands more than four months ago and will now begin racing at Miami Valley Gaming with the best horses in the state. DOJEA GIMO REPLAY   As part of Greg Luther’s goal in acquiring Grand Circuit stock, this is the eighth Grand Circuit level horse he’s picked up since October of last year. The Indiana-bred pacer is expected to make his first start for his new connections this Saturday at Miami Valley Gaming. From Black Magic Racing

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The potent pair of trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras were up to their usual tricks this weekend at The Meadowlands, as after teaming up to take the Friday night feature with April Ava they came right back to take Saturday's marquee event with Dojea Gizmo. Since debuting for the Burke barn on Nov. 13 of last year, the 4-year-old gelded son of Tellitlikeitis-Postmark has been perfect in six starts, visiting the winner's circle at Hoosier Park, Yonkers and Harrah's Philadelphia before his authoritative win at The Big M in a $22,500 high-end conditioned pace. "He is a really nice horse," said Gingras. "He could not have qualified any better [last week]. I was confident coming into tonight." DOJEA GIZMO REPLAY   Dojea Gizmo, who last raced on Dec. 20, was away quickly from post nine in the nine-horse field but was pushed wide into the first turn and had no spot to fall into as J M Mandamin sprinted to the lead at the quarter in :26.2. So the eventual winner had to go on with it. "It's not the way I wanted to race him in his first start of the year," said Gingras, who used a burst of speed to make the top while parked at the half in :54.4. "I wanted to get a spot mid-pack, but I didn't want to be first-up, so I moved to the front." Shortly after clearing the top, Dojea Gizmo was challenged by the first-over 8-5 favorite U S Captain, who won an easier assignment one week ago at The Big M in 1:50.2. Around the far turn, 'Gizmo' gave the chalk the cold shoulder and opened a 2¼-length edge as they straightened up before reporting home a safe neck winner in a lifetime-best 1:50.2. J M Mandamin, displaying speed at both ends of the mile, rallied well along the pylons to get second, with Yacht Seelster, who won this race a week ago, finishing third. "At the wire he was a little tired," said Gingras. "But I knew he was a winner." Dojea Gizmo paid $7.00 to win as the 5-2 second choice in the wagering. He now has 11 victories from 30 starts, good for earnings of $161,273 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phillip Collura. BEFORE THE BETTING CARD: In a pair of non-betting events before the start of the 13-race program, the John Balzer trained and driven Sound Idea took the $30,000 New Jersey Breeders Maturity for 4-year-old mares in a walkover (a one-horse race) in 2:05.4 while Rockin Jukebox, a Megan Foster trainee who was driven by Russell Foster, was 2¼-lengths better than his lone foe Bourbons Courage in 1:55.4 in the $30,000 NJBM for 4-year-old horses and geldings. A LITTLE MORE: Andy McCarthy, Gingras and Tim Tetrick led the driver colony with three winners apiece while the red-hot Stacy Chiodo trained a pair to victory lane. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $2,928,308. ... Racing resumes Friday at 6:20 p.m. by Dave Little, for The Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - When April Ava won a week ago at The Meadowlands against mid-range harness racing conditioned stock despite not having raced in almost seven months, it wasn't a total surprise since she had performed credibly in her last two starts against similar late last summer. But Friday night at The Big M, the Ron Burke trainee took a considerable bump up in class and won again, taking the featured $22,500 high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares in 1:52.2. "It just worked out tonight," said winning driver Yannick Gingras. "The mare responded when I called on her, so you have to give her credit for that." April Ava (post 3) blasted away from the gate, along with Marloe Hanover (post 7), Tango Dancer N (post 2), Betalady (post 6) and Wingding Hanover (post 1) in the nine-horse field. After making their way around the first turn, Marloe Hanover and driver Andy Miller settled in on the lead with April Ava opting for the pocket and Wingding Hanover the three-hole. For the second time in the last three weeks, Betalady, the 3-1 second choice, was left first-over and had to grind it out on the rim while inching closer to Marloe Hanover by the time they reached three-quarters, which was timed in an unspectacular 1:24. Then, the entire look of the race changed. Betalady went off stride, and in the process, took out the second-over Tango Dancer N, as well as the 6-5 favorite, Demeter N, who was in the flow third-up. "I was at the right place at the right time when that horse broke and scattered the field," said Gingras. Gingras and April Ava vacated the pocket as they swung into the stretch and needed every inch of the final three-sixteenths to record a nose victory over a stubborn Marloe Hanover. Wingding Hanover was third.       "I knew I had it at the wire," said Gingras. "The last 100 feet is not Marloe Hanover's strongest, but she kept on pacing. But mine was just a little bit better." As the 7-1 fourth choice in the wagering, April Ava, a 5-year-old daughter of Delmarvalous-Jenava, returned $16.20 to win. She now has 16 wins from just 47 career starts and earnings of $135,806 for owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. MUCH MORE THAN SO-SO: Driver Jim Foley blasted So So De Vie away from post 10 and led at every call in the $14,000 GSY Series Final on the pace for amateur drivers. On a night where whipping winds were unkind to horses on the point, the 4-year-old gelded son of American Ideal-Place Your Best had little trouble going wire-to-wire in 1:55.3 for trainer Williams Hernandez. Preppy Art (John Calabrese), who was seeking his third straight victory, finished second - three-quarters-of-a-length behind the winner - as the 3-1 second choice with 3-5 favorite Sugartown (Tony Beltrami) getting the show dough.       "I thought being up closer would be the best option," said Foley. "I thought about getting away maybe fourth or fifth and making a brush down the backside, but he got up on the front really easy and all I had to do was rate him. If you can rate him good, he'll give you all he's got." As the 5-1 third choice in the betting, So So De Vie returned $13.60 to win. A LITTLE MORE: Tim Tetrick, who will be the guest Saturday night on The Big M's pre-game show segment "In the Sulky" at 5:50 p.m., drove the winners of both ends of the late daily double, joining Dexter Dunn and Gingras as pilots with two victories on the card. ... Chubby Stallworth and Stacy Chiodo both had training doubles. ... All-source handle totaled $2,637,320. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by Dave Little, for The Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is announcing a tiered purse increase ranging from $500 to $2500 across the board, boosting Big M purses to the highest in the Northeast for virtually all of the money condition harness racing classes along with very competitive purses for the claimers. The increases are included in the purses on the upcoming condition sheet for April 2 & 3. Capitalizing upon the influx of 3 year-olds as they prepare for their regional stakes, the purses for the NW X Races types have been bumped to a substantially higher level banking on the idea that those horses will have an increased presence in the entry box over the next six weeks and give our horse playing audience some inviting fresh faces to handicap. There are several components that have helped to build The Meadowlands brand to the level at which it currently stands. The sport's best colony of drivers hang their tack at The Meadowlands where the finest track surface on the continent, meticulously groomed to ensure that racing will go on safely even under adverse conditions, and the constant vigil to exclude cheating trainers and provide a level playing field have provided our customers the best product possible upon which to wager. The resulting robust handle on the product thus far this season, along with over $1 million in purse revenue from sports betting added by Jeff Gural, the generosity of our many sponsors whose contributions help to defray the considerable cost of the stakes program and the grant of $4.5 million directed to overnight racing from the state of New Jersey have combined to fuel this purse increase. It is our hope that despite increased competition from the reopening of other tracks in the region, the purse increase will aid in attracting enough horses to allow The Meadowlands to continue to offer the same number of races with large fields that have resulted in the increased handle. The new condition sheet reflecting the purse bump is available on The Meadowlands website. From The Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It was just 10 years ago that The Meadowlands was teetering on the brink of extinction. The State of New Jersey no longer wanted to be in the harness racing business and the possibility of the track shutting down was genuine. That's when Jeff Gural and his investors stepped in to save the flagship venue of Standardbred racing. "I thought that if The Meadowlands closed," said Gural, the chairman and chief executive officer of the mile oval. "That would be the end of harness racing. But