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Kindergarten classes being held at Big M

05:02 AM 30 Oct 2020 NZDT
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - In what is now "the new normal", many students have been schooling at home, but some harness racing horses who want to qualify for next week's Kindergarten Classic Finals at The Meadowlands will have to be in class Friday (Oct. 30) night at the mile oval and do well in the series' fourth and final leg if they are to make it to the culminating big-money exams.

The event for 2-year-olds will have a total of six divisions on the Friday night program for horses of each sex and gait trying to earn enough points based on where they finish to qualify for one of four finals - with purses totaling $800,000 - that take place on Saturday, Nov. 7.

WHO WILL WEAR THE CROWNS? This weekend, 12 Breeders Crown Finals will settle many year-end divisional-honor scores at Indiana's Hoosier Park.

The Crown will be offered at The Meadowlands on its simulcast network where the four finals for 2-year-olds will head to the gate Friday night while the four events for 3-year-olds and four more for older horses take place on Saturday. Post time for both 15-race cards is 6 p.m.

The list of stars who will be on display include eight horses in this week's Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Top 10 Poll: Tall Dark Stranger, Party Girl Hill, Atlanta, Gimpanzee, Perfect Sting, Kissin In The Sand, Bettor's Wish and Shartin N.

Many Breeders Crown performers will be at The Big M on Nov. 21 for Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night.

That evening, 2-year-olds will be in the spotlight as the Governor's Cup (colt pace), Three Diamonds (filly pace), Valley Victory (colt trot) and Goldsmith Maid (filly trot) makeup the Fall Final Four, with total purses of about $1.8 million.

Year-end divisional honors - as well as Horse of the Year - could be determined by what happens in the four TVG Finals, which are the Mares Trot, Open Trot, Mares Pace and Open Pace, a fabulous foursome which will see just over $1 million get doled out.

IT'S A SURE THING: Guaranteed pools will make their return to the Meadowlands next weekend.

Three of the track's most popular wagers will once again offer promises of a large pot while continuing to have a low 15 percent takeout.

Effective on Friday, Nov. 6, the first race 20-cent Pick-5 will offer a guaranteed pool of $50,000. Another $90,000 in promised green will be up for grabs in the mile track's popular 50-cent Pick-4 bets, with $50,000 the starting point on races six through nine and $40,000 in the hat on races 10 through 13.

LAST WEEK: Friday (Oct. 23) night's GSY (Gural Settlemoir Yarock) Series race was won by the Mark Silva-trained and driven Dramatic Point, who lit up the board at odds of 46-1, creating giant payoffs in the win ($94.80), Exacta ($1,550.80), Trifecta ($19,303.20) and 10-cent Pentafecta ($16,626.60) pools.

A two-day carryover led to a total pool of over $41,000 in the 20-cent Pick-6 Saturday (Oct. 24) night and after a sequence that saw none of the horses' odds reach 8-1, the payoff was a handsome $9,225.

The top drivers over the course of the 26-race weekend were George Napolitano Jr. (five winners) and Todd McCarthy (four).

CUP RUNNETH OVER: Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY is the site for the 2020 Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will begin with five events on Friday, Nov. 6 and conclude on Saturday, Nov. 7 with nine more races, the last of which is the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic.

The first Breeders' Cup race on Friday is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., while Saturday's opener goes at 12:02 p.m. The Classic has a post time of 5:13 p.m.

FREE PPs: For free past performances of Meadowlands races, courtesy of the United States Trotting Association and TrackMaster, go to playmeadowlands.com, where one can access races nine through 13 for both Friday and Saturday. Those races include the 20-cent Late Pick-5, 50-cent Late Pick-4 and 10-cent Late Pentafecta, not to mention the Late Daily Double.

TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Andrew Demsky (@shadesonracing) and Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1). Check in everyday for Meadowlands news and updates at those handles, as well as @TheMeadowlands and #playbigm.

CHECK OUT THE PICKS: For those who need to get a leg up on the action, go to playmeadowlands.com to see track oddsmaker and analyst Brower's selections and commentary. Click on this link to check out Friday's card: http://playmeadowlands.com/RaceReviews.aspx?racedt=10/30/2020.

Additionally, track announcer Warkentin's blog is available on the site and offers his picks and analysis.

On race nights, access picks and plays from the Big M TV team at #playbigm or at @TheMeadowlands.

Speaking of picks, Otten picked best bet winners on both Friday and Saturday night last week with neither horse going as the favorite. Dontpassme Hanover ($6.40) was her Friday night winner before War Dan A ($5.40) scored on Saturday.

CHECK OUT THE SHOW: As always look for the "Racing from The Meadowlands" live in-house simulcast show every Friday and Saturday night. It begins at 6:42 p.m. First race is at 7:15 p.m.

If you want to watch all the action at home, go to rtn.tv or your favorite ADW platform to catch every race live.

GET YOUR FOOTBALL ACTION: Now that the favored Los Angeles Dodgers have won the World Series in six games over the pesky Tampa Bay Rays for their first championship since 1988, it is time to go deep handicapping and wagering on college and professional football at the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook.

You can watch and wager on all the NFL and college action, as well as other sports, when the book is open for business from 10 a.m. - midnight Sunday through Friday and from 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. on Saturday.

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