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Regally-bred daughter of harness racing champion Rainbow Blue wins in 1:52.4. Nearly five years after her world-champion full sister Somwherovrarainbow won her first career start, Rainbow Room debuted with an eye-catching harness racing victory Friday night in the first two-year-old race of the season at the Meadowlands. Rainbow Room, by Somebeachsomewhere out of Rainbow Blue, had been the talk of the morning after a pair of impressive Meadowlands baby race victories earlier this month. She backed up the hype in her first appearance under the lights in a $10,000 maiden event. David Miller put the 1/9 favorite on the front end and led the field through fractions of :27.4, :57.4 and three-quarters in 1:26.3. That's when All On Top Hanover ripped off her cover and pulled nearly even to Rainbow Room midway down the stretch. Rainbow Room found another gear and held off the Erv Miller trainee to stop the teletimer in 1:52.4 to win by a length. Despite the loss, All On Top Hanover deserves watch moving forward as she was charted with a last quarter mile in :25.3. Rainbow Room was purchased for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and is owned in partnership by Crawford Farms Racing, Val D'Or Farms, and Ted Gewertz. She is trained by Joe Holloway. Rainbow Blue The big night for Crawford Farms continued in the $17,500 trotting feature when their Cufflink Hanover converted a pocket trip to victory in 1:51.1 over pacesetter In Secret. Cufflink Hanover had most recently finished third behind Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder in a division of the Graduate at Tioga Downs. Cufflink Hanover Fellow Graduate leg winner Trolley also tuned up for the $250,000 Graduate Final on July 8 with a 1:51.4 win in a $13,000 conditioned trot. The Erv Miller trainee had equaled the all-time track record at Tioga Downs of 1:52.1 in his previous Graduate victory 12 days ago. Trolley Corey Callahan and Tyler Buter each posted driving doubles. Total handle on the 10-race card was $1,836,992. Racing resumes Saturday night. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 22, 2017) - The Meadowlands Racetrack will honor Hall of Famer John Campbell and celebrate his five-decade career with a series of events and tributes on Friday, June 30, the final night of his driving career. The 62-year-old is harness racing's most decorated and accomplished driver with career earnings just under $300 million. He has won a record six Hambletonians, seven Meadowlands Paces, and 48 Breeders Crowns. He was elected to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1990 at age 35, the youngest person ever to receive that honor. The celebration of Campbell's five decades in the sport will include a video tribute played throughout the evening and a series of interviews with some of Campbell's closest friends and competitors over the years that will be in attendance. There will also be an autograph signing with Campbell from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., a commemorative poster giveaway (while supplies last), and a series of contest giveaways featuring signed Campbell memorabilia. A special Campbell retirement cake will also be on display and fans in attendance can enjoy a piece of the cake beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the clubhouse lobby. "John Campbell is truly the Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, and Wayne Gretzky of harness racing all wrapped up into one," said Meadowlands GM/COO Jason Settlemoir. "Nobody has revolutionized our sport or more importantly, been a better ambassador and promoter of our industry. We hope the night can be a fitting celebration of a true giant in our sport." Upon Campbell's official retirement from driving, he will compete in a pair of exhibition races, one at the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY on July 2 and the other at Clinton Raceway in Ontario on July 30 where Campbell got his start as a driver. While Campbell will no longer compete on the track, he will still be involved with the sport. Beginning July 1, he will take over as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Hambletonian Society, a not-for-profit organization which supports and encourages the breeding of Standardbred horses by sponsoring and administering stakes and other special events in harness racing. Fans are encouraged to RSVP to the event on the official Meadowlands Facebook page. Live racing begins at 7:15 p.m. For more information and complete schedule of events, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

