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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - One week after setting new Fall Meet handle marks for a single card and a weekend, The Meadowlands is in position to better both bests again as the upcoming pair of race cards (Nov. 20-21) feature plenty of competitive racing, with Saturday night's Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night standing dead center in the spotlight. The stakes-race eight pack - the third biggest "event" program of the Big M calendar year after Hambletonian Day and Meadowlands Pace Night - has purses that total $2,495,950, and figures to create a big night at the windows. Last week (Nov. 13-14) saw Fall Meet highs of $5,299,941 bet over the course of the two race cards with a single-night best of $2,823,647 wagered on Saturday. In the end, the track had its first $5 million weekend since Sept. 18-19. The 20-cent Pick-6 continues to be a wager that creates big interest and big pools. A two-day carryover of just $28,142 led to a total pool of $104,695 on Saturday night, and those sharp enough to have all six winners walked away with $5,642. "All of us at The Meadowlands are pleased with the way things have gone with the Pick-6," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "There is an awful lot of excitement when there are carryovers in the wager, and a lot of value for the player. For instance, last week, only the $76,553 in "new money" was subject to the low 15 percent takeout. All of the $28,142 carryover was subject to no takeout at all." Other eyebrow-raising Saturday night payoffs included the 20-cent Pick-5 ($1,599), 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 ($2,527 for six-of-seven) and the 10-cent Pentafecta ($1,166). Friday night was for 50-cent Pick-4 players as over $140,000 in action was taken on the wagers. The Early Pick returned $4,186 while the Late Pick paid $2,362. As for hot horsemen, Dexter Dunn (five winners) led the driver's colony while Kelvin Harrison (three) topped the trainer's list. FREE PPs: For free past performances of Meadowlands races, courtesy of the United States Trotting Association and TrackMaster, go to playmeadowlands.com. Races one through five will be available for Friday's program while Saturday's entire Fall Final Four/TVG Finals card will be offered. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken 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. 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 this link to check out Friday's card: http://playmeadowlands.com/RaceReviews.aspx?racedt=11/20/2020. 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. CHECK OUT THE SHOW: As always look for the "Racing from The Meadowlands" live in-house simulcast show every Friday and Saturday night. The pre-game show begins at 6:42 p.m. First race is at 7:15 p.m. It'll be the "Dave & Dave" show on both Friday and Saturday as Brower and Little will be the on-camera presence all weekend long, with additional coverage in the form of winner's circle interviews and retirement ceremonies for some of the game's biggest equine stars on Saturday night. If you can't make it out to the track, you can watch and wager on all the action at home. Go to rtn.tv or your favorite ADW platform to catch every race live. GET YOUR FOOTBALL FIX: The National Football League season rolls on with games this Thursday, Sunday and Monday, and you can wager on all of the action in the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook. Thursday's (Nov. 19) NFL matchup has the Kyler Murray-led Arizona Cardinals, fresh off a "Hail Mary" win over the Buffalo Bills, traveling to Seattle to take on Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Seattle is a 3-point favorite (-114). For those who prefer money lines, the Seahawks are -164 to win the game, regardless of by how much. One can wager on a full slate of Saturday college football games as well. There are also other sports available to bet on in the book from 10 a.m. - midnight Sunday through Friday and from 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. on Saturday. From The Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Last week a winding stakes highway that took the best horses and horsemen from Woodbine at Mohawk Park in Ontario to the Delaware, Ohio Fairgrounds to Lexington's Red Mile made its final stop at Indiana's Hoosier Park for the Breeders Crown. Now, the Meadowlands will be the place for the sport's biggest events for the next three weeks as this Saturday's (Nov. 7) program kicks everything off with four Kindergarten Classic Finals for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Anoka Hanover will try to up her winning streak to six in the $252,340 filly trot while Lindysmusclemania and Jula Muscle Pack - both winners in their final Kindergarten preliminaries - take on Peter Haughton champion Zenith Stride in the $207,570 trot for colts and geldings. Breeders Crown winner Fire Start Hanover is the marquee attraction in the $151,030 filly pace while Simon Says Hanover - who seeks his fifth straight score - takes on Breeders Crown winner Summa Cum Laude (who dead heated with Perfect Sting) in the $204,050 colt and gelding pace. Once the Kindergarten is over, it will be time for all Big M watchers to get ready for the third biggest program of the calendar year - after Hambletonian Day and Meadowlands Pace Night - when Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night takes place on Nov. 21 with many Breeders Crown participants expected to be on hand. That evening, 2-year-olds will once again be in the spotlight as the Governor's Cup (colt pace), Three Diamonds (filly pace), Valley Victory (colt trot) and Goldsmith Maid (filly trot) makeup the Fall Final Four, with total purses of about $1.8 million. In addition, year-end divisional honors figure to be determined by what happens in the four TVG Finals, which are the Mares Trot, Open Trot, Mares Pace and Open Pace, a fabulous foursome which will see just over $1 million get doled out. CUP RUNNETH OVER: One of the biggest events on every track's simulcast calendar is the Breeders' Cup, and this weekend the best in Thoroughbred racing will be at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY for the 14-race extravaganza. The Cup will be the centerpiece of the Meadowlands' simulcast offerings over the weekend, as the event will begin with five races on Friday (Nov. 6) and conclude on Saturday (Nov. 7) with nine more dashes, the last of which is the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic. The first Breeders' Cup race on Friday is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., while Saturday's opener goes at 12:02 p.m. The Classic has a post time of 5:13 p.m. BETTING MENU UPDATE: The Meadowlands is refreshing its betting menu. There will be some addition and subtraction of wagers and it is bringing back guaranteed pools to its most-popular plays. On a normal 13-race card, gone is the fifth race 10-cent Pentafecta and ninth race 20-cent Pick-5, but those who liked the 20-cent Survivor will no doubt be pleased that bet is back, albeit in a seven-race format rather than the former 10-race marathon. Effective, Saturday (Nov. 7), here is the new wagering lineup for a normal 13-race card. Each bet offers a low 15 percent takeout: Race 1: 20-cent Pick-5 ($50,000 guaranteed) Race 3: 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 Race 6: 50-cent Pick-4 ($50,000 guaranteed) Race 8: 20-cent Pick-6 Race 10: 50-cent Pick-4 ($40,000 guaranteed) Race 13: 10-cent Pentafecta "We are aware that many of our fans wanted the Survivor wager back," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir, "and we are happy to oblige them with the Survivor Pick-7." On Friday (Nov. 6) night, the Meadowlands will offer a 12-race card, so there will be one less Pick-4 offered, but because of a two-day carryover in the 20-cent Pick-6, a $25,000 guaranteed pool will be offered on the wager that kicks off in the sixth race. There will also be $50,000 promises on the first race Pick-5 and ninth race Pick-4, meaning that during the weekend, a total of $265,000 in guaranteed green will be up for grabs. FREE PPs: For free past performances of Meadowlands races, courtesy of the United States Trotting Association and TrackMaster, go to playmeadowlands.com, where one can access races six through 12 on the Friday night card and races one through five for Saturday. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken 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. 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 this link to check out Friday's card: http://playmeadowlands.com/RaceReviews.aspx?racedt=11/6/2020. 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. CHECK OUT THE SHOW: As always look for the "Racing from The Meadowlands" live in-house simulcast show every Friday and Saturday night. The Big M's regular team of Brower and Little will be on set both nights this weekend in addition to providing winner's circle interviews for the Kindergarten Classic. The pre-game show begins at 6:42 p.m. First race is at 7:15 p.m. If you want to watch all the action at home, go to rtn.tv or your favorite ADW platform to catch every race live. GET YOUR FOOTBALL ACTION: You can watch and wager on all the National Football League and college football action, as well as other sports, when the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook is open for business from 10 a.m. - midnight Sunday through Friday and from 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. on Saturday. From the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Meadowlands harness racing fans were seen cashing some big tickets during the month of September, and those who collected used the track's three smallest based-bet wagers to do it. The 20-cent Pick-6, offered nightly on races three through eight, returned an average of $4,113 during September, while the 20-cent Pick-5, which can be played both on races one through five and nine through 13, came back $477 for 20 cents and $2,388 for one dollar. The new non-jackpot 10-cent Pentafectas, offered on races five and 13, have returned an average of $794. Those five wagers, along with the Big M's popular 50-cent Pick-4s, which are available on races six through nine and 10 through 13, make up the track's "Magnificent 7", wagers which offer a low 15 percent takeout. "You don't need a big bankroll to play at The Meadowlands," said Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "Given the low minimums and low takeout, we have made it possible to play all of these wagers and get a greater return when you win. The action starts with the Early 20-cent Pick-5 on the first race, with multi-race wagers in every race - except the last race - the home of the 10-cent Pentafecta, the ultimate "get out" bet. If our fans can't stay for the later races, they can wager early and watch the replays at home by going to this website: https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/WQTSC31JXKuL66lhg1HTG?domain=meadowlandseacetrack.com." Increasing the September payoffs was a decrease in the percentage of winning favorites, as 36 percent clicked at The Big M over the eight race cards, eight percentage points lower than an average harness facility. And even though the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds, which conducted its opening two legs, did yield some mismatches (chalks won 55 percent of the time), that's always vital information for bettors who need "singles" to anchor their multi-leg wagers. (Thirty-two percent of public choices scored in overnight events.) TODD TERRIFIC: No one at The Big M had heard of Todd McCarthy when the month began, but they sure have now. The 27-year-old younger brother of Andy McCarthy made a huge impact upon his arrival from Australia, topping the driver colony during September with 11 victories. Dexter Dunn was next with 10 followed by Tim Tetrick, who had nine. Jenn Bongiorno, Tony Alagna and Ron Burke were tops among the trainers with six wins apiece. YOU'LL LOVE IT AT LEX: Racing at Lexington, Kentucky's famed Red Mile starts this weekend, with six cards of top-flight stakes action to be contested the next two Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with a 1 p.m. post time. The Big M's own Dave Brower will handle post-race interviews and will partner up with the sport's popular jack-of-all-trades and leader of the #senditin army, Gabe Prewitt, for analysis of the races. Prewitt also serves as track announcer. For everything Red Mile, check out Prewitt on Twitter at @gabe_prewitt. BRING YOUR CHECKBOOK: Smack in the middle of the two big weeks of racing at The Red Mile is the 2020 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, which takes place from October 5-9 at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Lexington. Given the new reality that is life in the era of COVID-19, hopeful bidders can go to lexingtonselected.com for all information, including how one can bid online or via phone. "People can go to the website where there will be a link for the live stream of the sale," said Dave Reid, the President of Preferred Equine who serves as the co-sales manager at Lexington. "Obviously, 2020 has been challenging for everybody, and we are very fortunate that we will have a live venue. I think it's important for the industry to have a live in-person sale. We are looking forward to it, and hope to see more champions like Ramona Hill, Tall Dark Stranger, Venerate and Captain Barbossa, who all came out of this sale." PREAKNESS NEXT: The third and final leg of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown takes place Saturday in Baltimore with the running of the 145th Preakness from Pimlico Race Course. The first of 12 races on the card gets underway at 11 a.m. The Preakness, which is race 11, goes to the starting gate at 5:36 p.m. FREE STUFF: For free past performances, go to playmeadowlands.com, where one can access races nine through 13 for both Friday and Saturday's program. Those races include the 20-cent Late Pick-5, 50-cent Late Pick-4 and 10-cent Late Pentafecta, not to mention the Late Daily Double. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover) and Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1). Check in everyday for Meadowlands news and updates at those handles, as well as @TheMeadowlands and #playbigm. 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 this link to check out Friday's card: http://playmeadowlands.com/RaceReviews.aspx?racedt=10/2/2020 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. From The Meadowlands  

East Rutherford, NJ - Statement regarding the Meadowlands Racetrack's Friday, September 25th race 13 pentafecta payout. "When we noticed a carryover posted for our last race pentafecta, it immediately raised a red flag for us," stated the Meadowlands Racetrack's GM & COO Jason Settlemoir. "We reached out to our tote provider Sportech and asked them to research the wager for us." Ted Shaine, General Manger/QDC East for Sportech Racing issued the following statement: "For the 13th race Pentafecta pool on 25-SEP-20, the system encountered a software bug and did not properly detect tickets with 5/5 winners and therefore created a carryover. The carryover has been removed from tonight's (Sept 26th) card and wagers with 5/5 from last night will be paid manually. The software bug has been corrected for tonight's (Sept 26th) card." "We appreciate Sportech researching this quickly," said Settlemoir. "Racing and wagering integrity is of the utmost importance to us. We will continue to work with Sportech and the New Jersey Racing Commission on this issue." All bettors are urged to hold their September 25th last race pentafecta tickets if they had 5-for-5 so they can be properly paid out. From the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It may have only been four weeks since Ramona Hill beat the boys in a thrilling Hambletonian where wagering soared to heights not seen in some time, but for impatient Meadowlands fans, the wait for harness racing to return to the top track in the game is finally over, as live action at the mile oval resumes Saturday (Sept. 5) at 7:15 p.m. Given the "new normal" that is life in the COVID-19 era, Saturday will not only mark the return of live racing, but simulcast fans will get a huge bonus as they'll be able to watch and wager on thoroughbred racing's biggest event, The Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs, which has a post time of 7:01 p.m. Normally, The Derby would have been