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East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands resumes live harness racing on Friday, January 12 with a Pick-5 Guaranteed Pool of $125,000 the evening's headline.   Nobody picked five back on Saturday, December 30, the most recently raced card what with the cancellation of last weekends races. The resulting carryover of $28,786 led to the hefty guarantee which is backed by The Meadowlands in concert with the United States Trotting Association Strategic Wagering. The wager begins in race 3, has a fifty cent minimum and a 15% retention rate.   On the racetrack, a healthy response in the entry box has again resulted in maximum field size with ten participants in each and every race. This development has resulted in even larger pools thus a very positive effect on the handle for the past few race cards.   The races themselves represent something for everyone, of an interesting fusion of conditioned races brimming with veterans along with a few field of younger types competing in lifetime wins & money classes as they seek their level.   There are more than a few horses on Friday's card that have been consigned to the Tattersalls January Mixed Sale that will be held on Monday, January 15 in The Meadowlands paddock. Information on the sale may be found on their website.   Program pages for the Pick 5 and other guaranteed bets are available for free and our experts have been tirelessly sorting through the fields in search of winners for you, our faithful horse playing fan.   Dine in Pink to make the experience all that it can be.   Post time is 6:35 pm. Nick Salvi  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is introducing a slate of Late Closers for the 2018 harness racing season. All are written with two legs and a final.   The first cluster will be raced in April and is for horses of all ages with separate events for pacing horses and mares that were Non Winners of 6 Extended P.M. or Non Winners of $125,000 in 2017. The trotters will combine the sexes with the condition being for Non Winners of 6 (F&M 8) Extended P.M. or Non Winners of $125,000 (F&M $150,000) in 2017 The added money for each is $40,000 and the estimated final purse is $50,000. The conditions for these are through and including December 31, 2017 and a nomination payment of $500 is due by February 15 for this first group.   The second group of closers will be raced through the month of May and are restricted to 3-year-olds with a separate division dedicated to each gait and sex. The conditions for those events read; Non Winners of 2 Extended P.M. Races Lifetime or $25,000 Lifetime (Winners of Over $75,000 Lifetime are ineligible). Be aware that to help accommodate those horses that may have won second-tier state bred stakes at age two, a clause that states "State Bred Wins for $10,000 or Less First Money Not Considered on Wins" has been included in the conditions. These finals are at $30,000 added, estimated to be $40,000. The conditions are through and including March 15 and the $500 nomination deadline is the same date.   Questions should be directed to Meadowlands Race Secretary Peter Koch at (201) 842-5130.   Nick Salvi  

East Rutherford, NJ - Another great 14 race betting card is in store for fans of Meadowlands harness racing on Saturday night. The past two weeks have seen a strong surge in interest in the races and in turn handle has followed with a significant upward trend.   The Survivor Pick 10 wager is thriving with another horseplayer chasing in to the tune of nearly $15,000 on Thursday while the horizontal wager guarantees are drawing big play and the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 carry-over pool has continued to build to over $57,000 into Friday's card.   On Saturday the top trotters currently in harness open the card with a well matched field of seven set to go in a $20,000 Preferred trot.   Local stalwarts Rock Of Cashel (Corey Callahan) and Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller) are both in good form after a fall freshening and will start from handicapped outside post positions. Stirling Cadet (Greg Merton) and Cash Me Out (Billy Dobson) are in from Saratoga where they were among the best trotters at the Spa late in the season. Elusium Lindy (Brett Miller) won in a career best 1:54 last week at The M and is 2 for 2 since joining the Burke barn. The accomplished pair of Iron Mine Bucky (Marcus Miller) and Muscles On Fire (Jim Marohn, Jr) complete the field in the feature.   The Meadowlands is still giving away money to those that sign up for the "Win Your Share" promotion and free programs for a few of the wagers are yours for a click. Post time remains 6:35.   Nick Salvi      

