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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Last week a winding stakes highway that took the best horses and horsemen from Woodbine at Mohawk Park in Ontario to the Delaware, Ohio Fairgrounds to Lexington's Red Mile made its final stop at Indiana's Hoosier Park for the Breeders Crown. Now, the Meadowlands will be the place for the sport's biggest events for the next three weeks as this Saturday's (Nov. 7) program kicks everything off with four Kindergarten Classic Finals for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Anoka Hanover will try to up her winning streak to six in the $252,340 filly trot while Lindysmusclemania and Jula Muscle Pack - both winners in their final Kindergarten preliminaries - take on Peter Haughton champion Zenith Stride in the $207,570 trot for colts and geldings. Breeders Crown winner Fire Start Hanover is the marquee attraction in the $151,030 filly pace while Simon Says Hanover - who seeks his fifth straight score - takes on Breeders Crown winner Summa Cum Laude (who dead heated with Perfect Sting) in the $204,050 colt and gelding pace. Once the Kindergarten is over, it will be time for all Big M watchers to get ready for the third biggest program of the calendar year - after Hambletonian Day and Meadowlands Pace Night - when Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night takes place on Nov. 21 with many Breeders Crown participants expected to be on hand. That evening, 2-year-olds will once again be in the spotlight as the Governor's Cup (colt pace), Three Diamonds (filly pace), Valley Victory (colt trot) and Goldsmith Maid (filly trot) makeup the Fall Final Four, with total purses of about $1.8 million. In addition, year-end divisional honors figure to be determined by what happens in the four TVG Finals, which are the Mares Trot, Open Trot, Mares Pace and Open Pace, a fabulous foursome which will see just over $1 million get doled out. CUP RUNNETH OVER: One of the biggest events on every track's simulcast calendar is the Breeders' Cup, and this weekend the best in Thoroughbred racing will be at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY for the 14-race extravaganza. The Cup will be the centerpiece of the Meadowlands' simulcast offerings over the weekend, as the event will begin with five races on Friday (Nov. 6) and conclude on Saturday (Nov. 7) with nine more dashes, the last of which is the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic. The first Breeders' Cup race on Friday is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., while Saturday's opener goes at 12:02 p.m. The Classic has a post time of 5:13 p.m. BETTING MENU UPDATE: The Meadowlands is refreshing its betting menu. There will be some addition and subtraction of wagers and it is bringing back guaranteed pools to its most-popular plays. On a normal 13-race card, gone is the fifth race 10-cent Pentafecta and ninth race 20-cent Pick-5, but those who liked the 20-cent Survivor will no doubt be pleased that bet is back, albeit in a seven-race format rather than the former 10-race marathon. Effective, Saturday (Nov. 7), here is the new wagering lineup for a normal 13-race card. Each bet offers a low 15 percent takeout: Race 1: 20-cent Pick-5 ($50,000 guaranteed) Race 3: 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 Race 6: 50-cent Pick-4 ($50,000 guaranteed) Race 8: 20-cent Pick-6 Race 10: 50-cent Pick-4 ($40,000 guaranteed) Race 13: 10-cent Pentafecta "We are aware that many of our fans wanted the Survivor wager back," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir, "and we are happy to oblige them with the Survivor Pick-7." On Friday (Nov. 6) night, the Meadowlands will offer a 12-race card, so there will be one less Pick-4 offered, but because of a two-day carryover in the 20-cent Pick-6, a $25,000 guaranteed pool will be offered on the wager that kicks off in the sixth race. There will also be $50,000 promises on the first race Pick-5 and ninth race Pick-4, meaning that during the weekend, a total of $265,000 in guaranteed green will be up for grabs. FREE PPs: For free past performances of Meadowlands races, courtesy of the United States Trotting Association and TrackMaster, go to playmeadowlands.com, where one can access races six through 12 on the Friday night card and races one through five for Saturday. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Andrew Demsky (@shadesonracing) and Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1). Check in everyday for Meadowlands news and updates at those handles, as well as @TheMeadowlands and #playbigm. CHECK OUT THE PICKS: For those who need to get a leg up on the action, go to playmeadowlands.com to see track oddsmaker and analyst Brower's selections and commentary. Click on this link to check out Friday's card: http://playmeadowlands.com/RaceReviews.aspx?racedt=11/6/2020. Additionally, track announcer Warkentin's blog is available on the site and offers his picks and analysis. On race nights, access picks and plays from the Big M TV team at #playbigm or at @TheMeadowlands. CHECK OUT THE SHOW: As always look for the "Racing from The Meadowlands" live in-house simulcast show every Friday and Saturday night. The Big M's regular team of Brower and Little will be on set both nights this weekend in addition to providing winner's circle interviews for the Kindergarten Classic. The pre-game show begins at 6:42 p.m. First race is at 7:15 p.m. If you want to watch all the action at home, go to rtn.tv or your favorite ADW platform to catch every race live. GET YOUR FOOTBALL ACTION: You can watch and wager on all the National Football League and college football action, as well as other sports, when the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook is open for business from 10 a.m. - midnight Sunday through Friday and from 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. on Saturday. From the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - In what is now "the new normal", many students have been schooling at home, but some harness racing horses who want to qualify for next week's Kindergarten Classic Finals at The Meadowlands will have to be in class Friday (Oct. 30) night at the mile oval and do well in the series' fourth and final leg if they are to make it to the culminating big-money exams. The event for 2-year-olds will have a total of six divisions on the Friday night program for horses of each sex and gait trying to earn enough points based on where they finish to qualify for one of four finals - with purses totaling $800,000 - that take place on Saturday, Nov. 7. WHO WILL WEAR THE CROWNS? This weekend, 12 Breeders Crown Finals will settle many year-end divisional-honor scores at Indiana's Hoosier Park. The Crown will be offered at The Meadowlands on its simulcast network where the four finals for 2-year-olds will head to the gate Friday night while the four events for 3-year-olds and four more for older horses take place on Saturday. Post time for both 15-race cards is 6 p.m. The list of stars who will be on display include eight horses in this week's Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Top 10 Poll: Tall Dark Stranger, Party Girl Hill, Atlanta, Gimpanzee, Perfect Sting, Kissin In The Sand, Bettor's Wish and Shartin N. Many Breeders Crown performers will be at The Big M on Nov. 21 for Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night. That evening, 2-year-olds will be in the spotlight as the Governor's Cup (colt pace), Three Diamonds (filly pace), Valley Victory (colt trot) and Goldsmith Maid (filly trot) makeup the Fall Final Four, with total purses of about $1.8 million. Year-end divisional honors - as well as Horse of the Year - could be determined by what happens in the four TVG Finals, which are the Mares Trot, Open Trot, Mares Pace and Open Pace, a fabulous foursome which will see just over $1 million get doled out. IT'S A SURE THING: Guaranteed pools will make their return to the Meadowlands next weekend. Three of the track's most popular wagers will once again offer promises of a large pot while continuing to have a low 15 percent takeout. Effective on Friday, Nov. 6, the first race 20-cent Pick-5 will offer a guaranteed pool of $50,000. Another $90,000 in promised green will be up for grabs in the mile track's popular 50-cent Pick-4 bets, with $50,000 the starting point on races six through nine and $40,000 in the hat on races 