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Jim Videtic of Cleveland, Ohio captured the $43,652.70 grand prize in the harness racing 2018 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com on Saturday, April 28 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. He also won an additional $3,676.40 via his second contest entry. He walked away with a total of $47,329.10. Videtic finished the tournament with a $2,254.50 bankroll to top the field of 117 players from across North America who competed for $81,940 in prize money. Videtic won his two seats via DerbyWars.com qualifiers. This was the largest prize pool ever offered for the WHHC. The WHHC contest format required contestants to bet 10 races: seven Meadowlands races of their choice, plus one mandatory race each from Buffalo, Vernon and Meadowlands racetracks. Bets had to meet a $30 minimum, $100 maximum per race. Contestants could only bet one horse per race and wagers could either be win, place, show or a combination of the three. Videtic cashed on five of his ten bets and took an early lead with a $952.50 score coming in the mandatory Vernon race 7 with $30 to Win on #1 (Jimi Wind Ricks). He cashed in the Meadowlands' sixth race for $940 with a $100 Win wager on #3 (Santiago Style) and again in the mandatory seventh race at the Meadowlands for $450 with $100 to Win on #1 (Highalator). Jim's final cash of the night was in the Meadowlands' ninth race earning him $116 with a $40 to Win bet on the #1 (This Is The Plan). After a losing $100 bet in the last race at the Meadowlands, he finished with a final bankroll of $2,254.50, taking home the $43,652.70 prize. DerbyWars.com sponsored the 2018 World Harness Handicapping Championship and held weekly online qualifiers throughout 2018. In addition to DerbyWars.com and the Meadowlands, the following partner outlets sent players to compete in the 2018 WHHC: USTA, Buffalo Raceway, Vernon Downs, Tioga Downs, Standardbred Canada, and TVG/Betfair. Top Ten Finishers: First Last Bankroll Prize $ Jim Videtic $2,254.50 $43,652.70 Jeff Billings $1,871.00 $11,547.90 Thomas DeSimone $1,597.00 $7,616.70 Scott Warren $1,350.00 $5,773.00 Jim Videtic $1,241.00 $3,767.40 Sam Agigian $1,056.00 $1,916.46 Lee Stuckey $1,031.00 $1,916.46 Michael Rusovick $913.00 $1,916.46 Peter Kleinhans $884.50 $1,916.46 Dustin Carlson $748.00 $1,916.46     Rachel Ryan

Columbus, OH --- DerbyWars.com will host a WHHC last chance qualifier on Thursday (April 26), featuring up to four qualifying spots for the $75,000 guaranteed World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars. The $75,000 WHHC contest features a first place prize of $40,000 and will be held Saturday (April 28) at the Meadowlands. Players can qualify online at www.DerbyWars.com or directly buy into the contest for $1,000 at the Meadowlands on Saturday. The WHHC last chance qualifier entry fee is $95, with one in every 12 entries qualifying for the WHHC. The contest starts at 8:10 p.m. (EDT), consisting of races three-10 from Woodbine Mohawk Park. Players may qualify for the last chance for as little as $27 in a qualifier starting at 6:15 p.m. (EDT) on DerbyWars.com. A full list of qualifiers for the WHHC can be found at www.derbywars.com/tournaments/list/whhc. The $1,000 WHHC entry includes a $300 live bankroll with $700 to the prize pool and zero takeout. There is a limit of two entries per person. If the contest exceeds 107 entries, the prize pool will increase from $75,000. More information on the 2018 WHHC can be found at the Meadowlands website. from the USTA Communications Department    

This Saturday, April 28, 2018 the top horseplayers in North America will compete for $75,000 in prize money in the 2018 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com, at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. The WHHC is a one-day tournament, with a welcome reception the evening prior. This Thursday, DerbyWars.com is offering a final qualifier with two $1,000 seats in the Final up for grabs. Players can register at https://www.derbywars.com/tournaments/list/whhc Through Tuesday, 73 players have qualified via DerbyWars.com online tournaments, TVG/Betfair, and on-site track tournaments held at the Meadowlands, Tioga & Vernon Downs, Buffalo Raceway and Standardbred Canada. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,000. The $1,000 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $700 going to the prize pool. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus three designated mandatory races (one each) from Buffalo, Vernon Downs and the Meadowlands. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10, with a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000. If more than 108 players enter the Championship, the prize pool will exceed the guarantee. Walk-up registrations will be accepted for the WHHC Final presented by DerbyWars.com until 7 pm on Saturday, April 28. For the contest entry form and complete rules visit http://playmeadowlands.com/contest_detail.aspx?id=8240 Rachel Ryan

