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MANALAPAN, NJ -- June 22 -- Magical Acres will host harness racing qualifiers on Tuesday, June 23rd, post time 9:00 A.M. Click the link here for a free printable program. Watch the live stream of the qualifiers at this link here Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- June 21, 2020 -- Watch Gaitway qualifiers live and view free harness racing program. To watch Gaitway Farm Live Stream click here  For the Gaitway Farm Program click here Courtney Stafford

Former Aussie harness racing team Shane and Lauren Tritton have kicked off a new chapter with the best possible start to their USA move. The couple has a team of 18 in work, and took their first runner to the famed Meadowlands circuit, near New York City, early today Australian time. My Ruebe Star (Falcon Seelster-Zenola Star (New York Motoring) didn't disappoint, scoring a comfortable win for reinsman Jordan Stratton. A relieved Shane Tritton described the win as "pretty surreal" but the couple was thrilled to get "the monkey off their back" in the best possible way. "I'm not sure if its relief or what it is, but it was just unbelievable to get the win," he said. "I think the greater relief was actually to get one to the races - we have been under a lot of pressure being away from home and away from our friends. It was a big move and it is a relief to finally be underway." Shane said he was pleased his dad, trainer Peter who moved to the US 20 years ago, was able to be trackside for the win. "Dad's been showing us the ropes, so it was fantastic to have him there. I think he was relieved as well, because I think he was worried we might blame him if things didn't work out as we hoped!" Shane laughed. "It's just so exciting. We've been talking to family and friends back home and you just have to pinch yourself that it's happened." My Ruebe Star was a winner of 10 races in Australia and was among a dozen horses that relocated to the Northern Hemisphere with Team Tritton. "We're so proud of her. She had to do it a bit tough early and we were wondering if we'd had to use her up a bit much. But Jordan said she felt fantastic right from the start, and first up, we just couldn't have asked for any more. "We always liked her back home but she was coming up against he best mares in NSW towards the end. We always thought she just needed to mature a bit and she would take that next step." The couple will follow up with another ex-pat Aussie, again at the Meadowlands, on Saturday night (Sunday morning Australian time) in eight-times Australian winner Gods Spirit (Tintin in America - Cathar). "Gods Spirit is in a similar type of race but we're definitely not getting ahead of ourselves. As long as he runs up to his ability, we'll be happy." Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

TEAM Tritton formally start an exciting new chapter of their career in the US on Saturday morning (NZ time). Husband and wife, Shane and Lauren Tritton, moved to the US a couple of months back and have their first two starters at the famed Meadowlands track in New Jersey. Kiwi-bred pair My Ruebe Star and Gods Spirit fly the stable flag. There will be some familiar faces against them with Dexter Dunn and Aussie Andy McCarthy driving at the meeting. “We’ve got 18 in work, 12 we brought across from Australia and six we’ve picked-up over here,” Tritton said. “It’s great to be having our first runners, but we are taking is nice and steadily over here and think we’ll get better with time. “There are so many different viruses over here, you can’t go anywhere near as hard at the horses in training as we did back home, especially in their first few months here. “We’ve had quite a few qualify and they all get in quite well here under the stakemoney handicapping system.” Tritton expects solid showings from Gods Spirit and My Ruebe Star. “Gods Spirit is probably the best up-and-comer we have here. He qualified well with a second to the star here, Wiggle It Jiggleit,” Tritton said. “Of the horses we’ve got, Gods Spirit is the up-and-comer, but the proven Group 1 horses from back home, headed by Flaming Flutter and Yayas Hot Spot, are working well and should do a good job when they start racing soon. “We’re also looking forward to racing Letsspendanitetogetha. He’s come up really well.” Lauren Tritton has been driving at the qualifiers and won two of them last weekend, but will watch from the sidelines for now. “Lauren’s all set to drive when the time is right, but wants to let the horses have a few runs and watch some of the racing before getting amongst it herself. It might be a few weeks I think,” Shane said. Jordan Stratton, a long-time stable driver for Shane’s father, Peter, will drive Gods Spirit and My Ruebe Star this week. “We’re training from the farm Dad trained at, about a hour north of New York City, and Jordan’s had a long association with Dad. He’s especially good as knowing how to drive these former Down Under horses without gassing them too much in their early runs,” Shane said. Team Tritton will race mainly at the Meadowlands and Yonkers, when it re-opens for racing post-COVID on June 22. “It’s been a bit of a blessing the suspension of racing because of COVID for us. It’s given us extra time to get settled-in and find our way. Now we’re keen to get into it,” Shane said.   Adam Hamilton