10 through 13. LAST WEEK: Friday (Oct. 23) night's GSY (Gural Settlemoir Yarock) Series race was won by the Mark Silva-trained and driven Dramatic Point, who lit up the board at odds of 46-1, creating giant payoffs in the win ($94.80), Exacta ($1,550.80), Trifecta ($19,303.20) and 10-cent Pentafecta ($16,626.60) pools. A two-day carryover led to a total pool of over $41,000 in the 20-cent Pick-6 Saturday (Oct. 24) night and after a sequence that saw none of the horses' odds reach 8-1, the payoff was a handsome $9,225. The top drivers over the course of the 26-race weekend were George Napolitano Jr. (five winners) and Todd McCarthy (four). CUP RUNNETH OVER: Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY is the site for the 2020 Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will begin with five events on Friday, Nov. 6 and conclude on Saturday, Nov. 7 with nine more races, the last of which is the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic. The first Breeders' Cup race on Friday is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., while Saturday's opener goes at 12:02 p.m. The Classic has a post time of 5:13 p.m. FREE PPs: For free past performances of Meadowlands races, courtesy of the United States Trotting Association and TrackMaster, go to playmeadowlands.com, where one can access races nine through 13 for both Friday and Saturday. Those races include the 20-cent Late Pick-5, 50-cent Late Pick-4 and 10-cent Late Pentafecta, not to mention the Late Daily Double. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Andrew Demsky (@shadesonracing) and Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1). Check in everyday for Meadowlands news and updates at those handles, as well as @TheMeadowlands and #playbigm. CHECK OUT THE PICKS: For those who need to get a leg up on the action, go to playmeadowlands.com to see track oddsmaker and analyst Brower's selections and commentary. Click on this link to check out Friday's card: http://playmeadowlands.com/RaceReviews.aspx?racedt=10/30/2020. Additionally, track announcer Warkentin's blog is available on the site and offers his picks and analysis. On race nights, access picks and plays from the Big M TV team at #playbigm or at @TheMeadowlands. Speaking of picks, Otten picked best bet winners on both Friday and Saturday night last week with neither horse going as the favorite. Dontpassme Hanover ($6.40) was her Friday night winner before War Dan A ($5.40) scored on Saturday. CHECK OUT THE SHOW: As always look for the "Racing from The Meadowlands" live in-house simulcast show every Friday and Saturday night. It begins at 6:42 p.m. First race is at 7:15 p.m. If you want to watch all the action at home, go to rtn.tv or your favorite ADW platform to catch every race live. GET YOUR FOOTBALL ACTION: Now that the favored Los Angeles Dodgers have won the World Series in six games over the pesky Tampa Bay Rays for their first championship since 1988, it is time to go deep handicapping and wagering on college and professional football at the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook. You can watch and wager on all the NFL and college action, as well as other sports, when the book is open for business from 10 a.m. - midnight Sunday through Friday and from 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. on Saturday. From The Meadowlands    

Harness Racing This Week: Breeders Crown finals, Madison County and Pegasus, Harrah's Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; John Simpson Stakes, Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pa.; and Kindergarten Series fourth leg, The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week commences on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 28) at Harrah's Philadelphia with three divisions in the $99,201 John Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers and three divisions in the $99,201 John Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters. Hoosier Park on Thursday (Oct. 29) will host the $70,000 Madison County for 2-year-old filly trotters. Breeders Crown finals at Hoosier begin on Friday (Oct. 30) with $600,000 races for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Also on Friday, Hoosier will contest the $60,000 Pegasus for 3-year-old filly trotters and the $50,000 Pegasus for 3-year-old filly pacers. The Saturday (Oct. 31) card at Hoosier features four $500,000 Breeders Crown finals for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits; the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace and Open Trot; and the $300,000 Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace and Open Mare Trot. In addition, Hoosier will offer the $60,000 Pegasus for 3-year-old colt pacers and the $55,000 Pegasus for 3-year-old colt trotters. The Meadowlands on Friday (Oct. 30) will host the fourth leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. There will be a pair of $20,000 divisions for the colt and filly trotters and a single $20,000 division for the colt and filly pacers. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Charging to his 11th win of the season, Tall Dark Stranger and regular driver Yannick Gingras fought off a late charge by Warrawee Vital to win the second Breeders Crown elimination for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:48.4 on Saturday (Oct. 24) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Tall Dark Stranger dug in late to repel a late challenge from Warrawee Vital in the second Breeders Crown elimination for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Dean Gillette Photography. Warrawee Vital tried to get a hold of the pace right off of the gate, leaving quickly and taking the lead over Captain Barbossa, with Tall Dark Stranger dropping in third into a fiery :25.4 first panel. Gingras shifted to the overland route to take over the lead, guiding the other six colts to three-quarters in 1:23. From the back, Captain Kirk failed to sustain an outer-tier advance while Elver Hanover stayed in fourth. Meanwhile, the original trio in front wrestled for the finish line. Warrawee Vital came out gallantly down the center of the track for a charge at Tall Dark Stranger, making Gingras urge the leader to shake off the challenger - as he has done through the season when faced with a possible duel to the wire. Tall Dark Stranger responded again with a :25.4 closing quarter, winning by a neck in 1:48.4. Captain Barbossa held on for third, while Elver Hanover and Sandbetweenmytoes followed to make the final. "I just trust (Tall Dark Stranger) and let him fight off horses in the stretch," Gingras said. "Last week in Lexington, I knew he was in the best shape he's ever been." Nancy Takter trains the James Avritt-bred son of Bettor's Delight and Precocious Beauty. Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor own Tall Dark Stranger. Cattlewash equaled the all-age track record for pacers at Harrah's Hoosier Park with a 1:47.2 victory in the first Breeders Crown elimination for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. Dean Gillette Photography. Leaving fast and finishing faster, Cattlewash won the first 3-year-old colt pacing Breeders Crown elimination. The mile, clocked in 1:47.2, equaled the all-age track record and set a sophomore colt pacing mark. Driver David Miller left alertly from the rail with Cattlewash and rebuffed an early outside challenge from No Lou Zing, who settled in second through a :26 first quarter. Longshot The Greek Freak followed in third and favorite Capt Midnight sat in fourth. Miller sat comfortably with Cattlewash as he cut a :54.1 half. Heading into three-quarters, Capt Midnight took to the outside and started a strenuous chase for the leader, but one that saw him fade as Cattlewash excelled to three-quarters in 1:20.3. Allywag Hanover took his shot off the sizzling third panel and swung wide into the stretch, but he could not rally off weakening cover. Meanwhile, Cattlewash remained strong to the line, holding off No Lou Zing by 1-1/2 lengths. The Greek Freak, who drafted behind the leading pair, finished third, followed by Save Me A Dance and Manticore. "He's real sharp right now," David Miller said, adding that he had no strategy when leaving from post one. "If a lot of horses left, I would've raced him differently, but no one did. It's an awfully long stretch, but he (was going easily)." Cattlewash, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Road Bet, is trained by Ron Burke for owner and breeder William Donovan. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2020, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2020 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,026; 2. Dexter Dunn - 812; 3. Tim Tetrick - 620.5; 4. David Miller - 575; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 556. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 966; 2. Nancy Takter - 955.5; 3. Tony Alagna - 642; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 587; 5. Marcus Melander - 450. Owners: 1. Caviart Farms - 211.4; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 209.1; 3. Determination - 200; 4. Brad Grant - 196.5; 5. S R F Stable - 182.3. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Dover Downs, Harrah's Hoosier Park, and The Meadowlands. Dover Downs will feature the Matron Stakes for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Harrah's Hoosier Park will host the Carl Erskine, Monument Circle, Crossroads of America and USS Indianapolis for 3-year-olds. The Meadowlands will feature the finals of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds and a veteran standout looking to get back on track are the top storylines this weekend at The Meadowlands. On Friday (Oct. 23), eight divisions of the Kindergarten's third leg for 2-year-olds will hit the track. There will be two divisions each for horses of both sexes and gaits. Next week, the Kindergarten will have its fourth and final leg (Oct. 30) before the series concludes on Nov. 7 with four finals that have purses totaling $800,000. After a rare poor performance last week, Highalator, who saw his three-race Big M win streak come to an end at the hands of Harambe Deo, seeks to find his way back to the winner's circle in the Saturday (Oct. 24) night feature, a high-end conditioned pace. LAST WEEK: Dexter Dunn, who finished one winner behind Yannick Gingras during the Championship Meeting that concluded in August, had the hot hands last Friday night, winning five times on the evening to be the leading driver for the weekend (Oct. 16-17). Gingras had four winners, all on Saturday night. Jeff Cullipher, after winning three times on Oct. 10, followed that up with training doubles on both last Friday and Saturday. His four winners led all trainers. Despite 16 winning favorites from 26 races, many Big M players still made some big scores last weekend. Among the wagers with notable payouts were the 10-cent Pentafecta ($1,113 on Friday, $2,072 on Saturday), 20-cent Pick-5 ($5,431 and $7,747), 50-cent Pick-4 ($5,910 and $1,129) and Trifecta ($2,510, $1,649 and $4,595 on Friday; $2,664 and $2,290 on Saturday). IT ALL COMES DOWN: The Breeders Crown will be offered at The Meadowlands on its simulcast network when the year-end event sees eliminations take place this Friday and Saturday. Post time is 6:30 p.m. Hoosier Park in Anderson, IN will play host to the 2020 edition of the Crown, harness racing's year-end 12-race extravaganza for horses of all sexes, ages and gaits. Nine of the events will require eliminations this weekend. Three races - the Open Pace, Open Trot and Mare Trot - will not require elims and go directly to finals next week. More than $6 million will be on the table, as Friday, Oct. 30 will see the four Crown finals for 2-year-olds, before a Saturday, Oct. 31 eight-pack that will include four championships for 3-year-olds and four more for open types. Post time each night is 6 p.m. For complete Breeders Crown information, go to http://ustrottingnews.com/6-million-breeders-crown-draws-161-for-harrahs-hoosier-park-championships/. Many Breeders Crown performers will no doubt be at The Meadowlands on Nov. 21 for Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night. That evening, 2-year-olds will be in the spotlight as the Governor's Cup (colt pace), Three Diamonds (filly pace), Valley Victory (colt trot) and Goldsmith Maid (filly trot) makeup the Fall Final Four, with total purses of about $1.8 million. Year-end divisional honors - as well as Horse of the Year - could be determined by what happens in the four TVG Finals, which are the Mares Trot, Open Trot, Mares Pace and Open Pace, a fabulous foursome which will see just over $1 million get doled out. DON'T FORGET THE RUNNERS: Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY is the site for the 2020 Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will begin with five events on Friday, Nov. 6 and conclude on Saturday, Nov. 7 with nine more races, the last of which is the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic. The first Breeders' Cup race on Friday is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., while Saturday's opener goes at 12:02 p.m. The Classic has a post time of 5:13 p.m. FREE PPs: For free past performances of Meadowlands races, go to playmeadowlands.com, where one can access races nine through 13 for both Friday and Saturday's programs. Those races include the 20-cent Late Pick-5, 50-cent Late Pick-4 and 10-cent Late Pentafecta, not to mention the Late Daily Double. THE FUTURE'S SO BRIGHT: The newest member of the Meadowlands' TV team is off to a good start. Last weekend saw Andrew "Shades" Demsky give out both of his best bets on top and added one Pick-4 on Saturday night for good measure. This week, Demsky will be giving commentary on TVG Friday night and serve as co-host alongside Dave Brower on the in-house live simulcast presentation on Saturday. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Demsky (@shadesonracing) and Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1). Check in everyday for Meadowlands news and updates at those handles, as well as @TheMeadowlands and #playbigm. CHECK OUT THE PICKS: For those who need to get a leg up on the action, go to playmeadowlands.com to see track oddsmaker and analyst Brower's selections and commentary. Click on this link to check out Friday's card: http://playmeadowlands.com/RaceReviews.aspx?racedt=10/23/2020. Additionally, track announcer Warkentin's blog is available on the site and offers his picks and analysis. On race nights, access picks and plays from the Big M TV team at #playbigm or at @TheMeadowlands. CHECK OUT THE SHOW: As always look for the "Racing from The Meadowlands" live in-house simulcast show every Friday and Saturday night. It begins at 6:42 p.m. First race is at 7:15 p.m. If you want to watch all the action at home, go to rtn.tv to catch every race live. GET WORLD SERI-OUS: Get into the World Series at The Big M, by watching and wagering on every game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays in the FanDuel Sportsbook. The Dodgers remain a solid favorite to win their first championship since 1988, as with the series tied at a game apiece heading into Friday night's Game 3, Los Angeles is -200 to win the series while Tampa Bay is +165. In addition to baseball's "Fall Classic", you can watch and wager on all the NFL and college football action, as well as other sports. The book is open for business from 10 a.m. - midnight Sunday through Friday and from 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. on Saturday. DINING REOPENS TODAY, at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The Café will be open daily serving racetrack favorites including burgers, doughnuts, bagels, chicken fingers and fries, hot dogs and more.  Beer, wine and liquor are also available for those 21 and older. For live racing on Friday and Saturday nights, Trotters has a $29.95 pre fixe menu featuring a variety of cold salads, multiple entrees and a selection of pre-packaged desserts.   This Friday’s menu features a butternut squash salad, teriyaki-glazed steak tips, seared chicken in a lemon, butter and caper sauce and fried Alaskan cod.  Home-made cookies and fresh fruit are available for dessert.  Saturday’s menu features a traditional Caesar salad, Norwegian salmon with sherry and capers, chicken Milanese and pork tenderloin in an apple cider sauce. Reservations are required and dining must be prepaid.  Reservations can be made by calling 201-The-BigM (201-843-2446) Victory Lounge and  the outdoor Pavilion are also open for food and beverage service Thursday-Monday for both live racing and sports.  Diners can enjoy a variety of appetizers, brisket, ribs, pulled pork and burgers along with a full bar for those 21 and older.  Reservations must be made by emailing Victoryreservations@arkrestaurants.com or calling 201-842-5102. From 12-6pm this Sunday, October 25th, anyone making a reservation in the Lounge or Pavilion will receive ten free wings.  Offer is limited to one offer per party. Guests are encouraged to make dining reservations for guaranteed seating. The Meadowlands Racetrack is adhering to all local and state COVID-19 protocols and all guests must follow these guidelines below: Maintain 6 ft social distancing when possible Wearing masks properly over both the nose and mouth at all times Using hand sanitizer and frequently washing hands No outside food or beverage inside the grandstand.  All are required to wear a face covering both indoors and outside, have their temperature checked and complete a brief health questionnaire.  No one with a temperature exceeding 100.4 will be allowed to enter. All racing and dining information can be found at PlayMeadowlands.com and the health questionnaire can be downloaded and filled out prior to arrival here. From the Meadowlands Media Department

