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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 - It was about two months ago when the Jeff Cullipher-trained Endeavor pulled off an 11-1 harness racing upset in the Nov. 10, $100,000 Potomac Invitational Pace at Maryland's Rosecroft Raceway, defeating some tough customers such as Dealt A Winner, American History, Dorsoduro Hanover and Courtly Choice. After that, he failed to hit the wire first in his next four outings, but Saturday night at the Meadowlands, the 7-year-old gelded son of American Ideal-Jett Diamond found his way back to the winner's circle, taking the $25,000 featured high-range conditioned pace in 1:50.3 over a track rated 'good' with a -1 variant. On a night when a majority of the races saw winners on the lead or close to it, driver Jim Marohn Jr. moved Endeavor out of the three-hole after the quarter and moved to the top before the half, stopping the clock at that station in :55.1. Endeavor continued to move well over the soggy track, hitting three-quarters in 1:22.4 while clear of the pocket-sitting Shoreview and first-over American Boy N. Through the stretch, Endeavor drew clear of those foes, hitting the wire 1¾ lengths in front of a fast-closing 6-5 favorite Franco Totem N. Keystone Phoenix closed ground late for third. As the 8-5 second choice, Endeavor returned $5.40 to his backers and has now won 32 of 110 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $673,937 for owners Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher. "I was very confident in him coming into tonight," said Cullipher. "After the Potomac, right before the TVG, he popped a quarter crack. It was somewhat minor but it put a damper on things because I had him really good. It's completely healed now." Is Endeavor good enough to take on the older male pacing division's best during 2020? "He may not go in every single one of those races," said Cullipher. "But we'll take our chances in some of them." Endeavor REPLAYS ON TVG: To see the replays of the Thursday, Friday and Saturday races, tune in to TVG at 10 a.m. Monday morning. A LITTLE MORE: Fall Meeting leading driver Dexter Dunn, recently named the United States Harness Writers Association's Driver of the Year, was up to his old tricks, visiting the winner's circle five times on the program. ... Joe Bongiorno had a driving triple, Ron Burke a training double. ... Wagering was strong in the track's two popular multi-leg puzzles. A total of $63,798 was poured into the 50-cent Pick-5 pool while $94,701 was pushed through the windows in the 50-cent Pick-4. ... The Late 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $94,800. ... All-source wagering on the 14-race card was $2,744,633. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

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  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - After 2019 saw him crack the Top 10 in the harness racing standings at the top venue in the sport, driver Tyler Buter no doubt had a resolution to win even more races at the Meadowlands during 2020. He's off to a good start. Buter, who had a career-best $5.6 million in earnings a year ago, scored three times on the Thursday program to get his Winter Meeting at the mile oval off to a good start. The 34-year-old Michigan native snagged his first winner of the night with the Bob Lounsbury-trained Summer Rock in a filly and mare pace for TrackMaster 74.5 or less as the 7-5 favorite in the fourth race in 1:53.4. Buter, who won 47 times at the Big M during 2019, made a huge move on the far turn to open up a big lead in the fifth race with Walks Of Life before holding off the late-charging Sir Richie N by a diminishing neck in 1:53.1 for trainer Besim Odza in a $7,500 claiming pace as the 5-2 second choice. The third and final score for Buter came in the ninth race behind Spilling The Beans, who stopped the clock in 1:54 as the 6-5 public choice for trainer William Adamczyk in another filly and mare pace for TrackMaster 74.5 or less.   A LITTLE MORE: There were only two winning favorites on the card and Buter drove them both. ... Marcus Miller and Austin Siegelman each got 2020 off to a great start with two winners apiece. ... The 50-cent Pick-4 came back $18,065 after a sequence that saw winner's odds of 14-1 (Siegelman), 18-1 (Greg Merton), 6-5 (Buter) and 10-1 (Siegelman). ... The 10th-race 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to yield a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover for Friday's 14th race to $87,287. ... All-source handle for the 10-race card was $1,665,191. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands   

