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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The heated rivalry between Huntsville and Downbytheseaside reached a fever pitch in the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Huntsville held on by a head, gaining a 4-3 advantage in their eight showdowns. The only time neither got the victory was last month in the North America Cup - won by Fear The Dragon - where Huntsville was second and Downbytheseashore third. Fear The Dragon was not nominated to The Pace, leaving Huntsville and Downbytheseaside to battle it out. And battle they did. Huntsville got away fourth in the early stages before charging past Blood Line to grab the lead down the backstretch. The 1-5 favorite appeared comfortably in charge on the final turn as Downbytheseaside tipped outside for a long, grinding challenge. Huntsville flashed past the three-quarter pole in 1:20 3/5 and the torrid pace started taking a toll. In a display of guts and determination, Huntsville dug deep while Downbytheseaside relentlessly ate into his lead. The finish line arrived just in time for last season's 2-year-old champion to earn his first major win of this campaign. It was the fifth Pace victory for driver Tim Tetrick, trailing only the recently retired Hall of Famer John Campbell, who had seven wins in the Meadowlands Racetrack's signature event for 3-year-olds. Trainer Ray Schnittker improved his Pace record to 2 for 2. He combined with Tetrick to win in 2010 with One More Laugh. Huntsville continued his remarkable consistency with a 12th win in 18 starts. He has never finished worse than second. "My horse was tired late," Tetrick said. "He kept pushing all the way to the wire." The time for the mile was a lifetime best 1:47 4/5 for the son of Somebeachsomewhere, who earned $369,275 for the ownership team of Schnittker, Ted Gewertz and Steven Arnold. Huntsville Huntsville paid $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10. Downbytheseaside returned $2.80 and $2.40 as the 4-1 second choice. Classic Pro paid $6 to show. PAIR OF FIVES: Not only did Tetrick win his fifth Meadowlands Pace, but he registered five winners on the Meadowlands Pace Night program. SOLID WAGERING: Attendance for the card was 10,111. ... All-source wagering totaled $3,823,629, which was less than last year's $4.2 million, but that card included $747,891 in new money for a huge Jackpot Super Hi-5, which had a big carryover. On-track betting was $557,018, up almost $50,000 from 2016. ... Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Mike Farrell, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 12, 2017) - While the harness racing action on the track Saturday night at the Meadowlands will be hot, with nearly $3 million in purses headlined by the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, there will be plenty of action off the track as well. Live racing begins at the earlier post time of 6:30 p.m. A large and varied silent auction will take place on the main grandstand level of the Meadowlands from 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Some of the items up for auction include sports memorabilia from legends such as Muhammad Ali, Derek Jeter, and Jack Nicklaus, as well as vacation packages and unique sports experiences. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. SRF is a 28-year-old non-profit providing new careers through re-training and adoption for trotters and pacers no longer successful on the track for pleasure and competitive riding, as police mounts, for therapeutic riding programs, and more. Beginning at 6:00pm, fans will receive a Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace beach towel while supplies last. A TapSnap Photo Booth will be set up in the Clubhouse Lobby for fans to take commemorative photos and share on social media using the event's official hashtag, #Pace17. The Meadowlands Backyard area will feature rides and attractions including a mechanical shark and obstacle course from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Live music by rock band Spectrum will take place on the Backyard stage. Fans can also register to win one of six $500 win wagers to be placed on one of the designated contest races. Entry forms will be available at the Players Club desk. "As usual, Pace Night provides some of the very best racing our sport has to offer," said Meadowlands GM/COO Jason Settlemoir. "We also think we are offering our fans some exciting entertainment and promotions to give them even more reason to get a front-row seat to the event. I can't wait for Saturday night to get here." For more information, visit www.meadowlandspace.com or www.playmeadowlands.com. CRAWFORD FARMS MEADOWLANDS PACE NIGHT AT A GLANCE Simulcasting Begins: 11 am / Night-time Gates open: 5:00 p.m. / First race: 6:30 p.m. ¨       $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace: post time: 9:34 p.m. - Race 9 ¨       Racing information:  www.PlayMeadowlands.com ¨       TVG Network – full race card coverage ¨       SNY – live coverage 9:00 – 10:00 p.m.   Wagering ¨       Two guaranteed Pick 4 pools – Races 5-8 ($40,000), Races 9-12 ($75,000) ¨       $30,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool – Races 3-7   Race Card ¨       $125,250 Division of the Del Miller Memorial – Race 1 ¨       $30,000 Miss Versatility – Race 2 ¨       $159,000 Division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial – Race 3 ¨       $125,250 Division of the Del Miller Memorial – Race 4 ¨       $165,700 Mistletoe Shalee – Race 5 ¨       $30,000 Miss Versatility – Race 6 ¨       $458,750 Hambletonian Maturity – Race 8 ¨       $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace – Race 9 ¨       $427,400 William R Haughton Memorial – Race 10 ¨       $201,000 Golden Girls – Race 11 ¨       $161,500 Division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial – Race 12     Entertainment ¨       Beach Towel Giveaway beginning at 6 pm, while supplies last ¨       Live music by The Mighty Spectrum Band beginning at 6 pm ¨       Obstacle course, giant slide, bounce house, mechanical shark ¨       TapSnap Photo Booth in Clubhouse Lobby 5:30-8:30 p.m. ¨       Silent Sports Auction on the Grandstand Level 5:30 – 10 p.m. ¨       DJ on Victory Terrace ¨       $500 Win Wager Challenge: 6 lucky fans are selected to place a $500 win wager on the Meadowlands Pace, Hambletonian Maturity and William Haughton ¨       Horse Play Car Giveaway (after race 6) - Fans try to throw a rubber horse into the Toyota target card for a shot at winning a $100 betting voucher and the chance to come back and win the 2017 Yaris iA on August 4   Pace Night Attendance & Handle ¨       2016 attendance:  10,002                        2016 total handle:  $4,205,981 ¨       2016 live handle:  $510,275   Stakes Record ¨       1:46.4        He’s Watching                7/13/2014   Three-Year-Old Meadowlands Track Records ¨      Colt            1:46.4              He’s Watching (7/13/2014) ¨       Gelding      1:47.4              One More Laugh (7/17/10)   Media Requests ¨       Media credential requests should be sent to Justin Horowitz at Jhorowitz@playmeadowlands.com Justin Horowitz