East Rutherford, NJ - On Thursday night at The Meadowlands an even 100 horses will populate the 10 contests offered on the live harness racing card.   Seven various classes of pacers combined with three trotting races, two of which represent this week's GSY Driving Club events, will present a full slate of pari-mutuel puzzles to the Meadowlands faithful.   New Jersey horseman John Calabrese has enjoyed success in the GSY series with Keenan and Wild Smile from his own barn and he picks up a live catch drive on Thursday in Sweet Justice for trainer Bruce Saunders. Sweet Justice has been a good horse for a long time for Saunders and owner SBK Stable with nearly a half million dollars earned over his career. He's been facing solid fields at Harrah's Philly lately and although the "A" competition is fierce, the old boy should match up pretty well against them with Calabrese calling the shots from post 8 in the third race.   The big wagering attraction on Thursday will be the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 carry over pool which is now in excess of $53,000.   Check it all out on the web and remember post time is 6:35 p.m.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday night at The Meadowlands brings with it another value laden 14 race harness racing extravaganza beginning at the new early post time of 6:35 p.m.   The overall quality is high, thirteen solid fields of journeyman pacers and one real good group of trotters compose the card with the featured sixth race a $20,000 Preferred pace.   Oddsmaker Dave Brower has tabbed a pair of Delaware shippers as the top two choices on his morning line for the sixth.   Sweet Rock just makes money and has always done well at The Meadowlands, his personal career highlight a win in the 2014 NJ Classic at odds of 92-1. Since then he's made a solid living in the upper classes for trainer Wayne Givens who owns him as Legacy Racing along with fellow Delawareans Reginald Hazzard II and Gary Calloway. Brett Miller, who was aboard for that NJ Classic win, has the drive from post four.   Soto is another money maker shipping up from Dover for trainer Eric Ell and 2017 has been his best season to date, earning more than $200,000 for owners Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar, Jr and Steve Iaquinta. Soto had good success against top competition in the Levy series and just missed a new 1:49.2 record by a mere head in his last, falling but a head short of Christen Me N who had his way with this class last week. The "Red-Hot" Jimmy Marohn, Jr has the assignment from post seven.   There are plenty of ways to win on Saturday with Pick 4 and Pick 5 guarantees, the Survivor bet and a healthy Jackpot Hi 5 carry-over that will be in excess of $50,000, providing it survives Friday's assault.   Make a reservation in Pink to dine while playing the horses. Get free program pages to help sort out the big bets. Then come get the money!   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - The upcoming weekend at The Meadowlands is shaping up to be a cornucopia of delights for horseplayers and fans alike. With a dearth of harness racing opportunities in the region over the Christmas holiday the Racing Office staff found an embarassment of riches in the form of declarations awaiting them when they came to work on Tuesday morning.   The volume of entries and reduced options for horsemen to get their horses raced compelled management to call an audible on the number of races and the post time for Friday and Saturday's live race cards. Both nights were expanded to 14 races and the first race post time backed up to 6:35 p.m. which will continue theoughout the winter meet.   There have also been changes made to the wagering menu which may be viewed with details available in an earlier release.   The beauty part is that every single one of the 28 races over the coming weekend drew to a full field of 10 horses. That detail harkens back to the days of yore when winter racing at The Meadowlands was the most anticipated wagering opportunity of the year for standardbred players.   On the racetrack the Friday evening twin features are a pair of $11,500 condition races, one for trotters and the other for mare pacers.   In the seventh race trot, Quick Deal (PP #1 Jimmy Marohn, Jr) and Watkins (PP #5 Brett Miller) hook up again after last week's 1-2 finish. Post position advantage goes to Quick Del this time after Miller and Watkins tracked that one throughout for a perfect pocket ride last week, capitalizing on their inside draw for the win.   The pacing mares in race eight are a diverse group with the contestants coming in from everywhere including Neon Sky N (PP #3 Anthony Napolitano) all the way from Australia and making here very first start state-side off a good Meadowlands qualifier. Cousin Mary (PP #8 Brett Miller) is wrapping up a stellar 2017 campaign and comes in off a win against weaker.   The weather is to be unseasonably warm and the action downright hot at The Meadowlands this weekend. It's a prime opportunity to recover from holiday spending and fatten up those recently depleted pockets.   Free program pages for selected wagers are available as always.   Remember, post time on Friday and Saturday will be 6:35 p.m.   Nick Salvi          

