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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

Manalapan, NJ - S Class, a full brother to 2016 Trotter of the Year Marion Marauder, and So So De Vie, from the family of the sport's all-time richest pacer Foiled Again, were among the two dozen 2-year-olds sent out by harness racing trainer Ron Burke for qualifiers Monday morning (June 3) at Gaitway Farm. Gaitway hosted the first of this month's three Monday qualifiers, which essentially was Breakfast with the Burke Brigade as all but three of the 2-year-olds in action were from the Burke barn. S Class won his qualifier by one length over Ontopofthehill in 1:59.1. S Class, by Muscle Hill out of Spellbound Hanover, is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms Racing, Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. He was purchased privately. "He was very good today," Burke said about S Class. "Ontopofthehill (a $250,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase by Muscle Hill-On The Bright Side) is a fast horse that's going to learn to be a very good horse. "This is a good group. All the trotters today are good horses, there's not a bad one in them. I've got a couple more, maybe two of the better ones, that aren't ready yet. But these are some of my better ones." Burke's other 2-year-old trotters Monday included filly winner Sister Sledge (1:59.2) and colt Cupid Hanover, a $250,000 Standardbred Horse Sale buy who finished second to 3-year-old Zeus PV in his qualifier. Sister Sledge, by Father Patrick-Behindclosedoors, was purchased for $35,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. "Sister Sledge was really good," Burke said. "I was happy with all (four of mine) in there. Cupid Hanover is good. We're just trying to teach him to be patient and sit in a hole. If we let him roll, I think he'd be better." Sister Sledge                        --Ken Weingartner photo So So De Vie, a $15,000 Standardbred Horse Sale purchase by American Ideal out of Place Your Best (a half-sister to Foiled Again) finished second in his qualifier to Cattlewash, who stopped the clock in 1:58.3. Cattlewash, bred and owned by Bill Donovan, is by Somebeachsomewhere-Road Bet. "Cattlewash has been great training down the whole time," Burke said. "So So De Vie is the best one we've had in (Foiled Again's) family since him. I'm really happy with him." Colt pacer The Greek Freak won the day's fastest race for the 2-year-olds, in 1:56.1, despite a change in conditions that saw him face a strong headwind in the stretch. The Greek Freak, the nickname of NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo, is a son of Captaintreacherous-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. The Greek Freak                         --Ken Weingartner photo Burke-trained filly pacers Merga Hanover and Shouldabeenatd were Burke's remaining winners in the seven qualifiers for the 2-year-olds. Merga Hanover, by American Ideal-Magic Starlight, won in 1:56.4. Purchased for $150,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, she is owned by Thomas Dillon, Scott Dillon, Joe Sbrocco, and Donovan. Shouldabeenatd, by Sweet Lou-Breakheart Pass, won in 1:57.1 for breeder-owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. Sailaja Deo finished second in the three-filly field. Merga Hanover         --Ken Weingartner photo "Merga is out of a mare I used to train, Magic Starlight, and she's been good the whole way. She was very good today," Burke said. "Sailaja Deo is a nice filly. She had to cut it into the wind. I think she might be a little better than Shouldabeenatd, but Shouldabeenatd is a nice filly too out of a good mare. I was happy with the way she paced home. Another typical good (Sweet) Lou filly." For Monday's complete charts from qualifiers at Gaitway, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

The Meadowlands Racetrack is hosting its 4th Annual Battle for the Best Burger on Saturday, June 8 in the East Apron of the Grandstand. The contest offers a $1,500 grand prize with $1,000 for 2nd place and $500 for third. There is also a $500 prize for People's Choice. This free event runs from 12 noon - 10 pm and fans are encouraged to come out and taste some of the best local burgers. Two lucky fans will win a spot at the Judging Table and help determine the top 3 burgers. Judging takes place at 4pm. A full house of ten participants in this year's Battle include: Little Bite of Paradise, South + Pine American Eatery (2016 & 2018 Burger Battle Champions), Spanky's Gourmet Grub, The Mozzarella God, Magic Mike's Smoked Meats, Burgerstrasse, Jersey Roll, Tropical Juice Bar, 2 Guys Catering and Carnival Concessions (2017 Burger Battle Champions). Additional food and dessert options ranging from Italian ice to empanadas to zeppoles to cupcakes will be provided by Empanada Guy, House of Cupcakes, The Outslider, Chris Curbside Cravings, Delicious BBQ and Clydes Italian Ice. "We look forward to the Burger Battle every year," said Meadowlands General Manager and COO Jason M. Settlemoir. "This event has continued to grow and become one of our signature June events. I cannot wait to sample some of these burgers!" In addition to the Burger Battle, fans can watch and wager on the Belmont Stakes. Plus there is live harness racing action kicking off at 7:15 pm. For complete rules and event information, visit http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13715 . Rachel Ryan

