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The new Meadowlands Racetrack and the famed Solvalla Racetrack in Sweden have announced plans for an Elitlopp Playoff Free-For-All Trot with an automatic invitation for the winning horse to compete in the Elitlopp, one of the world's most prestigious trotting events, on May 29th at Solvalla Racetrack. The Elitlopp Playoff will be contested on a special Mother's Day matinee card at the Meadowlands on Sunday, May 8th. The estimated purse for the race is $150,000. In accordance with the Elitlopp rules, horses in the Playoff will not be allowed to race with either the medication Lasix or trotting hobbles. "We see this as the start of something new," said Christer Haggstrom, a board member of Solvalla. "By cooperating with the Meadowlands, we think we can attract the best North American horses to attend the Elitlopp. We are really appreciative of the cooperation and all of the hard work the Meadowlands team have put in. We think by cooperating internationally it will be beneficial to the entire harness racing world." In an effort to attract even more North American participation, Solvalla is finalizing plans for a direct flight from the East Coast to Sweden, eliminating demanding day-long van rides in Europe which was the norm in past years. Solvalla is also encouraging North American trainers to enter trotters in the supporting stakes races on Elitlopp weekend including the Sweden Cup, the Harpers Hanover, and the Fyaaringselitin, all with purses well over $100,000. Trainers such as Jimmy Takter, Ake Svanstedt, Richard "Nifty" Norman, Ron Burke and several others have all expressed interest in nominating horses to the race including top North American trotters such as World Champion JL Cruze, Horse Of The Year Bee A Magician, and possibly the TVG Series champion Resolve. A large contingent of Swedish horsemen will be traveling to the Meadowlands for the Elitlopp Playoff weekend. Both parties are also working diligently in an attempt to make the Elitlopp Playoff Trot part of the V75 wager in Europe on May 8th which would be an historic ground breaking effort between the two continents. The V75 routinely attracts more than $10 million in wagers. ATG, Sweden's on-line wagering company, is planning on simulcasting the Elitlopp Playoff and other selected trotting events on the Meadowlands Mother's Day card to Sweden for wagering on a separate pool basis. "We are excited about the Elitlopp Playoff idea," said Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural. "Working closely with the Solvalla management on this project is a great step for international trotting. The wagering ideas we are discussing including the possibility of our Meadowlands race in the V75 is very exciting and can help open the doors for even more joint ventures in the future between the two countries." Nominations for the Elitlopp Playoff close February 15th. With the President's Day Holiday, all correspondence must be postmarked by February 17th. For more information, log on to www.playmeadowlands.com or contact the Meadowlands Race Office at 201-THE-BIGM. Justin Horowitz

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will provide horseplayers with one of their first opportunities to qualify for the 2017 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) with a qualifying event on Saturday, February 20. The Meadowlands qualifier will offer three guaranteed seats to the NHC, which recently provided Upstate New York handicapper Paul Matties an $800,000 first place prize for winning this year's event last month in Las Vegas. 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 bet a minimum of ten races from Gulfstream, Aqueduct, Fair Grounds, and/or Oaklawn with a $20 minimum per wager. Win, place, show or combination of the three is allowed. The top three finishers will earn seats to the 2017 NHC Final in Las Vegas. They must be NHC Tour members to qualify for the NHC Final. For complete tournament information and details, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 3, 2016) - The Meadowlands and its harness racing horsemen raised a total of $31,368.58 to benefit the victims of the Classy Lane Training Center fire in Puslinch, Ontario that claimed the lives of 43 horses on January 4. The money was raised in January when the track invited its horsemen to pledge a percentage of their on-track earnings to the cause. As usual, the industry exceeded expectations by also sending in donations by the thousands. "This is every horseperson's absolute worst nightmare," said Jason M. Settlemoir, General Manager and CEO of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "Many thanks to Jennifer Bongiorno here at the Meadowlands for taking the lead on this fundraiser and a huge 'thank you' must go out to the dozens of horsepeople that opened their wallets to help their fellow competitors in their time of need." Here is a complete list of horsepeople that donated: Albert & Tim Nash  Black Horse Racing Management Brett Miller