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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras was the go-to guy Saturday night at the Meadowlands, winning four times on the 14-race card. The 2017 United States Harness Writers Association Driver of the Year scored in the first race with 6-5 favorite P H Kenny, who had lost no fewer than 37 straight heading into the night. The son of Lis Mara took the $15,000 claiming pace in 1:53 in powerful, two-move fashion. Next up was 9-5 chance Abbijade Hanover in the sixth race fillies and mares conditioned pace. The winner overcame the strong anti-speed track bias by taking the point at the half and holding on in a game performance in 1:53.2. Gingras took the seventh, a mid-range conditioned pace, with Cheyenne Seeber. Trapped at the rail at the top of the stretch, Gingras weaved the son of Rocknroll Hanover through the field to score in 1:52.2 at odds of 8-1. "The Green Hornet" scored his fourth of the night as he fired Six Gun to victory in the 11th race conditioned pace in 1:53.4. The 10-1 chance paid $23.80 to win. A LITTLE MORE: Driver Bill Mann and trainer Al Annunziata put smiles on their fans' faces, scoring twice at a nice price. Lachie Maguire N took the 10th race and paid $58.00, then, two races later, Don'tcallmefrancis was in the winner's circle after scoring at 9-1. ... The Pick 5 pool, which had a total wager of $45,432, returned $9,653.90 to those smart enough to have the winning combination of 6-6-4-7-3. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,568,853. ... After failing to result in a single-ticket winner, the 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five carryover swelled to $68,553.35. ... Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Friday at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After cold temperatures cancelled harness racing at the Meadowlands a week ago, Big M fans and driver Brett Miller enjoyed the unseasonable warmth in a big way as racing resumed on a rainy Friday night. The Pick 5, which had a guaranteed pool of $125,000, ended up at just over $250,000 after adding the wager's carryover of $28,786 to the pot. Those smart enough to have the winning combination of 3-9-8-4-5 cashed a handsome $2,820.55 for a 50 cent bet. The 20 Cent Survivor Pick 10 saw a total pool of just over $15,000, and one lucky simulcast bettor at Hazel Park in Hazel Park, Michigan, was the sole winner, taking home $12,920.56. The Pick 4, which was guaranteed at $50,000, was another puzzle that saw big play. A total of $72,239 was poured into the pool, with those who had tickets that read 1,4-10-8-3 getting back $539.15 for the 50 cent wager. Miller fans were rewarded to the tune of a four-win night, two of them for trainer Jenn Bongiorno. The Brett-Bongiorno duo scored in the eighth race with Keystone Wanda, who won her second straight in a fillies and mares conditioned pace in 1:53.1 as the 3-5 public choice, before taking the 10th with Dont Stop Believin, who stopped the clock in another conditioned event for pacing females in 1:53.2 as the 3-2 favorite. Miller also scored in the third, yet another conditioned event for pacing distaffers, guiding 7-5 chalk Casa Miasa to victory lane in 1:53.2. He also won with P L Icabod in the seventh, completing his all-favorites four-bagger with the 2-1 chance in 1:54.3. A LITTLE MORE: Montrell Teague was behind the winner of the first race, 1-2 favorite Windsong Gorgeous, in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Pace, an event that featured African-American drivers. ... Anthony Napolitano and Marcus Miller each recorded driving doubles. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,688,976 for the 14-race card, which saw eight winning favorites. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's first handicapping contest of 2018 takes place on Saturday, January 20th. Two seats for the World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com are up for grabs. The qualifier has a $200 total fee ($100 entry plus a $100 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to bet a minimum of $10 Win wagers on 10 Meadowlands races. Players can wager on more than 10 races if they so desire. Players can register on-site Saturday up until 7:15 pm. The remaining Meadowlands contest schedule is as follows: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - $400 contest with top 4 finishers winning WHHC Final seats Saturday, March 10, 2018 - $200 contest with top 2 finishers winning WHHC Final seats Saturday, April 7, 2018 - $100 Last Chance contest with top 2 finishers winning WHHC Final seats DerbyWars.com hosts weekly WHHC Qualifiers at https://www.derbywars.com/tournaments/list/whhc. Buffalo Raceway is hosting a WHHC Qualifier on Saturday, March 24. Additional qualifiers from partner outlets will be announced in the coming weeks. The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com Final is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and has a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000. For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (raryan@playmeadowlands.com) or 201-842-5015. Rachel Ryan

