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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

Jim Campbell figures when you bring together many of the best 4-year-old trotters in North America, there is no such thing as an easy spot. So, although his returning millionaire Crystal Fashion will avoid two 2018 Dan Patch Award winners (Atlanta and Six Pack) and a 2017 Breeders Crown champion (Fiftydallarbill) in Saturday's (May 18) opening round of the Graduate harness racings series at The Meadowlands, Campbell is not expecting a stroll in the park. Crystal Fashion competes in the second of two $50,000 divisions, starting from post one with regular driver Tim Tetrick. "On paper maybe the other one does look a little tougher, but when you go race them, they're all going to go fast and they're all going to be tough," Campbell said. "So, I don't put a lot of thought into that. Every time I think there is a division that looks easier on paper they always go more. "It's a good group of 4-year-olds out there. The only thing I worry about is my own horse. We're going to send him out there to race and whatever happens, it happens. Just being at the Meadowlands, you know they're going to be going fast no matter what." Generating speed is not an issue for this group. Returning Trotter of the Year Atlanta, with her 1:50.4 season-opening win in the Miami Valley Distaff on May 6, is the year's fastest trotter while Fiftydallarbill's 1:51.3 time in winning a conditioned race last weekend at the Meadowlands is second best. And last year, Six Pack became the sport's fastest-ever 3-year-old with a 1:49.1 win in the Kentucky Futurity in addition to trotting 1:50 earlier in the campaign while Crystal Fashion tied for the sixth-fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old (1:50.1). Not to be forgotten, Atlanta won the Hambletonian in 1:50.4 and had a season-best mark of 1:50.3, which ranks seventh among all female 3-year-old trotters in history, and multiple-stakes-winner Phaetosive - who is in Saturday's second Graduate division with Crystal Fashion - was not far off with a 1:51 mark. Crystal Fashion, who won nine of 17 races last year including the Canadian Trotting Classic and Earl Beal Jr. Memorial, made his first start of 2019 on May 4 in the Great Northeast Open Series for trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia, where he finished fourth. "He's the type of horse that needs to get racing to get himself tight," Campbell said. "He's going to need some more racing to get himself into top shape, but I was very happy with his first race. "He hasn't really changed (from last year). He's got the same personality and everything like that. He maybe filled out a little more, but for both a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old he was a good-sized colt. Maybe he grew a little bit, but for the most part he's pretty much the same." Phaetosive, who won last year's Elegantimage Stakes, will be making her seasonal debut, as is New York Sire Stakes final runner-up The Veteran. Custom Cantab, an Indiana Sire Stakes champion mare who won 13 of 17 races last season including the Matron, heads to the Graduate's second division off a third-place finish in the Miami Valley Distaff. In the first division, Six Pack and Eurobond are the two trotters making their seasonal debuts. Six Pack won 11 of 15 races last year including the Kentucky Futurity, Yonkers Trot, and Matron. He received the Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old male trotter. Six Pack                              Mark Hall photo "He trained back good," trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt said. "He qualified two times. He was maybe a little lazy the last qualifier, but he had an open bridle. I think he is sharp now. He feels much better when we train after the second qualifier. I hope he can do a good race. "We're going to race him in the Graduate and then the Hambletonian Maturity. After that he can go in the open. He feels strong. He's a big horse. He is so big I think he can be stronger when he is older. We'll see after a couple of races what he can do." In addition to Atlanta, there will be a second Hambletonian winner competing on Saturday's card at the Meadowlands as 2015 champion Pinkman looks to pick up his second win in the Mr Muscleman Series for older trotters. A total of four Hambletonian winners will be in action this year: Atlanta, Pinkman, Perfect Spirit (in Europe) and Marion Marauder. The Meadowlands also hosts the second round of the Rainbow Blue Series for older female pacers on Saturday. The six-horse field includes Dan Patch Award winners Kissin In The Sand (2018) and Youaremycandygirl (2017) as well as millionaire Caviart Ally. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT). For complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Two names that have been near the top of the driver standings at the Meadowlands since the start of the current meeting in mid-October belong to a pair of harness racing drivers from "Down Under", New Zealand-native Dexter Dunn and Australian Andy McCarthy. Horsemen from that region of the globe have had an impact over the years at the Big M. Ross Croghan, Noel Daley, Mark Harder, Nifty Norman, Brett Pelling and Chris Ryder. Be they "Kiwis" or "Aussies", these trainers have done their share of winning at the mile oval. Ryder uses Dunn, 29, on many of his horses, and among them is the talented 3-year-old colt Bettor's Wish, who is currently seventh in the weekly "Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace" poll put out every week by the Big M's media relations department. "He's a family friend from New Zealand," said Ryder of Dunn. "But he's not driving just because I know the guy. He's driving because he's capable. I thought he might have trouble hooking on here when he arrived (about a year ago), but his talent and personality have overcome that." The stats back up what Ryder says, as Dunn has won 86 times from 587 starts at the Meadowlands