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Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Harness racing hits Cambridge today with a nine race program starting at 5:33pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a good night of racing. Cambridge selections 21st January 2021 Best Bet:  R6 Son Of Patrick Best Value:  R9 Emmi Rose   Race 1 Sky High Flyer Trifolium Storms Acoming Skyzrclearnsunny   Race 2 Santa Maria Mozzarella Themightyserina Crimson Rain   Race 3 Chinski Isaac H  Tramps Like Us Berrylicious Babe   Race 4 Satchmo Run Mason Run Ideal Prince Brodie Lindenny   Race 5 Brian Christopher Spirit Of Anzac Pott Luck  Bugalugs   Race 6 Son Of Patrick Leesa Castleton Lady Be Good Still Eyre   Race 7 About Turn Ace Strike Hot And Treacherous Jack Tar   Race 8 Bodrum Boy Mailman Bankers Gold Greatest Showman   Race 9 Emmi Rose Fleeting Grin The Peacemaker Onedin Punter   Harnesslink Media

When it comes to online gaming, the state of Kentucky is one of the most oxymoronic states in the country. Despite being the hub of horse racing in the U. S. and profiting tremendously from betting on those races, the state’s leadership has prevented online casino gaming, sports betting and online poker from being opened in the state. It even went to the point of suing PokerStars for allowing people from the Bluegrass State to play on the site. Thus, the recent introduction of legislation to regulate and legalize a plethora of online gaming options comes as a big surprise. Proposed Legislation Would Legalize Sports Betting, Online Poker In 2020, Kentucky State Representative Adam Koenig introduced legislation that would have legalized sports betting in the state. It passed through the committee he chairs, the Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee, unanimously, but it did not come to the floor of the Kentucky Legislature for consideration. Undaunted, Koenig has filed his bill once again, which is practically a photocopy of what he issued in 2020. This bill is known as House Bill 241 and it would open the state of Kentucky for a variety of gaming options. Along with legalizing sports betting, it would also provide regulation for online poker and daily fantasy sports (DFS). Three different segments of the Kentucky government – the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (sports betting), the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet (DFS) and the Kentucky Lotter Corporation (online poker) – would oversee the activities, meaning that there wouldn’t have to be any more bureaucracy created for regulating the activities. There would be a few licenses that would be available inside the state. Any of the state’s horse or harness racing tracks would be able to receive licenses and any venue with a 50,000-fan capacity could also take part. That would draw in not only such iconic venues as Churchill Downs (the home of the Kentucky Derby) and Keeneland (another famous horse racing venue), but it would also allow the Kentucky Speedway, up until this year a host of NASCAR racing, to participate. Why would Kentucky be considering such actions? Every state that is located around them offers sports betting and the state’s coffers are missing out on the action. If it were to pass, however, there would be no action in the state until at least 2023. Convoluted History on Gaming in Kentucky Other than betting on the ponies, the state of Kentucky has been notoriously slow in coming to the table regarding any segment of online gaming. In 2010, the state filed a lawsuit against PokerStars for $290 million. The state, at that time, alleged that PokerStars was illegally offering their product to their fellow Kentuckians and that they had lost upwards of $300 million on the site. In 2015, a judge ruled in favor of the state, ordering that PokerStars pay treble damages, which tripled what the judgement was. Instead of owing $290 million, now PokerStars was on the hook for $870 million, but they appealed the decision. In 2018 The Stars Group, which owned PokerStars at that time, won an appeal in the Kentucky court system, but the state chose to appeal the issue. That appeal was heard in December 2020 by the Kentucky Supreme Court, with that court ruling in favor of the state and upping what PokerStars owed to $1.3 billion. All of this occurred while the current governor of Kentucky, Andy Beshear, ran on a platform that regulating and licensing online gaming operations could be a revenue booster for the state. Sports betting alone in the state of Kentucky would raise up to $22.5 million annually and, should the state also bring online poker and DFS into the mix, it could greatly increase that amount. Odds of passage of House Bill 241 are iffy at best. Other legislators are slow to come to cosponsor the bill and, although there is some support from government retirees (who are looking to use the revenues for underfunded pensions), there doesn’t seem to be a rush to getting to the bill. There are also problems with COVID protocols, which have significantly slowed down the legislative process in the state. Thus, don’t expect Kentucky to join the ranks of the online gaming world anytime soon. By Earl Burton Reprinted with permission of pokernewsdaily

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It was going to be difficult to match the excitement and bettor enthusiasm of Saturday, Jan. 2 at The Meadowlands when a harness racing $46,731 carryover and $150,000 guarantee led to a total 20-cent Pick-5 pool of $360,948. Last Saturday (Jan. 9), there was no carryover off which the Pick-5 pool could build, so track management and The Standardbred Owners Association of New Jersey got together to 'seed' the pool with $25,000 and give it a $100,000 promise. What resulted was a total pool of nearly $200,000 that for a second consecutive Saturday served as the catalyst for what was a huge night of betting at The Big M. "What a start to the year," said Meadowlands' Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "Last week's 20-cent Pick-5 was seeded with an extra $25,000. The 'new money' of $170,758 brought the total pool to $195,758, and the winning payout was $25,057 for each 20-cent winning ticket. "The $25,000 seeding was our way to thank the horseplayers for their enormous support of The Meadowlands. Their wagering has made The Big M the most popular nighttime signal of any breed in horse racing, with our Saturday Winter Meet handle averaging over $4 million. The Meadowlands remains an industry leader in lowering takeout and offers six player-friendly wagers with an extremely low 15 percent takeout every night. We are abundantly grateful to horseplayers around the world for their business." Speaking of business, the last three Saturdays have seen plenty, with big increases over the corresponding cards from the year before. The total handle on Dec. 26, 2020 was $3,718,250, which was $800,000 more than the Saturday after Christmas 2019. Jan. 2 of this year saw a gigantic $4,562,477 of action, an increase of $1.8 million, while $3,646,603 was put in play on Jan. 9, an increase of almost $1.1 million. As usual, Pick-4 play was vigorous, as last Saturday saw the two pools combine for just over $180,000, an average of $90,000 per wager. "It's