Burke Barn of NJ Burke Racing Stable & Weaver Bruscemi Chris Oakes Corey Callahan Edward Muster Heidi Rohr Howard & Mark Ouriel Jason M. Settlemoir Jeff Gural Jennifer Bongiorno Jim Campbell JL Sadowsky Joe Bongiorno Joe Holloway John Butenschoen John D Campbell Julie & Andy Miller Kyle Spagnola Linda Toscano Mark Harder Mike Simons Nick Surick Robert Bresnahan Jr Scott Irwin Scott Zeron Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 2, 2016) - A Pick Five carryover of $18,653 awaits handicappers when live harness racing returns to the Meadowlands this Friday, February 6. The Pick Five begins on Race Three and features a 50-cent base wager and low 15-percent takeout. To further entice horseplayers, the Meadowlands has increased the guaranteed pool amount to $50,000 and the sequence will be featured as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. "Friday is a value players dream because the Pick Five is certain to attract a lot of new investors with a carryover of $18,653," said Meadowlands CEO/GM Jason M. Settlemoir. "A negative takeout scenario is possible because of the lower takeout. The Pick Five winners will actually collect more money than the bet takes in on Friday if the final pool is under $124,000. Combine the investment opportunities with only 35 percent of the favorites winning and you can see why The Meadowlands is anticipating giant betting pools this weekend." The last Pick Five carryover at the Meadowlands was on August 7, 2015 for $29,460. A total of $131,164 in new money was wagered that night for a total pool of $160,624. After takeout, horseplayers were returned a total of $140,949 which actually represents a negative takeout situation. The horseplayers' advantage was 7.4 percent, a very rare occurrence in pari-mutuel wagering and most worthy of investment. In addition to the increased guarantee on the Pick Five wager, the Meadowlands also offers a $25,000 guaranteed pool in the Early Pick Four wager (Races 5 - 8) and a $50,000 guaranteed pool in the Late Pick Four (Races 9 - 12). "The Meadowlands has always been an industry leader in regards to giving more money back to the players," said Settlemoir. "Instead of going with a 25 percent rake on the guaranteed pool wagers, The Meadowlands offers the three guaranteed pools at 15 percent, a substantial takeout reduction of 40 percent." Free deluxe past performance pages provided by TrackMaster will be available for both the Pick Five and late Pick Four wagers on the USTA's Strategic Wagering page and the Meadowlands website. Friday also marks the first race date of February, coming on the heels of a robust January that saw average nightly handle of more than $3 million. The large wagering pools and low percentage of winning favorites helped trigger generous payoffs. For example, last weekend, the average $2 win price was nearly $13 while the average $2 exacta paid almost $94 and the average $2 trifecta returned more than $566. Live racing takes place Friday and Saturday nights at the Meadowlands with 14-race programs beginning at 6:35 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 30, 2016) - As a result of its out-of-competition testing program, the Meadowlands Racetrack announces the positive test of a horse trained by Robert Bresnahan, Junior. Tag Up and Go, a six-year-old trotter, returned a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance, epogen, more commonly known as EPO. The blood samples were taken from two horses at Mr. Bresnahan's barn at Gaitway Farm on December 8. The samples were sent to the world-renowned Hong Kong Racing Laboratory, among the world leaders in research on equine drug testing. The positive test result was returned to Meadowlands officials in late January, the delay caused by testing officials being away on vacation during the holiday season. Mr. Bresnahan has subsequently been placed on the track's exclusion list and will be unable to participate at the Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. Bresnahan is entitled to ask for a split sample test; however, the Hong Kong Racing Laboratory has not reported any "false positives" in any official samples in its 46-year history. "None of the horses currently being trained by Bresnahan will be able to participate at our properties for 60 days," said Meadowlands Chairman Jeffrey Gural. "We will continue our efforts to create a level playing field and ensure that horses racing here at the Meadowlands are not racing with illegal medication or performance-enhancing substances. I believe our out-of-competition testing is helping to accomplish that goal." Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 28, 2016) - The winter meet at the Meadowlands has always offered handicappers some of the most attractive wagering opportunities of the season. A look at the numbers so far in 2016 show that this year has provided some of the most competitive races not only in harness racing, but also when compared to the major thoroughbred tracks. Post-time wagering favorites have won just one-third of the races at the Meadowlands so far in 2016, winning 28 of 85 races contested. That 33-percent strike rate, a major factor that determines racing competitiveness, is actually lower than the winning favorite percentage at five of the premier thoroughbred tracks in the country - Santa Anita, Laurel Park and Fair Grounds (35%), Gulfstream Park (36%), and Aqueduct (38%). "It is obvious we are getting some thoroughbred players to cross over right now," said Meadowlands CEO/GM Jason M. Settlemoir. "33 percent winning favorites this year compares favorably with all the great thoroughbred tracks. We went head to head with NFL football, Winter Storm Jonas and a billion dollar Powerball drawing and still averaged $3,018,024 per night in total handle and $213,036 in per race handle in January." The nightly average handle of more than $3 million makes the Meadowlands the most popular nighttime wagering product of any breed. Additionally, the Meadowlands consistently offers the largest wagering pools and field sizes in harness racing. For example, the average exacta pool is $61,448 and trifecta pool is $45,040. These two factors are major drivers of handle amongst serious horseplayers. "Our field sizes of 9.68 horses a race, our large exotic pools and our great finishes have demonstrated that competitive harness racing can still captivate the night time gambling audience," said Settlemoir. "After football concludes in two weeks, we think a segment of players that watch football and play fantasy sports will start watching and playing The Meadowlands." Those interested players have easy access to the Meadowlands product thanks to a successful partnership with TVG, known as America's Horse Racing Network. Racing at the Meadowlands is featured prominently on the television network that is available in more than 30 million homes nationwide and accepts wagers on the Meadowlands via its advance deposit wagering platform. Free deluxe program pages for the late Pick Four every racing night with an average pool size of $65,034 are complimentary and available courtesy of Track Master at www.ustrotting.com and www.playmeadowlands.com. Live racing takes place Friday and Saturday nights with 14-race programs beginning at 6:35 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Friday Night Friday night in northern New Jersey brings with it the promise of better weather and the return of live harness racing to The Meadowlands. A fourteen race program starting at 6:35 p.m. is trot-centric with big fields and plenty of possibilities for the punter.   The weekly $25,000 Open Handicap Trot has had a different winner each week since live racing returned last fall with Opulent Yankee now in the queue to attempt that elusive return trip to The Meadowlands winner's circle.   Opulent Yankee annexed the season's fastest trotting mile of 1:52.1 for Andy Miller in a forwardly placed effort last Friday. Taking over after being parked to a 27 flat opening quarter, Miller kept his foot on the gas through a 55 second half and 1:23.3 three panels then accelerated away as they straightened up, putting some distance between himself and his pursuers before coasting in with a 28.3 close on the mile.   Despite being saddled with the outside post eight for this race Opulent Yankee is the 8/5 morning line choice in the feature. Julie Miller trains for the partnership of Little E, LLC (the nom de course for Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural) Artie Geiger, Jason Settlemoir and Dave Stolz.   No fewer than three former Open winners are lined up to the inside of the favorite with Uva Hanover, Can Do and Cash Me Out all having worn the crown for a week. Detroit Rapper may be in next line for the throne based on his solid close to be second in last week's race.   "That's My Driver" makes a return to the promotion rotation and Saturday features the "Meadowlands Homestyle Chili & Salsa Cook-Off" with Grand Prize set at * $1,000 plus a spot in the ICS's World Championship Homestyle Chili Cook-off in Reno, NV.   Dining and wagering options remain the same and on Friday nights you may enjoy spending the evening in the plush owner's club on the grandstand level known as Trotters.   Justin Horowitz

East Rutherford, NJ - Live harness racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday, November 13 with eliminations and preliminary events for several important stakes on the menu.   The $1.2 million TVG finals for the older horses are scheduled for next weekend, so preliminary TVG open events for those horses are on the opening weekend card.   The $25,000 mare opens each drew fields of six with names like Bee A Magician, Shake It Cerry, Classic Martine heading up the trot and point leader Venus Delight and Sandbetweenurtoes in the pace. The $200,000g TVG finals for mares will be raced on Friday, November 20.   Six pacing horses were entered in that division, among them JK Endofandera who currently resides at the top of that list, Doo Wop Hanover, Mach It So and new shooter Arthur Blue Chip.   