Fifty-five contestants vied for $5,000 in prize monies in the 2019 edition of the 18 to 30 - year old handicapping challenge at Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, June 1. The contest offered a $5,000 total prize pool, with prize payouts to the top three finishers furnished by Jeff & Paula Gural's Allerage Farm. Emily Nicol of Rahway, NJ, captured the $2,500 top prize with a $234.80 mythical bankroll. She hit long-shot Stimulus Plan in Race #3 for $194.20 which quickly put her into the lead. Nicol remained in first place the entire remainder of the contest finishing with $234.80. "I liked his name," Nicol stated when asked what made her select Stimulus Plan 55-1 long shot. "I just had to pick him with a name like that!" Christine Kelly of Nutley, NJ, finished in second place with $65.60 earning the $1,500 prize. Kelsie Quintana of Weehawken, NJ, finished in third place with $58.20 to grab $1,000 in prize money. There is no contest entry fee. The contest format required players to make a mythical $2 "across the board" wager on one horse in races 2 - 10 at the Meadowlands. The winner was determined by the player that amasses the largest mythical bankroll from their selections. All contest participants were treated to free hot dogs, hamburgers and other grill items plus soft drinks and water on Victory Terrace, the popular rooftop area at the track. College students were also given a "stimulus plan" on Saturday. All received a free live program and $5 betting voucher. Plus ten lucky students were randomly selected to receive a $1,000 college scholarship courtesy of Allerage Farm. Next up at the Meadowlands Racetrack is the 4th annual Burger Battle on Saturday, June 8. This free event runs from 12 noon - 10 pm and fans are encouraged to come out and taste some of the best local burgers. Two lucky fans will win a spot at the Judging Table and help determine the top 3 burgers. Judging takes place at 4pm. Burger Battle details can be found at http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13715   Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Jenn Bongiorno barn has been on a roll all meeting long at the Meadowlands, and on Saturday night, 'J-Bo' standout Albergo Hanover won his third straight at the Big M and fourth in a row overall by taking the $30,000 featured harness racing Preferred pace for 4-year-olds in a lifetime-best 1:49. "I'm not surprised at how good he's been," said Bongiorno, who entered the weekend second in the Big M trainer dash-win standings (with 29) and tops in win percentage (31). "But I am more impressed with him each and every week. He won a Pennsylvania Sire Stake for us last year, so we always knew there was talent there." The son of Well Said-Allamerican Celeb, who continued his hot streak despite bumping up from non-winners of six to the Preferred ranks, had that talent on display Saturday, coming first over after leader Hayden Hanover, who had reached the half in :54.4, down the backside. Joe Bongiorno, Jenn's brother and driver, kept his horse alive racing first over while inching closer to the leader and under serious late urging surged past Hayden Hanover at the conclusion of a heated stretch duel to win by a determined head. Hudson Phil was third. "Being first up into Hayden - whom I consider a stakes horse - was a little nerve-racking for me," said Jenn. "But the truth is, this horse is so talented and has such a big heart, I knew he wouldn't embarrass himself." Albergo Hanover, who paid $9.60 as the second choice in the wagering, stayed perfect in four starts this year and has now won 11-of-31 lifetime, good for earnings of $143,409 for owner Gestion J Y Blais Inc. So Jenn, is Albergo Hanover as good as your None Bettor A, who has won four straight at the Big M in sub-1:50, the most recent in 1:48.4? "I don't know," said Jenn. "None Bettor is 6 and Albergo is 4. They both are really nice and, truthfully, I am just so grateful to have these amazing animals under my care." A LITTLE MORE: All-source wagering came oh-so-close to the magic $3-million mark, as a total of $2,967,772 was bet on the 13 races. ... The always popular 50-Cent Pick-4 took huge action, as a total of $120,505 was poured into the pot, good for the second biggest Pick-4 pool of the year, surpassed only by the $134,614 bet on March 2. ... Yonkers standout Jason Bartlett drove three winners on the card while George Brennan, Victor Kirby and Joe Bongiorno all had two apiece. ... The 50-Cent Pick-5 saw a sequence where winner's odds were 15-1, 11-1, 58-1, 6-1 and 1-5, and when the dust cleared, one shrewd player betting into the Western NY OTB hub walked away with $32,091.10. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations  

