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East Rutherford, NJ - Tioga Downs welcomes Rich Mattei to the announcer's booth and Racing Office for the 2019 season.   Rich had originally been hired to do the race calls at Vernon Downs, a position that will now be filled by John Horne whose voice is familiar as the Tioga announcer over the past few seasons. Horne will continue to write the lead-in and wrap-up articles for both tracks.   Mattei's introduction to calling races was attending the Tom Durkin announcing school in Goshen, NY. He then went on to serve as the announcer for the baby races at Gaitway Farm. That gig led to relief stints at various tracks such as Ocean Downs, Rosecroft, Northfield, Vernon, Freehold and Harrah's Philadelphia along with handicapping the races on TVG for Meadowlands.   "My first full season harness racing job was as the photo-finish/teletimer guy at Harrah's where Rob Pennington and Joe Auger would let me come in early and take entries, put races together and learn about how to do things in the Race Office," said Mattei. "Next was a season as the charter at Freehold, then Karen Fagliarone hired me on as the Assistant Race Secretary which has piqued my interest in that direction. I certainly appreciate the opportunity to work for Jeff Gural and Jason Settlemoir and look forward to the summer at Tioga Downs."   The Tioga meet begins on May 4 with the annual Kentucky Derby Day extravaganza. Live racing will be on Saturday and Sunday for the first two weeks, adding Friday with the May 17 card. Check the website or call (607) 699-7688 for more information.     Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - The spring of 2019 has been a good one at The Meadowlands. Handle is up as a result of greater field size and the gradual return to better quality horses, the logical explanation being increased purses made possible by the supplemental funding from the state. The horseplayers are voting with their wagering dollars and handle begets handle, that is fact. The entry box has been solid. There have been enough horses entered to card 13 races for each live racing night, most of them with full fields, which is exactly what The Meadowlands' customers desire. "We have momentum that we haven't had in a while and I want it to continue. We appreciate the support at the entry box by those trainers racing with us this spring, that's a big part of it," stated Meadowlands GM Jason Settlemoir. "I was excited watching the races this weekend. There is no question that horses closing in on the leader as they approach the wire with five or six across the track in deep stretch creates excitement. We have to demonstrate to the legislators that our product is enhanced and improved to continue the purse allocation, we're going in the right direction and it must continue." Saturday's card resulted in another night of over $3 million in all sources handle on The Meadowlands races, which were interesting and entertaining. The track is playing fair, a bit less speed favoring, with horses able to win from virtually anywhere. In every one of the races this past Saturday, the fifth place finisher was no more than 6 lengths from the winner, most were far closer, and in the 11th race the first five finishers were separated by just a head.   The competitiveness of the races, leading to fewer short priced favorites, is an important component of what drives handle. The average win payoff on Saturday was slightly over $10 and as pointed out in Dave Little's release the percentage of winning favorites over the past two weekends (9 from 52 races) is around 17 percent.   With several of the top Meadowlands/Grand Circuit drivers absent for most of the winter/spring meet it has provided an opportunity for the next generation of talent to ply their trade on the big stage. Their desire to succeed when the chance presents itself, along with less familiarity within the driver colony, has made for some exciting racing.   "I thought the racing Saturday night was fun to watch. The drivers closed the holes which makes it much more competitive and the handle reflects that. Hopefully with the championship season on the horizon and many of our regular drivers returning from Yonkers after the Levy I hope we will continue to see the same level of competitive driving with the elimination of the courtesy holes that we have seen for the last several years. There is no question that the racing on Saturday was the best I have seen in many years and reminded me of the good old days of the Meadowlands when horses either got to the top or were parked when they left from the outside. It obviously makes for a much better product," said Meadowlands CEO Jeff Gural.