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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Meadowlands Racetrack's Championship Meet runs through Hambletonian Day, Saturday, August 3rd. Live harness racing takes place every Friday and Saturday night with a 7:15pm post time. The Championship Meet features over $8.5 million in stakes races as well as event-filled weekends. Every live race night fans can enter Horseplay. Pick up a free horse at the promotions table and throw the horse into the car for a chance to win $100 and an entry into the Friday, August 2nd drawing for a brand new 2019 Toyota CHR. Saturday, June 1st features the 3rd annual 30 & Under Handicapping Contest and Scholarship Night. The free handicapping contest is exclusively for fans between the ages of 18 and 30. The contest offers a $5,000 total prize pool, with prize payouts to the top five finishers. All contest participants will also be treated to free hot dogs, hamburgers and other grill items plus soft drinks and water on Victory Terrace, the popular rooftop area at the Meadowlands. The Meadowlands will also be giving away ten $1,000 college scholarships on Saturday. Anyone currently enrolled at a college or university full-time may enter the drawing. These promotions are sponsored by Jeff Gural's Allerage Farm. Details can be found at The 4th Annual Battle for the Best Burger is slated for Saturday, June 8th. The contest offers a $1,500 grand prize with $1,000 for 2nd place and $500 for third. This free event runs from 12 noon - 10 pm. Fans are encouraged to come out and taste some of the best local burgers from area food trucks and restaurants including Magic Mike's Smoked Meats, Empanada Guy, Spanky's Gourmet Grub, Clifton Burger Haus, Little Bite of Paradise, Jersey Roll, 2 Guys Food Truck, The Mozzarella God, Carnival Concessions, Tropical Juice Bar and the Outslider. Plus enjoy tasty treats from House of Cupcakes and Clyde's Homemade Italian Ice & Ice Cream. A full list of vendors can be found at Country comes to the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, June 15th for Country Fest with Thompson Square. This country powerhouse duo will play all their romantically #1 hits including "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" and "If I Didn't Have You." Doors for the show open at 2:30 p.m. with the Jason Wicks Band getting the party started at 4 p.m. The headliner, Thompson Square will electrify the crowd beginning at 6 p.m. The party continues with live racing at 7:15 p.m. and Lauren Davidson on the stage. Tickets are just $20 in advance or $30 at the door and can be purchased at Saturday, June 22nd is the return of the popular Wiener Dog Derby. Fans watch daschunds dash down the track's stretch in between live harness racing. Daschunds can register at On Saturday June 29th, the vino will flow at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment for the Summer Wine Festival. Doors open for VIP Admission ($75) at 4:30 pm with General Admission ($35) at 5:30 pm and wine is poured until 9:30pm. Fest-goers will experience an evening of great wines from around the world, live-harness racing, music and food. Tickets are available at For a complete list of nightly events, promotions and updated racing calendar please visit Dining reservations for the Pink buffet or Victory Sports Bar located in the FanDuel Sportsbook can be made by calling 201-The-BigM (201-843-2446) or by visiting   Reminder, guests must be 18+ to wager; 21+ to gamble on sports. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.   Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - May 26, 2019 - On Friday night the Meadowlands hosted the second harness racing leg of NJSS for 3-year-olds. The 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers raced for a purse of $20,000 while the 3-year-old filly pacers and the 3-year-old trotters all raced for a purse of $25,000. The 3-year-old colt pacers race was held as a non-betting race before the regularly scheduled program. Once again the John McDermott Jr. trainee dominated the field in a similar fashion as the first leg. Daniel Dube sent Hurrikane Emperor to the lead from post position two and never looked back. The son of Hurrikane Kingcole stopped the clock in 1:52.0 with a 26 length lead ahead of the second place finisher Black Dan, Clintock finished third. Hurrikane Emperor is now undefeated in the NJSS and in his 3-year-old campaign for owners; Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing LLC, Pegasus Investment Group. The second non-betting race was the NJSS for 3-year-old filly pacers. This week Mollydooker came out on top for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Tony Alagna. Mollydooker, daughter of Great Vintage, nosed out the competition in 1:57.0 with a last quarter in 29.3. Love Love Me Too was a close second with Hurrikanesky coming in