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East Rutherford, NJ - The first leg of the Graduate series for four-year-old trotters, a Grand Circuit stake, highlights an intriguing twelve race harness racing extravaganza on Saturday at The Meadowlands.   A full field of ten talented trotters are set to contest the $75,000 first of three preliminary legs. Leg two is scheduled for June 3 at Mohawk and leg three at Tioga Downs on June 11 leading to the $250,000e final on July 8, also at The Meadowlands.   Dayson has drawn the rail and the favorites role in Saturday's race, his third seasonal start following a pair of fourth place finishes in overnight preps. The winner of two thirds of his career starts and over $665,000 took his 1:51.2 career mark in the Townsend Ackerman stake over the Meadowlands mile last summer. He will race with Lasix for the first time on Saturday. Ron Burke trains Dayson for his own interest as Burke Racing along with partners Our Horse Cents, J&T Silva and Rossie Smith. Yannick Gingras will drive.   The competition is led by double Dan Patch award winner Broadway Donna (Dave Miller) representing the fairer sex, last year's PASS champ Cufflink Hanover (Andy Miller) and Yonkers invader Taco Tuesday (Jason Bartlett). It should be an interesting race.   The supporting card is strong with full and competitive fields the order of the day.   Saturday is Preakness Day so the action will be hot and heavy all day long with the gates opening at 9:30 a.m.   Nick Salvi  

East Rutherford, NJ - Friday, May 19 marks the start of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) at The Meadowlands with a total of six $20,000 divisions for harness racing sophomore trotters and pacers.   Trotting fillies open the card with Glitzy Gal the slight 2/1 choice in a competitive field of seven. She accomplished little last season in a handful of starts but has returned stronger and faster, winning in 1:56 in her most recent outing for trainer Nifty Norman. Dave Miller has the drive in Friday's race for owners David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Little E, LLC.   Last year's NJSS final and Dan Patch award winner Ariana G banked nearly three-quarters of a million dollars while winning all the majors for the Jimmy Takter barn. She's had a pair of qualifiers to prepare for her 2017 debut as the heavy favorite in the second division (race five). Yannick Gingras drives the homebred lass for Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.   The colts will battle it out in races three and eight, with Deacon Tony given the 9/5 edge in the first and considerably easier split. He's off to a good start on the campaign with a pair of wins thus far for trainer Ron Burke and owners Our Horse Cents, Deo Volente, TLP Stable and Silva Burroughs Stable. Gingras has the drive on Deacon Tony.   The second division contains the defending NJSS champ and Peter Haughton final winner in What The Hill. The Burke trainee was a 1:55.3 winner in his first start at age three for owners Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents, J&T Silva Stable and Deo Volente. Dave Miller is the driver.   Last year's top New Jersey freshman pacer Every Way Out is the prohibitive choice in the single division of the colt pace. He makes his seasonal debut on Friday for owners Taylor, Basen, Gold and Lazzaro. Dylan Davis is the trainer and Tim Tetrick the driver for Every Way Out.   Designated Drinker won the 2016 NJSS filly pace final for owner (in partnership with Triple C Stable), trainer and driver Chris Lems last year but is a 10/1 outsider in race ten.   The favorite's role falls to John Cancelliere's homebred Colorful Jasmine. She got a late start to her freshman campaign and missed last year's NJSS but has quickly caught up to the field and flashed god speed in her 2017 debut with an easy 1:54.1 score at Harrah's. Tom Cancelliere trains and Corey Callahan will drive Colorful Jasmine.   The menu in Pink features a Portuguese theme this Friday for $29.95.   Saturday is Preakness Day, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. The gates open at 9:30 a.m.   Friday's post time is 7:15 p.m. Nick Salvi  

East Rutherford, NJ - Fast class pacers open the Saturday, May 13 harness racing card at The Meadowlands as a field of six will contest the first of eleven races, an $18,000 conditioned pace.   Dealt A Winner (David Miller) has drawn the rail and been tabbed a slight 2-1 favorite as the 2015 Cane Pace in track and world record time makes his five-year-old debut.   Dealt A Winner endured a non-descript 2016, spent chasing Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit around the continent. Although his past performance includes an impressive streak of sub 1:50 miles, it is also populated with long odds and no chance trips.   With a pair of useful qualifiers under his belt to prepare, Dealt A Winner finds a friendly spot to embark on the new season for trainer Mark Silva and owner Jeff Snyder.   The competition in the opener is led by a pair of classy, million dollar winning veterans in Bettors Edge (Brett Miller) and Doctor Butch (John Campbell).   The horizontal wager guarantees are in place and you may download free program pages for the $50,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 for the weekend to get an early start on your selections.   An unfortunate forecast for Saturday's weather has forced the postponement of the Spring Beer Fest until June 10.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi        

