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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (December 1, 2017) - Horseplayers will be treated to a Saturday night special at the Meadowlands thanks to a series of harness racing longshots triggered a Pick Five carryover of $18,646 on Friday. The Friday night Pick Five featured zero winning favorites and winners that paid $34.80, $37.40, $6.20, $16.40, and $23.20. With an always-low 15-percent takeout, Saturday's carryover sequence will have an effective takeout of zero with up to $124,310 in the pool. This provides horseplayers with their ideal scenario - a large pool with zero or negative takeout. Saturday's sequence covers Races 2 - 6 and features fields with an average of 8.6 wagering interests. Free past performance pages are available here http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/Handicapping/Past_Performances/Sat_Dec2_Pick5pps.pdf. The parade of longshots also led to a lone winning ticket worth more than $14,000 in the new Pick 10 Survivor wager and an Early Pick Four that paid $3,893. Jim Marohn, Jr. and trainer Patti Harmon teamed up to win four races on the card. Live racing continues Saturday with a 7:15 p.m. post time. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (November 18, 2017) - Single eliminations for each of the Fall Final Four stakes headlined a 13-race harness racing card at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. Kissin In The Sand followed her near track-record win two weeks ago in the Kindergarten Final with an easy score in 1:52.2 as the 3/10 wagering choice in the Three Diamonds elimination. Tim Tetrick took over the driving duties for the first time with Yannick Gingras committed to Breeders Crown champion Youaremycandygirl, who took a bye to next week's $381,200 final. "Kissin raced great and was well in hand," said Johansson. "The ear plugs were never pulled. We're happy that we will draw a good post as I think that could be the difference between her and Youaremycandygirl if they're both on their game." Fourth Dimension bounced back from his flat performance in the Breeders Crown Final with a front-end stroll in 1:55 in the Valley Victory elimination. He has won 7 of 10 career starts for trainer Marcus Melander and Courant Inc. Plunge Blue Chip continued her remarkable freshman season with an impressive win on the front end for Ake Svanstedt in the Goldsmith Maid elimination in which all nine fillies advanced to next week's final after Basquiat was scratched. Plunge Blue Chip dominated the New York Sire Stakes, but won the Matron nine days ago at Dover and made it 8-for-9 with her win tonight in 1:55.1 with a :26.2 last quarter. Also on the card tonight, top-level pacing mares raced in the final preliminary leg of the TVG Free For All series before next Saturday's finals. Tonight, nobody was catching Darlinonthebeach, who came first-over at the half and blew away the all-star group that included two-time Breeders Crown champion Pure Country. The final time was 1:48.3. "When Darlin is on her "A" game I don't think many can go with her," said Johansson. "It's just unfortunate that she got a staph uterine infection earlier this summer and we didn't get to see her best. She is super tough and hopefully she'll get over the million-dollar mark next week." The third edition of the Pick 10 Survivor wager attracted a total pool of $15,491. Two tickets survived the longest, selecting the winners of the first eight races before both being knocked out after Race 9. The two winning tickets, purchased through the Oregon Hub and the Catskills, each received $6,580.88. Total handle on the 13-race card was $2,152,031. Live racing resumes next Saturday with a 7:15 p.m. post time. The card features the Fall Final Four and four TVG Free For All Finals with total purses in excess of $2 million. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (November 15, 2017) - Meadowlands Racetrack chairman and CEO Jeffrey Gural will be honored with New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy at a gala at Westmount County Club in Woodland Park, NJ on Friday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. The gala and award is being presented by Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D.), a non-profit organization, supported by dedicated police officers, committed to protecting youth and communities from drugs, drug-related crimes, peer to peer cyber bullying and violence. L.E.A.D. collaborates with educators, community leaders, families, and support organizations. Allentown, New Jersey-based L.E.A.D has certified program instructors in 13 states around the country. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (November 14, 2017) - All harness racing drivers that compete at the Meadowlands are required to attend a meeting with Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural, GM/COO Jason Settlemoir, and Presiding Judge John Tomasello on Saturday, November 18 at 6:15 p.m. The meeting will take place in the racing office. The mandatory drivers-only meeting will cover a variety of house rules and policies at the Meadowlands. Drivers are asked to contact the race office with any questions. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (November 11, 2017) - Week Two of the new Pick 10 Survivor harness racing wager at the Meadowlands picked up steam as the pool size increased to $16,188, up nearly 40 percent from its debut. While 33 tickets shared in the bounty last week, one single survivor took down the entire pool (minus 15 percent takeout) on Saturday for a $13,751.26 score on the 20-cent winning combination. The ticket was purchased through Twinspires.com. Unlike last week when a longshot eliminated 93 percent of the tickets after Race 1, odds-on favorites scored in the first two races of the evening. Favorites were defeated in the next three races, leaving just 44 tickets alive heading into Race 6. 