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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 #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 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 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 For complete racing and promotional information, visit 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 and 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            

Through the first two legs of the Graduate Series for four-year-old pacers, it would be hard to find a harness racing trainer holding a stronger hand than Steve Elliott. Elliott has swept the series so far with his devastating duo of Doo Wop Hanover and Rockeyed Optimist. The pair will finally face each other as part of an overflow field of 12 going the extended 1 1/8 mile distance in the third leg of the Graduate Series on Friday (June 19) at the Meadowlands. "You never know what will happen in a twelve-horse field going that distance," said Elliott. "We'll let the drivers decide what to do when the race starts." In the opening leg of the series on May 25 at Tioga Downs, Rockeyed Optimist won his division in 1:48.1 while Doo Wop Hanover won his division in 1:47.4, the fastest mile ever at the Upstate New York track. The sons of Rocknroll Hanover came back to each win their respective divisions in leg two of the series at the Meadowlands on June 6 in 1:48. "Tioga was pretty impressive. The Meadowlands is just a fast track, but I really think they both have 1:47 miles in them," said Elliott without hesitation. Both horses are prime examples of why Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural has advocated for more racing opportunities for four-year-olds. 'Doo Wop' and 'Rockeyed' were talented horses last year, but have blossomed into top-class racehorses after an extra year to develop. "The older horses all have four 26-second quarters in them which makes them so tough," said Elliott in explaining four-year-olds versus older horses. "The three and four-year-olds can give you three 26-second quarters with a 27-second quarter. It's a big change from three to four and racing against just four-year-olds puts them on a more even keel." Doo Wop Hanover will be reunited with his regular driver John Campbell, who missed driving him in his previous start while racing out of town. Tim Tetrick will once again get the drive on Rockeyed Optimist. Elliott's horses are hardly the only top contenders in Friday's race. Ron Burke sends out a pair of millionaires, recent Confederation Cup winner All Bets Off and last year's North America Cup winner JK Endofanera. Burke will also be represented by Little Brown Jug champion Limelight Beach. Friday's twelve-race card also includes the third leg of the Graduate Series for four-year-old trotters featuring a much-anticipated rematch between champion Father Patrick and the red-hot JL Cruze, who upset 'Patrick' two weeks ago in the second leg of the series. The 1:51 win was the eighth straight victory for JL Cruze, who has won 14 out of 17 races since trainer Eric Ell purchased him for $37,000 at last year's Harrisburg Sale for owners Kenneth Wood, Bill Dittmar, Jr., and Stephen Iaquinta. Handicappers will also have a pair of six-figure carryovers to chase on Friday in the two Jackpot Super High 5 wagers. The fifth race carryover is $159,224 while the last race carryover is $136,155. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 10, 2015) - While exotic racing featuring camels and ostriches is sure to draw a big crowd, harness racing horseplayers will be attracted to a pair of six-figure carryovers in the Jackpot Super High 5 wagers Friday night (June 12) at the Meadowlands. The fifth race carryover has grown to $149,789 and the twelfth race carryover sits at $126,693. Even though the jackpots have not been hit, the consolation payoffs, which represent 75-percent of the nightly pool after takeout, have been rewarding. In the last four weeks, the average 20-cent payout in the fifth race wager has been $1,195.48. The average payout during that same time period in the last race wager has been $2,176.15. Friday's fifth race is the first of two divisions in the Cathedra Dot Com series. Bay Pond Racing Stable's Real Drama is the 3/1 morning line favorite coming off a victory in the opening leg of the series. With regular driver Tim Tetrick competing at Mohawk Raceway on Friday, Real Drama will be driven by John Campbell. Oceans Motion, who also won an opening leg of the series, will also have a new driver on Friday with Eric Goodell replacing Mohawk-bound David Miller. The twelfth race has a field of ten led by 4 Leaf Racing's Cambridge, who won at this class level last week as the heavy favorite. The Cantab Hall gelding is trained by John McDermott, the fourth leading trainer at the Meadowlands meet. He will be driven by George Brennan, who will make a rare appearance at the Meadowlands before heading back to Yonkers when its racing schedule resumes Saturday. Post time for Friday's twelve-race card is 7:15 p.m. Justin Horowitz Media Relations Manager Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 4, 2015) - As a Hall of Fame harness racing trainer best known for his acumen with trotters, even Jimmy Takter is a bit surprised to have not one, but two aged pacing mares in his stable racing at a high level. "I've trained several good three-year-old filly pacers such as American Jewel and See You At Peelers, but I think these would be my first really good four-year-old pacing mares," said Takter. The two mares are Weeper and Katie Said, both of whom will be part of the ultra competitive $28,500 Mares Open Pace, the featured race on Friday's (June 5) twelve-race card at the Meadowlands. Weeper, owned by Joe and Joann Thomson's Bay Pond Racing Stable, earned more than $500,000 in her first two years of racing when trained by Kelly O'Donnell. She scored her biggest wins in the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final and the Matron Stakes. Takter took over her training this season and she has won her first two starts in the Open ranks at the Meadowlands, winning once in last-to-first fashion and once going gate-to-wire. "Weeper is a very powerful horse," explained Takter, "she's almost built like a stud colt." Katie Said will make her fourth start for Takter on Friday night. The daughter of Well Said was a minor stakes winner while earning more than $200,000 when trained by Julie Miller during her freshman and sophomore seasons. Under Takter's care, she has a win and a second place finish sandwiched around a race in which she made a break. "Katie Said is wicked fast and can absolutely fly home with the right kind of trip," said Takter. "Both are very good mares. Weeper might be a little better at this point, but I really have no idea which one will be better by the end of the season." Friday's race features a field of nine including reigning Dan Patch co-champion pacing mare Rocklamation, recent Betsy Ross winner Radar Contact, and the rock-solid Inittowinafortune. Post time on Friday is 7:15 p.m. There are six-figure carryovers in both of the evening's Jackpot Super High 5 wagers. The race five carryover is $141,174 and the race twelve carryover is $115,348. Justin Horowitz Media Relations Manager Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (May 28, 2015) – The carryovers in both of the Jackpot Super High 5 wagers at the Meadowlands have grown to six figures heading into Friday’s (May 29) racing card. The carryover in the race five Jackpot Super High 5 has grown to $131,037. The jackpot was hit for $12,101 on December 26, but has not been claimed since then, a stretch of 50 race dates. The carryover in the last race wager now sits at $105,195. It was last hit on March 14 for $200,000, the largest payout in Meadowlands history. The Jackpot Super High 5 requires horseplayers to correctly select the first five finishers of the designated race in the exact order. The catch is that the jackpot pays out only if there is one unique winning ticket. If there is more than one winning ticket, 75-percent of the evening’s net pool is paid out to the winning tickets while the remaining 25-percent is added to the jackpot carryover. Friday’s fifth race is a conditioned trot with a full field of ten entered. The final race is a $10,000 claiming event for paces, also with a full field of ten. One lucky fan in attendance will also win a VIP trip to the Belmont Stakes to watch American Pharoah attempt to become the first horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown. Saturday’s thirteen-race card features four $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals featuring Dan Patch Award winners Mission Brief and Artspeak. Post time for both nights is 7:15 p.m. Justin Horowitz Media Relations Manager Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment

Harness racing world champion makes 2015 debut Friday, April 24 after injury-plagued 2014 EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 23, 2015) - When Muscle Network races Friday night (April 24) at the Meadowlands, it will mark the first start of the horse's four-year-old season, but more importantly, it will serve as the first step in what his owner hopes will be his road to redemption. "Last year was probably one of the biggest disappointments I've ever had in racing," said co-owner Joe Bellino. "It was definitely a bitter pill to swallow." Muscle Network set a world record as a two-year-old when he won the International Stallion Stake at Lexington in 1:53.2. He ended his season with an upset victory in the $494,750 Valley Victory over Nuncio, who would go on to win two-thirds of the Trotting Triple Crown last year. "He's probably the best trotter I've ever owned by far," continued Bellino. "We really thought that he would be one of the top three three-year-olds last season." Unfortunately, things did not go as planned. Muscle Network suffered through a series of nagging injuries and underwent surgical procedures on his knees. He made only three starts and earned $5,580. After spending the winter in Florida with trainer Ake Svanstedt, Muscle Network appears to be headed in the right direction. He qualified twice at the Meadowlands, including a second-place finish last week behind the top trotter Melady's Monet. "We were all very, very happy with his qualifiers," explained Bellino. "He's huge, he's muscular, and he's beautiful. He's a totally different horse than he was. Now, hopefully he races as good as he looks." Muscle Network is now trained by Tony O'Sullivan, who was also the trainer during his two-year-old season. Muscle Network has been made eligible to most of the sport's top trotting races, including the TVG Free For All Series and premier four-year-old restricted races including The Graduate Series and Hambletonian Maturity. Friday's 13-race card also features a pair of carryovers in the Jackpot Super High 5 wagers. The fifth race carryover has grown to $87,136 and the thirteenth race carryover sits at $58,172. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 8, 2015) - Champion harness racing mare Rocklamation will delay motherhood and race another year, said her trainer Ron Burke. This announcement comes after it was originally planned for her to race while in foal until August. "The owners have decided to abandon her breeding plans and race her the entire year," said Burke of the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover that has earned more than $2.25 million. "I'm very happy about that decision." Rocklamation begins her seven-year-old season Friday (April 10) at the Meadowlands in the $27,500 Mares Open Handicap. She faces just five other rivals including the razor sharp Radar Contact, who won last week's Open with an eye-popping 25.3 final quarter of a mile. "With the short field, there probably won't be a lot of movement," said Burke. "It'll probably turn into a sprint and we'll likely be sprinting home from sixth." Rocklamation is owned in partnership by Our Horse Cents Stable, Stable 45, and J&T Silva Stables. Last year, she was named the Dan Patch co-champion pacing mare despite battling soundness issues throughout the season. She scored her biggest wins in the Golden Girls, Lady Liberty, and Artiscape. Burke believes the issues developed following the demanding Blue Chip Matchmaker, which is why he skipped the series this year. "Whatever issues she had last year have seemed to resolve themselves and as long as she stays sound we plan to race a full schedule," explained Burke. "Hopefully, we've learned how to manage her better. You can call this year her retirement tour because she will definitely be retired and bred next year." Friday's 12-race card also includes a $27,500 Open Trot. Melady's Monet is the 6-5 morning line favorite versus five other rivals. There is also a carryover of $71,506 in the Jackpot Super High 5 in race five and $35,827 in the race 12 Jackpot Super High 5. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Justin Horowitz

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