East Rutherford, NJ - The season opener of the popular Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB) sponsored by Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms kicked off the 2-year-old harness racing season at The Meadowlands this morning under perfect conditions. The track was fast, the temperature in the 70s and no discernible wind when they began at 10:00 A.M. Trainer Marcus Melander and crew were back at it early after a big night with Greenshoe winning the NJSS final with eleven freshman trotting colts and fillies spread over the five races. Marcus' brother Mattias drove Bellarina Dolce to a front end 2:00.1 / 28.1 win over closing stable mate Queen Of The Hill (Casper Foget) and pocket sitter I'm Really Special (Tim Tetrick). The Muscle Hill filly from Bella Dolce was a $400,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS) purchase by Lennart Agren as SRF Stable from breeder David McDuffee. She's off to a good start. Marcus spoke to the talented lass, "She's been good all year. She's been a sweetheart, perfect to drive, steers well; nice horse. She has the gait and wants to do it. She has good manner, is very professional. She feels like an aged horse, really. (This qualifier) was perfect. We've been here two times training with her before this, so they're well prepared when they start baby racing. But it was a nice first one for her. It looked she was in hand. We're happy with her." Shishito gave her sire Father Patrick a winner when she came wide into a 28.3 end to a 2:01.3 mile for Tim Tetrick to out close Oblivion (Mattias Melander) and mile cutter Queso Fresco (Andy McCarthy). Per Engbloom trains Shishito for Black Horse Racing and John Fielding who paid breeder Diamond Creek Farms $50,000 at the Lexington sale last fall. "They were very good, I'm happy with them. They all did what we expected. They all behaved and we babied them around a little bit and they all trotted home good," said trainer Per Engbloom of his five freshmen. "Shishito finished really good from her spot, so that was great, and I also was very happy with Queen Of The Hill. She finished good. It was nice." Marcus Melander drove the $200,000 Standardbred Horse Sales (SHS) filly to a 2:02.2 / 28 win, up on the wire to nip Torrent (Dexter Dunn) with Becky Lindy (Foget) third. The top two are by Father Patrick, the winner a Hanover bred, now owned by Al Libfeld. Melander colts went under the wire together in the fourth with Hellbent For AM (Mattias Melander) picking up barn mate Maesteraemon (Brian Sears) in the last step of the 2:00.4 mile, while closing into a 27.3 final quarter. Legion Of Honor (McCarthy) made a sharp late gain to be third. The winner is a Swedish bred son of Muscle Hill from a Supergill dam, bred by AM Bloodstock and owned by Anders Strom as Courant Inc. Melander made it four of five when Expectations (Sears) took over near the 59.3 half, rated a 31.2 third panel then sprinted home in 28.1 for a narrow 1:59.1 score over the closing Take Shape (Tetrick) who was gaining with each stride to just miss. Capricornus (Mattias Melander) was a solid third. Expectations is a Dunroven Farm bred Muscle Hill half-brother to My MVP and was a $60,000 Lexington buy now owned by Vicky Trotting. Ray Schnittker is back at it, sending a pair of So Surreal colts right on down the road to impressive wins. Ray steered The Mystic to a front running 1:54.2 / 28 flat win over Come On Rags (Scott Zeron) and General Idea (Jason Bartlett). Schnittker, Paul Bordogna and HA Taylor paid $40,000 for The Mystic at Harrisburg last fall. Fair Winds Farm and Steve Jones bred the colt. Schnittker came right back with Splash Brother who made every call a winning one over Tomas (Bartlett) in 1:54.3 / 27.1 as he pleased. Nolamaura Racing, Steve Arnold and T. Flannery share ownership of Splash Brother with the trainer/driver. Steve Jones bred the $30,000 Goshen yearling. A BWTB aside; escaping notice on Friday evening at Tioga Downs was another So Surreal, the 2-year-old gelding Steuben Moose, who raced in a qualifier against older and paced in 1:54.2 while finishing fourth behind the 3-year-old Live Lucky, a winner in 1:53.1. Roy Marsh, Jr trains and owns Steuben Mouse, an $8,500 Morrisville Yearling Sale purchase from breeder Steuben Farms. After the BWTB show, we watched the great Hannelore Hanover strut her stuff in the fashion of a 1:52.2 / 27 seven length win over Marion Marauder under a Matt Kakaley hold. Matt had this to say on the World Champion trotting mare "She was very good, well in hand. We wanted to get her stretched out. Last week she was just dull the whole way. Dull behind the gate, dull in the mile. Today she was way better, strong the whole way. Maybe she just wasn't feeling herself last week because today she was super." Hannelore Hanover BWTB sponsor Jules Siegel had a winner in his sophomore trotting colt Chapter Fashion who just got up to nail Union Forces in 1:55 for David Miller. Odds On St Lucie (Tetrick) impressed in a 1:50 / 26.4 stretch win over Don't Think Twice in her third qualifier for Tony Alagna and Odds On Racing. De Los Cielos Deo put a wow into today's action with a wicked 1:48.4 win for Miller. He took off fast and just kept going faster, whizzing by the half in 54.4, threw in a 26.3 third then finished it off with a 27.2 kicker to beat up on two others. Burke trains. Finally, the horse of the meet thus far this season, Highalator, got in a 1:50.3 / 26.1 work out for Rich Still and trainer Jenny Bier to close the card. Results may be found on the web. Live racing resumes at 7:15 this evening. Nick Salvi

