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By Dave Di Somma, Harness News Desk     As if Dexter Dunn’s year couldn’t get much better – it has. At Meadowlands in New Jersey over the weekend the 10-time champion Kiwi driver won four of the eight stakes races, providing the dream finish for superstars Manchego, Kissin In The Sand and Bettors Wish in their last career starts. Always A Miki was the night’s other winner in the Governor’s Cup as champion trainer Nancy Takter provided three of Dunn’s winners, with expat Kiwi trainer Chris Ryder (Bettor’s Wish) the other. Manchego beat Atlanta by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:51.3. The five-year-old mare, the sport’s fastest trotter in 2019 and 2020, finishes her racing days with a record of 33 wins from 56 starts, and $US2.72 in stakes. Kissin In The Sand’s final start was her seventh straight win and her 27th in 58 starts, with reigning horse of the year Shartin N fading late to finish third, with Sneaky Peaky grabbing second. Kissin In The Sand will now be bred to the season’s highest stakes earner Tall Dark Stranger. Bettor’s Wish is heading to the stallion paddock after winning his final race by nearly three lengths for Dunn and Ryder. It was win number 24. It will be his second stint at stud having served 58 mares before starting his four-year-old campaign. Dunn’s continued success all but ensures he will be named US Harness Writers’ Association Driver of the Year for the second year running. The 30 year old is the only driver in the US to have topped $US10m in stakes earnings for the year. In a year that seen him drive 354 wins so far, his tally currently stands at $US10.655m, well ahead of nearest rivals Tim Tetrick and Yannick Gingras.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – After failing in consecutive starts as the favorite, HL Revadon had probably lost a few harness racing fans heading into Friday night’s $20,000 high-end conditioned trot, the feature race at The Meadowlands. But those chalk players who went to the well just one more time got to pay for the drinks at the race's end. The super-consistent HL Revadon, who had hit the board in five straight starts heading into the non-winners of six event, was handled differently by driver Mark MacDonald than he was a week ago, when he went directly to the lead before ending up third. This time around, MacDonald had his horse away in no particular hurry, sitting third in the early stages before using a quick burst of speed to claim the lead while parked at the half in a tepid :57.3. From there, it was no problem for the 4-year-old gelded son of Andover Hall-D Liteful Hanover, who trotted clear of the pocket-sitting I Got The Looks by 2½ lengths at the head of the stretch before reporting home a 2¼-length winner in 1:53.2. Winnerup rallied along the inside to get second. I Got The Looks was third. Trained by Harry Landy and owned by Share A Horse Inc., HL Revadon returned $6.20 to win as the 2-1 public choice. He’s now won seven of 32 lifetime starts and earned $182,349. DUNN DEAL: Driver Dexter Dunn continues to impress as the 30-year-old native of New Zealand, the only driver in the sport this year with $10 million in earnings, and who won four Breeders Crown events several weeks ago at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, tightened his stranglehold on a second straight Driver of the Year trophy by winning three times on the Friday night program. A LITTLE MORE: Action on the Big M’s two 50-cent Pick-4 wagers continued strong as a total of $137,715 was put in play on the bets. … Favorites have been on a roll of late at the track, as after six public choices clicked on Friday a total of 29 winning public choices have scored over the last 64 races (45 percent). … All-source wagering totaled $2,334,662. … The 20-cent Pick-6 went unhit, creating a $5,088 carryover. There will be a guaranteed pool of $15,000 for the next program. … Racing resumes Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. as eight stakes races for purses totaling $2.495 million will be up for grabs on Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night. SATURDAY PICK-6 POOL HAS $15,000 GUARANTEE AT BIG M After only one favorite scored during the sequence, Friday night’s 20-cent Pick-6 went unhit at The Meadowlands, creating a carryover of $5,088. As a result, the P6 pool will be guaranteed at $15,000 for Saturday night’s program, which is Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night at The Big M. Those who had five winners on Friday night collected $307.30 on the wager that begins with the eighth race. Free past performances for the entire Saturday program, courtesy of the United States Trotting Association and TrackMaster, are available at   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Longtime fan favorite Western Joe worked his way into a live flow and got up after a thrilling stretch duel with Ana Afreet N to win the Saturday night harness racing feature at The Meadowlands, the $28,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers. It was anything but easy for the 6-year-old gelded son of Western Ideal-Ante Fay, who departed from post 10 in a strong field for trainer Chris Choate. Filibuster