contested on the first Saturday in May. Fans interested in finding out about limited attendance capacities, COVID protocols, seating and dining options at the Meadowlands Saturday should click on this link: Hambletonian Day business saw handle exceed the $5-million mark ($5.7M) for the second time in 2020, while betting on the Hambletonian itself totaled $845,469, the highest number since 2012. The July 18 Meadowlands Pace was the centerpiece of the other $5-million handle, reaching that lofty plateau for the first time on Pace Night since 2008. Betting throughout the Summer Championship Meet (June 5 through August 8) was vigorous, as average nightly handle rose 10 percent as compared to 2019 at $3,172,554. Handle per race increased eight percent to $232,421, and total wagering was $63.4 million, up more than $9 million. "The Meadowlands wishes to thank our faithful fans for their incredible support throughout this tumultuous year," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "Now, as we move forward with our Fall Meeting, we know that our new expanded low-takeout wagering menu will offer horseplayers a plethora of not only low-takeout options, but bets that offer low-minimums as well, from start to finish on every Meadowlands program." What's new on the betting menu are the Late Pick-5 and 10-cent High-Five, which brings to seven the total number of wagers on a given night that sport low 15 percent takeouts. That means that players can play "bookend" 20-cent Pick-5s, one on the first five races on the program and the second on the last five. The 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five has been eliminated and been replaced with a traditional, non-jackpot version, which means that multiple winners - instead of just one - can cash in. The minimum bet has been lowered from 20 cents to 10 and the wagers will be offered on the fifth and 13th races nightly. Here is what bettors are sure to find a very tasty menu of low-takeout wagers, effective Saturday night: Race 1: 20-cent Pick-5 Race 3: 20-cent Pick-6 Race 5: 10-cent High-Five Race 6: 50-cent Pick-4 Race 9: 20-cent Pick-5 Race 10: 50-cent Pick-4 Race 13: 10-cent High-Five WANT TO BET THE DERBY "ON THE GO"? The Meadowlands will offer Kentucky Derby wagering on both Friday and Saturday for those who need the convenience of a walk-up window given the track's reduced capacity. There will be a betting window in Lot M off Berry's Creek Road. Tellers will take action from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Programs will be available for sale for not only the Derby and Meadowlands races, but for simulcast action as well. DON'T MISS THE SHOW: Big M fans will be able to catch the Derby and then the show. The live simulcast "Racing from the Meadowlands" in-house pre-game show will begin immediately after the conclusion of the Kentucky Derby. THE SCHEDULE: Starting Sept. 11, racing will be conducted through the end of 2020 on Fridays and Saturdays - except for Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25 - with a first-race post time of 7:15 p.m. MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The next can't-miss night at The Big M is Saturday, Nov. 21, when better than $2.8 million in purses will be up for grabs on "Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night" as the Goldsmith Maid, Three Diamonds, Valley Victory, Governor's Cup and all four TVG Finals highlight a spectacular card. From the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The "Biggest Night in Harness Racing" takes place Saturday (July 18) at the track known as the Big M. And for bettors, Meadowlands Pace Night 2020 is now even bigger. The action and stakes racing will be excessive Saturday at North America's top venue, with the marquee event - The Meadowlands Pace, a 3-year-old open for a purse of $636,650 - scheduled as Race 9, with a post time of 9:55 p.m. "Every year, Meadowlands Pace Night sports one of the truly special race cards of the year," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "The 13-race program has many stakes events, and the wagering opportunities are numerous. On Saturday, we will be offering a mandatory payout on our 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five, so the total pool should be huge." This Friday night's Early 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five will not be offered so that Saturday's can start out with a carryover of $65,089 in the 11th race. "It is our hope that our players will go after the Saturday Super High-Five in a big way," said Settlemoir. "Hopefully, we can get $200,000 into that pool and get one - or several - players a nice score." Saturday's wagering menu will be expanded. Here is a look at what - and when - players will be playing the track's popular puzzles, all of which offer a low 15 percent takeout: 20-cent Pick-5 (Races 1-5, $50,000 guaranteed pool) 50-cent All Stakes Pick-4 (Races 6-9, $100,000 guarantee) 20-cent Pick-6 (Races 8-13) 20-cent Pick-5 (Races 9-13) 50-cent Pick-4 (Races 10-13) 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five (Race 11, $65,089 carryover, mandatory payout, estimated pool $200,000) The Big M has good momentum heading into this weekend's racing, with $3,440,248 having been wagered last Saturday, the high at the mile oval this year for a 13-race card, on which the track set a per-race average best of $264,634. Despite the absence of the Early 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five on Friday, fans of the wager will still have a big opportunity in the 13th race, as that JSH5 will start out with a carryover of $80,368. Friday's program begins at the usual 7:15 p.m. STAKES-STACKED CARD: Saturday's Meadowlands Pace Night program gets underway a little earlier than usual, with a first-race post time of 6:30 p.m. In addition to The Pace, the card also offers the $40,000 Miss Versatility (featuring Manchego), $253,500 Del Miller Memorial (Hypnotic AM), $284,500 Stanley Dancer Memorial-two divisions (Amigo Volo and Beads), $194,400 Mistletoe Shalee (JK First Lady), $391,300 William Haughton Memorial (Dancin Lou), $464,900 Hambletonian Maturity (Gimpanzee), $172,850 Dorothy Haughton (Shartin N) and $123,100 William Haughton Memorial Consolation (Sintra). OWNERS BACK IN THE WC: For the first time since before the coronavirus shutdown in early March, owners will be welcome back in the winner's circle on Saturday night, with masks and social distancing strictly enforced. PACE CARD LIVE ON FACEBOOK: The entire Meadowlands Pace card can be seen live on the Meadowlands' Facebook page. The races can also be seen on the Roberts Television Network (rtn.tv) or on the Television Games Network (TVG). To bet the races go to 4njbets.com, tvg.com or your favorite ADW (advance-deposit wagering) platform. "We are looking forward to an international viewing audience on TVG on Pace Night," said Settlemoir. "But we also look forward to seeing our fans at the track as well." For those who want to come out to the races, grandstand capacity is 25 percent with more patrons allowed outside on the apron. Theweatherchannel.com is forecasting fabulous conditions for Saturday night, with temperatures in the mid-70s, a few clouds and light winds. ASHLEY RETURNS: The Meadowlands' Dave Brower, Dave Little, Ken Warkentin and Jessica Otten will be joined for a second straight weekend by Ashley Mailloux, the paddock analyst and handicapper at Ft. Erie Racetrack, who will be on hand to bolster the Big M's TV presence. Mailloux also contributes - and freelances - for Post Time with Mike and Mike, America's Best Racing, the Maryland Jockey Club and the Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN). Otten spent the early part of the week out at the farms of some of The Pace contenders, and her reports will be shown throughout the weekend. On Friday, Mailloux will sit beside Brower and serve as co-host of the live simulcast presentation at 6:45 p.m. Saturday's show will have Brower and Little on set, with an earlier-than-usual start time of 5:45 p.m. Otten and Mailloux will have features and interviews all weekend long, and, of course, Warkentin, the voice of The Big M, will call all 26 races. Due to the cancellation of racing at Del Mar, Meadowlands management is anticipating more coverage on TVG's live presentation of the races. Little will be on TVG duty Friday, and Mike Bozich, the track announcer at Harrah's Philadelphia, will take the microphone Saturday. FREE STUFF: For free past performances, go to playmeadowlands.com. Friday night, the Late 50-cent Pick-4 and Late 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five (races 10-13) will be available. On Saturday, bettors can access the entire Meadowlands Pace Night card. 