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NICHOLS, N.Y. (August 15, 2017) - Fans of horse racing will be treated to a world-class afternoon of harness racing at Tioga Downs on Sunday, August 20 headlined by the $200,000 (est) The Roll With Joe Open Pace presented by Blue Chip Farms and the $500,000 (est) Empire Breeders Classic Finals for the premier New York-sired 3-year-old pacers. Off the track, fans will have a unique opportunity to enter a contest to name a baby horse that will hopefully go on to compete at the sport's highest levels. The foal, a baby horse less than one year old, was bred at Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farms in nearby Sayre, PA. Race fans in attendance on Sunday will have the chance to submit their best name for the filly. The filly is a daughter of the stallion Yankee Glide and her mother is Love Tale. A representative from Allerage Farms will pick their three favorite names and the winner will be the name that receives the most applause from the crowd. The person who submits the winning name will then receive 1 percent of the horse's earnings during its 2 and 3-year-old racing seasons. For complete contest rules visit www.tiogadowns.com. The Empire Breeders Classic will feature a deep, and talented group of sophomore pacers. In the colts and geldings division, odds-on favorites Miso Fast and Funknwaffles were narrowly defeated in last Sunday's eliminations by In A Single Bound and Art Scene respectively. In the third elimination, Heaven's Gait was a four-length winner and has now won four straight races and six of his last seven. Heavily-favored Clear Idea and Tequila Monday won the pair of eliminations for the fillies and loom as the ones to beat in Sunday's final. Clear Idea, trained by Blake MacIntosh, has won seven in a row and earned more than $188,000 this year. Tequila Monday won her elimination a full second faster than Clear Idea and has had success on the Grand Circuit this season, winning the Lismore Final at Yonkers and finishing third in the $321,200 Fan Hanover at Mohawk. Post time for Sunday's spectacular program is 1:00 p.m. Besides the three headlining stakes, the card also includes the third leg of the Miss Versatility for the sport's top trotting mares and 2-year-old divisions of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. For more information, visit www.tiogadowns.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (August 9, 2017) - All-sources handle on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands increased by 4.5 percent versus 2016 including a double-digit increase in separate-pool wagering from Europe and Australia. Total handle on the 16-race program was $7,287,712 up from the $6.9 million wagered in 2016 on a similar 16-race card. Field size was nearly identical to last year (9.7 versus 9.6) with the Hambletonian attracting 19 entries this year versus 18 entries last year. Foreign outlets, which wager into separate pools, showed especially strong growth. All international wagering including outlets throughout Europe and Australia topped $1.5 million, an increase of 14 percent from 2016. "Not only did we see a historic finish to the Hambletonian, we also saw a strong increase in wagering which reflects the continued strength and reach of the Hambletonian and Meadowlands brand amongst horseplayers domestically and internationally," said Jason M. Settlemoir, Meadowlands GM/COO. "We would like to thank the Hambletonian Society, all of the horsemen, fans, employees, and especially the horseplayers for their support of Hambletonian Day." Wagering on the Hambletonian Oaks was also up this year versus last year. Including the two elimination races held a week prior and the final, handle increased an impressive 17.1 percent including a nearly 8 percent increase in the final. Hambletonian Day is traditionally the highest-handling harness racing program in North America. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (August 4, 2017) - Harness racing duo Jimmy Takter and Yannick Gingras will team up to go for their unprecedented fourth straight Hambletonian Oaks on Saturday with morning line favorite Ariana G. The duo tuned up Friday night at The Meadowlands by partnering to win the $50,000 Townsend Ackerman with 7/5 wagering choice Sir John F in a lifetime-best 1:53.4. Gingras, who won four races on the card, steered the Donato Hanover colt to a textbook second-over trip while Snowstorm Hanover cut out the fractions of :27.1, :56.3, and 1:25.3. In deep stretch, Sir John F struck the front while longshots Simply Volo and Thisguyisonfire gave chase. Sir John F hung on with a :28.1 final quarter mile to score his fourth lifetime victory and raised his career bankroll to $108,242 for owners Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding, R A W Equine, and Kevin McKinlay. Sir John F In the $30,000 Duenna, Evelyn was aggressively moved to the front by Andy Miller. The Muscle Hill filly, who finished sixth in her Oaks elimination last week, held off the pocket-sitting Decadence (Corey Callahan) to win in 1:52.3. It was her first win of 2017 in eight starts and third lifetime. She has earned $124,666 for trainer Ake Svanstedt who shares ownership with Little E LLC, B Nasstrom, and Silva Stable 45. The ladies starred in two divisions of the Hambletonian Amateur Drivers as Sarah Svanstedt and Hannah Miller score wins with Real DJ Hanover and Danish Durango, respectively. Evelyn Total handle on the 12-race card was $2,629,799 Hambletonian Day is Saturday with a 16-race stakes-filled card beginning at 12:00 p.m. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. The Hambletonian, Hambletonian Oaks, and Sam McKee Memorial will be broadcast during a 90-minute live telecast on CBS Sports Network beginning at 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 29, 2017) - The Meadowlands Racetrack is announcing that Lady Shadow, an earner of $1,915,777 and the 2016 Dan Patch Award winner as harness racing champion pacing mare, will be unable to race at the Meadowlands after a post-race test at Harrah's Philadelphia on May 28 came back positive for Clenbuterol. According to the ruling issued by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, "Ronald Adams as trainer is in violation of PHRC medication rules and the trainer responsibility rule. Mr. Adams has waived his hearing before the Judges and will appeal the ruling to the Racing Commission. All purse money earned on 5/28/2017 must be returned and redistributed. Transfers of horses must be approved by the Judges at Harrah's Chester or by the PHRC." "As a result of the finding that Lady Shadow was found to have unacceptable levels of Clenbuterol when she raced at Harrah's Philadelphia and the split sample came back positive, the owners have been advised that the horse will not be allowed to race in the upcoming stake at the Meadowlands," said Meadowlands chairman Jeffrey Gural. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 28, 2017) - Eliminations for the pair of signature freshman races at the Meadowlands, the Peter Haughton and Jim Doherty Memorials, were contested on Friday night at the Big M and Jimmy Takter was the human star. The Hall of Famer sent out both elimination winners in the Haughton with You Know You Do (1:56.1) and Samo Different Day (1:54.2). He drove the latter, who scored as a 21/1 longshot. Takter's four other colts all qualified for next Saturday's final, giving him a six-pack in the Hambletonian Day fixture. In the Doherty, Trond Smedshammer's Phaetosive followed behind as S M S Princess rolled through suicidal fractions of :27.3 and :54.4. As that one folded through three-quarters of a mile in 1:24.3, Phaetosive got rolling and drew away to win with ease in 1:53.1. In the second elimination, Takter's Manchego remained undefeated in four career starts with a facile win off a picture-perfect second-over trip in 1:55.2. Takter will send three fillies into next Saturday's final. Nike Franco backed up her powerful win in the Golden Girls two weeks ago with a lifetime-best mile of 1:48 to win the Fillies & Mares Preferred Handicap. She enters next Saturday's Lady Liberty in top form for trainer Jo Ann Looney-King and owner Richard Poillucci. The biggest upset of the night was authored by Canadian invader Lookslikeachpndale who powered up first-over to win the $20,000 Preferred Trot in a lifetime-best 1:51.1. The Luc Blais trainee was winless in seven seasonal starts entering Friday night, but has shown a liking for the Big M surface in the past, finishing third at 24/1 in last year's TVG Free For All Final. He is being pointed to next Saturday's John Cashman Memorial on the Hambletonian undercard. Earlier in the night, the fifth race jackpot super high 5 pool featured a mandatory payout. The jackpot stood at $35,864 and attracted $57,774 in new money, chasing the negative takeout scenario. Second choice King's Cavalier and favorite Nono Lindy finished 1-2 with 80/1 longshot Jazebel De Vie finishing third. That helped trigger a 20-cent return of $2,832.40 to 30 winning tickets. Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,121,251. Live racing continues Saturday with a 12-race program headlined by a pair of eliminations in the Hambletonian Oaks. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com.   by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 28, 2017) - The post positions and harness racing morning line odds will be revealed for the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands during a live post position draw on Tuesday, August 1 beginning at 2:00 p.m. The event will be streamed exclusively on the Meadowlands Racetrack Facebook page and YouTube channel. Fans should be sure to "Like" the Facebook page or "subscribe" to the YouTube channel in order to view the stream. WFAN and SNY sports talk personality Marc Malusis will serve as the celebrity drawmaster. Post positions and morning line odds will also be revealed for the John Cashman Memorial and the Cane Pace during the broadcast. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com or www.hambletonian.