Hanover, with his gaudy lifetime bankroll of $1.8 million, was sent to the gate as the 6-5 public choice and after driver Yannick Gingras asked for a quick burst of speed, cleared the top before the half, which was timed in :54.1. Western Joe, winless in his last five Meadowlands starts, was now working his way into the outer flow, following fourth-over right behind the red-hot Ana Afreet N, who was searching for his fourth win in five starts. At the head of the stretch, the field bunched up as Filibuster Hanover weakened. Ana Afreet A and Western Joe battled throughout the final eighth of a mile on the far outside, and at the wire, it was Western Joe, the winner of the 2018 Sam McKee Memorial, scoring his 28th win from 91 lifetime starts by a nose. The time for the mile was 1:49.4, and after being dismissed at odds of 10-1, ‘Joe’ paid $22.60 to win. Wes Delight finished third. Filibuster Hanover was eighth. Western Joe, who now sports career earnings of $687,208 for owners Anthony Ruggeri and Richard Tosies, is heading for the Nov. 21 TVG Open Pace at The Big M. BIG NIGHT AT THE WINDOWS: Betting was solid throughout the 13-race program, as a Fall Meet high of $2,823,647 was pushed through the windows. The 20-cent Pick-6, with a $28,142 carryover serving as the catalyst, saw a total pool of $104,695. Those with winning tickets cashed in for $5,642.38 after seeing a sequence where the winner’s odds were 4-5, 5-1, 10-1, 6-5, 5-2 and 5-1. Four races on the card saw action that exceeded $250,000, while betting was vigorous on the two Pick-4s, as the Early Pick took in $75,400 while the Late Pick saw $70,574 in action. FINAL FOUR PREPS: Always A Miki (Always B Miki-Beach Gal) readied himself for next week’s Governor’s Cup by taking a 2-year-old colt and gelding pace in 1:52.3 for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Nancy Takter as the 6-5 favorite, ending a personal seven-race losing streak in winning for fourth time from 12 starts. Three Diamonds hopeful Notorious Pink sat a pocket trip behind JK Alwaysbalady before getting up at the wire in 1:53 in a 2-year-old filly pace as the 8-5 public choice. Driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Tony Alagna, the daughter of Captaintreacherous-She’s A Hot Mess upped her lifetime stats to five wins in 12 tries. A LITTLE MORE: The final stakes-laden card of the year takes place Saturday, Nov. 21 when $2.8 million in purses will be up for grabs on Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night. … Todd McCarthy, Andy McCarthy, Dunn and George Napolitano Jr. accounted for eight of the winners on the card by winning two races apiece. … Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Even though he’d earned more than $339,000 from just 14 starts this year, Lindy The Great was winless heading into Friday night’s high-end conditioned trotting harness racing feature at The Meadowlands. “I was petting him this morning,” said trainer Julie Miller, “and I said to him ‘all the talk is about you being an oh-fer. Let’s change that’.” After going a perfect second-over trip, Lindy The Great surged past 3-2 favorite When Dovescry nearing the wire to set the 6-year-old son of Crazed-Highscore Kemp up perfectly for the $350,000 TVG Open Trot at The Big M, which takes place Nov. 21. When Dovescry was away from the gate quickly from post nine in the nine-horse field, and after being forced three-wide into the first turn, made the lead just after the quarter. Driver Dave Miller was able to rate the second fraction in :28.3 as the pair hit the half in :56.1. Mission Accepted came with a burst of speed first-over to go after the leader, which provided a live tow for Lindy The Great past three-quarters and around the far turn. LTG was tipped off his cover mid-stretch by Andy Miller and got past When Dovescry by 1¼ lengths at the finish in 1:52.1 after coming home in :26.1. Mission Accepted finished a determined third. “When you are racing against the best of the best all year long it’s tough,” said the trainer, “but we were hoping to get the job done sooner or later.” Lindy The Great, who returned $9.20 as the third choice in the wagering, now has 15 wins from 62 career starts. With the victory, he became harness racing’s newest millionaire with earnings of $1,000,079 for owners Andy Miller Stable and Team Lindy The Great. “This was our prep for the TVG,” said Julie, “and now we have a taste of what it is to get a win. Next week, hopefully we get some racing luck. The biggest thing about him is his personality. He’s just a likeable horse. You are in a happy place when you are around him. I’m very fortunate to have him. We are very happy with him.” BIG BUCKS BROWER: Dave Brower has made a career of reporting what’s going on at The Meadowlands, but for much of Friday night, he was the story, as the track’s morning-line oddsmaker, program analyst and TV host had himself quite a night at the races. The author of “Harnessing Winners: The Complete Guide To Handicapping Harness Races” correctly selected the first seven races on the card until his Alkippe finished second in the eighth race to 90-1 longshot Milady Denver A. When the 13-race card had concluded, Brower had seven on top, with four of his selections