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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Rich And Miserable remained the hottest 4-year-old trotter in training Saturday night, crushing a talented harness racing field in the $60,000 Mr Muscleman final at the Meadowlands. The gelded son of Explosive Matter-Wishful Me, who has now won eight of his last nine starts, sat third early before moving uncovered to the lead at the three-eighths and settling on the point at the half in a rated :56. Driver Tim Tetrick asked for speed on the far turn, and Rich And Miserable delivered by opening up a 3-length advantage on JL Cruze at head of the stretch on the way to safe 2-length win. Trolley rallied along the inside to get second. Early leader JL Cruze held third. Tetrick had some appreciation for his horse - as well as his regular driver - who was not at the Big M Saturday. "What a sweetheart (Rich And Miserable) is," said Tetrick. "Jogged around in (1):51(.1), :27(.1) home with earplugs in. Thanks, Tyler (Buter)." Rich And Miserable, who is trained by Todd Buter, returned $3.20 to win as the public choice. He's now won nine-of-12 this year. Rich And Miserable Tetrick also guided Hambletonian hopeful Green Manalishi S, who has now won seven-of-14 lifetime outings, to an easy score in a division of the Tompkins Geers for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the trot. The son of Muscle Hill-Naga Morich S reported home a 1¼-length winner over Sheena's Boy in 1:52.4 as the 2-5 favorite. "He's got all of the attributes to be right there (in the Hambletonian)," said Tetrick. Green Manalishi S is one of three powerhouse Hambo contenders from the Marcus Melander barn, the others being Greenshoe and Gimpanzee. "He can play with those," said Tetrick. Tetrick also drove a notable pacer to a scorching mile on the 93-degree sultry northern New Jersey night, guiding last year's 3-year-old male pacer of the year, the Ron Burke-trained Dorsoduro Hanover, to a 1:47.4 score as the 4-5 choice in a high-range conditioned event. The time lowered the previous best for the gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Deer Valley Miss by two seconds. A LITTLE MORE: Earl Beal Memorial upset winner Marseille won his second straight for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt, taking a division of the Tompkins Geers in a lifetime-best 1:51.4. After paying $116.00 to win in the Beal, the son of Muscle Hill-Order By Wish paid just $13.20 this time around. ... Tetrick finished the night with five winner's circle visits after piloting Backstreet Shadow to a victory in the Preferred for 4-year-old pacers, the Burke trainee's second 1:47.4 score of the season at the Big M. ... One sharp player betting into the Montreal hub held the only ticket to go 10-for-10 in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and cashed in for $11,458. ... Action in the 50-Cent Pick-4 was vigorous, as $105,786 was poured into the pool. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,413,614. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Trainer Tony Alagna was on target at the Meadowlands Friday night, scoring three times in the second harness racing leg of the Kindergarten Classic series for 2-year-olds. Ramona Hill got things going for Alagna in the second race filly trot. The daughter of Muscle Hill-Lock Down Lindy led at every call on the way to an easy 4¾-length score over Jula Beauty Am in 1:54.1, giving her two wins in as many Kindergarten - and lifetime - starts. Andy McCarthy was in the sulky behind the 1-9 favorite. In the very next race, 22-1 longshot Captain Kirk sat a three-hole trip before bursting through between rivals late to record a nose win over 3-5 shot Captain Nemo - who is also trained by Alagna - in a division for pacing colts and geldings. Captain Kirk, a son of Captaintreacherous-Aria Hanover who was driven by Yannick Gingras, completed the mile in 1:51.2 in winning his first career race in two tries. Alagna would have to wait until the 14th and final race on the program to complete his three-bagger, as his Chief Mate scored in 1:51.1 in another colts and geldings pace. The 2-5 public choice, who is a son of Captaintreacherous-Heaven Forbid, held on by a nose over a fast-closing Bombshell Hanover. Like Ramona Hill, Chief Mate has now made both of his lifetime starts in the Kindergarten and won them both. SATURDAY POST TIME CHANGE: Due to the anticipated extreme high heat, Saturday's 13-race program will begin at 8 p.m. A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy and Dave Miller paced the driver's colony with three wins apiece, while Gingras and Andy Miller each had a pair. ... Trainer Marcus Melander had two winners on the card. ... All-source handle on the 14-race program totaled $2,306,944. There have been 57 race dates at the Big M in 2019, and on 56 occasions, handle has exceeded the $2.3-million mark.