been an enormous month for Strategic Wagering and the United States Trotting Association," said Settlemoir. "This is the 11th year for the Strategic Wagering arm of the USTA. It offers low takeout wagers, free program pages, carryover Information and guaranteed pools. Strategic Wagering has increased interest in harness racing and has been a big part of the wagering resurgence you see on a nightly basis, and The Meadowlands is proud to be a part of this initiative." TODD'S GREAT, WON EIGHT: Todd McCarthy, the 27-year-old recent Australian arrival who has been tearing things up since his September debut at The Big M, won four races both last Friday (Jan. 8) and Saturday (Jan. 9). The leader of the "Todd Squad" has now recorded four wins on three occasions. Dave Miller also did well last weekend, winning twice on Friday and four times on Saturday. He is now in Florida for the winter and has already been seen in the sulky at Pompano Park. CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE TRACK? There are several options for those who would rather catch the action from The Big M at home. Racing fans can watch all the races live on the Roberts Television Network (rtn.tv). In addition, they can watch and wager by going to the Television Games Network (tvg.com) or their favorite Advance-deposit Wagering site (ADW). FREE FOR ALL: Thanks to an agreement between The Meadowlands and TrackMaster, past performances for every race of every Big M program are now available at no cost. To access the free PPs, go to playmeadowlands.com. CHECK OUT THE PICKS: For those who need to get a leg up on the action, go to playmeadowlands.com to see track oddsmaker and analyst Dave Brower's selections and commentary. Click on the "handicapping" tab and go to "race reviews". Additionally, track announcer Ken Warkentin's blog is available on the site and offers his picks and analysis. On race nights, access picks and plays from the Big M TV team at #playbigm or at @TheMeadowlands. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Andrew Demsky (@shadesonracing) and Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1). Check in everyday for Meadowlands news and updates at those handles, as well as @TheMeadowlands and #playbigm. MEAN TWEETS: Demsky has compiled some entertaining segments during his short tenure at the track and has put together an especially fun one featuring many Meadowlands personalities. You can find Demsky's "Mean Tweets" on the track's Facebook page and on the Big M's YouTube Channel. PRE-GAME SHOW CHANGE: This Friday, the "Racing from The Meadowlands" live pre-game show begins at the usual 5:27 p.m. On Saturday, the United States Harness Writers Association will host a special Dan Patch Virtual Awards Show that gets underway at 5 p.m. Among the awards to be doled out will be the 12 divisional winners in the racehorse categories, along with Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. The show runs approximately 30 minutes, after which The Big M's TV team will take over with its usual pre-game presentation. Post time for the first race on Friday and Saturday is 6 p.m. THE FIELD IS DOWN TO EIGHT: The National Football League playoffs are now in the conference semifinal stage, and you can get all your pigskin action at The Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook. On Saturday, the Los Angeles Rams travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers (-6½) at 4:35 p.m., then at 8:15 p.m., the Buffalo Bills (-2½) host the Baltimore Ravens in the weekend's most competitive game, according to the oddsmakers. The Sunday actions kicks off at 3:05 p.m. when the Cleveland Browns visit the Chiefs (-10) in Kansas City, then at 6:40 p.m., the battle of the future Hall of Fame quarterbacks takes place when Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints (-3) host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Meadowlands Media Relations  

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Harness racing hits Invercargill today with a twelve race program starting at 3:18pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a great day of racing. Invercargill selections 13th January 2021 Best Bet:  R12 Croesus Best Value:  R9 Aveross Majesty Invercargill selections 13th January 2021   Race 1 Sacred Mountain not far away from the placings in stronger fields. One of the leading chances in this lineup….. Galleons Future tidy second last start and seems ok at the start. Good winning claims…… It's Summertime has run some good races but manners a concern. No surprise to see him in the money at good odds if he trots all the way….. Dem Bones Dem Bones running on well last start and only needs a safe beginning to be in the money again here Selections:  Dem Bones Dem Bones (8),   Sacred Mountain (9),   Galleons Future (3)   It's Summertime (6)   Race 2 Noosa Beach going well before disappointing last start on grass. Has to be a big chance here but will need luck from the draw.……. Jaffie J building a reasonable form line and looks a good win hope again here. Has to be included…… The Naenae Express throws in the odd good race but tricky draw. Place chances look best but has claims…… Shezdawon has been disappointing but not the worst in a weak field. One for longer odds Selections:  Jaffie J (12),  Noosa Beach (9),   The Naenae Express (13),   Shezdawon (11)   Race 3 The Night Watchman last run better than it looks on paper. Better draw and good chance at nice odds….. Vintage Rose good third a couple of starts ago and she has run time on the track. Has to be included here….. Lilac Becky good third last start and will be improved. Can run top three here….. Archman has been disappointing but getting fitter with a nice draw. One for longer odds Selections:   Vintage Rose (15),   The Night Watchman (5),   Archman (4)    Lilac Becky (1)   Race 4 Maudarchy quick beginner who will take some catching if she can land the front from the front row draw. Top selection here….. Funky Monkey racing into form and has been good in stronger fields. Great winning chance at good odds….. Miss Crazed an early gallop cost her last start. Can win with her best manners….. Madrik effort for new stable last start and another with a good chance if he trots all the way. Needed Selections:   Maudarchy (7),   Madrik (3),   Miss Crazed (11)   Funky Monkey (10)   Race 5 Seventh Heaven tricky draw but Canterbury raiders have a good record here and trial form is very good. Needed….. King Of Trumps in good form at trials and good draw. Winning claims and tote the guide….. Rock'n Kiwi drawn well and should get a good run in transit. Can win fresh up..….. Bettastar good at workouts and respect the stable. Another first starter with winning claims in an even field Selections:   Bettastar (5),   Rock'n Kiwi (1),   Seventh Heaven (11)   King Of Trumps (2)   Race 6 Emerald Abbey conditions suit and drawn well. Good winning claims and can run top three.…. Lynryd Skynryd nice draw and plenty of ability. One for the leading chances and will give a good sight in front here…… Wrecking Ball tricky draw but has a big finish when saved for one run at them. Place chances best..