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MANALAPAN, NJ -- July 16, 2018 -- Mark Ford, the President of the SBOA of NJ, has issued the following statement in response to the attached DRF article regarding the Saturday opening of Sport's Betting at the Meadowlands. "We have had ongoing dialogue with Jeff and the Meadowlands. In one of our more recent meetings, it was clearly understood, and stated by Jeff, that the horseman would participate in sport's betting revenues with details yet to be worked out. It was exciting to see the Fan Duel-Meadowlands opening, coinciding with a night of spectacular racing, and hopefully this is just the start of a new era at the Meadowlands."   DRF Full Article   by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Plunge Blue Chip, driven by Ake Svanstedt, nipped 1-2 favorite Manchego in a world-record performance to win the second of two $128,500 divisions of the Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old harness racing trotting fillies at the Meadowlands Saturday night, and in the process, became the fastest 3-year-old trotter in history, regardless of sex. The 2-1 second choice, who hadn't raced in three weeks and was only making her second start in a month and a half, went after leader Manchego at the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:23.1 and after a stirring stretch duel, gunned down Manchego and driver Yannick Gingras by a nose in 1:49.4, equaling the fastest trotting mile in Meadowlands history. On July 11 of 2015, JL Cruze became the first sub-1:50 performer in Big M history, when he went 1:49.4 in the Graduate final. "It's unbelievable, but this is a very good horse. (1):49.4 was a surprise, but she is a good horse. She has not raced on the big tracks so much, that is why she has not raced so fast. In two weeks, she has the Hambletonian (Oaks)," said Svanstedt. Plunge Blue Chip, a daughter of Muscle Mass, paid $6.20 to her backers. Live Laugh Love finished third. In the first division, Phaetosive, driven and trained by Trond Smedshammer, grabbed the lead at the top of the stretch and never looked back, trotting clear at the wire by 2¾ lengths. The daughter of Explosive Matter, who last week scored in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at Harrah's Philadelphia, took the lead at the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:24.4 and romped home in 1:51.3. Sent off as the 4-5 favorite, Phaetosive paid $3.60, 2.80 and $2.20. "She was very good last year as a 2-year-old and has gotten a bit bigger and stronger this year," said Smedshammer, who won the Del Miller for the first time. "She will be off next week, then it's the Hambletonian Oaks elimination and, hopefully, the Oaks final." Longshot Perfect Summer K, who went off at odds of 137-1, finished second ($59.40, $18.20) and Hey Blondie rounded out the top three, paying $3.60 to show. by Lou Monaco, for Hambletonian Society    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - McWicked continued to turn back the clock, holding off Filibuster Hanover by a half-length to win Saturday's $471,100 William R. Haughton Memorial for older male pacers in 2:02.2 at the distance of 1 1/8 miles at the Meadowlands. Rockin Ron finished third. McWicked, a 7-year-old stallion, was a Dan Patch Award winner at age 3 in 2014. He has won five of seven races this year, including the Ben Franklin Pace on June 30, and earned $543,911 for owner Ed James' SSG Stables. Rockin Ron led the field to the opening quarter, in :25.4, before yielding the top spot to Sintra, who took the group to the half in :55, and three-quarters in 1:22.4. McWicked and driver Brian Sears were sixth through the early portion of the race, but followed the cover of Check Six to work their way to second at the top of the stretch. McWicked took the lead in the lane, but still had work to do to fend off the charge of Filibuster Hanover to his inside. "I was trying to get him someplace in the hunt early and get in some type of flow," Sears said. "The horse has been super sharp his last few starts. I was just hoping to get some kind of trip and it worked out great. "(Filibuster Hanover) was digging pretty good on the inside, but my horse kicked it in right to the wire and was very sharp. He's just a sweet horse, so easy to drive, and gives you everything he's got." McWicked, the 4-5 favorite, paid $3.60 to win. As a 3-year-old, McWicked won 12 of 23 races and earned $1.47 million. He was winless in a combined 14 races at ages 4 and 5 because of breathing issues and multiple throat surgeries, but bounced back last year with seven victories in 27 races and $560,025. For his career, McWicked has won 27 of 81 starts and $2.86 million. "This horse, every single time he races, is absolutely unbelievable," McWicked's trainer Casie Coleman said. "He gives everything he's got every time he's on the track. He's just a pleasure of a horse." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Six Pack and Wolfgang won Saturday's $181,000 divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters at the Meadowlands, stamping themselves as top contenders for the $1.2 million Hambletonian on Aug. 4. Six Pack, the No. 2-ranked horse in Meadowlands' announcer/analyst Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian, won his division in a world-record 1:50. The time eclipsed the previous mark for a 3-year-old of 1:50.1, which was shared by Donato Hanover and Muscle Hill. Six Pack, driven and trained by Ake Svanstedt, won by 2¼ lengths over You Know You Do. Alarm Detector was third. Alarm Detector set the early fractions, leading to an opening quarter in :26.2 and half in :54.4. Six Pack and Svanstedt were third, but went on the attack and were alongside Alarm Detector as they came around the final turn. Six Pack pulled away in the stretch on his way to his fifth win in six starts this year. "He's a tough horse," said Svanstedt, who won last year's Hambletonian with Perfect Spirit. "I had a lot of power when we came into the stretch. I hope he can be sound and healthy (for the Hambletonian). I'm looking forward to that." Six Pack, a son of Muscle Mass-Pleasing Lady, has won nine of 14 career races and earned $557,840. He is owned by Ake Svanstedt Inc., Little E LLC, Stall Kalmar FF and Lars Berg. Sent off at odds of 3-5, Six Pack paid $3.40 to win. Wolfgang, the No. 1 horse in the Road to the Hambletonian rankings, won his Dancer division by 2-3/4 lengths over Classichap in a career-best 1:51.2. Zephyr Kronos finished third. Driven by Yannick Gingras, the Jimmy Takter-trained Wolfgang sat behind an early battle for the lead between Evaluate and Hat Trick Habit before moving to the front on the backstretch. He was unthreatened the rest of the way. Wolfgang, a son of My MVP-Summer Savory, has won all three of his starts this season and earned $200,415. For his career, he has won six of 13 races and $516,690. Wolfgang is owned by Brixton Medical Inc., Goran Falk, Hatfield Stables and Fair Island Farm Inc. The 4-5 favorite, Wolfgang paid $3.60 to win. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Divas Image, sent off at odds of 31-1, charged through the stretch from near the rear of the pack to win Saturday's $189,750 Golden Girls for older female pacers by one length over 99-1 shot Inverse Hanover in 2:03.1 for the distance of 1 1/8 miles at the Meadowlands. Pure Country finished third. Shartin N took the lead soon after the start and set fractions of :25.2 for the quarter, :53.1 for the half, 1:21.3 for three-quarters and 1:49 at the mile. Divas Image and driver Joe Bongiorno were 10th at the top of the stretch, more than eight lengths behind 1-5 favorite Shartin N, before rallying on the far outside. She won for the seventh time in 16 starts this year. "The fractions were very fast," Bongiorno said. "Fourth over, being out the whole mile, I was a little concerned because she's a small mare, but she's just as tough as they come. When I flipped her out, she absolutely came out of her harness. She was pacing very strong." Divas Image, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Rocknroll Diva, is trained by Jennifer Bongiorno and owned by Joe Bongiorno LLC, Howard Taylor, Thomas Lazzaro and J&T Silva Stables. She has won 18 of 58 career races and earned $498,917. Divas Image paid $65.60 to win. By Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Hannelore Hanover and Broadway Donna each won a $30,000 division of the Miss Versatility Series for older female trotters Saturday night at the Meadowlands, with Hannelore's 1:50.2 score coming up just one-fifth of a second off the year's fastest trotting mile. Hannelore Hanover, the defending Horse of the Year, was sent off at 1-9 and led from start to finish for driver Yannick Gingras. Ice Attraction, who tried to reel in Hannelore Hanover along the inside in the stretch, finished second while Celebrity Ruth, who tried to challenge for the lead on the final turn, was third. The margin of victory was a half-length. "I was just measuring it in the stretch," Gingras said. "I don't want to go more than I have to. She was really good." Hannelore Hanover, a daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety, has won all six of her starts this year and has earned $233,338. For her career, she has won 42 of 64 races and $2.7 million. The 6-year-old mare is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, Frank Baldachino and J&T Silva Stables. Hannelore Hanover paid $2.10 to win. Broadway Donna won her Miss Versatility division in 1:51.1, equaling her career mark. The 5-year-old mare took the lead from Emoticon Hanover on the backstretch and never looked back on her way to victory by 1½ lengths over Caprice Hill. Emoticon Hanover, the 1-2 favorite, finished third. "I expected a little more speed early in the race," winning driver David Miller said. "When I saw (the opening quarter) in :28, I thought I better make a move. I had to go a good second quarter, but she relaxed and had plenty left on the end of it. She seems really good right now. She's getting pretty wise to racing, she knows what it's all about." Broadway Donna has won three of five races this year and earned $43,750 for owner Fashion Farms and trainer Jim Campbell. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Broadway Schooner has won 20 of 37 career races and $1.32 million. Sent off at odds of 2-1, Broadway Donna paid $6.60 to win as the second choice in the wagering. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It was a night for the harness racing bettors at the Meadowlands Friday night, with big carryovers in the 50-Cent Pick-5 and Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five, as well as a third straight 50-Cent Pick-4 that saw big action. The Pick-5, which had a carryover of $28,976, saw $192,177 in "new" money poured into the pot, for a total of $221,153. For many, the wager played out as a Pick-4 would, as 4-5 favorite Greenshoe won the payoff leg (Race seven) with ease. For those who had the first four winners as well (the odds: 12-1, 6-1, 2-1 and 6-1), the payoff was a handsome $3,536. After failing to break the six-figure barrier for two months, the 50-Cent Pick-4 reached the $100,000 mark for a third straight time ($108,434), and after a sequence that saw winner's odds of 2-1, 3-5, 3-1 and 4-5, the return of $71.40 was respectable given that two odds-on favorites scored. The 13th and last race of the night was the big one, as the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five had a mandatory payout. The carryover heading in was $276,939, and after an additional $260,783 was wagered, the total pool was a gigantic $537,722. Those holding tickets with the winning combination of 1-3-10-7-4 cashed in big, walking away with $76,472.76. SUTTON SCORES IN FEATURE: Sutton ($6.40 to win as the second choice) took the feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters, impressively for Team Orange Crush, driver Andy and trainer Julie Miller. The 5-year-old son of Donato Hanover stopped the clock in a lifetime-best 1:50.4. It was 2½ lengths back to second-place finisher Dunbar Hall. Sutton won for the 10th time in 35 career starts and upped his lifetime earnings to $503,288. MELANDER AND SEARS DOUBLE UP: Trainer Marcus Melander and driver Brian Sears scored twice on the card with heavy favorites. Greenshoe ($3.60) took the New Jersey Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the trot in 1:53.3 to remain unbeaten in two pari-mutuel starts, while Speed Titan ($3.20) hit the wire in 1:56.1 in her first-ever betting race in taking her division of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-old trotting fillies. A LITTLE MORE: David Miller recorded a natural hat trick, driving the winners of the last three races on the card, including 12-1 shot Super S Yzerman, who topped the JSH5. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,790,750. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6:35 p.m. and features the $701,830 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. Overall, more than $2.5 million is up for grabs over the course of seven stakes events on the 14-race card. ... At 11 a.m., a new era in Big M history will begin as wagers on professional sports events will be offered in the track's new Fanduel Sports Book @ Victory Sports Bar. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - Meadowlands Pace night is billed as the "Greatest Party in Harness Racing" and the 2018 edition promises to live up to that tag line both on and off the track. Post time on Saturday is 6:35 pm.   Pace weekend begins with a busy Friday night card where the $350,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) freshman finals hold center stage supported by four Kindergarten legs, a Pick 5 Guaranteed pool of $100,000 buoyed by a $28,976 carry over and the mandatory payout of the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 pool, currently at $276,939, that could well enter seven figure territory by post time.   The $75,000 NJSS pacing finals are led by Hurrikane Emperor who has dominated the pacing colts in each leg and meets the same three rivals on Friday (non-betting event at 6:15 pm) for trainers John McDermott, père et fils and owners Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Invst Group, and G. Vierno.   Molly Dooker is an even money morning line choice in the filly race for the Visionary Breeders of NJ, who turns out to be trainer Tony Alagna. She jogged in last week's leg, finishing a 1:54.1 mile with a 27.1 final quarter for driver Brett Miller to win by more than four.   The NJSS trotting finals are both full of exciting prospects, ten in each $125,000 race in fact.   The fillies come up in race 5 where sires Father Patrick and Trixton, who are represented by 19 of the 20 finalists, have the two logical favorites.   Whispering Oaks, by Father Patrick, was a leg #1 winner in 1:55.4 largely due to the talents of her driver Yannick Gingras as she raced greenly while Yannick kept her not only on stride but on course to get the win in the last step. Jimmy Takter trains Whispering Oaks for Brixton Medical, Herb Liverman and R A W Equine, Inc.   