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Just because Hambletonian Day is in the rearview mirror doesn't mean there isn't plenty of stakes action to come during the current Fall Meeting at The Meadowlands. When live racing resumes Friday (Oct. 16) at 7:15 p.m., the marquee event will be the $61,500 W.N. Reynolds Memorial for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the trot, featuring the Ake Svanstedt trained and driven Captain Corey, who is unbeaten in four lifetime outings. The Kindergarten Classic - also for juveniles - is up next with its final two legs on Oct. 23 (Leg Three) and Oct. 30 (Leg Four) before the series climaxes with four big-money finals worth approximately $800,000 on Nov. 7. Two weeks after that comes the third-biggest program - after the Hambo and Meadowlands Pace Night - on The Big M's yearly calendar, as eight big-time stakes events take place on Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night on Nov. 21. Two-year-olds will be in the spotlight as the Governor's Cup (colt pace), Three Diamonds (filly pace), Valley Victory (colt trot) and Goldsmith Maid (filly trot) make up the Fall Final Four, with total purses of about $1.8 million. Year-end divisional honors - as well as Horse of the Year - could be determined by what happens in the four TVG Finals, which are the Mares Trot, Open Trot, Mares Pace and Open Pace, a fabulous four-pack which will see just over $1 million get doled out. A year ago, Six Pack locked up older male trotter honors by gunning down Manchego - at the time, the best horse in training - in 1:50 in the Open Trot. Despite being beaten in a stretch-battle thriller by Caviart Ally, Shartin N - who finished a nose behind in 1:48.3 - went on to be selected as HOTY. SIMULCAST HEAVEN: Two sets of year-end championships will be offered at The Meadowlands on its simulcast network, one for the star performers of harness racing and the other for the best in the thoroughbred game. Hoosier Park in Anderson, IN will play host to the 2020 edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's year-end 12-race extravaganza for horses of all gaits, sexes and age. More than $6 million will be on the table over the course of two race cards, as Friday, October 30 will see the four events for 2-year-olds, before a Saturday, October 31 eight-pack that will include four races for 3-year-olds and four more for open types. Post time each night is 6 p.m. Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY is the site for the 2020 Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will begin with five events on Friday, Nov. 6 and conclude on Saturday, Nov. 7 with nine more races, the last of which is the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic. The first Breeders' Cup race on Friday is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., while Saturday's opener goes at 12:02 p.m. The Classic has a post time of 5:13 p.m. LAST WEEKEND: Threes were wild over the course of last weekend (Oct. 9-10) at The Big M. Three drivers, Corey Callahan, Victor Kirby and George Napolitano Jr., and two trainers, Bruce Saunders and Jeff Cullipher, all won three times over the course of the two programs. Last Saturday's "bookend" 20-cent Pick-5s provided pleasing payoffs for players. The wager that spanned races one through five paid $887. With the exception of race four, where a 14-1 shot brought a challenge for the bettors, the other four winning horses' odds were just 6-5, 5-1, 4-1 and 4-5. The Late Pick-5 returned $13,654, yet, except for one race, the winning prices were not outrageous. The winners' odds for the sequence were 8-1, 9-2, 8-5, 21-1 and 8-5. FREE PPs: For free past performances of Meadowlands races, go to playmeadowlands.com, where one can access races nine through 13 for both Friday and Saturday's program. Those races include the 20-cent Late Pick-5, 50-cent Late Pick-4 and 10-cent Late Pentafecta, not to mention the Late Daily Double. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover) and Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1). Check in everyday for Meadowlands news and updates at those handles, as well as @TheMeadowlands and #playbigm. CHECK OUT THE PICKS: For those who need to get a leg up on the action, go to playmeadowlands.com to see track oddsmaker and analyst Brower's selections and commentary. Click on this link to check out Friday's card: http://playmeadowlands.com/RaceReviews.aspx?racedt=10/16/2020 Additionally, track announcer Warkentin's blog is available on the site and offers his picks and analysis. On race nights, access picks and plays from the Big M TV team at #playbigm or at @TheMeadowlands. CHECK OUT THE SHOW: As always look for the "Racing from The Meadowlands" live in-house simulcast show every Friday and Saturday night. It begins at 6:42 p.m. First race is at 7:15 p.m. If you want to watch all the action at home, go to rtn.tv to catch every race live. GET YOUR SPORTS ACTION: When at The Big M, be sure and visit the FanDuel Sportsbook, where you can watch and wager on all the NFL, NLCS, ALCS and college football action. The book is open for business from 10 a.m. - midnight Sunday through Friday and from 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. on Saturday. From the Meadowlands Media Department

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is announcing important details on the 2-year-old harness racing stakes that the track will host in 2020 with significant changes to both the Kindergarten Series and the Fall Freshman Final Four. The big Kindergarten news is the doubling of the purse for all legs from $10,000 to $20,000. The entry fee for the legs will remain at $250. The Kindergarten will also undergo a schedule change in 2020 with all five legs at The Meadowlands beginning on July 10 with the rich finals on Friday, September 18. The "Fall Freshman Final Four" is comprised of the Valley Victory and Goldsmith Maid for trotting freshman and the Governor's Cup and Three Diamonds for 2-year-old pacers. Those four stakes offer great value to nominators, boasting total purses of nearly $2 million for 2020. The stakes immediate future came in doubt with the prospect of no Standardbred Fall meet at The Meadowlands in 2020 due to Monmouth Park exercising it's legislated right to convert and race on the main track from October 2 through December 5. Fortunately, an agreement was reached to end the Thoroughbred meet on November 21 allowing the Standardbred meet to begin the next weekend. This change will provide a date for both the "Final Four" stakes and TVG Championship of Saturday, November 28. The late date will necessitate a change from the previous elimination and final format to racing the top eleven money winners with the possibility of a consolation if the number of entries is sufficient. Upon review, the past few seasons have seen a scarcity of elimination races. In 2019 only the Three Diamonds required a single elimination while the other three all went straight to the finals. The Meadowlands has shaped the 2020 schedule to provide a 2-year-old stake over the mile track every week beginning July 3. With this in mind, both the Tompkins-Geers and Reynolds 2-year-old Grand Circuit stakes have been moved to The Meadowlands from Tioga for 2020. The Kindergartens will fill in as needed and eventually wrap things up with the September 18 finals. The freshman New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) legs will be raced on July 21 and August 14 with the finals on August 21. This placement will afford those NJSS participants that have dual eligibility in the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) that don't make the NJSS final the opportunity to race in two of the three KYSS legs. Even those that do qualify for the NJSS final can still race in the last KYSS leg on September 7. It is an exciting prospect for those owners and trainers who invested in the future at the 2019 yearling sales. Schedules and staking information will be available on The Meadowlands website shortly. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - A recall did not hamper the groove of EL Ideal as the late-blooming Ake Svanstedt trainee cruised to a 1:53.1 harness racing victory in the $251,460 Kindergarten Classic Colt and Gelding Trot Final--sponsored by Diamond Creek Farm--on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Meadowlands.   Beyond Kronos, sent at odds of 69-1, blasted from post 8 to the front while Sky Castles also showed speed but began to gallop rounding the first turn. Even-money favorite EL Ideal, away second, soon circled to the front passing a :27.1 opening quarter and continued unchallenged to a :56.2 half before a Melander flow crept forward.   Back Of The Neck, trained by Marcus Melander, marched first over to pressure EL Ideal with stablemate Maesteraemon in tow. EL Ideal maintained control through three-quarters in 1:24.4 and edged away from his competition in progress to a 1:53.1 victory. Beyond Kronos clung to second as Chestnut Hill rolled from the backfield for third and Maesteraemon circumvented his tiring stablemate for fourth.   "He's very good and does a great job with the horses he's got and it's always fun to drive for him," driver Andy Miller said of driving for Svanstedt after the race.   When asked about what changed in EL Ideal late in the season, Miller said the colt has "Just a lot of maturity. Ake's done a great job bringing him along slow and getting him ready at the right time. He was a little more keyed up after [the recall] but then once he got to the front he was settled down and was really good."   EL Ideal, a two-year-old colt by Muscle Hill owned by Emp Invest Oy, won his third race from nine starts and has earned $276,437. He paid $4.00 to win.   Trainer Linda Toscano claimed the top two spots in the $251,020 Kindergarten Classic Filly Trot Final--sponsored by Svanstedt Stable--with 1-2 favorite Senorita Rita winning in a career-best mile of 1:53.2 over stablemate Dip Me Hanover.   Senorita Rita and driver Scott Zeron                                                                      --Lisa photo   Driver Scott Zeron sent Senorita Rita for the lead as Hall Of Am S protected position from the pylon post and Dip Me Hanover secured a spot from post 10 in third circling the first turn. Trotting the first quarter in :27.4, Senorita Rita held an uncontested lead to a :56.3 half and past three-quarters in 1:25.1.   Creature Of Habit mounted a mild first-over bid around the final turn but lost ground through the stretch, leaving room for Hall Of Am S to vacate pocket and challenge the leader late. However Senorita Rita kept her lead intact while Hall Of Am S lost stride nearing the finish, giving Dip Me Hanover second while Creature Of Habit took third via placing. Hall Of Am S, with a lapped-on break finishing third, was disqualified to fourth.   "Tonight I let her see what we can do and down the lane asked her and she maintained her speed right to the wire," Zeron said after the race. "She's really a sensational horse. Linda's been patient with her all year. I've been on the front end but that's just because she's so easy to drive and I just want to stay out of trouble, but she's versatile. I'm excited for next year and maybe she'll have a little bit more left this year.   With five victories from seven starts, Senorita Rita has banked $190,710 for owner Kenneth Jacobs. Though she started her career late, Toscano left open the possibility of sending her two-year-old Chapter Seven filly deeper into the Grand Circuit with the Goldsmith Maid coming up at the Meadowlands.   "I think they either have or they don't, and she has it," Toscano said after the race. "I believe she's a quality filly--I've believed all along she's a quality filly. If she comes out of this race well, that's where she'll be going.   Senorita Rita paid $3.00 to win.   By Ray Cotolo, for the Meadowlands      

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Marloe Hanover returned from a show finish in theharness racing  Breeders Crown freshman-filly pace final to score a 1:50.3 win the $192,500 Kindergarten Classic Filly Pace Final, sponsored by Daniel Baer and South Mountain Stables, on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Meadowlands. From the moment the gate swung open, Marloe Hanover, driven by David Miller, aimed to be on top, leaving brightly with Hen Party and the 4-5 favored Rocknificent. Hen Party soon took the top spot and the other two public choices followed as the first quarter went in :27.1. Marloe Hanover tipped off the pylons and brushed to the lead from Hen Party, cutting the half in :55.4. Rocknificent came out from third to challenge the leader as Marloe Hanover easily paced through three-quarters in 1:23.3. Rocknificent was unable to make a solid challenge on the outside as Marloe Hanover maintained the lead while Hen Party gained ground on the inside, coming strongly at the leader. Marloe Hanover held off Hen Party by a head as that one took the place spot from Rocknificent, who finished third. The time for the mile was 1:50.3. Marloe Hanover, a daughter of Captaintreacherous, is trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman for owners Pinske Stables, David Hoese and Bridgette S. Jabionsky. Trainer Norman was happy about his filly's recent form. He said, "We've had a good little roll this last month. She's won not only this race but has been stakes placed on the Grand Circuit. She's tock solid, she just puts in a good effort every time." Norman said Marloe Hanover was unlucky in the Breeders Crown because "she had a lot of pace but had to split horses and only got beat a head." He indicated he would talk to some of the filly's partners about racing again this year, adding, "I'm not the boss." Carter Pinske, an assistant trainer for Norman, said the filly was "always good. She showed in Florida that she had the ability to do it," he said. "It was just one of them things where she had to put everything together, but she always been one of those ones that goes out and does it--she's a grinder, as she showed tonight." Marloe Hanover, who won her third race of the season, paid $7.40. Force N Fury, with Victor Kirby in the bike, came off a sizzling pace to draw away and win the $172,000 Kindergarten Classic Colt Pace Final, sponsored in memory of Harold and Marcia Snyder. Trained by Tony Alagna, the son of Captaintreacherous rolled well behind the early leader, favorite Major Betts, who swept to the first quarter in :26.4. Major Betts dismissed a challenge from Chief Mate, keeping the lead and cutting a :53.4 half. Keystone Dash followed on the inside while Captain Barbossa went first over to gain ground as three-quarters sparked in 1:21.3. In the stretch, Major Betts struggled with Captain Barbossa to his right as Kirby took Force N Fury three wide to charge from behind and soar past those two and win easily over a fast-closing Sea Of Life and Major Betts faltering to third. The time for the mile was 1:50.2. Driver Victor Kirby said, "I just figured I could get live cover, which happened, and a fast pace. In the first turn they were going at it pretty hard and that's all I needed. I had to tip a little earlier than I wanted at the head of the lane, but when I called on him he punched home strong." Kirby was driving Force N Fury for the second time and said both times "He felt real strong off a helmet and impressed me both weeks." Force N Fury paid $13.80 to win. By Frank Cotolo, for the Meadowlands    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Kindergarten Classic will be in the spotlight Saturday (Nov. 2) night at the Meadowlands, when $868,300 in purse money will be doled out among four finals in the harness racing event for 2-year-olds. El Ideal, who is off a 6¼-length score last week, takes on Sky Castles, a winner of two in a row, in the colts and geldings trot. The filly trot pits Creature Of Habit against