Adam Bowden is never quite sure what to expect from Blood Line. Last weekend, the colt finished second to award-winning Huntsville in the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace elimination, completing the mile in 1:49.1 with a :26.3 last quarter. In his previous start, Blood Line went off stride at odds of 2-1 in his elimination of the Hempt Memorial and failed to advance to the final. Needless to say, Bowden is hoping for more of the former than the latter in Saturday's $738,550 Meadowlands Pace final for 3-year-old pacers at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. Blood Line, co-bred by Bowden's Diamond Creek Farm and owned by Bowden's Diamond Creek Racing, will start from post No. 1 with Mark MacDonald driving for trainer Jimmy Takter. Blood Line is 5-1 on the morning line, third choice behind even-money favorite Huntsville and 4-1 Downbytheseaside. "If he puts it all together, you get a mile like the other night," Bowden said about Blood Line. "If not, then you get a horse that makes a break in an elimination that he's got a chance to win. He's frustrating in that sense, but he's clearly got high speed and if he's in the right spot he's going to challenge (Saturday). "He's kind of shown the ability to go with the top horses. I'm not sure he's in the same league as Huntsville, Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside, but I think that next group of horses is wide open and on any given day he's as good as they are. I was happy with the way Mark raced him in the elimination and put him in a good spot and kind of followed Huntsville all along. He gave himself a chance and then drew well for the final. I think we're in a good spot." The Meadowlands Pace is part of a stakes-packed card at the Meadowlands on Saturday, with an earlier-than-usual 6:30 p.m. post time for the first race. The Meadowlands Pace will air live on cable's SNY from 9-10 p.m., with the Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters also part of the broadcast. Blood Line is a son of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the lightly-raced mare Blood Diamond. He is a full brother to Blood Brother, who has earned $613,613 in four seasons of racing, and his second dam is Hall of Fame broodmare Arterra, the mother of millionaires If I Can Dream and Western Terror. Third dam Delinquent Account was a Dan Patch and O'Brien award winner and the mother of similarly awarded Artiscape. "(Blood Diamond) got injured before she could really show anything, but she comes from one of those top-class families and the intention always was to keep everything out of her," Bowden said. "She's bound to produce a great one based on her pedigree and the way these horses look. Whether it's Blood Line or the next one or the next one, she's going to do it. "She's produced two talented horses. I don't know where the limit is for this horse, but I guess we'll find out Saturday and the rest of the year." Blood Line has won three of 17 career races and earned $165,119. Last year he won divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. So far this season he posted one win on the sire stakes circuit. MacDonald has driven the horse four times, posting a win among three in-the-money finishes and never being worse than fourth. "Mark seems to be the perfect fit for him, for whatever reason," Bowden said. "His skill set and the horse just seem to mesh well together and they've raced well together. Finger's crossed. I can't imagine that he's not going to drive him aggressively and get him in a good position. If the horse is talented enough he'll be there." Takter has sent seven horses to the Meadowlands Pace final, with his best finish coming in 2009 with runner-up Vintage Master. Blood Brother is not Bowden's only hope to win the Meadowlands Pace. Diamond Creek Racing is among the owners of Downbytheseaside. The remaining owners of the Brian Brown-trained colt are Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Downbytheseaside was among three horses, with Classic Pro and Miso Fast, to receive byes to the Meadowlands Pace final. For the year, the colt has won five of seven races and earned $323,500. He won the Art Rooney Pace and was third in the North America Cup, behind Fear The Dragon and Huntsville, and fifth in the Hempt Memorial. "The Hempt final was a little bit of a disappointment but Brian said he scoped sick, so that sort of explains that," Bowden said about Downbytheseaside, who has won 13 of 20 career races and finished worse than third only once while earning $900,606. "It's kind of nice that he got a bye and I think he's coming into this race as good as he's been all year. I would expect he would be right there at the end. I'd be disappointed if he wasn't." Huntsville, trained by Ray Schnittker and driven by Tim Tetrick, has won four of six races this year and 11 of 17 lifetime. He has never finished worse than second and counts the 2016 Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands among his career victories. He was second in the North America Cup. Schnittker won the 2010 Meadowlands Pace with One More Laugh. Tetrick has won four Paces, tied with Ron Pierce for the second most in history. John Campbell holds the record with seven trophies. Following is the field for the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-Blood Line-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-5/1 