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands resumes live harness racing on Friday, January 12 with a Pick-5 Guaranteed Pool of $125,000 the evening's headline.   Nobody picked five back on Saturday, December 30, the most recently raced card what with the cancellation of last weekends races. The resulting carryover of $28,786 led to the hefty guarantee which is backed by The Meadowlands in concert with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering. The wager begins in race 3, has a fifty cent minimum and a 15% retention rate.   On the racetrack, a healthy response in the entry box has again resulted in maximum field size with ten participants in each and every race. This development has resulted in even larger pools thus a very positive effect on the handle for the past few race cards.   The races themselves represent something for everyone, of an interesting fusion of conditioned races brimming with veterans along with a few field of younger types competing in lifetime wins & money classes as they seek their level.   There are more than a few horses on Friday's card that have been consigned to the Tattersalls January Mixed Sale that will be held on Monday, January 15 in The Meadowlands paddock. Information on the sale may be found on their website.   Program pages for the Pick 5 and other guaranteed bets are available for free and our experts have been tirelessly sorting through the fields in search of winners for you, our faithful horse playing fan.   Dine in Pink to make the experience all that it can be.   Post time is 6:35 pm. Nick Salvi  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Last week's sub-zero wind chills forced the cancellation of harness racing at the Meadowlands, but with forecasts calling for temperatures in the 50s, the Big M returns this Friday night offering some opportunities to hit big on the 14-race card. That's when bettors will have a guaranteed pool of $125,000 to shoot for in the track's Pick 5 wager, which gets underway in Race 3. The bet requires a player to correctly select the winners of Races 3 through 7 and has a base wager of 50 cents. The conclusion of the Pick 5 when the track last raced on the final Saturday of 2017 resulted in a carryover of $28,786, which served as the catalyst for the Big M - in partnership with United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering - to offer the huge pool promise. Program pages for all Pick 5 races, as well as the $50,000 guaranteed Pick 4 (3 through 11) will be available on the wagering tab at www.ustrotting.com, courtesy of Track Master. Live racing at the Meadowlands takes place every Friday and Saturday evening and has a first race post time of 6:35 p.m. Meadowlands Media Relations  

Milton, ON. and East Rutherford, N.J., January 5 - Woodbine Entertainment and The Meadowlands today announced the implementation of the Standardbred Racing Integrity and Accountability Initiative (SRIAI) for their 2018 harness racing seasons. Inspired by rules set out at Thoroughbred racing's Breeders' Cup, the Standardbred Racing Integrity and Accountability Initiative is designed to strengthen integrity in the sport and to respect the significant investment of owners and sponsors in the funding of stakes races. The SRIAI's conditions apply to 2018 stakes events at Woodbine, Mohawk Park, The Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs for all owners, trainers and horses. "The new conditions will help ensure strengthened integrity at the participating tracks, specifically in the stakes races," said Jeff Gural, Meadowlands Racetrack Chairman and CEO. "The entire sport, including owners, trainers, drivers and horseplayers will benefit from this important initiative, designed to inspire confidence from existing and new owners. We encourage other tracks to join us by adopting these new stakes conditions." The new stakes conditions prohibit any owner, trainer, or horse from participating in an added money event if they have been found by a racing regulatory agency to have tested positive for prohibited substances as defined within the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification for Foreign Substances of Class 1, 2, TC02 or steroids after January 1, 2018. "Racing is well-monitored by the sport's regulatory bodies in the United States and Canada and the participating tracks have an excellent record of racing product integrity, so fortunately, the number of positive tests is very, very low overall," said Jessica Buckley, President, Woodbine, Mohawk Park. "By proactively updating the Standardbred Stakes Conditions, Woodbine Entertainment, The Meadowlands, and American Racing and Entertainment further demonstrate a continued commitment to ensuring a fair and safe racing environment to the benefit of everyone in the sport." The announcement is another collaboration between Woodbine Entertainment and The Meadowlands designed to advance transparency in harness racing. "As industry leaders, we are working together to create added assurances for all racing participants," said Ms. Buckley. "The intent of the SRIAI is to encourage owners to use the greatest discretion when choosing partners and trainers and to remind all horsepeople to be vigilant with their horses' well being." Stakes races, including the Pepsi North America Cup and The Meadowlands Pace, are subject to the new rules. A detailed rundown of the new conditions and a list of stakes races can be found on the track websites or within the Stakes Conditions Books for each racetrack. Stakes Conditions– Standardbred Racing 1) No horse may participate in an added money event conducted by Woodbine Entertainment if during the twelve months preceding the entry date of the added money event the horse is found by a racing regulatory agency to have tested positive for any substance listed under Class 1 or Class 2 in the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances, or to have tested positive for an anabolic steroid, including but not limited to, (boldenone, nandrolone, stanozolol, and testosterone), or to have a TC02 violation. The ineligibility period begins from the date the Racing Regulatory Agency has issued the positive test penalty. 