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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Trolley got the better of arch-rival Muscle Diamond for a second straight week in the harness racing feature and the Meadowlands paid tribute to civil-rights legend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an action-packed Friday night at the mile oval. Trolley was at the top of his game once again, and while seven days prior he had luck on his side in the form of clearance in the stretch after a rail trip, this time around he determinedly earned his way to a third win in the $21,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters in his last four tries. Trolley displayed early speed this time around - a completely different tactic than the week before - before yielding the point grudgingly to even-money favorite Muscle Diamond at the three-eighths. The twosome sped clear of the field at the half in :55.2 as 5-2 third choice Melady's Monet was activated from fifth, but this would be a two-horse battle to the finish. Marcus Miller popped Trolley out of the pocket around the far turn, briefly providing cover for Melady's Monet, and had 1¼ lengths to make up in the final three-sixteenths. He chipped away at Muscle Diamond's advantage through the lane before wearing down that foe in deep stretch on the way to a 1¼-length win in 1:53.1. Melady's Monet finished third. As the 9-5 second choice, Trolley returned $5.60 to his backers for trainer Erv Miller and owners Michael Anderson, Leland Mathias, Greg Gillis and Louis Willinger. The 6-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride has now won 13-of-27 career starts and earned $313,459. Trolley "KING" WINS THE KING: Jim "King" Solomon guided Waltzacrossthewire (1:54 as the 7-5 favorite) to victory in the first race on the card, the Martin Luther King Remembrance Race, which exclusively featured African-American drivers. The event honored the slain civil-rights leader, who was born on Jan. 15, 1929. "Dr. King was always adamant about a better quality of life for black Americans," said Mike Cruse, one of the driving forces behind the event, "and not only black Americans, but a better quality of life for all Americans. He was a powerful guy. We have a lot of admiration for him." Waltzacrossthewire A LITTLE MORE: For all updates concerning if the Big M will race on Saturday given the impending inclement weather, check www.playmeadowlands.com. ... Corey Callahan had a driving triple on the card while Marcus Miller and Anthony Napolitano had two apiece. Jenn Bongiorno had a training double. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five was hit. The lone player holding a ticket with the combination 7-2-6-4-9 in the 14th race walked away with $43,014.58. ... All-source wagering on the 14-race program totaled $2,741,370. Just For You and Billy Dobson winning race seven Marion Gondolier and Anthony Napolitano winning race nine Derf Hanover and Cory Callahan winning race twelve BIG M SUPER HIGH-FIVE RETURNS 43K One lucky simulcast player wagering into the Oregon hub hit big at the Meadowlands Friday night. The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five yielded the required one winning ticket to pay off, and the player holding the 14th-race ticket with the combination 7-2-6-4-9 cashed in for $43,014.58. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Meadowlands will honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a special harness racing event Friday (Jan. 18) night, when they host a race that will feature African-American drivers exclusively in the first of 14 races on the card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Mike Cruse's name will be one of the more recognizable to Meadowlands' regulars. During his career, he's won 282 races, the most recent coming at the Big M in May of last year when he and Mr Heaven hit the wire six lengths to the good in 1:51. Yes, he is ready to compete, but also anxious to remind all fans why the event is taking place: To honor the birthday of the slain civil rights leader. "Dr. King was always adamant about a better quality of life for black Americans," said Cruse of Dr. King, who was born on Jan. 15, 1929, "and not only black Americans, but better quality of life for all Americans. He was a powerful guy. We have a lot of admiration for him." When the question of the lack of black participants in harness racing was raised, Cruse explained that they are there, just not in the high-visibility jobs. "I just think it's the way we position ourselves in the business," he said, "there are a lot of black farriers, grooms and caretakers." "We are all highly enthused about the race," said Cruse of himself and the nine drivers he'll do battle with, "a lot of the black drivers don't have the opportunity to drive in the limelight of the Meadowlands. Everyone wants to race at the mecca of the