2-Mac's Jackpot-David Miller-Jim Campbell-15/1 3-Boogie Shuffle-Scott Zeron-Mark Harder-30/1 4-Huntsville-Tim Tetrick-Ray Schnittker-1/1 5-Downbytheseaside-Brian Sears-Brian Brown-4/1 6-Miso Fast-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-10/1 7-Filibuster Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-10/1 8-Santafe's Coach-Corey Callahan-Leo Iordan-20/1 9-Classic Pro-Trevor Henry-Dr. Ian Moore-15/1 10-Talent Soup-Eric Abbatiello-Bruce Saunders-30/1 by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 11, 2017) - Nearly $3 million in Grand Circuit stakes will be contested on Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace night, Saturday, July 15 with an early post time of 6:30 p.m. The $435,000e William R. Haughton Memorial Free-For-All pace will go with a bulky field of 12 at the distance of one-and-one-eighth-miles with Battle of Lake Erie winner All Bets Off and Ben Franklin runner-up Mel Mara chief among the entrants. Lady Shadow is a clear favorite to defend her $200,000e Golden Girls title in a field of pacing mares that is eleven deep and will also go the route distance of one-mile-and-one-eighth. 2016 Trotting Triple Crown champion and last week's Graduate winner Marion Marauder heads a field of nine 4-year-old trotters in the $420,000 Hambletonian Maturity. The Maturity is scheduled at the extended nine furlong distance. The $240,000e Del Miller Memorial will field a pair of seven-horse splits with division leaders Ariana G, Magic Presto and Glitzy Gal using the stake as a springboard to the Hambletonian Oaks on August 5, with eliminations scheduled a week prior. Walner continues to blaze a trail to the $1 million Hambletonian, using the $300,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial as his next stop along with 16 other sophomore colt trotters. Devious Man, Long Tom and What The Hill lead the competition. Seven 3-year-old pacing fillies were entered in the $170,000e Mistletoe Shalee and 13 older mare trotters named into the Miss Versatility. The $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace final was drawn after last week's elimination: 1. Blood Line (Mark MacDonald, Jimmy Takter) 5-1 2. Macs Jackpot (David Miller, Jim Campbell) 15-1 3. Boogie Shuffle (Scott Zeron, Mark Harder) 30-1 4. Huntsville (Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker) Even 5. Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears, Brian Brown) 4-1 6. Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke) 10-1 7. Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke) 10-1 8. Santafes Coach (Corey Callahan, Leo Iordan) 20-1 9. Classic Pro (Trevor Henry, Dr. Ian Moore) 15-1 10. Talent Soup (Eric Abbatiello, Bruce Saunders) 30-1 Complete entry information will be available later today via www.playmeadowlands.com. by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

Freehold, NJ --- Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace elimination winner Huntsville caused the only shift in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Top 10, moving from No. 6 to No. 4 in the rankings and pushing idle trotters Ariana G and Crazy Wow each down one notch. The top three remained unchanged, with Fear The Dragon in the No. 1 spot followed by Lady Shadow and Hannelore Hanover. Graduate Series trot champion Marion Marauder joined the Top 10 at No. 10. Returning Dan Patch Award winner Walner, who made his seasonal debut last Saturday with a 1:51.1 victory in a conditioned race, just missed cracking the Top 10, ended up tied with Devious Man at No. 11. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Fear The Dragon (25) 3pc 8-7-1-0 $711,953 333 1 2 Lady Shadow (7) 6pm 5-5-0-0 $281,000 299 2 3 Hannelore Hanover (1) 5tm 4-3-1-0 $146,138 222 3 4 Huntsville (1) 3pc 6-4-2-0 $263,529 209 6 5 Ariana G 3tf 4-3-0-1 $132,500 188 4 6 Crazy Wow 5th 6-3-3-0 $324,000 170 5 7 Downbytheseaside 3pc 7-5-0-1 $323,500 112 7 8 Keystone Velocity 9ph 11-6-0-1 $618,000 79 8 9 Resolve 6th 3-2-1-0 $166,750 64 9 10 Marion Marauder 4th 3-2-0-1 $143,342 50 -- Walner received one first-place vote. North American statistics only. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 11, 2017) - The 41st Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace will air live on SNY, Saturday, July 15 from 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. SNY is the official home of the New York Mets, Jets, and all things New York sports and is available throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and parts of Pennsylvania. It is also available nationwide on DirecTV. In addition to the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, the broadcast will provide live coverage of the $420,000 Hambletonian Maturity headlined by last year's Hambletonian and Trotting Triple Crown champion Marion Marauder. The programs will be broadcast in high definition and produced by the award-winning Meadowlands Television Department. SNY already broadcasts the Meadowlands nightly recap show and successfully aired six live nights of racing at the Meadowlands earlier this year. "This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase our signature event to a national audience on a major mainstream sports network," said Meadowlands COO/GM Jason M. Settlemoir. "This has the potential to drive incremental wagering handle and help to strengthen the already powerful Meadowlands brand. We have to thank our partners at the United States Trotting Association and their Television Fund for their sponsorship and support of this broadcast." The broadcast will be hosted by award-winning horse racing broadcaster Justin Horowitz with Big M racing analyst Dave Brower. Gabe Prewitt and Hall of Famer Bob "Hollywood" Heyden will also provide insights, wagering advice, and interviews during the broadcast. Longtime Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin will call the races. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands      