3-to-5 favorite Express Stride scored in the sixth race, but only 13 tickets were still alive at that point. Race 7 served as the Saturday night feature. Some Attitude, a 3-year-old taking on older competitors, turned in the race of his life with a front-end score in 1:50.1 on a 32-degree evening. The win was his fifth in seven starts since moving to trainer Jackie Greene. The 7/2 wagering choice was one of three wins on the evening for Marcus Miller, but more importantly, only one live ticket in the Pick 10 Survivor used Some Attitude, leading to the five-figure score. Earlier in the night, highly-touted freshman pacer American History blasted a field of non-winners of two in 1:52.3 to maintain his undefeated record in three starts. The American Ideal colt, trained by Tony Alagna and owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and American History Racing, will head to the Governor's Cup eliminations scheduled for next Saturday at the Meadowlands. His stablemate and Breeders Crown champion Stay Hungry also tuned up for the Governor's Cup eliminations by winning a Big M qualifier on Saturday in 1:53/:26.3. Total handle on the 12-race card was $2,009,394. Live racing resumes next Saturday with a 7:15 p.m. post time. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com.   Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (November 4, 2017) - When you're hot, you're hot, and nobody cut through the chilly 40-degree November air like harness racing driver Andrew McCarthy on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. McCarthy won three of the four Kindergarten Classic Finals on the opening night of the Fall/Winter Meet at the Big M. McCarthy kicked off his streak in the $198,000 filly trot by changing tactics with Hey Blondie, who had not shown any gate speed in her previous races, including a fifth-place finish in the Breeders Crown Final last week at Hoosier Park. "I post paraded her tonight and she felt great so I thought I would take a shot and leave out of there with her," explained McCarthy. "I didn't want a slow middle half and have to come first over so I just decided to take a shot and race her from the front. She has always been strong at the end of the mile." Hey Blondie held off favored Basquiat to win in 1:53.4 with Dab Hanover third. Hey Blondie McCarthy struck again in the $214,900 Colt Trot with 7/5 favorite Tito. The Erv Miller-trainee battled some sickness in July, but has rounded back in to form and scored the richest win of his young career in 1:55. Tito will next be pointed to the Valley Victory, part of the Fall Final Four at the Meadowlands with finals on November 25. Tito The most drama of the night came in the $150,000 final for the pacing colts and geldings. Points North, a Pinske Stables homebred by Somebeachsomewhere out of the family's Northwest Hanover, held off the late kick of longshot Fashiononthebeach to win in a lifetime-best 1:51.1. "He's really good in the stretch," said McCarthy. "He'll keep fighting when you're driving on him. He started a little slow and he has matured as the season has gone on. I figured there would be a big first eighth of a mile. I had to pull him and in the stretch he dug in." Points North The most impressive performance of the night came in the filly pace where Kissin in the Sand made up for her disappointing Breeders Crown elimination with an eye-popping score in her $140,550 final. Kissin in the Sand and Yannick Gingras parked out second-choice I'm Trigger Happy through matching opening quarters of :27.1. I'm Trigger Happy wilted from that taxing half mile while Kissin in the Sand continued on her speed mission. She polished off a lifetime-best 1:50.3 effort with a :27.3 last quarter to hold safe from runner-up Reign on Me. It was 1/5 of a second off the track record set by JK She'salady, the 2014 Horse of the Year, trained by Nancy Johansson. "She's a little more high strung and difficult, but they're both fast," said Johansson when asked to compare the two fillies. "She's been very special from the beginning. Training down she showed a lot of speed but she was always quirky, but the first time we brought her to the Meadowlands she was professional and handled her business. She was very impressive and I don't think it took anything out of her." Kissin in the Sand The highly-anticipated Pick 10 Survivor made its debut on Saturday and handled $11,600. With a tricky early sequence of winners, 33 tickets survived through the first four races and received a payout of $298.66. Live racing resumes next Saturday with a 7:15 p.m. post time. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (October 31, 2017) - With the return of the Meadowlands Harness Racing season this Saturday, November 4 also comes the debut of a new wager - The Pick 10 Survivor. The first-of-its-kind wager requires the selection of the winner in the first 10 races on the program. The unique twist in the wager is ticket holders that correctly select the winner of Race 1 will advance to Race 2 while those tickets that fail to pick the Race 1 winner will be eliminated. Then all live tickets after Race 2 will advance to Race 3 while those that failed to pick the Race 2 winner will be eliminated. This continues until there is only one correct ticket ("The Survivor") or all 10 races have been completed. The lone surviving ticket will win the entire pool minus the wager's 15-percent takeout. If there are multiple tickets that survive through all 10 legs or if the last surviving tickets are eliminated at the same time, they