2) No person, or related entity, may participate as a horse owner (ownership of at least direct or indirect 25%) in an added money event conducted by Woodbine Entertainment if during the twelve months preceding the entry date of the added money event the person, or related entity, owns (ownership of at least direct or indirect 25%) a horse that is found by a racing regulatory agency to have tested positive for any substance listed under Class 1 in the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances, or to have tested positive for an anabolic steroid, including but not limited to, (boldenone, nandrolone, stanozolol, and testosterone), or to have a TC02 violation.. The Association will assume that an owner’s share of the horse is at least direct or indirect 25%. It is the owner’s responsibility to provide evidence if he/she owns less than direct or indirect 25%. All evidence or documentation in respect of the percentage, identity or bona fides of ownership (including related entities) are to be in a form and manner satisfactory to the Association. Transfer of ownership (including reductions in percentage of ownership) following the date of any race in which there is a positive test, may not be effective to permit participation in any subsequent event in that year governed by these conditions, and any horse owned with an individual in violation of these rules, will be subject to these conditions. The ineligibility period begins from the date the regulatory agency has issued the positive test penalty. 3) No person, or related entity may participate as a horse owner (ownership of at least direct or indirect 25%) in an added money event conducted by Woodbine Entertainment if during the twelve months preceding the entry date of the added money event the person, or related entity, owns (ownership of at least direct or indirect 25%) a horse(s) that is(are) found by a racing regulatory agency to have two violations, or a second violation as recognized within the racing jurisdiction, of a racing regulation prohibiting the use of any substance listed under Class 2 in the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances. The Association will assume that an owner’s share of the horse is at least direct or indirect 25%. It is the owner’s responsibility to provide evidence if he/she owns less than direct or indirect 25%. All evidence or documentation in respect of the percentage, identity or bona fides of ownership (including related entities) are to be in a form and manner satisfactory to the Association. Transfer of ownership (including reductions in percentage of ownership) following the date of the second Class 2 positive test shall not be effective to permit participation in any subsequent event in that year governed by these conditions, and any horse owned with an individual in violation of these rules, will be subject to these conditions. The ineligibility period begins from the date the Racing Regulatory Agency has issued the penalty for the second Class 2 positive. 4) No person can participate as a trainer in an added money event conducted by Woodbine Entertainment if during the twelve months preceding the entry date of the added money event the person has been found by a racing regulatory agency to have violated a racing regulation prohibiting the use of any substance listed under Class 1 or Class 2 in the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances, or to have tested positive for an anabolic steroid, including but not limited to, (boldenone, nandrolone, stanozolol, and testosterone), or to have a TC02 violation.. The ineligibility period begins from the date the Racing Regulatory Agency has issued the positive test penalty. Notes: • All owners and trainers will begin with a clean slate as of January 1, 2018. Any positive in 2017 will not be recognized as an offence. • There will be no refunds of Nomination or Sustaining fees paid. • Related entity shall be defined as any relative by blood, spouse or domestic partner, person occupying the same residence, employee or any corporation, trust, partnership or other form of entity in which an owner or any party referred to herein has at least a direct or indirect direct or indirect 25% legal or beneficial interest or over which such party exercises control. • A horse may not be transferred to a trainer associated with the offending trainer. A trainer will be considered to be associated with the offending trainer if he/ she was an assistant to, or employee of, the trainer or related to the trainer by blood, or by marriage or domestic