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It was a case of long and short at the Meadowlands in a pair of New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals Friday night, as Villiam scored at 85-1 in the 2-year-old colt and gelding harness racing pace while 3-5 shot Fortune Starlet dominated in the 2-year-old filly trot. Villiam, a gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Village Mirage, had plenty of action unfold in front of him as the top three horses in the wagering - 3-1 Follow Your Heart, even-money Rockin The Gates and 8-5 Rockin The Aces - all battled for supremacy from the quarter to the three-quarters, and that suited driver Tim Tetrick just fine, who had Villiam in a third-over flow around the far turn. Rockin The Aces was dead game to the wire after racing uncovered for the final half-mile but got nailed by the smallest of noses at the finish. Follow Your Heart was third. The win payout of $172.60 was the highest of the meeting at the Big M. It was Villiam's first victory in three lifetime starts for trainer Eric Foster. The time for the mile was 1:53.1. "I didn't think about winning at three-quarters, I just wanted to get a good check," said Tetrick. "But those other colts beat themselves up and I picked up the pieces." Fortune Starlet ($3.20 to win), a daughter of Trixton-Fortune Dream, had no anxious moments in her dash, grabbing the lead while parked at the half before powering clear of her foes by five lengths in 1:54.3 in winning for the second time in three starts. Caviart Eva finished second but was off stride at the wire and placed fourth behind official second-place finisher Jula Champagne and Spoiled Princess, who was placed third. "She's got a beautiful gait and a great attitude," said winning driver Dexter Dunn of the George Ducharme trainee. "She showed last week (when she won in 1:55.4) what she can do. She's still learning a little, but she's got a bright future." Before the betting card, two other NJSS Finals were conducted. Play Trix On Me, a son of Trixton-Lima Playmate, took the 2-year-old colt and gelding trot in 1:55.3 for driver Tetrick and trainer Gareth Dowse to stay perfect in four lifetime tries. Ready Set Rock, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Popcorn N Peanuts, took the 2-year-old filly pace. Driver Andy McCarthy guided the winner to a 1:56.3 score for trainer Michael Hall. A LITTLE MORE: Leading driver Yannick Gingras had the hot hand once again, scoring five times on the program, twice with Per Engblom trainees. ... Chalk players cashed plenty of tickets on the card, as eight favorites visited the winner's circle. ... All-source handle on the 14 races totaled $2,682,541. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. with a stakes-laden 13-race card that features the $682,650 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Here are the horses and post positions for the major harness racing events on Meadowlands Pace Night, Saturday, July 13, at the Meadowlands: Race 2 - $124,000 Del Miller Memorial (3-year-old filly trot, 1st division): 1, Miss Trixton; 2, Beautiful Sin; 3, Sonnet Grace; 4, Cloud Nine Fashion; 5, Evident Beauty; 6, Special Honor. Race 3 - $153,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial (3-year-old open trot, 1st division): 1, Sheer Muscle; 2, Swandre The Giant; 3, Gerry; 4, Green Manalishi S; 5, Summit In Sight; 6, Reign Of Honor; 7, Osterc. Race 4 - $40,000 Miss Versatility (mares open trot, 2nd leg): 1, Ice Attraction; 2, The Erm; 3, Darling Mearas S; 4, Hannelore Hanover; 5, Top Expectations; 6, Pat Matters; 7, Plunge Blue Chip; 8, Satin Dancer. Race 5 - $153,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial (3-year-old open trot, 2nd division): 1, Don't Let'em; 2, Final Claim; 3, Pilot Discretion; 4, Mass Fortune K; 5, Super Schissel; 6, Southwind Avenger; 7, Greenshoe. Race 6 - $179,550 Golden Girls (free-for-all mares pace at 1 1/8 miles): 1, Reclamation; 2, Divas Image; 3, Kissin In The Sand; 4, Shartin N; 5, Apple Bottom Jeans; 6, Seaswift Joy N; 7, Wisdom Tree; 8, Youaremycandygirl; 9, Alexa's Power; 10, Caviart Ally; 11, Bettor Joy N. Race 7 - $450,000 Hambletonian Maturity (4-year-old open trot at 1 1/8 miles): 1, Run Director; 2, Phaetosive; 3, Fiftydallarbill; 4, Atlanta; 5, Manchego; 6, Custom Cantab; 7, Crystal Fashion; 8, Muscle M Up; 9, Southwind Chrome; 10, Mission Accepted; 11, Six Pack. Race 8 - $682,650 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace (3-year-old open, with morning-line odds): 1, Captain Crunch, 2-1; 2, Escapetothebeach, 15-1; 3, Captain Ahab, 12-1; 4, Bettor's Wish, 3-1; 5, Hurrikane Emperor, 10-1; 6, Reigning Deo, 15-1; 7, Best In Show, 10-1; 8, U S Captain, 12-1; 9, Workin Ona Mystery, 5-1; 10, Captain Trevor, 15-1. Race 9 - $423,000 William Haughton Memorial (free-for-all pace at 1 1/8 miles): 1, Endeavor; 2, Duplicated N; 3, Beckhams Z Tam; 4, Always A Prince; 5, Lather Up; 6, McWicked; 7, Western Joe; 8, Highalator; 9, Dorsoduro Hanover; 10, This Is The Plan; 11, Dealt A Winner; 12, Filibuster Hanover. Race 10 - $207,700 Mistletoe Shalee (3-year-old filly pace at 1 1/8 miles): 1, Sylph Hanover; 2, Warrawee Ubeaut; 3, Tall Drink Hanover; 4, Trillions Hanover; 5, Rose Run Uptowngal; 6, Philly Hanover; 7, Zero Tolerance; 8, Stonebridge Soul; 9, St Somewhere; 10, Sweet Lucy Lou; 11, She's Allright; 12, Renaissance Lady K. Race 11 - $126,500 Del Miller Memorial (3-year-old filly trot, 2nd division): 1, Sister's Promise; 2, Princess Deo; 3, Millies Possesion; 4, Asiago; 5, Queen Of Trixs; 6, The Ice Dutchess; 7, Starita. The 13-race card gets underway at 7:15 p.m. with purses totaling $2,597,900. The Meadowlands Pace has an off time of 10:10 