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - One week after an incredible start to his 3-year-old harness racing 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, and in the process, stamped himself as one of the primary contenders for the Aug. 3 Hambletonian. The son of Father Patrick-Designed To Be began his season last week by scoring for fun in 1:51.2 and was even more impressive this time around. After a 2-year-old season that saw him break in each of his four starts (he won two of them), Greenshoe is learning how to be a star. "He only had four starts last year," said driver Brian Sears. "And every one he gets this year that he stays flat is a step in the right direction. He's done a lot of maturing." Sears had Greenshoe, the 1-5 favorite, sitting in the five-hole early on, before vacating the rail at the three-eighths and making up ground on leader Sheena's Boy. "He was trotting pretty good," said Sears of Greenshoe. "I was just biding my time." Under no apparent urging from his driver, Greenshoe ($2.40 to win) was inching 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. In other New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals, Evident Beauty ($2.80 as the 2-5 public choice) 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. "She's come back really good this year," said Miller. "She's pretty easy on herself. Despite the trip, I still felt pretty confident." Earlier in the evening in a pair of non-betting NJSS Finals, Hurrikanesky took the 3-year-old filly pace in 1:54.4 for trainer Patrick Hlubik and driver Scott Zeron while Meadowlands Pace hopeful Hurrikane Emperor won the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace in 1:53 for trainer John McDermott Jr. and driver Daniel Dube. A LITTLE MORE: Corey Callahan, Miller, Tim Tetrick and Tyler Buter all had driving doubles on the card. ... Chalk players wore out a path to cash tickets, as eight favorites scored on the 13-race program. ... One sharp Canadian simulcast player held the lone ticket that went 10-for-10 in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked way with $12,414.62. ... The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $100,944.63. ... All-source handle on the card totaled $2,582,318. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ — The 94th Hambletonian Future Wager at The Meadowlands will open its second pool Friday, May 31, at 11:00 a.m. The Road to the harness racing Hambletonian is underway for the 199 trotting colts and fillies eligible for the $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. This is the second of four pools opened in advance of the race to be held Saturday, Aug. 3, at The Meadowlands. The first Future Wager poll closed with Indiana-sired Swandre The Giant the favorite at 2-1. Swandre the Giant is set to make his first start at Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Thursday, May 30, for new trainer Ron Burke. Meadowlands handicapper Dave Brower has assigned the favorite status of 4-1 to Greenshoe, a Marcus Melander trainee whose first start in New Jersey Sire Stake competition at The Meadowlands was an astonishing 1:51.2 mile finished with a last quarter of 26.2.    Empire Breeders Classic winner Gimpanzee, also from the Melander Stable, was tagged at 6-1. Swandre The Giant will now open at 8-1 in the second pool.  There are 54 of the 101 colts eligible entered in either races or qualifiers between now and Sunday, June 2 when the pool closes, with state-bred competition ongoing in in New York, Indiana, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Wagering will be available at racetrack and online sites throughout North America and internationally, and wagering for the first pool closes on Sunday, June 2 at 11 p.m. (EDT). The wager will be discussed at length on The Meadowlands weekend simulcast show. Though fillies have their own division in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, several have started in the $1 million open event in recent years, most recently Atlanta, who became just the 14th filly to win a Hambletonian. The only filly not offered at field odds is Evident Beauty, at 20-1. Trained by R. Nifty Norman, Evident Beauty is two-for-two this year in both her starts at The Meadowlands. The 14 horses assigned odds in the pool are listed in alphabetical order. The mutuel field, No. 15, will consist of all