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East Rutherford, NJ - Friday, May 19 marks the start of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) at The Meadowlands with a total of six $20,000 divisions for harness racing sophomore trotters and pacers.   Trotting fillies open the card with Glitzy Gal the slight 2/1 choice in a competitive field of seven. She accomplished little last season in a handful of starts but has returned stronger and faster, winning in 1:56 in her most recent outing for trainer Nifty Norman. Dave Miller has the drive in Friday's race for owners David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Little E, LLC.   Last year's NJSS final and Dan Patch award winner Ariana G banked nearly three-quarters of a million dollars while winning all the majors for the Jimmy Takter barn. She's had a pair of qualifiers to prepare for her 2017 debut as the heavy favorite in the second division (race five). Yannick Gingras drives the homebred lass for Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.   The colts will battle it out in races three and eight, with Deacon Tony given the 9/5 edge in the first and considerably easier split. He's off to a good start on the campaign with a pair of wins thus far for trainer Ron Burke and owners Our Horse Cents, Deo Volente, TLP Stable and Silva Burroughs Stable. Gingras has the drive on Deacon Tony.   The second division contains the defending NJSS champ and Peter Haughton final winner in What The Hill. The Burke trainee was a 1:55.3 winner in his first start at age three for owners Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents, J&T Silva Stable and Deo Volente. Dave Miller is the driver.   Last year's top New Jersey freshman pacer Every Way Out is the prohibitive choice in the single division of the colt pace. He makes his seasonal debut on Friday for owners Taylor, Basen, Gold and Lazzaro. Dylan Davis is the trainer and Tim Tetrick the driver for Every Way Out.   Designated Drinker won the 2016 NJSS filly pace final for owner (in partnership with Triple C Stable), trainer and driver Chris Lems last year but is a 10/1 outsider in race ten.   The favorite's role falls to John Cancelliere's homebred Colorful Jasmine. She got a late start to her freshman campaign and missed last year's NJSS but has quickly caught up to the field and flashed god speed in her 2017 debut with an easy 1:54.1 score at Harrah's. Tom Cancelliere trains and Corey Callahan will drive Colorful Jasmine.   The menu in Pink features a Portuguese theme this Friday for $29.95.   Saturday is Preakness Day, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. The gates open at 9:30 a.m.   Friday's post time is 7:15 p.m. Nick Salvi  

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  

Successful harness racing owners Emilio and Mary Rosati have raced some very talented horses around the world. When questioned about the best horse he has owned he quickly answers Excel Stride, but the gelding's ranking could be under threat due to the emergence of impressive American filly Blue Moon Stride. The Mark Harder trained filly won the $100,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes Final at the Meadowlands over the weekend and Rosati believes this is just the beginning for the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover. "I spoke to her driver Andy McCarthy after the win and he told me she cruised home and he never touched her, I think she might be something special," Rosati said. "She ran 1:50 and two fifths at her run prior and Andy told me he thought she could have broken 1:50 if he had asked her to. She is staked for a lot of big races over there and Pocono will be her next stop." Blue Moon Stride's dam is Classic Star, a full sister to superstar sire Bettor's Delight and Rosati was very keen to buy into the family. "They don't come much better bred than her, it is an interesting story because she had a full sister go through the sales before I bought her. I looked at the full sister but I wasn't 100% happy with her confirmation and she ended up going for $120,000 at auction. "When Mr Perretti died the family sold all of his horses including the weanlings so I rang Mark Harder about the weanling. He went and had a look at her and told me she was very small but very correct, I was very keen to buy into the family so I told Mark to go and buy her." Harder purchased the weanling filly at auction and contacted Rosati to pass on the good news. "When Mark rang he told me he had purchased her but I was shocked when he told me the price, I couldn't believe it when he said he only paid $27,000 for her. The Americans just don't like buying weanlings, they like to see the yearlings stride out and because she was small I think that's why I got her so cheap. "I sent her straight to a farm that I have sent horses to before where the grass is up to the horses' knees and told them to take care of her. She continued to grow and she is now the best part of 16 hands." Rosati is hoping to see Blue Moon Stride compete in Delaware and Lexington. "I'd love to see her race in the Jugette and then go to the Red Mile, if that was the case Mary and I would go over to watch her. "We aren't going to Canada, she picked up an allergy when she went last year and while there are some nice races there for her, it took too long for her to get over the problems last season." Blue Moon Stride was a tall lean two year old but has developed as an early three year old. "She really filled out and has matured a lot, if she stays sounds then who knows where she may end up, I'd like to bring her to Sydney to race in the 2018 Miracle Mile but there is a lot to happen between now and then." "She hasn't done as much as Excel Stride did yet but she has the potential to be my best." Rosati confirmed the filly will end up coming to Australia whether it is to race or breed. "All of my broodmares are here in Australia so at some stage she will be here too. I'd love to see her come here and race but when I bought her I wanted to buy into the family and her bloodlines are so good that I'm excited by what she could do as a broodmare." Greg Hayes