since the meet began. And thus far in 2019, Dunn sits second in the Big M standings with 65 wins, a total surpassed only by Yannick Gingras' 96. As for McCarthy, he was the leading driver at the Meadowlands until he went on an extended vacation earlier this year to his homeland. For the meeting, he's won 50 races from 355 starts. "Is Andy my primary driver?" asked Brett Pelling. "I would say that. He's driving my best horse, Caviart Ally, and when you have a good horse, it puts you in the limelight." McCarthy guided Caviart Ally to a hard-fought victory in 1:50 over a star-laden Preferred for pacing fillies and mares field Saturday (May 11) night, an evening that saw the 33-year-old win the first three races on the card and four of the first five. He also drives Pelling's Reigning Deo, currently ninth in the RTTCFMP. "I want someone who is focused," said Pelling. "And Andy and Dexter know enough to be focused. Dexter is a great talent, and if Andy wasn't available, would I use Dexter? All day long." Pelling also spoke about the sense of community felt by those who hail from Australia or New Zealand: "We are here together. The Down Under people know Down Under people. And that means something." BROWER HITS BIG: Dave Brower of the Meadowlands' award-winning TV production had a night to remember Saturday (May 11), as he gave his followers a hit for the ages. After the nightly segment when Brower gave out his Pick-4 ticket for on-track and simulcast players, favorites won the first (Highalator) and final legs of Brower's $32 play, but what happened in between is what made the payoff special. Somebaddude paid $100.00 to win in the second leg while 10-1 chance On Duty scored in the third. After Albergo Hanover won the final leg (Race 11), Brower's followers collected $2,028.15, good for a profit of $1,996.15. The total Pick-4 pool was a typically strong $102,125 on Saturday and as always, free program pages for this week's 50-Cent Pick-4 - as well as the Can-Am Pick-4 (Friday only) - are available at and SUPER HIGH-FIVE HIT: Despite the 6-5 favorite winning the race, one lucky player betting into the Oregon Express hub walked away with a huge score nonetheless Saturday (May 11) night. The 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five, with the two longest shots in the field finishing second and fifth, yielded only one ticket with the winning combination of 2-3-1-10-9, and was good for a return of $33,010.24. This Friday (May 17), the carryover for the Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five (Race 5) stands at $91,214. PREAKNESS UP NEXT: The 144th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course is the featured simulcast event on Saturday (May 18) at the Meadowlands. Post time for the first of 14 races at Pimlico is 10:30 a.m. The Preakness, for 3-year-olds at a mile and three-sixteenths, is Race 13 on the card and has a post time of 6:48 p.m. BEERFEST ON TAP: On Saturday (May 18), the Meadowlands will host its fourth annual "Beerfest". The event, which is rain or shine, has three tiers of ticket pricing. For a $75 VIP ticket, you get admission, VIP lounge access, a special VIP food buffet, a tasting glass, exclusive VIP tastings and one additional hour of sampling. Only 200 VIP tickets will be sold. A $35 General Admission ticket ($45 if purchased day of) includes admission, a tasting glass and a four-hour sampling. Those with VIP tickets will be admitted at 4:30 p.m. while GA customers can go in at 5:30 p.m. The event ends at 9:30 p.m.   Dave Little

Ten local New Jersey charitable organizations have been selected to compete in the Harness Racing Charity Handicapping Contest on Saturday, May 25th at The Meadowlands. The Contest offers a $15,000 total donation/prize pool, with all ten charities receiving a donation. Prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st Place: $5,000, 2nd Place: $3,000, 3rd Place: $2,000, 4th Place: $1,500, 5th Place: $1,000, 6th-10th: $500 The participating charities have different missions aimed at improving the lives of people and animals living in the Garden State. The participating charities are: 1. North Jersey Friendship House a non-profit organization that's mission is to build the skills of individuals with varying abilities and developmental needs by providing, within a safe haven, comprehensive clinical treatment, vocational training and work opportunities in order to achieve meaningful and productive lives. 2. Wayne Township Police Athletic League organized for the purpose of fostering and encouraging in the youth of Wayne Township, a spirit of loyalty and faith in American traditions and institutions through participation in constructive movements and endeavors for the promotion and safeguarding of their interests and general welfare: to promote a spirit of benevolent friendship, goodwill, and tolerance and cultivate and improve their moral standards in order to more effectively combat juvenile delinquency; to provide meeting places where the youth of Wayne may enjoy every educational and social benefit and to participate in athletic activities under competent supervision; and to acquire, lease, hold, use mortgage and dispose of real and personal property to carry out the aforesaid purpose. 3. Team Velvet Inc provides non-mounted equine facilitated mental health services to children ages 5-12 who have experienced trauma and adjustment difficulties within an atmosphere of natural horsemanship and good land stewardship. 4. Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County provides free one-on-one tutoring in ESL, Basic Adult Literacy and preparation for the math portion of the High School Equivalency exam. The goal is to provide the gift of literacy to adults who confront life in Bergen County without the skills to effectively communicate. 