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East Rutherford, NJ - Horsemen should take note that this week's harness racing Breakfast With The Babies (sponsored by Fashion Farms) qualifying & Baby races at The Meadowlands will begin at 9:00am on Saturday, July 6. There are 9 races with a training break after race 3.   Program pages are available on the Meadowlands website and you may watch live from this link.     Nick Salvi

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - June 29, 2019 - The Meadowlands hosted the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for harness racing 2-year-olds on Friday (June 28) night. All five of the divisions raced for a purse of $25,000. The 2-year-old filly pacers started the night off in a non-betting race before the regularly scheduled card. David Miller teamed up with the Ross Croghan trainee Odds On Sarasota to claim the first NJSS division of the night. Miller sat with Odds on Sarasota in a two-hole trip until the stretch where he pulled her and marched past the leader Duck N Roll. The Rock N Roll Heaven filly stopped the clock in 1:56.1, with Bigforherbritches coming in second and Duck N Roll finishing third. Next up were the 2-year-old colt pacers in the first race of the regular card. Scott Zeron steered the odds on favorite Rockin The Ace to the winner circle for trainer Carmen Auciello. The Rock N Roll Heaven colt earned himself a lifetime mark of 1:54.2 with his first career win. Rock N Teen finished a close second with Cedar Hall Heaven coming in third. The 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters took the stage for the third division of the NJSS. Once again the odds on favorite took home the purse money in this race. Tim Tetrick wired the field with Play Trix On Me for trainer Gareth Dowse in 1:55.4. The Trixton colt opened up by eight lengths in the stretch to trot home in 27.4. Barley finished second with AP Hall Of Trix finishing third. The very next race was the first division of two for the 2-year-old filly trotters. Driver Anthony Macdonald pulled Spirit Of Deo first up at the half and was able to nose out the leader Caviart Eva at the wire. Spirit Of Deo, sired by Trixton, trotted her last quarter in a blistering 26.4 to upset the odds on favorite. Caviart Eva finished a close second with Common Sense S coming in third. This is the Andrew Harris trainees first start of her career and what a way to start her 2-year-old campaign. Spirit of Deo was bred by Deo Volente Farms of Flemington, NJ. The last NJSS of the night was the second division for 2-year-old filly trotters. Scott Zeron teamed up with trainer George Ducharme this time, to win his second sire stakes race of the night with Dramatra. The odds on favorite daughter of Trixton wired the field, from post position number five to stop the clock in 1:57.3. Dramatra finished a good two lengths ahead of second place finisher Stella Kemp. Tricky Sister finished in third place. The second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-olds will take place on Friday July 5, 2019 at the Meadowlands. Courtney Stafford

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - On Saturday, July 13th the 4th Annual BBQ Battle returns to the harness racing track on Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Night. $2,000 is up for grabs in the Battle with $500 top prizes for the best brisket, chicken, pulled pork and ribs. Plus on the track, the top 3 year old pacers compete for the $700,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace title. From 6-11 p.m. in the Backyard, fans can grab some delicious barbecue and food truck eats from some of the best local food trucks and restaurants in the area. So far, seven contestants have signed up to compete in this year's Battle including: Magic Mike's Smoked Meats, Dr Dors BBQ, Delicious BBQ, Gentle Giant Brew Co, Smoke & Steer BBQ Grill, Carlitos BBQ and Big Barlow's BBQ. Additional food and dessert options ranging from empanadas to seafood tacos to burgers to Italian ice and cupcakes will be provided by Empanada Guy, All Surf No Turf, Jersey Roll, 2 Guys Catering, The Mozzarella God, Clydes Italian Ice and House of Cupcakes. BBQ Battle registration is limited to the first ten entrants. There is a $100 registration fee that must be paid prior to the start of cooking. Those interested in participating should contact Rachel Ryan at RaRyan@playmeadowlands.com "Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace night is a highlight of our Championship Meet," said Meadowlands General Manager and CEO Jason M. Settlemoir. "This is truly a spectacular night of racing, food and family fun." In addition to the BBQ Battle, The "Greatest Night in Harness Racing" also takes place on Saturday (July 13) with the featured $700,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace in the spotlight. Also being contested on the card will be the Mistletoe Shalee, Stanley Dancer, Del Miller, William Haughton, Golden Girls and Hambletonian Maturity. Fans can grab a free Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace commemorative T-shirt (while supply lasts), ride the mechanical shark and enter to win a $500 win wager. There is also live music by the Mighty Spectrum Band and bounce houses for the kids. For more details on the BBQ Battle and the Crawford Farm Meadowlands Pace, visit http://meadowlandspace.com/default.html   Rachel Ryan