East Rutherford, NJ - Another of last season's stars returns to racing when the multiple Dan Patch award winning mare Broadway Donna makes her debut in the sixth race trot at The Meadowlands.   After a somewhat slow start to her 2016 season, Broadway Donna ran the table last fall with a dominant sweep of the PA Sires Stakes, Kentucky Filly Futurity and Breeders Crown finals to secure year end honors.   She has won nearly $1.2 million thus far in her splendid career for owner/breeder Jules Siegel's Fashion Farm, trainer Jim Campbell and regular driver Dave Miller.   Coming in to the race off a pair of conditioning qualifiers behind the likes of Hannelore Hanover, Broadway Donna finds a pretty stout group against whom to launch her 2017 campaign. The competition is led by multiple 2016 Grand Circuit stakes winner Dayson, the razor sharp Opulent Yankee and a familiar foe from last season's stakes in Fad Finance.   Broadway Donna and Dayson are both eligible to the $1 million Graduate Series which kicks off next Saturday, May 20 at The Meadowlands.   Friday is Italian night in Pink with a delectable assortment of dishes on the buffet for you culinary delight.   With summer on the horizon, the various outdoor events are beginning to populate the weekends at The Meadowlands. This week it's the second annual Beerfest on Saturday.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - Derby Day harness racing qualifiers at The Meadowlands came an hour early at 9:00 on an overcast morning with an unusual wind at their backs in the homestretch and the temperature around 60 degrees.   The day opened with a powerful field of 3YO trotting colts that included last year's divisional champ, world record holder and winter book Hambletonian favorite Walner and he could not have looked better.   Driver Tim Tetrick took Walner back to fifth early on as Devious Man (Andy Miller) and King On The Hill (Jimmy Takter) took turns on the lead through fractions of 28.1, 56.3 and 1:25.4. Tetrick moved Walner to the outside into the final turn, picked up live cover from Long Tom (Marcus Melander) then fanned off that and stormed by to win by a couple under no encouragement while closing the 1:53.1 mile with his individual final quarter slightly better than the on the board 27.2.   Linda Toscano conditions the imposing son of Chapter Seven for Ken Jacobs.   Walner     The lightly raced Sweet Chap won race two for trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer, leading all the way in 1:57.3 / 28.1 over a closing Brown Bear (Brian Sears) and Eastern Promise (John Campbell).   The royally bred $230,000 yearling purchase That's All Moni won her second qualifier in 1:56.1. Trainer Jimmy Takter did the driving today and settled the filly just off the lead then trotted a 28 last quarter to hold off stablemate Feed Your Head (Yannick Gingras) who finished strong. Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld share ownership of the Cantab Hall three-quarter sister to the mythical Snow White.   That's All Moni     The parade of stars continued with Ariana G's (Gingras) impressive 1:55.1 / 27.2 win. Yannick drove Ariana G into an early seat Caviart Wonder (Andy McCarthy) led through a 58.2 half then set her rolling around the turn to a clear lead and she widened as she pleased to the wire. Caviart Wonder and Hillarmbro (Smedshammer) followed her in.   Ariana G     Last year's PASS 3YO colt trotting Cufflink Hanover continued on the course to his four-year-old season with a winning 1:55.2 effort for Andy Miller. He led all the way and held of the close of Jewel's In Hock (Campbell) within himself.   New York bred sophomore filly pacer Robin J (Campbell) was a winner at second asking for the Toscano / Jacobs connection, sitting just off the pace then charging by on her own for Campbell to win in 1:54.4 / 27.1. Awash (Gingras) and Queen To Me were next in behind the winner.   Toscano struck again with another NY stakes filly when World Apart (Andy Miller) tracked down She's Watching (Gingras) in the shadow of the wire to win in 1:54.2 the final quarter a wind aided 26.2. She's Watching gave a good account of herself in her first start since last July and Caviart Ally (McCarthy) was third.   Dealt A Winner (Brain Sears) won the last of the qualifiers in 1:53 with a 27 flat end to the mile. Rockeyed Optimist was a good second with a pair of 3YO's, Lindythefourteenth and Odds On Delray were next across the line.   It's an all-day affair at The Meadowlands with Derby festivities already under way and the Cutler Memorial and Graduate pace highlighting the live race card at 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - At long last, Grand Circuit harness racing returns to The Meadowlands on Saturday night. A dozen of the finest Free For All trotters on the continent are set to contest the $200,000 Arthur Cutler Memorial (TVG Series event) at a mile and one eighth.   Two $50,000 divisions of the Graduate Pace for four-year-olds play a supporting role.   The Cutler marks the first seasonal start for Resolve who took last year's edition on his way to a million dollar season for owner Hans Enggren and trainer driver Ake Svanstedt. Reslove also counted the $1 million International Trot and $480,000 Maple Leaf among his successes along with a second place finish in last year's Elitlopp.   It will be no easy task for Resolve to defend his title against the talented group who have cumulatively won over $9 million. World record holder JL Cruze (Corey Callahan) and the iron tough Crazy Wow (Yannick Gingras) stand chief among the competition in the bulky field.   The Cutler has been carded as race seven, the first leg of the $50,000 guaranteed pool Late Pick 4. You may download the past performance for that wager from The Meadowlands website.   A potential perk to the Cutler winner is an invitation to compete in the 2017 Elitlopp set for Sunday, May 29. The use of trotting hopples and Lasix is prohibited in that event.   Elitlopp officials have again arranged for a direct flight to Solvalla for those horses travelling across the Atlantic to compete in the that historic event. Horsemen are encouraged to contact The Meadowlands at (201) 842-5130 if they have interest in taking a horse to race in Sweden. There are a number of stakes offered on the Elitlopp undercard.   The $1 million Graduate Series opens with the first of three legs leading into the $250,000e final on July 8. Thirteen declarations were split into a pair of divisions which are scheduled as races four and six on Saturday.   The first division features Western Fame, Roll Away Joe and Sintra all of whom significant impact in various state-bred races last season.   Western Fame was second in the PASS final which parlayed into Grand Circuit success. He won his division of the first heat and was second in the Little Brown Jug final then copped a Bluegrass division in Lexington. Western Fame was a game winner over a pair of Graduate contenders in his first seasonal start last week here for driver Mark Mac Donald, trainer Jimmy Takter and owner Brittany Farms.   Roll Away Joe was the NYSS champ last season and won at The Meadowlands last week when paired with Yannick Gingras for the first time. Ron Burke trains for Howard Taylor, Steve Demeter and Tom Lazzaro.   Sintra spent most of last season chasing division leader Betting Line while banking over $200,000 for owners Brad Gray, Michale Guerriero and trainer Dave Menary as Menary Racing. He comes in off an impressive winning effort at Mohawk in his seasonal bow and gets Brett Miller to drive.   The second Graduate division may be a bit deeper in talent with all seven horses having earned six figures at three, led by million dollar winner Check Six (Gingras) who missed by just a nose to Western Fame in his seasonal debut last week for the Burke Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Switala & Martin.   There are a few interesting angle to consider, not the least of which is driver Tim Tetrick's decision to get off Boston Red Rocks, a horse he's driven to a million dollars in earnings for Missile J who had remarkable success facing older in the Levy series at Yonkers earlier this season.   Also, Brett Miller picks up the drive on Lyons Snyder which seems a natural pairing as they both enjoy going fast.   Saturday is of Kentucky Derby day and The Meadowlands is as good a place as there is to watch and wager on the big race in the metropolitan area. We start early with gates opening at 9:30 a.m. and go all day into the night with the live card starting at 7:15 p.m. Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - Friday night's harness racing feature at The Meadowlands has an intriguing mix of trotters racing for a purse of $18,000 in the evening's seventh race.   Odds maker Dave Brower has tabbed the venerable Market Share as the 2-1 choice as he makes his first start of the year over the track where he won the Hambletonian some five years ago. The career winner of over $3.7 million still competes at a high level and has been battling Open completion at Dover Downs while winning two of eight on the season. Driver Tim Tetrick remains loyal to his Hambo winner who will start from post three for trainer Linda Toscano and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stables and Bill Augustein.   The competition is led another accomplished veteran in Il Mago who has also done Dover duty lately and starts from post eight for Andy Miller. Dupree was a Grand Circuit stakes winner at two, a disappointment at three and launches his four-year-old campaign after a pair of decent qualifies following a short break for Brett Miller. Another interesting shipper is Truemass Volo, who was a factor on the tough PASS circuit last season and is making his local debut for Jeff Gregory.   Friday kicks off Kentucky Derby weekend, be reminded that the gates will open at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and there are contests a plenty and dining delights to be had on racing's greatest day.   Post time is 7:15 p.m. for the 10 race card.     Nick Salvi    

