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Vernon, N.Y. -- J A T O, the 4-year-old harness racing gelding who climbed rapidly from lower-level non-winners races to the Open ranks at Vernon Downs last fall, suffered his first defeat at the Miracle Mile in Friday (October 14) evening's featured $10,500 Miracle Mile/Open Handicap Trot.   Despite a strong early push to the fore through a :27.3 initial quarter mile and a pressure-free :58.3 middle half, J A T O (Chris Lems) would ultimately be upended by pocket rival Waiting On a Woman ($3.10), who made his move off the pegs in mid-stretch and edged away to prevail by a length at the end of a 1:54.3 mile over fast going. J A T O held the runner-up spot, while Its Payday Friday (Ronnie Morales) sustained gradual uncovered gains to take third.   Waiting On a Woman was availed a clear trip throughout by local leading driver John MacDonald, lacking for racing room at no point in the mile. The 8-year-old Northern Bailey gelding captured his 56th career win for owner Michael Polansky and trainer Kyle Spagnola.   In the evening's sub-featured $7,900 distaff trot, Homer Hochstetler and Robert Buddig's Sweet Thing ($4.30) made every yard a winning one, holding sway of My Lucky Word for a 1:55 score. Fern Paquet, Jr. drove the 4-year-old Chocolatier mare for one of his three wins on the evening's 10-race card.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 15) with an 11-race card; post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Nesh Cruiser (Yankee Cruiser) parlayed the pocket ride to victory in the Saturday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Leading driver Frank Coppola Jr. piloted the four year old pacer in the evening's $9,500 top level condition race on a Saturday evening in which the regularly featured Open Pace was not contested. Nesh Cruiser sat the pocket to the favored Sassy Hanover (Billy Dobson) who faltered late after enjoying an easy lead throughout. Nesh Cruiser pounced in the stretch and stopped the timer in 1:53.1, matching the lifetime mark that he set earlier this year. Espen De Vie (Jim Devaux) shook loose for second while Sassy Hanover had to settle for third. Coppola, who has surged into a big lead in the driver standings in the last month, piloted the winner for a red hot Kyle Spagnola stable. Nesh Cruiser upset at odds of 11-1 and led an exacta and triple that paid $267.50 and $$350.50, respectively. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Vernon, N.Y. -- Michael Polansky's Waiting On a Woman ($7.80) waited on no one in Friday (October 7) evening's featured $9,100 top-level trotting event at Vernon Downs, evading his five rivals and giving harness racing driver Chris Lems one of five wins on the 10-race program.   The 8-year-old Northern Bailey gelding, who had most recently been racing in upper-level events at the Meadowlands, Pocono, and Plainridge, worked to secure the pocket from his inside post before switching off the pegs and clearing 8-5 favorite Lucid Thoughts (John MacDonald) just after a :28 first quarter. Waiting On a Woman would maintain complete control of the terms from that point, rating a :58.1 middle half before accelerating away at head-stretch. The Kyle Spagnola trainee ultimately edged clear of Lucid Thoughts by 2-1/4 lengths for his 55th career win, while Kahoku (Truman Gale) held third off a ground-saving stalking trip.   Waiting On a Woman's 1:54.1 mile earned him the fourth win of his 8-year-old campaign.   In addition to his victory in the feature, Lems teamed up with 13-year-old Grecale As ($9.60, 1:56.4), Engagedatlexington ($6.60, 1:57.1), Airman Batten ($3.10, 1:54.1), and and Hollywood Jess ($4.60, 1:57.2).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 8) evening; the first of 11 races is due off at 6:45 p.m.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