finishing second and one third. His lone pick to finish off-the-board came in the 13th and final race of the night. A LITTLE MORE: Prepping for the TVG Mares, Caviart Ally scored early on the program in 1:50 in a high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares. … Dexter Dunn led the driver colony with three winners. … The 20-cent Pick-6 went unhit, creating a $28,142 carryover for Saturday night. Big M management has put a guarantee of $60,000 on the pool, which begins in race eight. Free past performances for the wager are available at Those who had five out of six cashed in for $1,778.16. … All-source handle totaled $2,475,294. … Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Friday the 13th might be unlucky for some, but after the 20-cent Pick-6 failed to produce a winner at The Meadowlands, Saturday the 14th could prove very lucky for others. When driver Leon Bailey guided Milady Denver A to victory lane at odds of 90-1 in the eighth race Friday night at The Big M, many a Pick-6 ticket went dead. In the end, the wager went unhit, creating a carryover of $28,142.45, leading management to guarantee the pool at $60,000 for Saturday night. Those who had tickets with five winners Friday did well for themselves, cashing in for $1,778.16. Saturday evening’s Pick-6 will kick off in the eighth race. Free past performances are available by going to this link:   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – On Nov. 7, a week after Summa Cum Laude and Perfect Sting recorded the first dead-heat Breeders Crown win, Yannick Gingras steered Summa Cum Laude to a 1:50.2 win in the $204,050 Kindergarden Classic for freshman pacing colts and geldings at The Meadowlands.  Soaring to first off the gate was Shakespeare, followed by Captain Sleeze, with the Ron Burke-trained Summa Cum Laude in fourth behind Ilderton AM after leaving from the 10 hole. Shakespeare cut the first quarter in :26.4. Summa Cum Laude took to the outside and smoothly passed Shakespeare. With the lead, he was entirely in charge pacing to a 1:23.3 three-quarters. Simon Says Hanover came first over to make his bid but Shakespeare was still strong and still after the leader, while Always B Sweet came into the stretch picture.  Without urging, Gingras drove Summa Cum Laude across the wire to a lifetime- best-equaling score by one-and-a-quarter lengths. “I just tried to get him in play,” Gingras said after the race. “I wasn’t going to take back to last, so I was able to get away fourth and from there I saw what the pace was going to be, though it didn’t matter, because he can race any which what way. I had a ton of pace still when finishing.” Shakespeare held on for second, Captain Sleeze got third and Always B Sweet closed late to get fourth. Summa Cum Laude is by Somebeachsomewhere—Western Graduate. Burke Racing Stable and P. Collura, J. and T Silva-Purnel and Libby own the colt who took his fifth win in 14 starts and accrued $445,425 in earnings.  As the favorite, Summa Cum Laude paid $4.00 to win. Fresh from her Breeders Crown 1:50.4 victory at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, Fire Start Hanover and driver Dexter Dunn swarmed over her competition to win the $151,030 Kindergarden Classic for freshmen pacing fillies. Fire Start Hanover, opening the 1-9 favorite, was in no rush leaving the gate, and settled into fourth as High Minded and Lindy At The Beach rushed from the outside and Three Way Split held onto his rail position.  As the first quarter clocked in :26.3, High Minded gave up the lead to Classicist, who could not keep the top before the :55.2 half when Dunn guided Fire Start Hanover to the outside. With Off The Record at his back, Fire Start Hanover became the leader and never looked back. The “Nifty” Norman-trained filly glided into the stretch in total command, with Off The Record in futile pursuit, crossing the wire one-and-a-quarter lengths in front in a 1:51.1 mile. Off The Record was second and Classicist shifted into third over High Minded, fourth. Dunn said, “She bounced back okay. It’s only a week since she raced in the Breeders Crown and though that was a tough mile she did it pretty easily.” In the Kindergarten, he said, “The way she was traveling to three-quarters I was not worried because she was full of pace. She finished the mile with the ear plugs still in. She’s strong.” Fire Start Hanover is a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, out of Fit To Frame. Pinske Stables, David K. Hoese and Lawrence M. Means own the filly who collected her eighth win in a dozen starts and has earned $593,101. He paid $2.40 to win.  Diamond Creek Farm sponsored each division of the Kindergarten Classics. MAKING THE GRADE: Wagering got off to a good start on the 13-race program as over $341,000 was pushed through the windows on the opener, leading to an all-source total of $2,561,614. … Todd McCarthy led the driver’s colony with three winners, including 45-1 long shot S McKee in the finale, leading to a 10-cent Pentafecta payoff of $7,786.22. … The 20-cent Pick-6 went unhit, which means a carryover of $8,085 will be up for grabs on the next program. Those with tickets bearing five winners cashed in for $245.02. … George Napolitano Jr., Corey Callahan and Dexter Dunn all had driving doubles. … Expect to see a big handful of the horses who raced in the Kindergartens to be on hand Saturday, Nov. 21 on Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night, when approximately $2.8 million in purse money will be on the table. … Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Frank Cotolo for The Meadowlands Racetrack