Classic Pro might be the easiest horse to identify in Saturday's $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for harness racing 3-year-old pacers, but not because of any markings or equipment --- or even a number --- on the colt. It is because what Classic Pro will be missing: hobbles. Classic Pro, trained by Dr. Ian Moore, has raced free legged this year and enjoyed a fair amount of success along the way. The son of former Moore standout Shadow Play has won three of seven races and earned $101,975 this season for owners Moore, R G McGroup Ltd., and hockey legend Serge Savard. In fact, excluding one race in which Classic Pro went off stride prior to the start, the only 3-year-olds to finish ahead of the colt this season are Fear The Dragon, Huntsville, and Downbytheseaside. Those three horses are ranked Nos. 1, 6 and 7, respectively, in the sport's Top 10 poll. Last year, Classic Pro was winless in 11 races but finished third on six occasions and earned $93,272. "He was a nice colt last year," Moore said. "He raced against some of the best ones last year. He just drew bad or just the way things went in the race. He never had a win but he still made a nice bit of money for us. "He's filled out more and got bigger and stronger. I trained him down free legged and he seemed good so we thought we'd try it. He seemed so much happier and had a big longer gait to him, especially behind. So we just left him alone and that's the way he's been." Moore can recall racing two other horses free legged during his training career. The first was in the mid-1970s. The second, Astronomical, was a decade ago. In 2007, Astronomical became the fastest free-legged pacer in history when he won in 1:50 at Georgian Downs. Classic Pro has a mark of 1:52.1 this year, which came in a conditioned race at Mohawk. Moore accepted a bye for Classic Pro to advance directly to the Meadowlands Pace final rather than race in last weekend's elimination for the event. The bye was based on seasonal earnings. The connections of Downbytheseaside and Miso Fast also accepted byes. Huntsville won the Meadowlands Pace elimination by 2-1/4 lengths over Blood Line in 1:48.4. Ray Schnittker, who trains and co-owns Huntsville, turned down a bye. "At first I thought we would go and race," Moore said. "Then I got thinking about it. He's free legged and you never know if something might happen and he might not make the final. And I figured Huntsville was going to race because he hadn't raced in two weeks, so I decided to take the bye. I trained him on Saturday and he should be ready to roll." Moore's decision to race Classic Pro without hobbles is not without trepidation since the colt went off stride in a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes on June 3 at Mohawk. Moore drove the horse in a qualifier three days later and the horse made a break behind the gate again, this time wearing hobbles. "The little bump we did have, he started to get pretty hot behind the gate," Moore said. "After he got a few wins this year, it seemed to change his temperament a little bit. He's getting a bit more aggressive now. "He started getting geared up behind the gate. He hit the stirrups of the bike (sulky) and it was driving him crazy. We got a big bike for him now and have got ear plugs in him. He seems much better. But it's still kind of an adventure at that level with that speed." Classic Pro will start the Meadowlands Pace from post nine with Trevor Henry in the sulky. The horse is Moore's second Meadowlands Pace finalist and Henry's first. Moore finished seventh with State Treasurer in 2012. "That's the way it goes," Moore said about drawing post nine in the 10-horse field. "It would have been nice to draw better. There are at least three good ones there in Huntsville, Downbytheseaside and Miso Fast. After that it's kind of open a bit. We'll just hope to get a little bit of racing there." Following is the field for the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-Blood Line-Somebeachsomewhere-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-5/1 2-Mac's Jackpot-Somebeachsomewhere-David Miller-Jim Campbell-15/1 3-Boogie Shuffle-Well Said-Scott Zeron-Mark Harder-30/1 4-Huntsville-Somebeachsomewhere-Tim Tetrick-Ray Schnittker-1/1 5-Downbytheseaside-Somebeachsomewhere-Brian Sears-Brian Brown-4/1 6-Miso Fast-Roll With Joe-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-10/1 7-Filibuster Hanover-Somebeacsomewhere-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-10/1 8-Santafe's Coach-Bettor' Delight-Corey Callahan-Leo Iordan-20/1 9-Classic Pro-Shadow Play-Trevor Henry-Dr. Ian Moore-15/1 10-Talent Soup-American Ideal-Eric Abbatiello-Bruce Saunders-30/1 Scheduled post time: 9:34 p.m. Ken Weingartner

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Huntsville is ready for The Meadowlands Pace. The Ray Schnittker trainee had no trouble winning the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Elimination Saturday night at the Meadowlands, stopping the clock in 1:48.4. It was 2¼ lengths back to Blood Line with Santafe's Coach third. (See The Pace draw below) With Classic Pro, Downbytheseaside and Miso Fast having accepted byes to next week's $738,550 Pace Final, seven spots were up for grabs in the elim. In addition to the top three finishers, Mac's Jackpot, Talent Soup, Filibuster Hanover and Boogie Shuffle earned berths for the Meadowlands signature event. "We wanted to race because we didn't go to Pocono (for the Hempt) and we didn't want to go into the Meadowlands Pace being off so long," said winning driver Tim Tetrick of the decision to race Huntsville rather than accept one of the byes. "He was good tonight, plenty of go. He was on the left line a little again, but Ray will have him ready. He trained great the other day, wasn't on the line, so he'll have the quirks worked out of him." Huntsville, listed at even-money on the morning line for next week's final, sat third in the early going before taking the top just after the quarter. The son of Somebeachsomewhere sprinted the third quarter in :27 to reach three-quarters in 1:22.2 before a final quarter of :26.2 enabled him to establish a new lifetime best. Huntsville paid $2.20 as the 1-9 public choice and lifted his lifetime stats to 11 wins in 17 starts and earnings of just over $953,000. HAMBO READY: Hambletonian favorite Walner made his much-anticipated return to the races in a conditioned event earlier on the card and the Linda Toscano trainee spoke loud and clear about his standing as the top 3-year-old colt in training, crushing an overmatched field by 7½ lengths. Tetrick, who