East Rutherford, NJ - Rain showers loomed over the morning qualifying session at The Meadowlands, but overcast conditions settled in over the afternoon and into Saturday night's 11-race harness racing program. Saturday night's main event was the $20,000 Preferred Pace, scratched down to a field of six, with Odds on Equuleus out sick. Three of the six arrived into the Saturday's event riding back-to-back wins, with all six starters finishing first or second in their most recent start. Mel Mara had the pole position and driver Corey Callahan took full advantage, winning the early skirmish into the opening turn to put Bushwacker (John Campbell) in the two-hole, with Rockeyed Optimist (Andy Miller) dropping into third. They raced that way by the quarter in 26.4, and through a very reasonable half-mile in 55 seconds. The tactical advantage was with Mel Mara after the 28.1 second-quarter breather, and he unleashed a wicked 53 second back half on the lead, easily rebuffing a mild challenge around the far turn from Rockeyed Optimist, to cruise home to a three length win in 1:48. Rockeyed Optimist prevailed in a narrow photo over Bushwacker to hold second. It was the 20th career win for Mel Mara, the second in three starts this season. Mel Mara is trained by Dylan Davis for the Robert Cooper Stables LLC and the J&T Silva Stables LLC. He returned $3.80 as the 4-5 betting favorite. Andy Miller had a driving triple and was the only driver with multiple wins on the 11-race program. Kelvin Harrison had a pair of training wins. Total handle on the 11-race card was $1,986,010. Live racing resumes next Friday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com.   Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 16, 2017) - One is closing in on $3.8 million in lifetime earnings. The other has a hump. But both Market Share, the 2012 Hambletonian champion, and Guyanastan Gal, the 2017 Cameltonian champ, shared the harness racing spotlight on Friday night at the Meadowlands. In the featured $15,000 conditioned trot, Market Share was last in the compact field of six through the opening half mile. Roundtown Rocker fronted the field through the half mile in :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.4. As the field turned for home, Hall of Famer John Campbell, who was driving Market Share for the first time in his 94-start career, tipped the son of Revenue off cover and the 32-time winner exploded with a :27.2 last quarter to win by a length as the 2-5 favorite in 1:53.3. Roundtown Rocker held second while Jewels In Hock, one of two mares in the field, held the show spot. Meanwhile, Friday night also marked the annual Camel and Ostrich races. In the "Cameltonian," Guyanastan Gal dominated her three humped rivals to win by open lengths. Earlier in the evening, Lone Petunia rallied from a slow start to sweep the field and win a three-bird photo in the 6th Annual Ostrich Derby, despite her driver dropping his broom in deep stretch. A large and enthusiastic crowd cheered on all of their favorite two and four-legged animals despite rain showers earlier in the day. Total handle on the 10-race card was $1,744,602. Racing resumes Saturday night. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 15, 2017) - On June 15th, the Meadowlands Racetrack hosted a feed the hungry event in partnership with Feed the Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending child hunger. Working with Feed the Children, local volunteers will distribute meals and supplies to more than 400 families. Poverty hurts nearly one in seven American children, making it difficult for them to get nutritious food that helps them grow healthy and strong. Feed the Children focuses on providing hope and resources for those without life's essentials by connecting donors, experts, partners, leaders and communities to attack the problem from all angles. In addition to Feed The Children, the Racetrack partnered with Concord Hospitality Enterprises and the Meadowlands Family Success Center & Veterans Services to distribute the meals. "Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is an important piece of the community here in New Jersey and one of our main goals is to work with our neighbors to make a meaningful impact for the people who live here," said Jason M. Settlemoir, Meadowlands General Manager and COO. Visit www.feedthechildren.org for more information or www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 13, 2017) - Horses will not be the only animals racing down the famed stretch of the Meadowlands Racetrack this Friday night - ostriches and camels will compete as part of the track's annual event that regularly draws 10,000 fans to the East Rutherford facility. This is the sixth year the unique brand of racing has been staged with crowds growing each year to catch a glimpse of the exotic animals. "We have a beautiful facility here and we are always looking to hold events that bring as many people to the racetrack as we can get," said Meadowlands GM/COO Jason Settlemoir. "This is a wonderful family-friendly event. Where else around here can you see camels and ostriches!" The animals come from Kansas courtesy of Hedrick Promotions. Joe Hedrick and his crew travel throughout the country to dozens of racetracks, fairs and other events with the magnificent creatures. The ostrich race will be held following the third horse race at approximately 8:15 p.m. and the camel race will be held after the eighth horse race at approximately 10:15 p.m. Admission and general parking are free at the racetrack. Children and families are encouraged to attend, but only those 18 years and over may place a wager. However, no wagering is allowed on the camel and ostrich races. Following their appearance at the Meadowlands on Friday night, the camels and ostriches will head to Upstate New York to Vernon Downs on Saturday night and Tioga Downs on Sunday afternoon. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