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. Go to the "handicapping" drop down and then go to "race reviews". Additionally, track announcer Ken Warkentin's blog is available on the site and offers his picks and analysis. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Brower (@eedoogie), Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Otten (@JessicaOtten1) and Mailloux (@ashley_mailloux). Check in everyday for Meadowlands news and updates at those handles, as well as @TheMeadowlands, #playbigm and #paceyourself20. FOLLOW THE FAVORITES: Want to know what the trainer and driver of Meadowlands Pace 7-5 morning-line favorite Tall Dark Stranger are saying? Follow trainer Nancy Takter (@NancyTakter) and driver Yannick Gingras (@Gingras3) on Twitter. READ ALL ABOUT IT: Check the following harness racing outlets on the internet for everything Meadowlands Pace, before and after the race: playmeadowlands.com, ustrotting.com, drf.com/harness/, harnessracing.com, standardbredcanada.ca, harnessracingupdate.com and harnesslink.com. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

East Rutherford, NJ - Due to recent developments in the area related to health concerns, The Meadowlands has decided to cancel live racing this weekend, March 13 & 14.   "It's become impossible to provide the needed protection for those racing and those attending the races,"said Meadowlands GM Jason Settlemoir. "We wanted to go and get everyone raced but you get to a point where the possible negative consequences outweigh the positive aspects. So we'll follow all developments closely and keep everyone informed of the status of live racing in the near future." From the Meadowlands Racetrack  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands intends to race live harness racing cards on Friday and Saturday as scheduled and drawn. To accomplish this as safely as possible, horsemen competing will be required to comply with guidelines as set by NJ State officials.   Part of this initiative is self quarantine, take that to mean that if you have been in the presence of a person that you are aware has been diagnosed with COVID-19 you should not be on The Meadowlands property this weekend and beyond.   Be advised that those caretakers of who were in the paddock at Freehold over the past weekend or have recently been in the paddock at Yonkers will not be permitted on the property of the Meadowlands Racetrack for two weeks.   "We recognize the gravity of the situation with COVID-19," said Meadowlands GM Jason Settlemoir. "We also realize the plight of our horsemen who have horses to race, so we will do everything we can to see the weekend's racing through as safely as possible. To accomplish this we will need the cooperation of those horsemen coming to The Meadowlands to race. Be thoughtful, considerate and aware of the guidelines set by those charged with managing this situation."   For additional information about COVID-19, please read the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov, or your local health department website. Post time Friday and Saturday will be 6:55 PM. From the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - As the saying goes: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." But at the Meadowlands, there are exceptions to that rule. For Big M bettors, guarantees have been part of the landscape for some time now, and pending regulatory approval, one already in play is about to get sweeter, while another is brand new. Beginning Friday, March 6 (post time 6:55 p.m.), the Big M will offer three popular multi-leg wagers with guaranteed pools that total $130,000. They are: The 20-cent Pick-5 (race one), which will now have a $40,000 guaranteed pool, up 60% from the $25,000 promise it had previously The track's "signature" wager, the Early 50-cent Pick-4 (race six), whose $50,000 guarantee remains unchanged The new Late 50-cent Pick-4 (race 10), which is off to an incredible start in its first four weeks, will now go from no guarantee to a $40,000 assurance "This is an enormous step for not only the Meadowlands, but for the sport of harness racing," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "Making the game better for horseplayers has to be a major part of the equation for this sport to flourish. Our fans around the world have responded positively to our new wagering menu, and we are responding to our horseplayers with $130,000 in nightly guarantees, big carryover pools and multi-leg wagers that offer a low takeout of 15 percent." It appears the call by Big M management to shakeup the wagering format four weeks ago was the right one, based on last weekend's returns. After Friday's (Feb. 28) handle reached $2,970,735 - third best of 2020 - the very next night that number was eclipsed when $2,973,673 was pushed through the windows. The weekend total of $5,944,408 and per race average (for the 26 races) of $228,631 both established seasonal bests. The guarantee of the Pick-5 pool appears to be one that will be surpassed rather easily, even with the increase. The wager has seen all eight of its pools exceed $55,000 since it was updated to use a base wager of 20 cents, with the last three reaching at least $72,000. Last weekend's payoffs were certain to put a smile on winner's faces, as they cashed in for $2,092 on Friday and $3,140 on Saturday. The consistent play in the Early Pick-4 has seen seven straight pools of $70,000 or more, while going past $80,000 on four occasions. One could argue the biggest surprise has been the popularity of the Late Pick-4, which has seen wagering of at least $70,000 in its last four tries, including a bet-best $86,834 last Saturday. This for a wager that did not exist until Feb. 7. The only one of the Big M's "Fab Four" wagers not to offer a guarantee is the 20-cent Pick-6, but when the bet doesn't get hit, the ensuing carryover always makes it special. After Friday's Pick-6 failed to produce any tickets with six winners, $11,270 carried over to Saturday's card, when $77,512 in new money was wagered to create a total pool of $88,782. The average Pick-6 payout is a handsome $4,145. FREE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY PPs: For free past performances of the entire Big M cards for Friday and Saturday, go to playmeadowlands.com. JSH5 ALERT: 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five players are waiting for this weekend with great anticipation, as carryovers of $40,367 (race five) and $37,169 (race 13) will go to any player on Friday night who are holding the only ticket bearing the numbers of the first five in official order of finish. FEBRUARY STANDOUTS: Yannick Gingras recorded a driving double on both Friday and Saturday last week to finish atop the February driver standings with 23 wins. Dexter Dunn, who scored four times Saturday night, finished the month with 19 victories. Ron Burke sat atop the February trainer standings with 19 winner's circle trips. WHHC QUALIFIER: On Saturday (March 7), the Big M will host its March World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier, the final qualifier to be held at the Big M. The top two finishers Saturday will qualify for the April 18 WHHC Final. It's only $200 to play ($100 to enter; $100 bankroll). For complete information, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/contest_detail.aspx?id=1646. TIME FOR MAYHEM: The NCAA Basketball Tournament is almost here, and you can get a front row seat to the action - while getting your action - in the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook. The selection show is at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 when all conference tournament play is concluded. Then, the 68-team tournament - known for its upsets and Cinderella stories - gets underway on Tuesday, March 17. From The Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - On February 