will split the entire net pool. The wager will carry a 20-cent minimum and begin each night on the first race. There is no carryover associated with the wager. The Meadowlands is partnering with the USTA's Strategic Wagering Program to guarantee the wagering pool at $10,000. All of the tote providers in the U.S. and Sportech facilities in Canada have passed a test and will be able to offer the wager to customers at both simulcast facilities and advance deposit wagering platforms. In addition to the Pick 10 Survivor, the wagering menu will feature the large multi-race guaranteed wagers that horseplayers have come to expect. The 50-cent Pick Five begins in Race 1 and carries a $25,000 guaranteed pool with a 15-percent takeout. The Early Pick Four begins in Race 3 and has a $25,000 guaranteed pool. The always-popular Late Pick Four has a $50,000 guaranteed pool. Both Pick Four wagers also carry a 15-percent takeout. The Jackpot Super High Five also returns on Races 5 and 13 (or the last race of the card). The 20-cent minimum wager requires players to correctly select the first five finishers in order. If there is one unique ticket, that person wins the entire net pool. If there are multiple winning tickets, the winners share in 75-percent of the net pool while the remaining 25-percent is added to the jackpot. The wager carries a 15 percent takeout. The Race 13 Super High Five will begin the season with a carryover of $6,092. Saturday's season-opening card at the Meadowlands includes four six-figure finals in the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-old trotters and pacers. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (October 30, 2017) - The Meadowlands Fall/Winter Meet begins Saturday, November 4 and fans will get an inside look into the harness racing office thanks to a new Facebook Live broadcast. Beginning Tuesday, October 31 and continuing each Tuesday during November, the Meadowlands will produce a Facebook Live broadcast at 11:00 a.m. featuring the post position draw for selected stakes races. The shows will take place inside the Meadowlands Race Office and be hosted by Big M TV host Justin Horowitz. The first show will include the post position draw for the Kindergarten Classic Final for 2-year-old trotting colts. That race is one of four Kindergarten finals that headline the opening night program. To watch the broadcasts, be sure to "Like" the Meadowlands Racetrack on Facebook. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

VERNON, N.Y. (October 17, 2017) - Vernon Downs will offer a special Wednesday night racing program on October 18 featuring eight $45,000 New York Excelsior Series Finals for 2-year-old and 3-year-old trotters and pacers. Post time is 6:45 p.m. The program was rescheduled following Sunday's cancellation necessitated by a power outage. For fans coming to the races, Vernon Downs will offer sit-down dining options. The Miracle Mile Restaurant will serve its regular menu while the Gold Cup Buffet will also be open and serving food off the Miracle Mile's menu. Reservations are not required, but are encouraged, and can be made by calling 315-829-3217. For more information, visit www.vernondowns.com. by Justin Horowitz, for Vernon Downs

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (October 4, 2017) - The Meadowlands Racetrack will be horse racing nirvana on Saturday, November 4 with an all-day and all-night offering of racing and dining at its finest. The afternoon and early evening features the simulcast of the Breeders' Cup World Championships live from the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in California. Fans can watch and wager on the top-class races beginning at 1:10 p.m. and leading up to the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic at 8:35 p.m. The Breeders' Cup races begin Friday with four championship events starting at 5:25 p.m. Pink Restaurant at the Meadowlands will open at noon and offer a premium buffet featuring roasted boneless rib eye, grilled chicken breast with fresh arugula, tomato, and mozzarella, penne pasta ala vodka, and lobster cobb salad wrap. Appetizers include a variety of salads and calamari. Dessert selections include a variety of cookies, cakes, and locally baked babka. The price is $49.95 per person plus tax and gratuity. The excitement builds up to the evening when the 2017-2018 live harness racing season begins with the first race starting at 7:15 p.m. The first 1,000 fans will receive the always-popular commemorative Meadowlands calendar filled with images of the sport's greatest horses and drivers in action from the 2017 racing season. The giveaway begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Players Club Desk. The opening night racing action is highlighted by four $150,000 Kindergarten Classic Finals for the 2-year-olds. Opening night will also mark the debut of the highly-anticipated Pick 10 Survivor Wager beginning on the first race of the season. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (September 26, 2017) - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment was awarded "Best Visitor Experience" at the 5th Annual Meadowlands Liberty Convention & Visitors Bureau Hospi-tourism Awards held September 26 in Secaucus, New Jersey. Voting was conducted by Destination Marketing Organizations around the state. MRE competed against dozens of area restaurants, hotels, and other entertainment venues. "It has always been the foundation of our business to provide exceptional customer service while paying close attention to detail," explained Jason M. Settlemoir, GM/COO of MRE. "We take great pride in our new facility and our ability to put on a great show for our guests whether they come here for live horse racing or one of our numerous events or parties. We have a tremendous team here that is always willing to go the extra mile for our customers and this award is truly an honor for everyone that works here." For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (September 9, 2017) – Americanprimetime brought the biggest bankroll and biggest credentials into Saturday night’s $15,000 pacing feature at the Meadowlands and he needed all of his class to hold on for a 1:49.4 win over eight other harness racing rivals. Trainer and driver Rick Dane Jr. put the son of American Ideal on the front end while setting honest fractions of :27, :54.2 and 1:21.4 through three quarters. The narrow 2/1 second wagering choice did not face much pressure until the field turned into the long Big M stretch. With longshots Go Big Spinder, Chevals Clivesdale and Change Stride fanned across the track in pursuit, Dane and Americanprimetime held on in a desperate photo finish to post the win. The top four finishers were separated by two noses and a neck on the wire. It is the 18th career win for the 5-year-old Americanprimetime. The Rock & Roll Stable homebred has now earned $453,419. Total handle on the 11-race program was $1,731,348. The September Meet wraps up next Friday and Saturday. Post time both nights is 7:15. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (September 8, 2017) - The abbreviated four-date September Meet at the Meadowlands got underway Friday night and it was an abbreviated four-horse harness racing field that was the night's spotlight showdown. Millionaire trotting mares Caprice Hill and Broadway Donna faced off against the 1-2 punch of Oho Diamond and PL Jill from trainer Renaldo Morales III. Track record holder Oho Diamond grabbed the lead while her three opponents were content to follow single file through modest fractions of :28.4, :57.4, and 1:26. Into the stretch, 1-2 favorite Caprice Hill tipped out of the pocket and trotted past Oho Diamond. But Corey Callahan had PL Jill geared up and trotting up a storm farther outside and the 4-year-old Kadabra mare kicked home with a :26.3 final quarter to win in 1:53.1. PL Jill paid $7.00 to win. She is owned by Daniel Clements and has now won eight times in 33 career starts for earnings of $94,389. Friday's card also included eight divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The fastest mile of the night was turned in by I'm Trigger Happy. The half-sister to millionaires Heston Blue Chip and Sunfire Blue Chip was gapping the field while sitting fifth through the first three-quarters. Into the stretch Callahan got her into gear. I'm Trigger Happy showed greenness while zigging and zagging, but also showed a huge turn of foot to sweep past her competitors and win in an impressive 1:52.2 for her second win from three lifetime starts. Total handle on the 11-race program was $1,704,153. Live racing continues Saturday with a 12-race card beginning at 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (August 31, 2017) - Live harness racing returns to Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment for an abbreviated September meeting. The four-day meet begins Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9 and comes back the following Friday and Saturday. Post time for all four nights will be 7:15 p.m. Horseplayers should take note that there will be a few notable changes to the wagering format. The pair of Pick Four wagers and the Pick Five will still carry their same low 15 percent takeout rate and occupy their same places on the race card. However, they will not offer their regular guaranteed pool size. In addition, the 20-cent Jackpot Super High Five will only be offered on the final race of the evening. As usual, if there is no single winning ticket, 25 percent of the net pool will be carried over while 75 percent of the net pool will be paid out to the multiple winning tickets. Should there be no single winning ticket on the final day of the abbreviated meet, the jackpot will be carried to November 4, which is the first day of the Fall/Winter Meet. Exactas and trifectas will continue to be offered on all races. 10-cent superfectas will be offered on all races with the exception of those that begin the Pick Four wagers and the Pick Five. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com.  MEADOWLANDS SEEKS FEEDBACK FROM HORSEPLAYERS Interested fans can reply to survey question on Meadowlands website The Meadowlands is seeking horseplayer input on potentially moving the Early Pick Four wager to a 1-dollar minimum instead of its current 50-cent base. Fans and horseplayers can share their opinion via the Meadowlands website. The Early and Late Pick Four wagers are 50-cent minimum wagers, but there has been growing discussion of potentially shifting the Early Pick Four to a 1-dollar minimum. Both wagers will continue to carry 15-percent takeout rates. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz  

NICHOLS, N.Y. (August 22, 2017) - In conjunction with the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association, Tioga Downs is announcing that the live harness racing program scheduled for Monday, August 28 will be cancelled due to a lack of available horses to race. Both Tioga Downs Management and the official horsemen's group at Tioga Downs, the STHHA, believe that the decision is in the best interest of the track, horsemen, and the wagering public. Live racing will continue as scheduled on August 25 - 27 with the Sunday, August 27 program highlighted by a trio of $200,000 (est) stakes races for older horses. For more information, visit www.tiogadowns.com. Justin Horowitz

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

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