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ -- The Meadowlands and the SBOA of NJ will again cooperate to provide access to the racetrack for those horsemen wishing to train their young harness racing horses over the oval during the month of May beginning on Thursday, May 2. The track will be open each Thursday in May from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the paddock is open and available during those hours. The cost for these sessions will be covered by the SBOA of NJ. Please call the Race Office at 877.782.2537 by noon each Wednesday with an estimated number of horses so preparations may be made.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - Foul weather caused the postponement of today's Meadowlands qualifiers until 3:00 pm. By then, despite overcast skies and a slight helping breeze in the stretch, the harness racing track was fast and dry with a temperature of 64f at post time. The session quickly turned into Nancy Johansson day as she brought big power to the table and got the results she and driver Scott Zeron were hoping for from several potential stars of the 2019 Grand Circuit season. Nancy unveiled the sophomore edition of her Dan Patch award and Breeders Crown winning freshman pacing sensation Captain Crunch (Zeron) and he was absolutely fabulous. Moving comfortably on the lead through a 56.1 half and 1:24.4 three quarters, "Crunch" sprinted home in a sizzling 25.2 under his own power to win by 4 or 5 lengths over Major March (Tim Tetrick) in 1:50.1 with Zeron motionless in the sulky. The Captaintreacherous colt won more than $600,000 at two for owners 3 Brothers Stable, Christina Takter, Rojan Stable and Caviart Farms who plucked him from the Standardbred Horse Sales (SHS) for the bargain price of $85,000. Walnridge Farm and Sherri Meirs are the breeders. The 2018 Doherty Memorial winner The Ice Dutchess (Yannick Gingras) returned to the racing wars today for Johansson and looked fantastic in her debut. Gingras sat in third with the filly as stable mate Can't Touch It (Zeron) rated even fractions while Speed Titan (Mattias Melander) ground up uncovered. As they trotted home, the rail opened and The Ice Dutchess bolted through to score an four length win moving away from her rivals unasked in a 26.1 close to the 1:54.4 mile. Speed Titan was second while Can't Touch This stayed on for third. The Muscle Hill lass was a $320,000 Standardbred Horse Sales (SHS) purchase by Canyon Wind Farm from breeders Stephen Dye and David Reid. She paid for herself as a 2-year-old and appears ready to add to that booty at age three. Six Pack is back! The Dan Patch award winner and fastest 3-year-old trotter in history by virtue of his KY Futurity win was awesome in his returning qualifier for Ake Svanstedt. The pair sat a pocket to an old rival in Fashionwoodchopper (Gingras) past the 1:28.3 six panels and roared by that rival when tipped out at that station to a 1:55.2 mile easily. The Muscle Mass 4-year-old is owned by Svanstedt in partnership with Little E; LLC, Knutsson Trotting, Stall Kalmer and I. Berg this season. Svanstedt also won with Galixton in 1:59 for himself, Little E and Joe Sbrocco. Kissin In The Sand may have looked better this week than last, if that's even possible. Zeron sat behind the early pace of Izzy Hanover through a 56.1 half, passed that rival and the three quarters in 1:24.3 with top pacing mare Caviart Ally (Andy McCarthy) following up and dropping in behind as they sprinted home in 25.3 for a 1:50.1 mile. Both mare had plenty left and were well ahead of the others. Marvin Katz and Bud Hatfield own the exciting Somebeachsomewhere 4-year-old returning divisional award winner and Nancy Johansson trains. Blood Money (Zeron) closed in 25.2 to run down Buddy Hill (Brian Sears) the mile in 1:52.2. Johansson trains last year's Matron Stakes winning homebred for Diamond Creek Racing. Johansson and Zeron capped their memorable afternoon with Thinkbig Dreambig zipping around the oval in 1:52.2, holding American History (McCarthy) at bay with a 26 flat final stanza while both were in hand. This imposing Bettor's Delight 4-year-old was a winner of multiple Grand Circuit stakes in 2018 including a division of the Tattersalls Pace in 1:48.2 for Brixton Medical, Fielding, Anderberg and Falk. Sharp Action Money (Gingras) won the last of the day's races, ending a 1:52.4 mile with a 25.3 final quarter for the Burke barn. Charted results may be found on the Meadowlands website. Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands will offer the first of a harness racing series of Open races for all gaits and sexes of older horses for a purse of $30,000 on Saturday, April 27.   These opens have been spaced throughout the Meadowlands season to provide a race when there is a gap in the stakes schedule. All four groups will have three or four legs with the purse increasing for each, to $35,000 for the second and $40,000 for the third of the races with the top performers eligible to a $60,000 final.   There is no nomination needed and there will be NO FEE for these races. The complete conditions are available on the next condition sheet. Questions should be directed to Scott Warren, Racing Secretary at (201) 842-5130.   