Seven trotters declared with Obrigado, Melady's Monet, Master Of Law, Natural Herbie, Resolve and DW's NY Yank to be joined by EL Titan who is making his first start in the series. Each of these opens carry a purse of $50,000 and the $400,000g TVG Open finals are scheduled for Saturday, November 21.   Eliminations for the $1.5 million Fall Final Four freshman stakes are also set for opening weekend.   The Three Diamonds drew eight pacing fillies thus needing no elimination and going right through to the $385,250e November 20 final. The eight declared are; Blue Moon Stride, Call Me Queen, I Said Please, JK Fannie, Penpal, Shezarealdeal, Skinny Dipper and Yankee Moonshine.   The Goldsmith Maid filly declarations numbered eleven. A bye was accepted by the connections of Kathy Parker and the remaining ten will race to eliminate one and join her in the $409,950e November 20 final.   The Governor's Cup box contained sixteen, which split neatly into a pair of eight colt pacer eliminations on Saturday night. The top five from each will return, with elim winners drawing from posts 1 through six, for the final on $413,000e Saturday, November 21.   Nineteen trotting colts entered for the Valley Victory so the eliminations this Saturday will be a ten and a nine with the same result as the pacers determining which colts will compete in the $489,400e final next Saturday.   Find the complete fields once the races have been drawn and further information on all things Meadowlands by visiting the track website.   Post time for the Fall Meet at The Meadowlands will be 7:00pm.   by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

VERNON, NY (October 15, 2015) - When hip number 410, a Conway Hall filly out of the mare Classic Yankee, walked into the sales ring at last week's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, the expected sets of eyes watched with anticipation as the bidding began. Harness racing breeder Crawford Farms was hoping for a profitable sales price and interested buyers watched as the price inched upwards. Perhaps not surprisingly, the filly, already named Vernondownthehouse, was purchased by Vernon Downs owner Jeff Gural for $65,000. But another interested party located in Central New York has plenty riding on the horse as well, even if that person was not watching at the time the horse sold. Stacey Michaud, a racing fan at Vernon Downs, is the one responsible for the filly's name, having submitted it during a Crawford Farms sponsored Name That Foal contest in August 2014 at the racetrack. Besides seeing her creative selection picked as the winning name, she is also in line to earn a potentially nice payday. As part of winning the contest, Michaud is entitled to one-percent of the filly's earnings during her two and three-year-old racing seasons. "Any time you purchase a yearling you always dream of having the next champion," said the filly's owner, Jeff Gural. "But in this case, I am really hoping to help a loyal Vernon Downs fan make some extra money through this promotion we did with our partners at Crawford Farms. All we can do is keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best." The filly will be sent to trainer Julie Miller to be prepared for a racing career that will hopefully begin next season and include many trips to the winner's circle. For complete racing and promotional information, visit www.vernondowns.com. #410 VERNONDOWNTHEHOUSE from Michelle Crawford on Vimeo.   Justin Horowitz

VERNON, NY (SEPTEMBER 4, 2015) - Harness racing fans in Central New York will be treated to an extra special Labor Day of racing at Vernon Downs on Monday with the New York Sire Stakes and a car giveaway highlighting the holiday program. Post time is 1:15 p.m. 17 freshman pacing colts and geldings were split into two Sire Stakes divisions racing for a total purse of $112,000. The first division, which goes as race six, is led by undefeated Travel Playlist. The Art Major colt ran his record to a perfect three-for-three with a five-length win at Yonkers in the last leg of the Sire Stakes. Erv Miller trains the $82,000 Harrisburg purchase for longtime owner Ronald Michelon. Marcus Miller will drive Travel Playlist for the first time, but he is no stranger to the 5/2 morning line favorite. "Erv and I trained him this week with our other Sire Stakes horse, Redneck Rally, and he always talks about how smart and quick Travel Playlist is, which has been great so far in New York on the smaller tracks," said Marcus Miller. "He has a big, good gait so he should be able to carry his speed too on the bigger track at Vernon, but we will see on Monday." Among his rivals are the Mark Harder trained Joe Larry N Curly, who has won three of his last four in the Sire Stakes. His only loss during that stretch was a runner-up finish behind Travel Playlist. The first division also includes the talented Talk Show, who looked sensational winning his first two career starts in July, but has lost three straight including a last place finish