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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The original Halley's Comet is a short-period comet visible from Earth every 75-76 years. Good thing for fans of Hallie's Comet the harness racing horse, that he wins with a lot more regularity than that. The Ron Burke-trained Hallie's Comet, a 5-year-old gelded son of Roddy's Bags Again-Joyanna, won his third straight start (the first came at Pocono Downs), scoring Saturday night at the Meadowlands in the track's featured $22,500 conditioned pace. Upon arrival at the Big M on Oct. 26, Hallie's Comet pulled off a gigantic upset at odds of 44-1 facing non-winners of $15,000, this time around, facing better non-winners of $20,000 types, the result was the same, while the payoff was not. Hallie's Comet was away fifth in the field of six as 2-1 second choice New Talent, who made the top just after the quarter, led the way at the half in :55.3. Hallie's Comet was off the rail a tad before the halfway point and was towing even-money favorite Hayden Hanover into the race. 'Comet' continued to gain on the leader and was on even terms with New Talent when they turned for home. That's when Hallie's Comet took off through the stretch, leaving both New Talent and Hayden Hanover in his wake. Hallie's Comet hit the finish 2½-lengths clear of Hayden Hanover with Vega Star N closing for third. The winner was driven by Yannick Gingras and returned $8.00 to his backers as the third choice in the wagering. He's now won 14 of 94 lifetime starts and earned $239,961 for owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. A LITTLE MORE: Tim Tetrick had the hot hands among the drivers, winning four on the card. Dexter Dunn followed up his four-winner Friday with a three-score Saturday. ... Rich Mattei, who did the commentary on TVG for the Big M, gave out the $74.55 Pick-5 cold. ... Chalk players got to have their fun as seven post-time favorites visited the winner's circle. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card totaled $2,157,207. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Freehold, NJ --- Vinny Ginsburg had a big day at Freehold Raceway on Saturday (November 9), as he piloted home four harness racing winners on the 12-race card.   Ginsburg swept the early double, winning with Tim Lancaster's Rap it Up in race 1 and Davids Coming Home, trained by Brandon Mongiello, in race 2. He completed the hat trick with Sutton Seelster, for Allie Reynolds, in race 4, and got the grand slam while driving Jody Dunning's Real Flight in race 12.   In addition to his four wins, Ginsburg had two second-place finishes. He finished second with Astor in race 6, and again with Rockinwiththebest in race 7.   Ginsburg's four wins gives him 20 since Freehold's re-opening on August 30, and 56 on the calendar year. Both totals are good for third place in the driver standings.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, with a first post time of 12:30 PM EST.     Publicity Freehold Raceway

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Harness racing fans got a real treat Friday night, getting to see the best horse in training right now - the great mare Manchego - tune up for the Nov. 23 TVG Final by easily defeating four overmatched foes in the featured Preferred Handicap for trotters at the Meadowlands. The 4-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill-Secret Magic encountered nothing in the way of trouble, grabbing the lead just before the three-eighths-mile marker, hitting the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24.3, before extending her edge through the stretch on the way to a 3¾-length win in 1:52.4. The fastest female trotter (1:49) of all-time paid $2.10 to win with Dexter Dunn in the sulky. Rich And Miserable was second with Pat Matters third. "She was pretty much under wraps," said winning trainer Nancy Johansson. "Dexter told me he wrapped her up at three-quarters. She's just amazing. She's out there playing. She's so happy now. She just goes out there and does her thing." The question now: Which TVG event will Manchego go in? The $175,000 Mare Trot, or take on the boys in the $350,000 Open Trot. Johansson made it clear which one she'd prefer. "I would like for the Meadowlands to let us race the boys in the Open Trot," said Johansson. "I think she deserves a shot at the boys. Arguably, she's the best trotting horse in training. She has earned the