… Beta Than Love should be quick off the gate and will get a soft run. Winning claims Selections:  Emerald Abbey (2),   Lynryd Skynryd (3),   Beta Than Love (4),   Wrecking Ball (8)   Race 7 Jimmy Cannon building into fitness and well drawn. Upset chance at good odds…. Gabby's Star usually holds his form ok and paying good money. Would be no surprise to see him in the placings here if back to his best….. Tony The Pony has been fair the last couple but lobs up every now and then at good odds. Could upset in the right mood…. Insarchatwist getting better with racing and form is good. Has to be included from the good draw Selections:   Gabby's Star (15),  Insarchatwist (3),   Tony The Pony (10),  Jimmy Cannon (1)   Race 8 Better's Tart good win last start and will be fitter. Stable in form and will be hard to beat if she goes forward early….. Change At The Top good last start and better drawn here. One for longer odds in this….. Rakarippa tricky draw but good last start. Should be close to the placings with luck in the running….. Onedin Hurricane should get a run through early from the draw and form is ok. Needed Selections:   Better's Tart (6),   Rakarippa (9),   Onedin Hurricane (10)  Change At The Top (2)   Race 9 Aveross Majesty racing well and paying great money. Distance suits and will be hard to beat if he can get handy before the home turn….. Tweedledee racing well and good stayer who should appreciate the 2700m. Can run top three at nice odds….. Sekkie Monkey getting to be a bit of a headache at the start but has speed. Can go close with manners ….. Afterburner good run last start and very speedy. Hard to beat here if he can get near the lead early Selections:  Aveross Majesty (10),  Tweedledee (12),   Afterburner (3)    Sekkie Monkey (8)   Race 10 Rocknroll King drawn for a soft run on the fence but will need luck. Winning claims at good odds with a trail all the way….. Watch Me Now running on last start and should get a run forward early. Good winning claims….. Yankee Party tricky draw but good win last start. One of the leading chances here and has  to be hard to beat….. Love On The Rocks in good form and drawn to get a run through early. Quick improver who can win Selections:   Watch Me Now (7),   Yankee Party (6),   Love On The Rocks (10)   Rocknroll King (1)   Race 11 Sentry freshened for this and has a big reputation. Top selection here….. Wolfenstein racing into form and has been good in stronger fields. Great winning chance at good odds….. Benio Ben has run some good races on the track and well drawn. Tote the guide but has claims….. Tulsa Jaccka drawn for a soft run on the fence and has a good sprint. Needed Selections:   Sentry (5),   Wolfenstein (11),   Tulsa Jaccka (1)   Benio Ben (2)   Race 12 Flight Crew tricky draw but big on ability. Manners a bit of a concern but no surprise to see her winning this….. Croesus in good form at trials and has been racing better fields. Winning claims and will start favourite….. Baileys Diamond drawn well and should get a good run in transit. Can win with a god run in transit..….. El Dorado good last start and respect the stable. Will need luck from the draw but has winning claims Selections:   Croesus (7),   Baileys Diamond (5),   Flight Crew (11)   El Dorado (12)   Harnesslink Media

WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 12, 2021 -- The Meadows has added a $10,000 guarantee for Wednesday's harness racing Pick 5, which begins with race 8 and features a 50-cent minimum wager. The guarantee is offered in association with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering Initiative. Wednesday's 13-race card also includes two other carryovers: $3,068.87 in the final-race Super Hi-5, $2,792.64 in the Early Pick 4 (race 4). First post is 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York State Gaming Commission announced the adoption of three new wagering rules that will provide bettors more options in the sport of harness racing in New York. The rules were adopted by the Commission at the November 30 meeting and will take effect on upon publication in the State Register. Commission Executive Director Robert Williams said that he hopes the new wagering rules will provide increased opportunities for bettors while also increasing interest in the sport. “The new Pick Six and Super High Five wagers can create large jackpots for the lucky winners and increase fan interest in our sport. Lowering the number of runners allowed for triple wagering will also be beneficial since triples are one of our most popular wagers,” said John Matarazzo, Director of Racing Operations at Saratoga Raceway. The rules adopted are as follows: Pick Six Jackpot The Pick Six Jackpot rule, also known as the “Rainbow or “Jackpot” wager, will appeal to bettors by providing a larger prize when there is only one winning wager from a pool. If there is more than one winning ticket, then the major portion of the day’s pool is paid out to those who selected six of six winners, and the minor pool is added to the carryover. The carryover gets paid out when there is a unique winning ticket, or when there is an intermediate or final distribution approved by the Commission, which would occur at the end of a race meeting. This new wager parallels the Commission’s Thoroughbred racing pick-six jackpot rule.     Jackpot Super High Five Pools The new wager option requires the selection of the first five finishers in a single race in the correct order of finish. The entire pool would be paid to the bettor with a unique winning ticket, if there is only one winning ticket. If there is not only one winning ticket, the net pool would be split into a major pool and minor pool. The major pool would be a carryover in the next Jackpot Super High Five pool and the minor pool would be divided among all winning wagers. Additionally, the rule provides for contingencies in the event of dead heats and races with fewer than five entrants. Triple Wager The new rule amends the triple wager rule for harness racing, which requires the selection of the first three finishers in a single race in the exact order of finish by reducing the number of entries in a race for which the triple is permitted from six to five.  by: Chelsea Siegal  

Pompano Beach, FL...January 9, 2021...For the second time in less than one week, Pompano Park will offer a $150,000 guarantee on its harness racing Pick-5 wager on Sunday (January 10). The huge guarantee was made possible when the Thursday Pick-5 went unsolved as nobody was able to come up with the 1-5-10-1-5 combination, which included a 25 to 1 winner, Muscle High, piloted by Jack Killeen, the 20 year-old driver getting his first win ever at Pompano Park, and a 27 to 1 chance, GD Cruise For Gold, handled by Andy Shetler. The previous Pick-5 $150,000 guarantee brought over $200,000 in new wagers with 19 astute handicappers enjoying a payday over $10,000 for their 50 cent ticket. Sunday's program also features a Pick-6 carryover ($2,276) and a Super Hi-5 finale carryover that has ballooned to $72,529.85. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park                   John Berry | ASST RACE SECRTRY O 954-972-2000 777 Isle of Capri Cir. | Pompano Beach, FL 33069 www.caesars.com    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - With the stars in perfect alignment, harness racing wagering at The Meadowlands has been booming of late. In fact, with the track dark each of the last two holiday-season Fridays, the Saturdays (Dec. 26 and Jan. 2) that followed saw cumulative handle batter the $8-million barrier. After $3.7 million - the fourth-highest day or night of business during 2020 - was pushed through the windows Dec. 26, an incredible $4.5 million was put in play on Jan. 2, which sets a high bar to leap over on a "non-event" card during 2021. Last Saturday's program started with a loud bang and the noise kept on coming as players fired away for all 15 races. The first race 20-cent Pick-5 had a well-publicized carryover and $150,000 guaranteed pool that ended up with a total pool of just over $360,000. In addition, because the $46,000 carryover was not subject to the already low 15 percent takeout, bettors got back precisely 99.87 percent of the Pick-5 action, instead of the usual 85 percent. "The Meadowlands is offering horseplayers a challenging and beatable game featuring low takeout and large pools driving the insatiable demand for these wagers," said Meadowlands' Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "We thank horseplayers around the world for their increasingly positive response to New Jersey racing at The Meadowlands." Big pools were the norm throughout the Saturday card. Four times during the program betting on a single race exceeded the $300,000 mark, with the first-race total of $565,076 representing the evening's most vigorous play on a single dash. "Historically speaking," said Settlemoir. "Wagering over $300,000 a race without a stakes event on the program is completely off the charts. We are proud of everyone at The Big M who worked so hard to make a $4.5-million night possible. With no racing either of the last two Fridays, there was obviously a large demand for the Saturday program, and, fortunately for us, the momentum from the last Saturday in December carried over into the first Saturday of January. Another factor was our media relations people helping to fuel a social media fire that burned all night long." Other big Saturday pools included the track's two signature Pick-4s, which averaged $111,597 per pool, as well as the mile oval's always popular Exacta, that averaged better than $84,000 a pop. Total Exacta play for the night was better than $1.25 million. "The Pick-5 carryover of $46,000 brought everyone to the party early," said Settlemoir. "The Pick-5 pool grew to $360,000 and the first race handle of $565,000 could possibly be a Meadowlands record for an opening race. In addition, now that we are offering free program pages on all Big M races, that provides something else that appeals to our regular customers and may bring us some new clientele as well, and, during the winter months, we have moved our post time to 6 p.m. In essence, we have traded the 11 p.m.-to-midnight hour for the 6-7 p.m. hour. We certainly are happy with the overwhelming response from our racing fans the last two weeks." The Big M's six 15 percent takeout wagers accounted for 14 percent of the evening's action on Saturday, with a total of over $650,000. In addition to the Pick-5 and two Pick-4s, players can also choose to get in on the track's 20-cent Survivor Pick-7, 20-cent Pick-6 and 10-cent Hi-Five. A $100,000 PROMISE: Given the tremendous success of one week ago, Big M management - along with the Standardbred Owners Association of New Jersey - will provide $25,000 in seed money and a $100,000 guaranteed pool for the Saturday night 20-cent Pick-5 wager. In addition - on both Friday and Saturday night - each 50-cent Pick-4 (which begin in races six and race 10, respectively) have guaranteed pools of $50,000. THE SCHEDULE: Live racing at The Meadowlands will be conducted every Friday and Saturday night. First-race post time is 6 p.m. TUNE IN: Be sure to watch the live "Racing from The Meadowlands" pre-game show, which now begins at 5:27 p.m. every race night. On Friday, Dave Brower and Dave Little will be at the main desk on the Sam McKee Memorial Broadcast Set while Jessica Otten will be the featured handicapper on the live Television Games Network (tvg.com) presentation. Shades Demsky will provide interviews from the back paddock. On Saturday night, Demsky will be alongside Brower, Little will shift to TVG and Otten will not only be on interview duty, but will also provide an in-depth look at the 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 after the conclusion of the replay of race two. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Brower (@eedoogie), Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Demsky (@shadesonracing) and Otten (@JessicaOtten1). Check in everyday for Meadowlands news and updates at those handles, as well as @TheMeadowlands and #playbigm. FREE FOR ALL: Thanks to an agreement between The Meadowlands and TrackMaster, past performances for every race of every program through Hambletonian Day, Aug. 7, are now available to Big M players for free. To access the free PPs, go to playmeadowlands.com. CHECK OUT THE PICKS: For those who need to get a leg up on the action, go to playmeadowlands.com to see track oddsmaker and analyst Brower's selections and commentary. Click on the "handicapping" tab and go to "race reviews". Additionally, track announcer Warkentin's blog is available on the site and offers his picks and analysis. On race nights, access picks and plays from the Big M TV team at #playbigm or at @TheMeadowlands. CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE TRACK? There are several options for those who would rather catch the action from The Big M at home. Racing fans can watch all the races live on the Roberts Television Network (rtn.tv). In addition, they can watch and wager by going to the Television Games Network (tvg.com) or their favorite Advance-deposit Wagering site (ADW). FANDUEL'S FOOTBALL FRENZY: Need a football fix? Head to the Meadowlands' FanDuel Sportsbook for all your action. The National Football League playoffs get underway with tripleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday. Kickoff times are 1 p.m., 4:40 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. both days. Then, stick around for Monday, when Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith and the Alabama Crimson Tide (-7½) take on the Buckeyes of Ohio State and quarterback Justin Fields at 8 p.m. in the game to determine who walks away with the National Championship of college football. Meadowlands Media Relations  

Northfield, OH -- MGM Northfield Park will kick off the new year with a harness racing revamped wagering menu highlighted by a new 50-cent Pick-6 each night. The new wager offers a low 14% takeout rate and will begin in Race 8 starting Sunday (Jan. 3). The non-jackpot 50-cent wager will pay out a consolation of 25% of that night's total pool and feature a 75% carryover if the wager is not solved. Northfield's wagering menu will feature a few changes with the Early Pick-4 moving to Race 2 and the Pick-5 moving to Race 6. MGM Northfield Park's 2021 racing season kicks off on Saturday & Sunday January 2 & 3 and then continues every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday through the winter. Post time is currently set for 4:20 p.m. due to the statewide Ohio curfew.  

