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Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is seeking local New Jersey charities interested in having a night at harness racing for a good cause in the first annual Charity Handicapping Contest, scheduled for Saturday, May 25, 2019. The Charity Handicapping Contest is a free handicapping contest open to 501C3 organizations. 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. 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. "We wanted to do something to give back to our community, and recognize these organizations that work tirelessly to help those in need," said Jason Settlemoir, COO and GM of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "We have seen the positive impact Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack has had with their Charity Cup and wanted to have a similar impact in our area." Participating organizations will also have the opportunity to make winner's circle presentations and be featured on the track's jumbotron. Interested not-for-profit organizations must apply to participate by emailing Rachel Ryan at raryan@playmeadowlands.com by Friday, May 10th. The email must include: 1. Charity/Non-Profit Name 2. 501C3 letter 3. Charity/Non-Profit Mission 4. Website URL & Social Links 5. Charity Representative/s that will be onsite for the contest on May 25, 2019 If more than ten organizations apply, ten will be selected via a random drawing. Selected organizations will be notified by Tuesday, May 14th. For more details email Rachel Ryan at Raryan@playmeadowlands.com Rachel Ryan

Russell Slader of Nutley, NJ captured the $43,200 grand prize in the 2019 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com on Saturday, April 13 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Slader finished the tournament with a $2,518 bankroll to top the field of 108 players from across North America who competed for $108,000 in prize money. Slader won his seat via the April 11th DerbyWars.com qualifier. This was the largest prize pool ever offered for the WHHC. The WHHC contest format required contestants to bet 10 races: eight Meadowlands races of their choice, plus one mandatory race each from Buffalo Raceway and the Meadowlands. Bets had to meet a $30 minimum, $100 maximum per race. Contestants could only bet one horse per race and wagers could either be win, place, show or a combination of the three. Slader cashed on five of his ten bets and steadily moved up the leader board through the night. He cashed on the mandatory sixth race from Buffalo for $96 with a $30 Win wager on #2 (Harry Hoo N) and again on the fifth race at the Meadowlands for $264 with $60 to Win on #8 (JK Parlay). His biggest score came from a $40 Win & Place wager on #3 (Sweet Rock) in the Meadowlands eighth race which put him in third place. Russell cashed on a $50 Win & Place wager on #9 (Prophet Blue Chip) in the Meadowlands twelfth race for $495 putting him in first place with a $1,763 bankroll with one race remaining. He solidified his win with a $855 score in race 13 with a $50 Win & Place wager on #10 (Camwiser). Slader finished with a final bankroll of $2,518, taking home the $43,200 grand prize. Jim Videtic, the 2018 WHHC champion, was leading for the majority of the contest and held both second and third place (he bought in for 2 spots) with two races remaining. Videtic cashed for $1,150 in race 13 on a $100 to Win on Camwiser to finish in second place. His second entry held on for seventh place with $1,270 in bankroll. The 2018 champ walked away with $23,760 in total prize money. DerbyWars.com sponsored the 2019 World Harness Handicapping Championship and held weekly online qualifiers throughout 2019. In addition to DerbyWars.com and the Meadowlands, the following partner outlets sent players to compete in the 2019 WHHC: Buffalo Raceway, Vernon Downs, Tioga Downs, Standardbred Canada, Hawthorne, Rosecroft and TVG/Betfair. The Meadowlands Racetrack would like to thank all WHHC sponsors, partner outlets and contest participants for a successful 2019 World Harness Handicapping Championship. Top Ten Finishers: Finish Prize $ Bankroll First Last City State Qualifier/Buy 1 $43,200 $2,518 Russell Slader Nutley NJ DerbyWars 2 $21,600 $2,420 Jim Videtic Willowick OH Buy-In 3 $16,200 $1,735.15 Arch Glenn Columbus OH Buy-In 4 $10,800 $1,619.50 Rocco DiBello Richmond, Ontario Canada DerbyWars 5 $5,400 $1,496 Tim Platt Little Falls NJ Meadowlands 6 $2,160 $1,302 Scott Hall Herkimer NY Buy-In 7 $2,160 $1,270 Jim Videtic Willowick OH Buy-In 8 $2,160 $1,232 Matt Minger New Lenox IL DerbyWars 9 $2,160 $1,191 Nick Montemurro Bogota NJ DerbyWars 10 $2,160 $1,030.20 Todd Cross Seaman OH Rosecroft   Rachel Ryan Marketing Manager, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment P: 201.842.5015 |  M: 201.218.9061 |  playmeadowlands.com 1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford, NJ 07073

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Dover Downs shipper Highalator rose to the top of the horse colony at the Meadowlands by putting together a pair of dominant wins, but his quest for a third straight score was thwarted by another Dover invader in the Big M's Saturday night harness racing  feature, the $30,000 Preferred for pacers. Sweet Rock, a Wayne Givens trainee who shipped in from Delaware off a pair of hard-fought wins, got a perfect ground-saving trip and pulled off a 24-1 upset, and in the process, became the fastest performer in the sport this year when he stopped the clock in 1:48.1. The script played out differently than expected as a group of leavers left 4-5 favorite Highalator four-wide into the first turn. Driver Richard Still opted to take back and sit a three-hole to the quarter as Sunfire Blue Chip hit the first split in :26. Another Dover invader, Bags To Riches, had designs on the lead, but Sunfire Blue Chip was not in a yielding frame of mind and parked that foe to the half in :53. At three-quarters, Bags To Riches started to back out of it as the pocket-sitting New Talent took second. Highalator was now second-over and swung three wide around a struggling Bags To Riches while Sweet Rock and driver Dexter Dunn sat in the three-hole. After hitting three-quarters in 1:21.1, Sunfire Blue Chip was done for the night. Highalator was in full flight on the outside while Sweet Rock was closing along the pylons after New Talent had angled off the rail. In deep stretch, it would be Sweet Rock, the eighth choice in the nine-horse field, grabbing the lead and holding off Highalator - who went a huge mile - by a half-length. New Talent held third. Sweet Rock, an 8-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover-Penny For Nickel, returned $51.00 to his appreciative backers while lowering his previous lifetime-best by one-and-one-fifth seconds. For his career, he now has 31 wins from 169 starts and earnings of $719,106 for owners Legacy Racing of Delaware, Reginald Hazzard II and Gary Calloway. BETTING REACHES $3 MILLION: Players who don't care for favorites bet with both hands all night long, as no post-time choices hit the winner's circle after 3-5 chance Abigail Dawn took the first race. All-source wagering exceeded the magic $3-million mark for the sixth time this year, as $3,025,740 was pushed through the windows during the 13-race card. A LITTLE MORE: Dunn, Yannick Gingras and Dave Miller all drove three winners on the program while Chris Ryder had a training double. ... Blood Line made his seasonal debut a winning one, gunning down 2-5 shot Wheels On Fire in the second race high-range conditioned pace. Wheels On Fire had won two weeks ago in 1:49.1, at the time the fastest Big M mile of the year. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. as the fifth edition of the Can-Am Pick-4 will take center stage.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ – Many of the sport’s stars assembled at The Meadowlands for qualifiers on an overcast, windless Saturday morning over a track that may have been slightly dulled by overnight rains with the temperature at 10am in the mid 60’s. The card began with the Grand Circuit stakes winning Father Patrick filly Special Honor (Andy Miller) closing through the stretch to edge mile cutter Fate Smiled (Matt Kakaley) in 1:54.4 / 27.2. Can’t Touch It (Scott Zeron) held safe for third and Goldsmith Maid winner Sonnet Grace (Yannick Gingras) fourth in a conservative effort. Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld bred and own the winner, trained by Julie Miller. Hall of Fame trainer Linda Toscano has a sharp looking prospect in the 3-year-old Muscle Hill colt Guaranteed (Tim Tetrick) who won his second qualifier in as many tries this morning by closing furiously under no urging into a 27.2 end of a 1:54.4 mile to nip Halliama (Trond Smedshammer) and Summit In Sight (A. Miller). The winner, unraced at two, was a $125,000 Lexington Select Yearling Sale (LSYS) purchase by Michael and William Pozefsky and Myron Eckstein from breeders Tommy B. Andersson and Courant AB. Matter Of Fact (Marcus Melander) who led throughout and the closing French Café (A. Miller) went under the wire together in 1:55.4 / 28.1 in race three with the latter prevailing by a nose. Golden Tricks (Ake Svanstedt) was third. French Café is another daughter of Father Patrick, a Katz & Libfeld homebred again stabled in the Julie Miller barn. Miss Trixton scored for Melander from just off the pace in 1:55.3 / 27.4 over Trix Are For Kids (Corey Callahan). The winner is a Trixton filly from million dollar winner Possess The Magic, a $105,000 LSYS purchase for the Order By Stable from breeder Hanover Shoe Farm. Last year’s International Trot winner Cruzado Dela Noche (Mattias Melander) was sharp in his 2019 bow leading all the way and trotting a 26.3 final quarter to hold off Top Flight Angel (A. Miller) in 1:53.3. Yes Mickey completed the three horse field. All three of these top trotters are eligible to the May 4 Cutler Memorial, the first major stake of the 2019 Meadowlands season. World record holder Ice Attraction (Andy McCarthy) is back for another season versus the top mare trotters and got her year underway with a front stepping 1:55.4 / 27.4 effort under her own power. Muscle M Up (Sarah Svanstedt) outmuscled EL Platinum and her husband Ake for the place with a nice stretch move. All three are trained in the Svanstedt barn and Ake owns the winner with Sipple, Burroughs and Little E. Dan Patch award winning 2-year-old pacing filly Warrawee Ubeaut (Gingras) got her sophomore season off to a great start as the fastest freshman in harness racing history by virtue of her 1:48.3 Red Mile win last fall scored from second over in 1:53.2 with her final quarter in the 26 second range. Stonebridge Soul (Dexter Dunn) went well to be second with She’s Allright (Kakaley) third. Warrawee Ubeaut is from the first crop of Sweet Lou and was a $70,000 LSYS buy Burke, Collura, Silva, Purnell & Libby and Weaver & Bruscemi from breeder Warrawee Farm. Yannick and Burke came right back with the good American Ideal soph filly pacer St Somewhere for a 1:53.4 / 27.2 decision over stablemate Sylph Hanover (Kakaley) and Fool Me Again (Dave Miller) who closed with good pace for third. St Somehwere shares her ownership group with Warrawee Ubeaut who bought her from breeder Crawford Farms in Lexington for $55,000. Kissin In The Sand was absolutely vicious in her return this morning, loping along through even fractions before dragging Scott Zeron home in 26.3 for a 1:51.2 mile. The Dan Patch 3-year-old filly pace champ won by open lengths over her nemesis from last season Youaremycandygirl (Gingras) who was reserved early and not asked by the driver. Kissin In The Sand is trained by Nancy Johansson for Marvin Katz and Bud Hatfield. Captain Victorious (A. Miller) closed to a 1:52.1 / 26 win for the Millers, besting Caviart Rockland (Zeron) and Sugar Factory (D. Miller) in a race where all six looked good. The $40,000 (LSYS) White Birch Farm product races for Andy Miller Stable, Goehlen and Huffman. Love Me Some Lou (D. Miller) was a 1:52.2 / 26.4 winner for the Cancelliere brothers Tom (trainer) and John (owner). The Sweet Lou $95,000 LSYS buy sat just off the pace and roared by when asked. Blood Money (Zeron) and De Los Cielos Deo (Gingras) were next across the line. Spring Haven Farm bred the winner. The twelfth and final qualifier was easily the best race of the Meadowlands season to date, pari-mutuel or not and Filibuster Hanover (Gingras) emerged from the packet to go by the front running Delta Winner (D. Miller) in a 26.2 end to a 1:51.1 mile. The winner races out of the Ron Burke barn. Results and eventually race replays are available on The Meadowlands website. Live racing tonight at 7:15 with the World Harness Handicapping Championship taking place in the building. Walk-up registrations will be available until 7 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 201.842.5015 or go to this link.   Nick Salvi

Dinner and a show takes on a musical note with two tribute nights at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment’s Pink Restaurant.  The tribute nights kick off on Friday, May 10 with Blues Brothers & Neil Diamond.  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. And as a special bonus, Bob McArthur, well known as a Neil Diamond impersonator, will kick things off rockin’ crowd favorites that are sure to leave you singing and dancing all night.   Then on Friday, July 19th impersonator, Jesse Posa takes the stage as Mr. Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra.  Jesse Posa is one of the leading Frank Sinatra impersonators in the country and has appeared at numerous corporate events and private affairs. He has performed as “Frank Sinatra” on stage at Radio City Music Hall, in the Off-Broadway production of “Sinatra & Friends” and at BB King’s in Times Square NYC in “Party with the Rat Pack”. Each tribute night buffet is $39.95 excluding tax & gratuity.  The buffet begins at 5:30pm with the musical entertainment taking the stage at 8:30pm.  “After the success of our Elvis Night in Pink Restaurant, we knew we had to add more dinner and show nights,” said Jason Settlemoir, COO & GM of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.  “We are always looking to give our fans some additional entertainment while here and these tribute bands are a perfect complement to our races.” The always popular themed night buffets return to Pink Restaurant on May 3 and are $29.95, excluding tax & gratuity.  Every buffet features appetizers, soup, main courses, side dishes and dessert.  The themed buffet schedule is as follows: Friday, May 3: Southern-Inspired Buffet: Comforting Southern favorites just in time for Kentucky Derby Day Friday, May 31: BBQ & Grill Favorites – Enjoy great grill favorites including pulled pork sliders, grilled Cajun cod, hangar steak and more Friday, June 14: All American Night – Enjoy some American classics including hamburgers and hot dogs, baked beans, mac & cheese June 28: Holy Guacamole Mexican Night: Enjoy our make your own taco bar, chili con queso, chicken & beef chimichangas, freshly made pico de gallo and home-made tres leche cake July 12: A Taste of Italy: Enjoy a tour of Italy featuring assorted antipasti, fried calamari, home-made manicotti, pork chop Murphy, chicken cacciatore & parmigiana and plenty of Italian desserts July 26: Seafood D’light: Kick off Seafood Fest with some summer seafood favorites including steamed clams & mussels, seafood salad and fresh shrimp Don’t forget about the “Eat & Earn” VIP card promotion for Friday night diners.  Guests that dine in Pink Friday nights five times will get 50% off their 6th buffet.  Guests that have dined at 11 Friday buffets will get their 12th buffet for free.  Diners will receive a rewards card on their first visit to a Friday night buffet.   On non-themed or music nights, the Pink Friday buffet remains $29.95 and $39.95 on Saturdays. Live harness racing post time is 7:15 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling (201) THE-BIGM.   Rachel Ryan

Lisa and Bob McNerney have bred a stakes-winning trotter in Frau Blucher. Now they aim to own a stakes-winning homebred and have a trio of harness racing hopefuls, including Frau Blucher's half-brother Big Poppy. Big Poppy, a 3-year-old gelding, was unraced last season but is among several Hambletonian Stakes-eligible trotters competing in the Walner Series at the Meadowlands Racetrack. He is a son of Donato Hanover out of Lisa McNerney's mare My Angel, who produced Frau Blucher (originally named Bella Lisanti). Frau Blucher was a two-time Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion and won the Buckette Stakes in 1:53.1 at the 2013 Delaware County Fair, a time that remains a world-record for a 3-year-old filly trotter on a half-mile track. She also won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes as a freshman and finished second as a sophomore to Horse of the Year Bee A Magician in the Breeders Crown. She closed her career with $988,264 in purses. "She was a great introduction to breeding, but my wife will never let me forget that we sold the horse for $21,000 and she ended up making almost a million dollars," Bob McNerney said with a laugh. "We sold her at (the Standardbred Horse Sale in) Harrisburg. Tim Hauser ended up buying her and changed the name. "We became partners on some future horses. It was nice to see that happen. It's been a good experience and we're just hoping for the best." One of those "future horses" is Big Poppy. McNerney and Tim Hauser's Hauser Bros. Racing also bred Hambletonian Oaks hopeful Mother Bonnie, who won her career debut in 1:55 last year in a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes before being limited to four races because of various issues, and her 2-year-old full sister Spoiled Princess, who has received high marks while preparing for her season. "We really have some high expectations," said McNerney, who bought his first horse in 1987. "We really love the harness racing. Once you get bitten (by the sport) you're bit. You're always chasing that dream. Maybe this year we'll have something to talk about." Big Poppy was unraced last season but is Hambletonian Stakes-eligible. USTA/Ken Weingartner photo. McNerney, who is in commercial real estate, and his wife have a small farm in northern New Jersey and live 25 miles from the Meadowlands. "We have some Pennsylvania (horses), we have some New York, but New Jersey is where we want to be," McNerney said. "Now with the ($100 million) appropriation coming in it's going to help us a little bit more. I like to go and watch my horses race and grew up with the Meadowlands; that's what we like. Jersey is where it's at." There is one division of the Walner Series this week, with an 11-horse field going one mile. Big Poppy and driver Eric Abbatiello start from post one and are 15-1 on the morning line. Richard "Nifty" Norman trains Big Poppy. "We don't know if he's going to be a Hambletonian horse, but he'll be a racehorse," McNerney said. "We're hoping he's got some of that (Frau Blucher) blood in him. We're taking a shot this year and see what happens. "This business can be disappointing at times, but it can be so rewarding. We're hoping for a good year. We try to do everything we can from an owner's perspective to get them to that point." Goes Down Smooth, another Hambletonian eligible, is the 3-1 morning-line pick in the Walner. He starts from post nine with Yannick Gingras at the lines for trainer Ron Burke. Friday's card also includes three divisions of the Wiggle It Jiggleit Series for 3-year-old male pacers. Two Meadowlands Pace eligibles are among the morning-line favorites: World On Edge, 5-2 in the first division for the Gingras-Burke tandem, and newly-minted Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund champion Goldberg, 9-5 in the third split for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Brenda Teague. World On Edge heads to the second round of the Wiggle It Jiggleit off a 1:54.1 win in last week's opener. It was World On Edge's seasonal debut. The gelding is by Roll With Joe out of Inanotherworld. His family includes two-time Dan Patch Award winner Worldly Beauty and Worldly Treasure, who is the dam of two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous. "He improved greatly last year when we put him on the big track," Burke said about World On Edge, who capped his freshman season with a third-place finish in a division of the International Stallion Stakes at Lexington's Red Mile. "I'm hoping he'll come back this year and have a good year. He's big and strong and comes from a good family. I think he is going to be a good horse; I don't know if he is a great horse." Goldberg also was stakes-placed last year, finishing second to eventual Dan Patch Award-winner Captain Crunch in a division of the Nassagaweya and third behind Captain Ahab and De Los Cielos Deo in his elimination of the Metro Pace. A virus knocked the colt out of the Metro final and sidelined him the remainder of the year. "He's a little bigger, stronger," said Montrell Teague, who bred and owns Goldberg. "He's a lot smarter, he's quieted down a lot. Last year he was pretty rank and this year I've opened him up a little bit and it's worked pretty good so far. He's letting me drive him; last year he was a little more aggressive and didn't really know what he was doing." The morning-line favorite in the remaining division of the Wiggle It Jiggleit is Rollwithpapajoe, who is 3-1 with David Miller driving for trainer Jennifer Bongiorno. Round three of the Wiggle It Jiggleit and Walner will be April 19. The finals are April 27. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT). For Friday's complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For harness racing fans who love tournaments, fast horses and plenty of Pick-4 action, the Meadowlands is the place to be this weekend (April 12-13). On Saturday (April 13), the Big M will host the 2019 World Harness Handicapping Championship final. The tournament, presented by www.DerbyWars.com, is the only one for harness players to feature a guaranteed prize pool, and while many participants have secured spots in qualifiers leading up to the final, those who wish to walk-up and play can do so. There is a total fee of $1,300 to get into the game. $1,000 is a non-refundable entry fee while $300 goes toward a "betting card". Players have a choice of eight Meadowlands races, plus two designated mandatory races (one from Buffalo Raceway and one from the Big M). One must wager at least $30 per race with a maximum bet of $100. Win, Place, Show or any combination of WPS wagers only. One may wager on one horse per race. Contestants keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Three entries per person maximum. Based on 125 entries, $125,000 in prize money will be up for grabs in the WHHC, with the winner walking away with $50,000. Even if there are not 125 entries, first place is guaranteed at $40,000. The top 10 finishers will cash, plus, players keep their bankrolls. All entry fees will be returned as prize money and the order of finish is based on the highest accumulated pari-mutuel earnings. Walk-up registrations will be available until 7 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 201-842-5015 or go to http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/2019WHHCFinal_Rev2.pdf. There is a last-chance qualifier this evening (Thursday, April 11). For details, go to https://www.derbywars.com/tournaments/list/whhc. BURNING RUBBER: Wheels Of Fire, whose 1:49.1 mile on March 30 stands as the fastest of the year at the Meadowlands, returns in Saturday's second race, a high-range conditioned pace. He'll start out as the 2-1 morning-line choice from post position four for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. FRIDAY IS CAP4 DAY: The Can-Am Pick-4, a wager which requires one to select two winners at Toronto's Woodbine Mohawk Park and two at the Meadowlands, continues its run with edition No. 4 Friday (April 12) night. Last week, the total pool was a best-yet $65,235, and many cashed in as a sequence of "figure" horses resulted in a payoff of $48.84 for the 20-Cent base bet, which sports a low 15 percent takeout. The CAP4 begins with Woodbine Mohawk Park's 10th race. The 10th from the Meadowlands, WMP's 11th and the Big M's 11th then complete the wager, which start to finish takes only about 40 minutes to complete. SIX-FIGURE FUN: The Meadowlands' 50-Cent Pick-4, which is available on races eight through 11 nightly, continues to be as popular as ever. After a month of March that saw pools average just over $100,000, the first weekend of April saw that trend extend as the two Pick-4 pools totaled $204,486, an average of $102,243. Harness racing's best bet, which paid a handsome $3,874 to those lucky enough to hold winning tickets Saturday, has a low 15 percent takeout. Free program pages are available at www.ustrotting.com and www.playmeadowlands.com. They may not have reached six figures as of yet, but 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five players have a pair of big pots to shoot for when racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. In the fifth race, a carryover of $76,611 awaits, while in the 13th, the pot will begin at $47,406. Speaking of big betting, last Friday's GSY Series event may have been for amateur drivers, but players bet it like real pros. Total handle on the first race was $304,029 on the highly competitive event. More of the same can be expected when the GSY resumes Friday, once again in the opener on the 13-race card. 1 MILLION PENNY GIVEAWAY: On all live racing nights during April, make sure to try and win one or more of many prizes totaling $10,000 in the Big M's "1 Million Penny Giveaway". Guests may enter once per live race day. The month-long contest concludes Saturday (April 27). For complete information and a list of prizes, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=16148 'MASTER' THE GOLF: The "Hambletonian of Professional Golf", The Masters, takes place this Thursday through Sunday. Watch and wager in the comfort of the Meadowlands' FanDuel Sportsbook, where one can not only bet the golf, but also on all NBA, NHL and MLB games. THE TAXMAN COMETH WITH GREEN: Come to the Big M on Friday (April 12) and get a refund of up to $500 - and you don't even have to file your taxes at the track. Just fill out the entry form in the live program and be one of 10 contestants selected to pick a piece off the prize board after the sixth race.   Dave Little

Citing a lack of entries, the Tattersalls Spring Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, originally scheduled for April 28, has been cancelled. “Although there were horses entered from a few of the major racing stables, unfortunately there weren’t enough overall to justify conducting the sale,” said manager David Reid. “We tacked this sale onto our calendar to offer a market for this time of year--if it was needed--but most horsemen we spoke with said they were planning to wait until the Summer Mixed to sell. Horses will be in the middle of their racing seasons by that time, and owners and trainers can plan accordingly to sell and raise capital for the fall yearling sales.” The Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands will be held on Sunday, July 14, the day after the Meadowlands Pace. That sale will include 2-year-olds and older racehorses. For information about the Summer Mixed and other Tattersalls sales, visit tattersallsredmile.com.   Tattersalls Sales Co