Off victories in Hempt eliminations, Proof and Captain Victorious are two new harness racing names in the Week 9 edition of Dave Little's "Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace" The top three of Captain Crunch, Bettor's Wish and Workin Ona Mystery remain intact, as all three take the week off as they continue to prep for the $700,000 event.  #Paceyourself19   Rank Horse (Earnings – Mark) Driver, Trainer Owner(s) Dave Little’s Comments 1 Captain Crunch ($1,050,806 – 1:47.2)   S. Zeron, N. Johansson 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables, Caviart Farms Clearly the leader of the 3-year-old colt pacing pack with the North America Cup trophy sitting on his mantle. Will go after the Cup-Pace double when elims are contested at the Big M a week from Saturday. Johansson: “He trained (Wednesday) morning along with Caviart (Rockland) and both were very good. They will train fast Saturday morning and then they should be ready to go.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 1st (1:47.2) 2 Bettor’s Wish ($639,556 – 1:49.3)   D. Dunn, C. Ryder Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm, Kenneth Solomon   Came up just short in The Cup. Can he score some revenge on his arch-rival Captain Crunch in the Pace? Ryder: “He’s good. We are going to qualify Saturday morning at the Meadowlands.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 2nd (1:47.3) 3 Workin Ona Mystery ($258,567 – 1:49)   T. Tetrick, B. Brown Diamond Creek Racing, Stambaugh Leeman Stable, Alan Keith, Wingfield Brothers   The 7-5 NA Cup favorite reached three-quarters on the point in 1:20 before settling for third. The Pace will feature a rematch of the division’s Big Three. Brown: “He went a big mile in the North America Cup but I don’t think there will be any repercussions for The Pace. He’ll train on Friday or Saturday.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 3rd (1:47.3) 4 Best In Show ($96,163 – 1:50.3)   B. McClure, L. Toscano Richard P Young, Joanne Young, Craig W Henderson   Still inexperienced sort is headed for some Ontario Sire Stakes Gold action Saturday before returning to New Jersey to give The Pace a go. Toscano: “He’s good. I don’t love my draw (post 8) for Saturday (in the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold) but we decided to race instead of stay at the Meadowlands and qualify. If he can’t go with the sire stake horses, then he doesn’t belong with the others (in The Pace).” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 6th (1:48.2) 5 Air Force Hanover ($215,888 – 1:50.1)   D. Dunn, B. Brown Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, Richard M Lombardo, W J Donovan   Showed early speed before yielding and staying at the rail the rest of the way to get second in his Hempt Elim. Brown: “I’m very happy with him but he’s not quite as good as some of the other horses. I don’t think he’s coming to The Pace. We are looking more towards the Adios.” Last Race: 6/22 – PcD – Hempt Elimination – 2nd (1:49.1) 6 Proof ($476,299 – 1:48.1)   D. Miller, B. Brown Diamond Creek Racing   Reappears in the Top 10 after several weeks away off an impressive 1:48.1 score in his Hempt Elimination as the 4-5 favorite. Brown: “The week of training he had before that race was the best of his life. He was unbelievable last week. We’ll decide after the Hempt what we will do next, but I’m leaning towards the Meadowlands Pace.” Last Race: 6/22 – PcD – Hempt Elimination – 1st (1:48.1) 7 Hurrikane Emperor ($331,650 – 1:49.3)   D. Dube, J. McDermott Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group, William Garofalo   Sat the pocket throughout behind Captain Victorious’ improbably incredible mile in a Hempt Elim as the 3-2 public choice. McDermott: “His earplugs never got pulled. We accomplished what we needed to (by making it to the final). He scoped a little sick, so he’s been on anti-biotics and I expect him to be better on Saturday.” Last Race: 6/22 – PcD – Hempt Elimination – 2nd (1:49) 8 Captain Victorious ($180,271 – 1:48.3)   Y. Gingras, R. Burke The Captain V Stable If you did not see his mile in the Hempt, do yourself a favor and check it out. He was hounded every step of the way on the lead and won in decisive fashion to earn a spot in the Top 10 for the first time. Unbelievable!  Burke: “I wasn’t that surprised at how good he was. I was more surprised at how bad he was the start before (in the NA Cup). As for last week, when the track at Pocono is like it was, you can go far on the lead.” Last Race: 6/22 – PcD – Hempt Elimination – 1st (1:48.3) 9 De Los Cielos Deo ($217,758 – 1:48.4Q)   D. Miller, R. Burke Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence R Karr, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC     Was sent to the gate as the 3-1 second choice in the wagering, but did not live up to that billing, finishing seventh in The Cup. Burke: “I still think he’s the best colt I have. I think being off for two weeks is good for him. After the (1:48.4) qualifier followed by the big mile in his NA Cup Elim followed by the disaster in the final, he needs some time to recoup.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 7th (1:49.3) 10 Caviart Rockland ($93,265 – 1:50.3)   Y. Gingras, N. Johansson Caviart Farms   Finished second in a nice try in the NA Cup Consolation after pacing home in :27. Johansson: “If it sets up well and he gets a trip, he always closes very well, I think he has a legitimate shot to get a check in The Pace. It’s better for me to have them (Caviart Rockland and Captain Crunch) on two separate avenues as we get further into the season. Hopeflly, Caviart can get into the Millstein and races like that.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Consolation – 2nd (1:49.1)   KEY PREP RACES MEADOWLANDS PACE ELIGIBLES IN CAPS – Supplements are permitted per the conditions of the race Date Stakes Site Winner Trainer Driver 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time 5/4 Pa. Sire Stakes Pa. Sire Stakes Pa. Sire Stakes Mea Mea Mea Southwind Ozzi WORKIN ONA MYSTERY LOVE ME SOME LOU B. Mac Kenzie B. Brown T. Cancelliere T. Tetrick T. Tetrick D. Miller PROOF Wild Wild Western Brassy Hanover Prince Of Tides Captain Malicious CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS 1:50.4 1:50.1 1:50.4 5/11 Pa. All-Stars Pa. All-Stars Pa. All-Stars PcD PcD PcD BLOOD MONEY Branquinho AIR FORCE HANOVER N. Johansson R. Schnittker B. Brown S. Zeron T. Buter G. Napolitano, Jr. ESCAPETOTHEBEACH LYONS NIGHT HAWK Highlandbeachlover Brassy Hanover Warrawee Unique SUGAR FACTORY 1:50 1:50.1 1:50.1 5/13 NY Sire Stakes NY Sire Stakes NY Sire Stakes MR MR MR Hickfromfrenchlick Major March Rollwithpapajoe R. Schnittker L. Toscano J. Bongiorno M. MacDonald J. Bartlett T. Buter American Mercury Major Blake REIGNING DEO Stone Hanover Astaire Covered Bridge 1:55 1:55 1:56 5/17 NJ Sire Stakes M1 HURRIKANE EMPEROR