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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 www.playmeadowlands.com. 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. BetAmerica.com 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 PlayMeadowlands.com 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 www.playmeadowlands.com. 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 www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 10, 2017) - His trainer was planning to qualify him again, but decided to stick him in a race to help the harness racing office. Sometimes, a change in plan works out just fine. That was the case for trainer Kevin McDermott's millionaire trotter, Melady's Monet, who chased down the razor sharp Opulent Yankee to win Friday's featured $18,000 conditioned trot at the Meadowlands. "I was supposed to qualify him back a second time on Saturday, but they needed a horse to fill this race so we raced him instead," explained McDermott, who trains Melady's Monet for Melady Enterprises. "He really was not tight tonight so I could not be any happier with him and he could be in for a very good year." Opulent Yankee easily made the front from his outside post six starting position with Melady's Monet comfortably tucking into the pocket spot. The positions remained unchanged up front through easy fractions of :28 and :57 for the opening half mile. Fellow millionaire DW's NY Yank followed in third as the top two continued through three-quarters in 1:25.3. At the top of the stretch, the top two separated from their other rivals. Brett Miller popped out of the pocket and set his sights on Opulent Yankee. With a final quarter of :28.2, Miller was able to urge Melady's Monet by Opulent Yankee by a neck in 1:54.1. Melady's Monet won for the 41st time in 136 career starts with earnings $1,049,358. He returned $7.40 as the third choice in a field of six. Opulent Yankee was second with Muscle Diamond third. Trainer Rick Dane, Jr. celebrated his 46th birthday with a win in the 9th race with the former Illinois star, Whiskersonkittens. Brett Miller led all drivers with three wins. Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,152,678. A Pick Five carryover of $38,069 will tempt horseplayers to kick off Saturday's 12-race program. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 10, 2017) - For the second time in the past week, there will be a Pick Five carryover at the Meadowlands thanks to a tough sequence on Friday where the post time harness racing favorite was defeated in all five legs. $38,069 will be added to the pool tomorrow that covers Races 1-5. A win by 32/1 long shot Better Call Saul in Race 2 helped the carryover. When Mr. Julian, the 2/1 morning line favorite, but off at 4/1, won Race 5, the carryover was clinched. A $25,497 into last Friday's card attracted $170,414 in new money. A relatively straightforward sequence returned $762.10 thanks to the large pool and nearly zero percent takeout. With an even larger carryover and a Saturday night card, it can reasonably be expected that the new money should surpass $200,000 which would create a negative takeout scenario, an extremely rare wagering opportunity for horseplayers. The 50-cent base wager begins with the opening race. 43 horses are entered prior to scratches in the sequence. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 4, 2017) - Harness racing drivers Yannick Gingras and Brett Miller combined to win nine of the 12 races at the Meadowlands on Saturday night with Gingras winning five and Miller four. Miller took home the biggest prize of the night, piloting multi-millionaire Clear Vision to an open lengths win in the $18,000 featured event for upper level conditioned pacers. Miller took no prisoners from the beginning and put the Jennifer Lappe trained 11-year-old right on the front. He blazed away through a half mile in :54.4, three quarters in 1:22.3 before drawing away to win by five lengths in 1:51.3. Alberto Contador, who had won back-to-back Big M starts earlier this winter was second. 6/5 favorite Rockeyed Optimist was third. Miller teamed up with trainer Amber Buter for a pair of dominant wins with City Hall and Dateline Hanover. Gingras's five wins included a pair for leading trainer Ron Burke. Jim Marohn, Jr. won two races including the Dash For the G-Notes series final with Prince Palani. Marohn also won the finale with P L Idaho that helped one lucky ticket purchased through the Oregon Hub hit the Jackpot Super High Five for $52,744. Total handle was $2,581,495 on the 12-race card. Live racing resumes next Thursday with a 9-race card. It is the final Thursday program of the season. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 3, 2017) - A rare Pick Five carryover at the Meadowlands proved to be a harness racing horseplayer's delight as more than $170,000 in new money was wagered into the sequence. With the carryover of $25,497, there was virtually zero percent takeout, a highly unusual situation that tilts the advantage squarely in the hands of the player. The sequence proved to be fairly formful with two favorites, two second choices, and a 5/1 fourth choice prevailing. The 50-cent winning ticket returned $762.10. In the featured sixth race featuring upper-level trotters, Opulent Yankee went to the front and never looked back, winning for the second week in a row in 1:55.2. Crosbys Clam Bake chased the winner from the pocket and finished second. Heavily favored Wind of the North raced from well off the pace and closed to be third, eight lengths behind the winner. Lucas Wallin, the 24-year-old native of Sweden, won his first career race as a trainer when Appomattox won the tenth race by open lengths with Corey Callahan. Wallin previously worked for Ake Svanstedt before opening his own stable last fall. Appomattox was just the seventh starter sent out by Wallin. Jim Marohn, Jr. continued his season-long hot streak with three wins to extend his narrow lead over Brett Miller as leading driver this