Senorita Rita. Both come in having won two straight. In the filly pace, Rocknificent and Hen Party will renew their rivalry with both having won two in a row. When the pair met on Oct. 22, it was Rocknificent prevailing by just a neck. Chief Mate (1:50.4) and Ideal Perception (1:51.3) both established lifetime-bests in taking their respective final preliminaries and top the male pace. Live racing takes place this Friday and Saturday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. WHHC QUALIFIER: The World Harness Handicapping Championship returns to the Meadowlands on Saturday (Nov. 2), with the first of six qualifiers presented by DerbyWars.com. Players will have to pay a $100 total fee ($50 entry plus a $50 real-money bankroll) to participate in the competition that requires one to place $5 win wagers on any 10 Meadowlands races. Prize winnings will be awarded to the Top 10 finishers, while the top two will earn berths in the WHHC. On-site registration is available until 7:15 p.m. the night of the contest. For more information, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/2019%20November%20WHHC%20qualifier.pdf. The remaining Meadowlands WHHC qualifier schedule is as follows: Saturday, Dec. 21: Free handicapping contest (one seat) Jan. 3, 2020 through March 28, 2020: Free online Survival Challenge (three WHHC seats) Saturday, Jan. 11: $400 Qualifier with four WHHC seats Saturday, Feb. 22: $200 contest with two WHHC seats Saturday, March 7: $200 contest with two WHHC seats DRINK FROM THE CUP: This weekend, Santa Anita Park will be the center of the Thoroughbred - and simulcast - racing universe as the 2019 edition of the Breeders' Cup will take place with five races on Day One and nine more on Day Two, featuring the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic. On Friday (Nov. 1), post time at Santa Anita is 1:45 p.m. EDT while the first Breeders' Cup event takes place at 4:12 p.m. On Saturday (Nov. 2), post time for the first race is 1:07 p.m. The first Cup race is at 2:55 p.m. with the Classic scheduled for 8:44 p.m. Watch and wager on the Breeders' Cup at the Meadowlands. LOOKING AHEAD: Several - if not many - divisional honors, as well as Horse of the Year, could be determined on Saturday (Nov. 23) on Fall Final 4/TVG Night at the Big M. There will be four stakes events for 2-year-olds: the $470,000 Goldsmith Maid (filly trot), $400,000 Three Diamonds (filly pace), $400,000 Valley Victory (colt trot) and $490,000 Governor's Cup (colt pace). In addition, some of the biggest equine stars in the game will be in action in the TVG Mare Trot (for a purse of $175,000), TVG Mare Pace ($175,000), TVG Open Trot ($350,000) and TVG Open Pace ($350,000). Racing fans may recall the 2018 TVG Open Pace, which resulted in a dominant 1:48 score by McWicked to lock up Horse of the Year honors. MARVELOUS MOHAWK: Last weekend, a great job was done by all at Woodbine Mohawk Park, as all 12 Breeders Crown races were held at Canada's top venue with one exciting finish after another. Betting over the course of the two days was just over $6.6 million, despite a Saturday evening that saw rainy weather. "Congratulations to our friends in Canada and the Hambletonian Society for putting on a spectacular event," said Meadowlands' Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "The races and their TV production was not only well-received on track, but at the Meadowlands and all other simulcast outlets as well." From the Meadowlands Media Department  

This Week: Harness racing Grand Circuit track events are the Carl Erskine Trot, Monument Circle, the USS Indianapolis and the Crossroads of America, Harrah's Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; and Kindergarten finals, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit remains at Hoosier Park this weekend as the track will have four stakes races on the Friday (Nov. 1) card. Leading the way is the $220,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-old male trotters. Also on tap will be the $225,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers, the $120,000 Crossroads of America for 3-year-old filly trotters and the $120,000 USS Indianapolis for 3-year-old filly pacers. On Saturday (Nov. 2), Meadowlands Racetrack will card the four Kindergarten Series finals for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. The 2-year-old colt trot carries a purse of $251,460, the 2-year-old filly trotters will race for $251,020, the purse for the 2-year-old filly pace is $193,820 and the 2-year-old colt pacers will race for $172,000. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Woodbine Mohawk Park was in the Grand Circuit spotlight last weekend as the Ontario oval hosted 12 Breeders Crown finals. France's Bold Eagle made the trip to Canada for the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot a winning one. USTA/Mark Hall photo. France's Bold Eagle made the trip to Canada for the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot a winning one as driver Brian Sears guided the 8-year-old son of Ready Cash to a command performance victory in 1:52 over an off surface on Saturday night (Oct. 26). Bold Eagle got away fourth as Lindy The Great jetted to the front in the early stages, cutting a :26.2 opening quarter while rivals Atlanta and Guardian Angel As settled in behind. Sears wasted little time in going on the offensive with Bold Eagle and turning into the backstretch sent the $5.3 million winning International star on a mission to gain command, which he did through a :55.2 first half clocking. Six Pack and Ake Svanstedt had left the gate hard from post 10 and waited in the early stages for Bold Eagle to get on the move and then once that happened he was left without cover. Six Pack continued to march forward through three-quarters in 1:24 and turning into the stretch was a serious threat. Also looking for a shot was Atlanta and Yannick Gingras as that pair angled out with a shot to track down Bold Eagle. Sears looked confident and comfortable heading into the stretch but he kept asking Bold Eagle to trot and trot he did right through the wire, coming a final quarter in :28 and scoring in a respectable 1:52 clocking in his first North American appearance. Six Pack was valiant in second with Atlanta up for third. Lindy The Great and Marion Marauder rounded out the top five. Sebastien Guarato trains Bold Eagle who won for the third time this year in just 10 starts. Ecurie P Pilarski owns Bold Eagle who returned $5.70 and was the post time favorite. Jean Etienne Dubois bred Bold Eagle. "He was a little tough scoring down. Everything went pretty smooth after that," Sears said. "He dug in down by the wire." "I thought (Bold Eagle) might stop a little before the wire, but he didn't do that today," said Ake Svanstedt. "He looks good. He was strong. I have nothing to complain about. I'm satisfied with (Six Pack). Bold Eagle was just too good today." "We're very satisfied," said Pierre Pilarski the winning owner. "It was a long trip to come here. I promised John Campbell two years ago and it worked out this year." Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 1,291.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 1,188; 3. Dexter Dunn - 954; 4. David Miller - 880; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 768. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,242; 2. Tony Alagna - 812; 3 Ake Svanstedt - 617; 4. Nancy Johansson - 612; 5. Marcus Melander - 603. Owners: 1. Courant Inc. - 274.5; 2. Brad Grant - 257.9; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 231.2; 4. Fashion Farms - 224.5; 5. Robert Key - 221. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Dover Downs as the Delaware track will host the Matron Stakes for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits on the Thursday (Nov. 7) program. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - They'll be plenty going on at the Meadowlands both this weekend and next with the Big M's race office carding competitive, big harness racing fields along with an abundance of high-powered stakes events being simulcast to the mile oval. So that racing fans can get in on all the action, post time at the Meadowlands will be 10 minutes earlier than usual on Friday (Oct. 25) and Saturday (Oct. 26) at 7:05 p.m. On track this weekend finds the sixth and final leg of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds on both the pace and trot on Friday night, while Saturday will have an ultra-competitive card with the big fields Meadowlands' fans love as bettors will have the opportunity to wager on one 8-horse field, two with 9 horses and 10 with full 10-horse fields. Simulcast fans know that when the stakes are high, the Big M is the place to catch the races. This weekend, Woodbine Mohawk Park will host all 12 championship events of the Breeders Crown. During the 48-hour span at Canada's top venue, all horses who are in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Top 10 Poll - with one exception (Lather Up, who has been retired) - will be in action. Shartin N, Greenshoe, Bettor's Wish, Warrawee Ubeaut, Real Cool Sam, Southwind Ozzi, McWicked, Atlanta and Manchego are all scheduled to compete. The Breeders Crown takes place Friday and Saturday. Post time at WMP is 7 p.m. DRINK FROM THE CUP: Next week, Santa Anita Park will be the center of the Thoroughbred - and simulcast - racing universe as the 2019 edition of the Breeders' Cup will take place with five races on Day One and nine more on Day Two, featuring the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic. On Friday, Nov. 1, post time at Santa Anita is 1:45 p.m. EDT while the first Breeders' Cup event takes place at 4:12 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 2, post time for the first race is 1:07 p.m. The first Cup race is at 2:55 p.m. with the Classic scheduled for 8:44 p.m. Watch and wager on the Breeders' Cup at the Meadowlands. THEY BET LIKE PROS: Last Friday's 50-cent Pick-5 had a carryover of nearly $21,000 coming in and ended up with a total pool in excess of $150,000. Two of the races during the sequence were for amateur drivers and the betting public showed no hesitation in stepping up to the windows, betting a total of $520,372 on the two events. Speaking of the Pick-5, those sharp enough to hit the "all" button in Leg 4 - where Princess Holly N returned $81.80 - cashed in for just over $3,000 after the other legs were won by four haveable contestants: two favorites, one second choice and one third choice. Because of the wager's low 15 percent takeout, players had a big edge when pumping green into the pool in the form of positive takeout. The way the math panned out, there was $130,782 paid out even though there was only $129,247 in "new" money put in the pot. The $25,000 guaranteed 50-cent Pick-5 (Races 1 through 5), as well as the Big M's signature bet, the 50-cent Pick-4 (8 through 11) that features a $50,000 promise, will both be offered - as always - this Friday and Saturday. Free program pages are available at ustrotting.com and playmeadowlands.com. FREE POKER FRIDAY: Not only is live racing back for just its third week of the meeting, so are "Free Poker Fridays" at the Meadowlands. For those 21 years of age and older, free Texas Hold'em tournaments will be conducted in the Gallery, hosted by World Free Poker. Players can pre-register or walk-up. Games begin at 7 p.m. BET (WORLD) SERIES-OUSLY: Games 3, 4 and 5 of the 2019 World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros take place this Friday (Oct. 25), Saturday (Oct. 26) and Sunday (Oct. 27). First pitch for all three of the games is 8:07 p.m. (Game 5 will be played only if necessary) Bet on the World Series - and all National Football League games on Sunday and Monday (Oct. 27) - at the Big M in the FanDuel Sportsbook or in the track's Victory Sports Bar. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

This Week: Breeders Crown finals, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ont.; Circle City and Madison County, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; and Kindergarten Series, The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: The 12 Breeders Crown championship harness racing events at Woodbine Mohawk Park will be front and center in the Grand Circuit spotlight this weekend. The four Breeders Crown championship races for 2-year-olds will be contested on Friday (Oct. 25) while the eight events for 3-year-olds and older Standardbreds will be contested on Saturday (Oct. 26). On Friday Hoosier Park will host the Circle City for 3-year-old pacers and trotters and the Madison County for 2-year-old male pacers. A total of nine events will be raced on Friday. The Saturday Hoosier program will feature Madison County races for 2-year-old filly pacers and trotters of both sexes. Also on Friday, The Meadowlands will offer the final preliminary leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. There will be a pair of $10,000 divisions in the filly pace and single $10,000 divisions for the filly trotters, colt trotters and colt pacers. Complete entries for the Mohawk Park races are available at this link. Entries for the Hoosier Park and Meadowlands races are available at this link. Last time: Breeders Crown eliminations were in the spotlight this past weekend at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Yannick Gingras drove Don't Let'em to a 1:51.3 win in the 3-year-old colt trot elimination on Saturday night (Oct. 19). Don't Let'em cruised to a 1:51.3 score in his Breeders Crown elimination on Saturday night (Oct. 19). New Image Media photo. A field of 10 competed with the top eight finishers advancing to this Saturday's $600,000 final. Forbidden Trade and Greenshoe received byes to the final. The Nancy Johansson-trained Don't Let'em fired early for the lead and made the rest of the field chase him through fractions of :28.1, :56.4, and 1:24.2 and matched the track record for sophomore trotters with a 1:51.3 mile. Green Manalishi S (Tim Tetrick) sat in second for three panels and Chin Chin Hall (Peter Wrenn) rolled along in third. Soul Strong (Dexter Dunn) came out to lead a second tier that stalled down the stretch. Chin Chin Hall took his best steps late to get second, with Green Manalishi S holding third, those three a few lengths ahead of the rest of the pack. Gimpanzee (David Miller) closed strongly to pick up fourth. "They all left so slow out of the gate," said Yannick Gingras. "I had to take him to the front." Don't Let'em (Muscle Hill-Passageway) was bred by Brittany Farms, which co-owns with Christina Takter, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. His win price was $9.10. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 1,266.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 1,118; 3. Dexter Dunn - 894; 4. David Miller - 845; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 678. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,142; 2. Tony Alagna - 725; 3 Ake Svanstedt - 582; 4. Marcus Melander - 558; 5. Nancy Johansson - 545. Owners: 1. Courant Inc. - 257; 2. Brad Grant - 234.5; 3. Fashion Farms - 224.5; 4. Burke Racing Stable - 218.6; 5. Robert Key - 201. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Hoosier Park and Meadowlands Racetrack. Hoosier has the Monument Circle, Carl Erskine, Crossroads of America and USS Indianapolis on Nov. 1, while the Meadowlands will race the four Kindergarten Series finals on Nov. 2. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Creature Of Habit got into the win column for the first time in her harness racing career a week ago, and Friday night at the Meadowlands, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Habit's Best came right back and won again, taking one of five divisions of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds. The Nifty Norman trainee scored in the dash for filly trotters by brushing to command down the backstretch before reporting home a safe half-length in front of She Rocks Kemp in 1:55.3 for driver Victor Kirby. As the 8-5 favorite, the winner of two of 11 lifetime starts returned $5.40 to her backers. In other Kindergarten action, Hen Party ($15.60) went wire-to-wire to defeat 1-5 public choice Annabelle Hanover by 1¼ lengths in a filly pace for driver Pat Berry and trainer Ron Burke in 1:52.4 while Ideal Perception ($7.60) held off Force N Fury by a hard-fought nose in 1:51.3 in a pace for colts and geldings with Joe Bongiorno in the bike for trainer Tony Alagna. Hall Of AM S ($5.00 as the favorite) took another filly trot, completing the mile in 1:55.2 to finish 1¾ lengths in front of Scorched Romance for driver Mattias Melander, who is the brother of winning trainer Marcus. In a non-betting race before the start of the regular card, Sky Castles scored in a division for trotting colts and geldings for driver Mitch Cushing and trainer Andrew Harris in 1:55.1. TROLLEY ON TIME: The Erv Miller-trained Trolley hit the Meadowlands' winner's circle for the first time since May 18, scoring by 1¾ lengths over Max as the 3-5 favorite in 1:54.4 in a $25,000 conditioned trot for driver Marcus Miller. A LITTLE MORE: A $20,922 carryover from last Saturday led to a total pool of just over $150,000 in the 50-cent Pick-5. Those who cashed had to be sharp, as the fourth leg of the wager was won by 39-1 chance Princess Holly N. The odds of the other four winners were 4-5, 8-5, 2-1 and 9-2. The payoff was $3,054.15. ... 