5. CBH Care, Inc provides the optimum healthcare that is responsive to consumer and community needs. CBH Care will treat individuals, families, and the community with respect and dignity regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, illness or age. We are committed to accessible care that is delivered in a cost-effective manner. We will provide this care with creative and responsive treatment strategies. Those services are supported by the recruitment and the continuing development of the highest quality care providers. 6. Act Now Foundation Inc. raises awareness and educates communities about Alzheimer's disease, prevention and early detection; to provide support, education, evaluations testing, long-term care planning, resources and advocacy in order to improve the quality of life for families living and struggling with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. 7. Pacing For The Cure to those living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) obtain financial assistance for medical equipment and services to manage this debilitating disease of the central nervous system as well as fund cutting edge MS research. 8. Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey a non-profit organization founded to promote the Standardbred as a pleasure riding and driving horse by exposing the public to their performances through equine events. Whatever the discipline is, eventing, western pleasure, driving, hunter/jumper, trail riding or dressage, our mission is to let the public know that the Standardbred is a very versatile breed. 9. Standardbred Retirement Foundation provides humane care and services for horses in need of lifetime homes, and in crisis, through rehabilitation, training, adoption, lifelong follow-up, or lifetime sanctuary; and offers therapeutic equine opportunities for children, and adults. 10. Horse Rescue United saves horses of all breeds from abandonment, abuse, neglect, and slaughter. We specialize in retraining and rehoming Standardbreds. Whenever possible, HRU purchases slaughter-bound horses from auction, and also assists owner surrenders before they end up in the wrong hands. For the Charity Handicapping Contest, organizations will select one (1) horse in each of the 10 designated Meadowlands live races. The organizations will amass a mythical bankroll if their selection officially finishes first, second or third in the designated race. Official $2 WPS (Win, Place, Show) payoffs will be added to the mythical bankroll. Official race results will serve as the order of finish. The organization that accumulates the highest mythical bankroll is the winner. The participating organizations are encouraged to make it a night at the races for their volunteers and employees. Each organization will also have the opportunity to make winner's circle presentations and be featured on the track's jumbotron. "We are delighted with the response we received for the first year of our charity contest," said Jason Settlemoir, COO and GM of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "We look forward to a fun night of racing that will raise some money for those in need." For more information on the charity contest visit Rachel Ryan

Fans got their first look at Swedish-bred trotter Darling Mearas during Saturday's (May 11) qualifiers at The Meadowlands Racetrack, but they will have to wait a little longer than anticipated to see the 6-year-old mare in her first race in North America. Darling Mearas, who earned $750,199 in Europe and counted the 2016 Swedish Trotting Oaks and 2018 European Championship for harness racing mares among her wins, posted a 1:56.1 victory in her Big M qualifier for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. But Svanstedt was not completely happy with the performance, so he plans to delay Darling Mearas' debut, which was expected to come in Monday's (May 20) first round of the Miss Versatility Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "She trained back good but when she qualified, I was not a hundred percent satisfied with her," said Svanstedt, who took over the training of Darling Mearas following her arrival in the U.S. earlier this spring. "We're not going to race her yet. We're going to wait a couple of weeks. Her gait was not perfect in the last turn. She must feel a little bit better." Darling Mearas, a daughter of Cantab Hall out of the Muscles Yankee mare Khao Manee, won 12 of 29 races in Europe for trainer Stefan Persson and breeder-owner Snogarps GÃ¥rd, a farm run by the Wihlborg family. The family might be best known to North American racing fans as the owner of 2014 Breeders Crown champion Commander Crowe, who earned $5.09 million worldwide in his career. Calle Wihlborg told Sweden's Sulky Sport magazine the decision to send Darling Mearas to North America was made in part because she would have more opportunities to race in stakes events restricted to mares. Svanstedt was selected as the trainer because "purely historically, he has been very good at getting older horses to take another step." Darling Mearas is staked to a number of Grand Circuit events this season, including the Breeders Crown, Armbro Flight, Dr. John R. Steele Memorial, and the TVG Championship. "The plan is to race her here this summer and then breed her with a top stallion here in America next spring," Svanstedt said. "She is a good horse. She was one of the best mares and she was a good horse in the stakes races when she was young. She has a lot of power and she wants to do the job. She is always nice to drive and if you ask her, she does the job."   