sport." Cruse is hopeful that the action will be fast and furious - at the windows. "I would like to see everyone come out and bet the race," he said, "we are a competitive field of drivers. You can't bet your Tetricks or your Callahans in here. It's a gambler's paradise. Anyone can win the race." Cruse will be the guest on "In the Sulky", which can be seen Friday night at 6:45 p.m. on the live simulcast presentation of "Racing from the Meadowlands." A LOT TO HANDLE: There have been four race cards at the Big M thus far in 2019, and on each program, wagering has reached $2.5 million, with an average per race - over the 54 races - of $201,786. ... On Saturday (Jan. 12), a 2019-best $109,617 was pushed through the windows on the 50-Cent Pick-4 wager. The average pool thus far this year is $100,722. ... The 50-Cent Pick-5 has done well since switching to the first race on the card, with an average pool of $58,917. ... Free program pages for the Pick-4 are available at www.ustrotting.com and www.playmeadowlands.com. ... Driver Dexter Dunn was red-hot last weekend (Jan. 11-12), winning seven times. CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP DAY AT FANDUEL: The action will be huge on Sunday (Jan. 20) at the Big M's FanDuel Sports Book when the Los Angeles Rams travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints in the NFC Championship Game at 3:05 p.m. At 6:40 p.m., the AFC title matchup pits the New England Patriots - who are playing in their eighth consecutive conference championship - going to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs. EAT AT PINK'S, WHERE IT'S OK TO WINE: A limited number of seats remain for this Friday's (Jan. 18) five-course Italian wine dinner in the Big M's Pink Restaurant's SkyBox Suites. The dinner is $70 per person. For reservations, call 201-460-4079. WHHC RESULTS: Stephanie Davis, James Michael, George Wagner and Tim Platt were the top four finishers, respectively, in last Saturday's (Jan. 12) World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier, presented by DerbyWars.com, at the Meadowlands. The foursome will now advance to the WHHC Final on April 13 at the Big M, which offers $150,000 in prize money (based on 150 entries). For a complete qualifier schedule, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/contest_detail.aspx?id=8240. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - If you're going to rock the apple cart, then your name might as well fit the result. Saturday night harness racing at the Meadowlands, a win for K Ryan Bluechip or Geez Joe in the Preferred Handicap would have established the victor as the Big M's top pacer in training, but Constntlysidewys A threw a monkey wrench into the machine, going a big mile for owner-trainer Tahnee Camilleri, and scoring as the 9-2 fourth choice in the wagering in the $21,000 weekly feature. The race saw plenty of action as New Talent was the leader at the quarter before K Ryan Bluechip, the 5-2 second choice, came calling to poke a nose in front at the half before assuming the front end. Tuxedo Bay ripped out of three hole shortly thereafter to grab the lead at the three-quarters as Constntlysidewys A was advancing from first-over. At this point, 2-1 favorite Geez Joe was last in the field of seven in a third-over flow. Through the stretch, 15-1 Tuxedo Bay was stubbornly hanging in there as Constntlysidewys A continued to chip away at his advantage, and it wasn't until deep stretch that Constntlysidewys A would get past that foe, winning by a hard-fought head in 1:50.1 for driver Dexter Dunn. Geez Joe kicked home in :27 but finished an unthreatening third. Mindtrip was fourth. K Ryan Bluechip faded to fifth. Constntlysidewys A, an 8-year-old gelded son of Village Jasper-Miscilla, paid $11.60 to win. Lifetime, he has 26 wins from 102 starts and a bank account of $169,117. Dexter Dunn A LITTLE MORE: A meet-best $109,617 was poured into the 50-Cent Pick-4 pool, and despite favorites winning the last two legs of the bet, the return was a giant $11,646.50 after a 14-1 and an 80-1 hit the wire first in the initial two legs. ... Driver Dexter Dunn got a big leg up on possibly being named the Big M's "Driver of the Week". The New Zealand native, after winning three times on Friday, added four more scores on the Saturday card, finishing with seven victories over the course of the two-card race week. ... All-source handle on the 14 races totaled $2,704,027, meaning wagering has exceeded $2.5 million for five consecutive programs. ... The always entertaining Larry Lederman called the Saturday race card. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Apparently, Trolley did not get the memo. You know the one. The one where Muscle Diamond goes off as the 1-5 harness racing favorite in Friday night's featured $21,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters at the Meadowlands and wins his sixth in a row for fun. No, Trolley was clearly not on board with that. In what is developing into a great rivalry, Trolley and driver Marcus Miller powered their way past Muscle Diamond in deep stretch to win for the fourth time in five starts, using a little racing luck along the way. For the first three-quarters, it was the longest shot on the board, 43-1 chance Two AM, cutting the fractions. Muscle Diamond vacated the four-hole at the half and gradually made up ground on the leader as Trolley sat inside, racing in the three-hole as the flow developed, putting himself in a tough spot with no place to race. But at the top of the stretch, Miller found his way off the rail as Muscle Diamond was starting to create separation between himself and the rest of the field. In deep stretch, the relentless Trolley found a seam between horses and charged at the leader, and with a late burst got past the odds-on choice by three-quarters-of-a-length in 1:54. Dover Downs invader Fraser Ridge rallied well for third. As the 5-1 second choice in the betting, Trolley returned $12.00 to his backers for trainer Erv Miller and owners Michael Anderson, Leland Mathias, Greg Gillis and Louis Willinger. Lifetime, the 6-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride has won 12-of-26 starts and banked $302,959. A LITTLE MORE: Wagering on the 50-Cent Pick-4 exceeded the $90,000 plateau for a fifth straight program, as $93,295 was pushed through the windows. ... Driver Shane Taggart recorded his first career win at the Meadowlands, guiding Nows The Moment to a 1:54 score in the sixth race conditioned trot. ... Dexter Dunn drove three winners on the card while Corey Callahan, Andy Miller and Pat Berry all had two apiece. ... All-source wagering on the 14-race program was $2,504,720. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Special guest announcer Larry Lederman will call the races. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Andy Miller might be known as "The Orange Crush" but on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, anyone who referred to the harness racing driver as "Red Hot" would have been 100 percent accurate. Miller won six times on the 13-race program, and for good measure, included among his victories was the $21,000 featured Preferred Handicap for pacers. The 50-year-old's half-dozen got started with Surfing Tide, who scored in the second race non-winners of three pari-mutuel races pace in 1:52.1 as the even-money favorite before he scored with Joe's Bid in the next race in 1:51.4 in a non-winners of $3,500 in their last five starts pace as the 3-2 public choice. The sixth race NW$11,500L5 pace saw another favorite as Miller got 9-5 Winning Linc up on the wire in 1:51.4, but the man clad in orange, white and black colors was only halfway done. Win No. 4 was the big one, as in race eight, Miller put K Ryan Bluechip into a live third-over flow and stormed home to take the feature in 1:50.4 as the 5-1 third choice in the wagering. Andy's fans got their biggest price of the night in the ninth, as Miller coaxed just enough speed out of Awesomeness to get his fifth win - at odds of 8-1 - in 1:51.2 in a NW$8,600L5 pace before completing his six-bagger in the 12th with Odds On Lauderdale, the 6-5 public choice, in 1:51.4 in a NW4PM pace. A LITTLE MORE: Wagering on the 50-Cent Pick-5 was vigorous, with $58,083 in action taken. After favorites won four of the sequence's races, the return was $244.40. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 topped $90,000 for a fourth straight card, taking in $92,513. After a sequence that saw winner's odds of 5-1, 8-1, 6-5 and 27-1, the payout was a healthy $4,393.05. ... All-source wagering topped $2.8 million for a third straight program, as $2,856,661 was pushed through the windows. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - So much for drawn-out suspense. Driver Yannick Gingras is not inching but streaking his way toward the 7,000-win plateau for his career, as after scoring four times on the Friday Meadowlands card, the 39-year-old Quebec native now has 6,996 lifetime victories. Right after being named the track's Driver of the Week for winning a half-dozen times last weekend (Dec. 27-29), Gingras was off and running in the first race after a late driver change, picking up 2-1 public choice Tech Titan and scoring in 1:55 on the front end in a low-range conditioned trot. Pappy Go Go would come next in 1:52.4 in a high-class conditioned trot, although things didn't look all that good down the backside. The Andrew Harris-trainee lost ground after vacating the rail before the half in race seven and did not look like he would come close to delivering on his 6-5 promise. But Gingras knew what he had, tweeting: "He runs in pretty good, so they have him rigged for that. But once he hit the backstretch he was then pretty rough and running out. Once we hit the last