WILKES-BARRE PA - Better Said ($23.80) overcame a speed-grinding first-over trip to take the harness racing $15,500 featured pace Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Jim Taggart Jr. was able to take away the lead from favored frontstepping Single Me in early stretch, but 2014 Breeders Crown winner Sayitall BB came clear in the Pocono Pike and charged hard, extending the winning daughter of Well Said, but she remained game to hold off her oncoming rival by a neck. Better Said also took a new mark of 1:51.2 with the victory, in which she came her own last half in 55 flat despite the first-over grind. Kyle Spagnola trains the winner of $194,552 for owner Michael Polansky.   Two other distaffers of note winning on the Tuesday Pocono card were the Royel Millennium filly Prairie Sweetheart, now 9 for 9 lifetime as she prepared for the fall stakes season in Florida by lowering her mark to 1:50.4 for driver Anthony Napolitano and trainer Mike Deters, the latter co-owner with Laurie Poulin and John Spindler, and 2014 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes 2PF champion Southwind Roulette, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere who raised her stack of chips to $562,655 while lowering her speed mark to 1:50.1 under the guidance of Mike Simons for trainer Ron Burke and owner Frank Poerio Jr.   PHHA / Pocono

Craziville (Crazed) prevailed in Thursday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The three year old trotter scored a victory in the $8,000 trot for New York Sired highsteppers and did so in career best fashion. Bet down to odds of 1-5, Craziville had to survive a battle in the stretch before drawing clear late to win in 1:59.3. The Kyle Spagnola-trained gelding raced on Tuesday night in the New York Sire Stakes Excelsior B and did well to secure a second place finish in that one despite starting from the outside post position. Thursday's victory was just the second of the season for Craziville though the sophomore trotter has hit the board eleven times in his seventeen starts in 2016. The win was the second consecutive on the card for driver Frank Coppola Jr. who piloted a 1-5 favorite to victory in the evening's previous race for a different Spagnola. Trainer Dave Spagnola's No Tears Blue Chip (Roll With Joe) scored convincingly to record his third win of the year as the public's choice on Thursday. Coppola completed a natural hat trick when he guided claiming pacer Southern Swan to a mild upset for Dave Spagnola in the evening's six race on a night in which Coppola and the Spagnolas thrived. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

WILKES-BARRE PA - Waiting On A Woman ($13.40) waited until past a fast half to make his move in the $18,000 featured trot Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, then rushed to the lead down the backstretch and went on to a 1:53 harness racing victory.   Driver Andrew McCarthy was midpack with the altered son of Northern Bailey early while favored Luminosity finally got to the lead, but paid the price of a 55.4 clocking to make to the top. McCarthy revved his charge up, and the pair trotted their own third quarter in 27.1 to make the lead that they would never surrender, holding off the fast-closing Rock Of Cashel by a length, with another closer, the misnamed (at least for tonight) Upfront Billy, was third; Luminosity faded to off-the-board status after her early hard usage.   Kyle Spagnola, with five local wins and a Pocono UTR hovering around .350, conditions the winner of 54 races and $419,859 lifetime for owner Michael Polansky.   PHHA / Pocono

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) scored his third harness racing victory of the year in the local Open Trot on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Jimmy Devaux piloted the Kyle Spagnola-trained trotter and moved him first over approaching the half. Cash Me Out hit his best gear and cruised past his rivals to open up a big lead heading towards three quarters. The five year old highstepper was met with challenges in the stretch from Boli (Wally Hennessey) and Stirling Cadet (Frank Coppola Jr) but held them both off before stopping the timer in 1:54.4. The victory was number eight on the year for Cash Me Out who is just shy of $110,000 in earnings midway through July. Boli was the runner up for the third consecutive start in the $15,000 Open while Stirling Cadet finished third to hit the board for the six straight time in the Sunday feature. Cash Me Out was the race's 3-2 betting favorite and led an exacta and triple that returned $34.20 and $237.50, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday with first post time set for 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