7, management at the Meadowlands gave their harness racing wagering menu a big shakeup, and while the early returns on the new 20-cent-base Pick-5 and additional 50-cent Pick-4 have been solid, the bet that's provided the biggest jolt of energy has been the 20-cent Pick-6, which looks fresh off a considerable layoff. "When you go back to the days when the Pick-6 was a staple at many tracks," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "You have to remember that when the bet was flourishing, the multi-race options were the Daily Double and the Pick-3. What happened was, as those racetracks added Pick-4s and Pick-5s to their wagering menus, the Pick-6 got lost in the shuffle." The Pick-6 is now back and it's experiencing a renaissance at the Big M. When the Meadowlands last offered a Pick-6 in 2012, the Opening Night pool of $3,302 created a one-day carryover of $1,975. The next night saw a pool of $2,610 and a two-day carryover of $3,534. Remarkably, one week later, the four-day carryover had only reached $8,435. Three weeks ago, the first Pick-6 pool of this era was $17,985, or five times more than the initial 2012 pot. The next night, the pool expanded to $24,474 and one sharp player had the only winning ticket and walked away with $20,797. That's quite a before ($5,912) and after ($42,549) when comparing the first two pools during the different eras. On Saturday (Feb. 15), in only the fourth time the Pick-6 was offered, the bet failed to yield a ticket with all six winners, creating a carryover (the first in eight years) of $14,376 that served as the catalyst for a total pool of just over $91,000 after $76,682 in "new money" was wagered the following Friday. Since the carryover money is "rake free", bettors were actually wagering into a rare "player's advantage". Instead of a takeout, the bettor's edge was 3 percent. "When the Meadowlands decided to bring back the Pick-6, it had to be a better version that would allow people to participate without waiting weeks for the carryover to build up," said Settlemoir. "We wanted to go with the traditional no-jackpot format. The 2020 version would lower the minimum to 20 cents and lowered the takeout to 15 percent. It didn't take very long to realize that the new version of the Meadowlands' Pick-6 was a hit." The popularity of the Pick-6 is continuing to build momentum. The most recent pool was its biggest yet, as $29,150 was pushed through the windows on Feb. 22. "So far, the revamped version of the Pick-6 has exceeded all expectations," said Settlemoir. "And the new wagering menu has definitely brought new eyes to the Meadowlands product. The 20-cent Pick-5 ($75,544 on Feb. 22) and Late 50-cent Pick-4 ($75,592 on Feb. 21) also established season highs last weekend." Other wagering highlights from last weekend include: All-source total handles of $2.68 million on both Friday and Saturday Average handle per race for the 26-race weekend of $206,806 An Early Pick-4 pool of $89,159 on Saturday REMINDER: The Meadowlands races every Friday and Saturday with a first race post time of 6:55 p.m. The live "Racing from the Meadowlands" simulcast show gets underway at 6:22 p.m. Joining Dave Brower this weekend on set will be Tioga and Vernon Downs' TV personality Brett Risi. The wagering menu includes the 20-cent Pick-5 (race one), which has a guaranteed pool of $25,000; 20-cent Pick-6 (race four); 50-cent Early Pick-4 (race six), which has a $50,000 guarantee; and 50-cent Late Pick-4 (race 10). All four wagers offer a low 15 percent takeout. Free program pages for the Early Pick-4 and Late 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five are available at ustrotting.com and playmeadowlands.com. PICK-6 CLARIFICATION: Payouts for the Pick-6 are done in this fashion: · When there are ticket(s) with six winners, all the money in the pool (minus the 15 percent takeout) is returned to those winners · When there are no tickets with six winners, 25 percent of the pool is paid out to those with five winners (a "consolation"). Then, 75 percent is carried over to the next time the wager is offered WISHES IT WAS ALWAYS FEBRUARY: Last year, Yannick Gingras crushed the Meadowlands like Godzilla during February, winning seven races on Feb. 1 followed by a six-bagger the next night. He finished the month with a ridiculous 33 wins. While he hasn't been quite as dominant during the second month of 2020, he has been dominant nonetheless. The 40-year-old pilot ripped it up last weekend, winning five races on both Friday and Saturday, to up his monthly total to 19 with two race cards remaining. Trainer Ron Burke also excelled last weekend, sending out seven winners, five of which were handled by his go-to driver Gingras. WHHC QUALIFIER: On Saturday (March 7), the Big M will host its March World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier. The top two finishers will qualify for the WHHC Final. It's only $200 to play ($100 to enter; $100 bankroll). For complete information, go to playmeadowlands.com. WHAT'S GOING ON.... On Feb. 28, card players who are 21 or older can play Texas Hold'em on "Free Poker Friday", hosted by World Free Poker. Every live racing night, place a win bet on the fourth race, and if you win, get the "winning experience" and have your picture taken in the winner's circle. Those who qualify should proceed to the winner's circle immediately after the race. From the Meadowlands Media Department    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It's been a long time since Meadowlands' fans have been able to utter the following fabulous phrase: "Pick-6 carryover!" The carryover of $14,376 might not seem extremely impressive by itself, but what figures to transpire as a result will raise eyebrows from players, regardless of the girth of their bankrolls. First and foremost, the Big M, in partnership with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering initiative, has created an instant guaranteed pool of $40,000, which could look small by the time the fourth race on Friday heads to the gate, marking the start of the wager. The bet has a base of 20 cents, which allows players to "spread' their action further in pursuit of winners with double-digit odds. As always, the P6 has a low 15 percent takeout. What players may not realize is the value in a bet like this with a carryover. "After a long layoff, we are excited to see a Pick-6 carryover at the Meadowlands," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "The 20-cent minimum has given life to the Pick-6. In 2012, when the Pick-6 had a higher minimum, our Opening Night carryover was $1,975, and it took us four nights to get that number past the $8,000 mark. "Without the help of a carryover, the 20-cent version has an average pool this year of over $20,000 a night with 20-cent payoffs that have been excellent. With plenty of time between cards for handicappers all over the world to get ready to put money into this big pool, we obviously are expecting an enormous response to the one-day carryover of $14,376 on Friday." The mathematics prove that wagers with low 15 percent takeouts that have carryovers provide huge value for the player. In fact, there will be more money paid out than the amount of "new money" wagered Friday. In the event Friday sees $80,000 in "new money", the breakdown would be as follows: 15 percent of the $80,000 is removed for the takeout, leaving $68,000. Add the carryover of $14,376 to the $68,000, and you get a total of $82,376 left for the players with live tickets to divvy up, with 75 percent going to those who go six-for-six and 25 percent to those who have five winners. With $2,376 more going out after $80,000 comes in, that creates a rare "player's advantage" of 2.97 percent. In the event no one picks all six winners, 75 percent - just over $60,000 - would carry over to Saturday's card. Free program pages for the 20-cent Pick-6 (which begins in the fourth race), as well as the 50-cent Pick-4 (race six) and Late 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five (13th race) will be available at ustrotting.com and playmeadowlands.com. GUARANTEED GREEN: The Meadowlands will offer four big multi-race pools on the Friday card, with three offering sizable guaranteed pools. The aforementioned 20-cent Pick-6 sports a guaranteed pool of $40,000, the 20-cent Pick-5 (race one) promises $25,000 and the "signature" 50-cent Pick-4 (race six) offers $50,000. The second 50-cent Pick-4 (race 10) has no guarantee but has been doing quite well nonetheless, with a pool that's averaged just over $59,000. Racing will be conducted on Friday and Saturday, with a first race post time of 6:55 p.m. PICK-5 OFF TO STRONG START: Since dropping the minimum wager to 20 cents, the action has been solid in the Big M's revamped Pick-5. The average pool has been $63,382 with both Saturdays since the change registering pools in excess of $70,000. The average payout has been a healthy $1,123 for two thin dimes. Speaking of five, the green has been steadily piling up in the track's two 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Fives. The carryovers for Friday are $31,773 and $25,021 for races five and 13, respectively. SEE WILDER-FURY AT THE BIG M: A boxing match for the ages takes place Saturday night (Feb. 22), as a pair of unbeaten heavyweights will go at it in Las Vegas. Deontay Wilder, 42-0-1, and Tyson Fury, 29-0-1, will go toe-to-toe for the second time to unify the heavyweight division title. The first time the pair met, the result was a controversial draw in December of 2018. Can't get to Vegas? Then come on out to the Meadowlands, where you can watch and wager on the action in the track's FanDuel Sportsbook or Victory SportsBar. The fight is expected to begin sometime between 11 p.m. and midnight. WHHC QUALIFIER: On Saturday (Feb. 22), the Big M will host its February World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier. The top two finishers will qualify for the WHHC Final. It's only $200 to play ($100 to enter; $100 bankroll). For complete information, check out the brochure at http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/2020%20February%20WHHC%20qualifier.pdf. WHAT'S UP.... On Feb. 21, card players who are 21 or older can play Texas Hold'em on "Free Poker Friday", hosted by World Free Poker. Every live racing night, place a win bet on the fourth race, and if you win, get the "winning experience" and have your picture taken in the winner's circle. Those who qualify should proceed to the winner's circle immediately after the race. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - In harness racing, it's not uncommon to see tracks with favorites that win at a rate of 45 percent and higher, but at the Meadowlands, the races play out more as they would at major thoroughbred tracks, meaning bigger payouts for the patrons. As of Monday (Feb. 10), the Big M's post-time choices have been clicking 36 percent of the time, which is the same rate as at Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park. Santa Anita favorites are winning 38 percent of the time. "The percentage of winning favorites at the Meadowlands shows that the racing office is doing a great job carding ultra-competitive races to wager on," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "Last weekend (Feb. 7-8), there were only seven winning favorites out of 26 races (27 percent) at the Meadowlands. If you go down the list of what is important to horse players, I think the Big M is getting it done as well as any track right now, especially when one considers our low 15 percent takeout on all of our Pick-4s, Pick-5s and Pick-6s." Last week, the mile oval saw wholesale changes to its betting menu - not to mention its post time - and the track's faithful following responded in a big way. While the new earlier post time of 6:55 p.m. must have taken some by surprise, the majority were ready, betting with both fists. Handle on the first race both nights was vigorous, as $244,355 in bets were taken Friday before $293,871 was pushed through the windows Saturday. Saturday's total handle of $2,856,554 - third best of 2020 - saw an average per race of just under $220,000 and represented the fifth straight card where action exceeded $2.5 million. The first race Pick-5, which saw a reduced base bet of 20 cents (down from 50 cents), took in big play, with total pools of $55,082 Friday and a season-best $72,364 Saturday. Saturday's payout of $3,548 was particularly impressive when one considers the odds of the winners, which were 2-1, 5-2, 7-2, 5-1 and 5-2. The $1 payout of $17,740 was more than 13 times what the parlay returned. "Whether you are here for start of the card or can't get here until later on in the night, there is now a plethora of multi-race bets spaced out throughout the evening," said Settlemoir. One multi-leg bet now flows right into another on a typical 13-race card, as the 20-cent Pick-5 covers races one through five, the "signature" Early 50-cent Pick-4 races six through nine and the new Late 50-cent Pick-4 races 10 through 13. Another new wager that was popular with players was the 20-cent Pick-6, which saw its total pool increase 36 percent to over $24,000 on Saturday when compared to Friday. One Saturday sharpie took down the entire pool, cashing in for $20,797. When compared to the "standard" 25 percent chop, that winner walked away with an extra $2,442 in his or her pocket given the Big M's low 15 percent rake. The move of the "signature" $50,000 guaranteed 50-cent Pick-4 to the sixth race was something bettors were ready for, as $68,473 and $86,015 were wagered Friday and Saturday, respectively, leading to payoffs of $758 and $291. Besides the Pick-6, a new Late 50-cent Pick-4 debuted to rave reviews, with $53,229 in action taken Friday (leading to a payoff of $1,130) before $61,834 was put in play Saturday ($700). "Our new multi-race menu offers four wagers on Friday and five on Saturday at the highly-reduced takeout of 15 percent," said Settlemoir. "The Early and Late Pick-4, Pick-5, Pick-6 and the Saturday only Can-Am Pick-4. The math says that with the added money now going to the players, small losers can now become small winners and small winners can become big winners. Of course, we are counting on the support of price-conscious players - regardless of the size of their bankrolls - to make these multi-race wagers a must play." Total play on last weekend's Pick-4s, Pick-5s and Pick-6s was almost $440,000, as $194,770 was wagered Friday before $244,787 was put in play Saturday. FREE FREE FREE: Free program pages for the Early 50-cent Pick-4 and Late 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five are always available at playmeadowlands.com and ustrotting.com. GET READY WITH DAVE AND DAVE: The Big M TV team of Dave Brower and Dave Little are always there for players who want all the information needed to tackle a Meadowlands card. Analysis and selections by Brower, who also serves as track odds maker, are always available 48 hours before a race card at playmeadowlands.com. The duo can be seen nightly on the "Meadowlands Live" simulcast show beginning at 6:22 p.m., with whomever is in the co-host chair providing an in-depth look at that evening's Pick-5. The Daves provide best bets and value plays on the card - as well as a look at the night's featured races - before coming on-camera before race six to give out tickets for the night's Early 50-cent Pick-4. Both handicappers have done well of late, with Little - who gives out "Little's Late Double" before the 12th race every night - having given out three straight doubles, a streak that ended last Saturday, the same night that Brower gave out the Early Pick-4 that paid $291. TWITTER TALK: Connect with everyone on the Meadowlands' TV (and TVG) team on Twitter: Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1), Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Rich Mattei (@Richmattei16), Mike Bozich (@MikeBozich) and Peter Kleinhans (@PKleinhansMusic). And for selections and everything Meadowlands, go to #playbigm. COMING UP.... On Feb. 14, card players who are 21 or older can play Texas Hold'em on "Free Poker Friday", hosted by World Free Poker. On Feb. 14, bring your sweetheart to the races and enjoy a fabulous Valentine's Day dinner in the Big M's Pink Restaurant. You might be one of three couples to win a gift certificate for a bed and breakfast stay in Cape May, NJ. For reservations, call 201-THE-BIGM. On Feb. 22, The Big M will host its February World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier. The top two finishers will qualify for the WHHC Final. It's only $200 to play ($100 to enter; $100 bankroll). For complete information, check out the brochure at http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/2020%20February%20WHHC%20qualifier.pdf. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The opportunities will be plentiful for Meadowlands players interested in low takeout multi-race wagers effective with the race card of Friday, February 7, when, in addition to an extra Pick-4 and a brand new Pick-6, a new post time of 6:55 p.m. promises to get players home a little earlier after the last race hits the finish line. "All of us at the Meadowlands understand that lower takeouts attract horseplayers," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "That's why the Pick-4, Pick-5 and Pick-6 now have takeouts of 15 percent, which is a 40 percent reduction from the original takeout of 25 percent." How does that impact the bettor? For every $100 wagered, he or she gets back $113. That extra 13 percent in the players' pockets keeps them playing. Straight wagers are priced at 17 percent, exactas and doubles at 19 percent and the new rolling Pick-3s at 20 percent. The 10-cent superfecta is at 20 percent - which is a reduction of 20 percent - making the Big M's superfecta takeout one of the lowest in harness, or, for that matter, thoroughbred racing. "We understand that horseplayers are a major part of the racing industry," said Settlemoir. "They deserve our respect. One year ago, the State of New Jersey stepped up for the racing industry in the form of an appropriation that raised our purses significantly. The Meadowlands in turn has stepped up for our fans with lower takeouts, full fields and great racing, three major reasons that we had our second $3-million night of the year last Saturday (Feb. 1)." With regard to the new betting bonanza that goes into effect Friday, Settlemoir said: "There is no doubt that this is one of our most ambitious and value-conscious wagering menus ever implemented at the Meadowlands." These are the pertinent facts: 20-cent Pick-5 (Race 1): The wager - which will continue to offer a $25,000 guaranteed pool - still begins with the first race of the night, but now has a 20-cent minimum and can be played in 20-cent denominations (such as 20 cents, 40 cents, 60 cents, etc.). 20-cent Pick-6 (Race 4): A "traditional" Pick-6. Should no player select all six winners, there will be a carryover to the next racing program. The 20-cent minimum will enable bettors to "spread" further without a big investment. Early 50-cent Pick-4 (Race 6): The "signature" wager at the Meadowlands now moves from the eighth race to the sixth, which immediately follows the cashing out of the Pick-5. The $50,000 guaranteed pool remains, as does the 50-cent minimum. Free program pages for this wager are available at ustrotting.com and playmeadowlands.com. Late 50-cent Pick-4 (Race 10): Immediately following the payoff leg of both the Pick-6 and Early Pick-4, this additional Pick-4 will give Meadowlands' fans another big multi-race pool to shoot for before the end of the program. 20-cent Can-Am Pick-4: This wager - which is on Saturday nights - will see a shift once the earlier post time takes effect. The bet, which challenges players to select the winners of two races at both the Meadowlands and Woodbine Mohawk Park, will still begin with WMP's 10th race, but from there the sequence will be Meadowlands 11, WMP 11 and Meadowlands 12. The Pick-5, Pick-6, both Pick-4s and Can-Am Pick-4 will all offer a low 15 percent takeout. Rolling Pick-3s are returning: All races that do not have a Pick-4, Pick-5 or Pick-6 will offer a $1 Pick-3. On a typical 13-race card, the Pick-3s will be available on races 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 11.  Daily Double players will get the same opportunities they had for many years as the traditional format of the first two and last two races will go back into effect. The 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 will be dropped. With the new earlier post time of 6:55 p.m., simulcast fans can now look for the "Racing from the Meadowlands" live in-house pre-game show to begin nightly at 6:22 p.m. The TV team of Dave Brower and Dave Little will add a segment to the pre-game show that takes an in-depth look at the 20-cent Pick-5. SERIOUS SATURDAY STATS: Saturday (Feb. 1) night's all-source total handle of $3,026,740 was highlighted by winter-meet-best pools in both the 50-cent Pick-5 ($71,830) and 50-cent Pick-4 ($117,502). Race eight - which marks the start of the Pick-4 - took in a total $306,163 while over the course of the 13-race program, 11 races saw total pools of $200,000 or more. GINGRAS' BIG WEEKEND: Yannick Gingras paced the driver's colony over the course of last weekend's racing, winning eight races. It will come as no shock to Big M regulars that trainer Ron Burke was far and away the top trainer, with seven wins (from just 18 starts, 39 percent), all piloted by his go-to driver Gingras. Feb. 7, card players who are 21 or older can play Texas Hold'em on "Free Poker Friday", hosted by World Free Poker. Feb. 7, come to the track and enjoy a "Brunch for Love" from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The event benefits non-profits from the Meadowlands Chamber. Feb. 14, bring your sweetheart to the races and enjoy a fabulous Valentine's Day dinner in the Big M's Pink Restaurant. You might be one of three couples to win a gift certificate for a bed and breakfast stay in Cape May, NJ. For reservations, call 201-THE-BIGM. Feb. 22, The Big M will host its February World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier. The top two finishers will qualify for the WHHC Final. It's only $200 to play ($100 to enter; $100 bankroll). For complete information, check out the brochure at http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/2020%20February%20WHHC%20qualifier.pdf. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Management at the Meadowlands is never afraid to shake things up, and starting on Friday, February 7, Big M fans will see an earlier start for the harness racing with a 6:55 p.m. post time, and once the card begins, they'll have a new array of wagers to titillate their wagering palates. "As the popularity of multi-race wagers continues to grow," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "We at the Meadowlands have chosen to expand our wagering menu to now include two Pick-4s, a new 20-cent Pick-5 and a new straight 20-cent Pick-6. "All four of these wagers will offer a low 15 percent takeout, which keeps more money in players' pockets. We are also going back to rolling Pick-3s, which will give bettors a vast assortment of multi-race wagers to play throughout the course of the evening. There is no doubt that this is one of our most ambitious and value-conscious wagering menus ever implemented at the Meadowlands." These are the pertinent facts: 20-cent Pick-5 (Race 1): The wager - which will continue to offer a $25,000 guaranteed pool - still begins with the first race of the night, but now has a 20-cent minimum and can be played in 20-cent denominations (such as 20 cents, 40 cents, 60 cents, etc.).  20-cent Pick-6 (Race 4): A "traditional" Pick-6. Should no player select all six winners, there will be a carryover to the next racing program. The 20-cent minimum will enable bettors to "spread" further without a big investment. Early 50-cent Pick-4 (Race 6): The "signature" wager at the Meadowlands now moves from the eighth race to the sixth, which immediately follows the cashing out of the Pick-5. The $50,000 guaranteed pool remains, as does the 50-cent minimum. Free program pages for this wager are available at ustrotting.com and playmeadowlands.com. Late 50-cent Pick-4 (Race 10): Immediately following the payoff leg of both the Pick-6 and Early Pick-4, this additional Pick-4 will give Meadowlands' fans another big multi-race pool to shoot for before the end of the program. 