in his Metro elimination. John Campbell drives for trainer Steve Elliott. The second division, which goes as race eight on the ten-race program, lacks a standout, but offers handicappers several viable win candidates. Locally-based Manny goes out for trainer Jessica Okusko, who scored her biggest career win earlier this summer with Dude's The Man when he won the $400,000 Adios at The Meadows. Like Dude's The Man, Manny is owned by M&L of Delaware and Victoria Dickinson. Vernon's leading driver Chris Lems has the driving assignment from post eight. Besides the racing, fans will also have a chance to drive home in a 2015 Volkswagon Jetta S in the grand prize drawing of the season-long Horseplay Car Giveaway promotion. Fans can purchase a mini rubber horse for a one-dollar donation then attempt to throw that horse into the moving Jetta after the second race of the day. One lucky winner will win a $100 betting voucher and get their name into the drawing to win the car, which will be awarded after race nine. For complete racing and promotional information, visit www.vernondowns.com. Justin Horowitz

For the second straight year, Vernon Downs is proud to host the $180,000 New York Sire Stakes Excelsior Series 3YO Finals at the harness racing meeting on Saturday, September 19. The racing card will also feature consolation races for the New York Sire Stakes 3YO divisions sponsored by Golden Gro and the final of the Vernon Downs Racing Under Saddle series. Horsemen are reminded that in order to be eligible for the $50,000 Consolation events, they must enter their horses at Yonkers for the Night of Champions on September 12. The entry box for the Night of Champions closes on September 8 at 9:00 a.m. Besides the competitive racing, on-track fans will be treated to several events and promotions. The second annual Truck Trottin' Food Truck Rodeo featuring more than ten area food trucks will take place at the racetrack from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Racing fans will also receive a free fleece blanket while supplies last and can compete for the $250 first place prize in a free handicapping contest. The Morrisville Yearling Sale takes place the following day and horsemen in town for the sale or the races are invited to a post-race reception at Mr. G's Food & Spirits located inside the Vernon Downs Hotel. Horsemen wishing to stay at the Vernon Downs Hotel can book their rooms by contacting Director of Racing Scott Warren at (315) 829 - 6825 or by email at swarren@vernondowns.com. The Morrisville Yearling Sale takes place Sunday, September 20 beginning at 1:00 p.m. and has a catalogue featuring 69 yearlings. For more information on the sale, visit www.morrisvillesale.com. For complete racing and promotional information, visit www.vernondowns.com. Justin Horowitz

While both of their harness racing careers have come to an end, world champions Sebastian K and Sweet Lou will be honored this weekend with unique giveaways at the tracks that hosted two of their signature wins. Friday night, fans at Vernon Downs will receive a Sebastian K travel mug (while supplies last), celebrating the world's fastest trotter's win in last year's Crawford Farms Open Trot. This year's $200,000 event is the highlight of a stakes-filled card at the Central New York oval that will also include the $177,000 Muscle Hill Mare Trot and the $194,000 Artiscape Open Mare Pace plus the New York Sire Stakes Two-Year-Old Filly Pace. The giveaway begins at 5:00 p.m. and a spectacular fireworks show will take place after the races. "Sebastian K superseded all our expectations during his North American adventure and we enjoyed bringing him to many different tracks around the region," said Tristan Sjoberg, who along with his brother own Sebastian K under the Knuttson Trotting banner. "His win in the Crawford Farms Trot at the picturesque Vernon Downs when he wired the field in effortless fashion was one of the highlights of a sparkling season." The nine-year-old Sebastian K was recently retired after a European and North American career where he earned $2,973,252. Sunday afternoon, fans at Tioga Downs will receive a Sweet Lou travel mug (while supplies last); celebrating the 2014 Pacer of the Year's win in last year's Roll With Joe Open Pace. This year's $155,000 renewal highlights Sunday's stakes-filled card that will also include the Empire Breeders Classic Finals and the Reynolds Stakes for freshman trotters. The giveaway begins at 12:30 p.m. with post time set for 1:30 p.m. Sweet Lou earned $3,478,894 during his four-year racing career for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr, and Phil Collura. For more racing and promotional information, visit www.tiogadowns.com and www.vernondowns.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 30, 2015) - While the harness racing action on the track will be fierce this weekend at the Meadowlands with eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks, Jim Doherty Memorial, and Peter Haughton Memorial, fans will have no shortage of options to keep them entertained off the track as well. The inaugural Brews, Blues & BBQ festival takes place Saturday in the Meadowlands Backyard and will feature 15 different food trucks and vendors plus a competition featuring five of the area's premier BBQ teams. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with events continuing throughout the afternoon and evening. There will also be product and food demonstrations plus live music by the Bob Lanza Blues Band beginning at 6:00 p.m. Admission to the Backyard is $5. Other areas of the racetrack offer free admission, as usual. The weekend festivities begin Friday night with the annual Million Dollar Ball Drop. 500 numbered golf balls will be dropped from the top of a fire truck ladder onto a target set up in the infield of the racetrack. The contestant's golf ball that is closest to the center of the target will have a chance to win $1,000,000 if their number matches a pre-selected number. Even if the contestant does not win the $1,000,000 grand prize, they will still be guaranteed to win $4,000. The 25 closest golf balls will all earn their contestant a cash prize ranging from $50 up to the $4,000 first prize. Fans are invited to come out to the Meadowlands on Sunday to bet the Haskell without the hassle. Triple Crown winner American Pharoah makes his return to the races in the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. With the huge crowd expected at Monmouth and reserved seating sold out, local fans are invited to watch and wager on New Jersey's biggest day of thoroughbred racing in the comfort of the Meadowlands. Victory Sports Bar, with its massive 12-foot by 20-foot TV screens, is the ideal setting to watch Pharoah's return. Meadowlands Players Club members will receive double points on all Monmouth Park wagers on Sunday. Post time for Monmouth's card is 11:30 a.m. Live racing at the Meadowlands begins Friday at 7:15 p.m. Justin Horowitz Media Relations Manager

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 23, 2015) - The final stretch of the Meadowlands Championship Meet gets underway Friday (July 24) with five divisions of the Kindergarten Series for harness racing freshman trotters. The first of three divisions for the boys opens the twelve-race program. Taco Tuesday draws morning-line favoritism for trainer Frank Antonacci and driver Tim Tetrick. The Cantab Hall colt makes his pari-mutuel debut off a trio of qualifying wins, the last of which came by nearly ten lengths in 1:58.1. Pick Up The Tab also makes his pari-mutuel debut. He was a $220,000 Lexington Select yearling and a full brother to millionaire Uncle Peter. The second division for the colts and geldings is the second race and includes a pair of promising youngsters that competed in the New Jersey Sire Stakes. Waitlifter K finished fourth in the $100,000 Final while Jack Vernon was sixth after winning one of the preliminary legs. The high-priced Winter Harbor leads the third and final male division in race four. Brittany Farms, John Cancelliere, Jeff Gural's Little E, and Winter Harbor Partners own the Muscle Hill colt that cost $240,000 at Lexington. He makes his pari-mutuel debut for Tony Alagna off a pair of eye-catching qualifying wins. Scott Zeron has the drive. Among his rivals is $320,000 Lexington yearling, The Perfect Lindy, whose family includes last year's Hambletonian winner, Trixton. The two divisions begin in race nine. Jimmy Takter sends out morning line favorite Hollywood Hill, who won a preliminary leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes in 1:56.2 before finishing fifth in the final last week. An overflow field of eleven will contest the second division for fillies in race eleven. Takter has the favorite here as well with Twice Is Right, a Donato Hanover filly who was third last out in a PA Sire Stakes. Julie Miller sends out Hustle Heart, a Credit Winner daughter of the great Creamy Mimi, who has tuned up for her pari-mutuel debut with a pair of wins in qualifiers. Friday's program also includes an Open Trot featuring Market Share and the East Coast return of Indiana star Natural Herbie, who is preparing to contest the John Cashman Memorial on Hambletonian Day. His owner/trainer/driver, Verlin Yoder, will be the "In The Sulky" guest on the Meadowlands pre-race show beginning at 6:45 p.m. The last race Jackpot Super High Five carryover has grown to more than $208,000. Post time is set for 7:15 p.m. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 1, 2015) - Fresh off his world-record victory, Doo Wop Hanover seeks a series sweep in the $250,000 Graduate Final, the highlight of a stakes-filled harness racing card on Friday (July 3) at the Meadowlands. In victories in the first three legs of the series for four-year-old pacers, Doo Wop Hanover set two different track records, one at Tioga Downs when he won in 1:47.4, and two weeks ago at the Meadowlands when he set a world record of 2:02.3 for the little used one-and-one-eighth mile distance. The Steve Elliott-trained son of Rocknroll Hanover drew post two in Friday's race and faces eight other foes including fellow Elliott-trainee Rockeyed Optimist, who saw his seven-race winning streak come to an end when finishing second to Doo Wop Hanover in his world-record victory. Doo Wop Hanover is the 6-5 morning line favorite. Rockeyed Optimist is the second choice at 8-5. Ron Burke sends out the uncoupled duo of All Bets Off and Limelight Beach. All Bets Off adds Lasix for the first time on Friday. Burke said the career earner of more than $1.2 million bled in his previous two starts. The Graduate Final is race ten on Friday's twelve-race card that also features six divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotters and pacers. Burke sends out a pair of two-year-old trotters that drew in separate six-horse divisions. In race two, Southwind Frank makes his pari-mutuel debut for Burke off a sparkling win in a baby race at Gaitway in 1:55.3. "He was not impressive starting out," explained Burke of the $100,000 Lexington Select yearling, "but he's got really good upside and we have plenty of reasons to believe he's a top colt." Burke sends out morning line favorite Southwind Flash in race four, the other division for male freshman trotters. Southwind Flash won both of his baby races at Gaitway. He was an $85,000 Lexington Select yearling and the first foal out of Friendly Amigo, an earner of more than $557,000 during her racing career. "He actually trained down better than 'Frank," said Burke. "No one else could go with him in both of his qualifiers, but we actually think he'll be even better following horses when he races the better ones." Handicappers will also have the opportunity to wager into a pair of large carryover pools in the Jackpot Super High 5. The Race Five carryover is $170,877 and the Race Twelve carryover is $154,332. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 30, 2015) - Continuing their wide-reaching partnership, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment and Crawford Farms, a leading New York-based standardbred breeding and racing operation, are teaming up to fight breast cancer with their Think Pink dinner at the races on Friday, July 17. The event will benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. "This is a cause that is deeply personal to me as I am a breast cancer survivor," said Michelle Crawford of Crawford Farms. "I am very passionate about the cause and also believe this is a unique way to not only raise money, but also to expose new people to the beautiful Meadowlands facility and the great sport of harness racing." Tickets to the event are $100 and include buffet dinner, live racing program, and silent auction. A cash bar will be available. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and takes place at Pink. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster by clicking this link . Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 23, 2015) - Retired Hall of Fame jockey Braulio Baeza will make an appearance Saturday (June 27) at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment as part of a "throwback" night at the races. The day will also include a Daily Racing Form handicapping seminar featuring national handicapper Michael "The Wizard" Kipness and one-dollar food and beverage specials. Baeza, a three-time Belmont Stakes winning jockey, 1963 Kentucky Derby winner aboard Chateaugay, and 1976 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductee will talk about his career and reminisce on the Meadowlands pre-race television show with Bob "Hollywood" Heyden at 6:45 p.m. before meeting his legion of fans for a meet and greet on the track apron from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Prior to Baeza's appearance, fans are invited to Victory Sports Bar for a handicapping seminar with the Daily Racing Form's renowned handicapper "The Wizard." The seminar is free and open to the public and will focus on wagering strategies for the day's major simulcast events including Santa Anita's Grade 1 Gold Cup and Grade 1 Triple Bend. The event runs from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. In keeping with the "throwback" theme of the evening, many concession prices will be rolled back to $1 including canned soda, Bud and Bud Light drafts, pretzels, popcorn, and hot dogs. The special priced concessions will be available from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. at all indoor concession locations. Adding to the appeal of the evening will be the annual Meadowlands Ms. Hot to Trot beauty pageant. The ten finalists will compete in casual wear, formal wear, and swimsuit rounds during the live racing program. The grand prize winner receives $5,000. Saturday's thirteen-race live program begins at 7:15 p.m. Admission and general parking is free. Justin Horowitz Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment | 1 Racetrack Drive | East Rutherford, NJ 07073            

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