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Dover, DE - Tight Lines equals a track record and captures the Open Trot at Dover Downs Tuesday night. JL Cruze blasted off the gait and appeared to intimidate the field as he was allowed to set fractions of 26.3, 55.2 and 1:23.1. Joey Bats, the even odds race favorite, settled in the pocket.  The field remained in single file until Tight Lines was hustled off the rail and raced 1st up for driver Corey Callahan nearing the three quarter pole.   Tight Lines pressured Jl Cruze to a 27.4 third quarter. Tight Lines cleared and took the lead at the top of the stretch.   Jack Vernon followed 2nd over.  Race favorite Joey Bats remained trapped on the rail and was screaming for room in the stretch.  Sheez On A Cruz, the full sister to Jl Cruze made an early break.  Jammin Jack, Home’N Dry and Muscle Diamond were all in futile chase and could not gain on the leader. JL Cruze, the pacesetter, tired and finished 7th.  His full sister Sheez On A Cruz was 8th. At the finish, Tight Lines prevailed for his 2nd consecutive win by one and three quarter lengths.  He was sent off at odds of 9/5. The 7-year-old Yankee Glide sired trotter equalled a track record of 1:51.2 for aged, altered trotters at Dover Downs.  He was bred by P.E, P.F and J.F. Spears.   Tight Lines is owned by Jeff Gregory, Jesmeral Stables and W.H. Richardson and trained by Jeff Gregory. The race favorite, Joey Batts found room late and finished 2nd for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Andrew Harris. Jack Vernon finished 3rd for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Dylan Davis. Tim Tetrick won 4 races and Corey Callahan won 3 races on the card. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Dover, DE - Tight Lines took the overland route and won the Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Home’N Dry and race favorite Joey Bats provided the early speed over a sloppy track. Jack Vernon made a break after the start.  Blue Bird Jesse got away 3rd. Tight Lines was able to drop in 4th near the quarter pole. Bluebird Rambo settled in the fifth position. Home’N Dry cut the race fractions of 27.2, 56  and 1:24. Joey Bats accepted the pocket trip.   Tight Lines rushed 1st over and the mare, She’s On A Cuze was towed into a 2nd over trip on the rim down the backstretch. Tight Lines and Corey Callahan were able to wear down the pace setter Home’N Dry and Tyler Davis past the ¾ pole.  They trotted a 28 flat 3rd quarter. Joey Bats, the race favorite with Andrew McCarthy, in the bike, angled off the rail and took dead aim on Tight Lines in the stretch.   Unfortunately, Joey Bats went off stride near the 7/8th marker. Sheez On A Cruz passed Joey Bats nearing the wire and finished 2nd. Joey Bats survived a Judges Inquiry for a violation of the breaking rule and finished 3rd. Tight Lines won by two and a quarter lengths at odds of 7/2 in 1:52.2.   He is owned and trained by Jeff Gregory with the Jesmeral Stables and W.H. Richardson. The mare, Sheez On A Cruze finished 2nd for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Brenda Teague. Major Occasion N looks to repeat in the Mares Open Pace in Wednesday’s 11th race Mares Open Pace. First race post time at Dover Downs is 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Howard Taylor's Bo Nach won last week's Open Pace at Dover Downs after getting a perfect two-hole trip. So now he moves up to tackle the best pacers at the track and what does he do, how about wiring the field with ease. Thursday's Preferred-Handicap Pace saw harness racing driver Corey Callahan breeze out to the early lead with Eddard Hanover (Tony Morgan) grabbing the two-hole spot to the opening quarter mile in :27.2. The order stayed the same as the field hit the half mile marker in :55.4. Rock The Nite and driver Dexter Dunn started up from seventh place on the outside and they were able to flush Little Ben and Victor Kirby first up. Past the three-quarters in 1:23.3, the order stayed the same as Bo Mach proved to be much the best, holding on in the stretch to win by one length in 1:51.1. Eddard Hanover was second with Little Ben third. It was the second straight win on the new year for Bo Mach. The five-year-old gelding by Mach Three is trained by Dylan Davis for owner Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. He paid $14.40 to win. Backstreet Shadow, who was making his 2020 debut off two sharp qualifying wins, was the betting favorite, but failed to be able to get into the hunt until late and finished four. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Management at the Meadowlands is never afraid to shake things up, and starting on Friday, February 7, Big M fans will see an earlier start for the harness racing with a 6:55 p.m. post time, and once the card begins, they'll have a new array of wagers to titillate their wagering palates. "As the popularity of multi-race wagers continues to grow," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "We at the Meadowlands have chosen to expand our wagering menu to now include two Pick-4s, a new 20-cent Pick-5 and a new straight 20-cent Pick-6. "All four of these wagers will offer a low 15 percent takeout, which keeps more money in players' pockets. We are also going back to rolling Pick-3s, which will give bettors a vast assortment of multi-race wagers to play throughout the course of the evening. There is no doubt that this is one of our most ambitious and value-conscious wagering menus ever implemented at the Meadowlands." These are the pertinent facts: 20-cent Pick-5 (Race 1): The wager - which will continue to offer a $25,000 guaranteed pool - still begins with the first race of the night, but now has a 20-cent minimum and can be played in 20-cent denominations (such as 20 cents, 40 cents, 60 cents, etc.).  