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - For a second straight night, harness racing driver Andy McCarthy ruled the Meadowlands. The 33-year-old native of Australia followed up his five-winner Friday with another five-bagger Saturday night. All told, when you add in the two victories McCarthy had Thursday, you end up with one dozen winner's circle visits over the course of the three-card race week at the Big M. On Saturday, McCarthy got his night underway with Jims Perfect Ten in the second race, scoring in 1:51.4 as the 4-5 favorite in a low-end conditioned pace. McCarthy and Duddie's Lor overcame post 10 to take the fourth in 1:51 (a lifetime best) as the 9-5 second choice in a non-winners of four pace. Andy Mac then finished with a flourish, winning three straight, scoring in race eight with 2-1 public choice Drawing Dragons in 1:50.3 in a high-end conditioned pace, race nine in a mid-range conditioned pace with 6-5 favorite Odds On Lauderdale from post 10 in 1:52.3, before capping his big night - with his biggest price - by scoring in race 10 with 7-1 fourth-choice Reagan's Avenger in wire-to-wire fashion from post nine in 1:51.2 in a TrackMaster 85.5 or less pace. Reagan's Avenger NEW HANDLE HIGH: Andy McCarthy's hands were on fire this weekend, and so were those of the Meadowlands' faithful, who bet with both of their's early and often on the Saturday card, establishing a new Fall Meeting handle high of $2,913,163. The previous best of $2,907,339 was set on Friday. A LITTLE MORE: On a night that saw big pools, it's no surprise that the 50-cent Pick-4 had a huge one. A total of $107,485 was poured into the pot, only $3,000 or so less than the previous Fall Meet best of $110,502, which was established on Nov. 23. ... Joe Bongiorno and Pat Berry both had driving doubles. ... Once again, the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 played out like a jackpot wager, as one shrewd player wagering into the Catskills hub held the lone ticket to last eight legs and walked away with $8,659. ... Racing resumes Thursday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - While being interviewed on the in-house simulcast show before the start of the harness racing card, trainer Andrew Harris spoke glowingly about his Joey Bats, who would go up against the best trotters currently racing at the Meadowlands in the Preferred Handicap for trotters Friday night. And Joey Bats lived up to the hype. Using explosive early speed to get the lead from post 6 in the seven-horse field, Joey Bats reached the quarter in a quick :27.2. Looking for his second straight win in the weekly feature, 2-1 favorite Rich And Miserable came after the leader, poking a head in front while parked at the three-eighths, before clearing and hitting the half in :56.2. Max, a 25-1 chance, tried to mount a challenge around the far turn from first-over, but was not up to the task at hand. Rich And Miserable continued to move well through the stretch, but driver Andy McCarthy moved Joey Bats out of the pocket with a little more than a sixteenth-of-a-mile to go and cruised past that foe with ease to win by 1½ lengths in 1:52.2, a lifetime best. Southwind Chrome was way back most of the way before sprinting home in :26.2 to grab third. "Joey is maturing into a serious horse," said Harris after the race. "He is long-strided and is still learning. Andy (McCarthy) got off the bike and said he thinks Joey will trot in (1):49 this summer." Joey Bats, a 4-year-old gelded son of Holiday Road-JN Daytona, returned $8.20 as the second choice in the betting for owners Scott Dillon, Michele Nelson and Marc Reynolds. He now has 17 wins from 55 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $304,787. Joey Bats MEET-HIGH HANDLE: Wagering on the first race was giant at $355,775 ($98,455 in the Exacta pool alone) and Big M fans kept on playing with both hands throughout the evening, betting a meet-best $2,907,339 on the 14-race program. The previous high was $2,730,886, which occurred on Nov. 2. A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy and Harris teamed up to win three times on the program while McCarthy finished the evening with five victories overall. Corey Callahan drove three to victory lane while Vinny Ginsburg had a driving double. Tony Alagna had a training double. ... Two players lasted four legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $6,324 each. ... The fifth race 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five was hit, paying off a serious $23,262 for the winning combination of 10-6-5-3-9. Narcian Jewel won the race at odds of 21-1. ... Wagering on the 50-cent Pick-4 was vigorous, with a total pool of $93,243. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It's getting tough to come up with superlatives when describing Preppy Art. The remarkable 7-year-old gelded son of Art Colony-Electric Smile had won no races in 59 starts when he went behind the harness racing gate on Nov. 1 at the Meadowlands. And that's the night everything changed. Since then, Preppy Art has won eight of nine starts, the most recent coming in a $10,000 claiming pace at the Big M Thursday night, cementing his standing as the hottest horse in all of harness racing. Racing out of the Nick Surick barn for the second time during the streak (both wins), Preppy Art made his way to the top while parked past the quarter in :27.3. Andy Miller then got the chance to rate the second fraction back to a sleepy :29.4 to ensure he'd have plenty left for the back half-mile. And he certainly did. The 1-2 favorite, who was tracked to the stretch by his pocket-sitting stablemate Kid PK, opened up a 2-length lead with three-sixteenths-of-a-mile to go and held sway easily to the wire by three-quarters-of-a-length as Lear Seelster rallied along the pylons to get second. Kid PK held third. Preppy Art, who returned $3.00 to his backers, won for owners Melvin Fink and Debbie Surick, before predictably being claimed for an eighth consecutive start. The time for the mile was 1:53.3. Lifetime, he now has 19 wins from 119 starts and earnings of $130,992. Preppy Art left the track on trainer Bruce Lauer's trailer at night's end for the second time in three starts. Preppy Art A LITTLE MORE: Andy Miller finished the evening with four wins while Andy McCarthy and Pat Berry had two apiece. ... The 20-cent Survivor Pick-9 played out like a jackpot once again, as one superb handicapper betting into the Ontario hub had the lone ticket to last seven legs and cashed in for $7,784. ... All-source handle was vigorous for a Thursday at $1,872,320, up 47 percent over Dec. 19 and up an amazing 96 percent over Dec. 12. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Driver Pat Berry let the race come to him, and his patience and decision-making led to San Domino A winning the Saturday night harness raing feature at the Meadowlands, the Preferred for pacers. Berry, who won his 4,000th career race at the Big M last week, had San Domino A racing in sixth to the quarter as the speedy Wheels On Fire was cutting out tepid fractions of :28.1 and :56.4. But Wheels On Fire - the 5-1 second choice - was not at his best, bearing away from the rail at the half while causing a bit of a traffic jam on the way to a fourth-place finish. Things did not go swimmingly for 4-5 favorite Franco Totem N, either. He never saw the rail, racing first-over to the stretch before weakening and finishing seventh in the field of nine. San Domino A, who scored at the Big M on Nov. 30 before a Yonkers win Dec. 14, was in a live flow racing third-over, and when second-over Endeavor went around a tiring Franco Totem N, San Domino A moved with that one, racing second-over in a three-wide flow around the far turn. The Andrew Harris trainee then powered by Endeavor in mid-stretch on the way to a three-quarter-length win in 1:51.3 to record a third straight score. Endeavor held second, with Lyons Steel rallying for third. A 6-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Reggae Miss, San Domino A paid $16.80 as the fourth choice in the wagering. He's won eight-of-22 starts this year, and lifetime, has 20 wins from 64 attempts and earnings of $209,588 for owners Joe P Racing and Oldford Racing. A LITTLE MORE: For the second consecutive Saturday, there was only one winning ticket sold in the 50-cent Pick-5. The combination of 6-10-2-5-2 returned $29,478. ... Favorites took it on the chin, winning only twice on the card. ... Leading driver Dexter Dunn had four winners on the card, upping his Fall Meet total to 47. ... Yannick Gingras guided 10 to victory lane over the course of the three-day race week and now has 42 wins. ... All-source handle totaled $2,416,400 on the 14-race card. ... Racing resumes Thursday at 7:15 p.m. ... The Big M will be closed for simulcasting on Dec. 22, 24, 25 and 29. ... The FanDuel Sportsbook will be open on Dec. 24 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and closed on Dec. 25. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Except for a break two starts back, Rich And Miserable has raced well for some time now without getting a win. He ended that drought by taking the featured Preferred Handicap for trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night to end a six-race losing streak. His last win came on Sept. 28 at Yonkers Raceway. All eyes were on Southwind Chrome early. The 3-5 favorite was assigned post 10 (scratched down to post 9) and was seeking his third straight score against the best horses at the Big M. Driver Dexter Dunn left the gate with Southwind Chrome, but there were leavers to his inside, which pushed him extremely wide into the first turn. Southwind Chrome settled into an early six-hole and waited for a live tow, which he got from Rich And Miserable before the half after that one vacated the three-hole after the quarter. Longshot Joey Bats (15-1) led the field past the first three calls, but Rich And Miserable was right at his throat on the far turn as Southwind Chrome tipped off his cover to race three-wide. Southwind Chrome had trouble handling the turn and lost ground for the final three-sixteenths-of-a-mile sprint to the finish, which brought his win streak to an end. Rich And Miserable kept chipping away at the leader's advantage, finally moving to get a short edge on Joey Bats at the head of the stretch. From there, the 4-year-old gelded son of Explosive Matter-Wishful Me extended his lead while keeping a super-game Joey Bats at bay to record a three-quarter-length win in 1:52.1. Cruising In Style, a 60-1 outsider, outkicked Southwind Chrome - who went well once straightened up - for the show dough. Rich And Miserable paid $8.80 to win as the second choice in the wagering. Driven by Tyler Buter and trained by his dad Todd, Rich And Miserable - whose last Meadowlands win came on July 20 - now has 16 victories from 45 career starts, good for earnings of $400,422 for owners Buter Farm, Lynette Buter, William Fuhs and Carol Fuhs. A LITTLE MORE: Driver Yannick Gingras followed up his five-winner Thursday with three more on Friday. ... Andy Miller, Tyler Buter, Dexter Dunn and Eric Abbatiello had two apiece. ... One patron playing into the Ontario hub was the only holder of a 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 ticket to last six legs and collected $9,407. ... All-source handle totaled $2,428,157. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.     By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - After last weekend saw him win six races and finish second on nine occasions in just 34 starts, Yannick Gingras upgraded from superb to scintillating at the Meadowlands Thursday night, winning five times on the 11-race harness racing program. Gingras, whose horses have earned over $13 million during 2019, now has 32 wins at the Big M Fall Meeting, trailing only Dexter Dunn, who has 41. Dunn did not race at the Meadowlands Thursday. Gingras got things going in the third race, scoring with the Nick Surick-trained Sew Psyched in a fillies and mares $7,500 claiming pace. The 4-5 favorite hit the wire in 1:56 on the way to winning for the seventh time in 32 seasonal starts. Gingras would then go from bake to broil, winning four in a row beginning in Race 6. Cracklin Rosie scored in a fillies and mares conditioned pace for trainer Juan Cano. The 6-year-old mare completed the mile in 1:54 and won by 4½ dominant lengths in wire-to-wire fashion after being sent to the gate as the 3-5 public choice. Next, Gingras guided 2-year-old gelding Island Of The Sea to victory after traveling first-over for the final half-mile in a non-winners of two pace. The Eric Ell trainee, who was the 4-5 favorite, hit the wire in 1:52.1 while winning for the second time in three lifetime starts. Gloria Pierre gave Gingras his fourth score of the night with a gigantic mile as the 3-2 public choice in a fillies and mares $10,000-$12,500 claiming handicap pace. The Yogi Sheridan trainee went parked to the quarter from post 10, finally getting the lead just after three-eighths before taking pressure and holding sway to the wire in 1:53.3 for her eighth win of the year in 39 tries. "I didn't think the trip was that hard," said Gingras. "She won really easy two starts back. When I got to the front tonight, I thought the fractions were fair. She did not surprise me at all." The incredible