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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 23, 2016) – One week after the late Jackpot Super High Five featured a mandatory payout that returned $3,269 to 276 winning tickets, the early Jackpot Super High Five was hit by one lucky harness racing horseplayer for $47,949.90 for a 20-cent wager at The Meadowlands tonight.. The jackpot carryover was $38,241 entering Saturday night. The winning ticket was purchased through The early Jackpot Super High Five had gone unclaimed since April 1 when it was hit for $20,354. Winning Linc, driven by Scott Zeron and trained by Tony Alagna, keyed the winning sequence, winning the fifth race in the final strides at 20/1. He was followed across the finish line by narrow second wagering choice Spicebomb and favored Jann and Dean. Uncle Nicky was fourth at 26/1 and the sequence was rounded out by 63/1 Gotti. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 21, 2016) - The Hambletonian is taking on the bright lights of the big city. Millions of New York City commuters and tourists have been exposed to harness racing thanks to a massive billboard in Times Square advertising The 91st Hambletonian taking place at the Meadowlands on Saturday, August 6. The billboard is at 42nd Street and Broadway, across from the busiest subway station in New York City. It is estimated that approximately two million people will see the billboard leading up to Hambletonian Day. The image was designed by Meadowlands graphic artist Kathleen Estes. The location was secured by the Meadowlands and its media buyer. For more information, visit and Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 21, 2016) - As the driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Bass Pro Shops Toyota, Martin Truex, Jr. knows all about horsepower. But on Saturday, August 6, the Daytona 500 runner-up will experience a new brand of horsepower when he serves as the celebrity trophy presenter at the harness racing 91st Hambletonian, America's Trotting Classic, at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J. Truex is a Mayetta, N.J. native but has never attended Hambletonian Day. He and his girlfriend Sherry are looking forward to spending time at a different kind of racetrack. "The Hambletonian at the Meadowlands Racetrack is like the Daytona 500 in NASCAR; it's the most prestigious harness race in North America," said the 35-year-old Truex. "Sherry and I are looking forward to visiting the track to meet the fans and experience the excitement around the events!" After finishing his qualifying session at Watkins Glen, N.Y. where the Sprint Cup Series races during Hambletonian weekend, Truex will fly down to the Meadowlands. He will appear from 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The appearance will include signing autographs and posing for photos with fans. "We're extremely excited about having one of the top Sprint Cup drivers like Martin Truex, Jr. join us at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Hambletonian Day," said Meadowlands Director of CCTV Sam McKee. "Martin is having a fantastic season, running up front practically every week. He's locked into the Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship and NASCAR fans from around the Tri-State area will have a chance to meet and talk with Martin plus get some autographs. We appreciate him taking time out of his hectic schedule to join us." Truex visited victory lane earlier this season at the Coca Cola 600 and sits seventh in the Sprint Cup Series standings entering this weekend's race at Indianapolis. For more information, visit and About The Hambletonian The $1 million Hambletonian, and the companion race for 3-year-old fillies, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, are the richest of their kind currently offered in harness racing, and among the richest worldwide, regardless of breed. The Hambletonian is the first leg of the trotting Triple Crown, followed by the Yonkers Trot on September 3 and Kentucky Futurity on October 9. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 13, 2016) - An extraordinary investment opportunity exists for horseplayers on Saturday night at the Meadowlands when the track will offer a mandatory payout of the Jackpot Super High Five wager on one of its signature race programs - Meadowlands Pace Night. The wager features a jackpot carryover of $267,769 and a 15 percent takeout. For the first time in harness racing history, the high five mandatory payout will be on a top-class stakes event, the $223,150 Golden Girls featuring the top pacing mares in North America. The field features an overflow field of 12 and will be raced at the extended one-mile-and-one-eighth distance. The Golden Girls is scheduled as Race 12 - one race after the $732,050 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Final. The Pace and the Golden Girls will be featured during a one-hour live broadcast on TVG Network from 10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. eastern time. The broadcast will also be carried on MSG Plus and Fox Sports Southeast. In June, Mohawk Raceway offered a mandatory payout of its Jackpot Super High Five on North America Cup night. The carryover attracted about