New Year's Eve 2021 saw a close battle to the end of the 14-race harness racing card at Red Shores Charlottetown, and not just among horses and drivers. US Harness Writers Association (USHWA) Youth members of legal wagering age in their state/province were invited to handicap the only live races in Canada December 31, for non-cash prizes and bragging rights. It was a fun, skill-based competition, with zero pressure or expectation of betting. Nicholas "Ace" Barnsdale (USHWA Canada chapter) opened the competition by being the lone handicapper to pick #9 Elm Grove Misty (Dave Kelly), a 2/1 winner in race 1. (The contest was judged based on hypothetical $2 win-place-show bet totals, as opposed to total number of winners.) Edison Hatter (Delaware Valley chapter) and Tony Elliott (Canada chapter) tied for the lead in race 2, when Barnsdale's selection #2 Lofty Shadow did not finish due to broken equipment; their co-selection #1 Montysgonemarble was the place finisher. By race 4, Hatter had established himself as the leader: his top choice, #3 Desired Treasure, was second. Barnsdale moved up to second in the contest standings, as his pick, #1 Harbourlite Jerry, finished third. Despite three handicappers correctly giving out even-money winner #5 Whims Drop Off (Adam Merner) for race 5 (Nathan Bain, Barnsdale, and Jessica Hallett), Hatter's strategic choice of 13/1 place finisher #4 Jetta Flys extended his advantage over the competition. There was total consensus on race 6 winner #1 Agood Time To Rock (Ken Murphy), adding to everyone's totals. By race 8, Leamington Handicapping Challenge winner Nathan Bain (Canada chapter) had moved up to a shared second behind Hatter, who retained his lead courtesy of his 5/1 place finisher #5 You Aint Dolly. Bain was briefly tied with Florida USHWA member Jessica Hallett, who had also successfully predicted 3/5 winner #3 Lock Her Up (Ken Arsenault) that race. In race 9, only Bain and Barnsdale, Leamington handicapping rivals from summer 2020, hit the board: #1 Woodmere Skyroller hung on for show in the Filly and Mare Open Pace won by upset-minded #7 Dreamfair Zenfire (Adam Merner). Hatter maintained command as he, Bain, Hallett, and Barnsdale all went with eventual place finisher #4 Disneyman in race 10. The contest leader gained even more of an advantage in race 11, when his selection #2 Spack Jarrow finished third; no other handicapper's top choice finished in the top three, although Elliott's #1 J K Express was a close fourth.   With three more races to go until the end of the final card of 2020, favoured #1 Arc Light made an untimely break at the start of race 12, putting herself and supporters Bain, Barnsdale, and Hatter out of the top three. Hallett and Elliott's #9 Dreas Good Powow also missed the board, so results were unchanged going into race 13. Screen Test (#6, Corey MacPherson) next wired the Preferred-2 pacers, providing Hatter, Hallett, and Barnsdale with a 1/5 winner. Closer #4 Burn Out Hanover couldn't quite catch him, finishing second at 6/1 in a heartbreaker for Elliott's hypothetical bankroll.   In race 14, Hatter's choice #2 Tempo Seelster was sent off at 9/1, while Barnsdale and Elliott selected #1 Chocolate Swirl, the even-money post time favourite. Bain and Hallett went with #3 Creepin, after #8 Pillage and Burn (Bain's top pick) was scratched. Chocolate Swirl and Ken Arsenault coasted to a front-end victory, with a price that would determine the overall handicapping contest winner. Hatter automatically won the competition when Chocolate Swirl returned $4.20 to win, $2.60 to place, and $2.20 to show. (Tempo Seelster finished sixth.) The racecalling apprentice to Pete Medhurst at Rosecroft Raceway and soon-to-be back-up to Ken Warkentin at Freehold Raceway closed out the night with $65.10 in hypothetical winnings, $1.50 ahead of Barnsdale ($63.60). Hallett was third in the contest ($54.60), with Bain fourth ($52.20), and Elliott ($35.60) also just one overlay away from the top three. Runner-up Barnsdale recorded the most winners (five) on the card, one ahead of Hallett (four). Thank you to grand prize donor Lee Drake, Red Shores Manager of Racing, Brands, and Broadcast, who kindly provided a Gold Cup and Saucer gift pack. Additional prizes will be sent to all contest participants, as well as to two USHWA Youth members who were not of legal gambling age, a requirement to participate. Thank you to USHWA Youth Membership Committee members Janet Terhune, Director of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame; Ellen Taylor, Executive Director of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation; and harness/horse racing game developer Ryan Clements (Off and Pacing, Catch Driver, Top Jockey, Turf Dynasty) for their generous support. Melissa Keith, USHWA Youth Membership Committee Chair social media: @USHWACanada on Twitter e-mail: mkeith71@gmail.com

