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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    

This Friday, May 3 experience a taste of the south with the $29.95 Pink Restaurant Buffet. The menu includes Bourbon-glazed beef, fried catfish, apple-roasted pork loin and fried chicken. A wonderful array of salads, sides and desserts compliment the meal. On Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 4, guests can enjoy a delicious lunch in the second floor Gallery. The $39.95 Derby themed lunch buffet begins at 11:30 am. Dishes include sides and starters like mashed sweet potatoes, home-made mac & cheese, freshly baked corn bread, and sweet & spicy chicken wings, entrees like roasted chicken, beef sliders and BBQ ribs, and assorted pastries and cookies for dessert. Guests wanting to come out for just the Derby and live racing can enjoy the $54.95 Saturday night buffet in Pink which opens at 4:30 p.m. The menu, created by Executive Chef Dennis, features strawberry fields salad, classic southern egg & potato salad, BBQ glazed steak, Cajun-rubbed chicken & creamy mac & cheese. Reservations for all dining options can be made by calling 201-THE-BIG-M (201-843-2446). For more Derby weekend information visit  

East Rutherford, NJ - RUS Mid-Atlantic's trotting series makes its 2019 debut at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment on Friday, May 3, as a compact field of five will face the starter in the Renee Eck Memorial, a non-wagering harness racing event taking place after the first race on the evening's program. The $3,000 race kicks off this year's Trotting 4 Charity event as three riders are participating in the charity event which will take place over a period of ten days. The Renee Eck Memorial is named after "Renee from PA", who was one of the world's most beloved horse lovers who had several positions in the equine field. Since Renee was an animal lover her family, since her passing in 2013, has supported animal and equine causes in her name. Renee was a strong proponent of women in the equine industry so sponsoring the RUS Mid-Atlantic Trot at the Meadowlands was a perfect fit. Through this race, RUS Mid-Atlantic honors the life of "Renee from PA". As part of the Trotting 4 Charity event, fans can win special jerseys worn by their favorite participating riders in the May 3 event. Riders participating this week are Vanessa Karlewicz (American Cancer Society), Sofia Zingale (#PaisleeStrong), and Sietske Dijhkof (Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame). Fans wishing the chance to own a rider's specially designed T4C jersey worn in this race needs to make a $20 donation to the rider's charity of choice and send a copy of the receipt to, specifying which rider's jersey they are trying to win. Drawings will be held May 13 and 14. Fans can enter multiple times and/or for multiple rider's jerseys by making additional donations. For further information about Trotting 4 Charity, visit Here are the horses and riders in the first leg of the RUS MidAtlantic Trotting Series:   1st Non-Wagering - $3,000 RUS Trot - Renee Eck Memorial (Post Time 7:25) 1 Akhenation Vanessa Karlewicz Sofia Zingale 2 RCs Ready Hillary Hartnett Sofia Zingale 3 Hyway Marcus Sasha Moczulski Sasha Moczulski 4 Egosnattitudes Sofia Zingale Sofia Zingale 5 No Recess Sietske Dijhkof Kyle Spagnola   Allan Schott RUS MidAtlantic, Inc. Promoting Racing Under Saddle in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia

Freehold, NJ -- Starting from the six hole, lightly regarded Osprey Vision got a hustling drive from harness racing "Yankee Joe" Lee and overcame traffic to get in contention and then challenge the betting favorite Wygant Prince (Coach Paul" Minore) in the lane and rally for a length and a half victory in 2:02 in the $9000 Billings Trot at Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon, April 27. When the wings of the mobile gate folded Minore and Wygant Prince challenged "Annie Get Your Gun" Stoebe's, Uriel, for the lead which they obtained just after the first stanza timer flashed :29 seconds. Once on top Minore's charge stepped by the halfway point in :59 at which point Lee was out and going with Osprey Vision who was still in fifth place but looking to move up. "Once I got him rolling we quickly ranged up behind Doc Woogen (with Peoplesayimnoood who was first-up) and since my horse was full of trot I angled him three-deep and had my sights on Wygant Prince who was still strong on the lead," Lee said. Osprey Vision collared Minore's trotter at he top of the lane and then slowly began to pull away and went on to victory, the second of the season for the veteran trotter. Wygant Prince held second and Doc Woogen's charge finished third, some six lengths behind the top two. Osprey Vision, a 10-year-old altered son of Ken Warkentin, is in from his home base in western New York and had raced successfully in a couple of NAADA trots before striking gold in the Billings today. Tommy Merton trains for owner, Melissa Russo. Osprey Vision paid $18.20 for win and marked the gelding's 50th career victory which raised his lifetime bankroll to over $302,000. For "Yankee Joe" last season's Amateur Driver of the Year, it was his 50th career triumph. The Billings Series will continue tomorrow (Sunday) with a nine-horse field at Miami Valley Raceway. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