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Leading a tightening bunch after leader Jack Fire, Dee’s Red Delicious emerged victorious in the $207,570 Kindergarten Classic for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Saturday (Nov. 6) at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Driver Corey Callahan floated Dee’s Red Delicious into fourth to a :28 first quarter as 3-5 favorite Lindsymusclemania broke into a gallop entering the backstretch. Straightening to the backside, Jack Fire circled to the top out of third and posted a :57.4 half while Callahan gave Dee’s Red Delicious his cue. Into the far turn Dee’s Red Delicious loomed closer with Peter Haughton champ Zenith Stride in tow to three-quarters in 1:26.2. Jack Fire clung to command as the charge closed in, with Zenith Stride angling three wide, Royson’s Punch trying to squeak up the pylons and Bee Forever lodged between horses. But Dee’s Red Delicious kept the compact late threats to his back and slid to a three-quarter length victory over Jack Fire. Bee Forever finished third in the 1:54.3 mile while Zenith Stride took fourth. “He’s really been kind of the perfect horse,” trainer Bruce Saunders said of Dee’s Red Delicious, whose poised to compete in the Valley Victory on Nov. 21. “When he got beat it wasn’t his fault, it was my fault and maybe Corey’s fault. Last week we were stunned that he was so flat—he had some respiratory issues that fortunately we were able to get cleared up.” Owned by Joseph Martinelli Sr., Dee’s Red Delicious scored his sixth win from 12 starts, banking $460,861. The Credit Winner-Apple Plush gelding paid $15.40 to win. Winners circle                          --Lisa Photo While Insta Glam fast-stepped her way through the early portions of the mile, Anoka Hanover readied her attack, and the 4-5 choice successfully reeled in the tiring pacesetter for driver Todd McCarthy to win the $252,340 Kindergarten Classic for two-year-old trotting fillies. McCarthy landed Anoka Hanover in fifth while Insta Glam ground to the lead by a :27.2 opening quarter. Insta Glam continued on an uncontested lead to a :55.4 half as Anoka Hanover edged wide off the pylons with Mazzarati on her back. Anoka Hanover made gains first over into the final turn, but caught cover to three-quarters when Wet My Whistle angled off the cones from third. Insta Glam meanwhile expanded her lead by the three-quarters in 1:24.1 but grew leg weary into the stretch. McCarthy took aim with Anoka Hanover to the center of the track and slid to a one-and-a-quarter length victory with ease while stopping the clock in a lifetime-best 1:52.3. Insta Glam held second with Mazzarati finishing third and Hot As Hill fourth. “She’s always been very clever, very easy going on herself, not nervous at all,” trainer Noel Daley said of Anoka Hanover, whose next start will come in the Goldsmith Maid on Nov. 21. “It’s easy to work with a trotting filly when they’ve got the brains. She’s not the prettiest going thing, but she just had the guts.” A Donato Hanover-Aunt Mel filly owned by Daley along with L A Express Stable LLC and Caviart Farms, Anoka Hanover collected her ninth victory from 13 starts to push her bankroll to $379,461. She paid $3.60 to win. Each division of the Kindergarten Classic was presented by sponsor Diamond Creek Farm. By Ray Cotolo, for the Meadowlands Racetrack

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Warrior One started the year like a house on fire, scoring in seven of his first nine harness racing starts for trainer Ron Burke before going winless in his next seven outings. So much for the losing streak. The 4-year-old gelded son of Father Patrick-Yoga, the only wire-to-wire winner on the card, made his fifth 2020 visit to the Meadowlands winner’s circle in the featured high-end conditioned trot Friday night after stopping the clock in an eye-popping 1:51.4 to lower his previous lifetime best by a full second. Driver Andy Miller had designs on the top and guided Warrior One directly to the lead, hitting the quarter in :26.3. A rated second fraction of :28.3 followed as Trolley, using trotting hopples for the second time, came first over as they approached the far turn. But Miller hit the gas pedal again as Trolley, the 3-1 second choice, struggled on the far turn. Warrior One was still going well on the point after rating the middle half in :57.2 before opening up a 2¼-length edge at the head of the stretch on the pocket-sitting 7-5 favorite, HL Revadon. Warrior One then finished the job by sprinting home in :27.4 to hit the wire three lengths in front of HL Revadon, who was no match. Eye Ofa Tiger As was third. Trolley faded to fifth in the seven-horse field. Owned by Frank Canzone and Yannick Gingras, Warrior One returned $15.60 as the fourth choice in the wagering in winning for the eighth time this year from 