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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Preppy Art had been a harness racing machine of late, winning six in a row heading into the Toys For Tots Final for $7,500 claiming pacers at the Meadowlands Thursday night. It appears Forevernalways didn't read the press clippings. The 5-year-old Forevernalways, a gelded son of Always A Virgin-Jnb N Me, rushed up to challenge Preppy Art on the far turn before cruising by on the way to a 4¼-length win in a lifetime-best 1:51. It was apparent during the wagering that Preppy Art, who was making his sixth straight start in a different barn, would not be the post-time favorite, but as the 2-1 second choice, he fired away from the gate to the lead and cut out a :27.3 quarter before a :55.2 half.   Forevernalways vacated the three-hole approaching the far turn after Preppy Art hit three-quarters in 1:24 and made a bold move to poke a head in front with three-sixteenths of a mile to go. From there, the Kenneth Tisa trainee drew off with Dave Miller doing the driving during an explosive final quarter of :26.4 to win for fun. Walks Of Life was second, with Preppy Art third. Forevernalways, who paid $4.60 to win as the 6-5 favorite, was claimed for a third consecutive start, this time by Izzy Estrada. Preppy Art, who was claimed for a sixth consecutive outing, left the track on Bruce Lauer's trailer. There were two other Toys For Tots Finals on the program. JB's Shooting Star (Yannick Gingras driving) ran her win streak to three by taking the Fillies and Mares TrackMaster 77 or less Pace in 1:53 as the 4-5 public choice while Broadway Promise (Dave Miller) hit the wire first in 1:54.3 in the Non-Winners of $3,500 Pace at odds of 8-1. LARRY THE LIP: The always entertaining Larry Lederman called the Thursday night races, and as usual he provided some quips that are rarely heard: "Feel The Muscle is coming and so is Christmas." "This could be long-term parking, just like at the airport." "And the car leaves at 40 miles an hour, and there's R M Blackhawk going about 38." A LITTLE MORE: Dave Miller and Andy Miller were the driving stars of the night with three winners each while Andy McCarthy had two. Those three drivers accounted for eight of the 10 winners on the card. ... One player - wagering into the Midlantic hub - had the lone ticket to last all eight legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-8 and collected $6,183. ... Favorites won seven times on the program. ... All-source handle totaled $956,383. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Race caller Larry Lederman and professional football player Quincy Enunwa will be visiting the Meadowlands this weekend. Lederman will be doing what he does best, while Enunwa will be spreading Christmas cheer to children who could really use some. Lederman is second in the 'batting order' tonight (Dec. 12) as the second season of "Borrow Ken's Binoculars" - which brings in guest announcers to call the Thursday night race cards during December while regular voice Ken Warkentin steps aside - continues. A week ago, Pete Kleinhans was on the microphone, while the last two weeks of the month will feature the USTA's Michael Carter (on Dec. 19) and the Big M's own Dave Little (Dec. 26). "So many of our regular customers are Larry Lederman fans," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "And so are all of us at the Meadowlands. Larry has always been one of the best announcers around and it's great to hear his unique calls at the Big M." Enunwa, the New York Jets wide receiver, will be at the track on Saturday (Dec. 14) night and visitors are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Big M's annual toy drive. Enunwa and the U.S. Marine Corps will be collecting for the annual 'Toys for Tots' drive from 6:30-8:30 p.m. All collected toys will be donated to Harlem Grown, helping make the holiday season brighter for area children. FOX5 sportscaster Tina Cervasio will serve as master of ceremonies for the event and fans who bring a toy for the drive will be able to take a selfie with Enunwa. "This is my favorite time of the year," said Settlemoir. "The toy drive is near and dear to my heart. It feels great to be able to give back to those in need, especially during the holiday season." HOT STARTS: Last weekend (Dec. 5-7) saw a handful of drivers get off to a quick start for the final month of 2019, during which there will be 12 race cards. Through the first three cards of December, Dave Miller and Tim Tetrick top the driver colony with six wins apiece, with Dexter Dunn and Yannick Gingras in hot pursuit with five victories each. Richard Johnson has three wins to lead all trainers in December, while Trish Adams, Jeff Cullipher, Harry Landy and Nick Surick all have two apiece. DECEMBER SCHEDULE CONTINUES: During the month of December, live racing at the Meadowlands will be conducted on a three day a week basis, Thursday-Saturday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. HIT BIG WITH FREE PPs: The 50-cent Pick-4 is one of the more popular wagers at the Big M, and players can get the past performances for free. Program pages are available for the bet - which sports a $50,000 guaranteed pool on Fridays and Saturdays and a low 15 percent takeout always - at playmeadowlands.com and ustrotting.com. Last weekend's pools were solid, as $75,915 and $86,478 were wagered on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Twenty-cent Jackpot Super High-Five players are no doubt looking forward to Thursday's 10th race, which will offer a $47,222 carryover on the bet that requires one to have the only winning ticket to rake the pot. BET WITH BROWER: For help with every race on all Big M cards, be sure to check out Big M morning-line oddsmaker Dave Brower's analysis on the Meadowlands website (playmeadowlands.com). Click on the 'handicapping' tab, then 'race reviews'. FUN ON FRIDAY: On Dec. 13, card players who are 21 or older can play Texas Hold'em on "Free Poker Friday", hosted by World Free Poker. ... Holiday shoppers can give their bankrolls a boost by entering the Big M's "Holiday Gift Card Sweepstakes", where $1,500 in major department store gift cards will be given away. Entry forms are available in the live racing program. MEADOWLANDS HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: Here is the holiday operating schedule for simulcasting at the Big M: December 15: Closed December 22: Closed Christmas Eve: Closed Christmas Day: Closed December 29: Closed New Year's Eve: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. For more information, go to playmeadowlands.com. FANDUEL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: Here is the holiday operating schedule for the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook: Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Christmas Day: Closed New Year's Eve: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. New Year's Day: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m. For more information, go to playmeadowlands.com/fanduel. From the Meadowlands Media Department    