East Rutherford, NJ - The New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) Finals for harness racing three-year-old trotters and pacers will each be raced for a purse of $100,000 on Saturday night, June 4 at The Meadowlands. Deo Volente Farms is the title sponsor for all four divisions of the stake.   Among the contenders are the two-year-old trotting and pacing national divisional leaders from last season, Southwind Frank and Boston Red Rocks respectively.   The evening's stakes begin in race two, where Boston Red Rocks gets underway from post two for Tim Tetrick in a six horse field. The strapping Rocknroll Hanover colt took the first leg in 1:50.3, then met with road trouble last week when Tetrick was forced to take up sharply to avoid the breaking Ideal Rocky resulting in a third place finish. With a hundred grand on the line the surest course to victory is likely a forwardly placed one for Boston Red Rocks and his team of trainer Steve Elliott along with owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks.   Southwind Frank starts from the open outside post eight in the eighth race for Yannick Gingras and finds a pretty good group of horses to his left. This Muscle Hill scion won all the majors last year and is the fastest freshman trotting colt in the long history of harness racing by virtue of his 1:52.2 win in Lexington last fall. He dominated this group with a 1:52.1 romp in the first leg then stayed home while Maven's Way edged Jack Vernon in an eye-popping 1:51.4 last week. Add prospects like Bar Hopping and Brooklyn Hill to the mix and you've got yourself a horse race. Ron Burke trains the favorite, who now races for the eponymous Southwind Frank Partners.   Gingras will also be in the sulky of the consesus choice in the filly trot, directing the fortunes of All The Time (PP #2) for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Trainer Jimmy Takter also chose to defer last week after her effortless 1:53.2 win in the first leg. A full field of ten will face the starter in this, the sixth race of the card.   The pacing fillies go forward in the fourth race and Emilio and Maria Rosati's Blue Moon Stride (PP #6) has the favorite's role off a pair of dominant wins against these young ladies the past two weeks. A new shooter appeared last week in Rocknroll Vision who was a good second to the fave and has drawn the outside post seven for the final. Mark Harder trains and Andrew McCarthy is scheduled to drive Blue Moon Stride in her quest to defend her title.   Promotions-wise the action is moving outdoors with the "30 & Under Handicapping Contest" offering $5,000 in prizes to the neophyte crowd on Friday evening. Interested parties may sign up until 7:00 p.m. on the rooftop Victory Terrace. Saturday marks the return of the Jersey Fest Food Truck Mash-Up brings hungry fans from all over the Garden State.   For the experienced horseplayer the standard wagers and guarantees are in place and the last race Hi-5 Super Jackpot carryover stands at $237,882 to start the racing weekend.   Meadowlands Media Relations  

Saturday night harness racing at The Meadowlands features the $25,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for sophomore pacers. Unlike the trots on Friday, both of last week's winners are back in the race this week. Boston Red Rocks faces five of the six he vanquished in 1:50.2 a week ago. He will begin from the outside post six in the second race. Those rivals include Ideal Rocky, who closed to within a head of the winner with a sustained rally into a 26.2 final quarter and Katie's Rocker, another who was inching in late. Boston Red Rocks is the early favorite for the July 16 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. He has come back from his award-winning freshman season in fine form for owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks, who turn the colt over to Steve Elliott for the racing season. That practice worked to perfection last year, particularly when Tim Tetrick joined the team for the Breeders Crown. On the feminine side, it's Blue Moon Stride's tiara to lose. She was the winner of last year's final and took up right where she left off by scoring a convincing win in leg one against many of the same rivals she'll face from post six in Saturday's eleventh race. The filly has the speed and power to do it from any position, as evidenced by her relentless uncovered romp last week. Her team has a distinct international flavor, owners Emilio and Maria Rosati and driver Andrew McCarthy hail from Australia while trainer Mark Harder is a New Zealand native. The weekend promotions include the Sports Jersey and Ticket Palooza giveaway and box seats for the June 4 Belmont Stakes. The doors will open at 9:30 on Sunday morning so you may watch and wager on the Elitlopp simulcast from Solvalla, Sweden. The Meadowlands is also welcoming contestants for the June 24 Miss Hot to Trot contest. Sign up now, beat the rush. Post time on Saturday is 7:15 p.m. Meadowlands Media Relations