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Highalator continued his remarkable Meadowlands run Saturday night, taking the second leg of the Golden Receiver harness racing series in 1:48.3, giving him four wins in five Big M tries this year. Displaying his trademark explosive early speed, the 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Higher And Higher went parked around the first turn from post eight and grabbed the top while on the outside in :26.4. Ricky Still then relaxed the 3-5 favorite, rating the second fraction in :28.3 before Always At My Place was on the move first over at the half chipping away at Highalator's advantage to become a threatening presence at three-quarters. Then Highalator went to work. The Jenny Bier trainee shrugged off Always At My Place before sprinting his final quarter in :25.2 to record a 1¼-length win. Pocket-sitting Sweet Rock was second with Classy Dragon finishing third. The winning time equaled the third fastest mile in the sport this year. Highalator returned $3.20 to his backers and has now won five of his last six - the only loss coming at the Meadowlands when he went a huge mile to get second - and is two-for-two in the Golden Receiver. Lifetime, he's won 27-of-60 starts and earned $394,028 for owners Jenny Bier, Joann Dombeck and Midsize Construction. Earlier on the card, Caviart Ally bested a strong field in the $30,000 Preferred for pacing fillies and mares. The 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Cool made the top while parked in :26.4 and went all the way from there, scoring by a half-length over Gold Orchid N in 1:50 as the 7-5 favorite for driver Andy McCarthy and trainer Brett Pelling. Delightfulmemphisn was third with Bettorhaveanother fourth. Youaremycandygirl, making her seasonal debut, finished fifth. A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy was on fire early on, driving four of the first five winners on the card. ... Wagering on the 50-Cent Pick-4 was typically strong, with a total pool of $102,126. Big M TV's Dave Brower gave out the Pick-4 to his followers. For those who played Brower's ticket, the wager was $32 with the payout a handsome $2,028.15. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five yielded a single-ticket winner despite the race being won by the 6-5 favorite. The ticket with the winning combination of 2-3-1-10-9 paid $33,010.24. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card totaled $2,566,272. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Ten NY sportscasters competed in two non-wagering harness races to benefit their selected charitable organization on Saturday, May 11 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Brandon Tierney, co-host of CBS Sports Radio's "Tiki & Tierney" and a CBS Sports Network analyst, took the win in the first charity derby raced of the night. Tierney and driving partner Corey Callahan sprinted to the lead and never looked back, earning $6,000 for his charity of choice, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "This was incredible, said Tierney. "My horse Pretty Boy Swag and I came to win tonight. This was a once in a lifetime experience, what a great night!" The second charity derby was won by Fox News' Jared Max and his driving partner Yannick Gingras. "This was the greatest ride of my life," said Max after his win. "Yannick totally got us home. I'm so thrilled to have gotten to do this. I'm also thrilled that I'm able to help out Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition. They help spay and neuter our furry friends so they can find new homes." Fellow competitors Madelyn Burke of (Natural Resources Defense Council), Marc Malusis of CBS Sportsnetwork (Rosogin Institue), Gary Myers of WFAN (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Adam Zuker of CBS Sports (The Summit Conservancy), Anita Marks of ESPN (Sunrise Association), Justin Walters from Fios1 News (Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon), MSG Network's Rebecca Haarlow (Garden of Dreams) and Don LaGreca of ESPN-NY 98.7 FM's "The Michael Kay Show" (American Heart Association) each earned $1,000 for their charities. NY Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa was on hand to present the checks to all competitors along with Miss NJ USA 2019 Manya Saaraswat. In addition to the participating sportscasters, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment would like to thank the following trainers for assisting with the horses and sulkies for the event: trainers Mark Ford, Patti & Rob Harmon, Tony Alagna and Scott DiDomenico and Allerage Farm for providing the hospitality.   Rachel Ryan

Freehold, NJ--It didn't take long for "Hurricane Hannah" Miller to get back in the winners circle. Today (May 11) the former two-time National Amateur Driver of the Year scored her first seasonal harness racing triumph when she guided Jacks to Open to a four-length victory in an Eastern Region leg of the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series at Freehold Raceway. Now a sales rep for an equine pharmaceutical company it was only her third time in the sulky this year. "It felt good to be back in the winners circle again. I miss driving and as time allows I hope to do more of it again this season," she said. Sent off as the favorite from the six-hole in the eight horse contest Ms Miller settled in the two-hole when the field rounded the first turn as Annie "Get Your Gun" Stoebe showed the way with Uriel to the first stanza in :29.1. The ladies were one-two past the half in :59.3 but when they straightened up the backside the second time around "Hurricane Hannah" decided it was time to move. "My horse felt strong but I waited to move and when I did "ole Jack" put it in another gear and we had command as we passed the three quarters," Ms Miller said. "He was really super today." "Yankee Joe" Lee was aping Hannah's moves after the half and followed her up the backside with Talkaholic but after they both cleared Uriel it was apparent that Jacks To Open was the stronger horse. The veteran 9-year-old Conway Hall gelding opened daylight in the lane and cruised home an easy winner. Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff got up for the show dough on the $9000 contest. " I've been pursuing a professional career and it felt good to be back driving," the talented miss said after her victory which was her 98th from only 341 trips behind the starting gate. Co-owned by her driver and Nick Surick, Jacks To Open notched his 42nd career victory and returned a $3.00 win payoff, On Monday, May 13, a Billings trot in the Midwest region will contested at Northfield Park.   by John Manzi for the Billings Series