This Saturday, April 13, 2019 the top horseplayers in North America will compete for $125,000 in prize money (based on 125 entries) in the 2019 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com. The WHHC is a one-day tournament with a welcome reception the evening prior. The $125,000 prize pool is based on an estimated 125 entries with a $50,000 first place prize. Currently, the Championship's Grand Prize is guaranteed at $40,000 regardless of the number of entries. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of eight Meadowlands races, two designated mandatory races. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10. Derby Wars will host a Last Chance Qualifier this Thursday, April 11. Details are available at https://www.derbywars.com/tournaments/list/whhc Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,300. The $1,300 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $1,000 going to the prize pool. Walk-up registrations will be accepted for the WHHC Final presented by DerbyWars.com until 7 pm on Saturday, April 13th. The WHHC Final brochure is available at http://playmeadowlands.com/contest_detail.aspx?id=8240   Rachel Ryan Marketing Manager Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment kicks off the Championship Meet on Friday, May 3rd, and it runs through Hambletonian Day, Saturday, August 3rd.   Live racing takes place every Friday and Saturday night with a 7:15pm post time. The Championship Meet features over $7 million in stakes races as well as event-filled weekends. Every live race night harness racing fans can enter Horseplay. Pick up a free horse at the promotions table and throw the horse into the car for a chance to win $100 and an entry into the Friday, August 2nd drawing for a brand new 2019 Toyota CHR. On Saturday, May 4th, join Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment – for an exciting day and night of simulcast & live racing action, including the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Fans can enter the $1,000 Derby Hat contest and the $100 win wager promotion and enjoy the $39.95 Derby Lunch Buffet in the Gallery.  For reservations call 201-THE-BIG-M (201-843-2446). On Saturday May 18th, the beer will flow for the 4th Annual Spring Beer Fest.  Doors open for VIP ($75) at 4:30 pm with General Admission ($35) at 5:30 pm and beer is poured until 9:30pm. Fest-goers will experience an evening of the best craft beer, cider, live-harness racing, music and food the Garden State has to offer with over 30 breweries and cideries participating.  Tickets can be purchased at PlayMeadowlands.com/beerfest. The 4th Annual Battle for the Best Burger is slated for Saturday, June 8th. The contest offers a $1,500 grand prize with $1,000 for 2nd place and $500 for third. This free event runs from 12 noon - 10 pm and fans are encouraged to come out and taste some of the best local burgers.  Country comes to the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, June 15th for Country Fest with Thompson Square. This country powerhouse duo will play all their romantically #1 hits including “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” and “If I Didn’t Have You.”  Doors for the show open at 2:30 p.m. with the Jason Wicks Band getting the party started at 4 p.m.  The headliner, Thompson Square will electrify the crowd beginning at 6 p.m.  The party continues with live racing at 7:15 p.m. and Lauren Davidson on the stage. Tickets are just $20 in advance or $30 at the door and can be purchased at PlayMeadowlands.com/thompsonsquare. Saturday, June 22nd is the return of the popular Wiener Dog Derby.  Fans watch dachshunds dash down the track’s stretch in between live harness racing.  Dachshunds can register at http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=1716 On Saturday June 29th, the vino will flow at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment for the Summer Wine Festival.  Doors open for VIP Admission ($75) at 4:30 pm with General Admission ($35) at 5:30 pm and wine is poured until 9:30pm. Fest-goers will experience an evening of great wines from around the world, live-harness racing, music and food. Tickets are available at PlayMeadowlands.com/winefest. Saturday, July 6th is Fan Appreciation & Fireworks Night. Fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs, popcorn, soda and draft beer.  Plus following the races fans are encouraged to stay for the free fireworks show.  Then on Saturday, July 13th the 4th Annual BBQ Battle returns to the track on Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Night.  $2,000 is up for grabs in the Battle with $500 top prizes for the best brisket, chicken, pulled pork and ribs. There is also live music and carnival rides for the kids.  Plus on the track, the top 3 year old pacers compete for the $650,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace title.  The always popular Seafood Festival is scheduled for its sixth year on Saturday, July 27th.  The Pink buffet, overlooking the live racing action, will feature a special seafood-themed spread including lobster, mussels and clams.  There will also be a raw bar in the Backyard and a variety of food trucks serving up some of the best seafood in the Garden State.  A new addition to the day is a chowder cook-off!  Restaurants and home cooks can enter for a chance to win $500.  The race meet wraps up on Saturday, August 3rd with the greatest day in harness racing - $1 million Hambletonian Day.  Over $3.5 million is on the line as the top trotters and pacers compete to be crowned champions.  Doors open at 10 am with first race at 12 noon.  Admission is $5 and includes a commemorative Hambo baseball cap for adults and a horse gym bag for children.  In addition to the great harness racing, fans can enjoy carnival rides and games, pony rides, face painters, live music and much more. For a complete list of nightly events, promotions and updated racing calendar please visit PlayMeadowlands.com.  Dining reservations for the Pink buffet or Victory Sports Bar located in the FanDuel Sportsbook can be made by calling 201-The-BigM (201-843-2446) or by visitingPlaymeadowlands.com/dining. Looking to book a corporate event or private party?  Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment has unlimited event possibilities – from a rooftop terrace with skyline views, to Trackside to private Skybox Suites.  Book a Party today by emailing catering@playmeadowlands.com. Reminder, guests must be 18+ to wager; 21+ to gamble on sports.  Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler. Meadowlands Racetrack's Championship Meet Jam Packed with Racing, Music, Food and Fun EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment kicks off the Championship Meet on Friday, May 3rd, and it runs through Hambletonian Day, Saturday, August 3rd. Live racing takes place every Friday and Saturday night with a 7:15pm post time. The Championship Meet features over $7 million in stakes races as well as event-filled weekends. Every live race night fans can enter Horseplay. Pick up a free horse at the promotions table and throw the horse into the car for a chance to win $100 and an entry into the Friday, August 2nd drawing for a brand new 2019 Toyota CHR. On Saturday, May 4th, join Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment - for an exciting day and night of simulcast & live racing action, including the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Fans can enter the $1,000 Derby Hat contest and the $100 win wager promotion and enjoy the $39.95 Derby Lunch Buffet in the Gallery. For reservations call 201-THE-BIG-M (201-843-2446). On Saturday May 18th, the beer will flow for the 4th Annual Spring Beer Fest. Doors open for VIP ($75) at 4:30 pm with General Admission ($35) at 5:30 pm and beer is poured until 9:30pm. Fest-goers will experience an evening of the best craft beer, cider, live-harness racing, music and food the Garden State has to offer with over 30 breweries and cideries participating. Tickets can be purchased at PlayMeadowlands.com/beerfest. The 4th Annual Battle for the Best Burger is slated for