third. Mollydooker is owned by Visionary Breeders LLC and has earned $69,750 for them lifetime. The last non-betting race was for 3-year-old filly trotters and was held after the second race in the regularly scheduled program. Joe Holloway's Trixton filly Starita and driver David Miller took the $25,000 purse in a time of 1:55.2 and a four length lead over the second place finisher Special Honor. Miss Trixton finished a very close third. This is Starita's first win of the season for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz. The second division for 3-year-old filly trotters was won by the Nifty Norman trainee Evident Beauty. David Miller sat patiently with, the odds on favorite, Evident Beauty until pulling first up at the three quarter pole and surging past the leader in the stretch to win in 1:56.2 with a last quarter of 27.0. French Cafe was a close second with Sister's Promise closing out the trifecta. The Trixton filly is 2 for 2 in the NJSS and in her 3-year-old career for her owners Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC and R A W Equine INC boosting her lifetime earnings to $273,192 for them. The last NJSS race on the card was for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters where the team of David Miller and Nifty Norman were victorious again with Reign Of Honor. Again David Miller sat back with his trotter to pick up the pieces in the stretch trotting past the odds on favorite with a last quarter move of 27.1, winning in 1:54.2. Trix And Stones was second with the second favorite No Drama Please finishing third. This is the first win for the Trixton colt's 3-year-old campaign, he has earned $223,125 lifetime for his owners Deo Volente Farms LLC, Jennifer Dalton Stb LLC, ThomasPontone and Kentuckiana Racing Stable. The 3-year-old NJSS finals will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019, at the Meadowlands.   Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - All Salute! Saturday night at the Meadowlands belonged to Corey Callahan - aka 'The Captain' - as he drove four winners on the 13-race card. Callahan's big night began in Race 5 with his most impressive performer, as None Bettor A - from the hot Jennifer Bongiorno barn - scored in a high-class conditioned pace in a sizzling 1:48.4. None Bettor A has now won four straight and returned $3.00 to his backers. Another 1-2 chance would follow in the next race as Stonedust scored in a low-range conditioned pace in 1:51.1 before Callahan guided 1-5 shot McThriller to a dominant score in a mid-range conditioned pace in 1:49.4 in Race 9. 'The Captain' completed his all-chalk four-bagger in the 13th and final race of the night with Colonial Road in a race for pacers with a Trackmaster rating of 76.8 or less in 1:56.4 at odds of 5-2. Callahan now has 42 winners at the current Big M meeting, good for fourth in the standings. 'THINKBIG' ROLLS: The classy Thinkbig Dreambig - who earned over $500,000 last year as a 3-year-old - went a third-over trip in a six-horse field and blew by his foes blazing a final quarter in :25.2 to take the featured Preferred for 4-year-old pacers. The son of Bettor's Delight-Extreme Dream, who was driven by Scott Zeron and is trained by Nancy Johansson, stopped the clock in 1:50.2 and returned $3.40 to his fans as the odds-on choice in the wagering. On Duty was a half-length back in second with Rock Lights third. A LITTLE MORE: Bongiorno's Albergo Hanover won Race 12 to give the trainer a double on the card. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool reached six figures for a third straight time as a total of $104,786 was pushed through the windows. ... Chalk players had a good time as six winning post-time choices hit the winner's circle. ... All-source handle totaled $2,365,844. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

Saturday night Meadowlands Racetrack held its InauguralCharity Handicapping Contest. Ten local charitable organizations were selected to compete for their share of $15,000. It was a tight contest with multiple lead changes and in the end, Act Now Foundation Inc came out on top with a final bankroll of $59.10, only $.40 cents ahead of second place finisher Wayne PAL. Third place finisher, North Jersey Friendship House was a close third with $57.50. "We are so thankful," said Kristine Allen, President & Co-Founder of Act Now Foundation's Dementia Center. "This money will be used to help support dementia patients and their caregivers." The full Charity Handicapping Contest standings are below:   The full Charity Handicapping Contest standings are below:   TOTAL   Charity Bankroll Donation Act Now $59.10 $5,000.00 Wayne PAL $58.70 $3,000.00 North Jersey Friendship House $57.50 $2,000.00 CBH Care $50.70 $1,500.00 Standardbred Retirement Foundation $42.30 $1,000.00 Horse Rescue United $36.00 $500.00 Pacing For The Cure $30.60 $500.00 Project Literacy $24.20 $500.00 Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization $20.10 $500.00 Team Velvet $15.80 $500.00   For the Charity Handicapping Contest, organizations had to select one (1) horse in nine designated Meadowlands live races.  