The New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for three-year-old trotters resumes on Friday night at The Meadowlands with leg two. The number of races mirrors last week with two filly divisions and a single colt contest but he players have changed significantly with the winners of all three races remaining in the barn this week, their spot in next week's harness racing finals secure. The first $20,000 division for the ladies is the second race, a field of six. Hillosophical has been steadily improving for Valeriya Medik and took a giant leap forward in last week's race, trotting in 1:54.4, her fastest mile to date by three seconds while finishing second at odds of over 100-1. She won't have to deal with the Garden State's top filly this week, All The Time, and that alone may land her in the winner's circle for owner Green Acquisition Corporation. Andy Miller has the drive. Southwind Hope is the filly to beat in division two (race 4). She did all the hard work in last week's race leading until the final stride when Wildflower stuck her head in front just in time for the win photo in 1:55. Southwind Hope has two wins and hasn't missed the board in her five seasonal outings this year while banking more than $37,000 for Andy Miller Stable, Little E, LLC and Lawrence Dumain. Andy will drive and Julie Miller is the trainer. The seven (of nine) colts back from the first leg will advance at least three places in the order of finish in the $25,000 sixth race as the top three finishers from that race, Southwind Frank, Brooklyn Hill, and Bar Hopping, are absent from leg two. That leaves Double L Lindy as the returning leader off of a solid fourth after surviving a long first over bid last week, beaten just five lengths and five in front of the rest of the field. Unraced at two, Double L Lindy races out of the Ake Svanstedt barn for owners Lindy Farms, Joe Sbrocco and Paul Van Camp and Little E. Steve Smith has the drive on him. The Friday offering begins at 7:15 p.m. with $226,527 in the Super Hi-5 Jackpot pool to open the weekend. Meadowlands Media Relations

Saturday night's harness racing card at The Meadowlands has a lot to offer. The first leg of the Graduate Series brings Grand Circuit four-year-old trotters and pacers to town and the pacing side of the New Jersey Sires Stakes gets underway, featuring 2015's top freshman Boston Red Rocks in his seasonal debut.   The Graduate trotters were split into a pair of $50,000 divisions with Wings Of Victory, fresh off his lifetime best 1:51.4 win here last week, listed as the morning line choice from the rail in race two. Trainer George Ducharme and owner Ray Campbell, Jr will enlist Corey Callahan to drive their stable star for the first time on Saturday.   Pinkman (PP #3) makes his second seasonal start in division two (race six). Last year's Trotter of the Year got nipped at the wire by Wings Of Royalty after doing the heavy lifting on the front end last Friday. He's been pronounced fit and ready to go off that effort by Yannick Gingras who drives the gelding regularly for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding, Joyce Mc Clelland and Herb Liverman.   The Graduate pacers, a talented, well-balanced field of nine, assemble for the $75,000 eighth race. Rockin Ron (PP #4) has been perfect since joining the Ron Burke stable late last year. The latest in the line of Indiana invaders to join pacing's upper echelon has strung together eleven straight wins and scored his first Grand Circuit victory in the Confederation Cup last Sunday. Rockin Ron was matched successfully with Gingras for the first time in that outing and the pair shall seek to extend the streak for the ownership group of Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stables.   The competition is led by the iron-tough In The Arsenal who will be leaving from the rail for Brett Miller after a useful closing effort in his first start against the best Open pacers last week.   Boston Red Rocks never missed the board in nine starts as a freshman and secured divisional honors with his late season heroics, by winning both the Breeders Crown and Governor's Cup finals. With a pair of impressive qualifiers under his belt, the imposing son of Rocknroll Hanover gets underway from post four in this $25,000 test for owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Steve Elliott and Tim Tetrick provide plenty of championship experience as his trainer and driver.   The competition is led by Ideal Rocky, who vanquished the top choice in the NJSS freshman final last year and Katie's Rocker who quietly had a solid season at two and has made a good appearance in both of his morning trials.   The pacing fillies (race five) are led by Blue Moon Stride who will attempt to defend her NJSS tiara, having won last year's final. She faced Grand Circuit types through the balance of her freshman season and has earned more money in her career than her eight opponents combined. Andrew McCarthy has the drive from post position six for trainer Mark Harder and owners Emilio and Maria Rosati of Australia.   Saturday is Preakness Day as well as the scene of the All About Beer Magazine's World Beer Festival, so the place will be "hoppin". Don't miss it.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Meadowlands Media Relations    