Here is the schedule:   Open Pace (Golden Receiver) Saturday (April 27)-Purse $30,000 Saturday (May 11)-Purse $35,000 Friday (June 14)-Purse $40,000 Saturday (July 27)-Final-$60,000 (est.)   Open Trot (Mr. Muscleman) Saturday (April 27)-Purse $30,000 Saturday (May 18)-Purse $35,000 Friday (June 14)-Purse $40,000 Saturday (July 6)-Purse $40,000 Saturday (July 20)-Final-$60,000 (est.)   Open Mare Pace (Rainbow Blue) Saturday (April 27)-Purse $30,000 Saturday (May 18)-Purse $35,000 Friday (June 21)-Purse $40,000 Friday (June 28)-Final-$60,000 (est.)   Open Mare Trot (Bee A Magician) Saturday (April 27)-Purse $30,000 Friday (May 31)-Purse $35,000 Friday (June 28)-Purse $40,000 Saturday (July 27)-Final-$60,000 (est.)   Nick Salvi      

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

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands has seen an increase of 28% in all sources wagering on the live harness racing product over the first quarter of 2019 vs the 2018 figures.   Thus far in 2019 the amount wagered on Meadowlands races both live in the building and on the exported signal is $73,429,590 against $56,969,899 over the first quarter of 2018.   Further broken down, the handle increase in the live on track is at 15% while the exported signal is 30% higher than last year.   "We believe that the purse subsidy has had the positive effect on handle that we expected. Hopefully the positive momentum we have established will continue as we enter the next phase of the racing season with the younger horses coming back followed closely by the Grand Circuit stakes season," said Meadowlands Chairman and CEO Jeff Gural.   Nick Salvi

  Del Ray Beach, FL - Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Center in Delray Beach, FL will hold qualifying races on Friday (April 5) at 11 a.m.   Horses may be entered via online entry until 10 a.m. on Thursday (April 4).   The condition sheet is available here.   To use online entry, trainers will need to add Sunshine Meadows to their list of tracks.   The track abbreviation is SSM and they can be searched in the Maintenance tab of online entry in "Search by fair" option. Horses must have electronic eligibility activated for the entry to be accepted. There will be a charge of $100 per horse to cover the cost.     Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is announcing a series of races for Open pacers and trotters, designed to provide races on those weeks where there are no stakes for the older horses. There is no advance nomination payment required but there will be a one time entry fee of $500 that is payable only in the first leg in which the horse competes with no fee for subsequent starts. The series will cover each gait and sex and the top point earners will race for an estimated purse of $60,000 in each final. A minimum number of starters may be required for these races to fill.   Here's the schedule:   OPEN PACE (Golden Receiver) Saturday, April 27 Purse $30,000 Saturday, May 11 Purse $35,000 Friday, June 14 Purse $40,000 Saturday, July 27 Final $60,000e   OPEN TROT (Mr Muscleman) Saturday, April 27 Purse $30,000 Saturday, May 18 Purse $35,000 Friday, June 14 Purse $40,000 Saturday, July 6 Purse $40,000 Saturday, July 20 Final $60,000e   OPEN MARE PACE (Rainbow Blue) Saturday, April 27 Purse $30,000 Saturday, May 18 Purse $35,000 Friday, June 21 Purse $40,000 Friday, June 28 Final $60,000e   OPEN MARE TROT (Bee A Magician) Saturday, April 27 Purse $30,000   Friday, May 31 Purse $35,000 Friday, June 28 Purse $40,000 Saturday, July 27 Final $60,000e   Also, there will also be 4-year-old Opens written as prep races for the Graduate Series the last two weeks of April. Finally with both of the series written for 3-year-old filly trotters and pacers having been cancelled, there will be a short overnight series written for Non Winners of 2 PM races that will have $15,000 legs on April 13 & 20 then a $30,000 final on April 26 or 27. This also may require enough entries to fill a minimum of two divisions to be raced. There will be no fee for these races.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - On the next condition sheet covering March 29-30, The Meadowlands will again significantly increase the purses for overnight harness racing, boosting the average to nearly $200,000 per card.   Another benefit resulting from disbursement of the purse supplement is that all starters will now get a check for racing at The Meadowlands.   Recognizing that traveling to compete at The Big M comes at a cost, the owners of horses finishing back of fifth will now receive 1% of the purse to help defray that expense.   That amount will come off the top of the total purse for each race with the balance then paid out in the standard percentages.       NIck Salvi  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands has totaled up the number of nominations for the April Late Closing 3-year-old series' and both the filly trot and pace divisions, the "Shake It Cerry" and "Worldly Beauty" will be cancelled due to lack of entries.   