The organization amassed a mythical bankroll if their selection finished first, second or third in the designated race. Official $2 WPS (Win, Place, Show) payoffs were added to the mythical bankroll. The organization with the highest bankroll was declared the winner. Each organization came out with a slew of volunteers and supporters that thoroughly enjoyed their night at the races which included winner’s circle presentations.  “It was a feel good night for all of us,” said Jason Settlemoir, COO and GM of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. “We love giving back to our community and we are so happy to see these local charities embrace this event.  We cannot wait to do this again next year.”  For more information on the upcoming events and racing visit   Rachel Ryan

East Rutherford, NJ--The CKG Billings Harness Driving Series, the granddaddy of all amateur driving programs, was again on the move on Saturday evening (May 25) where nine Eastern Region members competed over the mile oval at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. And when the event was finalized, Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff and Noble Warrawee, rallied to the lead at the top of the stretch and then held off a hard-charging Broadway Bruiser (Tony "the Capo" Verruso) to score a head victory in a 1:58 clocking. When the wings of the mobile gate folded "Joltin' Joe" Pennacchio and Montepulciano grabbed the racetrack and had command by first by the quarter in :28.. However, they were challenged on the outside by both Landonfitz (Dave "the Rave" Offenberg) and Jacks To Open ("Hurricane Hannah" Miller. Montepulciano passed the half in :57.1 but he couldn't shake his competitors. When the field approached the third stanza Jacks To Open was beginning to fade but Landonfitz was still at Montepuchino's throat-latch. With the traffic slowing the front-end "Yankee Joe"Lee wheeled Talkaholic three-deep and Hechkoff didn't wait to move Noble Warrawee to the far outside and both challengers cleared the leaders but trouble loomed for them as Connie Keeper and Scott "the Driving Doctor" Woogen got first call at the top of the lane. But that lead was short-lived as Noble Warrawee battled back and the veteran trotter gained command as they headed down the long lane. And just when it seemed that Hechkoff's horse was home free, Tony "the Capo" Verruso had Broadway Bruiser in high gear and the two trotters battled to the finish line. After a tight photo Noble Warrawee got the decision over Broadway Bruiser.. Connie Keeper held on for third money, just a short-head in front of Talkholic. The winner, a 10-year-old Angus Hall gelding is owned by Hechkoff's RBH Ventures and trained by Scott Di Domenico He paid $16,00 for win. The Billings Series goes international the next two days with contests in Canada; Sunday at Flamboro Downs and Monday at Woodbine Mohawk.   by John Manzi for the Billings Series

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is now providing Direct Deposit payment of purses for harness racing owners along with trainer and driver percentages.   It is important to note the a separate Direct Deposit form must be submitted for each partnership / ownership group.   The required forms may be downloaded from The Meadowlands website, a W-9 form is also required.   Contact information for the Horsemen's Bookkeeper is listed on the form.  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Bettor Joy N and Phaetosive emerged victorious in the harness racing co-features at the Meadowlands Friday night. In the Preferred for fillies and mares on the pace, Bettor Joy N raced in third past the half as Kissin In The Sand was rolling along on the lead in a rated :55.4. Bettor Joy N came after the leader from first-over after popping out of the three-hole but was still a length behind at the head of the stretch. Bettor Joy N, the even-money second choice by a few dollars, then proceeded to wear down Kissin In The Sand (the actual post-time choice) to record a neck win in 1:50.4, a new lifetime best for the 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Joyfulbelle. Bettorhaveanother finished third. Trained by Jim King, Jr. and driven by Tim Tetrick, Bettor Joy N returned $4.00 to her backers while winning for 15th time from 37 starts, good for lifetime earnings of $423,634. In the Preferred Handicap for trotters, all eyes were on 3-5 favorite and 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover, who was making her seasonal debut, but it was another fabulous female, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes terror Phaetosive, who beat the boys with an explosive