turn, he straightened up and was fine." Texican gave Gingras his third of the night as the 3-5 favorite in the ninth race mid-range conditioned trot after following perfect second-over cover, just getting past a stubborn Possessed Fashion as they hit the wire in 1:54. Bizet scored for the fourth time in his last six starts in the 12th race trot for non-winners of three races as Gingras racked up win No. 4. The result was a never-in-doubt rated speed score in 1:54.3 as the 4-5 public choice. THE 'PLAINRIDGE PHENOM' DOUBLES: Mitch Cushing had quite a year in 2018, and so far in 2019, things are continuing to click for the 20-year-old driver. Cushing, who finished second in the dash-win standings and first in win percentage (among those with at least 15 victories) at Plainridge Park last year, had a big impact on the Big M Friday program, winning twice on the card, helping to key a big payout in the track's 50-Cent Pick-5 wager. Blitz Victory was the first winner of the night for Cushing in the third race low-range conditioned trot in 1:55.4, making his fans smile at odds of 12-1 after following live cover. The winning Trifecta combination of 1-9-5 - with the second- and third-place finishers each going off at odds of 50-1 - came back $17,370.80. The young pilot came back in the next race to score at 6-1 with Western Redhot in 1:54.2 in a $7,500 claiming pace. The Cushing effect on the Pick-5 was profound. The popular wager, which has been relocated to races one through five, returned $3,258.30 after $64,727 in action was taken. The other three legs of the bet were won by 'havable' horses who went off at 2-1, 6-1 and 5-2, respectively. A LITTLE MORE: There were four winning favorites on the card and Gingras drove them all. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 was its usual popular self, as a meet-high $106,836 was pushed through the windows. There were plenty who cashed in, as the winning combination of 8-6,7,8-9-9 returned $95.20 despite only one winning favorite during the sequence. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card totaled $2,830,776, good for second best at the meeting. The per race average of $217,752 was a meet high. ... Racing resumes Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little  Meadowlands Media Relations PHOTO: Pappy Go Go scores in the overnight trotting feature at the Meadowlands Friday night, one of four winners on the evening for driver Yannick Gingras. (Credit: Lisa Photo)  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Maybe all of the Meadowlands' faithful found money in their Christmas stockings. Betting on the 14-race Saturday night Big M harness racing program came within $14,000 of the magic $3-million mark, as all-source wagering reached $2,986,115, eclipsing the previous meet best of $2,764,913, which was established on Nov. 24. The current meeting began on Oct. 12. The action got off to a fast start as $724,232 was pushed through the windows on the first three races of the night, which included $273,448 in the third, which was the high for a single race. The 50-Cent Pick-5 saw $69,507 poured into the pot while the 50-Cent Pick-4 took $94,136 in wagers. The Pick-5 came back $4,074.10 while the Pick-4 paid $287.40. STARZNHEAVEN TAKES FEATURE: Starznheaven benefited from patient handling from driver Anthony Napolitano to take the featured $15,000 conditioned pace. The 6-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Dancinwithethestarz stayed at the rail most of the way and was in the four hole at the half as 2-5 favorite Tact Tate N was sailing along on the point on the way to what looked like a easy score. But shortly after clearing the top, Tact Tate N was a bit hard to handle as he bore away from the rail before driver Dexter Dunn got the public choice righted and back to the inside. But he was vulnerable. Around the far turn, the pocket-sitting Dragon Time came after the leader while the Jimmy Nickerson-trained Starznheaven ($10.20 to win as the second choice) followed that one's cover before fanning out into the three path mid-lane. Starznheaven then surged past Dragon Time in the shadow of the wire to record a narrow neck victory in 1:50. Tact Tate N held on for third. A LITTLE MORE: Brett Miller led the driving colony with three victories on the card while Andy Miller and Yannick Gingras had two apiece. ... Trainer Jeff Cullipher continued to make an impact at the meeting, as the Hoosier Park regular conditioned a pair of winners on the program. ... Racing resumes Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Darlinonthebeach made her Meadowlands return a winning one, taking the Friday night feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for harness racing pacing fillies and mares in 1:51, her seasonal best. As reported by Jay Bergman in DRF Harness, the Nifty Norman trainee, who last raced at the Big M on Nov. 16, has battled a