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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 22, 2017) - The Meadowlands winner's circle was painted orange on Saturday night as Andy Miller swept the co-featured upper level paces en route to a four-win night during the 11-race harness racing program. Miller scored in the $18,000 conditioned pace with the red-hot Special T Rocks by a head in 1:50.4 over the narrow 2-1 favorite Alberto Contador. That came two races after Miller prevailed in a three-way finish with Artful Way, who shipped down from Saratoga for the victory in the co-featured $18,000 event. In between those races, Iwillmakeyousaywow lived up to his name by surviving brutal fractions of :26.4, :53.4, and 1:21.4 to win the $17,500 Dash For The G-Notes Final from post 10. The biggest fireworks of the night came in Race 10 when Pat Lachance steered 13-year-old Semalu Express to a last-to-first win at 111-1 odds. He was followed by fellow 13-year-old Stormin Rustler, who was 95-1. The lucky $2 exacta returned $5,231.60 while the $2 trifecta with 6-5 favorite Camturo Beach came back $25,279.20. Corey Callahan and Jim Marohn, Jr. each had two driving wins while Eric Foster and Joe Hundertpfund, Jr. each had two training wins. Total handle was $2,326,485 for the 11-race card. Racing resumes next Friday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 21, 2017) - Tuonoblu Rex, the American-sired, Italian-bred, and Dutch-trained son of Cantab Hall, entered Friday's $20,000 Preferred Trot at the Meadowlands with a healthy amount of hype following an eye-catching qualifying win in his first harness racing appearance on Big M soil two weeks ago. After grinding past millionaire Crazy Wow with a :27 second final quarter to win in 1:52.1 in his North American parimutuel debut, the bandwagon might need some more seats. "T-Rex" sat third as Crazy Wow showed the field through fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:24.4 for three-quarters while Opulent Yankee chased from the pocket. Around the final turn, Andy Miller launched the 5-year-old, who earned nearly $200,000 during his 14-race European career, first-over after the 3-5 favorite Crazy Wow. The two trotters battled down the stretch, but "T-Rex" had enough late to win as the 2-1 second choice. "We were very pleased with him," said trainer Julie Miller. "He definitely met our expectations tonight. Andy said he was perfect to drive. He has trained down great since arriving in the U.S." Tuonoblu Rex is owned by Cees J. Faber's Stable Why Not. He is eligible to the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands on May 6 as well as the Cashman Memorial and TVG Free For All Series. Tuonoblu Rex In the $18,000 pacing mare feature, Breeders Crown champion Call Me Queen Be settled for second in her 4-year-old debut behind the sharp Inittowinafortune. The 3-5 favorite Penpal disappointed with a late-closing, but non-threatening third place finish. Hall of Famer John Campbell won three races for the second straight Friday night. Corey Callahan also won three. Total handle was $2,502,644 for the 11-race card. Racing resumes Saturday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 15, 2017) - Since adding Lasix on April 1, Rodeo Romeo has taken his already considerable talent to a harness racing career-best level. The 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover stallion won for the second time in three starts since adding Lasix, this time holding off the late charge of Special T Rocks to win the $18,000 pacing feature in a career-best 1:50. Andrew McCarthy moved Rodeo Romeo to the front past an opening quarter in :27. From there, the Chris Ryder-trainee controlled the action and had just enough late to hold off Special T Rocks, who got clear too late and missed by a head. Rodeo Romeo won for the ninth time in 29 career starts and has career earnings of $169,999. He is shared in ownership by Oompa's Farm and Robert Mondillo. In Round 2 action in the Dash For The G-Notes series, Iwillmakeyousaynow won the fastest split in a lifetime-best 1:50.3 over fellow Round 1 winners Downthehighwy and So Take That. Iwillmakeyousaywow is trained by Todd Buter and driven by Tyler Buter. Alex Bullville and P L Idaho won the other divisions. The top point earners are scheduled to return next Saturday in the $17,500 final. Corey