20-cent Pick-6 (Race 4): A "traditional" Pick-6. Should no player select all six winners, there will be a carryover to the next racing program. The 20-cent minimum will enable bettors to "spread" further without a big investment. Early 50-cent Pick-4 (Race 6): The "signature" wager at the Meadowlands now moves from the eighth race to the sixth, which immediately follows the cashing out of the Pick-5. The $50,000 guaranteed pool remains, as does the 50-cent minimum. Free program pages for this wager are available at ustrotting.com and playmeadowlands.com. Late 50-cent Pick-4 (Race 10): Immediately following the payoff leg of both the Pick-6 and Early Pick-4, this additional Pick-4 will give Meadowlands' fans another big multi-race pool to shoot for before the end of the program. 20-cent Can-Am Pick-4: This wager - which is on Saturday nights - will see a shift once the earlier post time takes effect. The bet, which challenges players to select the winners of two races at the Meadowlands and Woodbine Mohawk Park, will still begin with WMP's 10th race, but from there the sequence will be Meadowlands 11, WMP 11 and Meadowlands 12. The Pick-5, Pick-6, both Pick-4s and Can-Am Pick-4 will all offer a low 15 percent takeout. Rolling Pick-3s are returning: All races that do not have a Pick-4, Pick-5 or Pick-6 will offer a $1 Pick-3. On a typical 13-race card, the Pick-3s will be available on races 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 11. Daily Double players will get the same opportunities they had for many years as the traditional format of the first two and last two races will go back into effect. The 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 will be dropped. With the new earlier post time of 6:55 p.m., simulcast fans can now look for the "Racing from the Meadowlands" live in-house pre-game show to begin nightly at 6:22 p.m. DRIVER COLONY DEEPENS: Last weekend (Jan. 24-25), Corey Callahan (six winners), Vinny Ginsburg (five) and Tim Tetrick (five) led the driver's colony, combining to win 16 of the 26 races contested over the two race cards. For the upcoming Friday and Saturday racing programs, things will get tougher for drivers - not to mention bettors. Yannick Gingras and Dexter Dunn, who combined to win 18 of the 28 races Jan. 17-18, are both back on the mile oval this weekend. In addition, back from his native Australia is Andy McCarthy, making the driver colony as deep as it's been in some time. With just one race card left in the month, Dunn leads the January driver standings with 23 victories. Rounding out the top four are Callahan (16), Gingras (12) and Ginsburg (10). Trainer Andrew Harris' barn stayed hot last week, sending out three to victory lane. Ron Burke is the top January trainer with 10 wins. He is followed by Harris, who has nine victories. Racing takes place this Friday and Saturday, with post time - for the last time for the foreseeable future - slated for 7:15 p.m. SATURDAY NIGHT'S ALL RIGHT: It was a typical Saturday (Jan. 25) business-wise at the industry's handle leader, as wagering on the Meadowlands' 13-race card totaled $2,696,394. Betting for the weekend came just $13,000 short of $5 million. A total of $270,747 was wagered on Saturday's eighth race, which included $85,070 in 50-cent Pick-4 wagers. TIME FOR THE BIG GAME: On Sunday (Feb. 2), professional football's championship game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. In what looks like a highly competitive matchup, the Kansas City Chiefs are a slight favorite over the San Francisco 49ers. Why not skip your usual gathering and come out to the Meadowlands? You can watch and wager on the game in the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook, where you can sit in comfort and enjoy many food and drink options in the Victory Sports Bar & Club. COMING UP.... On Jan. 31, card players who are 21 or older can play Texas Hold'em on "Free Poker Friday", hosted by World Free Poker. On Feb. 7, come to the track and enjoy a "Brunch for Love" from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The event benefits non-profits from the Meadowlands Chamber. On Feb. 14, bring your sweetheart to the races and enjoy a fabulous Valentine's Day dinner in the Big M's Pink Restaurant. You might be one of three couples to win a gift certificate for a bed and breakfast stay in Cape May, NJ. For reservations, call 201-THE-BIGM. On Feb. 22, The Big M will host its February World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier. The top two finishers will qualify for the WHHC Final. It's only $200 to play ($100 to enter; $100 bankroll). For complete information, check out the brochure at http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/2020%20February%20WHHC%20qualifier.pdf. Last Saturday's annual Chili Cook Off was a huge success. A pair of chili experts took home $1,000 prizes, as Nathan Gramm won the homestyle division and Gregory Farm the chili verde division. A record-number 36 contestants entered the contest. From the Meadowlands  