nagging suspensory injury for much of the season, which derailed her Breeders Crown and TVG hopes, but she showed no ill effects of her physical problem after a perfect trip led to her third win of the season in nine starts. Sent to the gate as the 3-5 favorite (along with entrymate Stylish Beachware), Darlinonthebeach was taken to the rear of the eight-horse field by driver David Miller in the early stages. Brazuca, who went off stride briefly before the start, made a bold move at leader Kak's Shark Attack down the backstretch and on to three-quarters, all the while providing a perfect tow for Darlinonthebeach, who was in an ideal second-over flow. With three-sixteenths of a mile to go, Darlinonthebeach was tipped off her cover by Miller and rolled to a decisive 1¾-length victory over Jewel Lehigh A, who rallied for second. Brazuca hung in there to nab the show dough. Darlinonthebeach, a 5-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Darlin's Delight who is owned (and was bred) by White Birch Farm, returned $3.20 to her backers. Lifetime, she's won 20-of-54 starts and banked $1,068,648. A LITTLE MORE: Yannick Gingras continued his winning ways, guiding four to victory lane, including three for trainer Ron Burke. David Miller and Dexter Dunn had three apiece. Gingras and Miller have 11 victories each over the last three Big M programs ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool came oh-so-close to reaching the six-figure mark, as a total of $99,938 was pushed through the windows on the Big M's signature bet. ... All-source handle on the 14-race program was $2,486,515. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. with another action-packed 14-race card. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - He didn't leap any tall buildings in a single bound, but "Super" Brett Miller lived up to his nickname nonetheless at the Meadowlands Thursday night, winning three of the 10 races on the harness racing program. Miller got his party started in the fourth race trot for $10,000 claimers, putting 5-2 second choice Photo King into a perfect spot second-over before rolling home to 1¼-length win in 1:55.2. The Saratoga shipper won his second straight and ninth in 40 starts this year. Monty's Play scorched the mile oval in race six, scoring in a 3- and 4-year-old $25,000 claiming pace in a lifetime-best 1:50.4. Miller had the 2-5 favorite racing on the outside past the half and three-quarters before squashing the field by 7¾ lengths, extending the Dover Downs shipper's win streak to three for trainer Scott DiDomenico, who won for the first time at the Big M meeting. Miller completed his three-bagger with another DiDomenico student, Spanish Art, in the eighth race $7,500 claiming pace. After getting gunned down by a nose a week ago as the 8-5 favorite, the betting public showed no fear, betting Spanish Art down to even-money, and the 4-year-old gelding delivered in 1:52.1 by a length despite going parked for the final half-mile. THREE PAIR: Drivers Eric Abbatiello, Anthony Napolitano and Eric Carlson all won twice on the card, meaning that four drivers accounted for nine of the winners on the program. A LITTLE MORE: The Big M's signature wager, the 50-Cent Pick-4, saw big action as $81,907 was poured into the pool. The winning combination of 7-4-7-3 returned $265.80. ... All-source wagering totaled $1,413,436. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. with a big 14-race card. The feature is the seventh race $20,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred Handicap for pacers. The 2-1 morning-line favorite is Darlinonthebeach, who has won 19-of-53 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $1,058,648. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - I'm Some Graduate used a perfect pocket trip to upset Geez Joe in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for harness racing pacers, the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands. Driver Yannick Gingras put I'm Some Graduate in play from post six and led at the quarter before Marcus Miller and Geez Joe stormed up on the outside from post eight to grab the top shortly thereafter. Geez Joe's second fraction was a spirited :26.4 with a stiff wind at his back and the even-money favorite looked poised to take his fourth straight Big M victory. Highlandbeachycove came calling to offer token pressure at the three-quarters while Gingras and I'm Some Graduate continued to wait patiently for their chance right in behind the leader. Geez Joe still had a length on I'm Some Graduate at the head of the lane, but over a track that favored closers for the first half of the 14-race card, I'm Some Graduate rallied with a rush along the inside as Geez Joe tired in deep stretch to grab a 1½-length victory in 1:51. Ron Burke trainees finished 1-2 as Clouseau Hanover outkicked Geez Joe for second. I'm Some Graduate, a 