Next Saturday, April 28, 2018 the top horseplayers in North America will compete for $75,000 in prize money in the 2018 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com, at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment in East Rutherford, NJ. "DerbyWars.com has been a fantastic partner for the World Harness Handicapping Championship," said Rachel Ryan, Marketing Manager at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "With their support we are able to guarantee the Championship prize pool at $75,000. With 100% of entry fees returned as prizes, this offers tremendous value to our players. Should 108 or more players enter the Championship, the prize pool will exceed the guarantee. With 73 players already qualified we have a great shot of the prize pool exceeding $75,000!" 73 players qualified via DerbyWars.com online tournaments, TVG/Betfair, and on-site track tournaments held at the Meadowlands, Tioga & Vernon Downs, Buffalo Raceway and Standardbred Canada. The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com is a one-day tournament, with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,000. The $1,000 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $700 going to the prize pool. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus three designated mandatory races (one each) from Buffalo, Vernon Downs and the Meadowlands. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10, with a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000. Walk-up registrations will be accepted for the WHHC Final presented by DerbyWars.com until 7 pm on Saturday, April 28. For the contest entry form and complete rules visit http://playmeadowlands.com/contest_detail.aspx?id=8240 Rachel Ryan

Columbus, OH --- DerbyWars.com will host a World Harness Handicapping Championship Mega-Qualifier on Saturday (April 14) featuring five qualifying spots for the $75,000-guaranteed WHHC presented by DerbyWars to be held April 28 at the Meadowlands. Players can qualify online for the $75,000 WHHC contest, which features a first-place prize of $40,000 and pays the top 10 finishers, at www.DerbyWars.com. The WHHC Mega-Qualifier entry fee is $115, with the five WHHC qualifying spots based on 50 entries. The contest will consist of the second half of the races at partner tracks Meadowlands and Woodbine Mohawk Park. The format is a mythical $2 Win-Place-Show contest, where players will pick one horse in each of 12 races and earn payouts equivalent to $2 Win-Place-Show payouts at the track, subject to maximum payouts. Players may qualify for as little as $19 every night on DerbyWars.com, or on Saturday night during the early races. DerbyWars hosts WHHC qualifiers every Saturday night. A full list of qualifiers for the WHHC Mega-Qualifier and the WHHC can be found at www.derbywars.com/tournaments/list/whhc. The $1,000 WHHC entry includes a $300 live bankroll with $700 to the prize pool with zero takeout. There is a limit of two entries per person. If the contest exceeds 107 entries, the prize pool will increase from $75,000. For more information on the 2018 WHHC at the Meadowlands and a list of players already qualified, click here. Ken Weingartner

John Masslon of Pittsburgh, PA, won the grand prize in the 2017-2018 Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment Winter Survival Challenge, which ran from November 4 through March 24, 2018. Masslon accumulated a bankroll of $764.70 based upon a mythical $2 across the board wager on three designated Meadowlands races each night. Masslon's win earns him a $1,500 berth into the $75,000 Guaranteed World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com on Saturday, April 28. This was his first online contest. "I thought there was no way I'd make it anywhere close to the end. I lost my free "horseshoe" (free life line) on the first day of the contest!" Gil Winston, of Manalapan, NJ, finished in second-place with a final bankroll of $762.30. Winston, a regular WHHC participant, received $1,250 for his 2nd place finish and the most contest winners and a WHHC seat. Karen Angelos, of Renton, Washington, captured third-place with a bankroll of $719.20. Her prize was $500. For information on the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com click here. Rachel Ryan

Two more spots are up for grabs this Saturday in Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's Last Chance Qualifier. The qualifier has a $100 total fee ($50 entry plus a $50 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to place a minimum of 5 $10 Win wagers on Meadowlands races. Players can register on-site Saturday up until 7:15 pm. 60 players have already qualified for the WHHC Final through the Meadowlands, DerbyWars.com and partner outlets: Vernon Downs, Tioga Downs, TROT Fantasy, Buffalo Raceway. The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and has a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000. The WHHC is a one-day tournament, with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,000. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus three designated mandatory races from Buffalo, Vernon Downs and the Meadowlands. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10. Players interested in purchasing a buy-in into the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com can visit http://playmeadowlands.com/contest_detail.aspx?id=8240.