Dover, DE -  The Mares Open Pace became a family affair on Wednesday night. Valuable Art, who was driven to victory by Corey Callahan, is trained by his father Nick Callahan and owned by his mother Dolly Callahan. The morning line favorite, Bettor Joy N was scratched sick. This minimized the field to 5, but did not diminish the quality. At the start both Delishka N and the ⅘ race favorite Moments Of Joy left alertly.  Moments of Joy attempted to quarter pole to the lead but Alan Davis and Delishka N were stubborn and did not allow that move to occur.  Moments of Joy yielded back to the pocket.  Delishka N set leisure fractions of :27, :56.1 and 1:24.3. Valuable Art grinded 1st up at the ¾ pole and pressured the pace setter Delishka N thru a 28.4 third quarter. Terror at Night labored on the rim nearing the ¾ pole.  This allowed  Moments of Joy and driver Victor Kirby to maneuver off the rail and shadowed Valuable Art 2nd over.  In the stretch Valuable Art was able to wear down the pace setter Delishk N, who finished last. Valuable Art won in 1:51.4 by a length at odds of 6-1.   Moments of Joy could not gain any ground in the stretch and finished a gallant 2nd for driver Victor Kirby and trainer Bryan Truitt. Terror at Night charged home late to finish 3rd for Montrell Teague and trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. Dexter Dunn won four races. Tim Tetrick won 3 races. Wiggle It Jiggleit will race in the 12th race Preferred Pace on Thursday. Dover Downs post time is 4:30 pm. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Stephen Larkin owns only one racehorse, but when the horse is Atta Boy Dan, one is not such a lonely number. In fact, the number is quite common when looking at Atta Boy Dan's past performances, as in first-place finishes. Atta Boy Dan led all harness racing horses in the U.S. in wins last year with 19. He was named both the Claimer of the Year and Pacer of the Year at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, becoming the first horse in recent memory to receive double honors in the same season. For his career, the now 11-year-old gelding, who was slowed by a coffin joint injury in 2017, has won 71 of 200 starts and is approaching $1 million in purses. "What he did last year was amazing," Larkin said. "The thing I love about him the most, he just gives his best every week. He's never had a bad week. He gets a lot of tough trips, but he's always trying down the stretch. He has great heart. He is a great horse." Larkin claimed Atta Boy Dan this past September for $40,000. It was the 14th consecutive start the horse was claimed. During that span, Atta Boy Dan won 11 times, was second twice and third once. "I've never seen a horse change barns that many times, at that age and that caliber, and win every week anyway," said Pete Pellegrino, who trains Atta Boy Dan for Larkin. "He's just an honest horse that loves to do it. He's just as tough as they come. He's an iron horse." Since acquiring Atta Boy Dan, his new connections have put him in conditioned races (some with an optional claiming tag) with the hopes of keeping him for as long as possible. He has raced 14 times for Pellegrino and Larkin, winning three times and earning a check 12 times on his way to $40,455. Atta Boy Dan, who has earned $959,452 lifetime, is entered Saturday in a conditioned race at The Meadowlands. He is 9-2 on the morning line with Corey Callahan in the sulky. "He's been hard luck the last bunch of weeks; first over, first over, first over," Pellegrino said. "Last week, he was first over at the half and they went (1):48.3 and he finished third. But he works right to the wire. You think he's done and in mid-stretch, here he comes again." Larkin, a Massachusetts resident who works as a corrections counselor for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, got his first horse in the mid-1990s. "My father owned horses a long time ago," Larkin said. "In 1995, I moved to New York (for work). I didn't know anyone, I didn't have any hobbies, and I ended up going to Monticello Raceway to pass some time. I ended up claiming some horses; that's how I met Pete." Larkin was attracted to Atta Boy Dan because of his back class. The gelding's top win came in 2015 in the Robert J. Kane Memorial at Batavia Downs and he finished second in that year's Gold Cup and Saucer on Prince Edward Island. Overall in 2015, he won 18 races and was named both the Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year at The Meadows while racing in the stable of trainer Ron Burke. "He speaks for himself," Pellegrino said. "What you see is what you get. He's just an unbelievable horse." Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at The Meadowlands. For complete entries, click here.  by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Sandy Win has been her fans' best friend of late, and once again she came through for her faithful, winning a third straight start by taking the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, a high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares. The 8-year-old daughter of Sand Shooter-Google completed her natural hat trick - all against the same non-winners of $15,000 stock - by defeating 3-5 favorite Major Occasion A by a neck. In her 146th career start, the Chuck Connor Jr. trainee established a new lifetime best of 1:50.2, and kept her winning streak going by scoring again as the non-favorite. Corey Callahan asked for early speed from Sandy Win, and that's just what he got, as the pair hit the quarter in :26.4. Major Occasion A was well back at this point before picking up cover and racing fourth-over past the half. Sandy Win - after rating the second fraction back to :29.1 - had to step on the gas to the tune of a :27.3 third quarter to rebuff the challenge of the pesky first-over Believe In Me while Major Occasion A was mounting a challenge while three-wide at three-quarters with still quite a bit to do. Through the stretch, Sandy Win continued to find more as Major Occasion A was airborne late, and despite a :25.3 final quarter by Major Occasion A, Sandy Win's :26.4 kicker was enough to register a safe win. Believe In Me held third.   