p.m. Dave Little  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The stage is set for a harness racing glamour division grudge match. Captain Crunch and Bettor's Wish - the 1-2 finishers three weeks ago in the North America Cup - will go at it again next week in the $682,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Final for 3-year-olds after both emerged victorious in eliminations for the Big M's signature event Saturday night. The Nancy Johansson-trained Captain Crunch had little trouble taking the first elim in 1:48.3. The son of Captaintreacherous-Sweet Paprika went after even-money second-choice Workin Ona Mystery as that one made the lead approaching the three-eighths, before 'Crunch' moved to the top shortly thereafter. Captain Crunch hit the half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:22.4, and despite Workin Ona Mystery making one last lunge nearing the wire, held on for a safe half-length win. U S Captain, Captain Ahab and Reigning Deo finished third through fifth, respectively, to grab spots in the July 13 final. "Nancy always keeps her horses fresh, so I wasn't concerned (that he had been off for three weeks)," said winning driver Scott Zeron. "Once I saw (we went) :27 to the first quarter and everything was going nice and steady, I was comfortable with any kind of fractions. He's just a different type of animal." In winning for the fourth time in five outings in 2019, Captain Crunch returned $3.60 to win as the 4-5 favorite. Captain Crunch Bettor's Wish was even more impressive, scoring in the other elim in a lifetime-best 1:49.1. He hit the finish 2¼ lengths clear of Best In Show, with Hurrikane Emperor (third), Captain Trevor (fourth) and Escapetothebeach (fifth) grabbing the last three berths in the final. Bettor's Wish, who was driven by Dexter Dunn, put a beating on his foes by brushing to command at the three-eighths, hitting the half in :55.3 before pacing his back half in :53.3 to go on to the easy win. "I think we are in a good spot," said winning trainer Chris Ryder. "I suppose we won't be favored next week. But I think we're dangerous." A son of Bettor's Delight-Lifetime Star, Bettor's Wish returned $3.00 to his backers as the 1-2 public choice in winning for the fifth time this year in six starts, his only loss coming to Captain Crunch in the NA Cup. Bettor's Wish PACE POSTS: Here are the post positions for the $682,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Final, which takes place Saturday, July 13, at the Meadowlands: 1, Captain Crunch; 2, Escapetothebeach; 3, Captain Ahab; 4, Bettor's Wish; 5, Hurrikane Emperor; 6, Reigning Deo; 7, Best In Show; 8, U S Captain; 9, Workin Ona Mystery; 10, Captain Trevor. A LITTLE MORE: Lather Up (6-1 third choice) sat a perfect pocket trip behind Always A Prince and rolled home to take the $250,000 Graduate Final for 4-year-olds on the pace. His eye-popping time of 1:46 equaled Always B Miki's all-time fastest mile in harness racing history. Lather Up . ... Atlanta (1-5 favorite) stayed perfect in six 2019 starts by taking the $250,000 Graduate Final for 4-year-olds on the trot. Her time of 1:49.1 was the fastest trotting mile in Meadowlands history. Atlanta . ... The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five resulted in a single-ticket winner. That NJBets mobile player had the only winning ticket with the combination of 7-9-2-11-8 and walked away with $126,155 . ... All-source wagering on the 11-race card totaled $2,654,612. The per-race average of $241,328 was the fourth highest of the meeting. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Darling Mearas S joined an extremely exclusive club after taking the overnight harness racing feature high-class conditioned trot at the Meadowlands Friday night, as she joined J L Cruze (2015) and Plunge Blue Chip (2018) as the only 1:49.4 performers in the history of the Big M. Although she had lifetime earnings of just over $750,000, Darling Mearas S, who is Swedish owned and bred, had no North American mark at a mile except for a 1:56.1 qualifier on May 11, but the 6-year-old daughter of Cantab Hall-Khao Manee made quick work of that in her second lifetime North American start. Darling Mearas S floated away from post five in the event for non-winners of $17,500 in their last five starts, opting to race first-over past the quarter. She followed Very Very Fast, who towed her into contention before yielding the top to the eventual winner just after the half, which was timed in :54.4. Driver-trainer Ake Svanstedt had no intention of letting 7-5 favorite Joey Bats go by as he moved into contention first-over, and parked that foe around the far turn after a three-quarter time of 1:22. Darling Mearas S, who went off stride in her North American debut at Woodbine at Mohawk Park four weeks ago, had plenty left in the tank from there, trotting her final quarter in :27.4 to become the game's fastest trotter of 2019. It was 2½ lengths back to Buen Camino, who went an inside trip and outlasted a tired Joey Bats for second. Darling Mearas S, who is owned by Snogarps Gard, returned $6.80 to win as the second choice in the wagering and has now won 13-of-31 lifetime starts. A LITTLE MORE: Yannick Gingras led the driving colony with three winners on the program, while Dexter Dunn, Andy McCarthy and