Mother Bonnie scored her win in leg two for Andy McCarthy trotting to a national season's best of 1:55. The Trixton lass is a Robert McNerney and Hauser Brothers Racing homebred from the Noel Daley stable.   The result of the colt final will largely depend on the state of mind that the enigmatic Greenshoe brings into the race. The son of Father Patrick has exhibited extreme talent, winning a baby race in 1:55 on June 2, but has also demonstrated a fractious side which led to going him off stride at the start in his leg one appearance, only to make a sensational recovery and win the race in 1:56.2 despite the ground given with the miscue. Brian Sears has the assignment to keep Greenshoe to task for trainer Marcus Melander and owner Courant, Inc.   On Saturday night the eight Grand Circuit stakes are led by the $701,800 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace (race 8), clearly one of the most competitive in the 42 year history of the stake.   Last season's O'Brien freshman award winner Stay Hungry (Doug McNair), owned by Brad Grant and the late Irwin Samelman and Courtly Choice, racing for the interests of Hutt Racing, Mac & Heim Stable, Daniel Plouffe and Touch Stone Stable, supplemented to the race at a cost of more than $62,000, won last week's elimination races and have the favorite's target on their backs.   Trainer Tony Alagna sends out three for the final including the aforementioned Stay Hungry, the season's fastest sophomore in American History (Yannick Gingras drives for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing) who was second in the Courtly Choice elim and Babe's Dig Me (Brett Miller for Grant, Joe Sbrocco, Robert LeBlanc and In The Gym).   Courtly Choice carries the hopes of trainer Blake Macintosh and partners who backed their talented colt with a large cheque to give him a shot at the title. He also offers Hall of Fame driver Dave Miller one of his best chances to win the Pace, something he has yet to do.   The supporting card is nothing short of amazing with the $405,000 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-olds bringing harness racing's newest diva Ariana G back to the track just one week removed from her brilliant world record 1:50.2 demolition of many of these same rivals in last Saturday's Graduate final. Gingras has the drive on her for Takter and owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.   A dozen talented debutantes will contest the sophomore pacing filly Mistletoe Shalee stake (race 5) led by Kissin In The Sand (Scott Zeron), trained by Nancy Johansson for Marvin Katz and Bud Hatfield Stable, who turned heads with a gritty uncovered masterpiece in the Lynch Memorial final a fortnight past.   The WR Haughton Memorial (race 10) for older horses and Golden Girls (race 9) for their female counterparts also drew over flow fields of twelve with all of the stars of the division present.   Mcwicked (Brian Sears), as sharp as he's ever been at age 7 for Casie Coleman and owner SSG Stable, will be the choice in the Haughton off his bruising win in the Ben Franklin.   Shartin N (Tim Tetrick) has dominated the pacing mares in 2018, having won all of the major stakes thus far for owners Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney King and she'll be the strong public choice in the Golden Girls. Jim King, Jr trains.   Note that all 12 horse fields will race at a distance of a mile and one eighth.   Also on the Pace card are the final preps for the upcoming Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks which are set to be raced on Saturday, August 4.   The top colts are all counted among the 16 entered for the $362,000 (divided) Stanley Dancer Memorial (races 4 & 6) with several among them rounding into Hambo form at the perfect time and others still looking for answers.   The $257,000 Del Miller Memorial split into a pair of sevens (race 3 & 11) with a few of those fillies holding hopes of the main event come Hambletonian Day, depending on their performance and that of the colts racing in the Dancer.   How might one begin a card such as this?   Well, here at The Meadowlands we'll kick the evening off with a pair of Miss Versatility divisions for the finest aged trotting mares around, among them 2018 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover (Gingras) who has been flawless thus far in the new season.   Off the track there's a ton going on with the always popular Pace T-shirt giveaway, the $500 win wager promotion and a BBQ contest along with various activities for the family.   For the horseplayer Pace night is one of the highlights each season with big pools and the horizontal guarantees have been increased accordingly. The Pick 5 is guaranteed at $40,000 and the Pick 4 hiked to $75,000 for the evening. Free program pages are available courtesy of Trackmaster.   Pace night is always a highlight of the racing season and this year the experience is one you'll want to be a part of.   Remember, post time is 6:35.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands        