This Saturday (March 17), DerbyWars.com will host an online World Harness Handicapping Championship Mega-Qualifier featuring five qualifying spots for the $75,000-guaranteed World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars. The WHHC will be held on April 28 at the Meadowlands. The WHHC Mega-Qualifier entry fee is $115, with the five WHHC qualifying spots based on 50 entries. The contest will consist of the second half of the races at partner tracks Meadowlands and Woodbine. The format is a mythical $2 Win-Place-Show contest, where players will pick one horse in each race over 12 races and earn payouts equivalent to $2 Win-Place-Show payouts at the track, subject to maximum payouts. Players may qualify for as little as $19 every night on www.DerbyWars.com, or on Saturday night during the early races. A full list of qualifiers for the WHHC Mega-Qualifier and the WHHC can be found here. Players can also qualify for the WHHC at the Meadowlands racetrack and various other racetrack qualifiers. The $1,000 WHHC entry includes a $300 live bankroll with $700 to the prize pool and zero takeout. There is a limit of two entries per person. If the contest exceeds 107 entries, the prize pool will increase from $75,000. DerbyWars hosts WHHC qualifiers every Saturday night for the 2018 WHHC. For a list of remaining qualifiers, players already qualified and complete information on the WHHC, visit the Meadowlands website here. DerbyWars.com

After last Saturday's snow storm caused the Big M to cancel the WHHC Qualifier after three races, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment has rescheduled the $400 Super Qualifier for Saturday, March 3. Four seats for the World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com are up for grabs. The qualifier has a $400 total fee ($200 entry plus a $200 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to bet a minimum of $20 Win, Place, Show or WPS wagers on 10 Meadowlands races. Players can register on-site Saturday up until 7:15 pm. The remaining Meadowlands contest schedule is as follows: 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 is hosting a WHHC Mega-Qualifier on Saturday, February 24 with five seats up for grabs. On Saturday, March 3 TVG/4NJBets is hosting an online qualifier for customers. The contest includes 3 seats into the WHHC Final plus travel expenses. Buffalo Raceway is hosting a WHHC Qualifier on Saturday, March 24. Tioga Downs has set qualifiers for March 3rd and 17th and Vernon Downs has qualifiers on March 10th and 24th with four people in total qualifying for the WHHC presented by DerbyWars.com Final. 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.  

Four spots are up for grabs Saturday, February 17 in Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's $400 February Qualifier. The qualifier has a $400 total fee ($200 entry plus a $200 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to bet a minimum of $20 Win, Place, Show or WPS wagers on 10 Meadowlands races. Players can register on-site Saturday up until 7:15 pm. DerbyWars.com is hosting an online WHHC Qualifier with the winner gaining one $1,000 Final seat. Details can be found here. Twenty-nine people have already qualified for the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com.  A detailed list is below: ·         Meadowlands Racetrack: Summer Survival Challenge –Brady Kosic, Bill Zvara, Bud Olejniczak  ·         Meadowlands Racetrack: December 2, 2017: $200 Qualifier: Mike Petruccelli & Guy Gerber ·         DerbyWars.com October 20: Free WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat: Gary Respecki  ·         DerbyWars.com October 21: WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat: Travis Foelsch ·         DerbyWars.com October 28: WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat: Stephen Levine  ·         DerbyWars.com November 4:  WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Mark Kunen ·         DerbyWars.com November 11: WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Mark Kunen ·         DerbyWars.com November 18:  WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Russell Slader ·         DerbyWars.com November 25: WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Shirley Kunen ·         DerbyWars.com December 2: $10,000 WHHC Qualifier Game with two WHHC seats: Derick Giwner & Carlos Gutierrez ·         DerbyWars.com December 9: WHHC Qualifier with two WHHC seats: Stan Koper & Stephen Pozzuoli ·         DerbyWars.com December 16:  WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Gregg Sheehan ·         DerbyWars.com December 23: WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Rocco Dibello ·         DerbyWars.com December 30: WHHC Qualifier with two WHHC seats: Vince Sitoski ·         DerbyWars.com January 13:  WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Matt Minger ·         DerbyWars.com January 13:  $5,000 All Harness Contest with two WHHC Seats: Stephen Levine & Stan Koper ·         Meadowlands Racetrack: Saturday, January 20, 2018: $200 Qualifier: Ed Herr & Lee Stuckey ·         DerbyWars.com January 20: WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat: Brian Graziano ·          DerbyWars.com January 25:  WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat: Michael Rusovick ·         DerbyWars.com January 27:  WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat: Kenneth Snyder ·         DerbyWars.com February 2:  WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat: Stan Koper ·         DerbyWars.com February 3:  WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat: Jeff Billings The remaining Meadowlands contest schedule is as follows: ·         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 On Saturday, March 3 TVG/4NJBets is hosting an online qualifier for customers.  The contest includes 3 seats into the WHHC Final plus travel expenses.  Buffalo Raceway is hosting a WHHC Qualifier on Saturday, March 24.  Tioga Downs has set qualifiers for March 3rd and 17th and Vernon Downs has qualifiers on March 10th and 24th with four people in total qualifying for the WHHC presented by DerbyWars.com Final.  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. The Meadowlands