East Rutherford, NJ - With virtually all other racetracks in the Northeast out of action, The Meadowlands will see an unusually deep entry box over the next few weeks as evidenced by the ten overflow fields on the Thursday night harness racing card. Though the Thursday program was originally slated to consist of nine races, the number of horses entered and the lack of options for them to get raced resulted in the addition of a tenth race with a big box expected for the weekend.   Featured on Thursday is the $12,500 final of the Starter Allowance "Race for the G-Notes" for pacers as race six. Espirit De Kayjay A shows nothing but wins in his past performance and will be the heavy favorite to sweep the series from post five for driver Andy Miller. The competition is led by May I Cruise West (PP #9 Brett Miller) and Walks Of Life (PP #3 Eric Abbatiello) who each took a preliminary leg as well.   The wagering attractions on Thursday are the Survivor Pick 10 with the guaranteed $10,000 pool and the last race Super Hi-5 Jackpot carry-over pool continues to build and is now at $43,831. Get an early start on the handicapping with free program pages.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi    

East Rutherford, NJ - The Saturday harness racing card at The Meadowlands indicates that winter racing will provide the wagering product horseplayers have embraced for years. The higher purse races have been stacked on Saturday and the result is a rock solid offering from start to finish.   The evening begins with the popular new Survivor Pick 10 (races 1-10 $10,000 guarantee) and the opening leg is a conditioned pace that contains but six horses but the quality is high and the abilities of the six quite even.   Spanning the card are the variety of guaranteed pool horizontal wagers including the Pick 5 (races 2-6 $25,000 guarantee), Early Pick 4 (races 4-7 $25,000 guarantee) and Late Pick 4 (races 8-11 $50,000 guarantee) with the last race vertical Super Hi-5 Jackpot carry over approaching $40,000 into Friday's card.   On the racetrack the Saturday night feature is the seventh race, a $20,000 Preferred pace where the highly regarded import Christen Me N comes in on a hot streak and has been installed as the 2-1 morning line choice.   A career winner of over $2 million, Christen Me N has been carefully managed state-side by trainer Jim King, Jr since arriving on these shores from his native New Zealand this spring. He made two Meadowlands starts earlier this season, both solid sub 1:50 efforts with 25 and change final quarters against top quality competition, an indication he will relish the mile oval.   Tim Tetrick is in for the card and will drive Christen Me N from his handicapped post 7 for owner Richard Poillucci on Saturday.   Dave Brower Race Reviews and free program pages for a few of the more popular wagers are available on The Meadowlands website.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands puts up eleven live races on Friday with harness racing twin-features coming up as races 6 and 7, full and competitive fields of trotters and pacing mares each for a purse of $11,000.   Patti and Rob Harmon do a lot of racing at The Meadowlands through the winter months, on Friday they bring no fewer than eight horses to race including a pair that go as an uncoupled entry in the sixth race.   Quick Deal is one of those and has been tabbed as the morning line favorite for the race. The speedy but erratic nine-year-old has been to the mountain top earlier in his career with a fast 1:51.4 record and $400,000 in the bank. He faced the top trotters in the game during his most productive years but breaks, particularly at the gate, have been his undoing on many occasions. Owners Our Horse Cents Stable and Rossie Smith have had Quick Deal in several top barns trying to unlock the mystery behind his self destructive tendencies and thus far the Harmon experiment has gone well.   In last week's race Jim Marohn, Jr settled Quick Deal into the pocket until the stretch and when called upon the old horse had plenty to get the 1:55.1 score. The pair had drawn post six and move up a class on Friday but if he's on his game Quick Deal appears to be the one to beat.   The usual array of dining options are available to you should you choose to attend live and if not free program pages and a plethora of guaranteed pools await your remote wagering dollars.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   NO NEED TO BE A BIG FISH TO SWIM IN BIG M PICK 10 POOL If you think you have to bet big or be part of a syndicate to rake the pot in the Meadowlands' new 20 Cent Survivor Pick 10 wager, you've got it all wrong. The early returns are in on the Big M's challenging new bet, and not only is it popular, but the results prove that a small player can hit a nice ticket if they can survive and advance. “Thus far (through nine days),” said Meadowlands chief operating officer and general manager Jason Settlemoir. “The average winning ticket paid $6,552 with an average ticket cost of $80.82. One of our sharp patrons hit a winning ticket when he or she invested only 80 cents.” The wager calls for a handicapper to select the winner of the first race. If they do that, they advance to the second. Then the third, and so on until no "survivor" remains, with that patron or patrons taking home the cash. Those looking to jump into the Pick 10 pool when racing resumes tonight have one less race to worry about as the nine-race program – as well as the Survivor Pick 9 – gets underway at 7:15 p.m. Through the end of December, the Big M will race Thursday through Saturday. Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi  