Owned by Robert Main, Sandy Win returned $8.20 to her grateful backers, who received $20.60 and $8.60 mutuels in her prior two wins. Lifetime, she has won 24 times and earned $211,693. CAN-AM PICK-4 RETURNS SATURDAY: The 20-cent Can-Am Pick-4, which gives the challenge to handicappers of selecting the winners of two races at the Meadowlands and Woodbine Mohawk Park returns on Saturday night. The sequence will begin with WMP's 10th race. A LITTLE MORE: Well, actually, it's a lot more if you had the 50-cent Pick-5. The sequence saw winner's odds of 9-1, 1-1, 21-1, 9-5 and 13-1, and one sharp handicapper collected the huge payout of $32,166. ... Alek Chartrand and Drew Monti both recorded their first Big M driving wins of the year, Chartrand is also the trainer of Trixie Dust, who was sent to the gate as the 9-5 post-time choice. ... The Late 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover for Saturday's 14th race to $97,077. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,773,142. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Wagering at the Meadowlands has been on the increase in recent weeks, with last Saturday's $2.913 million the biggest number during the recently-concluded 2019 Fall Meeting. On Friday night at the Big M, on the second day of the 2020 Winter Meeting, betting surpassed the magic $3-million mark, with all-source wagering that totaled $3,069,967. Play was consistent throughout the 14-race card, with two races, the first and eighth, both seeing betting in excess of $290,000. The first was helped by a healthy 50-cent Pick-5 pool of $58,789, while the eighth saw vigorous play in the 50-cent Pick-4 of $109,615. PAPPY GO GO WINS AGAIN: Maybe the classy veteran Pappy Go Go isn't all the way back to his best just yet. But if he isn't, he sure is close. The 6-year-old gelded son of Tad The Stud-Paging Willy won his second straight after failing in his previous eight starts, scoring in the Friday night feature, a $25,000 high-range conditioned trot. Pappy Go Go was in tough, facing the likes of 9-5 favorite JL Cruze, who was off consecutive third-place finishes to the top-notch Preferred-caliber Southwind Chrome, and 2-1 second choice Sutton, the half-millionaire who was getting some class relief in his third start back from a layoff. The race played out in unspectacular fashion as JL Cruze, the first trotter ever to break the 1:50 barrier (in 2015) on the trot at the Meadowlands, sailed along on the point past the quarter in :27.2 and half in :55.2 with Sutton in the pocket and Pappy Go Go the three hole. Driver Corey Callahan moved Pappy Go Go to the outside with three-eighths of a mile to go and chipped away at JL Cruze's advantage as they hit three-quarters in 1:24.1. Through the stretch, JL Cruze was game, but could not deal with Pappy Go Go, as he edged clear in deep stretch to win by three-quarters-of-a-length over a fast-closing Kenziesky Hanover in 1:52.3 over a track labeled 'good' with a -1 variant. JL Cruze held third. Sutton weakened to fifth.   "He's at his best off the layoff," said winning trainer Andrew Harris of Pappy Go Go, who was making his third start back after three months on the shelf. "He's fresh. He has the same speed in the winter as he did in the summer, so we tried to time his break to hopefully allow us to benefit from that. Right now, the way he's looking, there's nothing in training that scares me. He's no layover by any means, but if he gets his trip, he'll pounce on them." As the third choice in the wagering, Pappy Go Go returned $8.60 to his backers, and has now won 31 of 82 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $230,797 for owners Michael Goldberg Racing. A LITTLE MORE: The 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 continues to pay big numbers, and Friday was no exception. One Ontario-hub player that lasted eight legs in the bet walked away with $13,034. ... Harris trained two other winners on the program, giving him his second consecutive three-score Friday. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

Theresademoninme captured the Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night. Sadly, Theresademoninme’s part owner, Thomas Lazzaro passed away last week. Majestic Marvel, the 9-5 race time favorite, left alertly, but had to earn that lead. Home’n Dry’s driver Tyler Davis parked the race favorite past the quarter pole. The fractions were :27.3, :55.4,  1:25.2 and 1:54.4 over a sloppy race track. Trotting down the backside, it may have been divine intervention as both Majestic Marvel and Home”N Dry went off stride. Corey Callahan took advantage of the misfortunes, and guided his trotter away from any trouble, then took the lead. They were able to hold off the late charges of Royal Becca J, who skirted down the inside in the stretch. Royal Becca J was driven by Jack Parker Jr. and trained by Carol Jamieson Parker and finished 2nd. Filled Donut and driver Art Stafford Jr. for trainer Eric Ell, applied pressure in the deep stretch and finished third. Theresademoninme was driven by Corey Callahan for trainer Dylan Davis. The trotter is owned by Taylor, Casalino Jr and the late Dr. Thomas Lazzaro. Wiggle it Jiggleit and Wakizashi Hanover continue their come back bids on Thursday at Dover Downs. Post Time is 4:30 pm by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