partnership. STAKES CONDITIONS WILL APPLY TO THE FOLLOWING 2018 STAKES RACES Pepsi North America Cup Armbro Flight Canadian Pacing Derby Canadian Trotting Classic Casual Breeze Champlain Elegantimage Eternal Camnation Fan Hanover Goodtimes Graduate Maple Leaf Trot Metro Pace Milton Miss Versatility Nassagaweya Peaceful Way Simcoe Roses Are Red Somebeachsomewhere Shes A Great Lady William Wellwood Memorial   About Woodbine Entertainment Woodbine Entertainment is the largest horse racing operator in Canada offering world-class horse racing at Woodbine Racetrack (Toronto) and Woodbine, Mohawk Park (Milton) as well as operating off-track wagering (Champions teletheatre network) and remote wagering (HPIbet). Starting in the spring 2018, Woodbine, Mohawk Park will operate year-round harness racing. Mohawk Park's privately owned 434-acre site will be transformed into a mixed-use future entertainment and community destination in support of Standardbred racing in Ontario. The projected development could include commercial, hospitality, office, and recreational aspects within the site, creating new employment opportunities in the region. About the Meadowlands, et al The Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs are Standardbred racetracks operated by Jeff Gural. Tioga and Vernon Downs are New York state casinos that offer seasonal racing while The Meadowlands has long been the industry leader in handle while hosting many of the top Grand Circuit events with an annual stakes purse schedule in excess $12 million (USD). Racing integrity is a benchmark of the three properties. Woodbine Entertainment contact: John Siscos Director, Communications 416-675-3993 1 x2229 jss@woodbineentertainment.com Meadowlands contact: Nick Salvi 201-843-2446 elanspur@yahoo.com            

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Thanks to the Meadowlands and SportsNet New York (SNY) live harness racing will come right into fans' living rooms Friday night from the sport's top track. That's the night "Meadowlands Harness Live" begins its 10-week Friday night run on SNY by bringing three live races to lovers of the sulky sport, with the track's Dave Brower serving as host, while Hall of Famer Bob "Hollywood" Heyden and the recently hired Dave Little - the former racing editor at the New York Daily News - offer color commentary and selections. SNY is the official television home of the New York Mets, giving exclusive access to more than 125 live telecasts each season. The network is also home to the New York Jets, as well as the UConn men's and women's basketball teams. SNY is available in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania, and nationally on DIRECTV, Verizon FiOS and Frontier, and is available in approximately 8 million homes in the New York Metropolitan area and 12 million homes across the country. "We are extremely pleased to bring live racing to the fans who love our product but don't - or can't - get out to the track very often," said Meadowlands chief operating officer and general manager Jason Settlemoir. "And we are thrilled to once again be working with SNY, with whom we have been partnered with for a decade now." "Meadowlands Harness Live" will air from 9-10 p.m. and have coverage of races 7 through 9. The other nine telecasts will air on Jan. 12 and Jan. 19, and then after a one-week hiatus, the show returns on seven straight Fridays beginning Feb. 2 through March 16. Live racing at the Meadowlands is on Friday and Saturday evenings. Post time is 6:35 p.m. Meadowlands Media Relations    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 4, 2018) - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is calling all cooks for its 3rd annual Homestyle Chili Cookoff and Salsa challenge to be held Saturday, January 27, 2018. The contest offers a $1,000 first place prize plus a spot in the International Chili Society's World Championship cook-off in Reno, Nevada. There is also a $500 prize for second place and $250 cash prize for the third place chili. Last year's Meadowlands winner, Joseph Callahan, went on to win the 2017 International Chili Society's World Championship for his Homestyle chili and took home the $4,000 prize (photo attached courtesy of Lisa Photo). Racetrack guests are also welcome to sample the chili and vote for their favorite. The fan favorite cook will walk away with the $500 prize. Homestyle chili is defined by the International Chili Society as the cook's favorite combination of ingredients resulting in a dish seasoned with chili peppers and spices. Contestants must cook their chili on site between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with judging promptly after. "This has become a great event for us during the winter. The number of contestants has grown the last two years and we expect to have a record number of participants this year," said Meadowlands General Manager and COO Jason M. Settlemoir. Cooks, both amateur and professional, are invited to register to participate by visiting the sign-up page at http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13416. There is a $20 registration fee that must be paid prior to the start of cooking that covers the membership fee to the International Chili Society. In addition to the chili competition, a separate side contest for homemade salsa