invitation." While the entry box has to be emptied before it's a certainty, it is likely Johansson will get what she desires. "There's a pretty good shot she'll get an invite," said Meadowlands' Racing Secretary Scott Warren. "There has to be room to invite her. There are no eliminations and only 10 can go." Whether the invitation is extended or not, Manchego will be at the Big M on the 23rd. "If the invitation is offered, of course we will take it," said Johansson. "Regardless, she will race (in either the Open or Mare Trot)." Manchego has been on a gigantic roll since coming back from an injury. "She injured herself prior to the (Aug. 24) Maple Leaf Trot," said Johansson. "She lost half of her right hind hoof in the trailer on the way to Canada. It took some time for that to heal. But once that was taken care of, she hasn't lost." Among the victories during her current six-race win streak include the Sept. 27 Dayton Derby (where she won in 1:50.1) at Dayton Raceway, Oct. 6 Allerage (1:49) at Lexington's Red Mile and the Oct. 26 Breeders Crown (1:51) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. She's now won 27 of her 42 career starts and earned $2,037,980 for owners Black Horse Racing. A LITTLE MORE: Dunn had the hot hand among the drivers, guiding four winners on the card. Tyler Buter had three, including a sweep of the late double, which paid $99.00. Buter's other score came with Aragorn Hoss Fi in the third race, paying $109.80 to win ... All-source handle on the 13-race program totaled $1,873,140. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Look out below! After being dismissed at odds of 50-1, Buen Camino shocked an abbreviated star-laden harness racing field in the featured $30,000 Preferred for trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night. The Trond Smedshammer trainee was in no hurry in the early stages, sitting fifth past the quarter and the half. Heading to three-quarters, driver Scott Zeron put Buen Camino in a perfect spot second-over, getting towed into the race by 8-5 favorite Cruzado Dela Noche, who earlier this year won the $175,200 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Big M. Leader Muscle M Up opened up some space between himself and the pocket-sitting JL Cruze as he reached three-quarters in 1:23.2 while Cruzado Dela Noche continued to inch his way forward while parked. At the head of the stretch, Muscle M Up was still a length-and-a-half to the good, but his lead was tenuous as he began to tire. Buen Camino swung around a weary Cruzado Dela Noche with a little more than an eighth of a mile to go as even-money favorite Melady's Monet swung to the far outside after going a third-over journey. "He's a classy horse," said Zeron of Buen Camino. "He's a big strong horse and I figured he could go with (this field). He exceeded my expectations." In deep stretch, it appeared Melady's Money would power by to go on to his fourth straight victory, but Buen Camino was strong to the wire, keeping the favorite at bay for a neck win in a lifetime-best equaling 1:52. JL Cruze was third, followed by Trolley, Muscle M Up and Cruzado Dela Noche in the six-horse field. "I did think Melady's Monet was going to go by," said Zeron. "He had been winning the opens at Yonkers, but my horse exploded off cover and I just had to keep him on that tempo." Buen Camino returned $104.40 to his backers for trainer Trond Smedshammer and owners Purple Haze Stables. The 7-year-old gelded son of Cash Hall-Baby Bella now has 18 wins from 88 career starts, good for earnings of $765,071. PICK-5 CARRYOVER: No one selected all of the winners in the 50-cent Pick-5, creating a carryover of $19,326 going into Saturday's card. The last time there was a Pick-5 carryover, the total pool reached $150,000 (on Oct. 18), and wagering could exceed that figure Saturday, given the four Kindergarten Classic Finals that are on the card that have purses totaling almost $900,000. Those who went four-for-five in the Pick-5 collected $495.55. A LITTLE MORE: Dexter Dunn drove three winners on the card. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race program totaled $2,423,608, a meet best. ... Simulcasting of the Breeders' Cup from Santa Anita begins Saturday with the first Cup event at 2:55 p.m. The Breeders' Cup Classic has a post time of 8:44 p.m. ... Live harness racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Hallie's Comet used some racing luck and a great steer from driver Eric Abbatiello to pull off a major surprise in the featured $22,500 conditioned pace Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The tote board spoke volumes about how evenly-matched the field was, as the post-time favorite was 3-1 while the fifth choice was 4-1. Americanprimetime moved past early leader Sicily to lead while parked at the quarter, before Sicily retook and led the field past the half in :55 and three-quarters in 1:23.3. As Sicily turned for home on the point, Hallie's Comet was in an extremely tough spot, racing fourth along the rail with no apparent shot. That's when the eventual winner got some luck, in the form of a seam between rivals as the horses up front started to weaken. In midstretch, Abbatiello found enough room with the 5-year-old gelded son of Roddy's Bags Again-Joyanna to swing to the far outside before charging home to score in 1:50.2 at odds of 44-1. The Ron Burke trainee, who is owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, paid $91.60 to win as he scored for the 13th time in 93 lifetime starts. His career earnings stand at $228,711. Hallie's Comet hit the wire a head in front of Another Daily Copy while Americanprimetime finished third. A LITTLE MORE: With Hallie's Comet scoring in leg one of the Pick-4, the return was $5,083. ... Driver Steve Smith scored twice at odds of 17-1 early on the program, helping the Pick-5 return a handsome $6,312. ... Driver Tyler Buter, who had four winners last Saturday, tallied three on the card, as did Vinny Ginsburg. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race program totaled $1,947,268. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Rocknificent and Hen Party won their respective harness racing divisions of the sixth and final leg of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds Friday night at the Meadowlands, setting up what should be an interesting final for pacing fillies next week. Rocknificent sat in the three-hole from the start, and when driver Scott Zeron asked for speed nearing the top of the stretch, the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Rocklamation responded in a big way, powering to a 6¾-length win over Courting Marie in a lifetime-best 1:51.1 for trainer Linda Toscano. The 2-5 favorite returned $2.80 to her backers in winning for the fifth time in 10 starts. Hen Party was permitted to rate a middle half in :58 on the way to an easy score in a lifetime-best 1:52.2 for driver Pat Berry and trainer Ron Burke. The daughter of Roll With Joe-My Lady Day was 1½ lengths clear of Love For Sail at the wire. She's now won three of 14 starts, to go along with 11 on-the-board finishes. She paid $2.60 to win as the 1-5 public choice. In other Kindergarten Classic action, El Ideal was dominant in the colt and gelding trot, hitting the wire 6¼ lengths in front of Barley for driver Andy Miller and trainer Ake Svanstedt. The son of Muscle Hill-Courtney Hall completed the mile in 1:54.1 and paid $2.20 to win at odds of 1-9. Chief Mate pulled off an upset in the colt and gelding pace, scoring at odds of 7-1 - paying $16.20 - with Mitch Cushing driving for trainer Tony Alagna. The product of Captaintreacherous-Heaven Forbid hit the wire three-quarters-of-a-length in front of Force N Fury in 1:50.4, a lifetime best. Captain Barbossa, one of six Alagna trainees among the nine starters in the race, finished third as the 4-5 favorite. Filly trotter Senorita Rita never had an anxious moment on the way to a 5-length score over Common Sense S in a lifetime-best 1:54. The daughter of Chapter Seven-Lindys Head Nurse, who was driven by Zeron and is trained by Toscano, returned $3.60 to win as the 4-5 favorite. A LITTLE MORE: The four Kindergarten Classic Finals take place Saturday, Nov. 2, and have estimated purses totaling just over $850,000. ... Both Andy Miller and Marcus Miller recorded driving triples on the program. ... Trainer Jenn Bongiorno sent three to the winner's circle. ... One lucky player wagering into the Twin Sires hub was the only bettor to last seven legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $6,302. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race program totaled $1,762,565. ... Simulcasting from Woodbine Mohawk Park, a card that includes eight Breeders Crown Finals, gets underway Saturday at 7 p.m. ... Live racing at the Big M resumes Saturday at 7:05 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In one of the tightest harness racing photo finishes anyone has ever seen, Sweet Rock held off Sicily at the wire in the Saturday night $22,500 conditioned pacing feature at the Meadowlands. Sicily, who was sent off at odds of 5-1, was quickest away from the gate from post 5 into the first turn, but 5-2 second choice Sweet Rock (post 6) was even faster to the quarter, hitting that station in :26.2. A rated second fraction of :28.2 would follow as 2-1 favorite Americanprimetime joined the fray from first-over and made steady progress, racing only three-quarters of a length behind the leader at the three-quarter mark as Sicily remained in the two hole. Through the stretch, Sweet Rock kept Americanprimetime at bay as Victor Kirby, driving Sicily, was desperate for racing room. Inside the sixteenth pole, just enough real estate became available and Sicily sprinted along the pylons only to finish a heartbreaking second after the judges had a lengthy look at the win photo. Americanprimetime was third. Sweet Rock, an 8-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover-Penny For Nickel, completed the mile in 1:50.2 for his 33rd career win in 187 starts, and now has lifetime earnings of just over $792,000. He was driven by Greg Merton, is trained by Wayne Givens and owned by Legacy Racing, R A Hazzard II and G P Calloway. He returned $7.60 to win. TYLER TERRIFIC: Tyler Buter had the hot hand among the drivers, scoring four times on the program. He kept his fan base smiling for sure, as his winners went off at odds of 4-1, 6-1, 17-1 and even-money (who won by 12 lengths). ... Trainer Dan Morrissey scored twice, with both driven by Buter. A LITTLE MORE: One sharp player at Pompano Park raked the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 pot, walking away with $5,966 for lasting six races. ... All-source handle on the 13-race program totaled $1,921,240. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Shortly after winning the weekly harness racing feature at the Meadowlands in January in 1:50.2 as the 2-5 favorite, all was well with Geez Joe, who seemingly was on his way to a big year. But a throat ailment led to surgery and seven months on the shelf. Now he's back, and he's looking better than ever. Saturday night at the Meadowlands, Geez Joe won the featured $27,500 conditioned pace in 1:48.2, two weeks after winning at Hoosier Park in 1:47.4. Indeed, the 5-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe-Beach Bretta is all the way back. In the early stages of his first Big M start in nine months, driver Marcus Miller moved Geez Joe directly to the top, hitting the quarter in :26.3. A relaxing second fraction of :28 would follow before 8-5 second choice Dealt A Winner would move right to the leader at the five-eighths and the pair continued their duel at three-quarters in 1:21.3. Then Geez Joe would deliver the knockout punch. The Erv Miller trainee, the slight 8-5 public choice, powered clear of his main foe through the stretch with a :26.4 kicker, hitting the wire 4½ lengths clear of Dealt A Winner. Our Max Phactor N finished third. Geez Joe, who has won five of his last seven Meadowlands starts dating back to November of 2018, paid $5.20 to win and now has 20 victories from 61 lifetime outings and earnings of $256,728 for owners Bay Pond Racing Stable. BIG POT OF GOLD: With a pair of 30-1 shots and two more that went off at at least 13-1, the Pick-5 did not get hit, creating a carryover of almost $21,000. As a result, Friday's 50-Cent Pick-5 will have a guaranteed pool of $75,000, instead of the usual $25,000. A LITTLE MORE: It was a night for the longshot players as four favorites scored on the 13-race program while six winners went off at 13-1 or more. ... Dave Miller and Joe Bongiorno both had driving doubles. ... All-source wagering was $2,108,436. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Captain Barbossa and Papi Rob Hanover won in impressive fashion in Kindergarten Classic action Friday night as live harness racing  returned to the Meadowlands after a nine-week hiatus. A son of Captaintreacherous-Swinging Beauty, Captain Barbossa was an easy three-quarter length, wire-to-wire winner over Team Best in the first of two dashes for colts and geldings on the pace in the Kindergarten, which is for 2-year-olds. Andy McCarthy put the Tony Alagna trainee on the point early, then cut out all the fractions on the way to a 1:52 score, his third win in 12 lifetime starts. The lifetime earner of $113,079, who