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Premier harness racing hits Alexandra Park today with a ten race program starting at 3:53pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a great day of racing.   Auckland selections 31st December 2020 Best Bet:  R3 Beyond Words Best Value:  R9 Ashley Locaz   Race 1 Natty Pagger very consistent and seems reliable at the start. Hard to beat in this field…… The Big Bird nice draw and coming in fresh. Huge ability when caught in the right mood and top selection here.… Monkey Selfie her best form would take her close here but a bit of a risk at the start. Can win if back to her best…… Mountain Mass has been thereabouts the last couple and getting fitter. Has a bit of a reputation and has to be included. Selections:  The Big Bird (4),   Natty Pagger (8),   Mountain Mass (3)   Monkey Selfie (5)   Race 2 Raven Banner running good races but this field is tougher. Might go forward early and has winning claims.……. Riveered has the ability and trainer driver combo go well on premier nights. Will go forward early and hard to beat…… Double Up ok last start and will be improved. Likes to race handy and should get a cosy run on the fence from the draw. One for longer odds…… Shezadeal  ran a quick time to win last start and draw is ok for a run through early. Can repeat at nice odds Selections:  Riveered (6),  Raven Banner (5),   Shezadeal  (10),   Double Up (9)   Race 3 Beyond Words she looks better than these and should be winning this race with draw the only concern….. Dina Brown good third last start and one of the leading chances behind the favourite….. Down The Hatch has promised plenty and has gone some good races in several of his  starts. Can run top three here from the draw….. Mimi E Coco has been disappointing but getting fitter with a nice draw. One for longer odds Selections:   Beyond Words (7),   Dina Brown (6),   Down The Hatch (1)    Mimi E Coco (2)   Race 4 Rain Mist And Muscle quick beginner who will take some catching if she can land the front. Good odds available….. Kimkar Dash racing into form and should get a run through early. Great winning chance in this field….. Kings Landing running ok races and weaker field here. One for longer odds but tricky handicap….. One Majic Kenny in good form but handicap a concern. Can win but will need luck Selections:   Kimkar Dash (6),   Kings Landing (7),   Rain Mist And Muscle (3)   One Majic Kenny (8)   Race 5 Bettor Twist big run to win last start with a punctured tyre and fitter now. Looks the winner again here….. La Rosa in good form and ran the favourite close last time they met. Winning claims….. Darling Me can not fault the formline and sure to fighting out the finish again here. Needed..….. Enjoy Me should get a good run from the draw and not far behind these good ones. Place chances look best Selections:   Bettor Twist (4),   La Rosa (3),   Darling Me (5)   Enjoy Me (1)   Race 6 Kango  conditions suit and back to the mobile will help. Good winning claims from the nice draw.…. Taipo  best draw and but plenty of ability. One for the leading chances and will give a good sight here…… Christianshavtime racing in good form and drops in grade here. Will be running on and can win ..… Callie's Delight tricky draw but a leading player if she could get around to the front early. Place chances look best Selections:  Kango  (4),   Taipo  (2),   Christianshavtime (5),   Callie's Delight (6)   Race 7 American Dealer building into some good form but tricky draw. Should be close to the placings but will need luck…. Shan Noble ok last start but tricky draw. Would be no surprise to see him in the money here if he can clear traffic ….. Pace N Pride good draw and he will be the early leader. Can go close here at nice odds…. Luke John getting better with racing and form is good. Has to be included from the draw Selections:   American Dealer (8),  Pace N Pride (2),   Shan Noble (9),  Luke John (5)   Race 8 Bolt For Brilliance ok last start and will be fitter. Loves the track and will be hard to beat….. Sundees Son  good last start in a hot field and better drawn here. One of the leading chances and should run top three….. Majestic Man tricky draw but very fast off the gate and will lead. Could be hard to catch with no attackers….. Kay Cee getting better with racing but looks to be running for place money only here Selections:   Bolt For Brilliance (4),   Majestic Man (6),   Sundees Son  (2)  Kay Cee (1)   Race 9 Spankem racing well and getting fitter. Distance suits and will be hard to beat from the good draw….. Amazing Dream racing well and good stayer who should appreciate the longer trip. Can run top three….. Copy That distance a concern and has been disappointing. Could make it interesting if he found the front early ….. Ashley Locaz good run last start for third and distance no issue. One for longer odds Selections:  Spankem (4),   Ashley Locaz (9),   Amazing Dream (3)    Copy That (2)   Race 10 Sing To Me quick beginner who will take some catching if she can land the front. Good odds available….. Bettor Listen good form and should get a run forward early. Great winning chance in this field….. Cowboys N Bandits tricky draw but small field will help. One of the leading chances here….. Santa Maria in good form but looks like a place chance might be best here Selections:   Cowboys N Bandits (7),   Bettor Listen (6),   Sing To Me (1)   Santa Maria (3)   Harnesslink Media

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 30, 2020 — The Meadows brings down the curtain Wednesday on its 2020 live harness racing season, and because Wednesday’s card is the final program of the current meeting, it features mandatory payouts for a number of exotic wagers, including:   ·      Pick 5 (race 8); ·      Late Pick 4 (race 10); ·      Super Hi-5, where there is a $1,328.39 carryover (race 13); ·      Final Superfecta of the day.   First post Wednesday is 12:45 PM. The 2021 live season kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 6 beginning at 12:45 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Harness racing hits Reefton today with an eleven race program starting at 12:10pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a great day of racing. Reefton selections 28th December 2020 Best Bet:  R4 Le Pole Dancer Best value:  R11 Bright Glow   Race 1 Tedesco close to picking up a win on the circuit and hard to beat here with manners....... Mentalist running on well last start and only needs manners to give a good sight. Winning claims.