will also be conducted offering the winner a $500 first prize. For complete rules and information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com or email Rachel Ryan at Raryan@playmeadowlands.com Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For Meadowlands harness racing fans whose resolutions in addition to weight loss and quitting smoking were to go for bigger scores at the track, all they have to do is get involved in the track's Pick 5 on the first night of racing in 2018, when players will have a guaranteed pool of $125,000 to shoot for Friday evening. The bet requires a player to correctly select the winners of Races 3 through 7 and has a base wager of 50 cents. Last Saturday's Pick 5 resulted in a carryover of $28,786, which served as a catalyst for the Big M - in partnership with United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering - to offer the huge, eighth-of-a-million-dollar pool certainty. Program pages for all Pick 5 races, as well as the Pick 4 (3 through 11), are now available on the handicapping tab at www.ustrotting.com, courtesy of Track Master. A big reason why swimming in the Big M's Pick 5 pool makes sense for the bettor is value. If the final pool is $150,000 ($121,214 in new money), the winners would get back $131,818, a surplus in winnings of over $10,000. As for the Pick 4, the beauty of a carryover with low takeout is that it potentially turns the odds in favor of the players. Any final Pick 4 pool less than $220,000 would result in the winners receiving more money than was wagered. "If the pool grows to $250,000, the takeout is only 2 percent," said track chief operating officer and general manager Jason Settlemoir. "Mathematically speaking, there are few wagering opportunities in all of gambling that can match the Meadowlands Pick 4 or Pick 5 with a carryover. Low takeout and big pools make that happen." The record payoff on the Meadowlands Pick 5 was on Friday, February 5, 2017, when one bettor had the lone winning 50 cent ticket worth $109,966. WEEKEND WRAPUP: Last week saw some double-fisted wagering at the Big M. Total handle on Saturday reached $2.7 million. The Pick 4 remained as popular as ever, with a total pool of $81,043 on Friday and $87,371 on Saturday. MORE MONEY: The carryover for the Late 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five stands at $64,317 for the Friday card, on which the first of 10 "Meadowlands Harness Live" telecasts will be seen on SportsNet New York (SNY) from 9-10 p.m. The three races shown will include the 'cash' leg of the Pick 5 as well as the first two legs of the Pick 4, which has a guaranteed pool of $50,000. Post time at the Meadowlands Friday, and on every Friday and Saturday through the end of February, is 6:35 p.m. Dave Little

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is introducing a slate of Late Closers for the 2018 harness racing season. All are written with two legs and a final.   The first cluster will be raced in April and is for horses of all ages with separate events for pacing horses and mares that were Non Winners of 6 Extended P.M. or Non Winners of $125,000 in 2017. The trotters will combine the sexes with the condition being for Non Winners of 6 (F&M 8) Extended P.M. or Non Winners of $125,000 (F&M $150,000) in 2017 The added money for each is $40,000 and the estimated final purse is $50,000. The conditions for these are through and including December 31, 2017 and a nomination payment of $500 is due by February 15 for this first group.   The second group of closers will be raced through the month of May and are restricted to 3-year-olds with a separate division dedicated to each gait and sex. The conditions for those events read; Non Winners of 2 Extended P.M. Races Lifetime or $25,000 Lifetime (Winners of Over $75,000 Lifetime are ineligible). Be aware that to help accommodate those horses that may have won second-tier state bred stakes at age two, a clause that states "State Bred Wins for $10,000 or Less First Money Not Considered on Wins" has been included in the conditions. These finals are at $30,000 added, estimated to be $40,000. The conditions are through and including March 15 and the $500 nomination deadline is the same date.   Questions should be directed to Meadowlands Race Secretary Peter Koch at (201) 842-5130.   Nick Salvi  

Take a tour of Italy at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's 5-course Italian Wine Dinner on Saturday, January 20 in Pink Skybox Suites. Each course is carefully paired with a fantastic Italian wine by executive Chef Dennis Sammarone. The dinner begins at 6:30 pm. The menu with wine pairings includes: 1st course: Focaccia Pizza paired with La Marca Prosecco 2014 2nd course: Pappardella con Salsa Di Casa paired with Di Vinci Chianti 2015 3rd course: Baby Field Greens with Roasted Beets paired with Argiano Rosso di Montalcino 4th course choice of: Pan-Roasted Sea Bass paired with Jermann Pinot Grigio 2015 or Braised Lamb Shank paired with Renato Ratti Marcenesco-Barolo 5th course: Warm Pecan Pie paired with Asti Elmo Pio 2014 The dinner is $64.95 per person (excluding tax & gratuity). For reservations call 201-460-4079. For the full Italian Winner Dinner menu visit PlayMeadowlands.com  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Rock Of