On Friday, August 11, Harrah's Philadelphia will host, along with the Pennsylvania Harness Horseman's Association (PHHA), the third Summer Series Friday night harness racing card of the season. The theme of the evening will be the Garden State Park Reunion Night with the festivities getting started at 6:00 pm. One of the special highlights of the night will be the 6th race $17,500 pace, The Bill Fidati Memorial. William C. "Bill" Fidati, was the publicity director at Garden State Park and was loved by everyone who ever worked with or for him or was able to be friends with him. He passed away at age 76 in 2011. Before coming to Garden State Park, he worked for two decades for two of the top newspapers in Philadelphia, the Daily News and then the Bulletin. He covered City Hall and in 1970 won the area's Press Association award for his stories. Bill also covered horse racing, both Thoroughbred and Standardbred and became the publicity director of Philadelphia Park in 1982 and then moved across the Delaware River to work at the new Garden State Park four years later. Everyone who was associated, worked for or raced at Garden State Park is invited to Harrah's Philadelphia Friday evening. Special guests in attendance will be Hall of Famers John Campbell and Catello "Cat" Manzi along with former track announcer Larry Lederman and other co-workers and horse people that competed at the track. Patrons are urged to bring in any memorabilia from Garden State Park, win photos, giveaway items, etc. and they will receive a gift from Harrah's Philadelphia. The memorabilia will then be put on display for all to see and there will be $300 in betting vouchers given away to the top three items. Judging the memorabilia contest will be WIP Sports Radio legend, Jody McDonald. After each live race on the program there will be a replay of one of the great races held at Garden State Park and former advertising and promotions manager, Steve Ross, will be interviewing the special guests in the winner's circle. There will also be live music, free mechanical bull rides along with an outdoor BBQ and more, all taking place on the outdoor grandstand patio. The race program will feature a special eight-page insert of photo memories of Garden State Park. Garden State Park was located on Route 70 and Haddonfield Road in Cherry Hill, NJ. It opened on July 7, 1942 as a Thoroughbred track until a disastrous fire burned the Clubhouse and Grandstand on April 14, 1977. Garden State Park no longer held races until securities trader Robert Brennan financed construction of a new $178 million steel and glass grandstand/clubhouse which opened on April 1, 1985. The track held both Thoroughbred and Standardbred races until it closed in 2001. For more information, visit or contact Harrah's Philadelphia at www.caesars.com/harrahs-philly. By Steve Wolf, for Harrah's Philadelphia    

Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by Bet America has a fantastic program lined up for Thursday (July 7) at 7:00 PM Eastern. Legendary Track Announcer Larry Lederman will be joining the program. Known for his quick wit and entertaining race calls, Larry will talk about some of his memorable moments of his career. He was also give us an update on his health, as he was diagnosed with brain cancer a few years back. Also joining the program with be The Editor and General Manager of the Horseman and Fair World Kathy Parker. She will talk about her career in harness racing and the rich history of the Horseman and Fair World publication.   Helene Gregory will also be joining the show, as Mike and Mike continue their discussions on racing under saddle. Our ongoing series with Running Aces Casino and Racetrack continues, as Track Announcer Darin Gagne sits down with veteran trainer/driver Steve Wiseman to talk about his career in harness racing. We will also find out what's coming up next week at the Minnesota oval. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by Bet America can be heard each Thursday at 7:00 PM Eastern live on their website at posttimewithmikeandmike.com, or on-demand at https://extra.betamerica.com/betamerica-radio-network/ From the Mike & Mike Show Media Department

Larry Lederman is from Manhattan, but until last Friday had been to Grand Central Terminal only once in his life.

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