A lot of harness racing fans were glued to Dover Downs Thursday as their 12th race $25,000 Open Pace featured the once again return of 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit. Most fans would be very disappointed. As Bo Mach (Corey Callahan) and Larry Karr (Mike Cole) left out of the starting gait along with Wiggle It Jiggleit (Jim Morand in the bike as Montrell Teague was away) trying to leave some and then Morand snatched him up into fourth place. Larry Karr took the lead away from Bo Mach by the opening quarter mile in :26.4. Then they raced to the half mile in :55.3 and just as you would think that Morand would come first-over with Wiggle It Jiggleit, they sat in as Rock Lights (George Napolitano, Jr.) came first-over with Billy Badger N (Dexter Dunn) second-over. As they raced down the backstretch it looked as if Wiggle It Jiggleit almost went off-stride as they backed to the back of the pack. Meanwhile, Larry Karr was strong on the lead with Bo Mach in the pocket at the three-quarters in 1:23.4. Off the final turn, Callahan moved to the outside with Bo Mach and gunned down Larry Karr coming to the wire, winning by a long neck in 1:51.1. Billy Badger N was third.   As for Wiggle It Jiggleit, he finished seventh, race timed in 1:52.3. Sent off at odds of 38-1, Bo Mach scored a lifetime mark and his eighth win of the year. The four-year-old gelding by Mach Three is trained by Dylan Davis and owned by Howard Taylor and Thomas Lazzaro. He paid $79.00 to win. In the 10th race $27,500 Blue Hen Open Handicap, Late Mail N and driver George Napolitano, Jr. sat the pocket trip as Sicily (Victor Kirby) cut fractions of :26.2, :55.3 and 1:23 to the three-quarters. Race favorite, Slick Tony (Dexter Dunn) had come up first-over at the half but could not really gain ground on the leaders. Blazing Bobby Sox (Art Stafford, Jr.) was second-over and then fanned out three-wide on the final turn.   As soon as they could, Napolitano sent Late Mail N into the passing lane and in deep stretch collared Sicily and went on to win by a half-length in 1:50.4. Sicily was second with Slick Tony nosing out Blazing Bobby Sox for third place. It was a lifetime mark for Late Mail N. The six-year-old gelded son of Bettor’s Delight is trained by Michael Hall for the Claim To Fame Stable of Dagsboro, DE. Sent off at 28-1 odds, Late Mail N paid $59.20 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Driver Tim Tetrick upped his lifetime win total to 10,999, a 50-Cent Pick-5 that wasn't hit will guarantee a huge next pool and the first sub-1:50 trotter in Meadowlands harness racing history hit the winner's circle for the first time in 2019 on an eventful Friday night at the Big M. After guiding Fox Valley Hermia to victory in the sixth race for pacing fillies and mares with a TrackMaster rating of 74.5 or less in 1:52.3, the 37-year-old Tetrick was one winner short of becoming the 10th driver in harness racing history to reach the 11,000-win plateau. He had six more chances but could not convert over the remainder of the card. Tetrick will drive next on the Saturday evening program at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The start of the evening saw a 16-1 shot take the opener and a 22-1 chance take the second race (the CC Big Boy Sam-Skyway Billy Daily Double returned $950.00), and those winners served as the catalysts for a 50-Cent Pick-5 that was not hit. Thus, Big M management has put a $100,000 guarantee on the Saturday night Pick-5 pool, which has a carryover of $30,928. The last two times the Pick-5 saw a carryover, the total pools were $124,773 (on Dec. 7 of last year) and $131,742 (on Feb. 22). It was four years ago that JL Cruze became the first trotter to break the 1:50 barrier at the Meadowlands when he stopped the clock in 1:49.4. The 8-year-old gelded son of Crazed-Topcat Hall found the winner's circle for the first time in five starts this year by taking the fifth race high-end conditioned trot in 1:52.2. Driven by Corey Callahan for trainer Eric Ell, JL Cruze returned $4.80 to win as the 7-5 public choice and has now won 30-of-82 lifetime starts and banked $1,354,202.  JL Cruze hits the winner’s circle for the first time in 2019, scoring at the Meadowlands Friday night with Corey Callahan doing the driving.                      --Lisa Photo A LITTLE MORE: The Can-Am Pick-4 took in $50,776 of action and those who hit it cashed in for $452.78. ... Callahan paced the driving colony with three winners, while Dexter Dunn and Eric Abbatiello had two victories apiece. ... Trainer Ell entered the night 0-for-18 at the meeting, but scored twice on the card, with Voss Volo in the third and JL Cruze. ... The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $104,051. ... All-source handle totaled $2,452,640. ... On Saturday, the Belmont Stakes (post time, 6:37 p.m.) is the featured simulcast event. Shortly thereafter, live racing resumes at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