J. McDermott D. Dube Clintock Black Dan 1:53.2 5/18 Art Rooney Elim. Art Rooney Elim. YR YR AIR FORCE HANOVER BETTOR’S WISH B. Brown C. Ryder D. Miller D. Dunn BUDDY HILL BLOOD MONEY PRICE HANOVER Rollwithpapajoe 1:52.4 1:53.2 5/19 Pa. Sire Stakes Pa. Sire Stakes Pa. Sire Stakes PcD PcD PcD Wild Wild Western CAPTAIN CRUNCH WORKIN ONA MYSTERY N. Parker N. Johansson B. Brown M. Wilder S. Zeron T. Tetrick CAVIART STETSON Southwind Ozzi LOVE ME SOME LOU SEMI TOUGH PROOF Highlandbeachlover 1:52 1:49.1 1:49.3 5/24 NJ Sire Stakes M1 HURRIKANE EMPEROR J. McDermott D. Dube Black Dan Clintock 1:52 5/25 Art Rooney Final YR BETTOR’S WISH C. Ryder D. Dunn       Rachel Ryan Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Last week's editions of "DRF Harness" and "Harness Racing Update" both included well-executed stories about the use of TrackMaster ratings by racing secretaries to create competitive, evenly-matched fields at an increasing number of harness tracks, and while the way the ratings are arrived at might not be clear - or even matter - to most handicappers, the results track managers covet are there. David Siegel, the President of TrackMaster, told HRU that his company examined the racing at Plainridge Racecourse for the 10 weeks since they opened for the 2019 season, and of those 337 races, 164 were for horses with a "TrackMaster rating of xx.x or less" or TM ratings were used as a secondary condition. In those 164 dashes, field sizes were bigger. Fifteen percent bigger. In 61 percent of non-TrackMaster races, there was an odds-on favorite. In the TM events, there was an odds-on chalk only 35 percent of the time. While the sampling might be small, the numbers at the Meadowlands back up the theory that the TrackMaster races are more bettor friendly. Over the last four race cards, there have been 14 races at the Big M where the singular condition was for TrackMaster ratings. Those events have seen an average field size of 9.3 and only two odds-on favorites (both lost). While six favorites did win, half of those went off at odds of at least 2-1. In addition, horses at odds of 16-1 or more hit the winner's circle four times with two of those 30-1 or more. DRF Harness' Derick Giwner wrote that "the TM Rating system works very similar to the 'ABC' conditions that have been used on and off for many years. ... The key difference is that the Racing Office doesn't need to spend countless hours classifying and re-classifying horses." If increased field size and decreased odds-on favorites continue to be the result of using the TrackMaster Ratings system to write races, they'll be around for a long time to come. HANDLE STILL TOPS: Even with the Meadowlands' top-tier drivers at Pocono Downs last Saturday (June 22) participating on the Sun Stakes card, wagering remained solid at the Big M. In fact, a total of $264,314 was wagered on the first race on the program - one for amateur drivers in the GSY Series - and another $332,762 (for non-winners of $9,000) was put in play in the eighth dash on the way to an all-source total handle of $2,461,122, tops in the sport. This Friday at the Big M, the usual front-line drivers will be on hand before the Saturday card will see the lesser-known pilots getting to shine. Both programs will get underway at 7:15 p.m. and each will feature 14 races. Friday's card will see Caviart Ally go for a third straight score in the Rainbow Blue Series final; Gold Cup winner Jimmy Freight take on Backstreet Shadow - who went the fastest Big M mile of the year of 1:47.4 last week - in one division of the Graduate Series for pacers; and 2018 Meadowlands Pace winner Courtly Choice looking to get back on the winning track in the other Graduate dash. CAN-AM CANCELED: Due to Woodbine at Mohawk Park starting their race card later than usual on Friday (7:55 p.m.) and the Big M carding an extra race, there will be no 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 offered on June 28. The wager, which regularly sees a total pool in excess of $50,000, will return Friday, July 5. WORTHY OF A HIGH-FIVE: Fans of the 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five have much to look forward to this Friday (June 28) evening, as they will be shooting for a carryover of $116,410 in the fifth race. You could walk away with over $100,000 for a 20-Cent bet. As always, free program pages for the Meadowlands' signature wager - the 50-Cent Pick-4 that begins with race eight - are available by going to www.playmeadowlands.com or www.ustrotting.com. Last Saturday's sequence began with a 3-5 favorite and included a 9-5 shot yet still came back $207.75. COME RUN, HAVE FUN: Maybe they'll be no horses, but there will be racing this evening (Thursday, June 27) at the Big M in the "Corporate FunRun North Jersey 5K". The 5K run/walk is only part of the festivities as there will be a DJ, music, beer, food and a photographer taking pictures all night long. For more information, go to http://corporatefunrun.com/event/north-jersey-5k-meadowlands-race-track/. HOLY GUACAMOLE! The Big M's Pink restaurant is offering a Mexican buffet on "Fiesta Friday" (June 28). The cost is only $29.95 and you can make reservations by calling 201-THE-BIGM. DON'T WHINE: If sampling different wines is your thing, then you must be at the Meadowlands on Saturday (June 29) for the track's "Summer Wine Festival". More than 30 wineries will be on hand to titillate the palates of wine lovers. For tickets, go to https://meadowlandsracetrack.ticketleap.com/2019-meadowlands-racetrack-wine-festival/dates/Jun-29-2019_at_0430PM. MUCH APPRECIATED: On Saturday (July 6), come out to the Meadowlands for "Fan Appreciation Night". The racing will be top-notch with the Graduate Finals and Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Eliminations, and after the card concludes, there will a huge fireworks show lighting up the sky. Post time will be earlier than usual, with the first race slated for 6:35 p.m. THAT'S MY DRIVER: Enter the "That's My Driver" contest on Friday (July 12) for a chance to win $50. In addition, if Tim Tetrick wins a race, fans can go to the Café and get a $1 beer or soda. For official rules, go to the track level Players Club Desk. For those who want a great meal, that evening in Pink, there will be a $29.95 "A Bit of Italian Buffet". Call 201-THE-BIGM for reservations. THE BIG ONE: The "Greatest Night in Harness Racing" takes place on Saturday (July 13) with the featured $700,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace in the spotlight. Also being contested on the card will be the Mistletoe Shalee, Stanley Dancer, Del Miller, William Haughton, Golden Girls and Hambletonian Maturity. In addition to The Pace, barbecue lovers will be able to get their fill at the track's "BBQ Battle". From 6-10 p.m. in the Backyard, get some delicious barbecue from some of the best local food trucks and restaurants in the area.   Meadowlands Media Relations