Preppy Art completed the 40-year-old driver's five-bagger, scoring as the 4-5 choice in 1:53.1 in a $10,000 claiming pace. Preppy Art, who won for the seventh time in his last eight starts, was claimed for a seventh consecutive start, this time by Nick Surick, who was Preppy Art's trainer for his win on Dec. 5. "I knew I had some live ones tonight," said Gingras. "I thought I had some power going in. I had some big favorites, so I tried to take control of the races." Even on a big night, Gingras did some second-guessing after tasting defeat with 1-5 favorite JB's Shooting Star in the 10th race. "It's easy after the race," said Gingras. "But I wish I had gotten closer to the front, (Andy McCarthy driving Woodmere Oleksiak) had position on me, and I had to outpace him home, instead of the other way around." A LITTLE MORE: Before Gingras, the last driver to win five times on a card was Dunn (on Dec. 13). ... The last time a driver won six times was when Gingras turned the trick on Feb. 2. ... The USTA's Michael Carter did a superb job calling the races on the third of four "Borrow Ken's Binoculars" Thursdays. ... All-source handle on the 11-race card was $1,277,001. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Trump Nation may have looked a bit class-challenged in the past performance lines, but harness racing driver Yannick Gingras and the betting public showed confidence and they were rewarded with an impressive victory in the Saturday night featured Preferred for pacers at the Meadowlands. The Ron Burke trainee was facing a strong field - including Geez Joe, who won the Preferred last week in 1:50 as the 8-5 favorite - but the parimutuel players sent him to the gate as the 6-5 choice despite the fact that he had beaten a far weaker conditioned field in his last start. As for Gingras, he had choice of Trump Nation and another Burke trainee, Wheels On Fire (who would finish last in the field of eight), and as it turned out, he backed the right candidate. Yonkers shipper Saying Grace N left hard to grab the early lead and hit the quarter in :27.3. Gingras then called on Trump Nation to move to the top, and the pair reached the lead before the half. Lyons Steel was now moving toward the leader from first-over, almost getting on even terms with Trump Nation as three-quarters went in 1:23.2. Geez Joe, the 5-2 second choice, gapped third-over cover down the backside before rallying well through the stretch, only to be outkicked for the place spot by Franco Totem N, who finished 1 length behind the winner. Lyons Steel hung in there for fourth. The time for the mile was 1:51.1. "He was very good again," said Gingras of Trump Nation. "I wasn't too worried (when Lyons Steel challenged) but you still have to respect the competition." Trump Nation, a 4-year-old gelded son of Betterthancheddar-Late Flyin N who is owned by Burke Racing, E Katz, Weaver Bruscemi and Purnel & Libby, returned $4.60 to his backers. He now has 13 wins in 35 career starts and earnings of $383,796. Trump Nation A LITTLE MORE: The amazing Dexter Dunn keeps on winning races in bunches. On Friday, he scored five times and added four more on Saturday to run his meet-leading win total to 41. Gingras, who had two on Friday and three more Saturday, is next with 27. ... Fueled by horses who went off at 26-1 and 36-1, the 50-cent Pick-5 returned $33,873. ... At the opposite end of the spectrum was the 50-cent Pick-4, which came back $68.95 after two favorites, a 5-2 and a 9-2 shot won during the sequence. ... All-source handle totaled $2,222,157. ... Racing resumes Thursday at 7:15 p.m. "Borrowing Ken's Binoculars" that night will be the USTA's Michael Carter.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Harness racing driver Pat Berry reached a milestone victory plateau and one of the Meadowlands' more popular wagers resulted in a giant payoff in action at the mile oval Saturday night. Berry, 43, who has $39 million in career earnings, won the 4,000th race of his career in the third race behind 26-1 shot Revelry. The best year of the former Chicagoland horseman's career came in 2007, when he won 508 races, good for earnings of $4.7 million. Revelry and another longshot, 36-1 chance Mindtrip, won legs three and four, respectively, of the 50-cent Pick-5, which resulted in a one-ticket winner cashing in for $33,873. The winning combination was 5-7-7-7-1. Revelry By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Southwind Chrome shrugged off a late challenger once again on