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - With a pair of wagers sporting carryovers that promise to offer huge pools and likely payoffs to match, a signature stakes event that offers a purse of $701,830 and the long-awaited birth of the sports betting era, this weekend will be one to remember at the Meadowlands. First up is Friday, which has a first-race post time of 7:15 p.m. For just the second time in 2018, the 50-Cent Pick-5 sports a carryover ($28,976), which is significant, because the last carryover - one that was nearly identical to the current one - served as the catalyst for a final pool of over $250,000. Track management has put a guarantee on the pool of $100,000, but the final tally figures to be far more than that. The wager offers a low 15 percent takeout and will be offered on races three through seven. Based on last weekend, the track's signature 50-Cent Pick-4 (races eight through 11) is likely to have an overflow pool once again, one that far exceeds the guarantee of $50,000. Last Friday (July 6) and Saturday (July 7), the pools surpassed the $100,000 mark for the first time since mid-May, averaging just a tad more than $110,000. The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five pool, which should push past the seven-figure mark given the carryover of $276,939, will be available on the 13th and final race of the evening. Instead of one needing to be the only holder of a winning ticket to take down the jackpot, the wager has a mandatory payout Friday, meaning that all of those with winning combinations will take home a slice of the pie. And that slice figures to be a hefty one. In the event the final pool is $1 million, it breaks down this way:  Carryover -- $276,939  New money -- $723,061 15 percent takeout on new money -- $108,459  Total payout -- $891,541 Surplus to winners -- $168,480 Thus, a final pool of $1 million creates an enormous windfall for those who cash winning JSH5 tickets, giving them a 23 percent advantage. The United States Trotting Association will partner with the Big M on all guaranteed pool totals. A little less than 12 hours after Friday's last race, an historic Saturday gets underway at the mile oval. At 11 a.m., bettors will be able to place Las Vegas-style wagers on professional sports events. Action on Major League Baseball, World Cup Soccer, the National Football League, college football, etc. will be offered. If one was accustomed to betting on those events on the Vegas Strip, they will be able to now bet them at the Big M. "This promises to be one of the most exciting weekends ever for our fans," said Big M chief operating officer and general manager Jason Settlemoir. "In addition to a star-studded Saturday stakes card that includes our signature event, the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, the ability to offer our patrons the chance to also bet on professional sports is a game-changer. All of us at the Meadowlands are extremely excited and hope all of our patrons take at least a few minutes to visit our new Fanduel Sports Book @ Victory Sports Bar." Saturday evening's live card of harness racing gets underway at 6:35 p.m. and offers a Murderer's Row of stakes events: The $701,830 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old open pacers, $405,850 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old open trotters, $191,800 Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old fillies on the pace, $189,750 Golden Girls for filly and mare pacers 3-years-old-and-up, $257,000 Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old fillies on the trot (divisions), $362,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old open trotters (divisions) and $471,100 William Haughton Memorial for open pacers 3-years-old-and-up. On what promises to be the biggest night of the year in terms of handle, two treats for players await: the 50-Cent Pick-5 (races three through seven) will have a guaranteed pool of $40,000 while the 50-Cent Pick-4 (races eight through 11) has a $75,000 guarantee. Both bets are likely to have pools that double (and possibly more) the promised amounts. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