This Friday, June 28th fans can watch the world's greatest racing while dining on authentic Mexican-American cuisine in Pink at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. The Mexican-themed buffet is $29.95 and features all the classic dishes. Guests can start their night with hominy soup, chili con queso, and quesadillas. Buffet entrees include chicken & beef chimichangas, grilled steak medallions, a make-your-own taco bar with all the fixings, black beans with rice and a variety of salsas. Cinnamon rice pudding, tres leche cake and ice cream round out the flavorful meal. The always popular themed night buffets continue in Pink Restaurant throughout the summer and are $29.95, excluding tax & gratuity. Every buffet features appetizers, soup, main courses, side dishes and dessert. The themed buffet schedule is as follows: -- July 12: A Taste of Italy: Enjoy a tour of Italy featuring assorted antipasti, fried calamari, home-made manicotti, pork chop Murphy, chicken cacciatore & parmigiana and plenty of Italian desserts -- July 26: Seafood D'light: Kick off Seafood Fest with some summer seafood favorites including steamed clams & mussels, seafood salad and fresh shrimp Then on Friday, July 19th impersonator, Jesse Posa takes the stage as Mr. Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra. Jesse Posa is one of the leading Frank Sinatra impersonators in the country and has appeared at numerous corporate events and private affairs. He has performed as "Frank Sinatra" on stage at Radio City Music Hall, in the Off-Broadway production of "Sinatra & Friends" and at BB King's in Times Square NYC in "Party with the Rat Pack". Each tribute night buffet is $39.95 excluding tax & gratuity. The buffet begins at 5:30pm with the musical entertainment taking the stage at 8:30pm. On non-themed or non-music nights, the Pink Friday buffet remains $29.95 and $39.95 on Saturdays. Live harness racing post time is 7:15 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling (201) THE-BIGM.   Rachel Ryan

MILTON, June 25, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to inform all harness racing horseplayers that the 'Can-Am Pick 4' wager between Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Meadowlands has been suspended for this Friday (June 28). The one-week suspension of the wager is due to a change to this Friday's post time at Woodbine Mohawk Park and a 14-race card at The Meadowlands. The wager is scheduled to resume the following week on Friday, July 5.   Mark McKelvie

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It was another Saturday night at the Meadowlands where most of the regular harness racing drivers were out of town, and Pat Berry took full advantage, guiding Backstreet Shadow to a lifetime-best - and Meadowlands' season's-fastest - 1:47.4 clocking in the featured $30,000 Preferred for 4-year-olds on the pace. With many of the Big M drivers at Pocono Downs, Berry had the Scott DiDomenico trainee in a perfect position second-over following Albergo Hanover as 3-5 favorite Always A Prince hit three-quarters in 1:20.1. All Berry had to do at that point was tip off his cover, and he did just that during the stretch drive, before rolling to a three-quarter length victory over a fast-closing American History. Always A Prince held on for third. Backstreet Shadow, a son of Shadow Play-Backstreet Sweetie, gave notice in his last race that another big effort might be on the way. On June 9 at Tioga Downs, he won a division of the Graduate Series in a then lifetime-best 1:49.1. The winner paid $13.20 as the third choice in the wagering, and has now won five-of-12 starts this year for owner William Hartt. Lifetime, he's won 12-of-29 outings and banked $262,146. A LITTLE MORE: Vinny Ginsburg and Eric Abbatiello led the driver's colony with three winners each. Berry and Steve Smith both visited victory lane twice. ... The 50-Cent Pick-5, which saw a total pool of $56,304, had no winning favorites during its sequence, but was still havable as the longest price of the five was $14.40, which led to a payout of $3,263. ... The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five did not result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $116,410. ... All-source handle totaled $2,461,122. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations  

Close to eighty pre-registered dachshunds will be competing for the $500 Grand Prize in between the live harness racing. Live racing kicks off at 7:15pm There are eight qualifying heats with the top canine from each heat advancing to the final. The first qualifying heat is at 6:45pm. The Wiener Dog Derby Final will take place on the racetrack after Race 8 at approximately 10:15pm. This event takes place in the racetrack's Backyard and admission and parking are free. Fans are encouraged to come out and cheer on their favorite hound. It is a woofing good time for the entire family! Just remember only participating dogs are allowed at the track, no spectator dogs permitted. For information of the 2nd Annual Wiener Dog Derby and all upcoming events visit PlayMeadowlands.com.   Rachel Ryan