The New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) will field three divisions of sophomore trotters to kick off the 2016 state-bred harness racing season on Friday night at The Meadowlands.   The headliner is Southwind Frank, consensus choice for this season's top trotting stakes including the August 6 Hambletonian. The son of Muscle Hill has had a pair of conditioning qualifiers in anticipation of his seasonal debut and will leave from post position four in a super-sized field of a dozen in this $25,000 leg (race six). Ron Burke trains Southwind Frank for himself as Burke Racing, LLC, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stable and J&T Silva. Yannick Gingras resumes his position as the champion colt's driver.   The fillies split into fields of eight in the second race and seven in the fourth, each for a $20,000 purse.   Gingras has the logical favorite in the first division where he'll steer Breeders Crown winner All The Time for the Jimmy Takter stable. A winner of nearly a half million dollars at two, All The Time races for owner/breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.   Wildflower got a late start but finished her freshman year strong with an upset win in the Kindergarten final and a solid fifth place finish in the Goldsmith Maid. Ake Svanstedt trains and drives the Muscle Hill lass for himself, Douglas Sipple and Mal & Janet Burroughs, LLC.   Friday is Military Appreciation Night at The Meadowlands where our veterans will be recognized for their service.   The standard guarantee on horizontal wagers is in place, free program pages for the late Pick-4 are available courtesy of Trackmaster and the last race Hi-5 Super Jackpot stands at $222,459 to open the weekend.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Meadowlands Media Relations

The Meadowlands Championship Harness Racing Meet takes flight this weekend with the first leg of both the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for sophomores and the Graduate Series for four-year-olds.   The NJSS (all purses $25,000) trotters race on Friday with Hambletonian winter book favorite Southwind Frank making his debut amid a bulky field of twelve colts (race six) and freshman Breeders Crown winner All The Time coming out in the first of two filly divisions (race two).   Saturday night's card is heavy with talent.   Boston Red Rocks makes his seasonal bow in the NJSS colt pace (race eleven) and Blue Moon Stride is back to defend her NJSS tiara in the filly competition (race five).   The Graduate trot split into a pair of $50,000 divisions with Wings Of Royalty coming in off last week's 1:51.4 upset win in an overnight race leading race two from the rail. 2015 Trotter of the Year Pinkman catches a tough field (race six) that includes Musical Rhythm and Maestro Blue Chip, a duo that had modest sophomore campaigns but have morphed into unbeaten early season sensations. Something's gotta give in what promises to be a slugfest.   Nine pacers were declared for the $75,000 Graduate pace (race eight) with another emerging star in Confederation Cup winner Rockin Ron looking to extend his ten race seasonal unbeaten streak heading up that field.   Saturday is Preakness Day and a large crowd is expected to watch Nyquist attempt to advance to possible Triple Crown winner status. Make your reservations early via The Meadowlands website.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Meadowlands Media Relations

Cheyenne Robin and a pair of two-year-olds by If I Can Dream turned in winning efforts in New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the harness racing meeting at Freehold Raceway. In the $7,000 three-year-old filly pace, the third race, Cheyenne Robin [Rocknroll Hanover] was a half-length winner over even-money favorite Strut My Stuff [Western Ideal]. It was a length and three-quarters to Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. The mile was paced in 1:55.2 on a sloppy track. Cheyenne Robin [$6.20], driven by Daniel Dube and trained by Robert Siegelman, races for The Cheyenne Gang LLC of Port Washington, NY. It was the filly's fifth win of the year. She has finished in-the-money in 18 of 37 lifetime starts for a bankroll of more than $126,000. If I Can Dream, who stands at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, NJ, was the sire of the winners of both the two-year-old pacing colt and two-year-old pacing filly $7,000 splits contested prior to the betting card. Perchance To Dream, driven by Steve Smith, won the colt division by a neck over Don'tcallmefrancis [Rocknroll Hanover] with Rock N Roll Style [Rocknroll Hanover] in third by five and three-quarter lengths. The time of the mile was 1:58.3. Perchance To Dream picked up his third win in eight starts. He races for the ownership of trainer Brian Wright and breeder Willard D. Hall Jr. of Berlin, MD. Queenofthedreams won the filly division by a nose over On Top Of the Rock [Rocknroll Hanover] with a length and a half to LL Jackpot [Philos Hanover] in third. Marcus Miller guided the Nick Surick trainee to the 2:01.3 victory. She has three wins, two seconds and two thirds in eight starts. She is owned and bred by Michael Boutilier of Nova Scotia. Carol Hodes

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