… Eilish Hall tricky draw but form is ok and forgive last start error. Should be in the top three with no mistakes…… Kenny Keko has been thereabouts the last couple and nice run after a mistake last start. One for longer odds. Selections:  Tedesco (9),   Eilish Hall (11),   Kenny Keko (12)   Mentalist (10)   Race 2 Melando Chief  running good races but needs a soft trip in the running. A bit one paced but has winning claims at nice odds here.……. Rocknroll Diva has the ability and trainer driver combo in hot form. Will go forward early and hard to beat…… Iron Woman ok last start and will be improved. Likes to race handy and good chance to run top three…… Love A Dance drawn for a cosy run handy to the lead and hard to beat with a trail in the race. Include Selections:  Rocknroll Diva (8),  Iron Woman (5),   Melando Chief  (4),   Love A Dance (1)   Race 3 Caballe Beach ran on last start and weaker field here. Should give a good sight with manners….. Pembrook Tilly good second last start and looks the early leader in the race. One of the leading chances….. Boudica has promised plenty and money has been on in several of her starts. Can run top three here with a quicker beginning….. Unchanged Memory has been disappointing but getting fitter. One for longer odds Selections:   Caballe Beach (7),   Boudica (3),   Pembrook Tilly (2)    Unchanged Memory (8)   Race 4 Le Pole Dancer quick beginner who will take some catching around the tight track. Has to be hard to beat….. Kerala Star racing into form and good draw here. Great chance in this field….. President Pat running ok races and tidy front row draw. One for longer odds….. Beeps racing well with not much luck. Can upset if he can clear traffic Selections:   Le Pole Dancer (7),   Kerala Star (6),   Beeps (10)   President Pat (4)   Race 5 Dennis Denuto run down last start but racing well and should get a good run here. Looks the winner from the draw….. Morries Girl tidy trial on grass before last start failure. Trainer does well here so has to be included….. Owhatanight tidy third two starts ago and drawn to go forward early. Can upset at nice odds….. Jacinda Eyre good draw and top driver jumps on. Needed Selections:   Dennis Denuto (4),   Owhatanight (5),   Jacinda Eyre (1)   Morries Girl (11)   Race 6 Kiwi X Factor conditions suit and he looks the leader in the race. Good winning claims from the nice draw.…. Tombelina tricky draw but plenty of ability and she nowmally steps well. One for the leading chances at good odds…… Maria Kirilenko no go last start but drawn for a run close to the speed. Can run top three with a safe beginning ..… Jeremy Wells disappointing last start but driver change helps. Can upset with a good run in transit Selections:  Kiwi X Factor (4),   Tombelina (9),   Jeremy Wells (11),   Maria Kirilenko (1)   Race 7 Matthew Eyre goes well on the track and draw suits. One for longer odds…. Quarterback ok last start and drawn for a run close to the lead. Would be no surprise to see him in the money here ….. Rockntommy Rulz speedy when caught in the right mood and good fourth last start. Can go close here at nice odds…. Jenabella goes ok on grass and only needs manners to be hard to beat here. Has to be included Selections:   Jenabella (9),  Quarterback (5),   Rockntommy Rulz (6),  Matthew Eyre (1)   Race 8 Malinka good run for fourth last start and better draw. Good winning chance here and hard to beat….. Swap Over running on last start and better placed here. Can upset at big odds….. Ultimate Rocker tricky draw but in top form. Needs luck will be hard to beat with a cart into the race….. Sonic Reign should get a good run on the fence. Could be the upsetter with one run at them Selections:   Malinka (4),   Swap Over (7),   Ultimate Rocker (9)  Sonic Reign (10)   Race 9 Kruizr racing well and getting better. Will go forward and will be hard to beat.….. Johnny Eyre respect the stable on grass and he loves this track. Can run top three with one run at them late….. Fynn Frost has the ability to beat a field like this and good win last start. One of the leading chances in the race. ….. Belmont Major big run last start and should go close to winning this. Top selection Selections:  Belmont Major (6),   Kruizr (7),   Fynn Frost 9)    Johnny Eyre (4)   Race 10 Terror Maria tidy winner last start but tricky draw. Good winning claims in this field ….. Ford Rule likely to get a soft run on the fence and drops in grade for this. Hard to beat if handy turning for home….. Bettor Grunter racing ok and will be improved. Can run top three with a swift beginning from the wide draw….. Canstar running into form and another dropping in grade. Terrible draw but has the speed to get into the finish Selections:   Terror Maria (9),   Canstar (12),   Bettor Grunter (8)  Ford Rule (10)   Race 11 Bright Glow goes well on the track and gritty win last start. Can repeat ….. Littlebitoflove likely to get a soft run near the lead with manners. Hard to beat if he trots all the way….. Prince Teka racing ok of handicaps and will be improved. Can run top three at longer odds with a swift beginning….. Regal Appointment running into form and good third last start. Needs to step cleanly but can win Selections:   Bright Glow (13),   Prince Teka (11),   Regal Appointment (7)  Littlebitoflove (6)   Harnesslink Media

MGM Northfield Park has announced a $60,000 guaranteed Pick 5 total pool for Monday's (December 28) harness racing race card. Beginning in Race 2, the $60,000 guarantee includes a carryover of $21,529. The guarantee is being offered at part of the Strategic Wagering Program through the United States Trotting Association. Northfield's Pick 3s, Pick 4s, Pick 5s and 20¢ Super High Five offer a reduced take-out rate of just 14%. Monday's post time is 4:20 PM.  