Callahan was the driving star of the night with five wins, including a natural hat trick in Races 7-9. Dave Miller won a pair of races while Chris Ryder and Mike Russo each had two training wins. Total handle was $2,040,489 for the 11-race card. Racing resumes next Friday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 14, 2017) - Prairie Sweetheart, the Florida-sired super harness racing mare, entered her four-year-old and Meadowlands debut with a perfect 14-for-14 career mark. But then she ran into a fellow 4-year-old who was sitting on a monster race. Windsun Glory converted a perfect second-over trip into a jaw-dropping :25.4 final quarter to defeat Inittowinafortune and the pace-setting Prairie Sweetheart in the $18,000 Meadowlands feature on Friday. The final time was 1:51.2. John Campbell moved Prairie Sweetheart to the front after a :27.1 first quarter. The Ross Croghan-trained daughter of Royal Millenium continued to lead through a half mile in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24.4. At that point, David Miller picked up a second-over trip behind long shot Nerida Franco. He tipped three-wide at the head of the stretch and set sail with the breathtaking final quarter. Windsun Glory has now won four times in six starts since joining Ron Burke's stable. Overall, she has won 10 races in 28 starts with earnings of $136,246. She is nominated to all three of the major mare stakes at the Meadowlands: Golden Girls, Lady Liberty, and TVG Mares Series. One week after his 62nd birthday, John Campbell won three races including a pair for trainer Ross Croghan. Post-time favorites won only two of 10 races with the average $2 win payoff $18.00. Total handle was $1,909,597. Racing continues Saturday with an 11-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 8, 2017) - Alberto Contador took the worst of it with a parked out journey, but the classy harness racing 9-year-old survived to win Saturday's $20,000 featured pace at the Meadowlands over the razor-sharp City Hall. Bullet Bob left the gate fastest and led the field of eight through an opening quarter in :27.1 before City Hall moved to the lead. Down the backstretch, Corey Callahan sent Alberto Contador on a brush towards the lead, but could not clear City Hall, who had won three of his last four starts. The duo continued their cutthroat battle through a half mile in :55 and three-quarters in 1:23. Just when it appeared that Alberto Contador would wilt from the long journey, he found more and gutted out a head victory over City Hall in 1:50.4. 2/1 favorite Rodeo Romeo rallied to be third by a neck. The win was Alberto Contador's fourth of the year and 35th lifetime for trainer Darran Cassar and Windermere Stable. Corey Callahan won three races including the feature and David Miller also added a driving hat trick. Favorites won nine of the 11 races on the program. Total handle was $2,419,537. Racing resumes Friday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 7, 2017) - Forgotten on the tote board in a talented and deep field, J A T O scored a 25/1 harness racing upset in the $20,000 featured trot at the Meadowlands on Friday night. J A T O, the former two-time New York County Fair Sire Stake champion, has blossomed into a high-level trotter in the barn of leading trainer Ron Burke. Favored Melady's Monet moved to the front from his outside post position before a half mile in :56. Meanwhile, Anthony Napolitano, who is expected to become a Friday night regular in the Meadowlands driving colony, had J A T O perfectly positioned in a second-over trip following Crosbys Clam Bake. Past three-quarters in 1:25.1, Napolitano tipped J A T O three wide and grinded by Melady's Monet in deep stretch to win by a neck in 1:54.1. B Yoyo rallied for third with Muscle Diamond fourth. J A T O paid $52.60 for a $2 win bet and keyed a $2 trifecta worth $1,906.40. It was J A T O's 33rd lifetime win from 52 career starts. His earnings move to $155,648 for owners Our Horse Cents Stables, Burke Racing, J&T Silva Stables, and Rossie Smith. J A T O In the co-feature, Penpal turned in another jaw-dropping performance for trainer/driver Pat Lachance. The stakes-placed 4-year-old mare settled in last for the first half mile before launching an eye-catching move three-wide to make the front by the top of the stretch. From there, the career earner of more than $300,000 opened up to win by two lengths in 1:51.4, last quarter in :27.1. Penpal is nominated to The Golden Girls, Lady Liberty, and TVG Mares Pace. David Miller and Jim Marohn, Jr. posted driving doubles. Total handle was $2,507,013. Racing resumes Saturday with an 11-race program headlined by a $20,000 conditioned pace. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 5, 2017) - Due to an error at Sportech's hub in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, the Meadowlands 5th race harness racing Jackpot Super High Five pool was mistakenly paid out in full last Saturday (April 1st) to 23 winning tickets. By rule, the wager pays out in full only when there is a single winning ticket. Otherwise, 75 percent of the net pool is paid out to the multiple winning tickets while the remaining 25 percent is added to the jackpot. The 23 winning tickets were each overpaid $714.78 rather than the correct price of $158.80. Sportech acknowledged that an employee incorrectly formatted the betting program into the pari-mutuel system prior to the race. Sportech has agreed to add $12,787.31 to Friday's Race 5 Jackpot Super High Five pool, which is the amount that should have been carried over from Saturday. "This was simply a matter of human error," explained Jason Settlemoir, Meadowlands GM and COO. "In this case, it was an error that worked out in favor of the customer, and we appreciate Sportech working with us to correct this error quickly, contributing the additional funds for Friday's jackpot, and putting the betting public's interests first and foremost." Live racing resumes Friday with an 11-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 1, 2017) - While harness racing trainer Scott Di Domenico was watching his Missile J win again in the Levy Series at Yonkers, another more recent acquisition to his stable was turning heads again at the Meadowlands. Barimah, who made his Di Domenico debut last week with a lifetime-best 1:50.3 win against conditioned foes at the Big M, backed up that performance with an equally impressive score in an identical time in the featured $20,000 upper level pace. After Alberto Contador led the field through a half mile in :56.1, David Miller launched Barimah first over. Barimah continued to battle Alberto Contador through three-quarters in 1:23 with Artistic Major looking to find room up the pylons from his pocket spot. Barimah disposed of Alberto Contador and paced away from him to win by two lengths in 1:50.3. "He has been scary good," said Di Domenico. "His last few starts before we bought him, he was really charging home and he had some really good starts in Australia before he came over here so we took a shot on him." Barimah is owned by Brian Carsey, John Mcgill and Adam Friedland. Carsey and Mcgill are also partners on Missile J. "Those two guys get all the credit on pulling the trigger on Barimah too," said Di Domenico. "All I can say is I'm sure glad they did." Barimah Tyler Buter was the driving star of the night with three wins. Hall of Famer David Miller had a pair of wins on his return weekend at the Meadowlands and Andrew McCarthy also had two winners. Ron Burke had a training double. Total handle was $2,463,962. Racing resumes next Friday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 31, 2017) - A strong and steady rain did nothing to damper Andy Miller's Friday night as "The Orange Crush" swept the Meadowlands harness racing features with Opulent Yankee and Truth and Liberty. In the $18,000 top trot, Opulent Yankee, the public's 7/10 choice, easily made the front from his assigned post seven. Crosbys Clam Bake tracked from the pocket through a half-mile in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:25. As the field turned for home, Miller called on Opulent Yankee who answered with a :27.4 last quarter to kick clear and win by five widening lengths in 1:52.4. Crosbys Clam Bake held second with Second Sister rounding out the trifecta. Opulent Yankee was winning for the third time in his last five starts. The 6-year-old Muscles Yankee gelding has now earned $318,320 for owners Little E LLC, Art Geiger and David Stolz. One race later in the $16,000 conditioned mare pace, Miller aggressively brushed Truth and Liberty to the front before a half mile in :56.3. 