Cashel returned from a four-month layoff a week ago and raised a few eyebrows with his impressive harness racing win off a live-cover trip in 1:53.4. Saturday night at the Meadowlands, he proved that was no fluke. The 7-year-old son of Majestic Son went a tougher journey this time around, but the result was the same as the Mark Harder trainee went parked for the final five-eighths of a mile and won for fun nonetheless in the featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. Rock Of Cashel was in no hurry early, sitting a five-hole trip as the classy Opulent Yankee was sailing along on the point at the half in :56.2 after rating his second fraction in :29.3. Gradually making up ground while first-over, Rock Of Cashel reached the leader's wheel as they turned for home, and wore that foe down in determined fashion to record a three-quarter-length win over a fast-closing Cash Me Out in 1:54. Elysium Lindy was third. As the odds-on public choice, Rock Of Cashel returned $3.40 to win for owners Joseph Jannuzzelli and Jeffery Ruch, and now has 26 wins in 146 lifetime starts. A LITTLE MORE: Corey Callahan drove three winners on the card after guiding six to victory lane last Saturday. ... Jim Marohn Jr. won twice, giving him 12 straight programs with at least a driving double. ... The Pick 5 was not hit, resulting in a rare carryover. They'll be $28,786 in the hat for the next race card. ... The Pick 4 pool totaled $87,371, and resulted in a payoff of $1,549.70 for a 50-cent wager. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five did not result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $64,317. ... All-source wagering for the 14-race card was $2,710,217. ... Racing resumes at the Big M on Friday at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – On another competitive evening of harness racing that saw several staple wagers come back with big payouts, speed horses reigned supreme at the Meadowlands Friday, taking the track’s three featured events, all of which had the condition of non-winners of $11,500 in their last five starts, while leading at every call. The first of the wire-to-wire victors was Scirocco Jakob for driver Billy Dobson and trainer Gregory White. After starting out at 15-1 on the morning line, the 6-year-old gelding trotted the mile in 1:55.1 and returned $17.20 to win as the 7-1 fifth choice in the wagering. Know It All, with driver-trainer Eric Abbatiello, took the fillies and mares pace in 1:53.1. The 7-year-old mare had been facing better stock at Yonkers in recent tries and took well to the class drop, returning $10.40 to win. In the second division for trotters, Montalbano Bi held on by a nose over a fast-closing Fleet Bumblebee in 1:55.2. The 6-year-old gelding, driven by Jim Marohn Jr. and trained by Patti Harmon, returned $5.20 as the public choice. The Pick Five wager sported a total pool of $49,622 and when the dust cleared after Race 7, the winning combination of 6-3-9-2-5 returned $31,656.15 for a wager of 50 cents. The 20 Cent Survivor Pick 10 had a pool of $21,546 and two lucky patrons walked away with $9,152.72. The Pick Four attracted $81,043 in wagers, and after two favorites, a 4-1 shot and a 6-1 chance won races eight through 11, the payout for 50 cents was $420.10. A LITTLE MORE: Andy Miller, Dobson, Abbatiello, Greg Merton and Marohn all recorded driving doubles. … Chalk players had a nice night as six post-time choices scored on the program. … All-source handle on the 14-race card was $2,516,597. … The Late 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five carryover grew to $61,900.15 when the wager failed to result in a single-ticket winner. … Racing resumes Saturday night with another 14-race program that gets underway at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

East Rutherford, NJ - Another great 14 race betting card is in store for fans of Meadowlands harness racing on Saturday night. The past two weeks have seen a strong surge in interest in the races and in turn handle has followed with a significant upward trend.   The Survivor Pick 10 wager is thriving with another horseplayer chasing in to the tune of nearly $15,000 on Thursday while the horizontal wager guarantees are drawing big play and the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 carry-over pool has continued to build to over $57,000 into Friday's card.   On Saturday the top trotters currently in harness open the card with a well matched field of seven set to go in a $20,000 Preferred trot.   Local stalwarts Rock Of Cashel (Corey Callahan) and Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller) are both in good form after a fall freshening and will start from handicapped outside post positions. Stirling Cadet (Greg Merton) and Cash Me Out (Billy Dobson) are in from Saratoga where they were among the best trotters at the Spa late in the season. Elusium Lindy (Brett Miller) won in a career best 1:54 last week at The M and is 2 for 2 since joining the Burke barn. The accomplished pair of Iron Mine Bucky (Marcus Miller) and Muscles On Fire (Jim Marohn, Jr) complete the field in the feature.   The Meadowlands is still giving away money to those that sign up for the "Win Your Share" promotion and free programs for a few of the wagers are yours for a click. Post time remains 6:35.   Nick Salvi      