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands will open the main track to harness racing training this Saturday, June 13 after the qualifiers which begin at 9:00AM.   The number of horses coming in to train will be limited to 70.   They may not arrive on the grounds before 11:00AM and will be directed to assigned stalls.   The NJ COVID-19 protocol is of course enforced and your cooperation is appreciated.   Call the Racing Office after 3PM on Friday to sign up.   Nick Salvi

The New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) is announcing a date change for the New Jersey Breeders Maturity Pace. The date for this stake is being changed from the previously scheduled dates of elimination races on Saturday, June 20 and the final on Saturday, June 27 to eliminations on Friday, July 24 and the harness racing final on Friday, July 31 at The Meadowlands.    The NJ Breeders Maturity is a new stake funded and serviced by the New Jersey Sires Stakes with separate divisions for 4-year-old horses and mares on both the pace and trot. The trotting races are scheduled for September 11 & 18.   The purse for all Maturity elimination races is $12,500 - $15,000 based on number of entrants. The finals purses will be determined by the number of entries at $40,000 if 8-10 entries, $32,000 if 5-7 entries and $24,000 if less than 5 entries.   Questions should be directed to NJSS:  Lynn Mathews at 609-292-8830     Nick Salvi  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- June 8, 2020 -- Watch the harness racing baby races at Gaitway Farm . Click this link to view the live stream of today's races. Gaitway Farms will host baby races on the following Monday's which will also be available to watch: Monday, June 15th, and Monday, June 22. Please subscribe to the channel, enjoy the races, and best of luck to all! Courtney Stafford

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The return of harness racing at the Meadowlands from the coronavirus shutdown featured phenomenal performances by a pair of Nancy Takter trainees. Manchego got the party started in the first race back after the Big M's 12-week layoff by taking the Preferred for trotters in a season's-best 1:50.3 with Dexter Dunn driving, despite racing over a track rated 'sloppy'. The 5-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill-Secret Magic was unhurried in the early going, sitting fifth past the half before vacating the rail and coming after leader Lindy The Great while first-over. Manchego was almost even with that foe at three-quarters before quickly surging to the top at the head of the stretch. She then glided through the lane during a final quarter that was clocked in :26.1 on the way to a 2¼-length score over Southwind Chrome, who went a pocket trip. Crystal Fashion rallied for third. Lindy The Great weakened to finish sixth. "I was expecting Manchego to race well," said Takter. "But was I expecting her to go [1:]50 under wraps in the slop? Maybe not just yet." Manchego has now won seven of her last eight outings, the only blemish coming at the hands of Six Pack, who was nothing short of super in defeating Manchego in the TVG Open Trot last November at the Big M. "She's the little engine that could," said Takter. "I was glad she raced from off the pace. It makes her more versatile. She'll be even better as a result." As the 1-5 favorite, Manchego paid $2.40 to win. Manchego and driver Dexter Dunn score in the co-featured Preferred for trotters But it wasn't enough for Takter to have 2020's fastest trotter. At night's end, she had the fastest pacer as well. Her Kissin In The Sand - with Yannick Gingras driving - won the co-featured Preferred for pacing fillies and mares in an eye-popping 1:47.4, which was not only the fastest female mile of the season, but the fastest for any horse regardless of sex. "She was just great," said Takter of the 5-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Kiss Me Kate who equaled her lifetime best. "She had a little bit of a slow start last year, but she matured so much over the winter. She is so much more relaxed." No doubt about it. Kissin In The Sand was taking on a giant in Caviart Ally. The same Caviart Ally who defeated Horse of the Year Shartin N in three of her final four 2019 starts. But Kissin In The Sand proved up to the challenge, sweeping up to take command after the quarter before cutting out fractions of :54.3 and 1:21.3 before kicking home in :26.1 to win for the 20th time in 47 career starts. She finished three-quarters-of-a-length in front of Major Occasion A. Caviart Ally, the 6-5 favorite, never threatened and finished third. Kissin In The Sand paid $5.20 as the 8-5 second choice in the wagering. By the time she raced, the track was rated 'fast'. "Kissin In The Sand is at the peak of her career," said Takter, who intimated her mare would do just fine facing Caviart Ally and Shartin N throughout 2020. "I think she's a good, tough mare who can take tough miles." A LITTLE MORE: Andy McCarthy and Gingras both recorded driving triples on the card while Takter schooled three winner's circle visitors. ... Wagering was vigorous in the 50-cent Late Pick-4 as a total of $79,448 was pushed through the windows. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,882,819. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands took harness racing entries for qualifiers and baby races this morning and when Race Secretary Scott Warren peered into the online entries he was not surprised to see 351 entries but shocked that only four were 2-year-olds. So no babies this week.   There are 26 qualifiers again but split over Friday and Saturday mornings at 9:00AM each day.    Horsemen, please do not let your guard down this week concerning the protocols New Jersey requires of us. Mask, gloves, questionnaire and social distancing. Last week the cooperation was remarkable and we made a positive impression on the authorities. Let's stay the course and protect the opportunity to race that we all cherish.   Owners are again asked not to attend and watch at home. Following this directive is inconvenient and frustrating but necessary. With luck, they will be there when it counts.   Among the stars over the two mornings of qualifiers are pacing stalwarts like last year's top 3-year-old pacers Bettors Wish (race 11) and Warrawee Ubeaut (race 4) who faces familiar rivals Tall Drink Hanover and Wiggle It Jiggleit (race 13) is back at The Meadowlands on Friday for the first time since the 2016 Breeders Crown. Wow!   Saturday morning is loaded with many of last season's top freshman trotters and pacers gearing up for the stakes season.   Of course the really big news is that The Meadowlands is racing live on Friday and Saturday at 7:15PM with giant 13 race cards and full fields. We are celebrating with free program pages for the entire card. We solicit your support.     Nick Salvi  