Saturday, June 8th. The contest offers a $1,500 grand prize with $1,000 for 2nd place and $500 for third. This free event runs from 12 noon - 10 pm and fans are encouraged to come out and taste some of the best local burgers. Country comes to the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, June 15th for Country Fest with Thompson Square. This country powerhouse duo will play all their romantically #1 hits including "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" and "If I Didn't Have You." Doors for the show open at 2:30 p.m. with the Jason Wicks Band getting the party started at 4 p.m. The headliner, Thompson Square will electrify the crowd beginning at 6 p.m. The party continues with live racing at 7:15 p.m. and Lauren Davidson on the stage. Tickets are just $20 in advance or $30 at the door and can be purchased at PlayMeadowlands.com/thompsonsquare. Saturday, June 22nd is the return of the popular Wiener Dog Derby. Fans watch dachshunds dash down the track's stretch in between live harness racing. Dachshunds can register at http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=17168 On Saturday June 29th, the vino will flow at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment for the Summer Wine Festival. Doors open for VIP Admission ($75) at 4:30 pm with General Admission ($35) at 5:30 pm and wine is poured until 9:30pm. Fest-goers will experience an evening of great wines from around the world, live-harness racing, music and food. Tickets are available at PlayMeadowlands.com/winefest. Saturday, July 6th is Fan Appreciation & Fireworks Night. Fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs, popcorn, soda and draft beer. Plus following the races fans are encouraged to stay for the free fireworks show. Then on Saturday, July 13th the 4th Annual BBQ Battle returns to the track on Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Night. $2,000 is up for grabs in the Battle with $500 top prizes for the best brisket, chicken, pulled pork and ribs. There is also live music and carnival rides for the kids. Plus on the track, the top 3 year old pacers compete for the $650,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace title. The always popular Seafood Festival is scheduled for its sixth year on Saturday, July 27th. The Pink buffet, overlooking the live racing action, will feature a special seafood-themed spread including lobster, mussels and clams. There will also be a raw bar in the Backyard and a variety of food trucks serving up some of the best seafood in the Garden State. A new addition to the day is a chowder cook-off! Restaurants and home cooks can enter for a chance to win $500. The race meet wraps up on Saturday, August 3rd with the greatest day in harness racing - $1 million Hambletonian Day. Over $3.5 million is on the line as the top trotters and pacers compete to be crowned champions. Doors open at 10 am with first race at 12 noon. Admission is $5 and includes a commemorative Hambo baseball cap for adults and a horse gym bag for children. In addition to the great harness racing, fans can enjoy carnival rides and games, pony rides, face painters, live music and much more. For a complete list of nightly events, promotions and updated racing calendar please visit PlayMeadowlands.com. Dining reservations for the Pink buffet or Victory Sports Bar located in the FanDuel Sportsbook can be made by calling 201-The-BigM (201-843-2446) or by visiting Playmeadowlands.com/dining. Looking to book a corporate event or private party? Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment has unlimited event possibilities - from a rooftop terrace with skyline views, to Trackside to private Skybox Suites. Book a Party today by emailing catering@playmeadowlands.com. Reminder, guests must be 18+ to wager; 21+ to gamble on sports. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.   Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Historically, the Meadowlands is a track where a horse can win from well off the pace, but Alotbettor N took that to an extreme in taking the featured high-range conditioned pace at the Big M harness racing on Saturday night. Bushwacker, the 9-2 third choice in the wagering, was on the point from the start to the head of the stretch, but nearing three-quarters there was a live flow coming after the leader, with the train being led by 2-1 favorite, Dover Downs shipper Penzance Hanover. Driver Vinny Ginsburg had Alotbettor N in the flow but had much to do since he was seventh in the eight-horse field with a quarter-mile to go racing fourth over. The duo proved up to the task. Ginsburg steered Alotbettor N to the outside for the stretch drive and the pair fired home in :27 to record a half-length win over McThriller. Stonedust finished third. "Alotbettor is such an honest horse," said winning trainer Jenn Bongiorno. "And he absolutely loves it when we bring him back to the Big M. I wasn't surprised at all how he won the race because I know he loves to come from off the pace and never gives up." Alotbettor N returned $16.60 to win as the fifth choice in the wagering after completing the mile in a lifetime-best 1:49.3. For his career, the 8-year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight-Falcons Flybye has won 25-of-88 starts and banked $259,415 for owners Joe Bongiorno, Howard Taylor and Thomas Lazzaro. On the driving side of things, Yannick Gingras had what for him is a typical night at the salt mine, visiting the winner's circle four times on the 13-race program. Gingras scored with McClinchie N ($3.80 to win as the favorite) in 1:51.3 in the first race conditioned pace, Blacklight ($3.80 as the favorite) in 1:52.2 in the fourth race for pacers who were non-winners of two, Spaghetti Eddie ($9.20 as the third choice) in 1:51.3 in the 11th race conditioned pace before capping his night off with U F Rockin Dragon ($4.40 as the favorite) in 1:52.1 in the 12th race conditioned pace. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky simulcast player betting into the Catskills hub was the holder of the only ticket that lasted six legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and was rewarded with a payout of $14,376. ... Ginsburg, Andy Miller and Dexter Dunn all had driving doubles while Nick Surick trained a pair of winners. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool saw $108,946 in bets. Those who had 28-1 shot Mach N Cheese in the first leg and then went on to cash collected a hefty $3,874. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,782,432. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - With arch-rival Trolley opting to take the week off, Sutton had little trouble winning the Friday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands, the $30,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. Andy Miller had the gas pedal down from the start as the 6-year-old son of Donato Hanover-I Wanted Wings swooped past the field from post seven in the eight-horse field and made the lead at the quarter in a brisk :27.1. Sutton raced on an open lead from there all the way to the wire, as the pocket-sitting Pinkman, making his 2019 debut, offered little in the way of a threat. Sutton was 2½ lengths clear of Pinkman at the wire, with Golden Son finishing third. The Julie Miller-trained Sutton, who finished third in the 2016 Hambletonian, has now won half of his four 2019 starts after completing the mile in 1:52.3. He paid $4.80 to win as the 7-5 public choice. Lifetime, he's amassed 12 wins from 39 outings and earned $542,288 for owners Andy Miller Stable and Jason and Douglas Allen. BURKE DOUBLES IN SERIES ACTION: A pair of series for 3-year-old colts and geldings got underway on the Friday card and trainer Ron Burke had one winner in each. In the Walner Series for trotters, Burke scored with the Joe Bongiorno-driven Final Claim in 1:55.2. Final Claim, now two-for-two this year, scored as the 7-5 second choice as Burke's other trainee, even-money choice Goes Down Smooth, went off stride at the start and finished last. Final Claim                        -Lisa photo The Ray Schnittker-trained and driven Full Rights took the other division in 1:55.4 as the longest shot on the board at odds of 32-1. Full Rights                       -Lisa photo Burke hit the winner's circle in the Wiggle It Jiggleit Series for pacers with 9-2 fourth choice World On Edge in 1:54.1 for driver Yannick Gingras. Respect Our Flag took the other division for the trainer-driver, sister-brother team of Jenn and Joe Bongiorno in 1:52.4 as the 6-5 second choice. CAP4 POOL DEEPENS: A total of $65,235 was wagered in the third edition of the Can-Am Pick-4, by far the largest pool yet. Form players cashed in for $48.84 for the bet that has a 20-Cent base wager after a sequence that saw winner's odds of 5-2, 3-5, 9-5 and 9-2. A LITTLE MORE: Those sharp enough to throw Schnittker's Full Rights into their 50-Cent Pick-5 combinations and hit walked away with a handsome payoff of $9,274. ... Burke finished the night with three training wins while Julie Miller had two. ... Andy Miller, Bongiorno, Gingras and Dave Miller all had driving doubles. Dave Miller broke out of a slump, as he had won only once in his first 19 drives since returning from vacation. ... All-source handle totaled $2,626,955 on the 13-race card. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

Columbus, OH - On Saturday night (April 6), DerbyWars.com will host a Last Chance World Harness Handicapping Championship Super-Qualifier with up to six spots gaining entry to the $150,000 (est.) WHHC final one week later on Saturday (April 13) at the Meadowlands. The WHHC has a guaranteed first-place prize of $40,000. WHHC entries are $1,300, with $1,000 going to the prize and $300 to each player's real-money bankroll. This Saturday's WHHC Last Chance Super-Qualifier has an entry fee of $300, with one in five players qualifying for the WHHC. Players can also attempt to qualify for the Last Chance Super-Qualifier for only $33 or $86 earlier on Friday (April 5) or Saturday night. The qualifying schedule this week includes: Thursday: Woodbine Mohawk Park Friday: The Meadowlands, Woodbine Mohawk Park Saturday: The Meadowlands, Woodbine Mohawk Park DerbyWars hosts online qualifiers for the WHHC every night. Complete qualifier information can be found at this link. A list of players who qualified for WHHC on DerbyWars can be found here. More WHHC information can be found at this link. For information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (rryan@playmeadowlands.com) or 201.842.5015. For online qualifying information, or to have your track participate in online qualifiers, contact support@derbywars.com.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

71 players have qualified into the April 13th, 2019 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com. All 71 qualified via partner outlets and tracks both online and on-track. 2018 Meadowlands Summer Survival Challenge: Jeffrey Feinman, Jim Latson, Tony Izzo Sr Meadowlands November 2018 Qualifier: Tim McKenna, Tim Platt Meadowlands Free December 2018 Qualifier: Thomas Sokol TVG January Qualifier: Lawrence Milbrand, Richard Francis Meadowlands January 2019 Qualifier: Stephanie Davis, Tim Platt, George Wagner, James Michael TVG February Qualifier: Thomas Sweeney, Thomas Amato Hawthorne February Qualifier: Steve Grinder, Stan Werner, Loretta Yablon Meadowlands February 2019 Qualifier: Nick Montemurro, Gary Scogna TVG March Qualifier: Scott Adams, Peter Dominic, Louis Ferolito, Richard Shamas Vernon & Tioga Downs Qualifiers: Kim Wahila, Tim McKenna, John Panetta, Debra Marrotte Buffalo Raceway Qualifier: Robert Konecki Meadowlands March Qualifier: Dan Hopkins, Lee Stuckey Rosecroft Raceway: Todd Cross, Andrew Behnke 2019 Meadowlands Winter Survival Challenge: Darryl Kaplan, Jasper Russo, Patrick O'Malley DerbyWars.com Qualifiers: Stephen Levine, Jamie Renner, Michael Alfano, Rocco DiBello, Michael Fitzgerald, Stand Koper, Thomas Catapano, Ann Schiro, Michael Fitzgerald, Matt Minger, Steve Arrison, Stan Koper, Steve Arrison, Danielle Galambos, Mark Kunen, Bob Bandzwolek, Ryne Olsen, Whitney Nassimos, Brian Graziano, Keith Chrisholm, Stan Koper, Nicholas Montemurro, Elliot Gregory, Nicholas Montemurro, Joseph Pizzica, Delroy Kern, Nicholas Montemurro, Derick Giwner, Nicholas Montemurro, Nicholas Montemurro, Thomas Cameron, Rocco DiBello, Brady Kosic, Nicholas Montemurro, Ann Schiro, John Martin Players are allowed up to three entries in the WHHC Final. Anyone that has won more than three spots may assign the additional spots to participants of their choice. DerbyWars.com is holding a Last Chance Super Qualifier this Saturday, April 6 with four more spots into the WHHC Final available. Players can qualify for as little as $33 Wednesday - Friday with an $86 Round 2 Qualifier on Friday and a $300 Direct Qualifier Saturday Night (1 in 5 qualify). Details can be found at https://www.derbywars.com/tournaments/list/whhc The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com is Saturday, April 13th, with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,300. The $1,300 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $1,000 going to the prize pool. The $150,000 prize pool is based on an estimated 150 entries and the $40,000 first place prize is guaranteed. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of eight Meadowlands races, two designated mandatory races. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10. The WHHC Final brochure is available at http://playmeadowlands.com/contest_detail.aspx?id=8240