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The reviews on the Meadowlands' 20 Cent Survivor Pick 10 harness racing wager are in, and one lucky patron who was wagering via simulcasting from Maine is sure to give it five stars after having the only winning ticket Thursday night, good for a payoff of $14,628.80. The big winner became the sole survivor after Tempster Hanover took the sixth race at odds of 2-1. Last weekend, the bet yielded an average payoff of almost $8,500, but Thursday evening, that number increased more than 70 percent since there was a single winner in the pool that totaled $17,217. A REAL CHARMER: Trainer Bruce Clarke was selected as the Big Dee's Tack Trainer of the Week earlier Thursday night. One of the reasons was the powerful score recorded by his Charming Hill on Dec. 21. The 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight got the new week off to a good start for Clarke by winning her fourth straight start - all at the Meadowlands - since shipping in from Pocono Downs, taking the second race claiming pace in 1:55.2 with Jim Marohn Jr. in the bike. As the 3-5 public choice, she returned $3.20 to win. A LITTLE MORE: Driver-trainer Annie Stoebe won her first career Meadowlands race by guiding 60-1 shot Uriel to a powerhouse score in the first race, the "B" division of the two GSY Amateur Driving Club events on the card. ... After Uriel's big upset, the next eight races on the program saw no winner go off at odds greater than 2-1. ... Marohn, Eric Carlson and Brett Miller all recorded driving doubles. ... The Late 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five did not result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $57,252.19. ... All-source wagering totaled $1,478,745. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 6:35 p.m. Dave Little

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – While winter’s chill has been covering the Northeast of late, the harness racing action – as well as the payoffs – at the Meadowlands have been white-hot. Racing resumes at the Big M this evening for the final race week of 2017 with a 10-race program that gets underway at 6:35 p.m. The track will then come back with back-to-back 14-race cards on Friday and Saturday with the same earlier-than-normal winter post time, which will be in effect through the end of February. There will be many opportunities for bettors over the course of the three programs, as of the 38 races, 34 of them have full 10-horse fields. Couple that with Pick Fours and Pick Fives that have a low takeout of 15 percent, and you have the recipe for a post-Christmas score. “The winter meet offers great opportunities for vertical and horizontal bettors,” said Big M chief operating officer and general manager Jason Settlemoir. “The full 10-horse fields combined with the long stretch at the Meadowlands makes racing a little more unpredictable, which makes the pools larger because the bigger payouts now become possible. We’re looking forward to a great 2018.” Given how things went last weekend, he has good reason to be optimistic: All-source handle on Saturday night totaled $2,771,241 The Pick Four pool on Friday was $68,192 and $64,196 on Saturday The 50 Cent Pick Five payout on Friday was $4,375 and $3,671 on Saturday The average payoff for the 20 Cent Survivor Pick 10 was $8,479 The first race Trifecta on Saturday returned $12,390. It was outdone one race later, when $27,399 was the payout One lucky bettor in Chicago cashed in for $28,332 Saturday when he or she had the only ticket with the winning combination of 6-8-3-1-9 in the Early 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five This evening’s Late 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five (Race 10) sports a carryover of $53,076 Fast and Furious Females on Friday at The Meadowlands   Friday night at The Meadowlands offers another terrific wagering opportunity with fourteen large, competitive field on the menu. The evening’s features are a pair of conditioned races for a purse of $11,500, one for trotters, the other for pacing mares.    A pair of imports demand consideration among the very diverse field of ten mares in the eighth race.     Neon Sky N (PP #3) is brand new to US racing having but a single start on these shores. That one was an excellent effort versus this very same class a week ago. Trained by Matthew Adamczyk for owner Joseph Pisarski, Neon Sky N was held just off the pace by driver Anthony Napoliatno before a nice closing rally resulted in being third, beaten only a length and a half. She’s drawn an advantageous post inside her main rivals allowing A Nap the opportunity to conduct another favorable journey on Friday.   Jewel Lehigh A has been plying her trade on the continent for the past two seasons with 2017 being her best year by far. She’s generated over $122,000 for owner Michael Goldberg and trainer Andrew Harris this season and gets significant class relief on Friday. Billy Dobson will drive from post seven in Friday’s race.   Promotionally The Meadowlands will be giving away a mountain of cash in the “Win Your Share of $2017”. Sign up on the way in and get some free money!   Post time is 6:35 p.m. From the Meadowlands Media Relations Department  

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