17 starts. Lifetime, he has 12 victories from 47 tries and earnings of $202,446. A LITTLE MORE: A two-day 20-cent Pick-6 carryover of $13,394 led to a total pool of over $51,000, and after a sequence that saw winner’s odds of 2-1, 7-2, 6-1, 6-1, 9-2 and 2-1, the payoff was a handsome $23,020.24. … The 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 made its return to The Big M betting menu. One lucky player wagering into the Oregon Express hub had the only ticket with all seven winners and cashed in for $3,118.82. … Anette Lorentzon recorded a training double while drivers Vinny Ginsburg and George Napolitano Jr. each won twice to pace the driver’s colony. … All-source handle totaled $1,961,021. … Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. with four Kindergarten Classic Finals – worth over $800,000 in total purses – sitting atop the marquee.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Trainer Trish Adams had a big night at The Meadowlands Saturday, winning three times on the harness racing card, including the $17,000 high-end conditioned pacing feature with A Major Omen. The 4-year-old gelded son of Art Major-Omen Hanover has been on a roll of late, with victories in three of his last four starts. He’s been winning despite continuing to face better stock every week, as his current streak started with a victory at the non-winners of $4,500 level, before a second-place finish with non-winners of $7,500. Last week, he established a lifetime-best of 1:50.2 during a powerful win with non-winners of $10,500, then lowered that time by a full second when he stopped the clock Saturday in 1:49.2 facing non-winners of $20,000. Driver Corey Callahan had A Major Omen away from the gate alertly and had the lead at the quarter in :27.1. Angers Bayama, the 3-5 favorite, took the top at the three-eighths and driver Vinny Ginsburg was able to rate the middle half in :55.3 while getting some separation from the eventual winner, opening up a 2½-length edge with three-sixteenths to go. A Major Omen was out of the pocket at the eighth pole, and with some energetic coaxing from Callahan, gunned down a tiring Angers Bayama nearing the wire to record a three-quarter-length win. Lyons Steel was third. Owned by Thomas J. Maloney, A Major Omen returned $14.80 as the second choice in the wagering and now has seven wins from 41 career starts, good for earnings of $88,421. McCARTHY WINS FIVE: Driver Todd McCarthy was on fire all night long, winning five races on the program. Those who bet the 27-year-old recent Australian import had a big night. McCarthy had 12 drives on the card, and if one had wagered $20 on each, they would have walked away with a profit of $458. SMOOTH AS GLASS: Shattered Glass took the Fall Harvest Series Final in 1:51.4, giving the Allie Reynolds trainee two straight easy scores, winning by 2 lengths seven days after scoring by 9. The 5-year-old gelded son of Delmarvalous-Nikajah returned $3.00 as the heavy favorite and was driven by McCarthy. A LITTLE MORE: The 20-cent Pick-6 went unhit for a second straight night, meaning that when racing resumes there will be a carryover of $13,394 that will not be subject to an already low 15 percent takeout. … Leading driver Simon Allard had a driving double, giving him six victories over the weekend to up his win tally at the Fall Meeting to 26. … All-source wagering totaled $2,102,046. … Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Simon Allard has taken full advantage of his opportunities at The Meadowlands over the last two months with many of the track’s regulars out of town racing on the Grand Circuit, and the Big M’s leading harness racing driver at the current Fall Meeting kept doing what he’s been doing of late by winning four times on the Friday night card. Allard, currently fifth in the standings at Pocono Downs, upped his victory total to 24 at the New Jersey mile oval, with two of his scores coming in the fourth and final leg of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds. The 38-year-old pilot got his night started with 9-5 second choice Hot As Hill (Muscle Hill-Smarty Pants), who came back along the rail to win the second race after yielding the front after the quarter. The Ron Burke trainee stopped the clock in 1:57 in the division for filly trotters, winning a second straight Kindergarten preliminary and marking herself as the one to beat in one of four finals (to take place on Nov. 7) which have purses totaling approximately $800,000. Cash For Gold gave Allard his second winner in a low-end conditioned trot in the fourth race as the 5-2 second choice in 1:54.2 before his second Kindergarten score came in race eight with 9-1 outsider Three Way Split (Somebeachsomewhere-Take Into Account), a filly who won for the first time in five career starts. The Tony Alagna trainee paced the mile in 1:53.1. Allard completed his “grand slam” by taking the 11th race low-end conditioned filly and mare pace with 2-1 favorite Avaya Hanover in 1:53.3, a lifetime best. HE’S STILL GOT IT: Nine-year-old gelding JL Cruze, who five years ago became the first trotter ever to break the 1:50 barrier at The Meadowlands (1:49.4), was seen in the winner’s circle for the 39th time from 118 career starts after