Tim Tetrick had two apiece. ... After a one-week hiatus, the Can-Am Pick-4 returned and took in $47,931 in action. Hopefully, racing fans followed Big M TV's Gabe Prewitt and played his ticket, which came in and returned $357 for the bet with the 20-Cent base wager. ... The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five did not result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $120,242. ... All-source wagering on the 14-race card totaled $2,559,124. ... Racing resumes Saturday at a special earlier post time of 6:35 p.m. The Big M will salute its faithful on "Fan Appeciation Night" with concession-stand specials, a pair of Graduate Finals (each worth $250,000) and eliminations for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. When the card ends (sometime before 11 p.m.), the track will then light up the sky with a spectacular fireworks show. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Harness racing driver Marcus Miller was on fire at the Meadowlands Saturday night, driving five winners on the 14-race card. Miller began his big night in the second race by guiding 4-5 favorite All It Takes to a 1:52 score in a non-winners of $3,500 for pacers. He then reeled off three straight wins, beginning in race seven. First was Rocks Noble Artist as the 5-2 second choice in 1:52.1 in a TrackMaster rating Dash for the "G" Notes Final pace, followed by 7-2 third choice Sams A Champ A in a non-winners of $6,000 pace in 1:50, and then 6-5 favorite Music Is Art in a non-winners of $9,000 on the pace, also in 1:50. Miller capped his big night in race 13 by scoring with Daylyn Horizon as the 5-2 second choice in a $7,500 up to $10,000 claiming handicap for pacers in 1:52.3. The 30-year-old pilot came close to having a half-dozen winners, but lost race 10 by the smallest of margins, missing by a nose with the classy Sweet Rock in a non-winners of $17,500 pace to Ideal Feeling, who just held on in 1:49. Miller now has 36 winners at the meeting, good for sixth in the Meadowlands' driver standings. A LITTLE MORE: Greg Merton had a driving double on the card while trainer Edgar Clarke also won twice. ... Despite a sequence that saw one odds-on favorite and no horse longer than 5-1, the 50-Cent Pick-5 returned $650.00. ... The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five did not result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $118,780. ... All-source handle totaled $2,599,180. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. ... Next Saturday (July 6), post time will be 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Caviart Ally, Always A Prince and The Downtown Bus all established lifetime harness racing bests while Always A Prince went one step further, going a Meadowlands' season's-fastest 1:47.3 Friday night at the Big M. One week ago, Caviart Ally equaled her lifetime-best of 1:48.3 in the final leg of the Rainbow Blue Series for mare pacers and was even faster Friday, stopping the clock in 1:48 in the series' final. The 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Cool stayed perfect in four Meadowlands starts this year by clearing to the lead before the half, hitting three-quarters in 1:22.2, then exploding home in :25.3 to seal the deal for driver Andy McCarthy. Apple Bottom Jeans completed the $4.20 Exacta, finishing 2 lengths behind the winner. Bettor's Up was third. The Brett Pelling-trained Caviart Ally returned $2.40 to win, and now has 20 victories in 61 starts, good for earnings of just a hair under $1.3 million. "She was great tonight," said McCarthy. "I think Brett has got her spot-on at the moment. She was very straight and focused on her job. I'm extremely happy and excited going forward." In the first of two divisions of the fourth and final leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-olds on the pace, Always A Prince went first-over for most of the final half-mile, grabbed the lead at the head of the stretch and held off the late-rallying 4-5 favorite Jimmy Freight - who was raging along the inside - by a head. American History, who was towed into contention by the eventual winner, settled for third. Always A Prince, who returned $9.40 as the second choice in the wagering, is a son of Always A Virgin-Glorious Princess who was driven by Dave Miller. The Tyler George trainee now has 21 wins from just 29 lifetime starts and has banked almost $550,000. "Not at all," said Miller if he was surprised at how good his horse was. "I knew what he was capable of. He raced great and went a big mile." The Downtown Bus sat a three-hole trip to score in the other Graduate division in 1:48. Shadow Cat cut out sizzling fractions of :25.4, :54.1 and 1:21.3 but stopped in the stretch, allowing the pocket-sitting 4-5 favorite Courtly Choice the opportunity to go on to what appeared to be an easy win, but Tim Tetrick put The Downtown Bus right behind Courtly Choice as that one vacated the pocket on the far turn, then ducked to the inside with an eighth of a mile to go before using some explosive pace on the way to an easy 2½ length score. Rock Lights was third. A son of Mach Three-Slimsplace, The Downtown Bus is trained by Jeffrey Gillis and paid $8.00 as the second choice in the betting. He now has 15 lifetime wins from 46 starts and earnings of $414,505. "On the middle of the last turn my horse felt great," said Tetrick. "'The Bus' is just a cool little horse." After The Downtown Bus hit the wire, the Meadowlands became the first track in the sport this year to have three miles of 1:48 or faster on a single race card. A LITTLE MORE: The Graduate Finals for both trotters and pacers are on July 6. ... Tetrick and Scott Zeron both recorded driving triples while Yannick Gingras and Miller had two apiece. ... Chalk players had a big night, as eight favorites scored on the 14-race program. ... The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $117,559. ... All-source handle totaled $2,319,581. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It was another Saturday night at the Meadowlands where most of the regular harness racing drivers were out of town, and Pat Berry took full advantage, guiding Backstreet Shadow to a lifetime-best - and Meadowlands' season's-fastest - 1:47.4 clocking in the featured $30,000 Preferred for 4-year-olds on the pace. With many of the Big M drivers at Pocono Downs, Berry had the Scott DiDomenico trainee in a perfect position second-over following Albergo Hanover as 3-5 favorite Always A Prince hit three-quarters in 1:20.1. All Berry had to do at that point was tip off his cover, and he did just that during the stretch drive, before rolling to a three-quarter length victory over a fast-closing American History. Always A Prince held on for third. Backstreet Shadow, a son of Shadow Play-Backstreet Sweetie, gave notice in his last race that another big effort might be on the way. On June 9 at Tioga Downs, he won a division of the Graduate Series in a then lifetime-best 1:49.1. The winner paid $13.20 as the third choice in the wagering, and has now won five-of-12 starts this year for owner William Hartt. Lifetime, he's won 12-of-29 outings and banked $262,146. A LITTLE MORE: Vinny Ginsburg and Eric Abbatiello led the driver's colony with three winners each. Berry and Steve Smith both visited victory lane twice. ... The 50-Cent Pick-5, which saw a total pool of $56,304, had no winning favorites during its sequence, but was still havable as the longest price of the five was $14.40, which led to a payout of $3,263. ... The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five did not result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $116,410. ... All-source handle totaled $2,461,122. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Atlanta and Fiftydallarbill were the impressive winners of the fourth and final leg of the Graduate Series for harness racing 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night. The finals for both pacers and trotters take place on July 6 at the Big M. Atlanta, the 2018 Hambletonian winner who trotted the fastest mile in Canadian harness racing history a week ago with a 1:50.2 clocking in the Armbro Flight, opted to come from off the pace in her Graduate division. The daughter of Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip picked up live cover from Muscle M Up down the backstretch after racing eighth and last to the opening quarter, tipped with an eighth of a mile to go, and stormed past the field to score by 1¼ lengths over a fast-closing Plunge Blue Chip. Crystal Fashion was third. "I kind of wanted to race her off a helmet tonight," said winning driver Yannick Gingras. "I wanted to see what she would do. I was confident. There was never an anxious moment." Atlanta, who is trained by Ron Burke, trotted the mile in 1:50.4 and returned $2.40 to her backers as the 1-5 public choice while staying perfect in five 2019 starts. In the other Graduate division, Fiftydallarbill worked out a perfect pocket trip behind even-money favorite Six Pack and charged by his rival nearing the wire to record a neck victory. Phaetosive was third. Driver Corey Callahan likely won the race during the initial quarter, extending Six Pack through an opening split of :27.4. "I was trying to make him work a little bit into that first turn," said Callahan. In mid-stretch, Callahan tipped the son of Swan For All-CR Dixie Chick out of the pocket with an eighth to go and wore down Six Pack to record his 18th lifetime win in 42 starts. "I thought we were going to get by," said Callahan, who was fortunate to pick up this drive. "I really lucked out. He's gone through a couple of drivers but I really didn't have a horse for this class, so it worked out well for me." Fiftydallarbill paid $8.00 as the second choice in the wagering for trainer Katricia Adams. His final clocking of 1:50.2 equaled Greenshoe (May 31) and Atlanta (last Saturday) for the fastest trotting mile of the year in the spot. A LITTLE MORE: Caviart Ally was no doubt glad to not have to face Shartin N (whom she went up against in each of her last three starts) and took it out on her foes in the third leg of the Rainbow Blue Series, stopping the clock in a lifetime-best equaling 1:48.3 while 1¾ lengths in front of Apple Bottom Jeans. The Brett Pelling trainee, who was driven by Andy McCarthy, returned $3.40 as the 3-5 favorite. ... Speaking of favorites, eight visited victory lane during the course of the 13-race card. ... One sharp player wagering into the Twin Spires hub had the only ticket to survive six legs of the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $8,960. ... The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five did not result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $115,221. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,337,789. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - With most of the front-line Meadowlands harness racing drivers competing on the North America Cup card, Saturday night provided an opportunity for others to shine at the Big M, and none shone brighter than Freehold regular 'Irish' Joe Hanney, who guided a pair of longshots to victory lane. Hanney's first score came in the fifth race, as he guided Village Jackson to a lifetime-best 1:51.1 score in a claiming handicap pace. In his last five starts with claimers, Village Jackson had been no worse than fourth, and this time around, the 11-year-old gelding prevailed at odds of 55-1, topping an Exacta that paid $694.40, a Trifecta that came back $5,275.00 and the 50-Cent Pick-5, which returned a whopping $15,266.00. But he had more damage to do. In the very next race, Hanney was at it again, this time in a pace for horses who had a TrackMaster rating of 80 or less, scoring with In Rock We Trust in a lifetime-best 1:51.1 at odds of 30-1. The Exacta returned $899.40 and Trifecta $3,603.40. Hanney also trains both horses. For Hanney fans who played a $2 win parlay, their return was a handsome $3,636. Delaware-circuit regular Mike Cole also had a driving double on the program, as did Big M regular Andy Miller. Corey Callahan had a second straight superb Saturday by winning four times. Last week, Callahan visited the winner's circle on six occasions. A LITTLE MORE: 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five players have much to look forward to Friday night. The fifth race JSH5 failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $113,204.60. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card totaled $2,614,953. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Highalator and Guardian Angel As extended their respective winning streaks in style Friday night in the harness racing co-features at the Meadowlands. Highalator won for fifth time in six Meadowlands starts this year, displaying some versatility in coming from off the pace to win Leg 3 of the Golden Receiver series for pacers for driver Ricky Still and trainer Jenny Bier. The 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Higher And Higher was away fourth in the early going as 2-1 second choice - and 2018 Sam McKee Memorial winner - Western Joe hit the quarter in :26.2. After a rated second fraction in :28.2, Still moved Highalator to the outside at the half and went after Western Joe while parked, before poking a head in front at three-quarters in 1:22.3. Highalator then did what Highalator does, sprinting his final quarter in :26 flat to win his third straight at the Big M and fourth in a row overall. It was a neck back to a fast-closing - but non-threatening - Classy Dragon. Trump Nation finished third. Western Joe weakened and finished eighth. The winner returned $4.20 as the public choice and the final time of 1:48.3 equaled Highalator's season's-best effort and gave him eight wins in 16 seasonal starts. Lifetime, he's won 29-of-62 and banked $429,028. "I think he's the best older pacer in training," said Bier. "He can do it any way you want. He's very easy on himself and he doesn't get tired. He's a happy horse and he loves to race." A week from Saturday at Pocono Dows, a meeting with McWicked awaits in the Ben Franklin. Guardian Angel As, off a 1:51 score in the Maxie Lee at Harrah's Philadelphia, faced a deep field in the third leg of the Mr Muscleman for trotters, and in workmanlike fashion, scored in 1:52.1 to win his third straight after starting his season with a fourth-place finish in the Big M's Cutler. It was his first-ever Meadowlands win in six tries. Tim Tetrick, who guided four winners on the program, handled the 5-year-old son of Archangel-Provide As patiently, sitting at the rail fifth past the quarter before going on a steady, constructive stroll after leader Pinkman. Guardian Angel As, who returned $3.00 as the 1-2 favorite, cleared the top shortly after the half but had to contend with Cruzado Dela Noche, who had followed the live cover of the eventual winner down the backside before inching closer while racing first-over. Through the stretch, it became apparent that whatever Cruzado Dela Noche brought, Guardian Angel As brought a little bit more, and at wire he was a half-length to the good. Pinkman finished third. "He was very good," said Tetrick of the Anette Lorentzon trainee. "Especially for being off three weeks. It was a very good effort." The win was Guardian Angel As' 19th from 44 career starts, good for earnings of $614,780. A LITTLE MORE: Chalk players lived large on the 13-race card, as nine favorites hit the winner's circle. ... Betting was spirited in both the 50-Cent Pick-5 ($70,427 in the pool) and 50-Cent Pick-4 ($116,369) and one sharp player in Chicago raked the pot in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $7,892.38 after lasting six legs. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,499,099. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Harness racing favorites failed in every leg of the 50-Cent Pick-5 at the Meadowlands Saturday night, and that suited two shrewd handicappers - one wagering into the Elite Turf Club hub and the other in the Catskills - just fine. With a carryover of $30,928 serving as the catalyst for $177,835 in new money wagered, there was quite a bit of buzz for Pick-5 players, who, as it turned out, were vying for a total pool in excess of $200,000. The key to the sequence turned out to be the fourth race, when, after winners scored at odds of 5-1, 8-1 and 18-1, there were no doubt many tickets that singled 1-5 favorite Pauly Wally. But after he went a tough trip behind dull cover and failed as 5-1 chance Democracy N scored, giant payoffs popped up when the Pick-5 will pays were shown. After Foxland and driver Victor Kirby emerged victorious in the fifth race, the two lucky players that held tickets with the combination of 5-2-6-2-6 cashed in for $72,149.45. Kirby ended up playing a huge role in the wager, guiding the winners of the first and fifth races, and, in addition, also having driven Pauly Wally. HANDLE TOPS $3M: All-source wagering on the 13-race card totaled $3,205,559, the third best night of the meeting. The “new” money bet into the Pick-5 led to a total pool of $389,201 in the first race with four other races during the course of the evening having total pools that topped $250,000. The magic $3-million mark has now been reached at the Meadowlands 10 times in 2019. The meet best of $3.6 million was wagered on March 2. THAT WAS SOMETHIN’: In the featured $30,000 Preferred Handicap for 4-year-olds on the pace, Shnitzledosomethin pulled off an upset at odds of 8-1 for trainer Dylan Davis and driver Corey Callahan. Callahan put the son of Fred And Ginger-Summer N Sand in a live second-over flow before collaring leader Albergo Hanover at the head of the stretch after moving three-wide on the far turn. He had to hold off even-money favorite Hayden Hanover, who was closing ground in deep stretch, but the wire came just in time, and Shnitzledosomethin held on by a head in a lifetime-best 1:49.1. Rock Lights finished third. THE CAPTAIN WINS 6: Callahan won two of the first seven races on the card before catching fire. The 41-year-old pilot, known as “The Captain”, then swept the 50-Cent Pick-4 by taking races eight through 11. He scored in the first leg with a 7-2 shot but then three favorites followed (2-5, 4-5 and 4-5) to create an extremely popular payout of $27.65. Had he won once more, he would have tied Yannick Gingras’ single-card meet best of seven winners, which he established on Feb. 1. A LITTLE MORE: There was something for every player as favorites lost each of the first eight races before winning the last five on the card. … Kirby, Vinny Ginsburg and Eric Abbatiello all recorded driving doubles on the program. … The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five did not result in a single-ticket winner, ballooning the carryover to $105,608. … Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

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

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A huge Pick-5 payoff, a huge Pick-4 pool and a huge total handle highlighted Saturday's (June 1) happenings at the Meadowlands. One lucky player wagering into the Western New York OTB hub held the lone winning ticket with winner's odds of 15-1, 11-1, 58-1, 6-1 and 1-5 and hit the 50-Cent Pick-5 for a whopping $32,091.10. The 50-Cent Pick-4 - which has a guaranteed pool of $50,000 - went well beyond double that figure, as a total of $120,505 was poured into the pot. The $134,614 wagered on March 2 was the only time more was bet on a Pick-4 this year. Total wagering on the 13-race card came close to reaching the magic $3-million mark, but fell approximately $33,000 short after an all-source total of $2,967,772 was bet. Two weeks prior saw another close call, as $2.947M was put in play. The last time action exceeded $3 million - which has happened nine times in 2019 - was on Kentucky Derby Day (May 4), when a total of $3.273M was pushed through the windows. GET A LITTLE ACTION IN On Saturday (June 8), the Big M's featured Preferred Handicap for 4-year-olds on the pace has the latest star from the Jenn Bongiorno barn, Albergo Hanover, going for his fifth straight win. For simulcast fans, the featured event will be the Belmont Stakes. Big M gates will open at 10:30 a.m. The first of 13 races at Belmont is at 11:35 a.m. with the Belmont Stakes (Race 11) scheduled to go at 6:37 p.m. Preakness winner War of Will is the 2-1 morning-line second choice taking on Wood Memorial champion - and early 9-5 choice - Tacitus in the mile-and-a-half test over Big Sandy. Canada's biggest harness race, the North America Cup, will have two eliminations - slated as the third and eighth races - at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Cup has huge Meadowlands Pace ramifications as seven of the horses in the Big M Media Relations Department's "Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace" will be on the track. The North America Cup Final is on Saturday (June 15). At Cleveland's Northfield Park, open pacers will slug it out for a $200,000 pot in the Battle of Lake Erie. The other red-hot horse from the Bongiorno barn, None Bettor A, will look for a sixth straight win facing the likes of Camluck Classic winner The Wall. On Sunday (June 9), check out