won five times on the program, got the son of Chapter Seven away third around turn one but quickly moved the 2016 Breeders Crown champion to the top where he cut easy fractions of :28.1 and :56.1. Walner went into sprint mode to the three-quarters, extending his lead to 5 lengths as he hit that station in 1:23.2 before powering home in a final quarter of :27.4 to complete the mile and equal Ariana G's 1:51.1 seasonal mark for a 3-year-old on the trot. Sweet Thing was second with Winter Harbor third. "He's ready to rock," said Tetrick. "It feels like I'm driving a Corvette with a Mack Truck engine. I had the whip tucked. I never asked him to go one bit. He's got a full stakes schedule from here on. He had a little bit of a slow start this year but I think he's going to make up for it." A LITTLE MORE: On the undercard, Roses Are Red winner Lady Shadow tuned up for next week's Golden Girls by winning a fillies and mares invitational in 1:49 at odds of 1-5. She paced her back half in :53.3 and stayed unbeaten in five starts this year. ... Total handle on the card was $2,689,967. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. with Meadowlands Pace Night Saturday going 45 minutes earlier, at 6:30 p.m. THE 2017 MEADOWLANDS PACE FIELD Here is the field for the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old open pacers on July 15 at the Meadowlands Racetrack with post position, horse (driver, trainer) and morning-line odds: 1. Blood Line (Mark MacDonald, Jimmy Takter), 5-1 2. Mac's Jackpot (David Miller, Jim Campbell), 15-1 3. Boogie Shuffle (Scott Zeron, Mark Harder), 30-1 4. Huntsville (Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker), 1-1 5. Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears, Brian Brown), 4-1 6. Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 10-1 7. Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), 10-1 8. Santafe's Coach (Corey Callahan, Leo Iordan), 20-1 9. Classic Pro (Trevor Henry, Dr. Ian Moore), 15-1 10. Talent Soup (Eric Abbatiello, Bruce Saunders), 30-1 by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 6, 2017) - The 41st edition of the Meadowlands Racetrack's signature event, the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, will take place on Saturday, July 15. The $738,550 race for 3-year-old pacing horses is the headlining event on a harness racing program that features seven other stakes races with total prize money of nearly $2.5 million. The Pace will be featured on a one-hour live television broadcast from 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on SNY. We are pleased, proud and honored to announce that the presentation of the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace trophy will be made that evening by the former United States Ambassador to Germany and candidate for Governor of the State of New Jersey, Philip Murphy. Phil will be on hand during the winner's circle festivities that evening and racing fans who wish to meet him in person should plan on attending what is sure to be an exciting evening of horse racing, entertainment, and family-friendly fun. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

Harness racing trainer Jim Campbell hopes Mac's Jackpot can cash in with a strong performance in Saturday's Meadowlands Pace elimination. Mac's Jackpot is among 10 horses in the $50,000 elimination at the Meadowlands Racetrack, where the top seven finishers will advance to the $700,000 final on July 15. They will be joined in the final by three bye recipients based on seasonal earnings: Downbytheseaside, Classic Pro, and Miso Fast. Dan Patch Award winner Huntsville, last season's top male 2-year-old, is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the Meadowlands Pace elimination. Filibuster Hanover is the 4-1 second choice, followed by Blood Line at 5-1. The elimination winner will draw from post one through six for the final. First race post time is 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The card also includes the $240,000 finals of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters and pacers, the $41,880 Reynolds for 3-year-old female trotters, and the seasonal debut of Hambletonian contender Walner in a conditioned race. Mac's Jackpot, who will have David Miller in the sulky and is 10-1, heads to the Meadowlands Pace elimination off a career-best 1:50.2 win in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes at Tioga Downs on July 2. In his previous start, Mac's Jackpot was beaten by a head in the consolation division of the North America Cup at Mohawk. "He raced real good at Tioga," Campbell said. "This is a different level, but he's a good gaited big strong colt. He's got the speed and everything, we just hope he can take it to the next level. Dave's going with him Saturday and Dave gets along good with him. We're hoping he can continue to put in a good race." Mac's Jackpot was bred by owner Jeff Snyder, who is a record three-time winner of the Meadowlands Pace. Mac's Jackpot is by Somebeachsomewhere out of the O'Brien Award winning mare Michelle's Power. He hails from the same family as Snyder's first Meadowlands Pace winner, Cam's Card Shark, as well as 2012 Canadian Horse of the Year Michael's Power. For the year, Mac's Jackpot has won three of nine races and earned $84,950. For his career, the gelding has won seven of 23 starts and banked $180,079. "It's going to be a tough field," Campbell said about the Meadowlands Pace elimination. "Huntsville stands out in there, but anytime you're racing in a race like the Meadowlands Pace there are always horses that step up that maybe don't look as good in the program. There's never an easy spot. There's never an easy spot at the Meadowlands, it doesn't matter what the class is." Mac's Jackpot is not Campbell's lone stakes hopeful in action Saturday. The trainer will send out two-time Dan Patch Award winner Broadway Donna in the Graduate final for trotters and, across the Hudson River at Yonkers, Jo Pa's Way and Matinee Fashion in the eliminations of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old male pacers. Broadway Donna, the only female in the nine-horse Graduate field for trotters, is 5-1 on the morning line. Marion Marauder, last year's Trotting Triple Crown winner and Trotter of the Year, is