5-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Graduate, scored in his first Meadowlands start since March 10 and returned $8.00 as the second choice in the wagering. He's won eight-of-31 starts this season and 14-of-62 lifetime, good for a bankroll of $268,578 for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Silva, Purnell, Libby and Karr. DAVID'S FAB FIVE: Gingras had a superb night, winning four times, including the feature, but the driving star was David Miller, who scored five times on the program. Ron Burke led the trainers with three victories, all driven by Gingras. A LITTLE MORE: 50-Cent Pick-5 players didn't have to spread their tickets terribly wide to make a nice score. The winning odds during the sequence were 8-5, 5-1, 5-1, 6-1 and 3-1, creating a handsome payoff of $2,677. ... The strong winds gave handicappers a challenging night, as the first half of the program saw horses win from off the pace, then speed took over for a handful of races, before the winds in their face in the stretch returned, turning the bias back to closers. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,339,334. ... Racing resumes Thursday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It would be hard to dispute that Muscle Diamond is the top trotter at the Meadowlands right now, as the Brett Bittle harness racing trainee won his third consecutive Preferred Handicap at the Big M Friday night despite not having raced in 35 days. The 6-year-old son of Muscle Hill-Windylane Hanover, who ran his overall win streak to five, did not have the complete confidence of the wagering public despite his gaudy resume. Trolley, who was in search of his fourth straight Big M score, was sent to the gate as the 4-5 favorite, likely due in large part to the fact that all three of his recent wins came while Muscle Diamond was on the shelf. With some aggressive Marcus Miller handling, Trolley made the lead just after a sizzling opening quarter of :26.3. David Miller was content to sit a five-hole with Muscle Diamond and did not vacate the rail until the five-eighths with plenty of work to do. But he was up to the task. Muscle Diamond took aim at Trolley and gradually chipped away at that one's edge but was still a length behind at the head of the stretch, but at the eighth pole, David Miller hit the gas pedal and Muscle Diamond responded with wicked late trot on the way to an easy 3-length win in 1:52.1. Cash Me Out, a 14-1 long shot, outkicked Trolley for the place spot. As the 2-1 second choice in the wagering, Muscle Diamond returned $6.00 to win for owners C. Keller III, C. Keller IV, E. Bittle and B. Bittle. He is now seven-for-13 this year, while lifetime, he's won 19-of-53 and earned $775,199. SHOW ME THE MONET: Earlier on the card, David Miller guided another outstanding trotter, Melady's Monet, to his second straight Meadowlands win since coming back from a six-month layoff. The 9-year-old gelded son of Revenue S-Keystone Melady, a lifetime earner of more than $1.3 million, sailed past Tuonoblu Rex in mid-stretch on the way to a 1-length score in 1:53.1 as the 6-5 favorite in the non-winners of $15,000 event. Could he be headed for the Preferred Handicap and a date with Muscle Diamond down the road? A LITTLE MORE: For the second straight night, there was a single winning ticket in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10. That player, who made it through eight legs, cashed in for a hefty $14,117. ... Multiple drivers had multiple wins on the card: David Miller, Yannick Gingras and Corey Callahan all had three while Brett Miller scored twice. ... All-source wagering on the 14-race card totaled $2,468,454. ... Racing resumes Saturday night with another huge 14-race program. The first race goes at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Abbeylara loves to win from off the pace. So much, in fact, that he did it for a second straight start at the Meadowlands, hitting the wire a head in front of The Bruiser to win the harness racing Dash For The "G" Notes Final Thursday night. Pumped Up Kicks was third. Abbeylara moved into the Nick Surick barn less than a month ago, and it's been all systems go ever since. He won his first start as a Surick student on Nov. 24 at Freehold before finishing second at the half-mile track in his next outing. The 9-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again-Lisbella came to the Big M on Dec. 6 and won his Dash For The "G" Notes preliminary by splitting rivals late, and this time around, he was equally impressive. Driver Andy Miller had Abbeylara away in fifth, and when he moved to the outside, he gapped his cover in what looked to be a subpar effort. But with a little more than an eighth of a mile to go, Abbeylara started rolling, getting up in deep stretch to nail the speedy The Bruiser in a remarkably game effort in 1:53.1. Abbeylara's night was over, but Surick's