New York, NY - July 12, 2018 - Today, FanDuel Group, a leader in fantasy sponrts, online gaming, and television content, announced the grand opening of the first-ever FanDuel Sportsbook located at the ew Meadowlands Racetrack. It will be open to the public on Saturday, July 14, at 11:00 am ET, FanDuel's new 5,310 square foot sports betting retail location is adjacent to MetLife Stadium and is the closest in proximity to New York City, making it the go-to sports betting destination in the northeast. "The opening of our first sportsbook at the Meadowlands is reflective of our commitment to providing sports fans a best-in-class experience," said Matt King, CEO, FanDuel Group. "We're excited to partner with Jeff Gural and the team at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment on what we believe will be the premier sports betting experience for fans in New Jersey, New York, and across the northeast region." The FanDuel Sportsbook will feature bets on all major U.S. sports, including professional baseball, soccer, football, basketball, golf, boxing, motorsports racing, and more. At opening, the location will initially feature 10 teller windows and 27 televisions and accommodate up to 490 people. By the start of the football season, the FanDuel Sportsbook will expand to include 15 tellers, 65 television screens, and a capacity of close to 650 people. Customers can watch the games and dine on incredible food in a state of the art lounge. "Partnering with FanDuel Group and our proximity to New York City puts us in prime position to capitalize on the seemingly endless opportunities around sports betting," said Jeff Gural, Chairman & CEO of Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment. "Opening our doors on the eve of the biggest soccer game in the world is just the start. We look forward to enhancing the gameday experience for local fans, as well as visitors from around the world." In addition to future wagers on professional football and baseball, the July 14 sports betting offerings will feature the finals of the world's largest soccer tournament, men's and women's tennis finals from England, and a slew of professional baseball games that will conclude the first half of the season. FanDuel Sportsbook retail location will be open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am ET to 1:00 am ET; Friday from 10 am ET to 2:00 am; Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 am; and Sunday from 9:00 am - 1:00 am ET. For exclusive updates on upcoming products and announcements, please visit About FanDuel Group FanDuel Group is an innovative sports-tech entertainment company that is changing the way consumers engage with their favorite sports, teams, and leagues. The premier gaming destination in the United States, FanDuel Group consists of a portfolio of leading brands across gaming, sports betting, daily fantasy sports, advance-deposit wagering, and TV/media, including FanDuel, Betfair US, DRAFT, and TVG. FanDuel Group has a presence across 45 states and 8 million customers. The company is based in New York with offices in California, New Jersey, Florida, Oregon, and Scotland. FanDuel Group is a subsidiary of Paddy Power Betfair plc, a leading international sports betting and gaming operator and a constituent of the FTSE 100 index of the London Stock Exchange.

This years Hambletonian is shaping up to be a particularly exciting one for many new people to the sport of harness racing. A big reason being that Lawmaker is a real possibility to be in the eliminations this year. Since his third place finish in the Beal memorial at the poconos, our flagship three year old is likely to be added to the august third card in East Rutherford.   Given this news, we have put together a bus trip for anyone looking to experience one of the biggest spectacles in horse racing. We have , transportation, accommodation, and a large group area and buffet on the roof of the meadowlands for Hambo day.   We are filling the bus quickly and only have 56 seats available. When we are sold out we will be finalizing the transportation portion of the trip.   The Stable's 2018 Hambo Trip looks like this:   Trip Package - $910 per couple - All figures are in CDN $ and include applicable tax.   Travel Dates:  Depart August 3 at 8:00 a.m. from Tomiko Training Centre (arrive 6:00 p.m.)  Return August 5 at 8:00 a.m. from Holiday Inn Meadowlands (arrive 6:00 p.m.) Included in this package: Round trip transportation from Tomiko Training Centre to the Holiday Inn Meadowlands on a coach bus equipped with WI-FI.   Hotel accommodations: One room per couple. Singles will be paired with another single of the same sex.   Admission to the Hambletonian and Race Day Program.   Private Viewing Area at The Meadowlands.   Food Ticket for Hambo Day, includes:             Choice of: cheeseburger, 2 hot dogs, or pulled pork; plus potato salad or coleslaw.             Choice of: 2 waters or 1 Bud or Bud Lite Draft Beer.   There is an option for couples to share a room with another couple for a package cost of $670 per couple.   If you have a family, please contact Justin to discuss accommodation options.   Please Note:  Vehicles can be left at Tomiko for the duration of the trip. The Stable and Tomiko Training Centre are not responsible for the security of your vehicle during this time.     All passengers must have a valid passport for crossing the border.     Please contact Justin if you are not taking the bus, but would like to be part of the on-scene group (hotel and race day activities).     If you expressed interest in our original survey about this trip a few months ago, please reconfirm your intentions to participate.   Contact Justin with any questions, or to book your spot: or call (519) 400-5672   From  