remaining horses eligible, including all fillies eligible to the Oaks. There are no supplements permitted to the Hambletonian or Oaks. The minimum future wager is $1 and all future wagers are win only. The winner of each pool will be determined by the official first-place finisher in the 2019 Hambletonian. The third future wager pool will open Friday, July 5, at 11:00 a.m. through Sunday, July 7 and close at 11:00 p.m. The fourth and final pool opens Thursday, Aug. 1, after the entries and elimination heats are sorted, and closes at post-time of the first elimination and/or heat of the Hambletonian on Saturday, Aug. 3. The Hambletonian Future Wager will be set-up in the tote system as one separate event. Past performance lines for the Hambletonian eligible horses will be available free of charge on the Meadowlands website www.playmeadowlands.com. All rules and updates can be found there and on www.Hambletonian.com. 2019 Hambletonian Future Wagering – Pool #2 HD-Horse-Morning Line Odds   Greenshoe/4-1 Gimpanzee/6-1 Swandre The Giant/ 8-1 Southwind Avenger/ 8-1 Don't Let’Em/ 12-1 Pilot Discretion/ 12-1 Kings County/ 15-1 Super Schissel/ 15-1 Forbidden Trade/ 15-1 Green Manalishi S/ 15-1 Cantab Fashion/15-1 Osterc/15-1 Evident Beauty/20-1 Chin Chin Hall/20-1 15. All Other Horses/10-1   · 17 percent Takeout · Win Wagering Only-$1 Minimum   Future Wager Rules Can be found here: http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/hambletonian/news.aspx?id=18630   from the Hambletonian Society and Meadowlands Racetrack

East Rutherford, NJ - Recognizing the snowballing negative public perception surrounding Thoroughbred racing and, ultimately the imminent threat to our own sport, The Meadowlands has taken the following position regarding horse slaughter and "kill pens"; any person connected with Standardbred racing found to be involved in either practice will be barred for life from participation in any form at The Meadowlands Racetrack.    The ban also includes Tioga & Vernon Downs.   The scrutiny of horse racing has not ebbed, if anything the focus on the welfare of the horses has intensified and is not limited to catastrophic breakdown and ethical treatment at the track.    What becomes of horses once their racing career is over is another key component, not only for public perception but because providing a soft landing is the humane thing to do.   It is imperative that we as horse people recognize the seriousness of these situations and don't wait until "the horse is out of the barn" to insure the protection of racing horses both on and off the track.   The movement to abolish racing in California is gaining momentum and racing interests there are in constant damage control, largely because they have been reactive rather than pro-active.   Addressing the current issues surrounding racing at Santa Anita, United States Senator Diane Feinstein has issued the release below that includes the following quote;   "...We need to determine what we’re doing wrong in this country and fix it. If we can’t, we need to consider whether horse racing has a future here.”   US Senator Dianne Feinstein renews call for suspension of Santa Anita races   Here are a few other recent reports in mainstream media that illustrate the level of outrage directed at current practices in horse racing from the perspective of those outside of the industry, including a searing indictment run on the popular HBO Sports just last week. Take the time to watch that and see how horse racing is viewed by the general public.   Paulick Report on HBO Real Sports ‘Very Survival Of The Sport At Risk’: HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Examines Racing Fatalities     Paulick Report 2 Illinois HBPA Officer Suspended 120 Days After Horse Found In Kill Pen     Louisville Courier Journal Along with racetrack deaths, horse racing now has another fear: slaughterhouses     NBC News Protesters Call for End of Horse Racing After Latest Horse Death at Santa Anita     Nick Salvi

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's a proven fact that Meadowlands harness racing fans love to try and pick four winners on one ticket in an effort to make a score, and the pools for the ever-popular Big M 50-Cent Pick-4 - as well as those for the new 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 - back that up. The consistency of the Big M Pick-4 has been remarkable. Of the 42 race cards contested at the mile oval in 2019, 21 times (50 percent) the pool has exceeded $100,000. The current six-figure streak stands at three, showing pools of $104,786, $100,408 and $111,105, respectively, for the most recent programs. The highest pool of the year was achieved on March 2, when $134,614 was pushed through the windows. "Our big fields and competitive racing create multi-leg wager pools that out fans want to be a part of," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "We have also found that the new Can-Am Pick-4 is popular with our players as well. The cooperation we get from everyone at Woodbine Mohawk Park as