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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Racing luck usually plays a part when one wins a race. Getting an expert steer doesn't hurt, either. Those two factors were on display in the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands, as Caviart Luca and Big M leading harness racing driver Yannick Gingras nailed favorite K Ryan Bluechip at the wire in the featured Preferred for pacers. Speedsters Castle Flight and New Talent were on the go early. Castle Flight led at the quarter in :27.3 while New Talent, fresh off his Big M season's-fastest 1:49.2 score last week, then brushed to the top at the three-eighths and hit the half in :55.1 as the 2-1 chalk K Ryan Bluechip was gradually chipping away at the leader's edge racing first-over. All the while, Caviart Luca was sitting in what appeared to be an impossible spot - third at the rail - with four horses in the outer flow. K Ryan Bluechip inched his way past New Talent with a little less than three-sixteenths of a mile to go. Enter racing luck and Gingras. Finding a seam just big enough as the field spread out in the stretch, Gingras moved Caviart Luca off the rail to get directly behind KRB with an eighth to go. Inside the sixteenth pole, Caviart Luca swung to the outside and managed to get up by the smallest of noses at the wire. New Talent held on for third. "I just got lucky to find a seam in the middle," said Gingras, "my horse was sharp and ready." Making just his second start of the year, Caviart Luca, eighth and last in his 2019 debut at Yonkers, returned $10.40 as the third choice in the wagering for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Phillip Collura. The 8-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Caviart Sierra, who completed the mile in 1:51.1, has now won 29-of-141 career starts and earned $742,535. ANDY'S DANDY: Andy Miller piloted four winners on the card, giving him seven for the weekend. Gingras was right behind him with six, after winning three times on both Friday and Saturday. On the training side, the red-hot Jennifer Bongiorno made two Saturday winner's circle visits, giving her three victories for the weekend. A LITTLE MORE: Wagering continued to be strong as all-source betting totaled $2,919,538. ... 50-Cent Pick-4 cashers walked away with $903.80 by using 9-1 shot Pepper Guy and driver Dexter Dunn in the ninth race. The winner's odds of the other three horses in the sequence were 4-1, 9-2 and 3-2. ... Dunn and Vinny Ginsburg each drove a pair of winners. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. Bettors will have a new wager to try as that evening will see the debut of the Can-Am Pick-4, a wager that requires players to pick two winners at the Meadowlands and two at Woodbine Mohawk Park. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Apparently, Yannick Gingras and Andy Miller like an off track, as both Meadowlands regulars, currently first and third, respectively, in the driver standings at the mile oval, each scored three times on the Friday night Big M harness racing card. At the start of the evening, the weather was spring like, with temperatures in the 70s, but a cold front came through after the fourth race, dousing the track with several intense rainfalls that made it necessary to delay the action twice during the remainder of the card. Neither Miller nor Gingras could have cared less, as each scored their trifectas after the track was downgraded to sloppy for the start of the fifth race. That's when Miller got his night underway, scoring with Abbeylara in a $7,500 claiming pace as the 8-5 second choice in 1:53.2. The resurgent Rubber Duck won the seventh, a conditioned trot, in 1:52.3 as the 6-5 favorite before Miller completed his three-bagger in the 14th race with Arch Credit in a conditioned trot in 1:55.3. After going a three-hole trip, Arch Credit skimmed the cones to become the night's biggest-priced winner at $23.80. Gingras began with Max Volo in the sixth race conditioned trot, scoring as the 6-5 public choice in 1:56.1. Well Said Maria (4-1 second choice) followed in the ninth race fillies and mares conditioned pace in 1:52.1 before Tearful Of Happy became Gingras' third of the night in the 11th race fillies and mares conditioned pace in 1:52.1 as the 5-2 second choice. A LITTLE MORE: The 14-race card saw a 6-1 shot win the opener and a 10-1 chance take the finale. The 12 races in the middle were won by six favorites, with no horse scoring at odds greater than 4-1. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 fell just short of a sixth straight $100,000 pool, as a total of $97,185 was wagered. The sequence saw winner's odds of 3-1, 4-1, 7-2 and 5-2 add up to a healthy payoff of $1,001. ... Tyler Buter and Andy McCarthy had driving doubles while Nick Surick trained a pair to victory lane. ... All-source handle totaled $2,675,593. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After settling for a close second in each of his first two starts of the season coming from off the pace, harness racing driver driver Tim Tetrick thought he'd try something different with Beckhams Z Tam in the $25,000 featured Preferred Handicap for pacers at the Meadowlands Saturday night. And Tetrick was right on the money. Beckhams Z Tam, the 2017 Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt and gelding pace champion, has come back sharp as a 5-year-old, and after racing eighth and last most of the way a week ago, Tetrick had the son of Always A Virgin-Sara's Lucky Charm on the go from the start this time around. After Rodeo Romeo reached the quarter in a snappy :27, Beckhams Z Tam took over shortly thereafter and hit the half in :55.1. Mindtrip, a recent $50,000 claim by trainer Dylan Davis, was now creeping his way toward the leader while parked out as Beckhams Z Tam continued to cruise on the point at three-quarters in 1:23.1. It was blowout city from there. With minor urging from Tetrick, Beckhams Z Tam sprinted his final quarter in :27 to hit the finish 3¼ lengths in front of Rodeo Romeo. K Ryan Bluechip rallied for third. "Timmy asked me if I cared how he drove him," said winning trainer Bruce Saunders, "and I thought it would be a good opportunity to see if he had any gate speed. Leaving the gate was Timmy's idea. Really good horses can race any way and win, and Beckhams Z Tam can be competitive with any field right now." Beckhams Z Tam, who is on his way to next week's Levy Series at Yonkers, returned $3.40 as the 3-5 public choice after completing the mile in 1:50.1. He now has 16 victories from 47 lifetime starts and earnings of $727,597 for owners Z Tam Stables. A LITTLE MORE: Sams Triple Crown and driver Tyler Buter lit up the toteboard while rocking the clock in the eighth race. The 25-1 chance scored in 1:49.4, becoming the third horse in 2019 to break the 1:50 barrier at the Big M. ... Just two races later, New Talent flexed his class muscles from post 10, scoring in 1:49.2 with Tetrick calling the shots in the fastest Meadowlands mile of the year. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool surpassed the $100,000 mark for a fifth straight race card. ... Tetrick and Yannick Gingras were the kings of the driver colony, with Tetrick winning five times on the program and Gingras four. ... All-source wagering was $3,175,007, the second-highest total of the year and the fourth time betting has gone past the $3-million mark. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Driver Andy Miller was able to steal a slow middle half, and that's just what Sutton needed to end Trolley's four-race winning streak in the Friday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands, the $25,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. Sutton was away quickly from post eight and went parked out past the quarter before securing the top at the three-eighths. Sutton hit the half in :57.1 after looping early leader In Secret, who led at the quarter in :28. Trolley, the 4-5 favorite, started his first-over march toward the leader at the half after sitting in the five-hole and made steady progress as Sutton hit three-quarters in 1:26.2 after rating the middle half in :58.2. Trolley couldn't get close enough to the pace-setter to threaten given the sluggish pace, and Sutton still led by a little more than a length at the head of the stretch before slightly extending that advantage to 1½ lengths as they hit the wire. Trolley held second, with In Secret finishing third. "When the draw came out," said winning trainer Julie Miller, "I was hoping Andy was going to do what he did, leave the gate. The fact that he was able to rate the middle half was a big factor in us winning, because Sutton has back class." "He had a foot injury last year," said Julie of her prized pupil, "so we've been giving him some TLC. He's heavily staked for this year, so we are hoping to keep him sound and have a big 2019." Sutton, a 6-year-old son of Donato Hanover-I Wanted Wings who trotted the mile in 1:54, returned $6.20 to his backers as the second choice in the wagering. He's now won 11-of-37 lifetime outings, good for earnings of $521,038 for owners Andy Miller Stable and Jason and Douglas Allen. A LITTLE MORE: Wagering was lively in the 50-Cent Pick-4, as $107,921 was pushed through the windows, and after a sequence that saw winner's odds of 5-1, 4-1, 3-1 and 2-1, the payoff was $533.20. ... Longshot players were loving life in the sixth race as Explosive Ridge and driver Vinny Ginsburg lit up the tote board, returning $170.40 for a $2 bet, the biggest win payout of the year. ... Andy Miller and Big M leading driver Yannick Gingras both had three victories on the night. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,799,501, the 18th time this year out of 19 cards that wagering has exceeded $2.5 million. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations      