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday morning qualifiers at The Meadowlands were held under mostly sunny skies (the short sleeved colors made their first appearance of the season), negligible wind and temperatures in the 60's, with the track rated fast as they began at 10:00am. Trotting fillies opened the card with the good pair of Evident Beauty (David Miller) and Beautiful Sin (Yannick Gingras) crossing the wire together in hand, the mile in 1:58.4/28.2. Both were making their second start, Red Mile Grand Circuit winner Evident Beauty appeared flawless for trainer Nifty Norman and owners Mel Hartman, Little E and R A W Equine while Beautiful Sin looked healthy after sustaining a serious tendon laceration that ended her freshman season prematurely. Greenshoe clearly holds great promise with his remarkable speed but often authored his own undoing last season via his anxious temperament. Today was another triumph for the connections as Greenshoe looked more comfortable going to the gate, driver Brian Sears was able to settle the colt in third through slow fractions then got the response he wanted when the colt ground up uncovered and wore down a good colt in Super Schissel (Gingras) through a 27.1 end to a 1:55.1 mile. Great things may well be in store for owner Anders Strom (Courant Inc) and trainer Marcus Melander if they're able to continue to harness the power of the enigmatic Father Patrick colt. Ake Svanstedt unveiled the Swedish star Darling Mearas S this morning as the career winner of over three quarters of a million dollars led at every call then held pocket sitter Pat Matters (Matt Kakley) at bay in hand, the mile in 1:56.1/27.4. Darling Mearas has been made eligible to the top US stakes for mare trotters by owners Snogarps Stable. With a stretch headwind beginning to pick up, The Veteran was a 1:53.4 winner this morning for his new connections, the Paul Kelley Stable. Mark MacDonald held the powerful 4-year-old Muscle Mass horse in third as Manchego (Scott Zeron) set fast fractions while appearing somewhat fresh before rolling off stride on the final bend. Mac Donald has The Veteran marching up uncovered by then and he held off Ice Attracion (Svanstedt) comfortably. Trainer Kelley owns him with SRF Stable, Winske and Michaels. Odds On St Lucie (Matt Krueger) closed nicely to get the 1:54.3/27.4 win today over stable mate Wicked N Wonderful (Dexter Dunn) and Petticoat winner Catch An Ace (D. Miller). Tony Alagna trains the winner for Odds On Racing. Western Joe (Zeron) is making his way back to the wars and took another step forward with a 1:52.2/27.3 win from the pocket this morning over Limelight Beach (D. Miller). He's had two good Q's back now for trainer Chris Choate and owners Anthony Ruggeri & Joe Tosies. Sophomore colt pacers capped the card and Bettors Wish was an impressive out of the pocket winner for Dexter Dunn in 1:52.4/27.3 clearing pacesetter Captain McKee (Tim Tetrick) by a couple at the end. Trainer Chris Ryder owns the sharp Bettor's Delight colt with Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Ken Solomon. The results are available on the web. Live racing resumes tonight around 7:15 pm.   Nick Salvi

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After a disappointing effort a week ago in the Cutler Memorial, Fiftydallarbill rebounded in an easier spot Friday night at the Meadowlands, taking the featured harness racing $25,000 conditioned trot in a lifetime-best 1:51.3. The only trotter to go faster in 2019 was Atlanta, who went 1:50.4 on Monday at Miami Valley. In the Cutler, the Katricia Adams trainee was at the rail in sixth when he broke at the head of the stretch. He did finish sixth but was disqualified and placed 10th for interference. This time around, it was a far different story. Mission Accepted, the 4-5 favorite, was on the point at the half, and just after that split, Fiftydallarbill was popped out of the four-hole by Tim Tetrick to challenge. The 4-year-old son of Swan For All-CR Dixie Chick inched his way toward the front around the far turn and wore down the leader nearing the wire, hitting the finish three-quarters of a length in front after trotting his final quarter in :26.3. Henderson Seelster was third. Fiftydallarbill, the 2017 Breeders Crown champion, returned $4.20 to his backers as he won for the 17th time in 38 career starts. He has earned $858,450 for his owner John Barnard. HAMBO STAYS PUT: The Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands have signed an agreement that will keep the Hambletonian, Hambletonian Oaks and Hambletonian Maturity at the Big M through 2023. There will be a major change coming for the 2020 edition of the Hambo. Eliminations will be contested the week before the final. A LITTLE MORE: Andy Miller suffered a non-racing-related broken hand that will cost him a month on the sidelines. ... Scott Zeron pinch-hit for Miller, guiding a pair of winners for Andy's wife, trainer Julie Miller. ... The 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 took in just under $50,000 in action, and after a sequence that saw winner's odds of 2-1, 7-2, 5-2 and 7-1, those who had tickets with the winning combination of 4-3-6-9 walked away with $134.36. ... One sharp player betting into the Ohio hub held the lone ticket that lasted seven legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and cashed in for $8,536. ... After sweeping the Late Double, Tetrick had three winners on the night and now has 10 over the last three race cards. ... All-source handle was $2,298,689. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

