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Winter series finals at the Meadowlands

07:04 AM 23 Jan 2015 NZDT
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East Rutherford, NJ - The first 'Winter Series Final Spectacular' of the 2015 season takes place on Saturday, January 24 at The Meadowlands. The final for the Super Bowl, Worldly Beauty and Escort series' highlight the thirteen race card which also features a leg of World Harness Handicapping Championship and possibly a few big carry-over pools.
 
The series finals begin with the $50,000 Super Bowl in race three. A powerful three-pronged entry that contains two potential sweepers in Propulsion and Opulent Yankee will grab much of the play here.
 
Propulsion was a comfortable winner in both legs and has won half of his ten career starts for trainer Tony Alagna and owners Brittany Farms, Katz, Goldband, Libfeld, Sbrocco and Little E, LLC. He'll launch from post one for regular driver Tim Tetrick.
 
Opulent Yankee owns the fastest Super Bowl leg win with his 1:53.2 score last week, but has drawn the far outside in here. Julie Miller trains him for ownership group Little E, LLC, Geiger, Settlemoir & Stolz. Driver Andy Miller must fashion a winning trip from the undesirable starting point.
 
Julie Miller also trains the third member of the entry, Blocking The Way, a leg one winner racing for new owners Surick, Eisman and Hochsprung who plucked him out of Monday's Tattersalls mixed sale for $30,000.
 
JL Cruze and Two Hip Dip shall attempt to deflate the favored entity.
 
The sixth race is the $47,600 Worldly Beauty final, which offers a rematch between Witch Dali and Donttellruss.
 
Witch Dali swept through the Niagara series at Woodbine through December and looked invincible for the Worldly Beauty with a stunning 1:51.1 win in leg one, but Donttellruss had the answer last week from the pocket.
 
Tony Alagna trains Witch Dali for his own interest as Alagna Racing, LLC in partnership with Bradley Grant and will again call on Tetrick to find the answer from post nine.
 
Donttellruss gets a new pilot for the final with Corey Callahan replacing the Prix d'Amerique-bound Yannick Gingras for trainer Ron Burke. She begins from post six for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Karr & Baldachino.
 
The $56,000 final Escort is the seventh race and trainer Ron Burke has a very strong hand in this one.
 
Major Uptrend cruised in the first leg but broke as the heavy favorite in the leg two. He has displayed a quick turn of foot on a number of occasions this winter. Corey Callahan returns to the sulky for owner Howard Taylor and begins from post five.
 
Burke also sends out the improving What I Believe from just inside his main rival in this one. This four-year-old has really found his best form on the mile track, winning three of four here including leg one by a scant nose and dead-heating for the "W" in leg two. He also gets a new driver in Brett Miller in the final for owners Burke Racing Stable & Weaver Bruscemi.
 
The World Harness Handicapping Championship opens the contest season for 2015 and you may enter until 7:00pm on Saturday.
 
The Super Hi-5 Jackpot carry-overs are at $34,076 for race five and $52,684 in the last race going into this week's racing which begins tonight at 7:15. Thursday programs are free at the track.
 
From Meadowlands Media Relations
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