Ron Burke has enjoyed success with 2-year-old filly pacers, including the two most recent harness racing Dan Patch Award winners, Youaremycandygirl in 2017 and Warrawee Ubeaut in 2018, and on Monday (June 17) got another look at a group that will try to continue that good fortune. Burke sent out four winning 2-year-old filly pacers during Monday's qualifiers at Gaitway Farm, with Merga Hanover victorious in 1:54, Sweet Ace in 1:54.3, Wayside in 1:55.2, and Sweet Camille in 1:57. Merga Hanover and Sweet Ace, who both won qualifiers earlier this month, were the only winners timed in less than 1:55.1 over the course of the morning's 12 qualifiers for 2-year-olds. Merga Hanover, who won her first qualifier on June 3 in 1:56.4 at Gaitway, is by American Ideal out of Magic Starlight and was purchased for $150,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. She is owned by Thomas Dillon, Scott Dillon, Joe Sbrocco, and Bill Donovan. She was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Sweet Ace, who was a Gaitway winner in 2:03.3 on June 10, is by Sweet Lou out of One Ace Too Many. She was purchased for $20,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Larry Karr, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. She was bred by Crawford Farms. Wayside, who was making her qualifying debut, is by Somebeachsomewhere out of Al's Girl. She is a full sister to O'Brien Award winner Sandbetweenurtoes and was purchased for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. She is owned by Burke Racing, Brad Grant, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. She was bred by Steve Stewart and John Carver. Sweet Camille, who finished third in a qualifier on June 10, is by Sweet Lou out of stakes-winning millionaire Camille. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable, and Jack Piatt III. The ownership group also bred the filly. Sweet Camille                                                --Ken Weingartner photo "I thought Merga Hanover stamped herself as probably my best filly," Burke said. "Merga was great and Sweet Ace was great. But Wayside, that was her first time, and (second-place finisher) Primrose, it was her first time, so I was very happy with them. "The ones that have qualified twice unless they made mistakes, that's it for them. I'll start looking for overnights or we'll just prep them for the races off this. You see the improvement in them. We trained them in between this time, so they're going to be a little bit better. I was very happy." Burke's stable was responsible for 10 of the 12 winning 2-year-olds. Other second-time winners for Burke were pacing colts The Greek Freak and Cattlewash, both in 1:55.1, and trotting colt S Class in 1:57.1. Two horses that were second in their first qualifiers, trotting colt Cupid Hanover and pacing colt Mac's Big Boy, also earned victories Monday. The Greek Freak                                     --Ken Weingartner photo The Greek Freak, the nickname of NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo, is a son of Captaintreacherous out of Thirty X and was purchased for $75,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. He is owned by Burke Racing, Piatt Racing, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. He was bred by Steve Jones and Mark Mullen. Cattlewash, bred and owned by Bill Donovan, is by Somebeachsomewhere-Road Bet. S Class is by Muscle Hill out of Spellbound Hanover and a full brother to 2016 Trotter of the Year Marion Marauder. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms Racing, Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. He was bred by Bill Mulligan and purchased privately. Cupid Hanover, who won in 1:58.3, is by Father Patrick out of Cressida Hanover and a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. He was purchased for $250,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by the Burke-led Elite Trotting. He was bred by Brittany Farms. Mac's Big Boy, who won in 1:55.3, is by Somebeachsomewhere out of Hall of Fame broodmare Michelle's Jackpot and is a half-brother to millionaires Michael's Power and Michelle's Power. He was purchased for $60,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi, and Wingfield Five. He was bred by Jeff Snyder. Rounding out Burke's winners was trotting colt Vinny De Vie, who stopped the timer in 1:59.4. He is by Muscle Hill out of So You De Vie. He was purchased for $70,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Elite Trotting. He was bred by Joie De Vie Farm. "Out of the colts, I was very happy with Cattlewash, The Greek Freak, Mac's Big Boy," Burke said. "I thought the one that was the biggest surprise was Caliber (who finished third in Mac's Big Boy's qualifier). He showed pace late into a big mile. He's a big, great looking colt out of Allstar Rating, who was a world-record holder. He maybe hadn't shown that until now. Maybe he's one of those horses that in a race is going to come alive. I'm excited about that. "I was very happy. I thought it was a very good day." The two winning 2-year-olds not from the Burke stable were trotting fillies Ramona Hill for trainer Tony Alagna and Love A Good Story for trainer Julie Miller. Ramona Hill                                                    --Ken Weingartner photo Ramona Hill, who won in 1:56.2 with a back half in :55, is by Muscle Hill out of Lock Down Lindy. She was purchased for $70,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert Leblanc, and In The Gym Partners. She was bred by Crawford Partners. Love A Good Story, who won in 1:57.2, is by Chapter Seven out of Celebrity Lovin. She was purchased for $90,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Pinske Stables and Kentuckiana Racing Stable. She was bred by Celebrity Farms.