Monte activity is heating up for the summer season in Ontario and the US. Yesterday at Clinton Raceway there were two monte pari-mutuel contests on the ten race harness racing card. The first, for a purse of C$3,000, went to Celebrity Legacy (10g Windsong’s Legacy-B Cor Tamara-Dream Of Glory) for Alex Marion. This one scored in 2:04h after being placed first through a disqualification. The second event, for C$4,000, went to Southwind Alice (5f Muscle Hill-Accountability-Pine Chip) with Evelyn Harms aboard, timed in 2:03.4h. This winner took a similar monte event on June 4 at Kawartha for a purse of C$4,000. Replay link. Matinee and qualifying action is underway in the US. On June 19, at Goshen Historic Track, a matinee test went to Admirable Hanover (9g Cantab Hall-Almost An Angel-Crowning Point) for trainer/jockey Vanessa Karlewicz clocked in 2:15k. The prior Sunday at Goshen, Sing Out (8g Malabar Man-Some Where My Love-Lindy Lane) recorded a 2:05.1h victory with Michelle Crawford in the irons for trainer Kyle Spagnola. At Gaitway on June 13 Hiway Marcus (5g Gut Instinct-Highway Angel-Prince Pine) scored in 2:01.3 for Maria Buchanan and trainer Ron Burke. At Vernon on June 10 Funny Photo (7m Classic Photo-American Jean-American Winner) return to his RUS specialty with a 2:02.3s win. Sophie Engerran was the pilot for trainer Kimberly Gilmar-Daios. On June 17 at Vernon Jeanie Marie (9f Famously-Vite Vite Kosmos-Lindy Lane) won a RUS qua spin in 2:02s with a swift :29.3 final panel with Heather Reese aboard for trainer Jennifer Sansone. Thomas H. Hicks

If there's one thing that Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff learned since he became an amateur harness racing driver is that when you have the best horse in a race go the front, control the race, and make the others try to catch you. And that's precisely what the Executive Recruiter did with The Franchise in the Billings trot today (Sat. Apr. 30) at Freehold Raceway. After they gained control nobody could catch them and they got first-call on every pole to go on and score a 2:00.2 victory in the six-horse race. "We had to work a little to make the front from the five-hole but once we were on top we controlled the race," Hechkoff offered after his victory."And my horse was strong all the way to the wire." Hechkoff and The Franchise had to hustle to get the lead from the five-hole but they cleared the other five horses coming off the first turn and they had command by the first quarter which was trotted in a swift :28.4. Once on the lead they made every pole a winning one en route to a neck triumph over Hit The Hill and driver "Yankee Joe" Lee. Third place went to Sam's Honeybee who was driven by his owner and Billings president, Tony "the Capo" Verruso. It was the second seasonal victory for the Muscles Yankee 6-year-old gelding who is co-owned by his driver and his trainer, Kyle Spagnola. Sent off at odds of 3-10 The Franchise paid $2.60 for win. Coming off his best season as an amateur driver where he won 23 races durin 2015 it was "the Headhunter's" third seasonal triumph and 80th win since he joined the amateur ranks in 2000. A second Billing trot was also on the Saturday card at Freehold Raceway. That contest saw Scott “the driving doctor” Woogen, with Peoplesayimnogood, rally from third at the top of the stretch to collar “Coach Paul” Minore and Wygant Prince at the wire for a  neck triumph in 2:01. Third place went to King’s Cavalier, driven by “King David” Offenberg. It was the first seasonal victory for the 4-year old Lear Jetta  gelding owned by his driver  and trained by Gary Messenger.  Peoplesayimnogood returned a $14.20 win mutuel.  For Doc Woogen, a gastroenterologist, it was his 145th lifetime driving victory  Next up for the Billings amateurs will be a contest(s) on Saaturday May 7 again at Freehold Raceway. By John Manzi for the Billings Series

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) got the money for the second consecutive Sunday afternoon in the feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Kyle Spagnola trainee wound up first over in the $15,000 Open Trot and the five year old highstepper cleared the lead around the final turn before holding off the charge from local trotting star Slugfest (Jay Randall). After recording wins at Yonkers and the Meadowlands in 2016, Cash Me Out has now gone back to back at the Spa with Jimmy Devaux in the sulky. With the second place finish, Slugfest has now finished first or second in five of his last six tries in the local feature. Flyhawk Thriller (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Cash Me Out was the race's 3-2 betting favorite and led an exacta with Slugfest that paid $27.60. The race's trifecta returned $110.50. Cash Me Out stopped the timer in 2:02.1 in the 1 1/16 mile feature. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with first post time set for 4:00pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) cashed in in the $15,000 Open Trot on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Kyle Spagnola-trained trotter was first over in the 1 1/16 mile feature but toughed out the wide journey to prevail in 2:01.4 with Jimmy Devaux in the sulky. Cash Me Out had recorded victories at Yonkers and the Meadowlands this season but Sunday's win was his first local score of 2016. Slugfest (Jay Randall) continued his strong spring as he was the runner up to Cash Me Out after following that one's cover throughout the race. Soul Train (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. Cash Me Out was the race's 2-1 favorite in the betting and started an exacta with Slugfest that paid $30.20. The triple came back $106. The five year old Cash Me Out is owned by the Traylor Racing Stable. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