CHESTER PA – It’s hard to tell what the bettors didn’t like about the Andover Hall mare Casa Palmera in the $18,000 featured trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. She had won two in a row after dropping her first two starts of the year, a not-atypical pattern for patient trainer Ed Lohmeyer (do you remember back to Landslide?). She had driver George Napolitano Jr., well-acquainted with the Philly winners circle. Maybe they foresaw her first-over trip. Nonetheless, the morning line favorite went off as the fifth choice in the feature, grinded right up to the tough pacesetting veteran Tyson, wore him down on the far turn, then went on gamely to finish a length to the good of late-charging Thisguyisonfire in 1:54.3. And Casa Palmera paid $14.00 to win for backers of the improving mare owned by Lohmeyer and Dr. Patty Hogan, for whom she has now won $118,445. In the first of two $14,500 co-featured trots, Seven Iron worked to the early lead and retained the advantage throughout, keeping Prince Of Minto at bay by ¾ of a length while equaling his lifetime best of 1:54.2. Corey Callahan drove the victorious son of Chapter Seven, who raised his lifetime earnings to $254,945, for his trainer Chris Lakata and his owner, former basketball star Sam Bowie. In the second, the team of driver Larry Stalbaum and trainer Tracy Tarantino continued to prove themselves as two of the best friends a longshot player can have, as between here and Pocono the duo often seem to be close with horses who are double-digit odds. Stalbaum pointed On Thunder Road N, whom he also owns, frontward early and never looked back, stepping the last half in :57 with the Bettor’s Delight gelding (a pacing-bred trotter) to win in 1:56. On Thunder Road N finished two lengths ahead of Deo while paying a $23.40 mutuel. and raising his lifetime bankroll to $361,441. The red-hot Australian import None Better A, winner of four straight including  a 1:48.4 victory at The Meadowlands last time out, has been tabbed the 5-2 chalk in Sunday’s $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series event for open pacers, with Joe Bongiorno set for sulky duty from post two. The Aussie has Kiwis to both sides of him: Duplicated N (post one, 3-1) would like to duplicate his 1:49.2 victory here in his last start for driver Tim Tetrick, while Tiger Thompson N (post three, 7-2, driven by fellow New Zealander Dexter Dunn) already has a first and a second in the Great Northeast Series action. PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia Jerry Connors

CHESTER PA - Harness racing driver Corey Callahan got career driving win number 6000 on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, breaking the maiden of the A Rocknroll Dance gelding Don't Judge A Book with a 1:56.1 victory and then surviving the very late drama of an inquiry, which determined that his horse made a break just after the wire, allowing the milestone victory to stand. The 40-year-old Callahan has won over 350 races and in excess of $5 million every year since 2009, with his best season coming in 2015, when he was fifth in North America in victories (636) and money ($9,812,464). Career-wise, the trotters and pacers he has guided have bankrolled $86.7 million. 1-5 pacesetting favorite Mach It So was unable to hold off the late bid of pocket rocket Cruise Patrol by a head in 1:51.1 in the $14,500 fast-class pacing feature. Mach It So, a winner of $2,768,167 going into the contest, took the early lead then yielded it to Cruise Patrol before the 27.1, only to regain midway in quarter two, which saw the timer lock on 56. Mach It So kept the lead through the 1:23.1 3/4s, but on the far turn driver George Napolitano Jr. started edging out Cruise Patrol, a son of Bettor's Delight who had already won in 1:50.4 (on the engine) at the meet, and in the lane the pacesetter was gallant but the pocketsitter was fresher, taking a head decision for trainer Mike and owner Colleen Dowdall. The Somebeachsomewhere four-year-old gelding Closing Statement, third in his Breeders Crown at age two but suffering a lost season in 2018, won for the first time in 572 days, and posting a snappy clocking of 1:51.3 in circling his field late for driver Dexter Dunn. Closing Statement had qualified back well for this, his 2019 debut, and maybe the form evident at two but dormant at three will emerge this year for trainer Mark Harder and owner Glenn Goller. Tim Tetrick won five times on the card to take over the early meet lead in sulky victories, having 25 to George Napolitano's 23. Of course, it's hardly surprising to see these two fighting for driving honors at Philly - after Cat Manzi won the initial Harrah's dash crown in 2006, it's been either Napolitano or Tetrick visiting Victory Lane the most in every season at Philly, with George holding a 7-5 advantage in that category. It is a bit surprising to realize that between them, Tetrick and Napolitano have won 41% of the races held at Philly so far this year (48 of 117 contests). PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Increased purses, big fields, competitive harness racing and - of course - a dedicated fan base led to the biggest night of wagering of the year Saturday at the Meadowlands. All-source betting on the 13-race program totaled $3,603,187, easily eclipsing the previous single-card - and industry - best of $3,166,920, which had been established on Feb. 16. Saturday's card got off to a fast start as $332,662 was wagered on the