taking the ninth race mid-range conditioned overnight feature in 1:52.3. The Eric Ell trainee, a son of Crazed-Topcat Hall who was driven by Corey Callahan, returned $3.40 to win as the heavy favorite. A LITTLE MORE: Anoka Hanover upped her win streak to five in a Kindergarten filly trot in 1:56 for driver Todd McCarthy and trainer Noel Daley. Another good-looking Kindergarten winner was colt pacer Simon Says Hanover, who scored in 1:52.2. Driven by George Napolitano Jr. and trained by Alagna, he’s now won four straight. … Napolitano had a big night, visiting the winner’s circle three times. … The 20-cent Pick-6 went unhit, creating a carryover of $5,181, leading Big M management to guarantee the next pool at $15,000. … All-source wagering totaled $1,881,656. … Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – After an incredibly uncharacteristic sixth-place finish a week ago in a race that saw him back up on the far turn while going after the leader, Highalator, the best overnight horse currently in training at The Meadowlands, returned to his outstanding self with another eye-popping harness racing performance in the track’s weekly pacing feature Saturday night. Having been assigned post position nine in the nine-horse field for non-winners of $20,000 in their last five starts on the pace, driver Ricky Still did what he usually does with Highalator, leave the gate hard. Stacked up five-wide into the first turn, the 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Higher And Higher kept on digging on the outside as early leader U S Captain yielded to Ana Afreet N, who then yielded to Highalator, who grabbed the top while parked at the half in a sizzling :53. Despite having won three in a row before last week’s loss, Highalator was sent to the gate as the 3-1 second choice. He was sailing along on the point as 7-5 favorite Ana Afreet N, who was looking for his third straight score, remained in the pocket as three-quarters was hit in 1:21. Ana Afreet N vacated the pocket inside the eighth pole, and while he relentlessly inched closer, he could not pass Highalator, who held on by a pulse-pounding nose in 1:49.3. Angers Bayama finished third. Highalator, who returned $8.80 to win, has now won 39-of-84 career starts (seven-for-15 in 2020), good for earnings of $625,864 for owners Jenny Bier (who is also his trainer), Joann Dombeck and Midsize Construction. A LITTLE MORE: A two-day carryover in the 20-cent Pick-6 led to a total pool of $41,095, and those with winning tickets had big smiles on their faces. After a sequence that saw winners’ odds of 5-1, 4-5, 7-1, 3-1, 2-1 and 6-1, the payout was a handsome $9,255. … Jason Lynch recorded his first-ever win at The Big M guiding Edge Of Eternity to a wire-to-wire score in the third race in 1:51.4. He also trains the 4-year-old, whose recent stops include Harrington Raceway, Ocean Downs and Harrah’s Philadelphia. … Todd McCarthy continued to do good things, as the recent Australian import drove three winners on the card. … All-source wagering totaled $2,077,815. … Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – The Jeff Cullipher barn has been on fire of late at The Meadowlands, and the track’s leading harness racing trainer kept on rolling Friday night, taking both Fall Harvest Series Finals on the card. Skyway Kon Man may not have gone the best of trips, but he was up to the task, taking the final for trotters who were non-winners of $4,500 in their last five starts. Last week, the 4-year-old gelded son of Conway Hall-Keystone Sadie exploded off cover to win going away in 1:55.3 as the even-money choice, which led players to send him off as the 3-5 favorite. After leaving the gate from post six in the 10-horse field, driver Simon Allard settled Skyway Kon Man into the four-hole. Allard vacated the rail just after the half, but was unable to flush cover, leaving him first-over for the final seven-sixteenths. ‘Kon Man’ kept chipping away at pesky leader Levitation’s edge, and with about a sixteenth-of-a-mile to go, grabbed the lead before holding off the fast-closing Godspell Hall by a head in 1:54.1. Levitation finished third. Skyway Kon Man returned $3.40 to win, and now has seven victories from 36 lifetime starts and earnings of just over $130,000. But Cullipher, who won three races on Oct. 10 before winning two more on both Oct. 16 and 17, would record his fourth consecutive training double before the night was out. Chiplosive, a 4-year-old gelded son of Explosive Matter-Brooke Blue Chip, destroyed eight overmatched foes in the Fall Harvest Final for trotters who were non-winners of $2,500 by 3 lengths in 1:52.4, a time that lowered his previous lifetime best by a full second. Driver George Napolitano Jr. guided Chiplosive to his second straight Big M score with some aggressive handling, making the lead from post nine by traveling parked past the quarter before securing the top at the half in :56.2. From there it was easy gravy as Chiplosive opened up on the field by 5 lengths at the head of the stretch before cruising to a 3-length score over Piercewave Hanover. Broadway Bruiser was third. As the 2-5 favorite, Chiplosive paid $2.80 to win, and now has eight career wins from 35 attempts, good for a bankroll