harness racing is my passion. I own horses and two breeding farms. Literally, it was 48 hours to closing. Gov. Chris Christie, he was going to close it, no question in my mind. Truthfully, I was shocked, I thought he was bluffing. So I took a shot." The fact is, The Big M was still clinging to its claim as the top track in the game in March of 2011, but things were anything but grand. Business was poor, maybe not by industry standards at the time, but clearly - as compared to now - betting was anything but bustling. In 2011, average handle during January was $2,149,062. During February, that number was $2,077,952. During 2021, those numbers were $3,398,125 and $3,430,923, respectively, to represent an increase of $2.6 million per weekend. Gural opened New Meadowlands Racetrack in 2013 opposite the longtime facility with a structure that had a fresh new look built to more comfortably accommodate the betting public. Five years later, in 2018, sports betting came to the mile oval in the form of the FanDuel Sportsbook, and that facility became the most prolific of its kind in the country, including the properties in Las Vegas. "Sports betting has saved the day," said Gural. "Without it, we might be closed. As far as business goes, nobody ever dreamed we would be as dominant as we are. Choosing to partner up with FanDuel was obviously the right decision. Our sportsbook is the biggest in the world, nobody does as much business as we do and it's very rewarding to see that." Another factor in The Big M's resurgence came during 2019, when Gov. Phil Murphy and The New Jersey State Legislature provided economic stimulus to New Jersey's racing industry. By raising purses, Meadowlands management was able to offer a highly competitive purse structure as its battle with nearby states who have purse accounts bloated by slot machine revenues continues. The increased purses have enabled The Big M's race office to offer full fields and 13 races when racing takes place every Friday and Saturday night. "We got a subsidy from the state, so purses are OK," said Gural. "We take over a million dollars a year from sports betting for purses. We have sponsors. Compared to any other track in the country, when you look at the money we spend on stakes, it's staggering." Gural still has hopes for casino gaming in the Garden State, which could be a game-changer. "I think the best hope for The Meadowlands is to get a casino. Once downstate New York gets them, hopefully we would then get them, which would create a lot of revenue. I do think, long term, that we will get a casino." "The year 2020 is over," said Jason Settlemoir, the track's chief operating officer and general manager. "And looking back, it was a testament to how resilient The Meadowlands and the State of New Jersey are. "One year after COVID-19 shut the country down, and 10 years after The Big M appeared to be finished, the hard work of Jeff Gural, Gov. Murphy and the State Legislators has seen The Meadowlands increase handle 61 percent from 2011 to 2021. The Big M, the flagship track of Standardbred racing, continues to be the most popular nighttime signal of any breed in North America. When you think of excellence in Standardbred racing, you think of The Meadowlands Racetrack. Together, Mr. Gural and the state have created an incredibly valuable asset for New Jersey." "It's great to see how everybody is betting our product," said Gural of The Big M, which has seen wagering of over $3 million on all 12 Saturday night programs during 2021. "What's helped us is our driver colony. Andy McCarthy stayed here for the winter, and he brought his brother Todd over [from Australia]. Scott Zeron stayed here rather than go to Florida. Tim Tetrick is back and David Miller is expected next week. We really have the best drivers in the world driving here - no track comes close - and I think that makes for a great product." And, hopefully, an even better next 10 years to come. THIS ANNIVERSARY'S A GEM: On the "modern list", a 10-year anniversary is referred to as the diamond jewelry anniversary, and thanks to the efforts of Chris Schick, the co-owner of Cal-Expo in California, a gambling revolution kicked off a decade ago, when the United States Trotting Association partnered with member tracks to form the initiative known as Strategic Wagering. To create more interest in the game, Strategic Wagering has offered free program pages to players, as well as guaranteed pools, which is helping to increase the sport's popularity. Pools that are part of the initiative at The Meadowlands have exploded. Lowering takeout has also been a key factor as to why these wagers have flourished. "On behalf of horseplayers everywhere," said Settlemoir. "A heartfelt thank you to