first race, $79,818 of which was bet in the 50-Cent Pick-5 pool, a yearly best. Single-race betting exceeded $300,000 five times during the course of the evening, with the most action taken in the eighth race, when $340,076 was put in play. The 50-Cent Pick-4, which begins in the eighth, took $134,614 in wagers, that bet's biggest pool of 2019. Corey Callahan, known as "The Captain", was in command of the driver colony, winning five times on the card. He won four of the first six races with the longest-priced winner going off at odds of 9-5. But Callahan saved his best for last, scoring with 11-1 chance Ever Again in the 10th race, making his fans stand at attention and salute. In a thrilling stretch finish, Rodeo Rock pulled off an upset in the featured seventh race, the $25,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers. Driver Andy McCarthy had the 6-year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Electric Fool in a tough spot - fourth along the rail racing in last - when the field turned for home, but McCarthy swung the Robert Cleary trainee to the far outside and exploded through the stretch, pacing his final quarter in :26.2 to nail Beckhams Z Tam nearing the wire and win by a neck. Always At My Place was third. The winning time of 1:49.4 marked the second time this year that a Big M race went in sub-1:50, with Castle Flight's 1:49.3 from a week ago the only faster mile. Rodeo Rock paid $20.80 as the sixth choice in the wagering for owners Royal Wire Products Inc. Castle Flight, the 2-1 favorite, worked hard to make the lead at the half in :53.4, then wilted through the stretch, finishing eighth and last. A LITTLE MORE: Kyle Husted had a driving double on the card while Jeff Cullipher trained a pair to victory lane. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Corey Callahan was a major player in the two Kindergarten Classic trotting events at the Meadowlands Saturday night, an evening that saw four Kindergarten finals for 2-year-olds with total purses at more than $780,000. 'The Captain' drove 1-9 favorite Seven Hills in the $221,540 colt and gelding trot, but after beginning his career with four powerful wins, the son of Muscle Hill-Southwind Maywood went off stride in the first turn, losing all chance. "He's still really immature," said Callahan. "Vinny (Ginsburg, driving Lucky Weekend) kind of crossed over on me and I had to grab hold of him a little bit and he made a break." That opened the door for 7-1 second-choice Reign Of Honor to break his maiden at a most opportune time. David Miller kept the gelded son of Father Patrick-Margarita Momma in a live cover flow, came alongside leader Divine Spirit at the top of the stretch, before powering past that foe to go on to a convincing 5¼-length score in 1:55.3. Memo was second with Reve Toujours third. "It definitely opened the race up," said Miller of the early break by the favorite. "And around the first turn I wasn't real happy with my spot. But I got cover past the half." Reign Of Honor, trained by Nifty Norman, returned $17.60 to his backers for owners Deo Valente Farms, Jennifer Dalton Stable and Tom Pontone. Callahan guided an upset winner in the $236,060 filly trot, steering 17-1 shot Stella Jane to victory lane in 1:54.4. Tim Tetrick blasted Sister's Promise away from the gate from post 10 and Callahan went with him from the eight hole. After making the lead at the quarter, Stella Jane yielded to Sister's Promise and the duo raced 1-2 around the track. Stella Jane vacated the pocket in mid-stretch and rolled to 2¾-length score in 1:54.4. Princess Deo rallied for second with Sister's Promise holding third. Global Pageant, the 9-5 favorite, went a tough first-over trip, wilted and finished eighth. Stella Jane, trained by John Butenschoen, returned $36.20 for owner Crawford Farms Racing. "She really has been good all year," said Callahan. "She's been handy, so we just shot out of there and everything worked out well. I had a lot of trot in the last turn." It was a case of too close to call in the Kindergarten Classic for filly pacers on a card that featured four Kindergarten finals for 2-year-olds at the Meadowlands Saturday night. Odds On St Lucie and Michelon's Filly finished in a dead heat in the $148,700 event in a mile that went in 1:52. Alkippe was a head back in third. Brett Miller sent 6-1 shot Odds On St Lucie to the top in search of her third straight series win. She would never relinquish the top. Even-money favorite Michelon's Filly started to inch her way toward the leader after popping out of the four hole at the half. Three-quarters was reached in 1:24.2 as Michelon's Filly and Marcus Miller continued to march closer while racing uncovered. Through the stretch, Michelon's Filly bravely continued on, and at the wire, the photo finish cameras could not separate the pair. Odds On St Lucie, a daughter of Sweet Lou-Shes Some Treasure, paid $5.20 to win for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Odds On Racing. She's now five-for-10 lifetime and has earnings of over $100,000. The Erv Miller-trained Michelon's Filly returned $2.60 for owners Ronald Michelon and Michael Anderson and now has six wins in 13 starts and also a bankroll that just breaks the six-figure barrier. "I thought I was out there way too long," said Marcus Miller of Michelon's Filly. "She paid me back for taking care of her in her last few starts. She was as game as possible. They were both digging right to the