two-and-a-half times the carryover amount in new money. Using this ratio, the new money would be $669,422, making the Meadowlands Jackpot pool $937,191. The takeout would subtract $100,413 leaving a net pool of $836,778. Factoring in the carryover amount, horseplayers would be paid out from a pool of $836,778, or 25 percent more than the $669,422 of new money wagered. In other words, horseplayers taking a shot at this wager on Saturday would be playing into a pool with a negative effective takeout rate of 25 percent with the North America Cup night ratio. Furthermore, the horseplayer will still have a takeout advantage as long as the pool is less than $2 million. Low takeout combined with the sizable carryover has created the rarest of wagering opportunities. The Jackpot race will also be the final leg of an all-stakes pick four wager that begins with the $471,800 William Haughton Memorial featuring the next chapter of the budding Ali-Frazier-like rivalry between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki, the top two ranked horses in harness racing. The duo, along with Indiana sensation Freaky Feet Pete, created tremendous buzz and interest when racing two weeks ago in a legendary renewal of the Ben Franklin at Pocono Downs. Adding further intrigue to the sequel is the race will be contested with an overflow field of 12 at the extended distance of one-mile-and-one-eighth. The three charismatic and fan-favorite horses have the potential to give any of the great rivalries in the history of the sport a major run for their money. As the final leg of Pick Four and Pick Three wagers, horseplayers playing the Jackpot race can also use the posted will-pays for those multi-race wagers to help form an opinion and structure their ticket. Free past performances for the entire Meadowlands Pace card will be available beginning Thursday at 4:00 p.m. on the Meadowlands website at For more information, visit and by Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 9, 2016) - Tom Hill's Racing Hill drew post position four and was installed as the 9-5 favorite for the harness racing $732,050 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace next Saturday, July 16 during the post position draw held this evening. Racing Hill is trained by Tony Alagna, who won the 2013 Meadowlands Pace with Captaintreacherous, and will be driven by Brett Miller. By virtue of being the top seasonal money-earner in the field, Racing Hill elected to take a bye to the final. Earlier on Saturday, Control The Moment ($4.00), driven for the first time by Brian Sears, stormed home with a 26.2 final quarter to win the lone Meadowlands Pace elimination by a length in a lifetime-best 1:49.2. Lyons Snyder finished second with JK Will Power third. Check Six was fourth. "He is a really nice horse and did everything that I asked him to do tonight," said Sears, who won the 2005 Meadowlands Pace with Rocknroll Hanover. "The opportunity knocked to be able to drive this horse and I was really looking forward to it. I know he races well from off the pace and everything worked out well." Control The Moment By winning the elimination, Control The Moment earned the right to draw for post positions one through six and will start from post three. He was made the 5-2 second choice on Dave Little's morning line. The complete field for the Meadowlands Pace is as follows: 1. Another Daily Copy - Trace Tetrick - Nick Devita 30/1 2. Good Living - T.B.A. - Tom Cancelliere 30/1 3. Control The Moment - Brian Sears - Brad Maxwell 5/2 4. Racing Hill - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna 9/5 5. Lyons Snyder - David Miller - Mark Silva 9/2 6. Boston Red Rocks - Tim Tetrick - Steve Elliott 6/1 7. Manhattan Beach - Joe Bongiorno - Ron Burke 20/1 8. JK Will Power - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 8/1 9. Check Six - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 15/1 10. Talk Show - Scott Zeron - Steve Elliott 25/1 Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 7, 2016) - Few trainers have dominated the Hambletonian Oaks like Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter. The 55-year-old has won the filly classic five times including the past two editions with Wild Honey and Lifetime Pursuit. Takter will have a contender in both divisions of the $56,486 Reynolds on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, which also features a pair of $250,000 Graduate Series Finals for four-year-olds and a single Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace elimination. Takter's Breeders Crown champion All The Time is the 7/5 morning line favorite in the first Reynolds division which goes as race two on the program. The daughter of Muscle Hill defeated aged horses last week in a conditioned race in a lifetime-best 1:52.3 over a sloppy track. It was a major bounce back effort after a defeat as the 1/5 favorite in the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final in early June. "That was really something weird that happened in the Sire Stakes when she was off in her right hind leg," explained Takter. "She basically raced on three legs that night and still finished second. But she has since come back very well and I think is a big contender on Saturday night