of just over $118,000. A LITTLE MORE: After a second straight 20-cent Pick-6 went unhit, a carryover of over $13,000 led Big M management to guarantee a $25,000 pot for Saturday night. Free past performances are available at … When the Mark Silva-trained and driven Dramatic Point scored in the fifth race (helping to insure the big Pick-6 pool for Saturday) at odds of 46-1, huge 10-cent Pentafecta ($12,626) and $2 Trifecta ($19,303) payoffs were the result. The top five numbers in the official order of finish were 7-9-8-10-6. … Napolitano and Corey Callahan topped the driver colony with three wins apiece. … Seven favorites scored on the 13-race program, making it 23 chalks out of the last 39 Big M races (59 percent). … All-source handle totaled $1,896,248. … Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – It mattered little to Harambe Deo that he was facing the hottest horse at the track as well as one of the best harness racing mares of this or any generation Saturday night at The Meadowlands, as he took down Highalator and Shartin N in the Preferred Handicap for pacers. The race panned out similarly to last week, when Harambe Deo put up fast quarters at both ends of the mile in a spectacular score. The Jeff Cullipher trainee sprinted away from the gate and went to the quarter in a blistering :25.4 for a second consecutive week. A horse known as a stone closer before the last two weeks has now become a front-end lover. “Before Simon [Allard] started driving my horse, leaving wasn’t the way to go,” said Cullipher. When the trainer saw the quarter time last week, he thought his horse was finished. Not so Saturday night. “I didn’t think he was cooked,” said Cullipher, “but you don’t want to see that too often.” The field of six was in straight alignment past the half (:54.2). Shortly thereafter, 2-1 second choice Highalator, seeking a fourth straight score in a Big M feature, vacated the four-hole to come after the leader, and as he advanced, 3-5 favorite Shartin N received a live tow. But on the far turn, the look of the race changed dramatically as Highalator uncharacteristically struggled, backing up in Shartin N’s face, leaving Harambe Deo on a 3-length lead at three-quarters (1:22.3). “I knew the race was over then,” said Cullipher. “Highalator bothered Shartin N a little on the turn. Obviously, she’s not 100 percent herself and we took advantage of everything we could.” Harambe Deo finished the job by pacing home in :26 to stop the clock in 1:48.3, lowering the lifetime best he had established one week ago by one-fifth of a second. Western Joe was fourth lengths back in second with Geez Joe third. Shartin N finished fourth with Wes Delight fifth and Highalator sixth. “He’s easy on himself,” said Cullipher of his prized pupil. “He doesn’t do anything out of the ordinary. He had a good week. We knew he had to have a performance like last week if he was going to beat this field, and that’s just what he gave us.” A 5-year-old gelded son of Woodstock-Tea Time who is owned by Pollack Racing and Cullipher, Harambe Deo now has 16 wins from 81 lifetime outings, good for earnings of $253,869. As the 6-1 third choice in the wagering, he returned $15.00 to win. A LITTLE MORE: Cullipher, who had three winners on last Saturday’s card, saw his Ana Afreet N score one race after Harambe Deo’s win to complete a training double. Ana Afreet N hit the wire in 1:49 after winning last week in 1:48.3. … Izzy Estrada also trained a pair of winner’s circle visitors. … Yannick Gingras led the driver colony with four scores on the program. … All-source wagering totaled $2,256,292. … Favorites ruled over the course of the 26-race weekend, winning 16 times. … Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Returning to the scene of her two biggest career wins, When Dovescry destroyed her foes in the Friday night harness racing feature at The Meadowlands, a high-end conditioned trot. The 4-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill-Cedar Dove, who won the 2019 Hambletonian Oaks and 2020 Steele Memorial at The Big M, was on the go early, securing the top out of the first turn in a field reduced to six starters after a pair of scratches, and hit the quarter on the point in a leisurely :28. There wasn't much action as the half went in :56.2. Longshot Arabella's Cadet tried to apply pressure around the far turn but was turned away as they turned for home. A final quarter of just :28 was more than enough for the Brett Pelling trainee to score by 3¼ lengths over Mississippi Storm in 1:52.1. Felicityshagwell S, the 7-5 second choice, finished third. "We wanted to get a race in her," said Pelling, "since she is going to the [Oct. 31] Breeders Crown Mares Trot [at Hoosier Park]. She was perfectly straight tonight." Pelling sees a fabulous future for his horse. "Her whole game is getting through being 4-years-old. When she comes back next year, she'll go 20 times (she's started only six times in 2020). At 4, you race aged horses, and I think at that age, they are not mature. You are going against horses that are fully developed. It takes a special horse to take on horses that are fully developed when you are just 4." When Dovescry, who was driven by David Miller, paid $3.80 