the 5-2 choice from post nine while Trolley is 3-1 and Dayson is 4-1. In her most recent start, Broadway Donna finished eighth in the Armbro Flight Stakes for trotting mares at Mohawk. Campbell said Broadway Donna suffered from tying up (muscle cramping) while in Canada and looks better since returning to his stable's base in central New Jersey. Broadway Donna has won one of five starts this season, with the victory coming in a preliminary round of the Graduate, and has hit the board a total of four times. For her career, the Fashion Farms bred and owned lass has won 17 of 27 races and earned $1.25 million. "She didn't have a good week that last week up in Canada," Campbell said. "She seems to be happy to be back in New Jersey. She acts good, everything like that. We'll see how she goes. Marion Marauder is the one to beat in there, but there are a few other horses in there that can go along pretty good too." There are three $25,000 eliminations of the Sheppard, with Jo Pa's Way at 9-2 in the first division and Matinee Fashion at 15-1 in the third. The first two finishers from each elimination plus the two fastest third-place finishers return for the $110,500 final on July 15. Jo Pa's Way, a son of American Ideal-Marie's Z Tam owned by Emposimato Stables, makes his debut after two qualifiers, one at Harrah's Philadelphia and the most recent at Yonkers. He finished sixth at Yonkers, timed in 1:59.4. "It's kind of a strange situation with him," Campbell said. "We haven't really gotten a fair reading on him. His first qualifier he locked up on a line and flipped his palate. His next one was a qualifier at Yonkers and he was against older horses. He's a really good gaited colt and he trained down nice. At least he's had a go around Yonkers, which I think is an advantage. We'll get a better reading on him on Saturday." Fashion Farms-owned Matinee Fashion, who finished fourth in his only start, meets three horses with wins under their belts in his elimination, including 2-1 favorite Paprike Blue Chip. Matinee Fashion is a son of Roll With Joe out of the mare Clara and was bred by Yonkers Raceway President Tim Rooney. "He's a nice big strong good gaited colt," Campbell said. "He went good in his one start and he's an easy going colt. He's in what looks like a pretty tough division, but he seems like the type of horse that should go around Yonkers good. "I think it's the toughest I've ever seen this race," Campbell added. "There are a lot of good colts. It's amazing how fast these 2-year-olds are starting off." For Saturday's complete Meadowlands card, click here. For Saturday's complete Yonkers card, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

The Meadowlands - Thirteen sophomore pacers were declared for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace which, per race conditions, resulted in byes being offered to and accepted by the harness racing connections of Downbytheseaside, Classic Pro and Miso Fast as three of the top 2017 money winners.   The remaining ten horses will race in a $50,000 single elimination race on Saturday, July 8 with seven of those advancing to a complete a field of ten for the $700,000e Finals on July 15.   Huntsville, despite being the second leading money winner thus far in 2017, drew post position one on Saturday when trainer Ray Schnittker chose to race. The elimination race winner will draw for post 1 - 6 for the final.   The $50,000 Meadowlands Pace Elimination, Sponsored by The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale will go as the eighth race on Saturday night's card.   All horses must be in the stakes barn by 11 p.m. on Friday, July 7.   Post Time on Saturday, July 8 and Saturday, July 15 is 6:30 p.m.   Eighth Race Purse $50,000 RACE 8 - Meadowlands - NJ - July 8, 2017   CRAWFORD FARMS MEADOWLANDS PACE - ELIMINATIONS 3 Year Old  (STAKES BARN - FRIDAY JULY 7 - 11 PM) (Declaration Fee $2,500)  Gait: Pace     Purse: $50,000     Class: M Pace E     Distance: 1 Mile     PP  Horse      Driver  Trainer           Sts  W  P  S  Time   Earnings              1  Huntsville   5   3   2   0   1:49.0F   $238529   Tim Tetrick  Ray Schnittker             2  Talent Soup   9   2   2   1   1:48.4M   $29882   Eric Abbatiello  Bruce Saunders             3  Mr Varsity   2   1   0   0   1:50.0M   $6460   Brett Miller  Tony Alagna             4  Blood Line   4   1   0   1   1:50.3F   $33244   Mark Macdonald  Jimmy Takter             5  R J P L  5   1   1   1   1:52.1F   $11070   Marcus Miller  Erv Miller             6  Santafe`s Coach   9   4   2   1   1:51.1F   $45680   David Miller  Leo Iordan             7  Mac`s Jackpot L  9   3   1   1   1:50.2F   $84950   David Miller  Jim Campbell             8  Boogie Shuffle   6   1   0   4   1:50.3F   $25916   Scott Zeron  Mark Harder             9  Western Hill   5   2   1   0   1:50.1M   $54045   Douglas Mcnair  Tony Alagna             10  Filibuster Hanover   5   1   3   0   1:52.2F   $60081   Yannick Gingras  Ron Burke           Entries for all of Saturday night's races are available from the USTA website.   Nick Salvi

I thought it might be easier to just send this out in advance about the Meadowlands Pace entry box. Fear The Dragon was really in good form Saturday at the Hempt and we were tempted to change plans and go and supplement to the Meadowlands Pace. I had a private conversation with Jeff Gural, owner of the Meadowlands, a week earlier and told him I would be willing to supplement if it looked like there might be 13 or less entries so Dragon could get a bye and have a week off. But I told Jeff that I thought his 150 mile two week stabling rule was totally unfair to somebody from Ohio and there was no way I would do that to my horse. It would have forced Dragon to go straight from Pocono and spend two weeks there, while the New Jersey horses all get to sit at home. This is even if he had taken a bye.  For the good of the sport I might have supplemented, but that was the clincher in deciding to stick to his original schedule. Jeff admitted that his rule had unintended consequences but was not willing to change it. I told him that although I am totally supportive of out of competition testing, that his 150 mile rule was totally unfair and in fact, I think, illegal.  