Mr. Schick and Strategic Wagering. Let's have another 10 great years." Free program pages for Strategic Wagering are always available at the USTA's website, ustrotting.com. THE SCHEDULE: Live racing takes place this Friday and Saturday night and has a post time of 6:20 p.m. The Big M TV's live simulcast presentation of its "Racing from the Meadowlands" pre-game show kicks off at 5:47 p.m. every live racing night. TETRICK "IN THE SULKY": Tim Tetrick will be Dave Little's guest Saturday night during the pre-game show on "In the Sulky". Tetrick, who returned to regular driving at The Big M last week, will talk about his career and some of the horses he is looking forward to driving during 2021. "In the Sulky" will begin at 5:50 p.m. and can be seen on The Meadowlands' live simulcast signal. SO, YOU WANT MORE ACTION? The Meadowlands' top-flight menu of simulcast tracks will be highlighted this Saturday (March 27) by the card that will take place at Florida's Gulfstream Park, which will play host to the Florida Derby, one of the final major preps for the May 1 Kentucky Derby. Players can expect a huge pool as the track will offer a mandatory payout of its Rainbow 6. The 14-race card at Gulfstream has a post time of 11:30 a.m. The Florida Derby - which is race 14 on the program - will go at 6:40 p.m. That evening, Woodbine at Mohawk Park - the preeminent harness track in Canada - will have a mandatory payout of its High-5, which takes place shortly after the conclusion of The Meadowlands' live card. FREE PPs: "Need a program? The Big M has you covered," said Settlemoir. "We offer free programs every night." The free past performances are available to anyone who goes to the track's website, playmeadowlands.com. GET SOCIAL: You can always check in with the team at The Meadowlands on Twitter. For early changes, racing information and staff selections, go to @themeadowlands or #playbigm. On race nights, stay in touch with the Big M's Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Andrew Demsky (@shadesonracing) and Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1). A HALF-DOZEN CHANCES: The Big M offers players six chances every night to make a score, betting on the track's popular wagers that offer a low 15 percent takeout. They are: Race 1: 20-cent Pick-5 Race 3: 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 Race 6: 50-cent Pick-4 Race 8: 20-cent Pick-6 Race 10: 50-cent Pick-4 Race 13: 10-cent Hi-5/Pentafecta $100,000 GUARANTEED: Every night, The Meadowlands guarantees big green on both editions of its signature wager, as each 50-cent Pick-4 sports a $50,000 guaranteed pool. 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". Brower's input is generally available 48 hours before every card. THE MAYHEM CONTINUES: College basketball's stranglehold on the sports world for the month of March continues as the original field of 68 teams for the NCAA Tournament has now been whittled down to 16 with eight games this weekend. The action kicks off with four games Saturday (March 27), the first of which begins at 2:40 p.m. with the last of the quartet tipping off at 9:55 p.m. The marquee game pits the Villanova Wildcats against the Baylor Bears (-7½) at 5:15 p.m. On Sunday (March 28), the featured game is the first of the foursome, as tournament favorite, the undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs (-13), take on the Creighton Bluejays. Tipoff is at 2:10 p.m. The last game will start at 9:45 p.m. To watch and wager on all the games, come to The Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook. In addition to the college hoops, action will be available on professional golf's WGC Dell Matchplay, as well as a plethora of other sports, including the NBA, NHL, Premier and Champions League soccer, professional tennis and more. The sportsbook is open Sunday-Friday from 10 a.m.-midnight and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 a.m. The cash counter is open from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. From the Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners Off-Track Wagering in Bayonne will open at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday, March 27th for the simulcast of the Dubai World Cup card at Meydan Racecourse. The day features six Group 1 races worth $26.5 million including the $4 million Dubai Turf, the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic and the $12 million Dubai World Cup. Due to contractual restrictions, the Meadowlands and Winners Bayonne cannot offer Win, Show or Quinella wagers on the Dubai World Cup Simulcast. Post time for the 25th running of the Dubai World Cup is scheduled for 12:50 p.m. by Rachel Ryan, for The Meadowlands

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