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - With most of the front-line Meadowlands harness racing drivers competing on the North America Cup card, Saturday night provided an opportunity for others to shine at the Big M, and none shone brighter than Freehold regular 'Irish' Joe Hanney, who guided a pair of longshots to victory lane. Hanney's first score came in the fifth race, as he guided Village Jackson to a lifetime-best 1:51.1 score in a claiming handicap pace. In his last five starts with claimers, Village Jackson had been no worse than fourth, and this time around, the 11-year-old gelding prevailed at odds of 55-1, topping an Exacta that paid $694.40, a Trifecta that came back $5,275.00 and the 50-Cent Pick-5, which returned a whopping $15,266.00. But he had more damage to do. In the very next race, Hanney was at it again, this time in a pace for horses who had a TrackMaster rating of 80 or less, scoring with In Rock We Trust in a lifetime-best 1:51.1 at odds of 30-1. The Exacta returned $899.40 and Trifecta $3,603.40. Hanney also trains both horses. For Hanney fans who played a $2 win parlay, their return was a handsome $3,636. Delaware-circuit regular Mike Cole also had a driving double on the program, as did Big M regular Andy Miller. Corey Callahan had a second straight superb Saturday by winning four times. Last week, Callahan visited the winner's circle on six occasions. A LITTLE MORE: 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five players have much to look forward to Friday night. The fifth race JSH5 failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $113,204.60. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card totaled $2,614,953. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little

Bettor's Wish has taken over the top spot in the Week 7 edition of Dave Little's "Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace" off a sharp score in his North America Cup Elimination, with the other harness racing elim winner, Workin Ona Mystery, now in the second spot. Captain Crunch dropped to No. 3 after a fifth-place finish in his elim, but his connections remain confident about Saturday night's final.  #PaceYourself19   Rank Horse (Earnings – Mark) Driver, Trainer Owner(s) Dave Little’s Comments 1 Bettor’s Wish ($470,806 – 1:49.3)   D. Dunn, C. Ryder Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm, Kenneth Solomon   Rooney champion takes over the top spot after a pocket-trip win in the stronger of the two North America Cup Elims in 1:49.3 to stay unbeaten in four starts in 2019. Opted for post 3 in the final. Ryder: “He came out of the race great. Nothing worries me with this horse because nothing worries him. If you look in the program, 5 and 6 are the best posts, but we decided before the draw we’d take 3 or 4. If he wasn’t so handy off the gate, I might have taken 5.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 1st (1:49.3) 2 Workin Ona Mystery ($177,567 – 1:49)   T. Tetrick, B. Brown Diamond Creek Racing, Stambaugh Leeman Stable, Alan Keith, Wingfield Brothers   Moved to the top at the quarter and cruised home from there to take Elim 2 in 1:49 as the 4-5 favorite, upping his seasonal stats to 3 wins in 3 starts and 8-for-9 lifetime. Connections took post 4 for Saturday night. Brown: “The post was Timmy’s decision, because he has a game plan in his head. I was amazed after the race. We scoped Mystery and he had a lot of mucus, probably due to allergies. He’s been in an oxygen chamber this week in an effort to clear it up. I like my chances in the final.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 1st (1:49) 3 Captain Crunch ($675,806 – 1:49.1)   S. Zeron, N. Johansson 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables, Caviart Farms Lost his stranglehold atop the poll after avoiding some shadows and going off stride early in Elim 1 as the 1-2 favorite, then had to surge late to finish fifth and claim a spot in the final. Johansson: “He raced a monstrous mile to catch the field. I think he showed a lot of grit and determination.” So, Nancy, who’s the horse to beat in the NA Cup? “Captain Crunch!” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 5th (1:50.1) 4 Hurrikane Emperor ($317,900 – 1:49.3)   D. Dube, J. McDermott Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group, William Garofalo   Led to the stretch before settling for fourth to Bettor’s Wish, beaten 2¼ lengths in his elim. Has good early speed and will need it, having drawn post 9 for the final. McDermott: “He was doing something I didn’t like in the last turn, so I changed his rigging a little. There is going to be a lot of action in the first eighth of a mile in the final. I think we’ll be parked the mile, but it could work out as there will be a good outer flow.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 4th (1:50) 5 Best In Show ($88,663 – 1:50.3)   B. McClure, L. Toscano Richard P Young, Joanne Young, Craig W Henderson   Did good things in Elim 1, closing in :26 to finish third to Bettor’s Wish, and has drawn post 7 for the final. Toscano: “I was tickled with his effort. he’s gone from non-winners of 2 to the North America Cup in a matter of 3 starts. He’s doing everything I could ask of him. He’s still learning.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 3rd (1:50) 6 De Los Cielos Deo ($210,258 – 1:48.4Q)   D. Miller, R. Burke Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence R Karr, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC     Bursts onto the Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace scene by finishing second to Bettor’s Wish in Elim 1 after exploding home in :25, which came one week after a sparkling 1:48.4 qualifier at the Meadowlands. Will depart from post 2 in the final. Burke: “Off the 48 qualifier, I figured he was probably pretty sharp. Nothing this year had gone right for him until that qualifier. I always thought he would be my best horse in a long time.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 2nd (1:49.4) 7 Captain Victorious ($160,271 – 1:51Q)   Y. Gingras, R. Burke The Captain V Stable     Another who makes his RTTCFMP debut for the Burke Brigade. Rallied for second in Elim 2 at odds of 60-1, beating Stag Party to the wire while finishing just 1¼ lengths behind Workin Ona Mystery. Has drawn post 5 for the final. Burke: “He’s super sharp. His stomach was screwed up earlier this year. Then I started changing things up. From here on out, we’ll see if my two colts fit with this group.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 2nd (1:49.1) 8 Air Force Hanover ($202,888 – 1:50.1)   Y. Gingras, B. Brown Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, Richard M Lombardo, W J Donovan   Got nailed at the wire by Captain Crunch in Elim 1 to just miss getting into the final. Will leave from the rail in the NA Cup Consolation Saturday. Brown: “He didn’t scope well, either, but did not have as much mucus as Workin Ona Mystery. We are treating him in Ohio with a nebulizer.