William Donovan's 6-year-old pacing gelding Ashley's Husband ($16.60) sustained a first-over grind into a :54.4 last half to take Saturday (March 26) evening's harness racing featured $16,000 top-level conditioned event at The Meadowlands. Vinny Ginsburg wanted no part of the early pace, rating Ashley's Husband off dueling leaders Dynamic Youth (Joe Bongiorno) and Real Nice (Andy McCarthy) through a :27.1 quarter before tightening in on the backstretch as the pace slowed. After a :56.1 half, Ginsburg edged Ashley's Husband first-over, pushing Dynamic Youth to a :28.2 third quarter before wearing him down at the eighth pole. Ashley's Husband accelerated to the winning post for a 1:51 triumph, evading both Real Nice, who chased up the pegs, and the second-over Jacksrluckytoo (Jim Marohn, Jr.). Favorite Mel Mara (Scott Zeron) kept even off third-over cover, but posed no threat in the accelerating late pace, finishing fifth. The Kyle Spagnola trainee earned his 25th career win, and his second of the year in nine tries. Scott Zeron led all drivers with three wins on the night, teaming up with Watkins ($7.20, 1:55), Bettor Memories ($15.20, 1:52), and McArdles Lightning ($2.60, 1:51.2). A carryover in excess of $31,000 spurred $151,096 of new money in the 50¢ Pick 5, which returned $2252.30 to correct backers. As races 9 through 12 were cancelled due to a lighting malfunction on the clubhouse turn, the Late Pick 4 paid on all tickets with Ashley's Husband in race 7, McArdles Lightning in race 8, and any horses in races 9 and 10. The 1-4-all-all late Pick 4 returns $4.75 on every 50¢ wagered. Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday, April 1, with post time at 7:15 p.m. EDT. The fifth race Jackpot High 5 carryover has grown to $12,633, while the same wager in the final race boasts $154,428 in added money. MEADOWLANDS FORCED TO CANCEL REMAINDER OF SATURDAY PROGRAM DUE TO POWER OUTAGE Due to a power outage that affected the track lights around the first turn and paddock area, the Meadowlands was forced to cancel the remainder of Saturday night’s racing card. Eight of the 12 scheduled races were completed before the outage. The outage only affected lights in those areas. The rest of the facility has power and continued to operate normally. The Meadowlands was already scheduled to be closed Sunday in observance of Easter. Daytime simulcasting will be conducted at Winners Bayonne Off-Track Wagering. For more information, visit by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

Newcastle (Cantab Hall) rolled to a harness racing victory in the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The Kyle Spagnola trainee cruised to score on the first Sunday of action for the season and handled the step up into the $15,000 feature with ease. Jordan Derue moved Newcastle out to the early lead where he would withstand constant pressure from two-time defending Trotter of the Year Slugfest (Jay Randall) en route to victory in 2:02.4 for the 1 1/16 mile. Slugfest held strong for second while longshot Flyhawk Thriller (Stephane Bouchard) earned the show spot. Newcastle, who earned just shy of $100,000 in 2015, made his local debut in November and is now four-for-four at the Spa. The four year old trotter paid $31.60 to win as a 14-1 longshot while the exacta with Slugfest returned $190.50. The triple came back $691. Newcastle is owned by Bill Donovan of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a 4:00pm first post. Mike Sardella