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. - Vinny Ginsburg and Dexter Dunn had the hot hands Friday night at the Meadowlands, as each drove three winners on the 13-race card. Ginsburg, who entered the night tied for 10th in the Big M driver standings, got his evening going with Hammer Creek in the second race conditioned trot, going went wire to wire in 1:58.1 and returning $8.20 as the second choice in the betting. Hammer Time was Ginsburg's second winner of the night in the fourth race conditioned trot, roaring past the field after going a third-over trip. He returned $4.00 to win as the second choice in the wagering after hitting the wire in 1:55. Miss Ruby completed Ginsburg's three-bagger in the ninth race conditioned trot, gunning down 3-5 favorite Miami by skimming the cones to grab the win in 1:54.4. As the second choice in the wagering, Miss Ruby returned $9.80 to her backers. Dunn, who started the night second in the standings, scored with favorite Dawson Springs ($6.00) in the first race conditioned trot in 1:55.3. He followed that up with victories behind Followthewind N ($9.20 as the third choice, 1:52.4) in the 10th race fillies and mares conditioned pace before completing his big night guiding Godspell Hall to an amazing victory in the 12th race conditioned trot. Racing in a fourth-over flow while last at three-quarters, Godspell Hall exploded by the field to score in 1:56.4 and return $8.60 to win as the third choice. TAG, YOU'RE IT: Tag Up And Go won the $18,000 feature for conditioned trotters in the seventh race. Marcus Miller piloted the Patti Harmon trainee to victory in 1:53.3 after going a third-over trip and paid $12.20 to win as the third choice in the betting. Rock Of Cashel, the 6-5 public choice, finished third while bidding for his third straight win. THE CLAIM GAME: Friday marked the first time the Big M has raced with increased purses since New Jersey lawmakers approved purse-subsidy legislation, and the action at the claiming box was hot and heavy as seven horses left at evening's end with new connections. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky player who lasted eight legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 had the wager's lone winning ticket and walked away with $12,753. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool topped six figures, as $100,022 in action was taken. ... All-source handle totaled $2,877,718. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It looks like harness racing trainer Dylan Davis, a Dover Downs regular, is preparing to do some damage at the Meadowlands. In fact, he's already started doing just that. Davis' Castle Flight, a $50,000 claim two weeks ago, was a determined winner Saturday night in the Meadowlands' weekly pacing feature, the $21,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers. The 7-year-old gelded son of Panspacificflight-O Narutac Castle unleashed a powerhouse performance, cutting out fractions of :26.3, :55 and 1:22.1, before hitting the wire in 1:49.3 for driver Yannick Gingras. It was the first sub-1:50 mile this year at the Big M. New Talent was a half-length back in second with 2-1 public choice K Ryan Bluechip third. "I think the horse was sharp before I got him," said Davis, "I raced against him at Hoosier Park so I know a lot about him. I'm very impressed with him." When Castle Flight ($7.80 to win as the second choice) debuted in the Preferred ranks on Feb. 16, he finished a good second to K Ryan Bluechip. This time, there was no doubt who was best, as Castle Flight, who is owned by Michael Casalino Jr., won his 24th race in 133 career starts, good for a bankroll of $249,776. Just one race before Castle Flight established his new lifetime best, Davis and his owners (Casalino and Tom Lazzaro) took another horse for $50,000, the red-hot Mindtrip, who won his third straight at the tough non-winners of $15,000 level for pacers, on the front end in a lifetime-best 1:50. Mitch Cushing drove the winner, who