East Rutherford, NJ - Live harness racing returns to The Meadowlands on Thursday with a nine race offering set to begin at 7:15 p.m.   The program features full fields including two divisions of the popular GSY Driving Club events and a carry-over of more than $35,000 in the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 wager.   Racing Secretary Pete Koch has taken a page from the Thoroughbred condition book and written a short Starter Allowance series. The second of two preliminary legs goes on Thursday where twenty-two declarations resulted in a pair of eleven horse fields with returning winners Esprit De Kayjay A and May I Cruise West among the entrants.   Access expert selections and free program pages from The Meadowlands website.   The Meadowlands will race live Thursday through Saturday for the balance of December with post time set for 7:15 p.m. each card.   Nick Salvi

The Meadowlands has a couple of good reasons to take a hard look at Friday's harness racing card with a $17,117.45 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 2-6) that will likely result in an inflated pool with takeout negated to around $115,000. It is a fifty cent base wager.   Another attraction is the last race 20 cent Super Jackpot Hi 5 with the jackpot pool now over $30,000.   You may access free program pages for these wagers compliments of The Meadowlands and Trackmaster.   Saturday Night at The Meadowlands   The Meadowlands' Saturday night card offers a dozen pari-mutuel puzzlers for those horseplayers questing for value. The fields are solid in size and quality with the better classes for pacers and trotters alike being concentrated on the Saturday card.   Jody Reidel's Can Do is a contender in the fifth race $13,000 conditioned trot. Can Do has been in Jody's barn for some time now and the 8-year-old shows up pretty much every week to do his work. In 39 starts this season Can Do has won 7 and been on the board in 21 of them for earnings of $83,325 and only recently crept past the half million dollar mark in career earnings. He'll begin from post four on Friday with Anthony Napolitano in the sulky.   Always At My Place (PP #4) will look to repeat in the pacing feature for the top trainer/driver team of Ron Burke and Yannick Gingras in the $17,500 third race. Gingras floated Always At My Place from the gate, ground to the front past a 26.4 opening quarter then set an honest pace using a 27.3 close to hold Art History at bay in 1:50.4. Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura share ownership of the career winner of more than $750,000.   Pink offers a delightful buffet and a grand view of the racing action for the hungry handicapper.   Post time is 7:15 p.m. on both nights.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - Friday night at The Meadowlands brings eleven overnight races led by the $17,500 final of the popular "Dash for the G-Note" short series. That race comes up as the seventh on the harness racing card, kicking off the $50,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 Pool.   Ron Burke sends three entries out in pursuit of the top prize including ten-year-old class-master Ideal Matters, a recent addition to the barn. Ideal Matters (PP #9) has raced the best around the East coast for the past few seasons then finally found the claimers a few weeks ago and eventually was transferred via a private purchase.   The fresh surroundings apparently agreed with him (a perfect trip from driver Anthony Napolitano certainly didn't hurt) as he dashed from the pocket to wear down 1-5 race favorite Kotare Yael N for a comfortable win with something left.   Ideal Matters now races in the Burke stable colors for the interests of the trainer as Burke Racing, LLC in partnership with Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and Napolitano retains the drive on Friday.   Moonlight Ransom collected his first win of the 2017 season in last week's elim and has drawn well, starting from post three on Friday. Moonlight has shown steady improvement since joining the Jenn Bongiorno stable for owner Michael Singer and is poised to contend for driver Simon Allard.   Justified is the third horse returning off a win last week for trainer-driver Eric Abbatiello. Another "War-Horse" the nine-year-old winner of nearly a third million dollars went the fastest mile in the elims when he crossed the wire in 1:52.2. He races in the familiar colors of The Red Man Stable.   Promotions-wise The Meadowlands is in holiday mode with the direction being cash for the giving season. Friday it's that old chestnut "Money Machine Fever", a true fan favorite, that is not to be missed.   The fun starts at 7:15 p.m.   There will be a Pick Five carryover at the Meadowlands Friday for the second straight week. $17,117.45 will be added to the pool tomorrow that covers Races 2-6. It carries a 50-cent base wager and a low 15-percent takeout rate. Free pps for Friday’s Pick 5 can be found here - http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/Handicapping/Past_Performances/Dec8Pick5Carryover.pdf In other Meadowlands wagering news the Early Pick 4 (Races 3-6) returned $10,625.    Nick Salvi    