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 6th (1:50.2) 9 Love Me Some Lou ($205,099 – 1:50.4)   D. Miller, T. Cancelliere J. Cancelliere   Hasn’t been out since a second-place finish at the hands of Workin Ona Mystery after leaving quickly from post 8 and going an inside trip the rest of the way at Pocono four weeks ago. He is not in to go this week. Last Race: 5/19 – PcD – Pennsylvania Sire Stakes – 2nd (1:50.3) 10 Reigning Deo ($285,669 – 1:54.1Q)   A. McCarthy, B. Pelling Deo Volente Farms, Pelling Racing, Brian Gordon   Went a second-over trip on the way to a third-place finish in the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo in his last start. He goes next in the NYSS at Tioga on Sunday. Pelling: “I think our path is right. At Tioga, we get to stretch out. They get to go fast. We should know where we are at after this. He is staked to everything.” Last Race: 6/5 – BR – New York Sire Stakes – 3rd (1:54.4)   Rachel Ryan  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Driver Tim Tetrick upped his lifetime win total to 10,999, a 50-Cent Pick-5 that wasn't hit will guarantee a huge next pool and the first sub-1:50 trotter in Meadowlands harness racing history hit the winner's circle for the first time in 2019 on an eventful Friday night at the Big M. After guiding Fox Valley Hermia to victory in the sixth race for pacing fillies and mares with a TrackMaster rating of 74.5 or less in 1:52.3, the 37-year-old Tetrick was one winner short of becoming the 10th driver in harness racing history to reach the 11,000-win plateau. He had six more chances but could not convert over the remainder of the card. Tetrick will drive next on the Saturday evening program at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The start of the evening saw a 16-1 shot take the opener and a 22-1 chance take the second race (the CC Big Boy Sam-Skyway Billy Daily Double returned $950.00), and those winners served as the catalysts for a 50-Cent Pick-5 that was not hit. Thus, Big M management has put a $100,000 guarantee on the Saturday night Pick-5 pool, which has a carryover of $30,928. The last two times the Pick-5 saw a carryover, the total pools were $124,773 (on Dec. 7 of last year) and $131,742 (on Feb. 22). It was four years ago that JL Cruze became the first trotter to break the 1:50 barrier at the Meadowlands when he stopped the clock in 1:49.4. The 8-year-old gelded son of Crazed-Topcat Hall found the winner's circle for the first time in five starts this year by taking the fifth race high-end conditioned trot in 1:52.2. Driven by Corey Callahan for trainer Eric Ell, JL Cruze returned $4.80 to win as the 7-5 public choice and has now won 30-of-82 lifetime starts and banked $1,354,202.  JL Cruze hits the winner’s circle for the first time in 2019, scoring at the Meadowlands Friday night with Corey Callahan doing the driving.                      --Lisa Photo A LITTLE MORE: The Can-Am Pick-4 took in $50,776 of action and those who hit it cashed in for $452.78. ... Callahan paced the driving colony with three winners, while Dexter Dunn and Eric Abbatiello had two victories apiece. ... Trainer Ell entered the night 0-for-18 at the meeting, but scored twice on the card, with Voss Volo in the third and JL Cruze. ... The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $104,051. ... All-source handle totaled $2,452,640. ... On Saturday, the Belmont Stakes (post time, 6:37 p.m.) is the featured simulcast event. Shortly thereafter, live racing resumes at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A huge Pick-5 payoff, a huge Pick-4 pool and a huge total handle highlighted Saturday's (June 1) happenings at the Meadowlands. One lucky player wagering into the Western New York OTB hub held the lone winning ticket with winner's odds of 15-1, 11-1, 58-1, 6-1 and 1-5 and hit the 50-Cent Pick-5 for a whopping $32,091.10. The 50-Cent Pick-4 - which has a guaranteed pool of $50,000 - went well beyond double that figure, as a total of $120,505 was poured into the pot. The $134,614 wagered on March 2 was the only time more was bet on a Pick-4 this year. Total wagering on the 13-race card came close to reaching the magic $3-million mark, but fell approximately $33,000 short after an all-source total of $2,967,772 was bet. Two weeks prior saw another close call, as $2.947M was put in play. The last time action exceeded $3 million - which has happened nine times in 2019 - was on Kentucky Derby Day (May 4), when a total of $3.273M was pushed through the windows. GET A LITTLE ACTION IN On Saturday (June 8), the Big M's featured Preferred Handicap for 4-year-olds on the pace has the latest star from the Jenn Bongiorno barn, Albergo Hanover, going for his fifth straight win. For simulcast fans, the featured event will be the Belmont Stakes. Big M gates will open at 10:30 a.m. The first of 13 races at Belmont is at 11:35 a.m. with the Belmont Stakes (Race 11) scheduled to go at 6:37 p.m. Preakness winner War of Will is the 2-1 morning-line second choice taking on Wood Memorial champion - and early 9-5 choice - Tacitus in the mile-and-a-half test over Big Sandy. Canada's biggest harness race, the North America Cup, will have two eliminations - slated as the third and eighth races - at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Cup has huge Meadowlands Pace ramifications as seven of the horses in the Big M Media Relations Department's "Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace" will be on the track. The North America Cup Final is on Saturday (June 15). At Cleveland's Northfield Park, open pacers will slug it out for a $200,000 pot in the Battle of Lake Erie. The other red-hot horse from the Bongiorno barn, None Bettor A, will look for a sixth straight win facing the likes of Camluck Classic winner The Wall. On Sunday (June 9), check out the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters at Tioga Dows. Many of the series' stars will be in action. On the