to win as the 4-5 public choice. She is owned by Yves Sarrazin, Dumain Haven Farm, Singh & Soulsby and John E Lengacher and now has 12 wins from 26 career starts and earnings of $1,065,186. ONE FOR THE THUMB: Captain Corey remained unbeaten in five lifetime starts by taking the $61,500 W.N. Reynolds Memorial Judge Moore division for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the trot as the 1-9 favorite. The Ake Svanstedt trained and driven colt, a product of Googoo Gaagaa-Luv U All, never had an anxious moment, drubbing three overmatched foes by leading at every call before hitting the wire 3¾ lengths in front of second-place finisher Royson's Punch in 1:54.1. Lindysmusclemania was third. Captain Corey, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion, now has earnings of $295,313 and is being pointed to the October 30 Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park. In a non-betting event before the regular card, Insta Glam (Father Patrick-Hollywood Hill) won the Reynolds Meda division for juvenile trotting fillies. The Nancy Takter-trained, Dexter Dunn-driven miss raised her lifetime record to five wins from 10 starts, good for earnings of $240,170. A LITTLE MORE: Favorite players wore out a path to the windows on the night, as nine straight post-time choices scored starting in the second race. A total of 10 chalks scored on the 13-race card. ... Dunn was red hot on the night, guiding five winners. ... All-source handle totaled $1,853,232. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Adorabella and Century Ferrari were the winners Friday night at The Meadowlands as the mile oval hosted a pair of Fall Harvest Series Finals for pacers as the co-featured harness racing events on the card. Adorabella, a 4-year-old by Pet Rock-Bella Marta, took the division for fillies and mares in a lifetime-best 1:53.1 for driver Victor Kirby. The Don Niccum trainee, who won for a third straight start, never saw the rail around the first turn and blew past early leader Rock N Roll Rosie just after the quarter, which went in :26.3. Now a nine-time winner from 40 lifetime starts, Adorabella ($8.00 to win as the second choice) led past the half and took pressure from Streak The Lawn around the far turn while Streak The Lawn was providing a live tow for even-money favorite Jazz Fest. A final quarter of :28.3 proved to be enough for the winner to hold on by three-quarters-of-a-length. Justabitofcharm went the inside route to get second. Jazz Fest tipped off cover at just the right time with a little more than an eighth of a mile to go but sputtered from there in a no-excuse third-place finish. Century Ferrari, trained and driven by Bill Mann, won the dash for horses and geldings in 1:52.3, giving the offspring of American Ideal-Sounds Perfect seven wins from 38 lifetime starts. The 4-year-old gelding had things go his way, thanks to a perfect steer from Mann. After 9-5 favorite Thunder Some Where cleared the top before the half, Pembroke Joey rushed up into contention around the far turn while providing a perfect tow for the eventual winner, who tipped off his cover at the eighth pole and needed every inch of the stretch to get past a pesky Pembroke Joey by a neck. Thunder Some Where held third. As the 2-1 second choice, Century Ferrari returned $6.20 to win. A LITTLE MORE: Kirby, who won four last Friday after his trip up the NJ Turnpike, guided three to victory lane. … Leon Bailey, the leading driver this year on the New York County Fair circuit, proved he can hack it in the bright lights of the big city, winning twice on program, his first two victories at The Meadowlands. … All-source wagering totaled $1,776,958. … Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Freehold, NJ --- Going into the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund finals for 2-year-old trotters at Freehold Raceway on Friday (October 9), Ake Svanstedt looked loaded for bear. He had five horses between the two races: three males and two fillies. He won one final, and just missed winning the other.   In the final for colts and geldings, Svanstedt's Calle Palema prevailed by three lengths. He went to the lead early on, and encountered no serious challenges. Torrey Pines sat in the pocket the whole way, but as they went past three-quarters, Calle Palema pulled away. He coasted under the wire in 1:58, for owner Bender Sweden Inc and driver Steve Smith. That's his second career win, both of which have come in the NJSS-SDF series. Svanstedt also sent out fourth-place finisher Swan By Land and seventh-place finisher Capital T Storm.   Earlier in the day, Svanstedt finished second by a head with Illuminata, losing to Trond Smedshammer-trained Duchesspedia. Smedshammer put his filly in the pocket early, allowing Illuminata to set the tempo. As they turned for home, Duchesspedia came towards the outside, and loomed large over Illuminata. They hit the line together, with Ducesspedia getting the nod in 1:58. The winner is owned by Purple Haze Stables.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday (October 10), starting at 12:30 PM. There is a carryover in the pick 5, worth $702.05.     Publicity Freehold Raceway

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