Welcome to todays segment from our harness racing analyst who provides you with free expert tips and selections for harness meetings run in New Zealand. Harness racing hits Westport today with an eleven race program starting at 12:42pm and we highlight some specials and value runners we think can give you a run for your money on a great day of racing. Westport selections 28th December 2020 Best Bet:   R7 The Black Shadow Best Value:   R5 Unchanged Memory Race 1 Kerala Star unlucky first day when he galloped over the crossing. Well drawn today and can win…… Flo Motion running on well on day one and drawn to go forward early. Good chance here.… Le Pole Dancer tricky draw but form is good. Will need luck but can run top three …… Beeps should get a good run on the fence and has form on grass. Has to be respected include. Selections:  Kerala Star (2),   Flo Motion (4),   Beeps (1)   Le Pole Dancer (9)   Race 2 Lumberjack has trialled well and no room last start. A bit one paced but has winning claims at nice odds here.……. Charlie's Ace has the ability and will get a cosy run on the fence. Good chance if he can clear traffic…… Melando Chief ok last start and will be improved. One for longer odds in this field…… Changeover Jo drawn for a cosy run handy to the lead and hard to beat with a trail in the race. Can upset Selections:  Lumberjack (4),  Changeover Jo (3),   Charlie's Ace  (1),   Melando Chief  (2)   Race 3 Tedesco  found one better last start will be improved. Should give a good sight in this field with manners….. Eilish Hall  good third last start and should back up ok. Can upset with manners and looks a good place chance here….. Dashing Dutchy running on late after a gallop day one and drawn well. Can run top three here….. Bella Button has run some decent races and getting fitter but tricky draw. Top driver on board so needed. Selections:   Tedesco  (6),   Eilish Hall  (13),   Dashing Dutchy (1)    Bella Button (12)   Race 4 Jacinda Eyre not much room day one but has the speed with the right run. Good chance with a cart into the race….. Dennis Denuto racing into form and good trailing draw here. Fairly good chance in this field….. Starvin Marvin runs have been ok and drawn for a soft run on the fence. Winning claims here….. Buddy Reign good run after a slow beginning on day one and has opened over the odds. Can upset Selections:   Dennis Denuto (10),   Buddy Reign (7),   Starvin Marvin (1)   Jacinda Eyre (9)   Race 5 Evidently running on late day one and should get a good run here. Good chance at good odds ….. Unchanged Memory racing into form and a bit unlucky day one. Good winning chance in this field at nice odds….. Tas Girl Bromac runs have been ok and has a driver in form. Winning claims here from the tricky draw….. Caballe Beach ok first day and better draw. Needed Selections:   Unchanged Memory(7),   Evidently  (4),   Tas Girl Bromac (10)   Caballe Beach (5)   Race 6 Kiwi X Factor conditions suit and he did too much work on the first day. Good winning claims from the nice draw.…. Jeremy Wells tricky draw but a big run for second last start and can go on with it. One fo the leading chances at good odds…… Boilover ok last start and drawn for a run close to the speed. Can run top three..… Zippidy Doodah disappointing last start but will be improved. Could upset with a good run in transit Selections:  Kiwi X Factor (2),   Jeremy Wells (12),   Boilover (5),   Zippidy Doodah (6)   Race 7 The Black Shadow destroyed them on day one and only needs similar tactics to be hard to beat here . Winning claims with a fast beginning…. Garry's Legacy ok last start and conditions suit. Would be no surprise to see him in the money here ….. Jenabella speedy when caught in the right mood and easy winner day one. Can go close here at nice odds…. Bettor Believe It goes ok on grass with a great formline and nice draw. Has to be included Selections:   The Black Shadow (16),  Jenabella (1),   Garry's Legacy (3),  Bettor Believe It (4)   Race 8 Swap Over has trialled ok and loves the grass. Winning chance and way over the odds ….. Malinka no go last start but good on grass and better draw. One of the leading chances in this field at good odds….. Edamfast a couple of his runs have been good and should be improved for this but tricky draw. Grass suits and can win….. Ultimate Rocker tidy run last start and looks the leading chance in this field. Selections:   Ultimate Rocker (12),   Malinka (7),   Swap Over (8)   Edamfast  (14)   Race 9 Blue Chip Delight has won on grass and can begin quickly. Good winning chance here ….. Belmont Major run down day one but well placed here. Top selection and should be hard to beat….. Razors Edge fast beginner who would be hard to beat here if he can get handy early . Can run top three at good money….. Fynn Frost ok last start and nearly won this race last year. Could be the upsetter with one run at them Selections:   Blue Chip Delight (5),   Belmont Major (9),   Fynn Frost (1)   Razors Edge (4)   Race 10 Adieu Flirt racing well and drawn to lead or trail. Hard top beat setting her own rules in front.….. Benjamin Button respect the stable on grass but disappointing last start. Can run top three from the draw if he trails the stablemate….. Terror Maria has the ability to beat a field like this and unlucky day one. One of the leading chances in the race. ….. Bettor Grunter big run last start but tricky draw. Will be running on and can go close Selections:  Adieu Flirt (1),   Terror Maria (6),   Bettor Grunter 12)    Benjamin Button (10)   Race 11 Bright Glow tidy run on day one and always a chance on grass. Good winning claims in this field ….. Littlebitoflove likely to get a soft run near the lead. Hard to beat if handy turning for home….. Prince Teka racing ok and will be improved. Can run top three with a swift beginning….. Chief Of Staff running into form and good win the first day. Can repeat Selections:   Bright Glow (7),   Littlebitoflove (9),   Prince Teka (12)  Chief Of Staff (16)   Harnesslink Media

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - After longshots scored in the third, fourth and fifth races Saturday night at The Meadowlands, the track's 20-cent Pick-5 wager did not yield a winning ticket, setting up what could be a gigantic pool when harness racing resumes Saturday, Jan. 2. Those who correctly selected four winners cashed in for $312.78. The bet started innocently enough as the 9-5 second choice and 2-1 favorite won the first two races on the card. But then the bombs fell as 14-1, 50-1 and 36-1 outsiders took the final three legs of the sequence, leading to a carryover of $46,731.16. As a result, Big M management - in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering initiative - has guaranteed next Saturday's pool at $150,000. Free past performances will be available for the Pick-5 at playmeadowlands.com. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

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