wire." Escapetothebeach went a perfect trip on the way to taking the $173,800 colts and geldings pace in 1:51.3. It was three-quarters of a length back to Mac's Power. Waterway was third while 8-5 favorite Southwind Ozzi finished last in the field of 10. Waterway and Brett Miller fired right to the top and cut out all of the fractions as Andy McCarthy sat right behind with Escapetothebeach. In deep stretch, Waterway bore out while weakening on the lead, allowing Escapetothebeach a pathway to victory. "He raced really good tonight," said McCarthy. "I got him to hustle out of there pretty good and I got the trip I wanted. He had a lot of pace. I was quite confident if I got out, I was the winner. I kept edging to the outside (in deep stretch) hoping I'd get room, but it wasn't coming, so I looked and it looked like it was starting to open up to the inside, so I switched him back there and he went right through." A son of Somebeachsomewhere-Shelliscape, Escapetothebeach returned $16.00 to his backers for trainer Alagna and owners Alagna & Inthegym, J. Sbrocco, R. Leblanc and W. Donovan, and now has three wins in 12 lifetime starts and earnings of $124,728. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky player became the second in as many nights to walk away with a $10,000 score in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10. Friday night, the winner had to go 10-for-10 but on Saturday, all it took was five out of 10 to hit big. ... Yannick Gingras drove three winners on the card while Corey Callahan, Brett Miller and David Miller had two apiece. ... All-source wagering on the 11-race program reached a meet-best $2,539,969. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Chester, PA --- After a first-over bid came up short in last week's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final, Fashion Farms LLC's Patent Leather ($3.60) overcame the elements and proved dominant in the second of three $30,000 Liberty Bell splits for Pennsylvania-sired 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 9) at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Tim Tetrick floated the son of Broadway Hall forward from his outside post 6 to land in third behind early pacesetter Hill Street (Corey Callahan) and pocket sitter Stonebridge Gamble (Tyler Buter). After drafting patiently behind soft fractions of :29 and :57.2, Tetrick gave Patent Leather his first-over cue with three-eighths to go, and the Jim Campbell trainee's response was instant. He powered past Hill Street at the 1:26.1 three-quarter mark and drew clear at once. He amassed 7-3/4 lengths of clearance over eventual runner-up Stonebridge Gamble at the end of the 1:54 mile, while Hill Street faded to finish third.   Patent Leather, who finished second to Tactical Landing in a Hambletonian elimination, earned the sixth win of his career. For Tetrick, the win capped a Liberty Bell double on the card, as he also teamed up with Tom Fanning trainee Mississippi Storm ($10.60) for a 1:54.3 victory over Scirocco Rob (Callahan) in the first trotting division.   Toast Of Lindy ($9.00, 1:56.1) rounded out the winners of the trotting divisions, taking advantage of an early break from twos-on favorite Lindy's Big Bang (Dexter Dunn) and edging away late in rein to Andy Miller for trainer Julie Miller.   Liberty Bell - 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace   Hayden Hanover ($2.20), runner-up to Dorsoduro Hanover in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final, won the last of four $30,000 Liberty Bell divisions for sophomore pacing colts and geldings convincingly, shrugging off a challenge from JK Wildfire (Dunn) en route to a 1:51.1 mile amid intensifying wind and rain. Andy Miller sent the son of Somebeachsomewhere to the lead at race's outset, and the pair controlled fractions of :27.2 and :56 before JK Wildfire emerged at their flank to press a :28 third sectional.   Despite his rival working to within a head a quarter from home, Hayden Hanover responded in kind, kicking on the afterburners at the eighth pole and edging away to a two-length win with plenty left in reserve. Daddyofemall (Mike Wilder) chased off cover to narrowly claim third.   Julie Miller trains four-time winner Hayden Hanover for the Pinske Stables, Andy Miller Stable, TLP Stable and Deo Volente Farms. For the Millers, Hayden Hanover capped a stakes double on the card.   Iluvtomakemoney ($51.00) opened the pacing proceedings with a major upset, circling four-wide from astern under Dexter Dunn to narrowly reach in 1:53.1 for trainer Mark Harder.   Messenger starter Winston ($10.60) followed in the second division by vaulting from the pocket to overtake odds-on pacesetter Terror Atthe Beach (George Napolitano Jr.) and stave off a late charge from Go West Go Fast (Matt Kakaley) by half a length in 1:53. Corey Callahan drove for trainer John Butenschoen.   After breaking in his two previous starts, Wheels On Fire ($10.80) and Matt Kakaley righted the ship in the third division with a 1:52.1 mile which saw him emerge late from the pocket to upend Macadoodledoo (Tetrick) by half a length. It was the seventh career win for the Ron Burke trainee.   Multiple players successfully hit the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 in the afternoon's fifth race, resulting in a carryover of $2,119.85 to Wednesday (Sept. 12). First post is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

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