A monstrous :25.4 closing quarter propelled William J. Donovan's Ashley's Husband ($14.60) to the fore in the closing strides of Saturday (Feb. 6) evening's featured $17,000 harness racing top-level conditioned pace at The Meadowlands. Brett Miller settled well off the pace with the 6-year-old Henry Clay gelding, second from last through a :55.1 half with a contested pace in front of him.  Just after 8-5 favorite Kingofthejungle (John Campbell) wrested command from Jet Airway (Marcus Miller) upon reaching the backstretch, Ashley's Husband slid second-over to follow the cover of Rockeyed Optimist (Tim Tetrick) en route to the far turn.  Ashley's Husband would ultimately be carried to the five-path, as Jet Airway and Class Six (Joe Bongiorno) were produced from just off the pacesetter after a :28.2 third split. Despite Class Six making a three-wide push to the lead at the eighth pole, Ashley's Husband descended late, vaulting past the gaining Rockeyed Optimist and Jet Airway for a 1:50.3 score. Pacesetter Kingofthejungle was engulfed in upper stretch, fading to finish seventh of the octet. Kyle Spagnola trains Ashley's Husband, now a 24-time winner.  For Miller, the win was the middle of a natural hat trick, as he also partnered with Shooter's Dream ($17.40, 1:50) and All Week ($17.20, 1:50.4) in the preceding and following races. The evening's sub-featured event, a $15,000 trot for non-winners of six races or $100,000, saw Magenta Man ($8.20) handle a significant class hike with aplomb, holding sway from Hot Summer Knight to prevail in 1:55. Early breaks from Axios and Its Huw You Know enabled the 4-year-old Muscles Yankee Gelding to set a leisurely and uncontested pace before edging to a 1-3/4 length pillar-to-post victory in rein to Andy Miller. Julie Miller trains Magenta Man, now a winner of four straight, for Little E, LLC and RBH Ventures, Inc. Total handle for the 14-race card was $3,162,502, marking a fourth consecutive program at The Meadowlands with at least $3 million wagered. Neither 20¢ Jackpot High 5 was taken down by a single punter, so next Friday's (Feb. 12) program will see carryovers of $22,115 and $92,662 in the seventh and final races respectively. First post for the Friday card is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Eastern time. by James Witherite, Meadowlands media relations

The $25,000 Open Trot featured an ultra-competitive harness racing field of 11 in the 9th race feature on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. The slight 2-1 favorite, Tweet Me began from a trailing position in the second tier. That mare was favored by a mere $82 over Uva Hanover (also 2-1), in a win pool of over $55,000. Both favorites would lead at different points of the mile, but the last horse to the lead would be Cash Me Out (5-1), who was patiently handled by Jonathan Roberts and rallied from fourth-over position to score in the featured trotting event. Uva Hanover was the first horse to the lead, reaching the quarter in 27.2, while Il Mago pressed while parked on the outside. Hyway Marcus was anxious and moved three-wide early-on in the mile for Joe Bongiorno, reaching the lead just before the half-mile in 56.2. The early leader, Uva Hanover, allowed both Hyway Marcus and Il Mago to go by before moving back to the outside and challenging for the lead on the far turn. Detroit Rapper was slightly gapped second over, favored Tweet Me was in striking range third over with Cash Me Out lurking in the outer flow. Uva Hanover and Hyway Marcus reached three-quarters in a contested 1:25.1 before the field fanned out across the track in the stretch. Tweet Me rallied down the center of the track to grab the lead in mid-stretch, but was quickly challenged by Cash Me Out and the favorite could not hold off the closing kick of Cash Me Out, who scored in a lifetime best 1:53.3. Tweet Me was second with Uva Hanover third. The win was the 13th in the career of Cash Me Out a four-year-old gelding by Cash Hall, whose earnings reach $439,649 with the victory. He is owned by Traylor Racing L.L.C. and conditioned by Kyle Spagnola. Jonathan Roberts was the winning driver. John Campbell Wins Five The leading driver in Meadowlands history put on a show on Saturday night, winning five races. While some of his wins were formful, he also scored a 63-1 upset in the second race with Celebrity Massive. Campbell ends his 2015 season at The Meadowlands with 93 wins and earnings of nearly $2.2 Million. With his victory in the Meadowlands finale, Campbell's earnings for 2015 surpassed $5 Million. It was the richest season for Campbell since 2010 and his 148 victories were the most since 2009. Longshot Parade Sparks Huge Dividends Saturday night at The Meadowlands offered 15 races with 160 horses entered to start producing an average field size of over 10 horses. What could be better? The answer, massive payouts. The Pick 5 returned $26,555 as there was only one correct winning ticket with all five winners. In the same race, the jackpot super hi-five was also hit and that returned $19,409 for a $.20 cent play. Through the first seven races there was only one winning favorite and the list of winners included 63-1 longshot Celebrity Massive, 25-1 Celebrity Pegasus and 23-1 Alibi Seelster. The run of longshots also produced an Early Pick Four payout of $17,426. Meadowlands Posts Huge Numbers on Final Night of Season The final night of the 2015 racing season proved to be a consistent handicapping puzzle, with many of the regular Meadowlands drivers taking the night off and longshots finding the winner's circle repeatedly. But that didn't stop the bettors from wagering confidently. Total handle for the 15-race Saturday program reached $3,619,093, an increase of $553,858 compared to the 13-race program on this same night in 2014, an increase of 18-percent. The on-track handle recorded a 22-percent increase as well. For the 2015 season, over $220 Million was wagered on The Meadowlands harness racing product. After a season-long handle in 2012 of just over $170 Million, handle has now surpassed $210 Million for three consecutive seasons. The Meadowlands will not race on New Year's Day. The first racing program of the 2016 season will take place on Saturday, January 2nd. The program will feature 15-races and a special post time of 6:35 P.M. 2015 Year In Review at The Meadowlands Darin Zoccali Director of Racing Operations