well as the hard work that's done at both tracks has much to do with the bet's success." With a 20-Cent minimum bet and the challenge of picking winners at harness racing's top two venues - the Big M and Woodbine Mohawk Park - betting in the Can-Am Pick-4 has been steady, due in part that with the low minimum, players can 'spread' their tickets further, which creates more winners. The Can-Am Pick-4 is only 10 weeks into its existence, but betting has been solid, with an average pool of $56,423. Payouts are smaller due to the decreased minimum, so players should be aware that a CAP4 that pays $200, would come back $500 had it had a 50-Cent minimum. The CAP4 is comprised of, in order, Mohawk's 10th race, Meadowlands' 10th, Mohawk's 11th and the Big M's 11th. Free program pages (along with expert selections) are available on both the Meadowlands' 50-Cent Pick-4 and the 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 by going to www.playmeadowlands.com or www.ustrotting.com. Both wagers have a low 15 percent takeout. For those who like to play the 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five, a carryover of $97,120 awaits for the fifth race on Friday night. HEAD TO CANADA TO GRADUATE: Simulcast fans will want to check out the action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday (June 1), as Leg 2 of the Graduate Series for some of the best 4-year-old pacers and trotters in training will be the featured event. On the trotting side, 2018 Hambletonian champion Atlanta will make an appearance, while on the pace, Courtly Choice is the marquee name. Leg 3 of the series is June 9 at Tioga Downs before the fourth and final leg is contested at the Big M on June 28. The Graduate Series Finals will be on July 6 at the Meadowlands. PUT ON YOUR RUNNING SHOES: Beer, food, music and fun will be on the menu for the Big M's "Corporate Fun Run 5K" tonight (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. Event times: -- 5-6:30 p.m., Team packet pickup, race night registration, company gathering -- 6:30-7:30 p.m., 5K run/walk -- 7:30-9:30 p.m., Post-race party and awards. For more information about the event, go to http://corporatefunrun.com/event/north-jersey-5k-meadowlands-race-track/. SEE THE STARS UP CLOSE: Two New Jersey Sire Stakes standouts will be on the Friday (May 31) card at the Big M. In a non-betting event at 6:10 p.m., Hurrikane Emperor, No. 4 in the current "Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace" weekly Top 10 poll, goes after the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace final, while, in the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot final, Hambletonian hopeful Greenshoe is the 9-5 morning-line choice in the second betting race on the program. First race post time this Friday and Saturday is 7:15 p.m. GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNIN': On Saturday (June 1), get ready for an exciting exotic charity car show at the Meadowlands from 6-10 p.m., presented by Luxe Autos and the enCourage Kids Foundation. There will be Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bentleys, Porsches and more on display, featuring the world's most exclusive supercars, exotics, sports cars and rare pieces. Over 15 brands will line the track. During the evening, Luxe Autos will be collecting donations to benefit the enCourage Kids Foundation, which envisions a world where every child - regardless of the difficulty of his or her medical journey - experiences joy, hope, resilience and healing. Get ready to get your heart racing and, at the same, help a great cause. HANDICAPPING YOUTH: Come on out to the Big M on Saturday (June 1) and take part in a free handicapping contest with cash prizes on "Millennial Night", 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. For more information, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13121. 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: 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". 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. 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 one game apiece, and the NBA Finals, where the defending champion Golden State Warriors will face off against the Toronto Raptors. Game 3 of the NHL series is on Saturday (June 1) at 8 p.m. while Game 1 of the NBA matchup gets underway tonight (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 Meadowlands Media Relations