had just begun. Surick, whose 136 winners at Freehold are 105 more than his closest pursuer, also won the ninth (with Ella Christina) and 10th (Ideal Romance) races on the card. His three winners doubled his Big M meet total. MELADY'S MONET ROLLS: Showing no ill effects of having been on the sidelines since June 24, lifetime $1.3 million earner Melady's Monet had explosive late trot to win the overnight feature, a $15,000 conditioned trot, in 1:53 as the 3-5 public choice, gunning down Misslarose at the wire after swinging three-wide at three-quarters. A LITTLE MORE: Track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir called the races as the Big M continued its Thursday night "Borrow Ken's Binoculars" promotion, with Ken Warkentin stepping aside to bring some new voices to the Big M faithful. Peter Kleinhans is up next Thursday. ... It was a good night to be a driving Miller, as eight of the 10 races on the card were taken by Andy (3), Brett (3), Dave and Marcus. ... Andy McCarthy won the second race to up his meet-leading driver-win total to 31. ... All-source handle on the card was $1,153,995. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. ... Remember, there is no racing Saturday due to the New York Jets game at MetLife Stadium. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations      

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - K Ryan Bluechip used an amazing final half-mile to win the Saturday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands - an $18,500 conditioned pace - for a second straight week. Driver Brett Miller was in no hurry early with the Virgil Morgan Jr. trainee, but the fans who bet him as the 2-1 favorite probably wish he'd been closer at the half. K Ryan Bluechip was last in the field of seven past the quarter- and half-mile markers, as the pace-setting Bell I No was being pressured on the front end, setting the stage for an off-the-pace winner. K Ryan Bluechip, a 6-year-old gelded son of Art Major-Fool That I Am, was activated by Miller with just over three-eighths to go, using a quick burst of speed to get into a third-over flow around the far turn and past three-quarters. Instead of opting to stay in the fast lane, KRB swung three-wide for the drive to the wire and that proved to be the right move, as K Ryan Bluechip sprinted past the field during his :26.3 final quarter, recording a three-quarter length win in 1:50.1. A determined Bell I No and Clouseau Hanover - who had plenty of late pace - finished in a dead heat for second. The winner, who is owned by Carl Howard and Brian Witt, returned $6.00 to his backers, and now has seven victories in 31 starts this year. Lifetime, he's won 30-of-97 and banked just over $378,000. PICK-5 TURNAROUND: After Friday night's 50-Cent Pick-5 paid $60.15 as favorites won every leg of the wager, things went much differently Saturday evening. In the third race on the program (Leg one of the Pick-5), Too Much Hanover and driver Vinny Ginsburg scored at odds of 29-1, paying more to win ($61.00) than the Pick-5 returned on Friday. After the next four winners in the sequence were sent off at 'useable' odds of 8-1, 3-5, 6-5 and 2-1, the Saturday Pick-5 came back a handsome $21,640.30. A LITTLE MORE: In addition to getting the Pick-5 off to a good start, Ginsburg also had a big hand in the Early Daily Double ($194.80), scoring with 14-1 chance Rock Star in the opener. ... Andy McCarthy made three winner's circle visits, raising his meet-leading dash-win total to 30. ... All-source handle totaled $1,943,975 for the 11-race program. ... Racing resumes Thursday at 7:15 p.m. ... Live action will be conducted on a Thursday-Saturday basis at the Big M during December, with one exception. There will be no live racing on Saturday, Dec. 15, with the New York Jets hosting the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Kickoff is 4:30 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Trolley bumped up in class for a third straight start and was at his most impressive Friday night at the Meadowlands, scoring by 3¼ dominant lengths in the Big M's trotting feature, the harness racing $20,000 Preferred Handicap. The Erv Miller trainee, sent off as the 1-5 favorite in the field of six, opted to sit in the three-hole early before driver Marcus Miller edged the 5-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride off the rail just after the half to go after leader Misslarose. Trolley drew alongside Misslarose at the three-quarter mark and edged away from that foe with an eighth of a mile to go, before powerfully striding clear to an easy win, his third of the year in only four starts. Thisguyisonfire and Dynamic Edge had good late trot to claim second and third, respectively. Misslarose weakened to fourth. The winner, who is owned by Paymaq Racing, L.L. Mathias, G. Gillis and L.A. Willinger, now has 11 wins in 24 lifetime starts and