was trained by Patti Harmon. "I was sitting with Mr. Casalino when Mindtrip won," said Davis, "And I told him, 'I think this one's better than Castle Flight', but then Castle Flight went out and won in 1:49(.3). I noticed on the condition sheets that the Meadowlands is writing higher-priced claimers. I see there's a $50-60,000 claimer coming. Hey, if I can make $10,000 in a week it's not the worst day if I lose him for $60,000, and if I don't, we'll just make as much money with him as we can. But, he could race in the preferred, so ultimately, what class he races in is the decision of my owners." Davis and his owners are no doubt looking to the future and the $40,000 per-card purse increase that will come to the Meadowlands, effective Friday, March 1. They will start the era with a pair of aces in their barn. A LITTLE MORE: Some good handicapping and some good luck led to a big payoff in the 50-Cent Pick-5. A total of $67,180 was bet on the wager that begins in Race 1, and when favorites failed to win even one leg, those who had winning tickets walked away with $14,703.30. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 attracted total action of $105,936, and for those sharp enough to use a 21-1 shot and a 15-1 chance on their tickets cashed in for just under $4,500. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race card totaled $2,901,031. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Trolley continued his dominance of the top class at the Meadowlands - the $21,000 Preferred Handicap - winning the Big M's weekly trotting feature for a fourth straight start Friday night. The Erv Miller student faced a tough task. The Ron Burke-trained In Secret was seeking his fourth straight win, and after Trolley sped away from the gate to grab the lead around the first turn, Yannick Gingras then moved In Secret to the top. The half-mile marker was hit in :55.4 with In Secret (the 2-1 third choice) on the point, Trolley in the pocket and 9-5 second choice Sutton - who was making his seasonal debut - sitting third. On the far turn, rather than wait for the stretch drive, Marcus Miller popped Trolley out of the pocket just before the three-quarter-mile marker and went after the leader, securing the top with a quick move with three-sixteenths of a mile to go. Through the lane, Trolley showed his foes why he's the "King of the Meadowlands", easily going on to a 1-length win in 1:52.4. Rail-sitters Sutton and Two AM rallied to get second and third, respectively, as In Secret weakened to fourth. After winning his previous start as the 2-5 choice, Trolley's followers were rewarded Friday with a $4.40 win payout for the 6-5 favorite. The 6-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride, who has now won six of his last seven outings, won for the 15thtime in 29 career starts (52 per cent), good for earnings of $334,459 for owners Michael Anderson, Leland Mathias, Greg Gillis and Louis Willinger. A LITTLE MORE: Four drivers recorded driving doubles on the card: Dexter Dunn, Gingras, Pat Berry and Anthony Napolitano. ... Wagering in the 50-Cent Pick-4 came close to the $100,000 mark, as a total of $98,085 in action was taken. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race card totaled $2,690,822. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Perfect conditions and ultra-competitive harness racing led to the biggest betting night of the year at the Meadowlands, as a total of $3,166,920 was pushed through the windows during the 13-race Saturday night program. It was the second time during 2019 that wagering exceeded $3 million. The night got off to a fast start at the industry's handle leader as $303,044 was wagered in the first race, with $79,108 of that poured into the 50-Cent Pick-5 pot. Not surprisingly, the second most money was wagered in the eighth race - $299,848 - with $115,218 wagered into the 50-Cent Pick-4 pool. The total bet in both the Pick-5 and Pick-4 were yearly bests. The month of February has seen six racing programs at the Big M. On those programs, a total of $17,529,832 has been wagered, for an average per card of $2,921,638. In the featured $21,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers, K Ryan Bluechip got back in the win column for the first time in six weeks, pulling off a surprise at odds of 7-1 in 1:50.4. The red-hot Tuxedo Bay, sent to the gate as the 4-5 favorite in search of a third straight score in the weekly feature, had a rough go of it. Pushed four-wide into the first turn, driver Eric Carlson had to use his horse hard to reach the quarter on the front end in :26. A rated second panel of :28 would follow, but