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands goes live this Thursday and will present live harness racing three days per week, Thursday through Saturday, for the balance of December 2017.   This Thursday night's offering is a nine race program composed of full fields with the usual guarantees on horizontal wagers including the popular new Survivor wager which of course becomes a nine race bet for this card. The last race Jackpot Hi 5 carry-over is still growing with $28,871 now in the pool.   A pair of GSY Driving Club races are on the menu in races one and five populated by many of the usual suspects in the amateur ranks. The fields are large and even with the horse quality at a high level, promising interesting competition for the club races.   Handicapping aids like Dave Brower's Race Reviews and Ken Warkentin's selections are available plus free program pages for a few of the bets.   Live racing follows a Thursday -Friday - Saturday schedule until the new year. Post time each night is 7:15 pm.   The live dates for 2018 are available here.   Nick Salvi          

East Rutherford, NJ - Good field size, competitive races and top harness racing drivers highlight the Saturday offering at The Meadowlands along with the standard menu of guaranteed exotic wagers and delightful dining options in Pink.   The Saturday night feature comes in race seven where eight solid pacers vie for a purse of $17,500 in a conditioned event.   Ron Burke sends a duo of accomplished veterans out as a coupled entry with Always At My Place and Speed Again representing the top barn in racing.   Always At My Place is only recently removed from winning the Open class at Yonkers twice in late October. The 2017 winner of over $173,000 has won 9 of 28 seasonal starts for trainer Burke as Burke Racing along with partners Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura. Yannick Gingras will drive from post six on Saturday.   Speed Again has been around forever and may have last a step or two at age eight but recently eclipsed the $1 million mark in career earnings. He races for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stables with Corey Callahan aboard from post seven.   There is a qualifier for the World Harness Handicapping Contest (WHHC) sponsored by Derby Wars on Saturday with two seats in the big final up for grabs.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi    