East Rutherford, NJ - The business of getting the Baby Racing harness racing season underway at The Meadowlands is quickly coming into focus. Entries will be taken for this week's 2-year-old races along with the qualifiers on Wednesday morning until 10:00AM.   Based upon the number of entries it will be determined if qualifiers and babies will all go on Saturday or the number is so large they must be split over Friday and Saturday mornings.   The Meadowlands racetrack will be open for the training of 2-year-olds only on Thursday, June 4. The paddock will be used and the number of horses will be limited to 100 with a maximum of 15 for any stable. Call the Racing Office to sign up.   The gates will open at 7:00AM and the same requirements that were required for last Saturday will continue to be enforced for the training and qualifiers. A separate questionnaire must be filled out and signed for each person coming onto the property and temperatures will be taken. The number of trainers and grooms must be kept at the very minimum and social distancing must be observed.     Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - While there is excitement at the Meadowlands Racetrack for the return of live harness racing this Friday, June 5, there is also a sense of loss due to the passing of a number of horsemen and women from COVID-19. To honor the lives lost, 13-year-old Boy Scout, Alex Saldana will play Taps from the Meadowlands Racetrack's back paddock following Race 2. All drivers in attendance will be asked to form a horseshoe behind Saldana, with proper social distancing, for the 38 second ceremony. "When we learned of Alex Saldana's story we wanted to invite him out to the track," said Jason Settlemoir, COO & GM of the Meadowlands Racetrack. "He is an extraordinary young man and his playing is a fitting tribute to those we have lost within the industry and our country." Alex, an 8th grader from Oradell, NJ, has been in the news lately for playing Taps outside the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home every night to honor those veterans that have died amid the COVID pandemic. Alex's story has been featured on, WABC, and USA Today among others. Alex has been playing the trumpet since fourth grade and serves as the bugler for Boy Scout Troop 36, playing Taps at every meeting. Alex's father, David, is a detective in the Bergen County Sheriff's Office and a veteran of the Marine Corps. He will also be joined by his mother Melissa Saldana.   Rachel Ryan