final eighth of a mile, in 1:52.2. At the head of the stretch, Phaetosive didn't loom as a big threat, racing well off the rail in fourth, four lengths behind Pappy Go Go, who had made a big move to the lead on the far turn. But trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer got the 4-year-old daughter of Explosive Matter-Phaeton in gear with an eighth to go and rolled past the leader while holding off the late-charging Yes Mickey. Pappy Go Go held third. Phaetosive lifted her lifetime stats to 12 wins in 19 starts after winning her seasonal debut and has now earned $876,417. She paid $24.20 to win as the fifth choice in the betting. Hannelore Hanover trailed the field past the half and moved to the outside shortly thereafter, but never got close in her first start of the year, finishing last of seven. A LITTLE MORE: The 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 took in $51,464 in bets, and after a haveable sequence saw winner's odds of 3-1, 9-2, 3-1 and 9-2, the payoff was $182.42. Meadowlands TV's Dave Brower gave out the winning combination on the live in-house simulcast show. ... The on-track 50-Cent Pick-4 reached six figures for a second straight time, as $100,408 was pushed through the windows. The $464.30 return followed a sequence of 7-1, 2-1, 9-2 and 9-2 shots. ... Dave Miller drover four winners on the card. ... All-source handle totaled $2,368,877. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A parade of stars, one wicked-fast final quarter and total handle that came close to the $3-million mark highlighted a huge Saturday (May 18) night of harness racing last week at the Meadowlands. Some of the notable winners on the program were Caviart Ally, who won the Rainbow Blue in 1:49.2 for her second straight Big M score; Six Pack, who took his division of the Graduate in 1:53.1 in his seasonal debut; Muscle M Up (1:51.2), who won the other Graduate division to give Ake Svanstedt a training and driving sweep of the event's first leg; and Trolley, who sailed down the road in the second leg of the Mr Muscleman Series, in 1:52.1. Mach N Cheese made news by finishing second in his race, a Preferred for 4-year-old pacers. His final quarter was a nothing-short-of-electric :24.3, a time that impressed Big M Program Director Kelly Putaski. "I'm not sure if it's the fastest-ever final quarter at the Meadowlands," said Putaski. "But it is the fastest last quarter since January 8th of 2002, when I assumed charting duties." The winner of the race was Trump Nation, who scored in 1:49.3. Saturday wagering at the Big M totaled $2,947,166, falling approximately $50,000 short of reaching the $3-million mark for what would have been the 10th time this year. Betting in the 50-Cent Pick-4 pool was energetic as a total of $111,102 was poured into the pot. Players who correctly selected the winning sequence where winner's odds were 4-1, 7-1, 7-2 and 11-1 were rewarded with a payoff of $1,182.15. Speaking of wagering, the first Graduate division - despite being reduced to a field of seven after 2018 Hambletonian champion Atlanta scratched - took in a total of $307,793 in bets as both the Exacta and Trifecta pools edged past the $79,000 mark. McWicked, the 2018 Horse of the Year, started his defense of that trophy by defeating the previously unbeaten Sintra at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:49.4. Big M fans will recall how McWicked won his last two starts of last year at the New Jersey mile oval. As always, free program pages for the 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 (Friday only) as well as the Meadowlands' 50-Cent Pick-4 (Friday and Saturday) will be available at and Twenty-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five fans are no doubt looking forward to Friday's fifth race, where a carryover of $94,720 awaits. Live racing will take place this Friday and Saturday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. SWIPE AND SCORE: If you are a Players Club member, you can win $2 - all the way up to $1,500 - in the Big M's "Swipe and Score" contest. A voucher will print when a Players Club card is swiped (first swipe only) on Friday (May 24), and if you are not a club member, become one by contacting James Johnston at or any Players Club representative. WINNERS FOR CHARITY: A total of $15,000 will be up for grabs on Saturday (May 25) and the beneficiaries will be 10 local charitable organizations in New Jersey. The Meadowlands' "Charity Handicapping Contest" will bestow upon the organizations at least $500, up to a top prize of $5,000. The organizations will amass a mythical bankroll during the course of the card to determine the winner. PUT ON YOUR RUNNING SHOES: Beer, food, music and fun will be on the menu for the Big M's "Corporate Fun Run 5K" on Thursday (May 30). They'll be a DJ, a photographer, a race announcer and awards for fastest teams