returned $2.60 to his backers as the 1-5 public choice, has hit the board nine times. In the other division for male pacers, 1-9 favorite Papi Rob Hanover was a dominant winner for driver David Miller and trainer Brett Pelling as the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Panera Hanover stopped the clock in 1:52. Miller had the lifetime earner of $315,358 sit a three-hole trip to the top of the stretch before swinging wide in the lane and easily powering past his foes to record a 2½-length score over Force N Fury. He’s won three-of-eight in his career, hitting the board in every start, and returned $2.10 to win. GETTING IT DUNN: Fresh off his superb week at Lexington’s Red Mile, where he was the leading Grand Circuit driver, Dexter Dunn had four winners on the card. Scott Zeron, Marcus Miller and David Miller had two apiece. A LITTLE MORE: The Linda Toscano-trained Rocknificent impressed from just off the pace as the 3-5 choice in a division of the Kindergarten for pacing fillies, stopping the clock in 1:54.1, one of two winners on the night for the Hall of Fame trainer. … Nifty Norman also conditioned a pair to victory lane. … All-source handle on the 13-race program totaled $2,294,061. … Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

Freehold, NJ --- Ponder the Odds dominated in the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) for 3-year-old filly pacers last Saturday at Freehold Raceway. She'll seek to continue her hot streak this Saturday, as she drew post one in the second leg of the series. The Kathleen La Montagne-trained filly has won three races in a row, and went the mile in an impressive 1:56.2. She went right to the lead in that race, and never looked back for a 2 1/2 length win. Many of her rivals from that race have returned, including Surreality. The Nicholas Devita-trained filly finished second at 55/1, and will seek to pull off the upset again from post position six. That race is scheduled as race 5, with an approximate post time of 1:50 PM EDT. The card also features the second leg of the NJSS-SDF for colts & geldings. Trainers Nick Surick and Tom Fanning send out four of the five horses in the race. Surick trains Black Dan and Trente Deo, who were fifth and third, respectively, in the first leg of the series last week. Fanning conditions Cool Your Heels, who was seventh last week, and Just Plain Loco, who placed fourth. Michael Hall-trained Admiral Ballsy rounds out the field. The race is scheduled as the third race, at approximately 1:10 PM EDT. Post time for the first race on Saturday at Freehold is scheduled for 12:30 PM EDT.   Freehold Raceway

FREEHOLD, NJ — September 2, 2019 — This weekend Freehold hosted $10,000 first legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Standardbred Development Fund for harness racing 2-Year-Olds.  On Friday (Aug 30), the Julie Miller trainee Contepartiro Deo lunged past the odds on favorite, Heart N Soul Deo to win the first leg of the SDF for 2-Year-Old filly trotters. Andy Miller set Contepartiro Deo in the two hole for a pocket trip behind the favorite. The daughter of Muscle Hill took her first win of the season in 2:00.0 for owners Andy Miller Stable Inc., Little E LLC, and Deo Volente Farms LLC.  Heart N Soul Deo was a close second with Tricky Sister finishing third. The 2-Year-Old SDF pacers took the stage at Freehold Raceway on Saturday (Aug 31) with two divisions for colts and fillies alike.  The first two legs took place as non-betting races before the actual racing card. Follow Your Heart took the first division for colt pacers on the day in the non-betting race for trainer Aaron Lambert.  George Brennan steered the Rock N Roll Heaven colt to a wire to wire victory in 1:57.4 last quarter in 28.4.  Southwind Dredge finished second and Rockin Jukebox came in third. The fillies first division of leg one went to the Tony Alagna trainee Odds On Hollywood, giving driver George Brennan his second win of the day.  The Captaintreacherous filly nosed out Ap Emily’s Dance in 2:00.0.  Ready Set Rock finished third. The second division for the pacing colts on the regularly scheduled racing card was won by Rockin The Gates for trainer Steve Le Blanc.  Driver Andy Miller pulled Rockin The Gates behind odds on favorite Columbo for a second over trip and then surged past him in the lane to stop the clock in 1:56.2.  This makes win number two for the Rock N Roll Heaven colt and a new lifetime mark.  Columbo finished second with JK Lucky Charms coming in third. The final division of the first leg of SDF for filly pacers was once again won by driver George Brennan and trainer Tony Alagna with Caviart Heather.  Caviart Heather stalked the field from the fifth position to make a late move in the stretch to take the win in 1:57.3.  The Somebeachsomewhere filly captured her first win of the season for owners Caviart Farms.  Git Go came in a close second with Lucy Lightyear finishing third. The SDF action will continue next weekend at Freehold Raceway on Friday and Saturday with post times of 12:30 pm.   Courtney Stafford