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 29, 2020 - The SBOANJ would like to thank Governor Murphy for reopening harness racing in the state of New Jersey. Today (Friday, May 29), while New Jersey horsemen were busy qualifying at Gaitway Farms, with the hopes of live racing returning soon. The Governor announced the best news we have heard in over two months - racing will resume at the Meadowlands Racetrack next Friday, June 5, 2020. After weeks of working with Karyn Malinowski, of the Rutgers Equine and Science Center, to provide the safety protocols to return to racing at the number one harness track in the world, the Meadowlands, we look forward to the long anticipated start next weekend. The SBOANJ and all New Jersey horsemen are grateful that Governor Murphy and his administration, and Judy Nason and the NJRC, worked with us to reopen racing at the Meadowlands. This announcement gives the horsemen of New Jersey the opportunity to get back to business. With the successful conclusion of 24 qualifying races at Gaitway Farms, while practicing safety protocols, we look forward to the return of the best racing in North America. Good luck and safe racing. Courtney Stafford

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is pleased to announce that Governor Murphy has granted harness racing the opportunity to resume in the state of New Jersey. Our thanks go out to the Governor for allowing all of us to get back to business.   Live racing will return to The Meadowlands next weekend Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 at 7:15 PM with no live attendance. We ask that our fans and those involved with the horses as owners and in any capacity other than those essential to the function of racing be patient as we are hopeful that with careful management and Jersey remaining healthy we will be able to open the grandstand before too long.   Qualifiers will be held on Saturday morning. Pertinent information was released earlier today on important practices and protocols for racing. Further details including the draw for Saturday's qualifying races will be released as they become know later today.   With the green light to race we may now release the live racing calendar for the balance of 2020 which may be found on The Meadowlands website later this afternoon.   Also posted will be the revised stakes schedule which will remain virtually in tact. The stakes will begin with the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for 3-year-olds on and the first leg of the Miss Versatility on Friday, June 19. The calendar may still be fluid as changes are made at other tracks regarding their intentions but any move would likely be only from Friday to Saturday.   While we are all pleased and grateful to be back racing, we must remain vigilant so far as following the protocols required of us all as long as they are in place.   Good luck and good racing to everyone.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - Over the past few days there have been conflicting messages on just what the protocols will be for Saturday's harness racing qualifiers and beyond at The Meadowlands. The situation has been fluid and things have evolved. These are the current details.   Testing for the COVID-19 is currently not mandatory but is strongly recommended by the Governor and the CDC.   Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required, face covering mandatory at all times when in the paddock area, gloves are recommended when touching common equipment and maintain the accepted social distance of six feet. The number of people in the paddock and contact with others must be kept to the absolute minimum.   Qualifiers will be held on Saturday, May 30 the time TBA after the draw. The box for those will close at 10:00AM on Friday, May 28.   Horses may be warmed up one trip only. The caretakers must not gather in a group trackside when waiting for their horses to come off the track or at any other time. This is very important.   The state requirement to practice social distancing will reduce the capacity available for stabling thus restricting the number of entries we are able to accept.   If you are stabled in New Jersey and have the opportunity to qualify at a training center please do so at the request of The Meadowlands and the SBOA of NJ to allow others that do not have that option to get their horses qualified at The Meadowlands.   If preference becomes necessary, as will likely be the case, first preference will be horses that are eligible to stakes at The Meadowlands, Tioga & Vernon Downs followed by those trainers who have consistently raced at The Meadowlands.   The qualifying overnight sheet will designate where each horse will be stabled until they race either from the paddock or another designated area. Please do not bring horses other than those who are in to qualify as there will be no training permitted on May 30.   The current plan has the track open to accommodate training on Thursday, June 4.   All horse people and track employees will be required to download and submit a completed questionnaire and consent to having their temperature checked with a no touch thermometer before entering the paddock gate.   VERY IMPORTANT This questionnaire must be printed out and completed so we have a hard copy. Having it on your phone or other device is not acceptable.   Please try to have this completed and ready to hand over to the guards when you arrive to avoid slowing entry through the gate.   If deemed a health risk you will be turned away. It is advised that everyone's temperature is checked to be within the normal range before you ship in to the track to avoid being refused entry. Pertinent information on protocols the state will require from horse persons to participate will be made available on the track website. Trainers are asked to have themselves and their employees familiar with those requirements and come prepared to follow the protocol as it is stated.   Only those essential to racing the horses will be granted admittance to the paddock. No others, including owners, will be admitted into the paddock or grandstand to watch the qualifiers or the live races when they begin.   The qualifiers will be available via streaming at The Meadowlands website on Saturday.   Catch-Drivers must remain outside the paddock, isolated in their vehicles and will pick up their mount as the horses exit the paddock on the way to the track then return to their car after the race. Trainers driving horses from their stable may participate in the preparation of and drive only their own horses. The locker room will be unavailable.   We ask that you explicitly follow the directions of those officials maintaining the protocol while in the paddock and on the grounds.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - With the coronavirus having cost the Meadowlands 12 weeks of harness racing - a total of 24 racing days - there is no doubt Saturday (May 30) morning's qualifiers will be received in a big way. They will serve to remind us all that racing is coming back. They will serve as a step back to normalcy. "COVID-19 has had such an incredibly horrific impact on so many people, and that includes all of us in the harness racing business," said Meadowlands Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "Many of us have lost friends and loved ones while so many horsemen have had to scrape by during the last three months as they continued to feed and care for their horses, not knowing when they would be able to get back to work and make some money to care for their families. We cannot change the bad things that COVID-19 has already done to us as an industry and a society, but we must move forward, because now that we are able, it's time to get back to work." The first of what figures to be many Saturday qualifiers at the Big M will kick off at 10 a.m. For those interested, the entry box for the qualifiers closes at 10 a.m. Friday morning. Moving forward, any qualifiers after Saturday will take place only with regulatory approval. Pari-mutuel racing at the Meadowlands is scheduled to resume on Friday, June 5 at 7:15 p.m., and once it does, live action will take place every Friday and Saturday throughout June and July with a first-race post time of 7:15 p.m. At this time, the dates are pending regulatory approval. Of course, given what is now known as the "new normal", there will be no fans allowed inside the Big M for the foreseeable future. "Because of safety concerns, we will not be able to have our fans come to the track to see the races," said Settlemoir. "But we look forward to our faithful betting the races on their favorite app or online platform. As always, we are happy that our races will be shown nightly on TVG across the country. For those who might not have access to TVG, the Roberts Television Network (RTN) also carries our races live. "COVID-19 was - hopefully - a once-in-a-lifetime event. All of us at the Meadowlands are thinking about everyone affected by the loss of life during the course of the pandemic, and want everyone to know that we will conduct our business at the Meadowlands in the safest way possible for our employees and horsemen, so that we can adjust to the new normal, and then, ultimately, one day, return to life as we knew it." Meadowlands Media Relations  