and individuals. Tackle Kids Cancer is the exclusive charity partner of the CFR North Jersey 5K. For more information about the event, contact HANDICAPPING YOUTH: Come on out to the Big M on Saturday (June 1) and take part in a free handicapping contest with cash prizes, but only if you are 18-30 years of age. The $5,000 prize pool is entirely sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farms and is earmarked for young folks who want to come out and see the live race card and try to pick winners along the way. Register on the night of the contest by 7 p.m. on Victory Terrace. First prize is $2,500, with the second- and third-place finishers taking away $1,500 and $1,000, respectively. TRIPLE CROWN FINALE: The featured simulcast event at the Meadowlands on Saturday (June 8) will be the Belmont Stakes. Big M gates will open at 10:30 a.m. The first race at Belmont is at 11:35 a.m. with the Belmont Stakes scheduled to go at 6:37 p.m. BURGER BATTLE: Make a good burger? Come on out to the Meadowlands on Saturday (June 8) and participate in the fourth annual "Battle for the Best Burger". 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 TITLE CHASES: The FanDuel Sportsbook is the place to watch and wager on the NHL Stanley Cup Final, in which the St. Louis Blues will take on the Boston Bruins, and the NBA Finals, where the defending champion Golden State Warriors will face off against the Toronto Raptors or Milwaukee Bucks. The opening game of the NHL series is on Monday (May 27) at 8 p.m. while the NBA matchup will begin on Thursday (May 30) 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

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands will kick off the 2019 edition of the popular Breakfast With The Babies harness racing program on Saturday, June 1.   Jules Siegel, via his Pennsylvania nursery Fashion Farms, will again generously sponsor the pastry and refreshments provided for the those who enjoy watching the freshman pacers and trotters get their early lessons on the promised path to stakes success.   Breakfast With The Babies is annually a fan highlight with millions of dollars worth of Standardbred royalty paraded over The Meadowlands mile track before their connections who have patiently waited for the hopes and dreams to come to fruition.   Each Saturday morning, Trotters Owners Club will be open to horsemen and the public alike at 9:30 to serve coffee and pastries and the races will get underway at 10:00 with a guest announcer calling the action.   We welcome you to come out and see the stars of tomorrow on June 1.     Nick Salvi

When pacer Rodeo Rock won his seasonal debut for driver Andy McCarthy from an impossible spot, McCarthy began contemplating all that might be possible for the 6-year-old harness racing gelding. "He kind of excited me that night," McCarthy said after recounting Rodeo Rock's eight-wide rally from last place in the stretch at The Meadowlands during the March 2 preferred handicap. "I finally got him out like halfway through the stretch and he paced on and got by a couple good horses. He won from a spot that he wasn't supposed to win from, an impossible spot. "He was a good horse last year, but I think he can mix it up with the big boys this year." McCarthy's excitement for Rodeo Rock led him to drive the horse in the Levy Series at Yonkers, where he hit the board in all five starts, including two wins in preliminary rounds and a second-place finish in the final. For the season, McCarthy has driven the gelding in seven of his eight races. On Sunday (May 26), Rodeo Rock is among eight older male pacers in the $100,000 Commodore Barry Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia. The field also includes last year's winner of the race, Filibuster Hanover, as well as 2018 Dayton Pacing Derby winner Donttellmeagain and 2018 Meadowlands Pace and Little Brown Jug champion Courtly Choice. Rodeo Rock heads to the Commodore Barry off a 1:49 win in a Great Northeast Open Series event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, where Eric Goodell handled the driving. "He's been racing great," McCarthy said. "He did an excellent job in the Levy Series and he just dead-set jogged in (1):49 at Pocono. I think he is ready to put on a big show on Sunday." Rodeo Rock has won four of eight races this year and earned $264,400 for trainer Robert Cleary and owner Royal Wire Products. Lifetime, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Electric Fool has 24 victories in 89 races and $623,055 in purses. "He's a big strong horse with high speed," McCarthy said. "He can do it any way. You can sit back, you can leave with him, he can come first over; pretty much drive him the way the race goes. Robert Cleary has done a great job with him, managed him very good. He's kind of looking at the big picture." McCarthy's workload at Philly on Sunday also includes a drive behind