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The five weekends of racing during the month of March showed why the best bet in all of harness racing is the Meadowlands' 50-Cent Pick-4. Betting throughout the month known for coming in like a lion and out like a lamb was downright ravenous. A total of $1,009,704 was bet on the 10 Pick-4s during the five weekends of live action, good for an average of $100,970 per pool. On March 2, the pot was a by-far 2019-best $134,613. "Our fans love our Pick-4," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "With our horsemen continuing to support our entry box - due in large part to our increased purses - we have been able to card races with big fields, which our bettors love to play. The consistency of how the 50-Cent Pick-4 is bet at the Meadowlands is a reflection of how well things are going of late for not only that popular bet, but for us from an overall wagering perspective as well." The Pick-4, which carries a guaranteed $50,000 pool and low 15 percent takeout, is offered nightly on races eight through 11. Free Pick-4 program pages are available at www.ustrotting.com and www.playmeadowlands.com. Given the normally competitive racing and the multiple purse increases, betting has been strong at the Big M. A total of $29,298,646 was bet on races at the mile oval during March, good for a nightly average of $2,929,864 for the industry's handle leader. Average wagering per race was $223,653. Three times during the month, total handle exceeded the magic $3-million mark. When racing resumes Friday (April 5), racing fans will take their third shot at the new Can-Am Pick-4 wager. The bet, which has a 20-Cent base and 15 percent takeout, requires fans to select the winners of two races at the Big M and two at Toronto's Woodbine Mohawk Park. The wager begins with the 10th race at WMP. The first two CAP4s have seen pools of well over $50,000, as well as some handsome payoffs. On March 22, $596.51 was the return, while one week later, those who went four-for-four walked away with $780.98. One of the appealing things about the Can-Am Pick-4 is that all four races are conducted in approximately 40 minutes, giving those who cash an opportunity to play more races without tying their money up for an extended period of time. CAP4 program pages are available for free at the websites mentioned above. Racing will be conducted this Friday and Saturday night. The first of 13 races head to the gate both nights at 7:15 p.m. AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR: The NCAA college basketball tournament is down to the semifinal round. Come on out to the Meadowlands' FanDuel Sportsbook and watch and wager on the games while taking advantage of plenty of comfortable seating and a variety of food and drink options from which to choose. On Saturday (April 6), Auburn takes on Virginia at 6:09 p.m. The second game pits Texas Tech against Michigan State in a game slated to begin at 8:49 p.m.   TEXT TO WIN: Cash and prizes will be up for grabs on Friday (April 5) when the Big M hosts "Text to Win" night. To qualify, one must be a member of the track's text-to service. If you are not a member, text "NewBigM" to 23819 to get in the game. For more information, stop by the Players' Club Desk just inside the main entrance.   1 MILLION PENNY GIVEAWAY: On all live racing nights during April, make sure to try and win one or more of many prizes totaling $10,000 in the Big M's "1 Million Penny Giveaway". Guests may enter once per live race day beginning Friday (April 5). The contest concludes Saturday (April 27). For complete information and a list of prizes, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=16148   SPRUCE UP: On Saturday (April 6), enter the Meadowlands' "Saturday Spruce Up" drawing for a chance to win one of two 2019 Snapper lawn mowers. The prizes are furnished by Clinton Tractor & Implement Co. Check in at the Players Rewards Desk for complete details.   BOOK SIGNING: Senator Raymond J. Lesniak will be at the Meadowlands Monday (April 8) evening - the night of the NCAA college basketball championship game - signing copies of his book "Beating The Odds: The Epic Battle That Brought Legal Sports Betting Across America." The book signing takes place from 7-9 p.m. and all proceeds from the book will be gifted to the Lesniak Institute for American Leadership, which Lesniak formed last year. To purchase a copy of the book, go to www.thelesniakinstitute.com/product/book.   Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relation  

Pinkman, who won the 2015 Hambletonian on his way to being named Trotter of the Year, is ready for a new season and trainer Per Engblom is optimistic that "the old man" is poised for a solid harness racing campaign. The 7-year-old gelding makes his seasonal debut Friday (April 5) in the preferred handicap trot at The Meadowlands, which could be the first of two preps for Pinkman ahead of May's Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Big M. For the past several years, Pinkman has been troubled by chronic throat and breathing issues; he made a total of only 14 starts at ages 4 and 5. Last year, he enjoyed his healthiest campaign since age 3 and equaled his career high for starts with 17. Pinkman heads to Friday's race off a 1:54.2 win in a qualifier at the Meadowlands on March 30. He starts from post six in an eight-horse field and is 5-1 on the morning line with Yannick Gingras in the sulky. Sutton, with Andy Miller driving for trainer Julie Miller, is the 5-2 favorite. "The old man is doing good," Engblom said about Pinkman. "He had a good winter, actually a little bit better winter than he's had the last couple years. We didn't miss any training with him. He's been staying healthy, he's been breathing well, and he qualified great. "You have to take him for what he is. He's an older horse and you can't really push him. But if he's feeling well, he will give you what he's got." Engblom is well acquainted with Pinkman. A native of Sweden, Engblom is in his first year running his own stable in the U.S. following six seasons as the top assistant in Jimmy Takter's stable, where Pinkman has spent his career. Pinkman, a son of Explosive Matter out of Margie Seelster, has won 19 of 56 career races and earned $2.73 million for owners Christina Takter, brothers John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman. He was a Dan Patch Award winner at ages 2 and 3 and counts the Canadian Trotting Classic, Kentucky Futurity, and Beal and Zweig memorials among his victories in addition to the Hambletonian. Despite his health woes in recent years, Pinkman has earned $270,212 since turning 4. He won a Group 2 race in Sweden in 2016 and was stakes-placed last year. He trotted 1:49.2 in Homicide Hunter's 1:48.4 world-record mile in the Allerage Open Trot at Lexington's Red Mile, where he finished third. "He had a little bad luck last year," Engblom said, referring to eight starts from posts eight, nine, 10 or the second tier. "At the end of last year, he was doing pretty well. He trotted (1):49 and a piece in Lexington. He's still got it, we just need to manage him. That's the key. "He's been so solid (preparing for this season). I really think he's going to do OK. I'm really confident he can have a pretty good year. He's a sound horse. His legs are as tough as they come. It's fun to work with classy old horses like him. It's a thrill every time you train him." Friday's card at the Meadowlands also includes the start of the Walner Series for trotters and the Wiggle It Jiggleit Series for pacers. Each series features three preliminary rounds followed by an April 27 final. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT). For complete Friday entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

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