East Rutherford, NJ - The harness racing stars were certainly out on Saturday morning at The Meadowlands for the day's qualifying races contested on a very windy morning over a track that was dry but dulled a bit by overnight rains. A steady, strong wind was blowing hard across the track, helping most around the final turn and somewhat against them in the stretch with the temperature at 54 degrees when they began at 10:00am. The great Hambletonian winning filly Atlanta (sans trotting hopples made) her first appearance today for her new trainer Ron Burke with Yannick Gingras at the controls and she was fabulous. The Chapter Seven lass was sent out to the front from post eight, Atlanta set all the fractions in a 1:52.3 mile, final half in 55.2 and into the wind last quarter of 27.3 with no urging. The Veteran (Zeron) was impressive in his first go around to hold second over a clearly in hand Cruzado Dela Noche (Brian Sears). Crawford Farms, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor own the trotting queen. Marcus Melander brought his imposing team of sophomore colt trotters up for the day and clearly the most impressive performance of the morning from his string was turned in by the enigmatic Greenshoe (Brian Sears) who looked composed and imposing at the same time. Greenshoe trotted an impressive 1:54.1 mile with a back half in 56 and 28.1 final quarter well under wraps, leaving his competition in some disarray 20 or more lengths in arrears. The Father Patrick colt is insanely talented and can certainly trot with anyone if his connections can keep his focus on business for owner Anders Strom's nom de course, Courant, Inc. Melander's Dan Patch Award and Breeders Crown winning Gimpanzee (Sears) who sat last of the field of six and closed some late as Hudson River (Marcus Johansson) set even fractions in an easy 1:57.2 win over Captain Krupnik (Svanstedt) and a closing Southwind Avenger (Dexter Dunn). Gerry (Melander) put in a solid front stepping 1:56.3 effort, closing it out in 28.1 under no urging. Soul Strong (Ake Svanstedt) closed a bit up the inside to take the place over pocket sitter No Drama Please (Tetrick). Gerry is owned by SRF Stable. The Millers opened the day with the good Father Patrick filly French Cafe cutting the mile for Andy to a 1:58 win off a 1:01.3 and 1:30 three quarters. Sister's Promise (Tim Tetrick) was second and Susy (Scott Zeron) third. For perspective she trotted in 1:55.4/27 in her first try two weeks ago. Julie Miller trains the winner for owner/ breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Evident Beauty (David Miller) looked sharp in her first effort for trainer Nifty Norman passing fillies from well back in the stretch for a 1:57.4, with a wind compromised 30 second final quarter on the board. Winndevie (T. Smedshammer) was second and Whispering Oak (S. Zeron) third. The White Birch Farm bred Trixton filly was a multiple Grand Circuit winner at The Red Mile last fall for owners Mel Hartman, Little E and R A W Stable. The pacers began with the 7th and Captaintreacherous sired the winner of the first two sophomore colt races. Major Decption (Tetrick) was a winner in 1:55.3 leading through the 56.2 closing half comfortably holding on over No Mas Amor (Gingras). Tony Alagna is the trainer while In The Gym Partners (John Fodera & Steve Wienick), Martha Frank, Robert LeBlanc, Steve Head and Joe Sbrocco own the colt. Captain Victorious (Gingras) was giant in his first start from the Ron Burke barn. He set a solid pace then closed out a remarkable 1:51.1 mile in 27.2 with mild encouragement from the driver. Best In Show (Tetrick) was a good second and Dancin Lou (Matt Kakaley) third. Major March (D. Miller) raced right back to his good mile behind Captain Crunch last week with an effortless 1:52.1/27.2 daylight win over a closing Buddy Hill (Sears) and Escapetothebeach (Tetrick). Linda Toscano trains the Art Major colt for Bay Pond Racing. Last year's top freshman filly Warrawee Ubeaut (Gingras) has come back beautifully for Burke and the Sweet Lou lass was an easy 1:53.2 winner, settling nicely off the pace early and rolling by good fillies late under her own power. Odds On Clearwater (Dunn) and St Somewhere (D. Miller) followed the winner, owned by Burke, Collura, Silva, Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi in. Youaremycandygirl (Gingras) closed in tandem with 3-year-old Treacherous Reign (Dunn) nip Percy Blue Chip (Kakaley) in 1:53.1. Bill Donovan owns the mare and Ron Burke trains. Done Well was scary good in the last today dragging Dexter Dunn around in 1:50.4 to win by seven over a really good bunch of horses. Dorsoduro Hanover (Kakaley) left into play from post 10 and was real good for second with Filibuster Hanover (Gingras) completing the Burke sweep. The results are available on the web here. Racing resumes tonight at 7:15 pm. Nick Salvi