Caviart Ally in the $100,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for older female pacers. The eight-mare field also includes defending champ Shartin N. Caviart Ally, a 5-year-old mare owned by Caviart Farms, is a multiple-stakes-winner whose triumphs include the 2017 Jugette and 2018 Milton Stakes. She has earned $1.19 million during her career. Last year, Caviart Ally won seven of 19 races and earned $341,291. She finished second on three occasions to the Dan Patch Award-winning Shartin N, including in the Breeders Crown. She will start the Betsy Ross from post three while Shartin N leaves from post seven. "We'll want to take advantage of that good draw; it's not often that she draws that good," McCarthy said, laughing, as he referred to Caviart Ally's two stakes starts from post nine, one from post eight, and one from post 12 last year. "We might as well make the most of it." Caviart Ally made her 2019 debut with a second-place finish in a conditioned race at Pocono before posting wins in the preferred for fillies and mares at The Meadowlands and in the second round of the Rainbow Blue Series at the Big M. She was trained previously by Noel Daley, who returned to his native Australia at the end of last season, and now is in the stable of Brett Pelling. Caviart Ally                                            -- Lisa photo "She's been terrific," McCarthy said. "She's a pretty big mare and she takes a couple starts to really get tuned up. Her last start at the Meadowlands was great. I think she is just going to be better going forward. I know she came home in :25.4 (in her most recent race) but I think she'll be even better this week from that run. "Brett has changed her up a little bit. He's gone with an open bridle; she always kind of had a closed bridle on (previously). She's probably a little more relaxed now. She's getting the job done on the end of the mile." Following Sunday's races, McCarthy will head to Sweden for three days to watch his younger brother, Todd, represent Australia in the World Driving Championship. "It should be cool," McCarthy said. Racing begins at 12:40 p.m. Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia. In addition to the Betsy Ross and Commodore Barry, the track hosts the $100,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational for older trotters and three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers. For complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association

East Rutherford, NJ - In light of the recent circumstances in Thoroughbred racing surrounding the welfare of the horses, all of horse racing has come under increased scrutiny. While the rate of catastrophic breakdowns in Standardbred racing is but a fraction of what it is with the Thoroughbred, the public does not make that distinction.   The health and welfare of our harness racing horses has been a top priority throughout President and CEO Jeff Gural's tenure at The Meadowlands and a great deal of time and money has been spent in efforts to eradicate Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) from Standardbred racing.   Over the past few months in response to questions on the use of the diuretic Lasix as a PED, a consortium of Thoroughbred tracks is taking steps to reduce or eliminate the use of Lasix on race day.   It is the intention of The Meadowlands as the flagship track of the standardbred industry to join that movement and proceed in such a way as to insure the best interests of our equine athletes.   A proposal to address the use of Lasix as a race day medication at The Meadowlands has been submitted to the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC). The submitted proposal states that beginning in 2020, no 2-year-old Standardbred will be permitted to use Lasix when racing at The Meadowlands. Further, in 2021 the track's signature stakes race, The Meadowlands Pace, will become Lasix free. It is noteworthy that the marquee stake in all of Standardbred racing, the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands, has not permitted the use of Lasix throughout its 93 year history. In discussion with several Standardbred trainers, the consensus was that 2-year-old horses should not race with Lasix and should instead be given time away from the track to recover if they are indeed diagnosed with Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH). Over the entire 2018 season at The Meadowlands, only seven 2-year-olds raced with Lasix . At the end of the 2021 racing season we will review these changes, consider any revisions to the practice in Thoroughbred racing and adjust as necessary.   While we recognize the therapeutic benefits of Lasix, our concern is with the optics and feel it is important to show that we take the health and safety of our horses very seriously. We believe this is the best approach while we observe how even stricter measures work for the thoroughbred industry.     Nick Salvi