Edward Herr of Ocean, New Jersey, captured the January 20th World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Herr used his final had $154 to win on 6-1 Continual Hanover in Race 14. He cashed for $1,016.40, earning him the $1,638 top cash prize and a $1,000 seat in the WHHC Final April 28, 2018 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Lee Stuckey of Newark, New Jersey, also qualified for the April 28th Final with his second place finish in Saturday's contest. Stuckey had a $256 lead going into the final Meadowlands race. He managed to hang for second on with a final bankroll of $967. The $200 Qualifier required contestants to place at least ten $10 minimum win wagers on Meadowlands races. The top five contest finishers were: Place Prize $ Bankroll First Last 1 $1,638 + $1,000 WHHC Seat $1,016.40 Ed Herr 2 $858 + $1,000 WHHC Seat $967 Lee Stuckey 3 $663 $679.80 Del Kern 4 $468 $651.60 Rick Arbiter 5 $273 $448 Stan Lubowicki The WHHC presented by DerbyWars.com is a one-day tournament [April 28, 2018], with a welcome reception the evening prior.  Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,000.  The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of six Meadowlands races, plus four designated mandatory races from partner tracks.  Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings.  Prize payouts are to the Top 10, with a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000. DerbyWars.com is currently hosting regular online Qualifiers for the Final.  For more information visit https://www.derbywars.com/tournaments/list/whhc For more information on the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com can be found at PlayMeadowlands.com BIG M PICK 10 PLAYERS SURVIVING QUITE WELL The Meadowlands' 20-Cent Survivor Pick 10 wager may no longer be new, but based on the bet’s pool totals and payoffs, it continues to shine. On Saturday, Jan. 20, the wager’s total pool moved past the $20,000 mark for the third time since the bet’s inception on Nov. 4. A total of $21,653 was poured into the pot and one superb handicapper who ‘survived’ seven races – which included winners who scored at odds of 33-1 and 23-1 – was rewarded with a payout of $18,404.80. Even when the total pool isn’t sky high, the payout can still be huge. The Friday, Jan. 12 pool saw $15,204 in wagers, and when the bet concluded when they hit the wire in Race 6, one shrewd player walked away with $12,920.56. It should be noted that some of the money earmarked for the Pick 10 may have instead been bet into the Pick 5 pool, which exploded to over $250,000 with the enticement of a $28,000 carryover that night. The Big M’s signature wager, the Pick 4, averaged a little over $80,000 per night in action over last weekend, with Saturday’s winners – despite having a 2-1 shot and a 5-2 shot win the middle two legs of the sequence – walking away with $2,022.60 for a 50-cent bet. DON’T LEAVE EARLY: The carryover for the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five – which requires a single-ticket winner to rake the pot – stands at $75,102.54. … Racing continues Friday night at the Big M at 6:35 p.m. Dave Little

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

Mike Petruccelli of Haworth, NJ, captured the December 2nd World Harness Racing Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Petruccelli had $131 to win on 12-1 Starznheaven in Race 12. He cashed for $1,716, earning him the $756 top cash prize and a $1,000 seat in the WHHC Final April 28, 2018 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Guy Gerber of New City, NY, also qualified for the April 28th Final with his second place finish in Saturday's contest. Geber cashed on two plays with his largest score of $655 coming off a $50 win wager on Starznheaven. The $200 Qualifier required contestants to place at least ten $10 minimum win wagers on Meadowlands races. The top five contest finishers were: Place Prize $ Bankroll First Last 1 $756 + $1,000 WHHC Seat $1,716.10 Mike Petruccelli 2 $396 + $1,000 WHHC Seat $904 Guy Gerber 3 $306 $664 Alan Hirschberg 4 $216 $625 James Sidor 5 $126 $537 Eric Rampolla The WHHC presented by DerbyWars.com is a one-day tournament [April 28, 2018], with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,000. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of six Meadowlands races, plus four designated mandatory races from partner tracks. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10, with a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000. DerbyWars.com is currently hosting regular online Qualifiers for the Final. For more information visit https://www.derbywars.com/tournaments/list/whhc For more information on the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com can be found at PlayMeadowlands.com Rachel Ryan

The 2017-2018 Meadowlands World Harness Racing Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com Qualifier schedule is set and each qualifier brochure is available at PlayMeadowlands.com.  The contest schedule is as follows: ·         Saturday, December 2, 2017 - $200 contest with top 2 finishers winning WHHC Final seats ·         Saturday, January 20, 2018 - $200 contest with top 2 finishers winning WHHC Final seats ·         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 This Saturday’s 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 only on 10 Meadowlands races.   The top two finishers will earn spots in the WHHC with prize money to be paid out to the Top 10 finishers.  Players can register on-site Saturday up until 7:15pm. 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.  