the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters at Tioga Dows. Many of the series' stars will be in action. On the pace, Lather Up, Courtly Choice, Done Well and Thinkbig Dreambig are in to go, while on the trot, Muscle M Up, Phaetosive and Six Pack will line up behind the gate. Leg Four of the Graduate will be at the Meadowlands on June 28 before the Big M also hosts the July 6 series' finals. Live racing at the Meadowlands will be conducted this week on Friday and Saturday with a first-race post time of 7:15 p.m. On Friday (June 7), 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five fans will be fired up for the fifth race, when a carryover of $102,608 will be up for grabs. As always, free program pages for the 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 (Friday only) and 50-Cent Pick-4 (Friday and Saturday) are available at www.playmeadowlands.com and www.ustrotting.com. BURGER BATTLE: Do you make a good burger? Then come out to the Meadowlands on Saturday (June 8) and participate in the fourth annual "Battle for the Best Burger" contest. You could win $1,500. The contest begins at noon and is open to area food trucks and restaurants. For complete details and the entry form, go to http://meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/burger%20battle_sign%20up%20sheet.pdf?_ga=2.178949665.422530968.1558563081-565511049.1524064426. HORSEPLAY CAR GIVEAWAY: Every live race night from now until Aug. 2, you could win a brand-new Toyota C-HR by participating in the Big M's "Horseplay Giveaway". Just grab a free toy horse at the Players Club Desk or official Horseplay table and if you can throw your horse into a moving car at the conclusion of the sixth race, it will give you a chance at winning a $100 betting voucher and put you in the drawing for the C-HR. In addition, for each horse that makes it into the car, the Meadowlands will donate $10 to a designated monthly charity. The drawing for the car will take place on Aug. 2, and to win, one must be present. TITLE CHASES: The FanDuel Sportsbook is the place to watch and wager on the NHL Stanley Cup Final, in which the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins are tied at two games apiece, and the NBA Finals, where the defending champion Golden State Warriors trail the upset-minded Toronto Raptors two games to one. Game 5 of the NHL series is tonight (Thursday, June 6) at 8 p.m. while Game 4 of the NBA matchup is Friday (June 7) at 9 p.m. The FanDuel Sportsbook offers plenty of comfortable seating with a full-service bar and plenty of tasty food choices.   Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Jenn Bongiorno barn has been on a roll all meeting long at the Meadowlands, and on Saturday night, 'J-Bo' standout Albergo Hanover won his third straight at the Big M and fourth in a row overall by taking the $30,000 featured harness racing Preferred pace for 4-year-olds in a lifetime-best 1:49. "I'm not surprised at how good he's been," said Bongiorno, who entered the weekend second in the Big M trainer dash-win standings (with 29) and tops in win percentage (31). "But I am more impressed with him each and every week. He won a Pennsylvania Sire Stake for us last year, so we always knew there was talent there." The son of Well Said-Allamerican Celeb, who continued his hot streak despite bumping up from non-winners of six to the Preferred ranks, had that talent on display Saturday, coming first over after leader Hayden Hanover, who had reached the half in :54.4, down the backside. Joe Bongiorno, Jenn's brother and driver, kept his horse alive racing first over while inching closer to the leader and under serious late urging surged past Hayden Hanover at the conclusion of a heated stretch duel to win by a determined head. Hudson Phil was third. "Being first up into Hayden - whom I consider a stakes horse - was a little nerve-racking for me," said Jenn. "But the truth is, this horse is so talented and has such a big heart, I knew he wouldn't embarrass himself." Albergo Hanover, who paid $9.60 as the second choice in the wagering, stayed perfect in four starts this year and has now won 11-of-31 lifetime, good for earnings of $143,409 for owner Gestion J Y Blais Inc. So Jenn, is Albergo Hanover as good as your None Bettor A, who has won four straight at the Big M in sub-1:50, the most recent in 1:48.4? "I don't know," said Jenn. "None Bettor is 6 and Albergo is 4. They both are really nice and, truthfully, I am just so grateful to have these amazing animals under my care." A LITTLE MORE: All-source wagering came oh-so-close to the magic $3-million mark, as a total of $2,967,772 was bet on the 13 races. ... The always popular 50-Cent Pick-4 took huge action, as a total of $120,505 was poured into the pot, good for the second biggest Pick-4 pool of the year, surpassed only by the $134,614 bet on March 2. ... Yonkers standout Jason Bartlett drove three winners on the card while George Brennan, Victor Kirby and Joe Bongiorno all had two apiece. ... The 50-Cent Pick-5 saw a sequence where winner's odds were 15-1, 11-1, 58-1, 6-1 and 1-5, and when the dust cleared, one shrewd player betting into the Western NY OTB hub walked away with $32,091.10. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations  

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