and in the Oaks." Takter added that she compares very favorably to his two most recent Oaks winners. As accomplished as All The Time is, Takter's other Reynolds starter is a virtual unknown. Unica Steed makes just her second North American start after compiling a perfect three-for-three record racing in Italy for top French trainer Fabrice Souloy. Unica Steed is by 1998 Hambletonian winner Muscles Yankee and the first foal out of the $1.6 million earning mare Premiere Steed, who set a world record on a five-eighths mile track of 1:52 when winning a race in Finland in 2009. "She is a beautiful looking filly and I like her a lot," said Takter. "I got her about six or seven weeks ago and she was really good in her second qualifier with Yannick driving. I thought she was handled too carefully last week in her first race at the Meadowlands. Time will tell how well she fits because it's hard to tell off of her two-minute wins in Italy, but she shows ability." Unica Steed is a homebred owned by Ecurie Ab Trot. Takter explained that the filly really had nowhere to race in Italy and the owners decided to send her to North America to compete. After the Reynolds, she is also eligible to next weekend's Del Miller Memorial ahead of the Hambletonian Oaks on August 6. Saturday's Graduate Pace features a highly-anticipated matchup between Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit and Indiana sensation Freaky Feet Pete who headline the full field of ten. "Having these two superstars compete in the Graduate Final is exactly the reason I think it is so important to keep our stars racing on the track," said Meadowlands chairman Jeffrey Gural. "Obviously, Wiggle It Jiggleit is a gelding, but both he and Freaky Feet Pete built tremendous fan followings last season and it would have been a major loss for the fans and our sport if they were retired. Now we are treated to matchups like this one and hopefully another showdown with Always B Miki next week in the Haughton." Post time for Saturday's 13-race card is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 5, 2016) - The Meadowlands late Jackpot Super High Five carryover has been frozen at $267,769 until a mandatory payout of the pool on July 16, Meadowlands Pace Night. This will produce an extraordinary wagering opportunity for horseplayers on one of the track's biggest nights. The card features seven stakes finals with purses totaling more than $2.5 million. The combination of the jackpot carryover and the wager's low takeout rate of 15 percent swings the advantage to the player, a very rare occurrence in pari-mutuel horse racing wagering. Here is how the advantage works. If the wager's final pool is $1 million, the player will have an edge of 21 percent. In other words, the amount of the carryover will exceed the amount of money taken out from the new money wagered, thus creating a negative takeout scenario. A final pool of $1.5 million yields an advantage to the player of 11 percent. Incredibly, the mathematics of this wager indicate there will still be negative takeout if the final pool is under $2 million. This is truly a rare and possibly sizable advantage to the horseplayer. The mandatory payout race is scheduled as Race 12 - one race after the $732,050 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Final. The Pace and the mandatory payout race will be featured during a one-hour live broadcast on TVG Network from 10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. eastern time. The broadcast will also be carried on MSG Plus and Fox Sports Southeast. For more information, visit and by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 28, 2016) - The Meadowlands Racetrack is pleased to announce a horseplayer's dream with the mandatory payout of the last race Jackpot Super High Five on Meadowlands Pace night, Saturday, July 16. The current jackpot stands at $267,769. The harness racing wager will not be offered until the mandatory payout night to ensure it is not hit before then. "We think the opportunity for horseplayers to wager into possibly a negative takeout pool that we expect to be well into the seven-figure range makes Meadowlands Pace night an even bigger 'must-see' night of racing and wagering," said Meadowlands GM/COO Jason M. Settlemoir. "With the success Mohawk had with the mandatory payout of their Jackpot Super High Five on North America Cup night, we believe the wagering public will tune in and wager accordingly." A separate Jackpot Super High Five is offered on the track's fifth race each night. That jackpot has been hit four times since the meet began in November. The fifth race wager will continue to be offered with a jackpot amount of $21,976 heading into the next night of live racing on Friday, July 1. The early Jackpot Super High Five requires a horseplayer to predict the first five finishers in order. It carries a 20¢ base wager. The jackpot amount only pays out if there is one single winner. Otherwise, 75 percent of the net pool is paid out to consolation winners while the remaining 25 percent is added to the jackpot. Meadowlands Pace Night features total stakes purses of more than $2.5 million. In addition to The Pace, the card also includes the Hambletonian Maturity, Stanley Dancer Memorial, Golden Girls, Del Miller Memorial, Mistletoe Shalee, and the William Haughton Free-For-All Pace that could feature a rematch between Always B Miki, Wiggle It Jiggleit, and Freaky Feet Pete. For more information, visit Other Wagering Updates The Meadowlands will present an early post time of 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 2. With the earlier-than-normal post time, the track's Pick Five guarantee will not be offered on the sequence which covers Races 1 - 5. In addition, the Late Pick Four wager's guarantee will be $40,000. The Late Pick Four covers Races 7 - 10. The Early Pick Four (Races 3 - 6) will continue to offer a $25,000 guaranteed pool. These changes will only be in effect on Saturday, July 2. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 1, 2016) - Anthony Altomonte is one of the most well-known horseplayers at the Meadowlands and is no stranger to big scores betting the horses. He estimates that he has been a part of at least two six-figure winning tickets and even cashed a Pick Four ticket on harness racing at the Meadowlands for about $80,000. But this past Memorial Day will forever be remembered for the score of a lifetime. Altomonte and two partners ticket purchased the single winning ticket on Santa Anita's pick six worth $1,478,942.40. The winning ticket was purchased at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ and cost $2,160. The payoff was fueled by a two-day carryover and a total pool of $2,386,736. "This will definitely be my favorite Memorial Day ever," said Altomonte, who also credits his son Joseph and godson Philip for helping to put the winning ticket together. "They are my young guns and are really sharp handicappers." "Originally our ticket was $4,600 but we really did not want to spend that much," explained Altomonte, who plays the horses professionally and is at the Meadowlands at least five days a week. "So we took a couple of horses out. Sometimes you make the wrong choices in that kind of situation and every once in a while you get lucky and make all of the right decisions." Altomonte's ticket was actually alive to three different horses in the final race of the sequence. The group made a tough decision to leave the race favorite off of their ticket. "We all agreed that the 9 (eventual winner El Super) was the value horse with Richard Mandella and Flavien Prat riding," said Altomonte, "but I was worried about the 10 (race favorite Clear The Way) because Phil D'Amato is one of my favorite trainers in California." Despite being a full-time horseplayer who is one of the largest players at the Meadowlands, Altomonte said he does not play the Pick Six on a regular basis. "Even though I do this every day, I only play them when I really like the sequence," said Altomonte. "I read the Form, use The Sheets, and then my partners and I decide if we want to take a swing." While the winning sequence only had one winning favorite, the highest priced horse was 14/1. Altomonte said even he was surprised by the payoff. "We were alive to three horses that were paying about $147,000 and $211,000 in addition to the $1.4 million. Amazingly, the odds of all three of our horses were fairly similar and yet the actual payoff was freaky high. I would not have been disappointed if we collected $211,000 but this payoff was tremendous." Justin Horowitz  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 1, 2016) - In its continuing effort to attract younger harness racing fans to the racetrack and engage them in playing the races, the Meadowlands Racetrack is offering a free handicapping contest exclusively for fans age 30 and under. The contest will take place Friday, June 3 and offers a $5,000 total prize pool, sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farms. Last year's inaugural 30-and-under contest featured a field of 52 competitors. "It is essential that we reach out to a younger audience in the harness racing industry," said Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural. "The average age of our customers as a whole continues to grow older. That is a big problem. At The Meadowlands we are in the unique position of attracting a younger audience with many of the amenities we offer including our rooftop terrace, Victory Sports Bar, and our full schedule of special events." Fans may register up until 7:00 p.m. on the night of the contest. There is no entry fee. The contest format requires players to make a mythical $2 "across the board" wager on one horse in races 2 - 11 at the Meadowlands. The winner is determined by the player that amasses the largest mythical bankroll from their selections. All contest participants will also be treated to free hot dogs, hamburgers and other grill items plus soft drinks and water on Victory Terrace, the popular rooftop area at the Meadowlands. Complete contest rules and information can be found by visiting Justin Horowitz