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Trainer Tony Alagna was on target at the Meadowlands Friday night, scoring three times in the second harness racing leg of the Kindergarten Classic series for 2-year-olds. Ramona Hill got things going for Alagna in the second race filly trot. The daughter of Muscle Hill-Lock Down Lindy led at every call on the way to an easy 4¾-length score over Jula Beauty Am in 1:54.1, giving her two wins in as many Kindergarten - and lifetime - starts. Andy McCarthy was in the sulky behind the 1-9 favorite. In the very next race, 22-1 longshot Captain Kirk sat a three-hole trip before bursting through between rivals late to record a nose win over 3-5 shot Captain Nemo - who is also trained by Alagna - in a division for pacing colts and geldings. Captain Kirk, a son of Captaintreacherous-Aria Hanover who was driven by Yannick Gingras, completed the mile in 1:51.2 in winning his first career race in two tries. Alagna would have to wait until the 14th and final race on the program to complete his three-bagger, as his Chief Mate scored in 1:51.1 in another colts and geldings pace. The 2-5 public choice, who is a son of Captaintreacherous-Heaven Forbid, held on by a nose over a fast-closing Bombshell Hanover. Like Ramona Hill, Chief Mate has now made both of his lifetime starts in the Kindergarten and won them both. SATURDAY POST TIME CHANGE: Due to the anticipated extreme high heat, Saturday's 13-race program will begin at 8 p.m. A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy and Dave Miller paced the driver's colony with three wins apiece, while Gingras and Andy Miller each had a pair. ... Trainer Marcus Melander had two winners on the card. ... All-source handle on the 14-race program totaled $2,306,944. There have been 57 race dates at the Big M in 2019, and on 56 occasions, handle has exceeded the $2.3-million mark.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Due to the anticipated extreme high temperatures, post time for the Saturday, July 20 harness racing card at the Meadowlands will be 8 p.m.     Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Meadowlands Pace Night (July 13) at the Meadowlands featured many things that bettors apparently like, as total wagering on the 13-race, stakes-laden harness racing card topped $4 million, the first time in 2019 wagering reached that lofty level at the mile oval. Five favorites did emerge victorious on the program on which $4,044,303 was bet, but some of the post-time choices that went down clearly raised some eyebrows - and helped some to handsome scores - as odds-on choices Green Manalishi S (3-5 odds), Atlanta (1-5), Captain Crunch (1-2) and Warrawee Ubeaut (4-5) all tasted defeat in major stakes events. Large fields at an added distance are always a big draw at the Big M, and on Saturday night, the Golden Girls (11 horses), Hambletonian Maturity (11), William Haughton (12) and Mistletoe Shalee (12) were all contested with overflow fields at a mile and an eighth. Betting on those four races totaled just under $1.6 million, good for an average of $397,614 per race. "The betting public embracing the added distance races with larger fields on Meadowlands Pace Night should definitely be considered a big positive step forward for our sport," said President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hambletonian Society John Campbell. "The atmosphere in the building was electric. You could tell it was a special night." Big M management decided to double up on the track's signature wager - the 50-Cent Pick-4 - and both times big pools were the result. In the initial Pick-4 (Races 6-9), a total of $146,229 - the most of any Pick-4 this year - was pushed through the windows, while in the Late Pick-4 (Races 10-13), wagering totaled $122,070. The 50-Cent Pick-5 total of $116,401 was by