MANALAPAN, NJ — May 20, 2019 — The Meadowlands hosted the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds for pacers on Friday, May 15th. The colts and geldings competed for a purse of $25,000, while the pacing fillies raced for the $20,000 purse. Both races were held before the regularly scheduled harness racing program as non-betting races. The first NJSS race was for 3-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Hurrikane Emperor and Dan Dube stole the show wire to wire in 1:53.2 with an impressive last quarter of 25.4, for trainer John McDermott Jr.. Clintock was second with Black Dan coming in third. Hurrikane Emperor is a Hurrikane Kingcole colt, starting his 3-year-old season in the same winning ways he closed his 2-year-old season out. He has 8 lifetime wins in just 10 starts and has earned $237,900 for owners: Jonathan Klee Racing, Huhen Racing LLC, Pegasus Investment Group and William Garofalo. The next NJSS race was the first leg of the NJSS for 3-year-old pacing fillies also won by trainer John McDermott Jr.. Hurrikane Lori Ann also driven by Dan Dube stalked the leader from the two hole until the stretch where she surged ahead to win in 1:54.0. Mollydooker was a close second with Love Love Me Too finishing third. Hurrikane Lori Ann is one for one in 3-year-old career increasing her lifetime earnings to $50,415 for owners: Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing LLC and Pegasis Investment Group. The second leg of the NJSS for 3-year-old pacers will be on Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Meadowlands   Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ

Freehold, NJ--"Joltin' Joe" Pennacchio, last years Amateur Driver of the Year" fortified his 2019 harness racing credentials with a driving victory in the CK Billings Series Eastern Region at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, May 18. Up behind his classy old veteran, Super Manning, Pennacchio made a first -over move going to the half hold up for a 2:01.3 triumph. After starting from the four-hole "Joltin' Joe" angled his trotter to the pylons as Caravelle ("Buffalo Bob" Davis) and Uriel and Annie "Get Your Gun" Stoebe , battled for command past the quarter in :29.2. But as soon as Uriel was clear on the front-end Pennacchio moved Super Manning first-up and they had the lead at the halfway point with Landonfitz (Dave "the Rave" Offenberg) and Noble Warrawee (Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff) in hot pursuit. At the third stanza Super Manning had a length and a half lead which was opened to 2-1/4 lengths as the field headed for paydirt. However, in mid-stretch Offenberg, with Landonfitz and Hechkoff with Noble Warrawee ,came with a rush and the leaders were side-by-side as they approached the finish. But Super Manning would not be denied and held-on for a neck triumph over Landonfitz. Right there in the photo, just a head behind the top two, was Noble Warrawee. For defending amateur champion, Joe Pennacchio, it marked his 5th win this season and which increased his UDR to.314. Since first sitting behind a spirited steed in 1995 Pennacchio now has driven 182 winners in the USA, along with a few in Europe. Owned by Joe P Racing and trained by Allen Sisco, Super Manning paid $5.00 for win. Next Billings action will be on Friday May 24th at Scioto Downs in the series mid-west division.   by John Manzi for the Billings Series  

CREAM RIDGE, NJ - May 17, 2019 - On Wednesday, May 15th the SBOANJ and TrotPAC sponsored a successful fundraiser for New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin. The event was held at Fair Winds Farm and Hogan Equine Clinic to support his 2019 campaign.   Assembly Speaker Coughlin was greeted by directors from the SBOANJ, TrotPAC trustees, and many horsemen. Mark Mullen led a tour of his Fair Winds Farm breeding facility, while Patricia M. Hogan, VMD gave him a behind the scenes look at Hogan Equine Clinic.   The Meadowlands General Manager Jason Settlemoir and Freehold Raceway's General Manager Howard Burno and Director of Racing Karen Fagliarone were on hand to answer the Speaker's questions about the New Jersey tracks improvements since the appropriations were awarded.   Drivers Yannick Gingras, Andy Miller, and Hall of Famers David Miller and John Campbell, among others, also took time to discuss the Standardbred industry with him. This was his first visit to any New Jersey equine facility, and Speaker Coughlin was able to mingle with the many horsemen and Equine Industry Supporters in attendance before leaving the function.   Photo: Craig Coughlin speaking to Trainer Nancy Johansson.   New Jersey horseman's lobbyist AJ Sabath answered questions and explained how the appropriations would be awarded in the future. He also expressed the importance of our industry providing proof that the funding received has indeed bolstered New Jersey racing.   