East Rutherford, NJ - The State of New Jersey protocol requires all employees and harness racing horsemen to complete this mandatory Covid19 test before returning to work.   Begin by clicking on the link provided below which will lead to a televist with a doctor where you will receive a date, time and location to be tested.   Be advised that there is may 4 to 5 day lead time from making the appointment and getting your result.   All horsemen are required to have this test prior to racing at The Meadowlands on June 5.   Meadowlands Racetrack has set up testing for COVID-19 for all employees returning to work. Testing is also provided for all NJRC licensed Horsemen and State Officials. Dates of Testing: Open Everyday Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Place: After Televisit, you will receive an email and SMS with date, time, and location of testing.   Procedures as follows:  ·         Pre-registration required for COVID-19 Screening: ·         Registration includes: o   Name as it appears on your photo ID o   Date of birth o   Address o   Copy of your State ID (drivers license preferable) §  If you do not have a drivers license, your state issued NJRC license should suffice o   Copy of your Insurance Card ·         Employees will NOT BE RESPONSIBLE for any out of pocket costs. All expenses for COVID testing are covered by insurance or if you do not have insurance, these expenses will be covered by the State. ·         Appointment is for Virtual Telehealth Visit with Provider for initial screening. Once screening is complete, you will receive a date, time, and location for testing via SMS and Email. ·         On-site Drive Thru Test Site Instructions o   Please follow signs to Covid/Agile testing and line up as instructed o   Stay in your car o   Only employee/Horsemen allowed o   Two person max per vehicle o   Keep your windows rolled up until you are asked by the technician to roll them down o   Have your photo ID and insurance card readily available o   ID is mandatory ·         Follow technician instructions ·         Once test is complete, roll up your window and leave the testing area ·         Test results will be provided to you as well as our Medical department

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