20-cent Can-Am Pick-4: This wager - which is on Saturday nights - will see a shift once the earlier post time takes effect. The bet, which challenges players to select the winners of two races at the Meadowlands and Woodbine Mohawk Park, will still begin with WMP's 10th race, but from there the sequence will be Meadowlands 11, WMP 11 and Meadowlands 12. The Pick-5, Pick-6, both Pick-4s and Can-Am Pick-4 will all offer a low 15 percent takeout. Rolling Pick-3s are returning: All races that do not have a Pick-4, Pick-5 or Pick-6 will offer a $1 Pick-3. On a typical 13-race card, the Pick-3s will be available on races 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 11. Daily Double players will get the same opportunities they had for many years as the traditional format of the first two and last two races will go back into effect. The 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 will be dropped. With the new earlier post time of 6:55 p.m., simulcast fans can now look for the "Racing from the Meadowlands" live in-house pre-game show to begin nightly at 6:22 p.m. DRIVER COLONY DEEPENS: Last weekend (Jan. 24-25), Corey Callahan (six winners), Vinny Ginsburg (five) and Tim Tetrick (five) led the driver's colony, combining to win 16 of the 26 races contested over the two race cards. For the upcoming Friday and Saturday racing programs, things will get tougher for drivers - not to mention bettors. Yannick Gingras and Dexter Dunn, who combined to win 18 of the 28 races Jan. 17-18, are both back on the mile oval this weekend. In addition, back from his native Australia is Andy McCarthy, making the driver colony as deep as it's been in some time. With just one race card left in the month, Dunn leads the January driver standings with 23 victories. Rounding out the top four are Callahan (16), Gingras (12) and Ginsburg (10). Trainer Andrew Harris' barn stayed hot last week, sending out three to victory lane. Ron Burke is the top January trainer with 10 wins. He is followed by Harris, who has nine victories. Racing takes place this Friday and Saturday, with post time - for the last time for the foreseeable future - slated for 7:15 p.m. SATURDAY NIGHT'S ALL RIGHT: It was a typical Saturday (Jan. 25) business-wise at the industry's handle leader, as wagering on the Meadowlands' 13-race card totaled $2,696,394. Betting for the weekend came just $13,000 short of $5 million. A total of $270,747 was wagered on Saturday's eighth race, which included $85,070 in 50-cent Pick-4 wagers. TIME FOR THE BIG GAME: On Sunday (Feb. 2), professional football's championship game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. In what looks like a highly competitive matchup, the Kansas City Chiefs are a slight favorite over the San Francisco 49ers. Why not skip your usual gathering and come out to the Meadowlands? You can watch and wager on the game in the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook, where you can sit in comfort and enjoy many food and drink options in the Victory Sports Bar & Club. COMING UP.... On Jan. 31, card players who are 21 or older can play Texas Hold'em on "Free Poker Friday", hosted by World Free Poker. On Feb. 7, come to the track and enjoy a "Brunch for Love" from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The event benefits non-profits from the Meadowlands Chamber. On Feb. 14, bring your sweetheart to the races and enjoy a fabulous Valentine's Day dinner in the Big M's Pink Restaurant. You might be one of three couples to win a gift certificate for a bed and breakfast stay in Cape May, NJ. For reservations, call 201-THE-BIGM. On Feb. 22, The Big M will host its February World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier. The top two finishers will qualify for the WHHC Final. It's only $200 to play ($100 to enter; $100 bankroll). For complete information, check out the brochure at http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/2020%20February%20WHHC%20qualifier.pdf. Last Saturday's annual Chili Cook Off was a huge success. A pair of chili experts took home $1,000 prizes, as Nathan Gramm won the homestyle division and Gregory Farm the chili verde division. A record-number 36 contestants entered the contest. From the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 28, 2020) –  Thirty-six cooks entered Meadowlands Racetrack’s 5th Annual Homestyle Chili Cookoff last Saturday night, all vying for the grand prize of $1,000 and a spot in the International Chili Society’s 2020 World Championship. Nathan Gramm of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, took home the $1,000 prize for his homestyle chili.  Gramm is an ICS competition veteran and flies all around the United States to compete in chili cook-offs. Chili cook-off veteran, Chris Johnson took home $500 for her second place finish.  Meadowlands chili cook-off veteran Laura Stoessel, took the $250 third place prize.  Gregory Farm of Rosyln, PA, took home the $1,000 grand prize for his chili verde beating out 18 other competitors in the category.  This was Farm’s first time competing at the Meadowlands. His win also qualifies him for the 2020 World Chili Verde Championship. “This was an awesome event, said Farm. “ It was lots of fun. I’m excited to compete again next year!”  Robert Quinones, the 2018 & 2019 People’s Choice champ, finished in second place for his chili verde and took home $500 while first time competitor Jarron Smith walked away with $250 for his third place finish. It was a record number of participants and a record number of patrons on hand to sample and vote for their favorite chili throughout the evening. The $250 People’s Choice prize went to Brian Walker.  “This has become a major event for us at the track,” said Meadowlands General Manager and COO Jason M. Settlemoir. “Each year the number of participants grows and exceeds our expectations.  We are looking forward to next year’s event!” For upcoming events and promotions, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. From the Meadowlands Media Department

East Rutherford, N.J. (Jan. 13, 2020) – Peter Grandich and Company (PGC) is pleased to announce that it will sponsor an Irish Heritage Driver Race on Saturday, March 14, which will be hosted at the Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Additionally, two PGC team members in New York Giants Super Bowl champion Jeff Feagles and former New York Jets quarterback Ray Lucas will be appearing for a meet and greet that night as well. “My wife and I have been sponsors of Irish Heritage Driver Races at Monticello and Freehold, and we are honored to now do so at the mecca of harness racing, the Meadowlands,” said Peter Grandich, Managing Member of Peter Grandich and Company. “Having two of our Irish heritage sports celebrities appearing as well will surely make it a great night.” Some of the leading contender to be in the race George Brennan, Irish Joe Hanney and Dublin's Jack Killeen.  This event marks the third by PGC at the Meadowlands Racetrack in recent months. The firm hosted a Hockey Night with Nick Fotiu, Bruce Driver and Brian Propp in November before holding a Football Night with Joe Klecko and Dan Klecko in December. “We are grateful to Peter Grandich and Company for sponsoring our 2020 Irish Heritage Driver Race,” said Jason Settlemoir, COO & GM of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. “We are also excited to host Super Bowl Champ Jeff Feagles and New York Jets fan favorite Ray Lucas. This event showcases how intertwined racing & sports really are!” Punter Jeff Feagles played 22 seasons in the NFL, appearing in 352 games overall. He holds the NFL record for most consecutive games played in a career and ranks third in the NFL for most games played overall. The two-time Pro Bowler spent the final seven years of his career with the New York Giants, where he was a member of the 2007 Super Bowl champions who defeated the previously unbeaten New England Patriots. Feagles retired from the NFL after the 2009 season and now works as a successful real estate professional. Quarterback Ray Lucas played in the NFL from 1996 to 2002, spending time with the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens. Since retiring from the NFL, the New Jersey native now works as a studio analyst on a variety of Jets shows for SNY, and he also works as a radio broadcaster for his alma mater, Rutgers University. To learn more about Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, and to view their upcoming schedule, make sure to visit their official website: PlayMeadowlands.com From Peter Grandich and Company

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