the way to winning a second straight Friday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands, the Preferred for trotters. Last week, the Jeff Cullipher trainee had to deal with Muscle M Up from the far turn to the finish but dug in determinedly to win in a snappy 1:51.4. On Friday night, the 4-year-old son of Chapter Seven-Counter Pointe had to deal with Melady's Monet in the latter stages, but once again proved up to the challenge. Southwind Chrome was asked for speed from the gate from driver Dexter Dunn and provided it, racing wide around the first turn before tucking into the three-hole as JL Cruze hit the quarter in :27. Shortly thereafter, Southwind Chrome was back on the outside moving toward the leader, clearing the top just after the three-eighths and leading at the half in :55.1. Melady's Monet, the 9-5 favorite, was activated first-over at this point and gradually made up ground on the leader but was still 1½ lengths behind when they turned for home. Through the stretch, Southwind Chrome maintained his edge in a thoroughly dominant performance, hitting the wire 1¼ lengths in front of Melady's Monet. JL Cruze held on for third.   Southwind Chrome paid $7.40 to win as the second choice in the wagering after completing the mile in 1:52.1. He now has 11 wins from 31 lifetime starts and earnings of $196,085 for owners Pollack Racing and Cullipher. "I would say he was better tonight than last week," said Cullipher. "When he broke three starts ago, we'll just leave it as a driver's error. He's a little funny with his mouth. He can't stand to be pulled on too much." As for Southwind Chrome's future, Cullipher has high hopes. "(Owner) Tom (Pollack) and I are going to sit down at the beginning of the year and discuss what we are going to do. I think we are going to try many of the older trotting events, races like the Graduate, during 2020." A LITTLE MORE: Leading driver Dunn upped his win total at the meeting to 37 after winning five times on the program. ... The Ettore Annunziata-trained Mister Truth pulled off a 78-1 shocker in the eighth race with Vinny Ginsburg driving, keying a 50-cent Pick-4 that came back $3,528.40 in the first of two Toys For Tots Finals (this one for a TrackMaster rating 74.5 or less on the pace) on the program. Piercewave Hanover took the other (for non-winners of $6,500 on the trot). ... All-source wagering on the 13-race program totaled $2,210,198. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Preppy Art had been a harness racing machine of late, winning six in a row heading into the Toys For Tots Final for $7,500 claiming pacers at the Meadowlands Thursday night. It appears Forevernalways didn't read the press clippings. The 5-year-old Forevernalways, a gelded son of Always A Virgin-Jnb N Me, rushed up to challenge Preppy Art on the far turn before cruising by on the way to a 4¼-length win in a lifetime-best 1:51. It was apparent during the wagering that Preppy Art, who was making his sixth straight start in a different barn, would not be the post-time favorite, but as the 2-1 second choice, he fired away from the gate to the lead and cut out a :27.3 quarter before a :55.2 half.   Forevernalways vacated the three-hole approaching the far turn after Preppy Art hit three-quarters in 1:24 and made a bold move to poke a head in front with three-sixteenths of a mile to go. From there, the Kenneth Tisa trainee drew off with Dave Miller doing the driving during an explosive final quarter of :26.4 to win for fun. Walks Of Life was second, with Preppy Art third. Forevernalways, who paid $4.60 to win as the 6-5 favorite, was claimed for a third consecutive start, this time by Izzy Estrada. Preppy Art, who was claimed for a sixth consecutive outing, left the track on Bruce Lauer's trailer. There were two other Toys For Tots Finals on the program. JB's Shooting Star (Yannick Gingras driving) ran her win streak to three by taking the Fillies and Mares TrackMaster 77 or less Pace in 1:53 as the 4-5 public choice while Broadway Promise (Dave Miller) hit the wire first in 1:54.3 in the Non-Winners of $3,500 Pace at odds of 8-1. LARRY THE LIP: The always entertaining Larry Lederman called the Thursday night races, and as usual he provided some quips that are rarely heard: "Feel The Muscle is coming and so is Christmas." "This could be long-term parking, just like at the airport." "And the car leaves at 40 miles an hour, and there's R M Blackhawk going about 38." A LITTLE MORE: Dave Miller and Andy Miller were the driving stars of the night with three winners each while Andy McCarthy had two. Those three drivers accounted for eight of the 10 winners on the card. ... One player - wagering into the Midlantic hub - had the lone ticket to last all eight legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-8 and collected $6,183. ... Favorites won seven times on the program. ... All-source handle totaled $956,383. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Geez Joe was in tough in his last two races and did not fare well, but the veteran returned to his winning ways Saturday night at one of his favorite harness racing tracks, taking the $30,000 Preferred for pacers at the Meadowlands. The 5-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe-Beach Bretta finished eighth in the Nov. 23 TVG Open Pace (won by Always A Prince) and 10th in the Oct. 26 Breeders Crown (American History), but he got back to the winner's circle Saturday by wiring a short - but talented - field of six in 1:50. Geez Joe was the 8-5 post-time favorite and driver Marcus Miller sent him to the top in :27.2. There wasn't much movement in the six-horse field and Miller was able to rate the second fraction to :28.1. The flow began to form after the half with Bettor Memories leading the train at the five-eighths, but none of the horses racing on the rim would go on to hit the board. Wheels On Fire sat the pocket throughout with Windsong Leo in the three-hole, and in deep stretch, Wheels On Fire was moving to the eventual winner along the inside while Windsong Leo rallied between rivals. At the wire, it was Geez Joe by a hard-fought neck over Wheels On Fire with Windsong Leo third. "He was super game," said Miller. Geez Joe, whose last win came at the Meadowlands on Oct. 12, returned $5.40 to his backers. The Erv Miller trainee now has 21 wins from 65 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $281,520 for owners Bay Pond Racing Stable. Three of his five wins in 2019 have come at the Big M. A LITTLE MORE: The driver colony had a pair of stars: Tim Tetrick, who won four races, and Dave Miller, who recorded a natural hat trick after taking the ninth, 10th and 11th races ... A pair of winning tickets were sold in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10, with each being worth $4,678 for lasting six legs. Of those six, four were the post-time favorite. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card totaled $2,180,523. ... Racing resumes Thursday at 7:15 p.m. "Borrowing Ken's Binoculars" and calling the races that night will be the always entertaining Larry Lederman. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - After going off stride just after the half a week ago as the 4-5 harness racing favorite on the way to a ninth-place finish, Southwind Chrome rebounded in a big way Friday night, taking the featured $30,000 Preferred for trotters at the Meadowlands. Sent off this time as the 5-2 second choice in the wagering, Southwind Chrome raced with cover past the quarter behind 9-5 public choice Muscle M Up and ending up clearing the top before the half, which was timed in a quick :54.4 with strong winds at their backs. Midway around the far turn, Ake Svanstedt directed Muscle M Up to vacate the pocket and the duo then dueled all the way to the wire from there. Muscle M Up was determined, but Southwind Chrome was just a bit better, hanging on to win by a neck in 1:51.4 after a contentious stretch battle. JL Cruze finished third. "He was super," said winning driver Tim Tetrick of Southwind Chrome. "We went a very fast middle half with a nice horse following us. My horse showed a lot of toughness to hold off Muscle M Up. My horse went a big mile. I'm very happy with his effort." Southwind Chrome, a 4-year-old son of Chapter Seven-Counter Pointe who is trained by Jeff Cullipher and owned by Pollack Racing and Cullipher, returned $7.20 to his backers. He's won 10 of his 30 lifetime starts and earned $181,085. A LITTLE MORE: Leading driver Dexter Dunn, fresh off a month of November that saw him win 23 Big M races, had three winners on the card. ... Dunn and trainer Harry Landy teamed up to take the 11th and 12th races. ... One shrewd handicapper betting into the Oregon hub was the only player to last six legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 and cashed in for $7,480. ... All-source handle totaled $2,252,358 on the 13-race program. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

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