East Rutherford, N.J. -- After a narrow defeat at the same level two weeks ago, Michael Polansky's Waiting On a Woman took advantage of a pocket trip, out-sprinting pacesetting harness racing favourite Opulent Yankee to the winning post for a 1:52.2 triumph in Friday (December 18) evening's $25,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadowlands. Flanked by Stirling Cadet and Opulent Yankee at race's outset, Corey Callahan used Waiting On a Woman to secure the top spot on the first turn, yielding to 7-5 public choice Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller) after completing a :27.2 initial quarter mile. Locked in by the first-over and mildly pressing Can Do (Anthony Napolitano) through middle sectionals of :55.3 and 1:23.3, Waiting On a Woman found clearance in the final 150 yards as Can Do stalled, angling off the pegs and vaulting clear of Opulent Yankee by 2-1/4 lengths with a :28.2 closing quarter. Stirling Cadet (Marcus Miller) stayed on for third off his tracking trip, while Uva Hanover (Jim Marohn, Jr.) skimmed the pegs to take fourth after a rearward journey. Kyle Spagnola trains the 51-time winner, who returned $6.60 to win as the second favourite. Waiting On a Woman   The sub-featured $20,000 Open 2 Handicap Trot saw owner-trainer Mark Ford's It Really Matters stun at 20-1, holding off a belated charge from the odds-on Lindy's Tru Grit to narrowly prevail in 1:54.2. After securing a second-over position on the first turn, It Really Matters continued to the fore well after March Awareness (Yannick Gingras) assumed command after a :28.3 first quarter, racing wide for seven-sixteenths of the mile before ultimately working clear. The 4-year-old Explosive Matter gelding raced strongly through a :55.4 middle half, doing well to hold the first-over Massacaia (David Miller) at bay while main danger Lindy's Tru Grit (Andy Miller) lurked from five lengths away off his third-over trip. Upon cornering, Anthony Napolitano asked It Really Matters for everything he had left, and the pair braced for the oncoming onslaught of the four-wide Lindy's Tru Grit and five-wide Detroit Rapper (Marohn), both of which kicked cover and chased valiantly. It Really Matters, all-out in the final sixteenth, held sway by a scant neck, while Lindy's Tru Grit in turn just held second from Detroit Rapper. Massacaia leveled off late but still held fourth. It Really Matters   Friday evening's 14-race card attracted a total handle of $2,856,634, with the evening's three guaranteed Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers garnering $162,142. The overall figure represents a $155,255 gain over a 13-race card on the comparable Friday in 2014. Looking ahead to Saturday's program, the fifth race Jackpot High-5 will have a carryover of $8613.26, while the same 20-cent wager in the closing race will boast $37,847.62 added money should one player take down the entire pool. The first of 14 races on Saturday evening is due off at 7:00 p.m. EST. For more information on racing at The Meadowlands, visit  by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

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