a bankroll of $290,059 after trotting the mile in 1:52.2. He returned $2.60 to win. FAVES RULE IN PICK-5: The 50-Cent Pick-5 took huge action, as $106,397 in "new" money was added to the $18,376 carryover from Thursday night to create a total pool of $124,773. There was no big score to be had, however, as post-time favorites won each leg of the wager, resulting in a payoff of $60.15. A LITTLE MORE: Andy McCarthy continued his winning ways, as the Big M's leading driver upped his meet-leading win total to 27 after scoring three times on the night. ... It was all about form on the nine-race card, as six favorites and three second choices hit the winner's circle. ... All-source handle totaled $1,526,865. ... Racing resumes Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Meadowlands kicked off its "Borrow Ken's Binoculars" Thursdays as guest announcer Larry Lederman was on the microphone at the Big M, describing the harness racing action and entertaining fans at the same time. It was a great night for Lederman - and for the fans who love his style - given the fact that he has been battling a brain tumor for some time now. He had surgery several months ago to remove most of the mass, and to see him back in the booth was a great thing. "Post time should be within the hour," Lederman cracked as a horse reported to the paddock for equipment repair after there had been a recall before the second race. During the eighth race, Lederman asked: "Do the Mets really need Robinson Cano?" Lederman's never been one to follow the track announcer handbook. Lederman was the first of what are scheduled to be four different announcers to call the Big M races on Thursdays during December, and he did not disappoint the masses as the response to hearing him call was overwhelmingly positive on social media. "It was nice to hear Larry in the booth," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir, who will call the races on Dec. 13. "Through all of Larry's health issues and his daughter passing away this year, he has never lost his passion for race calling or his enthusiasm. The industry loves Larry's race calling and Larry loves the industry." A LITTLE MORE: One player wagering into the Oregon hub was the only bettor to have a ticket bearing the winning combination of 4-3-6-5-1 in the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five and walked away with $29,547. ... The 50-Cent Pick-5 failed to yield a winning ticket, creating a carryover of $18,376 heading into Friday's card. ... Nine different drivers won on the nine-race program. ... All-source handle totaled $1,069,585. ... Come on out and see the Budweiser Clydesdales Friday, starting at 6 p.m. ... Live racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. Dave Little

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Off a pair of respectable tries, it was clear that K Ryan Bluechip could be competitive at the harness racing non-winners of $15,000 level at the Meadowlands, but what remained uncertain was, could he beat them? Now we know. In the Saturday night conditioned pacing feature at the Big M, Maroma Beach was the slight 8-5 public choice and hit the quarter first in :27. K Ryan Bluechip, fourth in the early going, was up to engage the leader at the half (:55) and the pair continued to battle to the three-quarter mark (1:22.4). But instead of caving in after going first-over, K Ryan Bluechip continued to find more, powering away from Maroma Beach through the stretch to record a 1½-length win in the $16,000 event. Tact Tate N (the 9-5 second choice) rallied for second while Maroma Beach settled for third. K Ryan Bluechip, who paid $7.00 to win as the third choice in the wagering, is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr., was driven by Brett Miller and is owned by Carl Howard and Brian Witt. A veteran with a lifetime mark of 1:49.2 taken last year at the Red Mile, K Ryan Bluechip is a 6-year-old son of Art Major-Fool That I Am who completed his mile in 1:50.2 in winning for the sixth time this year in 30 starts. Lifetime, he's 29-for-96 and has earned $368,804. A LITTLE MORE: All-source handle on the 12-race card was $2,113,898, the fifth straight Saturday where wagering topped the $2 million mark. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool came close to reaching six figures for a second straight Saturday, coming up just short at $98,454. ... Driver Corey Callahan had three winners on the program while Mike Merton, Brett Miller and Dexter Dunn had two apiece. ... The Big M's schedule will change slightly for the month of December as the track will add Thursdays to its race week, effective immediately, with the usual 7:15 p.m. post time. Take note that there will be no live racing on Saturday, Dec. 15, with the New York Jets hosting the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

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