year. Miller and Corey Callahan each had driving doubles. Total handle was $2,628,028 on the 11-race card. Live racing resumes Saturday with a 12-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 2, 2017) - Back-to-back $100-plus winners helped trigger a harness racing carryover in the Pick Five at the Meadowlands on a long shot's delight Thursday. The $25,497 carryover will be up for grabs on Friday's program. The Pick Five covers the first five races of the night. It carries a 50-cent base wager and a low 15-percent takeout rate that should almost be eliminated with the carryover. The last time there was a Pick Five carryover was December 22, 2016. The $25,874 carryover attracted $212,276 in new money. The winning sequence then returned nearly $18,000. Tony Beltrami kicked off the long shot parade in the GSY Club race when Scirocco Jakob paid $112.60. In the next race, Tom Merton put Mr. Julian on the front end and never looked back, scoring at $117.80. Kyle Husted ensured the carryover in race five when he steered $66.00 winner Wegottatruckyea to win. Husted won three races Thursday, more than doubling his season win total. The early pick four that included three of those big payoffs returned $30,687.95 to one lucky horseplayer in Las Vegas. Jim Marohn, Jr. swept the late double to increase his narrow lead over Brett Miller in the 2017 leading driver race. Total handle was $1,381,272 on the 9-race card. Live racing resumes Friday with an 11-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 25, 2017) - Jacksrluckytoo unleashed his patented late rally to win the Saturday night harness racing pacing feature at the Meadowlands in 1:52.1. The 5-year-old Michigan sired gelding by He's All That has regained the top form that saw him earn close to $100,000 last year. Bettor Rock On set up shop on the front end through a :28.3 opening quarter and a half mile in :56.2. Corey Callahan kept the winner of last week's Open Handicap at Saratoga on the lead past three quarters in 1:24.1. That's when favored Ontario Success (Joe Bongiorno) made the front, only to be swallowed up by the furious rally of Jacksrluckytoo. "This horse is so much fun to drive when he is on top of his game," said winning driver Jim Marohn, Jr. "The Harmons have him back on his game and I know I can drive him with a lot of confidence every week." Jacksrluckytoo has won two in a row and has already won four times in 2017. He has 18 career wins. Marohn won three races to take over the top spot on the 2017 driving standings at the Meadowlands. Marohn now holds a 41-40 lead over Brett Miller. Earlier in the night, stakes winner Rockeyed Optimist bounced back from a dull seasonal debut to score a powerful win in 1:51. He was driven by John Campbell, who also won three times, for trainer Steve Elliott. Total handle was $2,634,833 on the 12-race card. Live racing resumes Thursday with a 9-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz       ###   This e-mail, including any attachments, may contain information that is confidential, and is transmitted for the sole use of the intended recipient. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, copying or retention of this e-mail or the information contained herein is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify the sender by telephone or reply e-mail, and permanently delete this e-mail from your computer system. The views presented in this message are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinion of New Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners OTW. New Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners OTW do not guarantee the integrity, security or proper receipt of this message. Likewise, New Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners OTW do not accept any liability whatsoever for any possible damages arising from, or in connection with, data interception, software viruses or manipulation by third parties.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 24, 2017) - Andy Miller entered the weekend in ninth place in the Meadowlands driver standings, but Friday night reminded harness racing fans why the "Orange Crush" can still get it done with four wins including a score in the featured trot with Opulent Yankee. Miller began the evening by capitalizing on a perfect pocket trip with Opulent Yankee to upset 4/5 favorite Lady's Dude in the $17,000 conditioned trot. He swept finished off the sweep of the early double with a perfect front-running drive on favored Keystone Blade. Miller won races 7 and 8 by a nose and a neck, respectively, with Truth And Liberty and Nowucit Nowudont. Corey Callahan won three races and Jim Marohn, Jr. celebrated his 35th birthday by winning two races. Vinny Ginsburg steered The Pokester, a 42/1 longshot to victory in the last race, leading a parade of outsiders past the wire. With 7/5 favorite Sailin Metro and 8/5 second choice Cherokee Ranger off the board, the $2 trifecta returned $10,131.80 and the 10-cent superfecta was good for $6,335. There were no winning tickets in the last race Super High Five as the jackpot now stands at $32,071 heading into Saturday. Total handle was $2,486,926 on the 11-race card. Live racing continues Saturday with a 12-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 23, 2017) - Leading harness racing drivers Brett Miller and Jim Marohn, Jr. stayed hot on Thursday at the Meadowlands on a day where temperatures were unseasonably into the 60s. Marohn won three of the night's nine races including a five-length blowout in 1:51.3 with the Darran Cassar trained-mare Snow Cone. Brett Miller was the star of the latest broadcast of "Meadowlands Harness Live" airing on SNY. Miller won two of the three races including a victory with the 8-year-old Fox Valley Steffen, who equaled his lifetime mark of 1:55. Miller also won with I Found My Beach, the classy veteran who won his third straight. He has three wins and a runner-up finish since being claimed by trainer John Mc Intyre. Total handle was $1,317,458 on the 9-race card. Live racing continues Friday with an 11-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 18, 2017) - Alberto Contador lowered his lifetime mark for the second straight week at the Meadowlands, winning the harness racing featured $15,000 conditioned pace in 1:49.4. Alberto Contador won last week at 14/1 in 1:50.1 and stepped up in class in his repeat bid. Brett Miller moved the New Zealand bred 9-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding to the front past the quarter in :26.4. Miller controlled the rest of the action from there, easily holding sway from Ontario Success by two lengths at the wire. Jet Airway was third while racing for purse money only with Barimah finishing fourth and rounding out the trifecta. Alberto Contador, named for the champion Spanish cyclist, has won 33 times in 138 career starts with earnings of $452,431. Four preliminary divisions of the Dash For the G-Notes series were contested. So Take That won the fastest division in 1:51.4 for Corey Callahan and Mike Watson. It was Watson's third training win of the weekend. Iminurblindspot, the 3-year-old full brother to world champion Shebestingin, broke his maiden in his third career start in a "non-winners of two" in 1:55.3. He is trained by Nifty Norman and owned by Enzed Racing Stable and William Switala. He was a $35,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase. John Campbell, Corey Callahan, and Jim Marohn, Jr. each posted a driving double. Patti Harmon scored a training double. Total handle was $2,799,173 on the 12-race card. Live racing resumes Thursday with a 9-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 17, 2017) - Rose Run Parker, the two-time Indiana Sire Stakes champion, was a dominant winner at the Meadowlands in his 2017 harness racing debut. Rose Run Parker was bet down to even-money favoritism in the field of nine that also included stakes-winner Muscle Diamond, last week's top-class winner B Yoyo, and past winners Crosbys Clam Bake and Opulent Yankee. Yannick Gingras moved the 6-year-old Jailhouse Jesse gelding to the front past an opening quarter mile in :28.3. Gingras maintained his lead through a half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:26. B Yoyo took his shot from the pocket while Muscle Diamond came first over turning for home. Rose Run Parker maintained his advantage through the stretch to win by a length in 1:53.4. B Yoyo was second. Crosbys Clam Bake was third. "His performance tonight was a very encouraging sign," said trainer Ron Burke. "He looked sound and looked well within himself." Rose Run Parker took his lifetime mark at the Meadowlands last May of 1:50.4 when he defeated a field that included Obrigado. "I am pretty much going to give him shots in every big stakes race this season," said Burke. "I think he can be competitive, maybe not dominating, but he is a winner and he will rise to the occasion." Burke added that at this point, he views Rose Run Parker on the same level as his millionaire trotter Crazy Wow, but was quick to add that neither is as good as his super mare, Hannelore Hanover, the runner-up in trotter of the year voting. Rose Run Parker has now won 40 times in 61 career races with $809,465 in career earnings for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Burke said his immediate plan is to give the horse a week off and then look to race him again at the Meadowlands. Corey Callahan posted a driving hat trick on the 11-race program while Jim Marohn, Jr. and Andy Miller each won two races. Total handle was $2,530,541 for the 11-race program.Live racing resumes Friday with an 11-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 16, 2017) - Brett Miller stole the show on a cold, windy harness racing night at the Meadowlands on Thursday, winning four of the night's nine races including both Dash For the G-Notes series finals. Miller kicked off the "Meadowlands Harness Live" broadcast on SNY with a Dash win with the mare Never Ever Clever, who defeated the boys in the $15,000 final. Never Ever Clever, a 6-year-old Muscle Hill mare trained by Jonas Czernyson, held off the late charge of the favored Harmon Stable entry of Montalbano Bi and Detroit Rapper. Never Ever Clever won in 1:55 for her 11th lifetime victory. One race later, Miller survived an adventurous final quarter mile to score in another G-Notes final with I Found My Beach. After following race favorite Mr. Big Load from the pocket, Miller first attempted to go outside in the stretch only to swerve back towards the pylons. That was the winning move as the 8-year-old Mach Three gelding sprinted away to score in by a length in 1:53 in the $12,500 event. The four wins give Miller 83 for the current season, 31 more than second-place Jim Marohn, Jr. Total handle was $1,347,906 for the 9-race program. Live racing resumes Friday with an 11-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 15, 2017) - "Meadowlands Harness Live," the one-hour live harness racing broadcast that airs Thursdays on SNY at 9:30 p.m. returns this week after last week's snowstorm prompted a cancellation. Regular host Justin Horowitz will be joined by special guest co-host Tony Alagna, the trainer of two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous. The broadcast will feature the last three races on the Meadowlands card including two finals in the Dash for the G-Notes overnight series. Hall of Famer Bob "Hollywood" Heyden and Jenn Bongiorno will provide additional commentary and interviews while Ken Warkentin will call the races. Next week, Hall of Famer John Campbell will be the co-host with Horowitz. The March 2 broadcast will feature a return appearance by trainer Andrew Harris, who received rave reviews after co-hosting the February 2 show. The final Thursday broadcast on March 9 will be co-hosted by Nancy Johansson, who conditioned 2014 Horse of the Year, JK She'salady. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

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