This Saturday, June 1st is millennial night at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Continuing efforts to attract the younger demographic, the Meadowlands is hosting a 30 & Under Handicapping Contest and a $10,000 Scholarship Sweepstakes both sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farms. The free handicapping contest is exclusively for harness racing 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. "We have seen an increase in participation over the years and we believe the trend will continue this year," said Jason Settlemoir, COO and GM of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "Younger people need to get involved in racing and we feel that the amenities we offer including Victory Terrace and our full summer events schedule attract that younger audience." Fans may register up until 7 p.m. on the night of the contest. There is no entry fee. The contest format requires players to make a mythical $2 "across the board" wager on one horse in races 2 - 9 at the Meadowlands. The winner is determined by the player that amasses the largest mythical bankroll from their selections. 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. Students looking to enter must show their college ID at the Players Club Desk to receive the entry form. In addition they will also receive a free $5 bet and a live racing program. Ten winners will be selected after Race 5. For more information on the 30 & Under Contest and the $10,000 Scholarship Sweepstakes visit http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13121 Remember you must be 18+ to wager on horses. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.   Rachel Ryan

Gimpanzee remains in the #1 slot in Ken Warkentin’s Road to the Hambletonian Week 2 after an easy 1:54 romp in the Empire Breeders Classic. #Hambo19 The 2019 Hambletonian will take place Saturday, August 3, 2017   Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, S R F Stable In his 3YO debut, Dan Patch Award winner remained undefeated 10-for-10 with an easy 1:54 romp in the EBC @ Vernon Downs on May 27, Sears said, “He’s done everything we’ve asked of him his entire career, and he’s just a pleasure to drive.” 2 Greenshoe (Father Patrick)   Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc Impressive 1:51.2 3YO debut on May 17, looks to make it back-to-back NJSS Finals on May 31, Melander said, “It looked like he was behaving behind the gate and then in the race he looked perfect.” 3 Don’t Let’em (Muscle Hill)   Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman Peter Haughton Memorial winner in a track record 1:51.4, rebounded off a break by winning his third Big M qualifier in 1:54.4 on May 25, Johansson said, “I think we’ll keep him home as much as we can to keep his stress level down.” 4 Green Manalishi S (Muscle Hill)   Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc Wm. Wellwood & Bluegrass winner & Breeders Crown runner up broke for the second straight qualifier & did not look comfortable, was scheduled for PASS @ Pocono Downs on June 2 5 Cantab Fashion (Cantab Hall) Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms Grand Circuit winner in 1:51.4 @ two hasn’t returned, Campbell said, “He’s got everything you would want in a horse, I was very happy with the way he looked when he came back this year, and I’m really looking forward to his 3-year-old season.” 6 Swandre The Giant (Swan For All) Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, Diamond Creek Racing, J & T Silva Stables, Howard Taylor Starts his 3YO season with Team Burke, won qualifiers @ The Meadows in 1:56.1 on May 9 + 1:56.4 on May 16, was scheduled to make his sophomore debut from post four in Indiana Sires Stakes @ Hoosier Park on May 30 7 Sheena’s Boy (Trixton)   Ake Svanstedt, Knutson Trotting Inc, S R F Stable Set the pace & finished second [1:52] to Greenshoe in NJSS @ Big M on May 17, Svanstedt also won a NJSS division with Soul Strong in 1:53 on May 24, NJSS Final next on May 31 8 Kings County (Muscle Hill)   Dave Miller, Domenico Cecere, Lindy Farms of Conn Took a mark of 1:52.3 in Grand Circuit action @ The Red Mile, set the pace & finished a second [1:55] to Don’t Let’em in his first qualifier at the Big M on May 25 9 Super Schissel (Uncle Peter) Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, Al Libfeld, Perry Soderberg Grand Circuit winning 2YO, second to Greenshoe in Big M qualifier May 11 in 1:55.1, a close third [1:53] to Hannelore Hanover in a Big M qualifier on May 18, did not race/qualify last week 10 Osterc (Cantab Hall)   Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, Christina Takter, Goran Falk PASS champion won the Dexter Cup on May 4 in 1:57, took a PASS division on May 11 in 1:55.1 @ The Meadows, did not race/qualify last week       Rachel Ryan

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 http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13121 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 http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13715 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 PlayMeadowlands.com/thompsonsquare. 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 http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=17168 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 PlayMeadowlands.com/winefest. For a complete list of nightly events, promotions and updated racing calendar please visit PlayMeadowlands.com. 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 Playmeadowlands.com/dining.   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 PlayMeadowlands.com   Rachel Ryan

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