The colt & gelding trot and pace titled the "Walner" and "Wiggle It Jiggleit" will be raced as scheduled beginning Friday, April 5.   Refunds will be made to the nominator for the filly divisions.   The lists of nominees will be posted on the web.   Call the racing office at 201-842-5130 with questions.     Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - With stakes payments for this season's Grand Circuit events currently being accepted, The Meadowlands advises those harness racing owners who are nominating horses to these races to be aware that the stakes conditions contain language requiring the nominated horse(s) be in the stable of an approved trainer by the date listed in those conditions.   Please contact the Racing Office at 877-782-2537 with questions.   The Articles that address trainer requirements are below;   Disputes: All owners, trainers and drivers of horses nominated to this event must be accepted to participate at the Host Track or the nomination/entry may be denied without refund of previous payments. Any change of trainers made fewer than 30 days or within four starts of the date of this race will be reviewed by the sponsor and if not accepted, may result in refusal of entry. Sponsors reserve the right to amend conditions as deemed necessary without liability.   Rules: A minimum of seven (7) separate interests may be required in any event or the event may be cancelled. All starters are subject to the detention policy of the Host Track. The rules of the Host Track and its state Racing Commission along with the USTA shall govern unless otherwise specified in these conditions. These races are subject to the Stallion Restriction Condition (SRC) see Meadowlands website for details.   Any horse nominated to any Meadowlands stakes/event must be in the care of an approved trainer by April 15, 2019 for any stake/event raced during the month of May and by May 15 for all other 2019 stakes/events.   In addition, any owner who participates in a Meadowlands Stake or Early Closing event (with added money greater than $25,000) with a trainer who has an outstanding Class 1, Class 2 or TC02 positive test having occurred on or after January 1, 2019 and under appeal in any jurisdiction will be declared ineligible to participate in any Meadowlands Stake or Early Closing event for 12 months following the conviction if such trainer is subsequently found guilty relating to the Class 1, Class 2 or TC02 positive test.   Nominator also agrees that any horse paid into any Meadowlands stake/event may be required to be stabled for up to 14 days at an approved facility within a 150 mile radius of The Meadowlands or the Tioga or Vernon Downs stable area or an approved facility in a state that agrees to cooperate in an out of competition testing protocol by the date set by The Meadowlands for that stake/event for the purpose of out of competition testing.   Failure to comply with these conditions may result in any agreement created by the acceptance of any stakes payment to be declared void at the discretion of The Meadowlands rendering the horse(s) in question ineligible to race in those stakes/events with no liability to The Meadowlands and no assurance of a refund of payments previously made to the stake/event in question.   A nomination to these events is an agreement to the above terms and conditions.   Nick Salvi          

East Rutherford, NJ - The number of 3-year-olds sustained to The Meadowlands' signature stake, the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, increased by more than 50% in 2019 with 63 making the February payment as opposed to 40 last year.   Among those seeking the coveted trophy are the Dan Patch award winning freshman colt Captain Crunch who heads up a talented returning crop that includes open stakes winners Captain Ahab and Workin On A Mystery along with New York and Pennsylvania sires stakes champs Reigning Deo and Proof respectively. The connections of top regional colts Bronx Seelster (Ontario) and Melodie's Major (New York) have made the $7,500 February supplemental payment to gain eligibility to the "Pace".   The Mistletoe Shalee also saw a solid forward move from 35 in 2018 to 47 this year with the Dan Patch Award winning freshman filly star Warrawee Ubeaut, the fastest 2-year-old in harness racing history regardless of sex, and She's A Great Lady/ O'Brien Award winner Tall Drink Hanover cast as the leading ladies.   Both of these marquee stakes are part of the "Greatest Party In Harness Racing" on Pace night, Saturday, July 13.   Pace trophy table      - Lisa Photo   Overall there was a slight uptick in the total number paid into Meadowlands Grand Circuit stakes year over year. The list of nominees for all stakes is available on the web.     