Winning a race is always special for an owner. But when Linda Schwaid and her husband Era "Ernie" Williams watched their homebred pacer Lets Get Real win his harness racing career debut this past Saturday at Freehold Raceway, it provided a rush that lasted for days. That's because Lets Get Real was no ordinary first-time starter. Lets Get Real is 10. "Just to see him race was special," Schwaid said. "To see him win? My heart was beating for days. I couldn't believe it. It was total shock. "We've had winning horses before, but not like this. Not after all the work we put in." Lets Get Real, a stallion by Real Desire out of Sea Squall, was born in April 2009. Schwaid and Williams liked the horse, but his development was delayed because of several physical issues at an early age. When Lets Get Real began to progress, Williams, who trained the horse, was slowed by medical issues with his heart and his spine. "We'd train and then we'd have to stop," Schwaid said. "It was on and off, on and off. Everything just went slowly. Our health was more important than getting to the races. "We do go out every day, even through the health issues, and take care of him. He's one of our babies."                                                                                                       --Ken Weingartner photo Last fall, Schwaid and Williams, who are stabled at Winner's International in central New Jersey, turned the horse over to trainer Mario Letizia with the hopes of continuing his development. "Mario loved him the day he met him," Schwaid said. "She didn't tell me how old he was," Letizia said, laughing. "I remember I saw him like three years ago when Ernie was jogging him out there. I kind of thought he was a nice-looking horse the first time I saw him. When I started dealing with him, I thought he was a nice horse. "He's good to take care of, actually. He's got some speed, he really does. He's got a bit of ability. I took him to Freehold to school him before he qualified. He's like a 2-year-old (learning everything). That's why it was amazing the way he won. He was like a professional." Lets Get Real, who qualified once in 1:59.2 at Freehold prior to his debut, won his first race in 1:58.2 with Eric Abbatiello in the sulky. In doing so, Lets Get Real became only the second North American-bred harness horse in the past 30 years to make his first lifetime start at age 10 and win a race. The other was pacing mare Jodesaidno, who was a 10-year-old rookie when she won at the Stark County Fair in Ohio in 2009. So rare is the occurrence that Freehold's Director of Racing Karen Fagliarone called Letizia to make sure he had entered the correct horse. "She said, he's 10 and never raced? I said, yeah, that's him," Letizia said. "He always seemed good," Schwaid said. "He always seemed like he wanted to do it, so we just kept trying and trying. We knew he had speed, it was just a matter of being consistent with him and getting our issues straightened out. It was just getting everything in the right place at the right time. "It was really great (to see him win). Especially when you breed them and you see your baby come all the way to that. It really feels good."                                                                                                    --Ken Weingartner photo Schwaid and Williams first became interested in harness racing while living on Long Island, not far from Roosevelt Raceway. Williams, who was working for Grumman at the time, got to know a trainer and eventually was asked if he wanted to jog horses. "We fell in love with the horses," said Schwaid, who was working as a laboratory supervisor at a hospital. "We did it part time in the afternoons while we were working and decided that when we retired we would do it full time. "It keeps you going. It keeps you getting up every day and keeps you going. It's rewarding to go out there and see them. It brings you out of a lot of misery." It has been especially helpful in providing a pleasant diversion for Williams, who is 76. "It gives my husband hope," Schwaid said. "It's inspirational for him. He comes every afternoon and helps feed and he will walk him around." Schwaid and Williams have one other homebred racing at this time, a 6-year-old pacing mare named Arts And Flowers. Three days after Lets Get Real's victory, she won at Harrington Raceway, giving her 19 wins in 64 career races. Lets Get Real is not entered to race this week, but his connections are looking forward to his next start. And no matter what happens in the future, they will never forget his first. "It just proves it's never too late," Schwaid said.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Finding a way to keep harness racing's marquee performers on the track has always been a puzzle that if solved would allow the sport's fan base to follow equine standouts not only through the end of their 3-year-old seasons, but beyond. Last Saturday (May 4) at the Meadowlands, the sport's traveling road show for 4-year-olds - the Graduate Series - made its first stop of 2019, and many of the top sophomore pacing performers from 2018 were behind the gate in the two divisions of the series' opening leg. Lather Up, the North America Cup winner from a year ago in a season that saw him earn just under $900,000, displayed explosive late pace to take the Graduate's first division, defeating 3-year-old standouts from last year This Is The Plan and Dorsoduro Hanover. Courtly Choice, the 2018 Little Brown Jug and Meadowlands Pace winner who earned just over $900,000, went parked the final five-eighths in taking the second Graduate division, besting horses such as Thinkbig Dreambig and American History, another pair of top performers from a year ago. "Time will only tell if the Graduate can provide a dramatic rivalry with Lather Up and Courtly Choice," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "We are fortunate to have the Graduate, which is a great series that keeps our stars in the spotlight racing, and not taking the fast track to the breeding shed. For that, we thank the owners of these horses for helping to grow the game. "Think back to 2016 when Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit battled all year for the 'Heavyweight Championship' of the sport. Whenever and wherever those two met, that was the featured race on the continent. Those two older horses grew the game immeasurably that