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 26, 2017) - The Meadowlands Racetrack will offer harness racing horseplayers a rare opportunity this weekend with mandatory payouts in the track's two jackpot super high five wagers. The Meadowlands will pay out the jackpot in the Race Five wager on Friday and the jackpot in the last race wager on Saturday. The Race Five jackpot $35,864 while the last race jackpot is $68,933 and will grow into Saturday with one more night of action, assuming it is not taken down on Friday night. Both wagers have a 20-cent base wager and carry a 15 percent takeout. On nights when there is no single winning ticket, 25 percent of the net pool is added to the jackpot amount while 75 percent of the net pool is paid out to the multiple winners. The wagers represent a tremendous opportunity and value for horseplayers. In Friday's mandatory payout race (Race 5), players will be wagering into a zero percent or negative takeout pool with up to $239,093 in new money wagered. In Saturday's mandatory payout race (Race 12), there will be a zero or negative takeout scenario with up to $459,553 in new money wagered. The lower the takeout rate of a wager, the more money that is returned to players holding winning tickets. Friday's mandatory payout race features a full field of 10 trotters racing at the bottom level condition of non-winners of $3,500 in their last five starts or optional claiming price of $10,000. Saturday's last race mandatory payout also features a full field of 10 pacers racing at the non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime condition. The Race Five jackpot has grown since May 20 when it was hit for $43,641. The last race jackpot has grown since December 11 when it was hit for $68,028. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 21, 2017) - Six days ago, she finished third at nearly 100/1 odds behind world champion Hannelore Hanover in the Miss Versatility. Tonight, the previously unheralded mare Oho Diamond broke that superstar's track record, winning a conditioned trot at the Meadowlands in 1:50.2, one-fifth of a second faster than Hannelore Hanover's record set in that race six days ago. Oho Diamond, a 6-year-old mare by Ken Warkentin who is owned by Dan Clements and trained by Renaldo Morales III, moved to the front for driver Brett Miller after a :27 opening quarter. From there, Miller had Oho Diamond comfortably on the lead with the talented 3-year-old colt Victor Gio chasing from second. After three-quarters in 1:22.3, Oho Diamond just kept going while comfortably in front, tacking on a :27.4 final quarter to stop the teletimer in the record time. "She has always had a ton of ability but she's been a little fussy," explained Miller. "I got her going and just kept her going. When three quarters flashed up that fast, I kind of smooched at her a little bit because it felt like she was going track record time. Even though she doesn't have as much money on her card as some of those other mares, she proved she can go with them tonight." Oho Diamond has now won 18 times from 56 career starts good for $184,648 in lifetime earnings. She is eligible to the TVG Mares Trot series at the Meadowlands. Miller and Morales teamed up to win in the other division of the featured overnight trot with P L Jill, who also dropped out of the Miss Versatility on the Pace Night undercard. Takter wins three Kindergarten divisions. In second leg action in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-olds, Jimmy Takter won three divisions with filly trotter Dab Hanover, colt trotter Hill Street, and colt pacer Grand Teton. Takter added another win with Hambletonian-eligible Achille Duharas, to make it four wins on the card. Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,010,474. Live racing continues Saturday with a 12-race program headlined by the Tompkins Stakes for 3-year-old trotters on the road to the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 20, 2017) - The life and career of legendary harness racing driver Hervé Filion will be celebrated Saturday, July 22 at the Meadowlands with a series of events to honor the Hall of Famer who passed away last month at the age of 77. "My father always cared for the horse and had a God-given talent to get the most out of the horse," said Andrew Filion, one of three sons of Hervé. "He had a huge, generous heart and always felt like he knew you for years. He always wanted others around him to be happy and successful. He was definitely the Babe Ruth of harness racing and we are so appreciative to be able to honor our dad at the Meadowlands." Race 2 will feature a special salute to Filion and other legends of Roosevelt Raceway. The drivers in that race will wear the colors of many former Roosevelt drivers including Filion. Dozens of horsemen from the Roosevelt Raceway days will also be at the Meadowlands on Saturday as part of the last Roosevelt Raceway reunion. Filion was the longtime leading driver at Roosevelt, the famed racetrack on Long Island that closed in 1988. Race 3 will be a special memorial race to Filion and his former competitors and friends from Roosevelt will stick around to sign autographs and help celebrate his life in the winner's circle. An exclusive cocktail party will take place at the Meadowlands Skybox Suites from 6:00pm - 7:30pm in which guests will have the opportunity to meet-and-greet the dozens of former Roosevelt Raceway horsemen including Carmine Abbatiello, Mike Lachance, Billy O'Donnell, Benny Webster, The Popfingers, and more. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $49 with proceeds to benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. An impressive display of memorabilia will be on display and available for purchase through an online auction by visiting 32auctions/rrr2017. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 20, 2017) - Phil Murphy, the New Jersey gubernatorial candidate, visited the Meadowlands Racetrack last Saturday night. A crowd of more than 10,000 was on hand to see a star-studded night of harness racing headlined by the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, the track's signature race. Murphy presented the trophy to the winning owners of Huntsville, who scored a thrilling victory over Downbytheseaside. Murphy addressed the large crowd in the building as well as an international audience watching via web stream and live television. He voiced his support for New Jersey's entire equine industry and the need for strong leadership at the state level. "This is a gem in our state and I think our best days in the racing industry, whether it's standardbred or thoroughbred, the best days in the horse industry, the equine industry, are ahead of us," said Murphy. The complete interviews can be watched by clicking the following links: https://youtu.be/-SGsAf2kNqY https://youtu.be/6oLlhzaRHzE For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 14, 2017) - Champions of the Garden State were crowned on Friday night at the Meadowlands as a four-pack of $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals were contested for harness racing 2-year-olds. Princess Marxxx drifted to the middle of the track but was able to outsprint her opponents to win the Filly Trot in 1:58 after winning last week's second preliminary leg in 1:57.4. She was driven by Andy Miller and is trained by Justin Lebo for owner and breeder Steve Stewart. Princess Marxxx In non-wagering events before the main program, U Need Stones made it a clean sweep through the Sire Stakes, winning the Colt Trot by four lengths in 1:55.2. He is a homebred by Wishing Stone for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, and Larry Karr. Hurrikane Empress finished off her sweep of the pacing filly division with a two-length victory in her $100,000 final in 1:53.4. Yannick Gingras won his second Sire Stakes of the night for trainer John McDermott, Jr. She is a homebred by Hurrikane Kingcole, bred and owned by Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, and Pegasis Investment Group. Melanie's Fran won his third straight match race over Hypnotico to win the $100,000 final for pacing colts and geldings. He is a homebred gelding by Hypnotic Blue Chip owned by Francis Azur. He is trained by Kevin McDermott. Two first leg divisions each for colts and fillies were contested in the Kindergarten Classic Series. Closing Statement (1:52.1) and Speed To Market (1:53.4) were winners in the colts and geldings division while All On Top Hanover (1:52.3) and Kissin In The Sand (1:53) were impressive winners in the filly splits. Gingras added three more wins on the main card to his two wins in the non-wagering Sire Stakes Finals. Tim Tetrick and Corey Callahan each won a pair of races. Total handle on the 10-race card was $1,920,414. The $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace highlights a stakes-filled Saturday night card. The 13-race program has an early post time of 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 13, 2017) - The Meadowlands Racetrack will offer horseplayers a rare opportunity with a weekend of mandatory payouts in the track's two harness racing jackpot super high five wagers. Assuming they are not hit in the next two weeks, the Meadowlands will pay out the jackpot in the Race Five wager on Friday, July 28 and the jackpot in the last race wager on Saturday, July 29. The Race Five jackpot currently stands at $29,112 while the last race jackpot is $56,802. Both wagers have a 20-cent base wager and carry a 15 percent takeout. On nights when there is no single winning ticket, 25 percent of the net pool is added to the jackpot amount while 75 percent of the net pool is paid out to the multiple winners. The Race Five jackpot has grown since May 20 when it was hit for $43,641. The last race jackpot has grown since December 11 when it was hit for $68,028. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 11, 2017) - Nearly $3 million in Grand Circuit stakes will be contested on Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace night, Saturday, July 15 with an early post time of 6:30 p.m. The $435,000e William R. Haughton Memorial Free-For-All pace will go with a bulky field of 12 at the distance of one-and-one-eighth-miles with Battle of Lake Erie winner All Bets Off and Ben Franklin runner-up Mel Mara chief among the entrants. Lady Shadow is a clear favorite to defend her $200,000e Golden Girls title in a field of pacing mares that is eleven deep and will also go the route distance of one-mile-and-one-eighth. 