25-year-old Kasper Foget was a winner in his Big M driving debut, guiding For A Dreamer to victory lane in the 11th race at odds of 5-1. The native Of Denmark was a champion European driver in the under-25 division. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race card totaled $2,294,868. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After a nine-week hiatus that began at the conclusion of a highly successful Hambletonian Day, live harness racing returns to the Meadowlands on Friday night (Oct. 11). During October and November, live action will be conducted on Fridays and Saturdays. December will see Thursdays added to the schedule. All live harness programs will have a post time of 7:15 p.m. There will be special racing "doubleheaders" during October as Monmouth Park will conduct turf racing on the Meadowlands' grass course. Racing fans can make it a full day at the Big M on October 11, 12, 18, 25 and 26, as the thoroughbreds will be in action with a 12:30 p.m. post before harness racing in the evening. JUICY STAKES: They'll be plenty of stakes action during the Big M's 2019 Fall Meeting as 2-year-olds will be in action in the Kindergarten Series. Preliminaries are slated for the first three weekends of the meet before four big-money finals - with purses totaling more than $700,000 - take place on Nov. 2. The action then heats up even more on Nov. 16, with eliminations for the Goldsmith Maid (2-year-old filly trot), Three Diamonds (2-year-old filly pace), Valley Victory (2-year-old colt trot) and Governor's Cup (2-year-old colt pace) before the biggest night of the fall takes place one week later with the finals for those four events - with purses in excess of $1.75 million - as well as the finals for four other huge contests, featuring some of the biggest equine stars in the game. The TVG Mare Trot (for a purse of $175,000), TVG Mare Pace ($175,000), TVG Open Trot ($350,000) and TVG Open Pace ($350,000) will also be offered on "Fall Final Four" Night on Nov. 23. Racing fans may recall the 2018 TVG Open Pace, which resulted in a dominant 1:48 score by McWicked to lock up Horse of the Year honors. SUPER SIMULCAST: The stars of every division will be on display at Woodbine at Mohawk Park as the 2019 Breeders Crown will be contested at Canada's top harness track. All Crown events will be simulcast to the Meadowlands. Eliminations will take place on Oct. 18 and 19 with the finals slated for Oct. 25 and 26. FREE POKER FRIDAY: Not only is live racing back, so are "Free Poker Fridays" at the Meadowlands. For those 21 years of age and older, free Texas Hold'em tournaments will be conducted in the Gallery, hosted by World Free Poker. Players can pre-register or walk-up. Games begin at 7 p.m. BET THE NFL, MLB PLAYOFFS: Bet all of the National Football League games as well as the Major League Baseball playoffs at the Big M in the FanDuel Sportsbook. Sit comfortably and watch all the action in the book or head over to Victory Sports Bar, where there are many places to watch the games while taking advantage of the many available drinking and dining options. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands will kick off the 2019 Fall Meet on Friday, October 11 with live harness racing on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:15 pm.   The Kindergarten series will resume with leg #4 on Friday with legs on the following two Fridays, leading up to the November 2 finals.   The double draw condition sheet for the weekend is available online and the box will close on Tuesday, October 8 at 9:00 am.   A new racing application is required to race the fall meet. They can be downloaded here, signed and faxed to (201) 460-4042.   Horsemen are encouraged to sign up for the Meadowlands text service to receive all current info on draws, important racing updates and special announcements.   Next qualifiers are Saturday, October 12. Those will be drawn on Wednesday, October 9 with a box close of 10:00 am.   You may reach the Racing office at (877) 782-2537.   From the Meadowlands Media Department      

Tioga Downs played host to the third leg of the Kindergarten Series Classic for 2-year-old harness racing pacers and trotters on Friday (September 13). All races were for a purse of $10,000. Captain Barbosa (Andrew McCarthy) cruises to victory in the Kindergarten race for pacing colts & geldings. Keystone Dash (Wally Hennessey) led to the first quarter in :27.0. Play The Ponies (David Miller) took control before hitting the half in :57.2. Captain Barbosa made his move on the backstretch and led to three-quarters in 1:24.1. Captain Barbosa, who is trained by Tony Alagna for owners Robert Leblanc, David Anderson, and Alagnafrankinthegym Stable, led by four lengths as they made the turn for home. He easily won in 1:52.2. Blank Stare (Jim Taggert Jr.) finished second with Ideal Perception (Matt Kakaley) getting third money. Captain Barbosa is a 2-year-old colt by Captaintreacherous-Swinging Beauty. It was his first career victory. All Rise (Fern Paquet Jr.) takes a victory in the Kindergarten series for trotting colts & geldings. Coventry Hall (Wally Hennessey) put up all the early fractions (:28.3, :59.0, 1:27.3). All Rise, who is trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Connie Hochstetler, Robert Buddig and Allen Schwartz, took over as they made the turn for home. He would have to hold off the late charge of second place finisher Oversized (Matt Kakaley) to win in 1:57.3. Coventry Hall held on for third. All Rise is a 2-year-old colt by Conway Hall-Berdine Hanover. It was his second career win in eight starts. Winter Olympics (Wally Hennessy) is much the best in the Kindergarten series race for trotting fillies. Winter Olympics flew out of the gate and led to the first quarter in :28.2. She used a :30.2 second quarter to lead to the half in :58.4. She they hit three-quarters in 1:27.2. Winter Olympics , who is owned and trained by Ake Svanstedt, got slight pressure by second place finisher Allswell Hanover (Matt Kakaley) as they went around the final turn. Winter Olympics had plenty left in the tank as they reached the stretch. She won in a lifetime best of 1:56.2. Ready To Rock (David Miller) finished third. Winter Olympics is a 2-year-old filly Muscle Mass-Olympic Dreams. It was her second win in four lifetime starts. Anthem (David Miller) comes flying late to win the Kindergarten race for pacing fillies. JK Finendandy (Matt Kakaley) put up all the early numbers (:27.4, :57.2, 1:25.2). Love For Sail (Andrew McCarthy) took control as they reached the stretch. Anthem, who is owned by Cool Cat Racing and trained by R. Nifty Norman, was third in the three horse field. She went flying down the stretch and went by them both to win in a lifetime best of 1:54.4. Love For Sail was second best. Anthem is a 2-year-old filly by Sweet Low-Monkeys Can Sing. It was her second career win in seven lifetime starts. Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) is a gate-to-wire winner in the $11,000 fillies & mares open 1. Truth And Liberty ($8.10) got the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :26.2. She was still the best hitting the half in :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:24.2. Truth And Liberty, who is trained by Simons and owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables, held off a late charge by second place finisher Gold Star Mysti to win in 1:53.0. Gigi From Fiji (Wally Hennessey) was third best. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her ninth win this season. She now has 44 career victories. Wally Hennessey drove four winners on the night. He picked up wins with Move Over Sis ($3.10), Starcasim ($8.70), Prairie Easter ($2.90), and Crius N Rock ($11.00). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 14) with a 13 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs    

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