Classichap Enters Top Ten in Road to the Hambletonian Week 8   Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Wolfgang Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Stables, Fair Island Farm, Inc. Goodtimes elimination & Final winner, off last three weeks, had a procedure to remove a testicle & lost 10 days of training, tuned up for the Dancer winning a Big M qualifier on July 7 in 1:53 2 Six Pack Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt Inc, Little E, Stall Kalmar FF, Lars Berg Kicked off 2018 four-for-four, set a track record of 1:51.2 in the EBC Final, won his Earl Beal, Jr. elimination in 1:53.3, a solid second [1:51.4] from post nine in that Final, off last week, Dancer next 3 Fourth Dimension Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant, Inc Last year’s Dan Patch Award winner was second [1:52.4] in a track record 1:52.2 NYSS @ Tioga Downs, looks to rebound in the Dancer after an apparent knee boot issue @ Pocono 4 Crystal Fashion Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms LLC Consistent Cantab Hall colt has three wins & three seconds (two nose losses) in six starts this season, fresh off a two-hole trip upset in the Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial in 1:51.4, did not race last week 5 Evaluate Corey Callahan, Marcus Melander, Stall TZ Inc PASS winner in 1:51.4 @ Pocono Downs, second to Six Pack in his Beal elimination, a strong fourth [1:52.2] in that Final in only his ninth career start, off last week, look for him in the Dancer 6 Alarm Detector Trevor Henry, Benoit Baillargeon, Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel & Santo Vena O’Brien Award & Wm. Wellwood Memorial winner, won his Goodtimes elimination in 1:53.1, came up sick & was third [1:53.2] in that Final, regrouped with a 1:53 qualifier @ Mohawk on July 6 7 You Know You Do Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Sam Goldband P. Haughton winner & Wm. Wellwood runner up, PASS winner in 1:53.2 on May 26, second [1:50.2] in a Big M overnight on June 29, off last week, bolsters the Takter battalion in the Dancer 8 Classichap Trond Smedshammer, Purple Haze Stables Chapter Seven colt fought off Tactical Landing in an eye-catching 1:51.1 on July 6 @ The Big M for his first career win, Smedshammer won the 2004 Hambo with Windsong’s Legacy 9 Southwind Chrome Scott Zeron, Paula Wellwood, Dreamville Stable Second [1:51.2] in a track record EBC, third [1:51.2] to Classichap & Tactical Landing on July 6 in only sixth career start, progressing for Marion Marauder connections with a crucial test in the Dancer next 10 Samo Different Day Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Christina Takter, Samo Partners On the board in 11 of 13 as a 2YO, second by a head [1:52.4] with a final quarter of :27.2 in a Big M overnight on June 29, did not race last week & looks to continue ramping it up in the Dancer  

The new supplement catalog and updated past performances for the Meadowlands Summer Mixed Sale are now available on the Tattersalls website,, and on the Equineline Sales Catalog app for iPad users.   The sale will be held this Sunday (July 15) in the Meadowlands race paddock, with a post time of noon.   There are 18 horses entered in the supplement for this all-racehorse sale that now includes a total of 26 2-year-olds, 56 3-year-olds, and 62 4-year-olds and up.   According to sale manager David Reid, horses in the sale have posted 19 wins just since the catalog, with many in-to-go in the coming days leading up to the auction.   "Nearly everything in the sale is currently racing, so I hope buyers take the opportunity to check the latest updates. Not only are there many, but a number of them are extremely significant," Reid said.   Reid said the latest version of updated racelines (current through last Sunday) are posted on the sales company's website, and also on the Equineline app, at the end of the individual catalog pages, starting on page 192.   "This is another of our Meadowlands racehorse sales with something for everyone," Reid said. "As far as spending goes, no matter your comfort zone, you can find a very good horse to race."   From Tattersalls Sales Company  

Contacting through the SOA of NY, this morning harness racing driver Brian Sears issued the following statement pertaining to not be able to race in the Meadowlands Pace. Jeff Gural and I had several discussions earlier in the year. He made it known what he expected from me. I agreed to go to the Meadowlands in June during the break at Yonkers. After contemplating what opportunities I might have there, I went a different route. I'm pleased that we have come to an agreement that works for all parties and allows me to race at the Meadowlands and fulfill my commitments to the owners and trainers that have invested so much in our game. No further information was provided about what the agreement agreed to.        