2016 Trotting Triple Crown champion and last week's Graduate winner Marion Marauder heads a field of nine 4-year-old trotters in the $420,000 Hambletonian Maturity. The Maturity is scheduled at the extended nine furlong distance. The $240,000e Del Miller Memorial will field a pair of seven-horse splits with division leaders Ariana G, Magic Presto and Glitzy Gal using the stake as a springboard to the Hambletonian Oaks on August 5, with eliminations scheduled a week prior. Walner continues to blaze a trail to the $1 million Hambletonian, using the $300,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial as his next stop along with 16 other sophomore colt trotters. Devious Man, Long Tom and What The Hill lead the competition. Seven 3-year-old pacing fillies were entered in the $170,000e Mistletoe Shalee and 13 older mare trotters named into the Miss Versatility. The $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace final was drawn after last week's elimination: 1. Blood Line (Mark MacDonald, Jimmy Takter) 5-1 2. Macs Jackpot (David Miller, Jim Campbell) 15-1 3. Boogie Shuffle (Scott Zeron, Mark Harder) 30-1 4. Huntsville (Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker) Even 5. Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears, Brian Brown) 4-1 6. Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke) 10-1 7. Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke) 10-1 8. Santafes Coach (Corey Callahan, Leo Iordan) 20-1 9. Classic Pro (Trevor Henry, Dr. Ian Moore) 15-1 10. Talent Soup (Eric Abbatiello, Bruce Saunders) 30-1 Complete entry information will be available later today via www.playmeadowlands.com. by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 11, 2017) - The 41st Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace will air live on SNY, Saturday, July 15 from 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. SNY is the official home of the New York Mets, Jets, and all things New York sports and is available throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and parts of Pennsylvania. It is also available nationwide on DirecTV. In addition to the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, the broadcast will provide live coverage of the $420,000 Hambletonian Maturity headlined by last year's Hambletonian and Trotting Triple Crown champion Marion Marauder. The programs will be broadcast in high definition and produced by the award-winning Meadowlands Television Department. SNY already broadcasts the Meadowlands nightly recap show and successfully aired six live nights of racing at the Meadowlands earlier this year. "This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase our signature event to a national audience on a major mainstream sports network," said Meadowlands COO/GM Jason M. Settlemoir. "This has the potential to drive incremental wagering handle and help to strengthen the already powerful Meadowlands brand. We have to thank our partners at the United States Trotting Association and their Television Fund for their sponsorship and support of this broadcast." The broadcast will be hosted by award-winning horse racing broadcaster Justin Horowitz with Big M racing analyst Dave Brower. Gabe Prewitt and Hall of Famer Bob "Hollywood" Heyden will also provide insights, wagering advice, and interviews during the broadcast. Longtime Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin will call the races. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands      

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 6, 2017) - The 41st edition of the Meadowlands Racetrack's signature event, the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, will take place on Saturday, July 15. The $738,550 race for 3-year-old pacing horses is the headlining event on a harness racing program that features seven other stakes races with total prize money of nearly $2.5 million. The Pace will be featured on a one-hour live television broadcast from 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on SNY. We are pleased, proud and honored to announce that the presentation of the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace trophy will be made that evening by the former United States Ambassador to Germany and candidate for Governor of the State of New Jersey, Philip Murphy. Phil will be on hand during the winner's circle festivities that evening and racing fans who wish to meet him in person should plan on attending what is sure to be an exciting evening of horse racing, entertainment, and family-friendly fun. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 5, 2017) - The Meadowlands Racetrack is pleased to announce increases to its regular guaranteed harness racing pools in effect on Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Night, July 15. The Pick Five will have an increased guarantee of $30,000 while the Early Pick Four will see an increase to $40,000. The largest guarantee increase will see the Late Pick Four bumped to $75,000. Fans and horseplayers should be aware that post time on both Pace Night and Elimination Night on July 8 will be earlier than normal at 6:30 p.m. With the earlier post time, the multi-race wagers have been adjusted on both nights; however, the increased guarantees will only be in effect on Pace Night. The Pick Five will cover Races 3-7. The Early Pick Four begins on Race 5 and the Late Pick Four will begin with Race 9, which is scheduled to be the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. The 13-race Pace Night program includes eight stakes races worth nearly $2.5 million. The Pace final will have a total purse of $738,550, making it the richest stakes final in North America for 3-year-old colt pacers. For more information, visit www.meadowlandspace.com or www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

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