East Rutherford, NJ - With stakes racing concluded for 2017 the Winter Meet kicks off at The Meadowlands on Friday evening with an 11 race overnight harness racing card and a dozen more on tap for Saturday.   Friday's offering features optimum field size and competitive groups. With the recent closing of Pocono and Plainridge there are horses and drivers coming from every direction making for some real pari-mutuel puzzlers.   Among the drivers on the Friday card is Anthony Napolitano who took the crown as leading driver of the 2016 Winter-Spring meet in his first extended stay at The Meadowlands. Anthony put together an impressive run, enjoying remarkable success over the mile oval without the benefit of a top barn to drive for. As a result he became a favorite of the longshot player by bringing in an inordinate number of winners at long odds.   Misfortune struck soon after that accomplishment was realized when Anthony sustained a serious injury to his back in a racing accident at Pocono at the end of May keeping him out of the sulky for two months and compromising his season.   A winner of nearly 2,500 races in a career that began in 2001, Anthony recovered gradually and put together another solid season at Pocono in 2017 and has over $2.4 million on his card in 2017.   On Friday Napolitano picked up drives in 10 of the 11 races, including a couple for perennial leading trainer Ron Burke which can only help his quest to resume Big M success.   Another live steer is on Lauderdale in the featured seventh race trot who Napolitano steered to a career best 1:53.1 win this spring for trainer Jonas Czernyson. The strapping seven-year-old career winner of over $400,000 is getting class relief and has drawn post nine on Friday for owner Millstream Farms.   All of the Meadowlands signature guaranteed wagers are in place for Friday including the Survivor Pick 10, Pick 5 and pair of Pick 4's and the 11th race Jackpot Hi 5 carry-over pool is up to nearly $25,000.   Program pages for some exotics and Dave Brower's race reviews are available at no cost via The Meadowlands website.   Post Time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi    

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday night at The Meadowlands is the penultimate stop on the 2017 Grand Circuit with over $2.6 million in purses distributed over the finals of the TVG Series for older horses and the Freshman Fall Final Four. The harness racing stars of the season will align over the eight races to make their case for divisional honors.   Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras) has the $175,000 TVG Mare Trot to use as a final push for Horse Of The Year honors with her top two rivals, Ariana G and Manchego, already in the clubhouse. She'll face the late season sensation Emoticon Hanover (Dan Dube) who has seared through the second half of the season in the mare division while Hannelore raced open competition.   What The Hill (David Miller) accepted an invitation to race in the $350,000 TVG Open final as the sophomore Breeders Crown champ. A win against older would likely advance his position for the Dan Patch trophy for that division.   Ron Burke trains Hannelore Hanover and What The Hill for his own interests as Burke Racing and J&T Silva on both. Weaver Bruscemi and Frank Baldachino are partners on the Hannelore while Our Horse Cents Stable and Deo Volente Farms hold shares in What The Hill.   Youaremycandygirl could cement the pacing filly title for Burke, Gingras and owner Bill Donovan with a win in the $381,200 Three Diamonds stake while Stay Hungry could do the same in the colt pace for owners Brad Grant and Irwin Samelman, trainer Tony Alagna and driver Doug McNair in the $411,700 Governors Cup.   The freshman colt trot leader is still unclear with several contenders to battle in the $464,650 Valley Victory. Fashionwoodchopper (D. Miller) is the PASS champ and won both weeks at The Red Mile for Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms, Wolfgang (Gingras) nipped Takter stable-mate Sam Different Day in the Matron for owners Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Stable and Fair Island Farm while Fourth Dimension (Brian Sears) won last week's elim and is the likely favorite for owner Courant, Inc.   The filly trot is a wide open affair, but the unbeaten Manchego wrapped up divisional honors early. Ake Svanstedt and Blue Chip Bloodstock's Plunge Blue Chip was vicious in the elimination and is the filly to beat in the $420,750 Goldsmith Maid.   The older pacers are still a puzzle and the contenders are assembled for the $350,000 TVG Pacing final. McWicked was just that in a qualifier last Saturday, dragging Brian Sears around the oval in 1:48.4 for Casie Coleman and owner SSG Stable and will take some beating here.   The pacing mares are just as competitive, Pure Country (Mark MacDonald) could probably wrap divisional honors with a win here following her Breeders Crown success for Takter and Diamond Creek Racing.   Make your reservations for the big night in Pink, the track's terraced dining room at the track.   Post time is 7:15 p.m..   Nick Salvi

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