It will be a battle to the finish for cash and free seats to the 2018 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com in Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's Winter Survival Challenge powered by 123Racing, an online handicapping competition that begins Saturday, November 4. Entries for Saturday along with Trackmaster Platinum Past Performances will be available each live racing night. The game covers the Meadowlands' Fall/Winter meet opening on Saturday, November 4, 2017 and runs through Saturday, March 31, 2018. The winner is determined by the highest total bankroll at the end of the Challenge based on a $2 "across the board" wager [win, place and show] on selections for three designated races each program. However, to continue in the game, entrants have to "survive" by finishing in-the-money [first through third] with at least one of their selections each day. Failing to do so or not making selections knocks the player out of the game. To aid in the player's survival two "lucky horseshoes" are given. The lucky horseshoe is a "free pass" given to all Challenge participants that allows the player to survive if he does not make selections for a race card or all three of his selections fail to hit the board. The top three survival challenge finishers receive seats to the 2018 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com. The WHHC presented by DerbyWars.com will be held at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, April 28, 2018. A complete list of survival challenge prizes are below: Grand Prize: $1,500 & 2018 WHHC Spot Second Place: $1,000 & 2018 WHHC Spot Third: $500 & 2018 WHHC Spot Most Winners: $250 The contest is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada 18 years and older, and all selections must be made through the format provided on the Survival Challenge website page. No selections will be accepted by phone, fax, e-mail or any other means. Trackmaster Platinum Past performances for the three designated races will be provided through the game board. The deadline for selections each day is 30 minutes before 7:15 p.m. post time for the first race. Exceptions include Fridays and Saturdays in January - February [first post is 6:35 p.m.]. After 30 minutes to post, all selections are final. To login with Facebook or to set up a username and password, and for more of the contest rules, visit www.survival-challenge.com. Rachel Ryan

Harold “Sonny” Winslow of Clinton , NY captured the $20,000 grand prize in the 2017 BetAmerica World Harness Handicapping Championship on Saturday, April 29 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.  Winslow finished the tournament with a $1,809 bankroll to top the field of 92 players from across North America who competed for $50,000 in prize money.  Winslow won his spot in the Monticello Qualifier. "Congratulations to Harold Winslow for capturing this year’s Championship! We would like to thank everyone that participated in this year’s BetAmerica World Harness Handicapping Championship," said Jason Settlemoir, COO and General Manager of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "BetAmerica was a great partner this year and we look forward to working with them in 2018. " The BetAmerica WHHC contest format required contestants to bet 10 races: six Meadowlands races of their choice, plus one mandatory race each from Hoosier Park, Buffalo, Mohawk and Meadowlands racetracks.  Bets had to meet a $30 minimum, $100 maximum per race.  Contestants could only bet one horse per race and wagers could either be win, place, show or a combination of the three.  Winslow cashed on four of his ten bets and had an early $784 score with $40 to win on Cherokee Ranger in Race 5 at the Meadowlands.  His final play of the night came in Race 9 at the Meadowlands with a $100 win bet on Quick Asa Trick N.  It netted him $680 and a final bankroll of $1,809; $500 more than his next nearest competitor.  In addition to the Meadowlands, the following partner outlets sent players to compete in the 2017 BetAmerica WHHC: USTA, BetAmerica.com, Monticello, Buffalo Raceway, Vernon Downs, Tioga Downs, Hoosier Park, Plainridge, Scioto, Northville Downs and Standardbred Canada. Place Bankroll Prize $ First Last State 1 $1,809.00 $20,000.00 Harold Winslow NY 2 $1,349.00 $10,000.00 Karen Koper IL 3 $1,323.50 $7,500.00 Robert McMasters OH 4 $1,275.00 $5,000.00 Brandon Valvo NY 5 $1,196.00 $2,500.00 Jeff Billings DE 6 $1,065.00 $1,000.00 Jill Mahoney OH 7 $1,040.00 $1,000.00 Frank Palmer NJ 8 $820.00 $1,000.00 Tim Minton NY 9 $645.00 $1,000.00 Kevin Thompson MA 10 $641.00 $1,000.00 Larry Timinsky NJ Rachel Ryan

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