Almost immediately after Resolve crossed the finish line four lengths in front of runner-up Bee A Magician in the inaugural $150,000 Elitlopp Playoff at the Meadowlands, his number "4" began to blink on the infield tote board with the word "Inquiry." Resolve, driven and trained by two-time Elitloppet champion Ake Svanstedt, had just scorched a field of top-class harness racing trotters in 1:51.2, but had clearly gone inside three pylons turning into the stretch. After a lengthy judges' inquiry, Resolve was disqualified and placed ninth while Bee A Magician was elevated to the victory. Gural Hanover finished third and was placed second while long shot Obrigado was elevated to third. The winner paid $7.20 and keyed a $2 exacta worth $46.60. The $2 trifecta paid $882.80. Svanstedt had the barefooted Resolve fired up off the starting gate, racing through the opening quarter mile in 27.2. John Campbell had the favorite, JL Cruze, comfortably away in the pocket, but was not content to follow Resolve. Campbell aggressively moved JL Cruze to the outside and took the lead through a taxing 54.3 half mile. At that point, Svanstedt pulled the pocket and re-took the lead through three-quarters in 1:23.1. JL Cruze offered no resistance, eventually finishing sixth, but placed ninth for his own pylon violation. Leaving the final turn and turning into the stretch, Resolve went inside three pylons before Svanstedt could straighten his course. Resolve finished four lengths in front of Bee A Magician, but ultimately was disqualified. Following the race, Markus Myron, Christer Haggstrom, and Mats Lagerholm from Solvalla Racecourse in Sweden, home of The Elitloppet, presented the trophy and extended an invitation to the race to David McDuffee, co-owner of Bee A Magician. "It is certainly a great honor to receive the invitation and I will speak with the other owners before we make a final decision," said McDuffee during a winner's circle interview. "Resolve went a tremendous mile," said winning driver Brian Sears. "I was very impressed with him. My mare raced well, but I thought she was still a little soft in only her second start of the season." Despite the disqualification, Resolve was also extended an invitation to The Elitloppet on May 29. Justin Horowitz

Former harness racing Maine champion to make seasonal debut in $150,000 Playoff on Sunday, May 8 at the Meadowlands Trainer Paul Kelley will be the first to admit that his star trotter Obrigado has been "a pleasant surprise." Kelley bought the former Maine-bred champion at the 2013 Harrisburg Sale for $53,000 with the hope that he would develop into a nice open trotter at Saratoga. Instead, the six-year-old gelding by Boy Band - Malimony, by Malabar Man has become a top-class stakes horse who earned $405,535 in 2015 with a signature win in the $200,000 Crawford Farms Trot at Vernon Downs and a runner-up finish to close out the year in the $400,000 TVG Free For All Final. Obrigado is part of an all-star field of nine entered in Sunday's inaugural $150,000 Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff at the Meadowlands. The race winner will receive an invitation to the Elitlopp at Solvalla Racecourse in Sweden on May 29. The Playoff is scheduled for Race 1 on Sunday's matinee program with a post time of 12:40 p.m. It will be broadcast live on national television in Sweden and anchors a six-race trotting block that will make up the V64 wager in Sweden. Obrigado spent his winter in Florida with Kelley and posted two winning qualifiers at Pompano Park before shipping north. He qualified last Saturday at the Meadowlands in 1:54.1 with a final quarter in 27.1 in his final tune-up before Sunday. "He had a really good winter and Wally Hennessey was especially happy with his second qualifier," explained Kelley. "He needed a good stiff training mile last weekend because he can tend to be a lazy horse. That effort was good for him to stretch his legs and open his lungs up. I don't know if I have him 100 percent where I want him to be, but if he's up to it, he will be right there on the wire and if not, then he is not quite ready." Kelley shares ownership of Obrigado with Linwood Higgins, Stable 45, and the SRF Stable of Lennart Agren. Agren bought the ownership share previously held by Bill Weaver, the legendary owner and breeder who passed away this past February at the age of 79. Agren is from Sweden and owns 2015 Elitlopp Champion, Magic Tonight. "Mr. Agren is a great sportsman and horseman and I know he would love nothing more than to have Obrigado race over at Solvalla," said Kelley. "I have been fortunate to attend the Elitlopp and it is truly a tremendous event. I am familiar with the whole setup over there and know how difficult it is for an American horse to win, especially this year where Nuncio looks like he will be a big favorite and have the home course advantage." Fans can learn more about each of the horses entered in the Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff by visiting and can join the discussion on social media using #ElitloppPlayoff. Wagering Update With the change to the regular Meadowlands schedule by racing on Sunday afternoon, the regular guarantees in the Pick Five and two Pick Four wagers will not be in place. The jackpot amounts in the Super High Five wagers will remain. Justin Horowitz  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 21, 2016) - Winning 16 of 21 races, trotting the fastest mile in the history of the Meadowlands, and earning a Dan Patch Award as the sport's top aged trotter would seem like the perfect season for any horse. And yet trainer