K Ryan Bluechip, who was away early in fifth, was now making good progress while racing first over. KRB got to within a half-length of the public choice at three-quarters before powering past to lead by 1¼ lengths with three-sixteenths of a mile to go. Through the stretch, the Virgil Morgan-trained, Andy Miller-driven K Ryan Bluechip maintained his edge as Tuxedo Bay weakened, and after a leisurely final quarter of :28.4, K Ryan Bluechip had his second victory in the Preferred ranks in seven tries. It was 1¾ lengths back to Castle Flight in second. New Talent finished third while Tuxedo Bay was last in the field of six. K Ryan Bluechip, who is owned by Carl T Howard and Brian Witt, returned $17.60 as the fifth choice in the wagering. The 7-year-old gelded son of Art Major-Fool That I Am now has 32 wins in 104 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $410,484. A LITTLE MORE: Andy Miller drove three winners on the card while Corey Callahan and Dexter Dunn had two each. ... Two bettors cashed in for $6,103 after lasting seven legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10. ... Mindtrip destroyed his foes as the 3-5 choice in the eighth race non-winners of $16,000 pace in a lifetime-best 1:50.1 for trainer Patti Harmon and driver Mitch Cushing. ... When racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m., a carryover of $50,930 awaits those playing the Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five (Race 5). By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Since returning from a four-week layoff on Jan. 25, Resita has been on a roll for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. Friday night, the 5-year-old gelded son of Manofmanymissions-Winkys Magik won his third straight, scoring in the $15,750 conditioned trotting feature at the Meadowlands. Resita, who defeated non-winners of $5,000 and non-winners of $8,500 in his last two outings, respectively, took on one-rung below the Preferred Handicap types on Friday - the non-winners of $15,000 class - and passed the test with flying colors. The formful Derf Hanover was away quickly from post eight and had the lead at the quarter in :27.2. Resita rolled past that foe and had the point at the half in :56.4 as Pappy Go Go came after the leader and continued to press the issue at three-quarters in 1:24.4. The eventual winner shrugged off Pappy Go Go turning for home, but the horse Pappy towed into contention - 25-1 longshot Nows The Moment - tipped off cover and came after Resita. Nows The Moment was in position to pull off the upset, but as he inched to almost even with Resita in deep stretch, he went off stride, and Resita went on to a 1½-length win in a lifetime-best 1:53.1. Nows The Moment finished second, but was disqualified and placed fourth for being lapped on break to two other horses - Two Am and Derf Hanover - who were declared the official second- and third-place finishers, respectively. As the lukewarm 5-2 favorite, Resita returned $7.40 to win and stayed perfect in three starts this year. He's owned by Andrea Lea Racingstables and ASA Farm. Lifetime, he's won nine of 48 outings and banked $107,664. A LITTLE MORE: Gingras' remarkable February continued as the 39-year-old scored four times on the card, giving him 27 wins in 61 starts this month. ... A simulcast player in Montreal was the only bettor to last seven legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $15,161. ... Marcus Miller, Corey Callahan and Dexter Dunn all recorded driving doubles. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,661,109. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Tuxedo Bay seeks his third straight win in the weekly pacing feature, the $21,000 Preferred Handicap. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Harness racing trainer Mark Silva purchased Tuxedo Bay last fall and started out racing the 5-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Spring Break in middle of the road conditioned classes at Harrah's Philadelphia. Saturday night at the Meadowlands, Tuxedo Bay proved that Silva has a sharp eye for talent by winning the weekly pacing feature at the Big M, the $21,000 Preferred Handicap, for a second straight start in a lifetime-best 1:50. New Talent grabbed the track early and put Tuxedo Bay in the two-hole. After a quarter of :27, driver Eric Carlson hit the gas in an attempt to put Tuxedo Bay on top but was rebuffed by the leader and had to go back into the pocket. But his time would come. New Talent hit the half in :55.1 before being pressured by the first-over Odds On Lauderdale, which quickened the tempo and forced New Talent to go a :27.3 third fraction as three-quarters was reached in 1:22.4. For a second straight start, New Talent was game to the wire, but in deep stretch, he could not hold off an explosive Tuxedo Bay, who sped up the inside once clear to record a 1½-length win. New Talent held second with Mindtrip third. As the 4-5 favorite, Tuxedo Bay paid $3.60 to win and now has 13 lifetime victories in 61 starts, good for earnings of $167,018. Since being acquired by Silva, Tuxedo Bay has won five of eight starts and banked $49,160. HO-HUM, FIVE FOR GINGRAS: The amazing Yannick Gingras kept winning at a breath-taking pace, scoring five times on the program. According to the Meadowlands' Bob "Hollywood" Heyden, Gingras' 23 winners (in only 49 starts) over the last four race cards are easily a Big M all-time best for such a span. ... Dexter Dunn won three times on the card while Carlson scored twice. A LITTLE MORE: Betting in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 pool was a 2019-best $21,633, and one lucky simulcast player in Ohio raked the pot. After surviving eight legs, he or she walked away with $18,388.12. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 was a big hit with bettors for a second straight Saturday, as $108,063 was poured into the pool. Last week, the number was just over $110,000. ... Overall wagering remained strong, as all-source betting totaled $2,751,957. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Trolley continued his reign as the harness racing trotting "King of the Meadowlands" by winning a third straight Preferred Handicap at the Meadowlands Racetrack Friday night. The red-hot 6-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride, who benefited from great driver Marcus Miller handling, won his fourth feature in his last five tries and sixth race in his last seven overall. Sent off as the 2-5 public choice, Miller had Trolley on the go from the start but was pushed wide into the first turn. Miller opted to settle his horse into the five-hole instead of going on with it, and that may have made the difference. Misslarose, up in the Preferred ranks off consecutive wins with high-class conditioned foes, moved past early leader Derf Hanover after the quarter and hit the half in :57. Cash Me Out was racing first over at the half, providing a perfect second-over trip for Trolley, who stayed with that cover into the stretch before tipping with a little more than an eighth of a mile to go. The Erv Miller trainee needed every inch of the stretch to get past a stubborn Misslarose, but he collared the leader nearing the wire, before going on to a half-length win in 1:55.1 on an extremely windy East Rutherford night. Cash Me Out finished third. Trolley returned $2.80 to his backers while staying perfect in three starts this year. Overall, he's won half of his 28 lifetime outings and earned $323,951 for owners Michael Anderson, Leland Mathias, Greg Gillis and Louis Willinger. GINGRAS STAYS HOT: Driver Yannick Gingras continued his winning ways, scoring five times on the program. After 13 winner's circle visits last weekend (Feb. 1-2), 'The Green Hornet' has now won 18 of his last 38 Meadowlands' drives. A LITTLE MORE: Wagering stayed strong at the industry's handle leader as all-source action totaled $2,927,806 on the 13-race card. The last four Big M cards have seen the top four handles this year, topped by last Saturday's $3.1 million. ... One shrewd simulcast player wagering into the Fairmount hub used 35-1 shot Buckeye In Charge on top in the 13th race, and in the process, raked the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five pot to the tune of $23,467.26. The winning combination was 7-4-3-2-8. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke and big action highlighted a huge weekend of harness racing at the Meadowlands last Friday and Saturday (Feb. 1-2). Formal records aren't available, but when it comes to what Burke and Gingras combined to do last week, they likely aren't necessary. Since the inception of the Big M racing primarily twice a week in 2013, it's hard to imagine any trainer-driver team winning 11 times (in only 13 starts) over the course of a weekend, as Burke and Gingras did a week ago, combining to win five times Friday before taking a half-dozen winner's circle trips Saturday. "Yannick thought we had won six in a night once before," said Burke, "but to go back-to-back like we did is really hard to do." Burke won't be able to equal his win output during this weekend's action at the Big M, however - he only has 10 horses entered. "The more you win with conditioned horses there's more of a chance the next losing