I told him and would go on record saying that this geographic rule is terrible for the sport and The Meadowlands, turning it into nothing more than a "B" track which is very sad. Even if I had already paid into the race in the normal fashion and he made that rule I would have refused to go. I might have even considered legal action because how can you do that to someone like Downbytheseaside who had paid in and everything? I told Brian Brown before the Hempt Final that unless that rule was changed that there is no way I would send Dragon. That is why Brian stated in the winner circle that he was "99%" certain that Dragon would not go. The rule was not changed and Seaside (who I do not own) did not return on the trailer with Dragon back to Ohio and headed for New Jersey right after the Hempt.  Dragon came straight back to my farm and is being rested to get ready for The Adios at the Meadows. My wife and I got engaged there 42 years ago so it is a race that means something to us, especially with Roger Huston calling the races. I had been planning to supplement to the Cane at the Meadowlands as well, but again if that rule stays in place I will not. I will also never stake another horse to the Meadowlands as long as Jeff discriminates against horses not trained in New Jersey. Bruce Trogdon   GURAL RESPONDS TO TROGDON’S ALLEGATIONS REGARDING MEADOWLANDS PACE TESTING PROTOCOL The following is Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural’s response to owner Bruce Trogdon, who has blamed Gural’s out-of-competition testing rules for not supplementing his top 3-year-old colt Fear The Dragon to the $700,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace on July 15. “While we can appreciate Mr. Trogdon's position, everyone else has accepted the terms of our out-of-competition testing program and is ready to race. We host nearly $12 million in stakes races at the Meadowlands and no other harness track produces nightly wagering handle at our level. We achieve all of this without purses that are inflated by money from alternative gaming. Most importantly, we care about the integrity of our races, especially our signature events. If that makes us a "B Track" as Mr. Trogdon alleges, I would like to know what an "A Track" is.”    

The Meadowlands - With the titans of the "Glamour Boy" division racing for a half million dollars in the Hempt final at Pocono and the Meadowlands Pace eliminations just a week away, four Pace eligible horses are getting one final chance to impress their connections enough to make the leap on the Saturday night harness racing card at The Meadowlands.   Trainer Tony Alagna has three of those prospects in his barn and two of them will go forth in race three.   Mr Varsity (PP #7) went the best race of his life last week, taking a Non Winners class with a 1:50 mile in his very first start of the season making a strong case for consideration. The Roll With Joe colt gets Marcus Miller back in the bike for owners Crawford Farms, Robert LeBlanc, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners on Saturday.   Just to the outside of Mr Varsity, Odds On Delray will get underway for driver Joe Bongiorno. The spawn of two great champions, by Somebeachsomewhere from My Little Dragon, Odds On Delray won the Metro consolation and was second both weeks of Red Mile Grand Circuit at two but has been slow to find his best form thus far at three. This start will tell the tale for owner Odds On Racing as to his immediate future.   Western Hill has accomplished the most of the Alagna trainees at age three and comes in off a good fifth place finish in the North America Cup final. The Tom Hill homebred won a few minor stakes at two and starts from the rail in the eighth race with Joe Bongiorno aboard.   The fourth Pace eligible is RJP (Marcus Miller) who will start from post nine in that same eighth race. RJP was a Red Mile Grand Circuit winner last fall for trainer Erv Miller and has been improving in each of his four starts this season. With any luck he'll punch his ticket to the big dance for owners Donald & John Prushnok, David J Miller and Lawrence Means.   It's a twelve race card on Saturday with the standard horizontal wager guarantees in place and free program pages for the Late Pick 4 available on the web.   Post time is 7:15.   Nick Salvi                  

East Rutherford, NJ - The $750,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Final, centerpiece of "The Greatest Party In Harness Racing", is scheduled for Saturday, July 15.   All horses for the Meadowlands Pace, including any supplements, must be declared for the Saturday, July 8 elimination card by the time listed on the condition sheet for that week. The list of nominees is available on The Meadowlands website.   The Meadowlands Pace conditions state that 1% of the Final purse shall be paid to the sixth through last place finishers.   The Graduate Series final for both trotters and pacers will be raced at The Meadowlands on Saturday, July 8 as part of Meadowlands Pace elimination night. Each final has an estimated purse of $250,000. Horses must be declared for the finals by the time listed on the condition sheet.   The Graduate conditions require a horse to have started in a minimum of two preliminary legs to be guaranteed eligibility to the Final. If the Final does not fill to the maximum of ten, horses that made one start shall be included in the order of the point standings.   Graduate conditions state that 1% of the Final purse shall be paid to the sixth through last place finishers.   Horses racing in stakes on both cards are required to be available for Out Of Competition testing as described in an earlier release.   Questions should be directed to the Racing Office at (201) 842-5130.   Post time on both July 8 and July 15 will be 6:30 p.m.   Nick Salvi  

East Rutherford, NJ - The 2018 Meadowlands Pace has a sustaining/supplemental payment due by March 15.   This $400 sustaining payment continues eligibility for those foals of 2015 nominated as yearlings by the May 15, 2016 payment.   If that payment was not made, the horse may now be supplemented at a cost of $1,000.   All future payments must be made to continue eligibility toward that 2018 stake.   Also be reminded that sustaining payments are due for all of The Meadowlands Grand Circuit stakes.    