East Rutherford, NJ - The $2.7 million Meadowlands Pace card leads a stakes-laden weekend of Grand Circuit racing at The Meadowlands with a special 6:35 pm on Saturday.   The $701,800 Pace has ten of the finest sophomore colts heading post-ward led by last week's elimination winners Courtly Choice and Stay Hungry.   The supporting stakes pretty much all filled up to the max with the WR Haughton Memorial, Golden Girls and Mistletoe Shalee all fielding a dozen horses at the route distance at a mile and one eighth. Virtually all of the division leaders are listed among the entrants.   The Hambletonian Maturity has drawn nine led by Ariana G in fresh of her amazing 1:50.2 World record romp in last week's Graduate final.   The leading preps for the upcoming August 4 Hambletonian and companion Oaks stakes filled with the logical contenders.   The Stanley Dancer Memorial for colts will split at 16 boasting both O'Brien award winner Alarm Detector and Dan Patch winner Fourth Dimension and Wolfgang fronting a half dozen from Jimmy Takter's loaded barn.   The Del Miller for fillies drew 14 featuring Manchego's return to racing against the girls. She'll face the potent duo of Phaetosive and Seviyorum coming off track record efforts at Harrahs. For the record, Atlanta was not eligible to the Miller.   Last but certainly not least comes the Miss Versatility composed of 13 (2 div) older trotting mares including the magnificent Hannelore Hanover compete for money and points toward the final on Jug Day in Delaware.   Friday's card features the New Jersey Sires Stakes finals with full fields of 10 in both trots and the first leg of the Kindergarten Series for trotters.   Complete information will be available later today on The Meadowlands website.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands        

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - July 8, 2018 - The Meadowlands hosted the second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-olds on Friday night. The pacing races competed for $15,000 each while the trotters raced for $20,000 each. The six 2-year-old NJSS races included one division for pacing colts and one for the fillies, the trotters were split into two divisions for the fillies and two divisions for the colts. The first NJSS was raced off the card for 2-year-old pacing colts. Hurrikane Emperor, son of Hurrikane Kingcole, was once again the winner of that division for trainer John McDermott Jr. in 1:56.1. Leaving from post position number two to take the lead, and despite a bobble in the stretch, driver Dan Dube got him back on gait in time to win. Hurrikane Emperor is now two for two in lifetime starts for owners Johnathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing LLC, Pegasis Investment Group and George Viemo. Clintock finished second while Black Dan came in third. Mollydooker, trained by Tony Alagna, took the pacing division for the 2-year-old fillies in the first race of the regular scheduled card. Driver Brett Miller moved Mollydooker first up to take the lead at the half and win in 1:55.1. Owned by Visionary Breeders LLC, the Great Vintage sired Mollydooker has her first lifetime win. Hurrikane Lori Ann and Hurrikanesky dead heated for second. The first division of the 2-year-old trotting fillies, was won by odds on favorite French Cafe trained by Julie Miller. Andy Miller sat patiently with French Cafe and stormed past the competition in the stretch to win in 1:58.1. The Father Patrick filly notched her first win of the season for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Given finished second while Sari Bout It came in third. Joe Holloway's Father Patrick sired Lucius Vorenus took the next race on the card, the first division of the NJSS for 2-year-old trotting colts. Lucius Vorenus and David Miller held off a charging Soul Strong in the stretch to win in 1:58.0. Lucius Vorenus is owned and bred by Crawford Farms Racing. Soul Strong finished a strong second and Gerris Trix was third. Odds on favorite Battenberg gave trainer Joe Holloway the sweep in the NJSS for 2-year-old trotting colts. The son of Trixton was able to find the wire before No Drama Please could catch him in 1:55.4. Owned by Crawford Farms Racing and Val D'Or Farms, Battenberg now has his first lifetime win. Finishing a very close second was No Drama Please and Galixton was third. The last NJSS of the night was for the 2-year-old trotting fillies, where Mother Bonnie upset the favorite for trainer Noel Daley. Andrew McCarthy steered the Trixton sired Mother Bonnie to the front to wire the field in 1:55.0. Mother Bonnie is owned and bred by Robert McNerney and Hauser Bros Rcng Ent LLC. The favorite Special Honor held on for second while Golden Tricks took third place. The final for all the 2-year-old NJSS divisions will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018 at the Meadowlands. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

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