Whenever Harvey Eisman is given the opportunity to name a racehorse, he keeps it all in the family. It has nothing to do with harness racing pedigrees, but everything to do with his grandchildren. "It's a fun tradition they've done," said trainer Julie Miller, who trains Jason's Camden, a horse co-owned by Eisman that is named after his son-in-law and year-and-a-half-old grandson. "They get a little kick out of it." Jason's Camden can provide some more thrills in the weeks ahead. On Saturday (April 27), the 3-year-old colt trotter will compete in the $39,650 Dexter Cup elimination at Freehold Raceway. The top-seven finishers from the eight-horse field advance to the $118,950 final on May 4, where they will be joined by bye-recipient Osterc. The Dexter Cup is the traditional first stakes race on the road to August's $1 million Hambletonian Stakes, the sport's premier race for 3-year-old trotters. Jason's Camden is among the Hambletonian-eligible trotters in the Dexter Cup, along with Cavill Hanover, Whirl Winds K, HL Revadon, and Osterc. Eisman co-owns Jason's Camden with the Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Jeff Gural's Little E LLC, which bred the colt. Jason's Camden, a son of Muscle Mass out of Palm Beach Chic, was purchased for $48,000 at the 2017 Standardbred Horse Sale, at which time he was named Palm Beach Muscle. "I'm only a part owner in these horses, but I do get to name quite a few and that's nice," said Eisman, a Michigan resident who has been involved in harness racing since 1977. "All the grandkids go in order naming the horses every year. It was Camden's choice since he was just born and his mother (Julie) came up with Jason's Camden." Some other current horses co-owned by Eisman include Alana's Brilliance, Ev's Girl, Zack's Got The W, and Luv U Bye Click, which is a reference to the way one of Eisman's young granddaughters gets off the phone with him. Jason's Camden won five of nine races last year, finished second on three occasions, and earned $67,750. All his victories came in preliminary rounds of the New York-sired Excelsior "A" Series and he finished second in the final. He also finished second in a division of the Simpson Stakes at Harrah's Philadelphia. "He was a pretty nice horse in New York for us, but one of those slow learners and kind of went through the motions to start," Miller said. "I feel like at the end of the year he kind of understood the program and wanted to do his job. "He handled the half-mile track really well (last year) so we thought the Dexter Cup would be a good opening race for him. He showed a lot of consistency last year. He's a nice big horse, an honest horse, very willing. Hopefully we make it to the final and get a good draw there." Jason's Camden, who is making his season's debut in the Dexter Cup, will start Saturday's elimination from post seven with Andy Miller in the sulky. He is 5-1 on the morning line. "He's pretty docile," Julie Miller said. "He just goes about his day and doesn't need constant attention like some of the others. But when you put the race bike on him and get him behind the gate he's all business. "He's primarily staked in New York but we threw in the Hambo. He would be a longshot for that race, but in case he ends up peaking at that time he'd be in there." Cavill Hanover, trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, is the 5-2 Dexter Cup elimination favorite from post one. Cavill Hanover, also making his seasonal debut, won three of seven races and $67,193 last year. All three victories came on the New York Sire Stakes circuit. Osterc, who received the bye based on earnings, was last year's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion. He won five of seven races in 2018 and earned $226,401. He is trained by Per Engblom. For Saturday's complete entries at Freehold, click here. Racing begins at 12:30 p.m. (EDT) and the Dexter Cup elimination is race 10.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association

MONTICELLO, NY--Although there were events for Billings members in early April at Pompano Park the granddaddy of all amateur driving programs, the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series, will get underway in earnest on Saturday, April 27 at Freehold Raceway and then move to Miami Valley Raceway the following afternoon. Both programs have been drawn and most notable is the purse increase at both venues. At Freehold the lady and gentlemen drivers will compete for a $9000 purse while at Miami Valley they'll go for $8,000. But competitors will find that they'll be racing for more money than in the past at many venues. At Scioto Downs the purse will be $10,000; at the Meadowlands, $11,000; at the Meadows-$12,000; and at Woodbine Mohawk; $12,000. Both Tony "the Capo" Verruso, Billings Series president, and Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford, the series vice president, worked diligently in an effort to formulate an admirable program. "Tony and I adjusted the schedule a bit concentrating on the tracks that get the most participation, "Oldford noted. "The big add in the West this year is The Meadows where we have five legs and the West Gold Cup. Northfield Park has eight legs total. Purses are up at all tracks which we hope will bring out more participation. "We will again have our youth program which allows those under 25 years old, with under 50 pro wins, to race for free. It worked well last year. Two up and coming amateur drivers to watch are Mariah Wright and Alysha Binkley, both very good and should be at our West opener at Miami Valley next Sunday." "We have also added some condition allowances for amateur horses to help benefit those who race mostly in amateur races," Verruso added. Once again the Billings Series -now in its 38th season--will offer opportunities for competitions nearly weekly until late November. According to Billings Series president Tony Verruso, one big difference this season will be the elimination of the Silver Cup Final in in lieu of an East and West $25,000 Gold Cup Championships.   by John Manzi for the Billings Harness Driving Series,

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