Eric Ell says JL Cruze probably could have been better. "Honestly, I cannot recall a start last year where he did not have gait issues, was not on a line, or was not fighting through some sort of lameness issue," explained the Mid-Atlantic based conditioner who has earned a reputation for his miracle work with troubled trotters. "He has never really been all that smooth, but he is just incredible and as game a racehorse as you will find." According to Ell, JL Cruze has come back a lot better so far in three undefeated starts as a five-year-old. Ell credits a change in the horse's feed that has allowed the son of Crazed - Topcat Hall, by Conway Hall to thrive. "Last year, he was a really picky eater and frequently would go a few days without eating much after his races," said Ell. "We raced him very hard through all of those series that he was winning and he was fighting lameness issues. This year we are really looking forward to being able to manage his season better and giving him really only two races per month." The next main goal for JL Cruze will be the inaugural Elitlopp Playoff on May 8 at the Meadowlands. The $150,000 Free For All Trot is shaping up as a must-see early-season showdown that will award the winner an invitation to The Elitlopp at Solvalla Racecourse in Sweden on May 29. Ell is giving JL Cruze this week off following a stretch of three wins over a 15-day period at the beginning of April. "My plan is to race him at the Meadowlands next week, assuming the race fills," said Ell. "That would then give him nine days to the Playoff, which would be the perfect amount of spacing. And my God, what a great field of horses he will face. There would be no shame in losing to any of those horses." Fans that wish to follow along the road to the Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff may visit a special website that will provide the latest news and profiles of all nominated horses at and follow along on social media using #ElitloppPlayoff. by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 14, 2016) - The special Mother's Day program at the Meadowlands featuring the inaugural edition of the $150,000 Elitlopp Playoff Trot, will be featured in Sweden's V64, a Pick 6 style wager that routinely handles more than $1 million and guarantees SEK 10 million (Swedish Krona currency) if there is a single winner. The V64 will be comprised of six trotting races on the Meadowlands program and will be the main wager that evening on Sweden's national tote and advanced deposit wagering platform, ATG. A total of seven Meadowlands races will be offered for separate pool wagering in Sweden and Finland. In addition, the Elitlopp Playoff, which awards the winner an automatic invitation to the prestigious Elitlopp in Sweden, will be broadcast live on national television on Sweden's TV4 network. All other Meadowlands races that day (night in Sweden) will be broadcast live on ATG's television channel and shown at all online and brick and mortar wagering outlets throughout Sweden. This will be the first time the ATG has broadcast a V64 race card on its television network from outside Scandinavia. "We continue to be extremely excited for what is shaping up to be a must-see event," said Meadowlands GM/COO Jason M. Settlemoir. "This has been a wonderful show of cooperation with our Swedish counterparts. Jeff Gural and I would like to extend a huge thank you to Sam McKee who has worked tirelessly to help put this event together with officials from Solvalla Racecourse and the ATG." 15 of the premier trotters in North America have been nominated to the Elitlopp Playoff including defending Aged Trotter of the Year JL Cruze, Mare Trotter of the Year and former Horse of the Year Bee A Magician, plus Breeders Crown winner Creatine and TVG Series champions Resolve and Shake It Cerry. Fans that wish to follow along the road to the Elitlopp Playoff may visit a special website that will provide the latest news and profiles of all nominated horses at and follow along on social media using #ElitloppPlayoff. ​byJustin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 7, 2016) - North America's leading trainer will have strength in numbers when he tries to add the inaugural edition of the Elitlopp Playoff to his list of major stakes wins. Ron Burke is pointing Gural Hanover, Crazy Wow, and DW's NY Yank to the $150,000 race at the Meadowlands that will be contested on a special Mother's Day matinee program on Sunday, May 8. The winner of the race will also receive an invitation to compete in The Elitlopp, one of Europe's most prestigious events, at Solvalla Racecourse outside Stockholm, Sweden on Sunday, May 29. The Elitlopp Playoff is part of a groundbreaking partnership between The Meadowlands and Solvalla. In addition to the Playoff, other trotting races on the Meadowlands card will be simulcast to Europe for separate pool wagering. "Having competed in The Elitlopp in 2009 with Buck I St. Pat, I know what a great experience it is to race over there in Sweden," said Burke. "It would be especially nice to go over there this year with the major upgrade in shipping they have set up. Rather than it taking 19 hours or more to get over there, now they are providing a direct flight from the East Coast to