9/5 favorite Inittowinafortune tracked front second. Truth and Liberty continued to lead through three-quarters in 1:24.4. Sheeza Shark sat a perfect second-over trip with David Miller and looked poised to track down the longtime leader, but Truth and Liberty held her challengers at bay with a :28.1 final quarter to win her fourth straight Big M start in 1:53. Two-time Amateur Driver of the Year Hannah Miller established a new amateur driver world record when she guided So Take That to a 1:52.4 win in a GSY Club pace. David Miller made his 2017 Meadowlands debut after spending the winter in Florida and won the 9th race with Starsaboveallerage. Corey Callahan led all drivers with three wins. Total handle was $2,092,018 for the 11-race card. Racing resumes Saturday with an 11-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 31, 2017) - With the first quarter of 2017 coming to a close, the Meadowlands has shown a substantial 22 percent increase in the size of its harness racing Pick Five pool versus the same period in 2016. Fueled in part by two carryovers, the average Pick Five pool has been $59,854 versus $48,845 during the first three months of 2016. If you remove the two carryovers, the pool size is still up nearly 4 percent. "I think the first three months of the year show once again how important low takeout and carryovers are in boosting our multi-race wagers," said Jason M. Settlemoir, Meadowlands General Manager and COO. "We were fortunate to have two carryovers and one night where we seeded the Pick Five pool and it is no surprise those three nights produced the largest Pick Five pools of the year." The Pick Five is a 50-cent base wager with a 15 percent takeout rate. It is offered each night on Races 1 - 5. The Pick Four wagers have also shown an increase year-over-year of nearly 2.5 percent. The Early Pick Four covering Races 3 - 6 sports an average pool size of $54,627 and the Late Pick Four covering Races 7 - 10 has an average pool size of $71,515. Both wagers also carry a 50-cent minimum with a 15 percent takeout rate. Despite fewer races carded this winter versus last winter, per race handle has still held strong at $208,958. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 25, 2017) - Our Sky Major brought a pretty big resume from Down Under as a multiple top-class stakes winner when he made his North American harness racing debut in February. After another eye-catching win on Saturday in the Meadowlands pacing feature, his first ever start at the New Jersey oval, Our Sky Major has stamped himself as a horse to watch in the free-for-all ranks this season. Joe Bongiorno worked out a textbook second-over trip for the 6/5 favorite in the field of eight and stormed down the stretch in :26.4 to win by two widening lengths in 1:51.2 over the sharp Millenium Wheel, who had won two in a row at the Big M. "He was as nice a horse to drive as you ever can imagine," said Joe Bongiorno. "He was two fingers to drive and can do anything I ask of him. He paced that mile well in hand." Our Sky Major is expected to return to the Levy Series at Yonkers. He finished seventh in round one last week after drawing an outside post, but closing good ground late. One race earlier, Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace eligible Highalator continued his rapid development with an impressive win in a conditioned pace in 1:52.2 with a :26.3 last quarter. It was his fifth straight for driver Victor Kirby and owners Daryl Bier and Charles Dombeck. The homebred son of Somebeachsomewhere - Higher And Higher is headed to the Weiss at Pocono before a start in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes on May 6. Corey Callahan and Vincent Fusco, Jr. combined to win a pair of races. Jim Marohn, Jr. and Pat Lachance also posted driving doubles. Total handle was $2,551,089. Racing resumes next Friday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 24, 2017) - Marcus Miller and Mystical Nectar had a lot left in deep stretch, but nowhere to go, until a narrow seem opened with 100 yards to go. Mystical Nectar exploded to win comfortably in 1:52.1 in the $18,000 pacing feature for harness racing mares on Friday night at the Meadowlands. The win is the 6-year-old daughter of Charley Barley's third straight victory after a pair of nose wins at Yonkers and provided trainer Donald Billings with his first Meadowlands win in his first Big M start. Billings is a 48-year-old Pennsylvania resident who recorded his first training win in 2014. Mystical Nectar raced on the pylons and was shuffled back to fifth turning for home in a seemingly impossible spot. Know It All (Tyler Buter) showed the field into the stretch while Our Els Dream (Bill Mann) challenged first over. With Icommandmyspirit (Jim Marohn, Jr.) looking to rally up the inside, Mystical Nectar was desperate for room. When Our Els Dream drifted slightly, it gave Mystical Nectar the room she needed. She responded with a :27.2 final quarter to win as the 7/2 second choice in the field of seven. 