year. Hopefully, the Graduate can provide that level of excitement. Could the Lather Up-Courtly Choice pairing possibly be a similar rivalry? Or will other top older horses have something to say? Either way, the sport is a big winner." Leg Two of the Graduate for pacers is June 1 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, followed by Legs Three (June 9) and Four (June 28) at Tioga Downs and the Meadowlands, respectively. The Final is July 6 at the Big M. The Graduate for trotters gets underway at the Meadowlands on May 18. After a slow beginning due in all probability to the delay of the start of the card as the inquiry in the Kentucky Derby moved at a snail's pace, wagering on the Big M's live program picked up in a big way. Saturday's seventh race, the Graduate division won by Lather Up, served as the catalyst for another $3-million handle night at the Big M, the ninth time that magic figure has been reached this year at the mile oval. In that 12-horse field, the Big M faithful plunked down $363,400 in bets, with the straight ($103,034) and Exacta ($116,101) pools pushing past the six-figure plateau. Saturday's 50-Cent Pick-4 (Race 8) pot was also in excess of $100,000, as $103,306 was put in play. As always, free program pages for the 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 (Friday only) and 50-Cent Pick-4 (both Friday and Saturday) are available at and TIM TERRIFIC: Tim Tetrick had the hottest hands at the track last weekend, driving seven winners. FREE MONEY: Get a free $5 betting voucher at the Meadowlands Friday night (May 10). To qualify, you must be a member of the Big M email database. If you are not a member, go to To receive the voucher, stop by the Players Club desk from 6-9 p.m. and show the email with the $5 voucher offer on your phone or print out. TRIBUTES IN PINK: Great music and great food will be available in Pink restaurant Friday (May 10) night. "Hats and Shades" is not only a Blues Brothers tribute band, but play the music of Neil Diamond as well. The buffet, which costs $39.95, gets underway at 5:30 p.m. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. Call 201-THE-BIGM for reservations. DIG FOR DIAMONDS: On Saturday (May 11), betting vouchers, watches and diamond jewelry are on the list of prizes in the Big M's "Diamond Dig". Entries will be taken up to Race 4 when 10 lucky contestants will be chosen to dig following Race 5. For more information, go to BEERFEST ON TAP: On Saturday (May 18), the Meadowlands will host its fourth annual "Beerfest". The event, which is rain or shine, has three tiers of ticket pricing. For a $75 VIP ticket, you get admission, VIP lounge access, special VIP food buffet, a tasting glass, exclusive VIP tastings and one additional hour of sampling. Only 200 VIP tickets will be sold. A $35 GA ticket ($45 if purchased day of) includes admission, a tasting glass and four-hour sampling. Those with VIP tickets will be admitted at 4:30 p.m. while GA customers can go in at 5:30 p.m. The event ends at 9:30 p.m.   Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -On Saturday May 18th, the beer will flow at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment for the 4th Annual Spring Beer Fest. Doors open for VIP at 4:30 pm with General Admission at 5:30 pm and beer is poured until 9:30pm. It is an evening of great craft beer and horse racing. While over sixty breweries and cideries are participating, New Jersey breweries are a true festival highlight. Ridgefield Park's Bolero Snort will be bringing four tasty brews including Charge IPA, Ovb Orange Cream Pop, Bull Pop Berliner and Bless The Reins DIPA. Departed Soles, located in Jersey City, will be pouring South Ward Ale and Playoff Beered. New to this year's festival are Angry Erik Brewing based in Lafayette, Hoboken Brewery and Mud Hen Brewing Company of Wildwood. Angry Erik will pour its jalapeno IPA, Viva Verde and Baby Koala, their seasonal Belgian-style ale. Hoboken Brewery will serve its Bodi Blonde, Cityside IPA and Double IPA while Mud Hen will pour Holly Beach What and 1883 IPA. 902 Brewing, a four-year Meadowlands beerfest participant, will quench festival goers thirst with Super Mom Pale Ale, and Beer To Catch Fish Session Ale. While Melick's will be onsite pouring their Traditional, Hopped and Ginger ciders, produced in Oldwick, NJ. Lone Eagle Brewing, based in Flemington will be serving three of their brews including award winner Maiden Flight IPA, Ginger Whit and Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout. River Horse Brewing Co. will be pour its Summer Blond, Da Nile and Mocha Lisa, an imperial porter. Other NJ produced beers include Forgotten Boardwalk's Funnel Cake, What the Butler Saw and For Amusement Only American Pale; Jersey Girl's Rake Breaker and King Gambrinus; Cricket Hill's Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale, Russian Imperial Stout and Jersey Devil Imperial Red and Flying Fish's Salt & Sea and XPA. For tickets and a complete list of breweries visit The 4th Annual Beer Fest will be held in the Backyard and on the East Apron and will open to the public at 4:30 pm for VIP admission. The VIP ticket is $75 and includes an additional 1 hour of sampling, exclusive VIP Tent beer samplings, and food. General Admission begins at 5:30 pm and is available in advance for $35 or at the door for $45. Live harness racing will commence at 7:15 pm. Must be 21+ to attend.   Rachel Ryan

This Saturday, May 11, ten lucky harness racing fans will have a chance to dig for watches, diamond jewelry and cash in Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment's annual Diamond Dig. Entries will be taken up until race four with ten lucky contestants selected to dig following race five. Each contestant will be given a plastic shovel and the chance to dig for prizes through one of two sand-filled pools located near the winner's circle. This year's prizes include: ½ ct Journey diamond pendant necklace in 10K white gold ½ ct diamond stud earrings in 14K white gold 1/3 ct diamond solitaire pendant necklace in 14k white gold 1/3 ct gold diamond hoop earrings Sieko women’s diamond watch Bulova women’s stainless steel diamond watch ½ ct diamond hoop earrings Three $100 betting vouchers Details on the Diamond Dig and all upcoming events and promotions can be found at   Rachel Ryan