streak is coming," said Burke, "because they are up in class after winning. I don't need to win that many in any weekend anyway, I just need to be consistent." Gingras won twice driving horses for someone other than Burke on Friday to total seven victories, one short of the single-card record shared by Brett Miller and Mike Lachance. Again, with formal records unavailable, it's not known if after winning six more on Saturday that his 13 wins (25 starts) over the weekend are a Big M best, but it's extremely likely. While Burke and Gingras were winning at a white-hot pace, betting was like a wildfire in high winds during the two 13-race programs. All-source wagering on Friday was $2,874,831, the second-highest total of 2019. The next night, play reached the magic $3 million mark for the first time this year, as $3,147,209 was pushed through the windows. "What a great weekend of racing it was," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir, "and we are grateful to our fans, who supported us in a big way by betting over $6 million during the two cards." The Big M's popular 50-Cent Pick-4 wager took in a meet-high $110,700 on Saturday, and those who were sharp enough to cash a winning ticket walked away with $1,083.80. Free program pages for the upcoming Pick-4s this Friday and Saturday are available at www.ustrotting.com and www.playmeadowlands.com. The wager is offered on races eight through 11 and sports a low 15 percent takeout. STUDY YOUR FIVE COURSES: On Saturday (Feb. 9), come on out to the Big M's Pink restaurant and enjoy an incredible Italian feast. All five dinner courses will be paired with a wine that compliments each course perfectly. The cost is $70. To make reservations, call 201-460-4079. STUDY FOR THE WHHC: The World Harness Handicapping Championship rolls on at the Meadowlands on Saturday (Feb. 16) with a $200 entry fee and two spots to the April 6 WHHC Final on the line. Based on 100 entries, there will be $10,000 in prize money. For complete information, go to http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/2019_February_WHHC_qualifier.pdf. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Wagering reached the magic $3-million mark for the first time at the meeting and the team of harness racing trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras combined to win an incredible six races on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Twice during the course of the 13-race program, which saw all-source play total $3,147,209, single-race total wagering was in excess of $300,000. The Big M's signature 50-Cent Pick-4 saw its biggest pool of the year as $110,700 was pushed through the windows for the wager which spans races eight through 11. The sequence saw Burke and Gingras win twice, but when the dust cleared, no winning favorites scored leading to a payoff of $1,083.80. It was almost inconceivable that Burke and Gingras would top their five-win Friday night, but they did just that, scoring a half-dozen times on the Saturday program, good for a total of 11 victories over the course of the 26-race, two-card race week. Gingras won twice without Burke on Friday to tally a total of 13 times over the two cards. Saturday's edition of "Yannick and Ronnie's Awesome Night at the Races" started with a sweep of the Early Daily Double, as Try Try Again - making his first start for the Burke Brigade - scored from post nine in 1:55.1 in a non-winners of $5,000 trot as the 2-5 favorite. Approximately 20 minutes later, K-Lees Shakenbake won a $15,000 up to $20,000 claiming handicap pace in 1:51.3 as the 4-5 public choice, capping the $6.20 DD. Race six saw the dynamic duo win for the third time on the card with even-money choice Windsong Jack in 1:51.2 in a non-winners of $8,500 pace before the potent pair thrilled their backers with a pair of prices. Fireball took the ninth race non-winners of $8,500 pace in 1:52.2 at odds of 9-2 before 3-1 chance Ginger Tree Marty won race 10, a non-winners of $5,000 pace, in 1:52 to complete a Daily Double that returned $72.40. Larry Karr completed the sextet in race 12 as the 2-5 choice in a non-winners of four pace. The 4-year-old gelding went a tough uncovered trip to win for the fourth time in five starts. A LITTLE MORE: One simulcast player wagering into the Twin Spires hub was the only bettor to last eight legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and cashed in for $11,542.44. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - One would think after winning seven times over the course of last weekend's two harness racing cards at the Meadowlands that driver Yannick Gingras would have a tough time coming up with an encore. Think again. The 39-year-old Gingras, who led the Big M driver colony in wins during January with 15, came within one win of history Friday night at the mile oval, winning seven times on the 13-race card, falling one victory short of the Big M single-card record of eight, which is shared by Mike Lachance and Brett Miller. Gingras got some help from the sport's top trainer, Ron Burke. The potent pair were at it again Friday, teaming up to win five times on the program after winning three on both Friday and Saturday one week ago. Chief Justice gave the duo their first winner of the night in the opener, a non-winners of two trot, settling for a dead-heat with Alvisi Hanover, who hit the wire at the same time as the 4-5 favorite in 1:57.3. Misslarose took the second race co-featured non-winners of $15,000 trot in 1:54.4 as the even-money public choice, winning a second straight on the front end, before back class-master Resita powered clear in the third race non-winners of $8,500 in 1:54 as the prohibitive 1-5 choice. A week ago, several of the Burke-Gingras winners won despite being out of action for a month, but in the fifth race non-winners of $8,500 trot, they won with 4-5 favorite In Secret - who had been away for three months - in 1:53.1. But they weren't done quite yet. Burke and Gingras got their 'one for the thumb' in the eighth race non-winners of $8,500 for filly and mare pacers with Toronto shipper - and first-time Burke trainee - Bettim Jackie, who scored after making the top down the backside in 1:53.4 as the 5-2 second choice. Gingras' sixth win came in the 11th race for non-winners of $3,500 on the trot. The Mark Ford-trained Sortie Hanover hit the wire first in 1:56.3 as the 4-1 third choice before Gingras completed his seven-bagger with 2-5 chalk Bizet in the 13th race for non-winners of three in 1:56. A LITTLE MORE: A simulcast player in Las Vegas made a huge score in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10. As the only bettor to last eight legs, he or she walked away with $12,101.66. ... The Jenn Bongiorno-trained Divas Image was super in taking the co-featured non-winners of $15,000 filly and mare pace on the front end in 1:52. She paced her back half in :54.4 to hold off the pocket-sitting Ideal Lifestyle A, who was making her North American debut for trainer Tahnee Camilleri. ... Betting on the card was strong as $2,874,831 was pushed through the windows, the second-highest total in 2019. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Tuxedo Bay proved that he belonged in the harness racing Preferred Handicap ranks on Jan.12 when he finished a heart-breaking second to a game Constntlysidewys A. Saturday night in the Meadowlands' weekly pacing feature, he scored some revenge. Tuxedo Bay does his best racing on or near the front end, and over a track that favored speed, driver Eric Carlson rolled the 5-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Spring Break to the top in a brisk :27 while parked. The Mark Silva trainee, sent to the gate as the co-third choice in the wagering at 4-1, continued on the point to the half in :55.3 as Constntlysidewys A, also 4-1, grinded his way toward the leader. K Ryan Bluechip, the 3-2 favorite, got a live tow from Constntlysidewys A and appeared to be in perfect striking position second-over but did not fire through the stretch in a sub-par performance. A determined Tuxedo Bay held off Constntlysidewys A through the lane to record a three-quarter length win in a lifetime-best 1:50.2 over a track with a minus one-second speed variant with temperatures right around the freezing mark. Dover Downs invader Bags To Riches was third, with Divas Image fourth and K Ryan Bluechip fifth. Silva owns the winner, who returned $10.40 to his backers. Tuxedo Bay now has 12 wins in 60 lifetime starts and earnings of $156,518. A LITTLE MORE: The dynamic duo of trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras were at it again, teaming up to win three races for a second straight night, locking up Driver and Trainer of the Week honors. ... As usual, betting was strong in the 50-Cent Pick-4, as $104,363 was pushed through the windows, reaching six figures for the fourth time in 2019. ... In addition to Gingras, Carlson also guided three horses to victory lane. ... All-source wagering was vigorous again, as a 2019-best $2,891,708 was bet on the 13-race card, meaning that at least $2.5 million in action has been taken on seven of the eight programs contested this year. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

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