NIck Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - Scott Warren has been named Racing Secretary at The Meadowlands beginning March 1, succeeding Peter Koch who departs to pursue another opportunity.   Mr. Warren hails from Berlin, Maryland where he began working in the Racing Office at Ocean Downs as a teen. This venture led to a 17 year stint on the Maryland Standardbred circuit; first as a Race Office Assistant followed by track announcer at the aforementioned establishment prior to taking over as Racing Secretary at Rosecroft Raceway. He relocated his skill sets to Vernon Downs to serve as the Racing Secretary in 2011 and was eventually named Director of Racing handling many racing related responsibilities including calling the races since the 2015 season. During his new assignment with Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Warren will continue serving as the race secretary at Vernon Downs. Scott has been in the Meadowlands office since January 1, working with Pete Koch to become familiar with the horsemen and the racing product. "I would like to thank Jeff Gural and Jason Settlemoir for giving me this opportunity to work at The Meadowlands. It is a dream come true," said Warren. "There are numerous people that have been influential along the way, but this wouldn't be happening now if it wasn't for Rick Bonekemper giving me the chance as a teenager for a couple summer meets at Ocean Downs and bringing me along to Rosecroft in 1995 and Jason Settlemoir for hiring me at Vernon Downs, which ultimately has given me the opportunity now to work at the biggest track in harness racing." "It also wouldn't be possible to take on this position without the talented supporting cast I will work with over the course of the year in the Meadowlands Racing office. It is an exciting time right now at The Meadowlands with the increased money for purses that will hopefully make racing even better than it already is."   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - As a result of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signing Senate Bill 2992 (containing the horse racing purse supplement) into law yesterday, The Meadowlands will raise overnight harness racing purses by $40,000 per card beginning the first weekend in March, then institute another $40,000 nightly increase the first weekend of April.   While it is a great help to be able to offer purses competitive with other tracks in the region, it is vitally important that horsemen support The Meadowlands with their entries as we must demonstrate improvement in the product to NJ legislators.   The continuation of the purse subsidy is contingent on their satisfaction that these monies are being well allocated to the horse racing industry in the Garden State.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - In response to Tuesday's announcement regarding the cancellation of the Governor's Cup and Three Diamonds stakes, several of last year's contributing sponsors have indicated that they would renew their support for the 2019 harness racing season.   As a result and with the February 15 deadline looming, The Meadowlands will accept nomination payments on those stakes while continuing to seek sponsorships. A decision on the fate of the stakes will then be made by early March.   The unfortunate truth is that the entire stakes sponsorship program is down significantly from 2018 and the purse supplement granted by the NJ Legislature does not allocate any funds for the Grand Circuit stakes.   The Meadowlands welcomes those who may be interested in becoming stakes sponsors for 2019. Please contact Vice President of Sponsorships Sales Jason Hall who may be reached via email at JHall@TiogaDowns.com or by phone at 607-972-6526 .   In the interest of clarity as to the distribution of the allocation and the measures that will be used to determine if the subsidy will be continued beyond the current fiscal year, NJ Senate Bill 2992 is available in its entirety from this link: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/S3000/2992_R2.HTM   The language directing the use of the supplement is clear;   "There shall be appropriated out of the General Fund of the State in the current fiscal year 2019 and in each of the four fiscal years thereafter $20,000,000 annually to the New Jersey Racing Commission to be used for horse racing purse subsidies. These amounts shall be allocated by the New Jersey Racing Commission equally between the thoroughbred industry and the standardbred industry. Of the funds allocated to the thoroughbred industry, 100 percent shall be allocated to Monmouth Park overnight purses. Of the funds allocated to the standardbred industry, 60 percent shall be allocated to Meadowlands overnight purses; 16 percent to Freehold overnight purses; 12 percent to the New Jersey Sire Stakes purses; 6 percent to purse bonuses for New Jersey sired horses; and 6 percent for breeders awards purses." by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

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