This Friday, May 10 The Blues Brothers & Neil Diamond tribute acts take the stage at Pink Restaurant. A night of great songs, awesome dance moves and high energy is what makes "HATS AND SHADES" the most exciting Blues Brothers tribute in the USA. Gene DiNapoli as Jake Blues and Bob McArthur as Elwood Blues recreate the live concert that brought their band of soul and rhythm and blues to the country after their skit got rave reviews on "Saturday Night Live." And as a special bonus, Bob McArthur, well known as a Neil Diamond impersonator, will kick things off with rockin' crowd favorites that are sure to leave guests singing and dancing all night. A special buffet has been created for the evening that includes garlic and herb roasted steak, crispy garlic chicken, rigatoni & meatballs, assorted fresh salads and plenty of desserts. Price of the buffet and show is $39.95, plus tax & gratuity. The buffet begins at 5:30pm with Neil Diamond opening the show at 8:30pm. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling (201) THE-BIGM. The next "dinner and a show" music night is scheduled for Friday, July 19th featuring a Tribute to Frank Sinatra. For complete dining information visit   Rachel Ryan Marketing Manager, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's been a good four months for harness racing business at the Meadowlands thus far in 2019, and April was the best month yet when you consider where things were just one year before. An identical total of eight race cards were contested at the Big M in both April of 2018 and 2019, but the similarities end there. A year ago, all-source handle totaled $18,288,404, good for an average per race card of $2.286 million. During 2019, $22,342,097 was put in play, an average of $2.792 million. "On Saturday (April 27), we handled $3 million," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "A year ago, on the corresponding card, we bet $2.3 million, so we were up 31 percent. We are hoping to keep that momentum this Saturday (May 4) as we expect a big Kentucky Derby Day crowd to bet the "Run for the Roses" as well as the Graduate and Cutler, which are on our live harness card at night." The Big M has always been a track where players can bet against favorites with confidence, and that was on display during April as a mere 26 percent of post-time choices (28 from 104 races) hit the wire first. Of harness tracks currently racing, the median percentage of winning chalks is 46 percent, according to statistics provided by the United States Trotting Association. Friday nights at the Big M feature a new wager - the Can-Am Pick-4 - that's been a big hit. It requires a player to pick two winners at the Meadowlands and two more at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Since its inception on March 22, the CAP4 has averaged a little over $61,000 per pool, and last week, after a pair of favorites and two longshots won, the payout for the bet with the 20-Cent base and low 15 percent takeout was $361.70. When you consider that a player could single a horse in one leg and use five in the other three and only spend $25, that makes the CAP4 a great value play. The Big M's 50-Cent Pick-5 and Pick-4 continue to attract steady action week after week, and that was clearly the case over the last eight racing programs. The popular Big M puzzles had average pools of $59,980 and $99,532, respectively, during April. Free program pages for the 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 and Meadowlands' 50-Cent Pick-4 are available at and DERBY DAY IS HERE: The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby is Saturday (May 4). Come on out to the Meadowlands and bet the entire Churchill Downs card, which gets underway at 10:30 a.m. (Big M gates open at 9 a.m.) Post time for the Kentucky Derby is 6:46 p.m. Players are reminded that morning-line favorite Omaha Beach has been scratched allowing Bodexpress to draw in from the also eligible list. In the Gallery, there will be a special Derby Day lunch buffet for $39.95. Food service begins at 11:30 a.m. That evening in Pink restaurant, there will be a southern inspired buffet for $54.95 that begins at 4:30 p.m. Call 201-THE-BIGM for reservations. There will be a $100 Derby win-wager contest with entry forms available in the Derby program and at the Players Club Desk. Contestants must enter by 5 p.m. In addition, there will be a $100 live win-wager contest beginning at 6 p.m. with those entry forms available in the live harness program as well as the Players Club Desk. Ten winning contestants will be selected throughout the evening. It wouldn't be Derby Day without a hat contest for the ladies who come out to the track. Contestants can register from 2-4:45 p.m. at the Clubhouse Main Entrance. Judging will take place in front of the winner's circle at 5 p.m. There are five cash prizes up for grabs, ranging from $50 up to $500. TAKE AIM AT HORSEPLAY: On Friday (May 3), take your best shot in the Big M's Horseplay Giveaway. To play, contestants must complete an entry form and grab a free toy horse at the Players Club Desk or the outdoor Horseplay table. If you throw your horse into the window of the target car, you qualify to win a $100 betting voucher. In the event you win the voucher, you will then be entered in a drawing on Friday, August 2, where the prize is a 2019 Toyota C-HR. In addition, for each horse that makes it into the target car, the Meadowlands will donate $10 to a designated charity. During May, the money will go to A Lot to Grow. The contest will be conducted each night of live racing until the end of the meeting. For complete contest details, go to Dave Little    

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