9/5 favorite Not Before Eight lacked her usual stretch kick and finished fifth. Earlier in the program, the multiple stakes placed mare Penpal made a smashing 4-year-old debut, defeating a talented group of conditioned pacers in 1:51.4 with a powerful first-over trip. Penpal earned more than $200,000 last year with on-the-board finishes in several major stakes including the Mistletoe Shalee, Matron, and Glen Garnsey. Penpal is owned by trainer and driver Pat Lachance and M&M Harness Racing. Andy Miller and Marcus Miller each won a pair of races on the 11-race card. Total handle was $2,410,948. Racing resumes next Saturday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 21, 2017) - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will provide horseplayers with one of their first opportunities to qualify for the 2018 NTRA National Horseplayers Championship presented by Racetrack Television Network, STATS Race Lens and Treasure Island (NHC) with a qualifying event on Saturday, March 25. The Meadowlands qualifier will offer three guaranteed seats to the NHC. The Meadowlands qualifier requires a $400 buy-in, with $200 going towards each player's bankroll and $200 going towards the event's prize pool. Players can purchase multiple entries. Contestants must wager on a minimum of ten races from their choice of Gulfstream, Aqueduct, and/or Oaklawn with a $20 WIN minimum per wager. The top three finishers will earn seats to the 2018 NHC Final in Las Vegas. They must be NHC Tour members to qualify for the NHC Final. For complete tournament information and details, visit here. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 18, 2017) - Millenium Wheel made a winning Meadowlands debut last week as a 7/1 outsider. Making a double jump up in class tonight, the Joe Hundertpfund, Jr. trainee won again in the $18,000 featured pace as an 11/1 long shot. Andy Miller positioned Millenium Wheel in the pocket while Tyler Buter put The Rock on the front end through swift fractions of :26.4 and :55.1 for the half. After three quarters in 1:24.1, The Rock began to tire from those earlier efforts. Millenium Wheel was able to mount his rally up the pylons while Jacksrluckytoo and Chevals Clivesdale launched powerful rallies from the back of the six-horse field. Millenium Wheel held them off to win his second straight and 19th career race in 1:52. Even money favorite Jacksrluckytoo was second with Chevals Clivesdale third. Millenium Wheel is an 8-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding shared in ownership by William Sartin and Mark Salerno. Hundertpfund and Miller teamed up to win again in the 11th race with Special T Rocks, another Dover invader. Special T Rocks won the 2012 Clyde Hirt Series final at the Meadowlands when trained by Daryl Bier. Marcus Miller led all drivers with three wins including a $56.80 upset in the nightcap with Ooh Bad Boy. Tyler and Amber Buter teamed up to win a pair of races with the Meadowlands-loving City Hall and Vorst. City Hall has won seven of his last eight Big M races dating back to last fall. Total handle on the 12-race card was $2,570,693. Racing resumes next Friday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit Herr Wins Seat in BetAmerica WHHC Final Ed Herr of Ocean, NJ, captured the March 18th BetAmerica World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier at the Meadowlands Racetrack.  The $100 Qualifier required contestants to place at least five $10 minimum win wagers on Meadowlands races.  Herr had $30 to win on 26-1 #9 Ooh Bad Boy in Race 12.  He cashed for $852, earning him the $1,215 top cash prize and an $800 seat in the BetAmericaWorld Harness Handicapping Championship on April 29 at the Meadowlands Racetrack.  