far the largest non-carryover pool of 2019. Both the Pick-4 and Pick-5 both offered a low takeout of 15 percent. Not surprisingly, the race on which the most wagering dollars were plunked down was the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, where $499,925 was put in play. Finishing a close second was the Golden Girls, which saw total action of $480,757. "We are so appreciative of our owners, trainers, drivers, and of course, our faithful fans for a big Meadowlands Pace Night," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "And we look forward to that support continuing through the end of the meeting, which concludes on Saturday, Aug. 3 with the $1 million Hambletonian serving as the centerpiece." SIX TO GO: Just six race cards remain for the 2018-19 meeting at the Meadowlands. Racing will continue to be conducted on a Friday-Saturday basis with a 7:15 p.m. post time through Friday, Aug. 2. The final program takes place on Saturday, Aug. 3, Hambletonian Day. Post time is noon. IT'LL BE CORN-TASTIC: Come out to the Meadowlands on Friday (July 19) and have some free corn (one ear per guest) before taking part in the Corn Carrying Contest (after Race 2) and Corn Husking Contest (Race 4). Sign up for the events at the promotions table for the competitions that take place in the Backyard. Winners receive a $100 betting voucher while all participants get a $25 voucher. SINATRA TRIBUTE: Also on Friday (July 19) night, Frank Sinatra impersonator Jessa Posa will entertain all who come to the Big M's Pink restaurant with many hits of the "Chairman of the Board". The cost for the show and buffet dinner is $39.95. Call 201-THE-BIG-M for reservations. BLUEGRASS BROWER: Dave Brower, lead TV personality for the nightly "Racing from the Meadowlands" live in-house simulcast show, has picked up another gig. In addition to the current two high-profile positions he holds on the side - co-host of the Hambletonian live production on the CBS Sports Network and serving as host of the live simulcast from the Little Brown Jug - earlier this week, Brower got the job working with track announcer Gabe Prewitt - a Big M Championship Meeting TV personality - in providing race analysis and commentary for all eight afternoons of racing during the Red Mile's two-week Grand Circuit meeting that begins Sept. 26.   Meadowlands Media Relations  

Come to Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment this weekend, July 19th and 20th, to have a corntastic time! Plenty of Jersey-fresh corn will be available to eat, husk and carry as guests compete in contests between the harness races. First race each night is 7:15pm. A free ear of grilled Jersey corn will be available to all guests, all weekend. On Friday night guests can join the Corn Carrying Contest (after Race 2) and the Corn Husking Contest (after Race 4). Winners of each contest will receive a $100 betting voucher. On Saturday night both contests will take place again as well as the Corn Eating Contest (after Race 8) in which 10 randomly chosen participants will chow down on as much corn as they can in 3 minutes. The first place winner receives $500, followed by $250 for second place and $100 for third place. Guests can sign up at the Promotions Table for each contest and they will all take place in the Backyard/East Apron. Friday night is also Frank Sinatra Tribute Night in Pink Restaurant. Impersonator, Jesse Posa takes the stage as Mr. Blue Eyes. 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". The Sinatra tribute night buffet is $39.95 excluding tax & gratuity. The buffet begins at 5:30pm with the musical entertainment on stage at 8:30pm. Call 201-The-BigM for reservations. Weekend details can be found at PlayMeadowlands.com   Rachel Ryan

Pink Restaurant has a special "dinner and a show" planned for this Friday, July 19 with a tribute to Frank Sinatra. Impersonator, Jesse Posa takes the stage as Mr. Blue Eyes. 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". The Sinatra tribute night buffet is $39.95 excluding tax & gratuity. The buffet begins at 5:30pm with the musical entertainment on stage at 8:30pm. The buffet features some of Sinatra's favorite dishes including spaghetti & meatballs, eggplant parmigiana, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes and cannoli. Reservations can be made by calling 201-THE-BIGM. Live harness racing kicks off at 7:15 pm.   Rachel Ryan

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