pace, Lather Up, Courtly Choice, Done Well and Thinkbig Dreambig are in to go, while on the trot, Muscle M Up, Phaetosive and Six Pack will line up behind the gate. Leg Four of the Graduate will be at the Meadowlands on June 28 before the Big M also hosts the July 6 series' finals. Live racing at the Meadowlands will be conducted this week on Friday and Saturday with a first-race post time of 7:15 p.m. On Friday (June 7), 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five fans will be fired up for the fifth race, when a carryover of $102,608 will be up for grabs. As always, free program pages for the 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 (Friday only) and 50-Cent Pick-4 (Friday and Saturday) are available at www.playmeadowlands.com and www.ustrotting.com. BURGER BATTLE: Do you make a good burger? Then come out to the Meadowlands on Saturday (June 8) and participate in the fourth annual "Battle for the Best Burger" contest. You could win $1,500. The contest begins at noon and is open to area food trucks and restaurants. For complete details and the entry form, go to http://meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/burger%20battle_sign%20up%20sheet.pdf?_ga=2.178949665.422530968.1558563081-565511049.1524064426. HORSEPLAY CAR GIVEAWAY: Every live race night from now until Aug. 2, you could win a brand-new Toyota C-HR by participating in the Big M's "Horseplay Giveaway". Just grab a free toy horse at the Players Club Desk or official Horseplay table and if you can throw your horse into a moving car at the conclusion of the sixth race, it will give you a chance at winning a $100 betting voucher and put you in the drawing for the C-HR. In addition, for each horse that makes it into the car, the Meadowlands will donate $10 to a designated monthly charity. The drawing for the car will take place on Aug. 2, and to win, one must be present. TITLE CHASES: The FanDuel Sportsbook is the place to watch and wager on the NHL Stanley Cup Final, in which the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins are tied at two games apiece, and the NBA Finals, where the defending champion Golden State Warriors trail the upset-minded Toronto Raptors two games to one. Game 5 of the NHL series is tonight (Thursday, June 6) at 8 p.m. while Game 4 of the NBA matchup is Friday (June 7) at 9 p.m. The FanDuel Sportsbook offers plenty of comfortable seating with a full-service bar and plenty of tasty food choices.   Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands will get an early 6:35 PM start to the live racing on Saturday, July 6 for Fan Appreciation Day as we recognize our legion of faithful followers of Harness Racing with reduced concessions and a spine-tingling fireworks display after the live card is completed.   Eliminations for The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace will be held on that evening along with the $250,000 finals of the Graduate Series.   Details are available on the web.       Nick Salvi

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - June 4, 2019 - The Meadowlands hosted the New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for harness racing 3-year-olds on Friday night. The pacing fillies raced for $160,000, the pacing colts for $120,000 and the trotters competed for a $200,000 purse. The pacing fillies kicked off the NJSS Finals action in the first non-betting race of two before the regularly scheduled card. Hurrikanesky was able to nose out the competition in 1:54.4 with a last quarter in 28.4 for owner, trainer, and breeder Patrick Hlubik of New Jersey. Driver Scott Zeron was able to hold off a fast charging Mollydooker who finished a tight second while Love Love Me Too came in third. This is the first win of the season and a new lifetime mark for the Hurrikane Kingcole filly. The second non-betting race was the final for the 3-year-old pacing colts. Once again the John McDermott and Dan Dube duo dominated the field with Hurrikane Emperor. Hurrikane Emperor and Dan Dube                         --Lisa Photo In typical fashion driver, Dan Dube sent the Hurrikane Kingcole colt to the lead when the gate folded and never looked back. Winning in 1:53.0 with a last quarter of 27.1, Clintock finished second with a time of 1:56.2 while Black Dan came in third. Hurrikane Emperor is now 3 for 3 in his 3-year-old career with lifetime earnings of $314,900 for his owners Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing LLC, Pegasus Investment Group and William Garofalo. The second race on the regularly scheduled racing card was 3-year-old the trotting colts. One week after an incredible start to his 3-year-old campaign, Greenshoe was even more remarkable Friday night, trotting the fastest mile of the year in the sport of 1:50.2 in taking the $200,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for colts and geldings at the Meadowlands. Brian Sears and Greenshoe                    --Lisa Photo The son of Father Patrick inched his way toward the front before using a quick burst of speed to secure the top at three-quarters by an ever-increasing 2½ lengths. He trotted his third quarter in 26.4 before a final explosive split of 27.1 to hit the wire six lengths in front of a rallying Reign Of Honor. Galixton finished third. Greenshoe has stamped himself as one of the primary contenders for the Aug. 3 Hambletonian, for trainer Marcus Melander. In the last New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals, Evident Beauty stayed perfect in three 2019 starts by taking the 3-year-old filly trot in 1:52.3 for trainer Nifty Norman and driver Dave Miller. Miller got the daughter of Trixton-Struck By Lindy into a third-over flow down the backstretch - with plenty left to do - but powered past her rivals nonetheless to best Sister's Promise by a length. Starita was third. This was a new lifetime mark for Evident Beauty. Evident Beauty and David Miller                          --Lisa Photo The Meadowlands will host the New Jersey Sires Stakes first leg for 2-year-olds on Friday, June 28, 2019.   Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ

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