The top four contest finishers were: Place Prize $ Bankroll First Last 1 $1,215 $852 Ed Herr 2 $675 $540 Joe Barre 3 $459 $211 Chris Simonetti 4 $351 $160 Mike Petruccelli  The BetAmerica WHHC is a one-day tournament [April 29, 2017], with a welcome reception the evening prior.  Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $800.  The BetAmerica WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of six Meadowlands races, plus four designated mandatory races from partner tracks.  Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings.  Prize payouts are to the Top 10, with an guaranteed prize pool of $50,000. is currently hosting regular online Qualifiers for the BetAmerica WHHC Entries for the first online Qualifier are now open, with an entry fee of $35. New accounts to BetAmerica are eligible for a $300 Sign Up Bonus. Hoosier Park, Monticello Raceway, Northville Downs, Plainridge Racecourse, Scioto Downs, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and Buffalo Raceway have signed up to host BetAmerica World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifiers.  Registration deadline is 10 p.m., Friday April 28.   For the contest entry form and complete rules visit by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 17, 2017) - As impressive as Melady's Monet was last week in winning his 2017 debut, he was even better tonight in winning his second straight top-level trot at the Meadowlands. The millionaire, trained by Kevin McDermott, left from post position six to make the lead before the opening quarter with Brett Miller at the lines before yielding the lead to Rose Run Parker, half of a Ron Burke trained entry. Melady's Monet, the 1/2 favorite, powerfully moved out of the pocket after three-quarters in 1:25. He then went right by a faltering Rose Run Parker and with a :27.3 final quarter, had plenty left to hold off the closing Opulent Yankee and Crosbys Clam Bake to win in 1:52.4. "Brett Miller said he was vicious tonight," said trainer Kevin McDermott. "He has been absolutely awesome two weeks in a row in cold weather. The plan is to race as long him at the Meadowlands as long as there is a race that fills. He is as good now as he's ever been, but I may take the hopples off him down the road." Stakes winner Appomattox won his second straight for trainer Lucas Wallin, who was pressed into driving duty when Corey Callahan booked off the remainder of his drives after taking ill following the fifth race. Wallin steered Appomattox to a win in 1:54.3 for his second career training victory. Brett Miller won the first race of the night and the last race with a trip to drive in the Blue Chip Matchmaker at Yonkers in between. Andy Miller won two races as well. Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,427,559. Racing resumes Saturday with a 12-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 11, 2017) - More than $200,000 in new money was wagered into the Meadowlands harness racing Pick Five on Saturday night thanks to a carryover of $38,069. The sequence proved to be rather formful with four of the five winners paying $6.40 or less. The one trickier horse for handicappers was Millenium Wheel, who won the fourth race at 7/1 odds. The winning combination returned $213.70 to 780 winners. In the featured $18,000 conditioned pace, stakes winner Rockin Ron tuned up for the Levy Series at Yonkers with a powerful win in 1:51.4 over the Meadowlands specialist City Hall. Joe Bongiorno settled the 8/5 favorite in midpack as City Hall set the pace in search of his seventh straight Meadowlands victory. After three quarters in 1:24, Bongiorno had Rockin Ron perfectly positioned in the second-over spot. Bongiorno tipped Ron Burke trainee three-wide into the stretch and Rockin Ron powered home with a :27.3 last quarter to win. City Hall held second with Rodeo Romeo third. Rockin Ron has won 22 times from 59 starts with earnings of $541,428. He holds the rare distinction of having defeated the great Wiggle It Jiggleit twice last season in the Confederation Cup and the Prix D'Ete. Leading driver Brett Miller scored four wins, including two for Amber Buter, to give him nine for the racing week. Jim Marohn, Jr. and Patti Harmon teamed up for a pair of wins. Total handle on the 12-race card was $2,784,638. Racing resumes next Friday as two-day race weeks begin. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

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