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is pleased to announce an extensive 2017 stakes program with total purses in the neighborhood of $12 million. Grand Circuit stakes represent the vast majority of that amount featuring the $1.5 million Hambletonian and Oaks, $1.25 million Fall Final Four, $1.2 million TVG Championships, $1 million Graduate Series and $750,000 Meadowlands Pace along with nearly $1 million in New Jersey Sires Stakes purses.   "We are able to maintain the 2017 stakes program with the help of sponsors from within the business and we are grateful for their support. With the Breeders Crown at Hoosier this year we picked up the Fall Final Four to give those races a home and open the Fall Meet in November," said Meadowlands Chairman & CEO Jeff Gural.   The Saturday, August 5 Hambletonian Day program (noon post time) worth over $3.5 million in purses on harness racing's greatest day will include important stakes for every division. The $1 million Hambletonian and $300,000 Cane Pace provide fans the opportunity to see a leg of both the trotting and pacing triple crowns on the same card.   Leading up to the Hambletonian, the Tompkins-Geers stake for three-year-old trotting fillies and colts is coming to The Meadowlands on Saturday, July 22 to avail horsemen prepping for the Hambo and Oaks the option of one more start over the mile oval going into the big race.   Meadowlands Pace night is Saturday, July 15 this year and a full complement of important stakes on the undercard will support that $750,000 race for sophomore pacing colts. The $400,000 Hambletonian Maturity will serve as a co-feature. An early post time of 6:30 is scheduled for Pace night.   The $1.25 million Freshman Fall Final Four returns to the Garden State where they began 27 years ago. The Valley Victory and Goldsmith Maid for trotters and Governor's Cup and Three Diamonds for pacers will join the $1.2 TVG Free For All Championship Finals kicking off the 2017 Fall Meet with all finals scheduled for Saturday, November 25   The $200,000 Arthur Cutler Memorial Open Trot has been moved to Kentucky Derby Day, May 6. The Cutler winner will be awarded an invitation to compete in the 2017 Elitlopp which will be raced on Sunday, May 28, this year. Although the Cutler will have no restrictions regarding the use of trotting hopples and/or Lasix, the their use is prohibited in the Elitlopp and if their invitation to compete is accepted it must be done with that understanding. Swedish racing officials wish to make it known that there will be a direct flight to Solvalla for this year's race as was done in 2017.   The $1 million Graduate Series for 4 year olds also begins on May 6 at the Meadowlands, travels to Mohawk Racetrack for leg two on June 3, then on to Tioga Downs for the June 11 third leg. Each leg of the Graduate will have a purse of $75,000 or $50,000 if raced in divisions. The $250,000 finals will be raced at he Meadowlands on Pace elimination night, July 8.   The 2017 Kindergarten series starts in early July and will again include two legs during the Freshman Festival meet in September at The Meadowlands. The $150,000 finals are scheduled for November 3 and will be raced at Vernon Downs this year.   The Miss Versatility Series will have two legs at The Meadowlands to go along with Mohawk Racetrack and Tioga Downs. The $100,000 final will remain a part of the Little Brown Jug card at Delaware, Ohio.   All of the conditions for Meadowlands administered stakes/finals have been written to award one percent of the final purse to those horses that finish "out of the money".   The NJSS offers $100,000 guaranteed finals to the sophomores in May and freshmen in July with two $20,000 preliminary legs leading up to those events for each group.   The complete Meadowlands 2017 stakes schedule may be viewed here and the live racing/stakes calendar here. The website also provides a "Stakes Application" page where you may download all the information on the 2017 events including nomination forms and conditions for all Meadowlands administered stakes. All purses listed are estimates unless denoted as guaranteed (G).   The Hambletonian and a few other Grand Circuit stakes on the Meadowlands calendar are administered by and the property of the Hambletonian Society. All of the NJSS races are handled by the NJ Sires Stakes offices. Payments on those stakes should be directed to those offices.   Trainers must be approved for nomination to Meadowlands stakes to be accepted. It's suggested that trainers submit a racing application before the February 15 deadline if you are planning to race at The Meadowlands in stakes or overnights in 2017.   Call the Racing Office at (201) 842-5130 with questions.   From the Meadowlands Media Department  

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