East Rutherford, NJ - Summerlike conditions greeted harness racing fans at The Meadowlands on Saturday evening, with temperatures in the low 80's bringing out a large crowd for the annual Beerfest and Battle of the Burgers. Odds on Equuleus (Vinny Ginsburg) made it back-to-back Big M scores with a win in the feature, a $17,500 conditioned event, unleashing a wicked 26 second final kicker to rally up in time for a three-quarter length win in 1:48.4. Mr D's Dragon (Christian Lind) blasted off the wings to take the early lead, with Iwillmakeyousaywow (Daniel Dube) taking a two-hole tuck past the opening quarter in 26.4. Shortly after the field settled up the backstretch, Driver Jordan Stratton was on the attack first over with the New Zealand bred Iammrbrightside N, who was imported to the U.S. in early spring. Ontario Success (Dan Charlino) followed that live cover up second over, with the 9-5 slight favorite Odds on Equuleus setting things up third over in the flow. Mr. D's Dragon continued to stand tall after putting up crisp fractions, by the half in 54.1 and three-quarters in 1:22, but it was ultimately Odds on Equuleus who tipped 4-wide down the lane and made up the four-length difference from sixth to outsprint his rivals and hit the line first in 1:48.4. It was the 20th victory of his career, and a seasons best effort. Mr D's Dragon held on for the second spot, with Iwillmakeyousaywow staying on late to be third. Odds on Equuleus Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,349,707. Live racing continues at The Meadowlands on Friday and Saturday nights with a first post of 7:15 p.m. Justin Horowitz  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 9, 2017) - The purse was only $20,000 and beforehand, most would not have guessed the race would be especially memorable, but harness racing driver Joe Bongiorno and B Yoyo made sure nobody would ever forget the sixth race at the Meadowlands on Friday night. B Yoyo, a 7-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding, ripped out of the pocket to go by the heavily favored Gural Hanover and win going away in 1:50.2. The final time is a world record for an aged gelding over a mile track. "He is one of the toughest horses I have ever sat behind," said Bongiorno. "I am totally speechless. I have never been more proud of a horse, he deserves it so much. He is all heart. I never even popped the earplugs. I am really grateful to be able to sit behind such a nice horse in a world record mile." Gural Hanover (Jordan Stratton) made the lead from his outside post through an opening quarter mile in :27 while B Yoyo happily settled into the pocket. Gural Hanover continued to lead the single file field through a half mile in :55 and three-quarters in 1:23.1. From there it was all B Yoyo who tipped out of the pocket and finished off the record mile with a :27 final quarter. Earlier in the night, veteran horseman Todd Buter won his 1,000th career race when Stitch In Time won the opener. Buter's son Tyler was in the sulky for the milestone victory. Eric Abbatiello closed out the card sweeping the final three races with winners that paid $16.80, $21.40 and $14.60. Total handle on the 10-race card was $2,137,910. Racing resumes Saturday night. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

East Rutherford, NJ - A beautiful Saturday evening provided a perfect setting for the 2017 edition of JerseyFest at The Meadowlands, with a packed house taking in the finest food trucks in the area and a fantastic twelve-race harness racing card. The featured $20,000 Preferred Pace lived up to top billing, with the classy eleven-year old veteran, Clear Vision, escaping with a nose victory after an epic four-way slugfest through the stretch, equaling his career best in 1:48.2. Clear Vision (Scott Zeron) left the gate aggressively from post four, before yielding to even-money favorite Mel Mara (Corey Callahan) just past the opening quarter in 26.3. Dealt a Winner (Andy Miller) settled in third in the early stages, while former New Zealand superstar, Christen Me (Victor Kirby), got away fourth from the outside post in the field of seven. They would continue to race like that through a half-mile in 54.1, and through the three-quarter marker in 1:22, before all three challengers fanned out off the cones turning for home to take their shot at the front-stepping Mel Mara. Ultimately, Clear Vision dug down to hit the line first, with only a neck separating the top four finishers. Mel Mara settled for second after putting up all the fractions, with Christen Me finishing just better than Dealt A Winner for third. It was a rebound win for Clear Vision after an impossible trip in last week's $109,500 Molson Pace at Western Fair resulted in a disappointing seventh place finish. It was the 38th win of his career, pushing his career bounty to just shy of $3 million. Total handle on the 12-race card was $2,995,672. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 2, 2017) - After winning an unprecedented three straight Hambletonian Oaks, how could harness racing Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter possibly top it? Her name is Ariana G. The 3-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill might be even better than those three fillies after she left jaws dropped with a 1:51.1 stroll in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Long Tom, Every Way Out, and Misqued also won their $100,000 Sire Stakes finals on a warm, late spring evening. Yannick Gingras moved Ariana G to the lead past an opening quarter mile in :27.3. From there, Gingras was just a passenger through a Sire Stakes record final time that was just 2/5 of a second off the track record. She's coming back scary good," said Takter in the winner's circle after the race. "We still have 60 days to Hambletonian Day. Yannick said if he let her go she would have gone 49. Hopefully I haven't peaked her too soon. I would say at this point, she could be the most talented one I have developed." Two races later, Long Tom officially threw his hat into the Hambletonian picture with an impressive front-end score in 1:52.2 to win the $100,000 trotting colts division. King On The Hill won the place photo over 3/5 favorite What The Hill. Long Tom was a stakes winner last year at Lexington and is now 2-for-2 as a sophomore. With stablemate Enterprise, who is 3-for-3 in 2017, 25-year-old trainer Marcus Melander has a potent 1-2 punch on the road to the first Saturday in August. "Long Tom got sore after Lexington last year and then grew a lot over the winter," explained Melander, whose uncle Stefan won the Hambletonian in 2001 with Scarlet Knight. "I was only nine years old when Scarlet Knight won so I don't remember much, but hopefully I can get another Hambletonian for the family." Every Way Out completed his sweep of the pacing colts division with a five-length win in 1:52. The If I Can Dream gelding paid $2.10 for the third straight week. Tim Tetrick, who won four of the night's 11 races, piloted the winner for trainer Dylan Davis. The only Sire Stakes upset came in the 3-year-old pacing filly division when 1/5 favorite Colorful Jasmine faded to finish fourth while 7/2 second choice Misqued held off the late charge of Livinginthedream. Misqued was driven by Steve Smith for trainer John Balzer. Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,420.245. Racing resumes Saturday night. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 1, 2017) - The harness racing 'Late Pick Four' at the Meadowlands has continued its growth in 2017 with an average nightly pool size of $91,912 during May. That amount is an increase of 7.8 percent versus April (carryover date excluded). May saw a nearly 24 percent increase in average pool size compared to January, which traditionally provides some of the larger nightly handles of the year. May featured three nights with a total Late Pick Four pool of more than $100,000. The rest of 2017 has featured just one other date with a six-figure pool size. The Late Pick Four offers a 50-cent minimum with 15 percent takeout. "Our Late Pick Four has been an extremely popular wager for several years now, but we have made a greater effort to promote it and highlight it to our fans since the Championship Meet began in early May," explained Meadowlands COO/GM Jason Settlemoir. "We have had our television handicappers put together tickets on the broadcast and spend more time highlighting the races in the sequence in addition to adding some new graphics to promote the wager through the simulcast feed." Overall handle on Meadowlands races continues its strength, with per race handle at $225,192 during May, an increase of 2.8 percent over April and 8.8 percent over March. "Our entire staff here continues to work tirelessly to put together the best product we can for our fans in the face of some tremendous obstacles and competition," said Settlemoir. "With our major stakes events right around the corner, I am very pleased with the positive momentum we are riding and look forward to continuing it throughout the summer." This weekend's Late Pick Four sequences feature an average of 8.9 wagering interests per leg including two fields of 10 on Friday and three fields of 10 on Saturday. Free past performance pages, courtesy of Trackmaster, are available on the Meadowlands website. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (May 3, 2017) - The Meadowlands Racetrack today announced an expansion of its relationship with Sweden's national tote provider, ATG. As part of the expanded relationship, Sweden's ATG will offer full-card harness racing wagering through separate pools on Saturday's Meadowlands card headlined by the $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for free-for-all trotters. "This is a very positive step towards expanding the Meadowlands wagering brand to a passionate, international fanbase in Sweden," said Meadowlands GM/COO Jason Settlemoir. "We are thrilled to work with the ATG and although it will be the middle of the night in Sweden when our races are run, we still expect there to be some high interest in the signal." "We are really pleased to have a partnership with the Meadowlands around the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial," said Lars Nemeth, Head of International Sales at ATG. "For the first time ever our customers can see and bet on races in the middle of the night Swedish Time. This is a perfect day with great racing. We have had a partnership around the Hambletonian for many years thanks to Sam McKee, so for us, this is a way to carry on his legacy." The winner of the Cutler Memorial will be invited to race in the prestigious Elitloppet in Sweden on May 28. Last year's Cutler winner, Resolve, trained and driven by Swede Ake Svanstedt, finished second in the Elitloppet and looks to defend his Cutler crown in this year's event. ATG will continue to take the Hambletonian Day card and there is hope that more live programs from the Meadowlands can be shown in Sweden throughout the season with the ultimate goal being to commingle wagers from Sweden into the North American pools. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 29, 2017) - Horseplayers were salivating at the prospects of chasing a rare Pick Four carryover entering Saturday's harness racing program at the Meadowlands. The first such carryover since December of nearly $62,000 attracted more than $226,000 in new money to comprise a total pool of $288,482. Players looking to lean on a favorite were disappointed as the chalk went 0 for 4. Second-choice Sam Hill kicked off the Pick Four, winning a narrow photo over favored JK Will Power to pay $8.20. Four-year-old stakes horses prepping for next week's Graduate Series Pace took center stage in Race 8. Little Brown Jug runner-up and Breeders Crown elimination winner Western Fame converted a perfect pocket trip behind millionaire Check Six to score at $16.80 with even-money favorite Boston Red Rocks third. Down Under import Quick Asa Trick made his North American debut a winning one for fellow Down Under imports Darran Cassar and Andrew McCarthy. The $13.60 mutuel set the stage for the payoff leg. 9-1 chance Dustlanemissmolly went right to the front for Joe Bongiorno and held off the late charge of 6-5 favorite Phyllis Jean to close out the sequence. The winning 50-cent combination returned $1,036.50. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 28, 2017) - Longshots stole the show during the Late Pick Four on Friday at the Meadowlands, triggering a massive $61,958 carryover into Saturday's harness racing program. Friday's Late Pick Four attracted a total pool of $97,193, the second largest pool of the year. Rock of Cashel set the tone when he upset an all-star cast of trotters in the $20,000 Preferred Trot including JL Cruze, Rubber Duck, Rose Run Parker, and Maestro Blue Chip, all of whom are eligible to next week's $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial. Opulent Yankee took his customary spot on the front through fractions of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:23.4. Into the stretch, Opulent Yankee still held a two-length lead and looked home, but Corey Callahan had the 26-1 Rock of Cashel rolling and just prevailed by a nose in 1:51.3. JL Cruze was third in his seasonal debut. "He is such a nice little horse," said Callahan. "He has a good move and it worked out perfectly for him tonight." The longshot parade continued in the next race when Up The Alley, a stakes-nominated trotter making his second start of the year for trainer Richie Silverman, surged past 2-5 favorite B Yoyo in deep stretch to score at 28-1. After Sudden Change scored a $17.60 upset in the ninth race, the stage was set for a possible carryover or a huge score for the few horseplayers still alive. In the end, Anthony Napolitano aggressively put Lauderdale on the front end from his outside post and took the field gate to wire to win at $24.60 and trigger the first Pick Four carryover of the season at the Meadowlands. With the large carryover and low 15-percent takeout, the effective takeout for horseplayers will be negative with up to $413,053 in new money wagered. The Late Pick Four covers Races 7 - 10 and free past performances are available courtesy of TrackMaster on the Meadowlands website http://bit.ly/2oRtwIU. The Pick Four fireworks only set the stage for the final race of the evening. Co-favorites Joyful Game and Rock Me Gently both finished out of the top five. That allowed one lucky player to take down the Jackpot Super High Five for $51,321. The winning combination of 4-1-8-7-2 included 10-1 winner Amanderosa followed in order by 7-2 Blush Hanover, 28-1 Twice An Angel, 11-1 Keene Olivia, and 32-1 Mac's Secure in fifth. The ticket was purchased through the Oregon Hub. Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,539,723. First post time on Saturday's 11-race card is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 27, 2017) - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is proud to announce the appointment of Andrea Lokshin to the position of Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Ms. Lokshin began her role on April 25. Ms. Lokshin comes to the Meadowlands with more than 25 years of experience in the retail, consumer products, spirits and automotive industries. Ms. Lokshin has had extensive experience in marketing, sponsorships, promotions, event planning, social media, sales, budgeting and creative execution. "Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is a spectacular venue that needs to be shared and experienced by everyone," said Lokshin. "Not only can you enjoy a night at the races, watch sporting events or dance the night away at Victory, but we have endless opportunities to create customized private, corporate and public events. Once you see our venue, you won't go anywhere else!" In her previous position, Ms. Lokshin worked for Experience Six of Drive Shop USA, an experiential marketing agency, where she led and managed events across the Northeast for the Fiat Chrysler Automobile Group. Prior to Experience Six, she worked at Bacardi USA, representing the company's most prestigious liquor brands (Bacardi, Grey Goose, Bombay, Dewar's & Martini) and was responsible for launching new brands to market, creating/executing events and developing partnerships across the Tri-State. She has also worked for Unilever as well as Toys "R" Us, where she was part of the founding team that led the marketing efforts behind the International flagship store in Times Square. "Andrea has considerable knowledge of marketing, and event planning," said Jason Settlemoir, Meadowlands COO/GM. "We are looking forward to her brand new ideas and thoughts on how to better our top line revenue as well as our bottom line. Andrea has an extensive network of professional relationships that she can leverage in helping us with our goals here at the Meadowlands Racetrack in bringing in new customers to our state-of-the-art facility. Andrea came highly recommended to Mr. Gural and I, and her resume speaks for itself." In addition, Ms. Lokshin will work to establish new branding and messaging so Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment becomes a destination, and maximize existing partnerships to enhance consumer experience. Ms. Lokshin lives in Woodcliff Lake, NJ with her husband Jeff and 13-year-old twins Matthew and Rachael. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 27, 2017) - The award-winning Meadowlands Racetrack television broadcast will have a decidedly different look when the harness racing championship meet begins on May 5. Former Meadowlands handicapper and television host Dave Brower is rejoining the Big M television team after six years away. Brower grew up five minutes from the Meadowlands in nearby Passaic. He previously served as the track's morning line oddsmaker, handicapper, and broadcaster for 16 years from 1987 to 2011. He has also co-hosted CBS Sports Network's coverage of The Hambletonian, Meadowlands Pace, and Little Brown Jug with Hall of Famer Gary Seibel and his new co-host at the Meadowlands, Justin Horowitz. "I think it'll be great to be back at the Meadowlands after a long six years since I left," said Brower. "The timing is right for a return, and with the Championship Meet coming up, and the chance to work with my good friends Ken Warkentin, Bob Heyden, Justin Horowitz and all the good folks in the TV Department again, I think it's a good fit for everybody. I hope we'll bring a new and vibrant approach to what is already an exciting stakes season leading up to the Hambletonian. I am very much looking forward to it, and I would like to thank Jeff Gural and Jason Settlemoir for this new opportunity." Brower will be joined by a new face to the Meadowlands. Gabe Prewitt, 33, will also join the broadcast team. The Kentucky native has been the announcer at Pompano Park in South Florida since 2013 and added the role of Director of Racing Operations in 2016. The U.S. Harness Writers Association Breakthrough Award recipient in 2015 is widely respected for his deep understanding of handicapping, wagering, and horsemen's issues. "As someone who has spent countless hours watching races at The Meadowlands, it is truly an honor to be invited to join the first-class broadcast team, while having a ringside seat for the world-class racing as part of the Championship Meet this summer," said Prewitt. "I look forward to contributing in any way that I can, and am thankful and excited for the opportunity." Brower will also return to his previous role of morning line oddsmaker and program handicapper. He will officially begin on Friday, May 5, opening night of the Championship Meet, while Prewitt will begin on June 2 after the South Florida season concludes. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

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