TrotPAC would like to thank everyone for their contributions and all of those who were able to attend. It is extremely important that we, as an industry, continue to support the various legislators that will be involved with the annual renewal of our appropriation.     Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Let the Hambletonian hype begin. Greenshoe began his 2019 season by sending a message to the rest of the 3-year-old trotters seeking to win harness racing's greatest prize on the first Saturday in August: He is a force to be reckoned with after putting on a dazzling display in taking his division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes at the Meadowlands Friday night in 1:51.2. The only horse to go faster on the trot this year was 2018 Hambo champ Atlanta, who went 1:50.4 a week ago Monday at Miami Valley. "His manners were good," said Brian Sears, who drove the Marcus Melander trainee. "We were happy with him. He was a little high strung while scoring before the race, but then he came back to me. He relaxed after that. I think he's starting to get it." During his 2-year-old season, the son of Father Patrick-Designed To Be, won half of his four starts despite going off stride in each and every one of them. Sears handled Greenshoe carefully at the start Friday, as in 2018, he went off stride three times before the start of his races. There was none of that on this night. Greenshoe sat a four-hole for the first five-eighths before vacating the rail and going after leader Sheena's Boy, who hit the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.1 on an open lead. "I took a peek and saw they were going a little bit," said Sears. "When I tipped him, he went up there." The 2018 NJSS champion quickly got himself into contention and was charging after the leader coming toward the top of the stretch. Sears barely moved a muscle as Greenshoe, who paid $3.00 as the post-time choice, rolled by his over-matched foes during a final quarter of :26.2 to score by 3½ widening lengths while lowering his previous lifetime best by two-and-one-fifth seconds. Sheena's Boy held second with Battenberg third. "He's a natural," said Sears. "He's got some gears that most horses don't have." In the other NJSS division for sophomore male trotters, Soul Strong scored in 1:53 at odds of 15-1 for trainer Ake Svanstedt and driver Yannick Gingras. Evident Beauty scored in the first of two 3-year-old filly trots for trainer Nifty Norman and driver Dave Miller in 1:53.3 as the 8-5 favorite. The Lucas Wallin-trained Queen Of Trixs took the other division in 1:55.4 for driver Andy McCarthy at odds of 6-1. A LITTLE MORE: Gingras and McCarthy both recorded driving triples on the program. ... The 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 took in $47,911 in wagers, and those who had the winning combination of 2-2-4-3 collected $67.15 for a ticket that included three favorites. ... One bettor in Ontario was the only player to hold a winning ticket in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $14,085.04 for lasting eight legs. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card was $2,500,166. ... Big M gates open at 9:30 a.m. for Preakness Day. Post time for the first at Pimlico is 10:30 a.m. while the Preakness is slated to go at 6:48 p.m. ... Live racing at the Meadowlands resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

Summer Mixed entries now accepted Entries are now being accepted for the Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale, to be held at the Meadowlands on Sunday, July 14. Long known as a sale of quality racehorses, it will feature 2-year-olds that are just getting started as well as 3-year-olds and older horses. The sale will add an exclamation point to one of the biggest weekends of the year at the Meadowlands. It follows a night of racing that is highlighted by the Meadowlands Pace Final and seven other major stakes, including the Stanley Dancer Memorial, Hambletonian Maturity, Del Miller and Mistletoe Shalee. “The Meadowlands takes center stage that weekend, and this sale always draws a big crowd of buyers who come in for both the racing and the sale,” said Tattersalls manager David Reid. “For sellers, the Summer Mixed offers a chance to reduce inventory and raise capital before fall yearling purchases. And with the nonstop demand for racehorses in every jurisdiction, if you bring a standout horse to this sale, you’ll likely make more than you would ever expect.” Last year’s Tattersalls Summer Mixed was up in both average and gross, with receipts of $3.1-million adding up to a 24 percent increase from the previous year. Those planning to enter can do so online at or by calling the sales company office at (914) 773-7777.   Tattersalls Sales Co

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