Sweden." Four-year-old Crazy Wow, who won the Colonial, Matron, Erskine, and Empire Breeders Classic during his millionaire sophomore season, leads the Burke trio. He is one of only two four-year-olds amongst the 15 Playoff nominees. "Crazy Wow was the only aged horse I sent down to train in Florida this winter," explained Burke. "He trained so well down there last year that I sent him down there again. We have him staked to everything this year and with the injury to Mission Brief, he is the best four-year-old in our barn." Crazy Wow is entered to qualify at the Meadowlands this Saturday morning to kick off his Playoff preparations. Gural Hanover won just once last year during his four-year-old season, but was competitive against the sport's top trotters including a runner-up finish in the Cashman Memorial and a third place finish to close out the year in the Breeders Crown. He has since returned in 2016 with two wins and a third place finish in Open events. "He has come back awesome," said Burke. "Horses always make a jump from their four-year-old season to the five-year-old season and I think that jump will be even bigger for this horse." As for DW's NY Yank, who won a $25,000 Winners Over trot this week at Harrah's Philadelphia, the Playoff will be a chance to score a signature stakes win in a hard-hitting career that has the modestly-bred seven-year-old just $15,015 away from $1 million in lifetime earnings. "This spot is a bit of a reach for him, but most of the other horses in here will not be fully cranked up this early in the season and we are hoping we can get them while he is sharp and they aren't at their absolute best," said Burke. Fans that wish to follow along the road to the Elitlopp Playoff may visit a special website that will provide the latest news and profiles of all nominated horses at and follow along on social media using #ElitloppPlayoff. by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 7, 2016) - The Meadowlands blew the doors off of its 2015 numbers in the first quarter of 2016 as the betting pools spiked to their highest levels in years. Per race handle has grown each month so far in 2016, rising from $214,437 in January to $229,270 in February and $234,271 in March. The trend continued into the first weekend of April with a total of $6,422,614 wagered on the two cards, an average of $267,609 per race. This represents a total increase of $1,176,689 over the corresponding weekend in 2015. Comparing the 23 nights of racing in 2016 to the same 23 nights in 2015, The Meadowlands posted a 12 percent increase in live handle through the first quarter of the year, a total increase of more than $7.7 million. The numbers were especially strong for the eight nights of racing in March with handle increasing more than $2 million compared to the same eight dates in 2015 despite five fewer races this year. "The rising popularity of The Meadowlands right now is unquestionable," said Meadowlands COO/GM Jason M. Settlemoir. "We have succeeded in significantly growing our audience. We also understand how much it means that an owner or horseplayer that cannot make it to the races now has the opportunity to go to a restaurant or pub with their friends and watch their horse win at The Meadowlands on national television. TVG has made that extraordinary social experience possible. The international TVG audience elevates the stature of not only The Meadowlands, but the state of New Jersey and the entire sport." Further breaking down the wagering trends by pool, it should come as no surprise that the low takeout wagers continue to be extremely popular with horseplayers. So far in April, the Late Pick Four has averaged $78,341 per night while the Early Pick Four ($50,025) and the Pick Five ($49,111) are also among the top five highest handling wagers. All three wagers offer the low takeout rate of 15 percent and a base wager amount of 50 cents. The vertical wagers have also grown in size in April. The exacta pools averaged more than $76,153 per race while the trifecta pools averaged $59,444. The straight win players have also been getting in on the action, as the average win pool grew to $48,413 last weekend. 10-cent and 20-cent wagers are also growing rapidly. The 10-cent superfecta pools have grown to $39,970 per race in April, while the 20-cent Jackpot Super High Five offered on the final race of the night currently boasts harness racing's largest carryover of $164,858. The race office has continued to card full, competitive fields that offer the largest pools in the sport, even in the face of growing competition from regional tracks that offer purses supplemented by alternative gaming revenue. The percentage of winning favorites continues to be a respectable 38 percent, putting the Meadowlands right in line with the top three thoroughbred tracks currently racing (Aqueduct - 38 percent; Gulfstream - 35 percent; and Santa Anita - 37 percent). Meadowlands live racing takes place Friday and Saturday with 7:15 p.m. post time each night. Free past performance pages are available each night for the Late Pick Four on the Meadowlands website. For more information, visit by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

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