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is pleased to announce that the stake for harness racing older trotting mares formerly known as the Fresh Yankee shall be titled to memorialize long-time Grand Circuit "Veterinarian to the Stars" Dr. John R Steele beginning with the 2017 edition of the race.   Dr. Steele graduated from Cornell university in 1946. After leaving academia, developed a successful Standardbred practice in Vernon NY.   Dr. Steele travelled with the Grand Circuit for almost four decades providing veterinary service to many world champions a number of which were trained by Billy Haughton, Stanley Dancer, George Sholty, and Continental Farms.   He was acknowledged by his clients and peers as an astute lameness diagnostician who during the course of his career introduced many new and innovative therapies to the equine veterinary world.   Dr. Steele had a passion for trotters and even in his later years, rarely missed a Hambletonian.   John R Steele and Associates, the veterinary practice he founded and grew, is proud to sponsor, along with several veterinary pharmaceutical companies, the "Dr. John R. Steele Memorial" in his honor at The Meadowlands.   Regarding the race itself, in just two years of existence it has been won by a pair of great mares. European invader D'One made her presence known in the U.S. by winning the inaugural in 2015 while Hannelore Hanover captured last year's edition as part of her award winning season.   The 2017 purse is estimated to be $175,000.   Nominees to this and all Meadowlands stakes may be viewed on the website.   Nick Salvi      

East Rutherford, NJ - It's an exciting time of year in harness racing as the better horses are showing up at The Meadowlands on Saturday mornings to get some work in either training before or racing in qualifiers. Today's action came on what began as a lovely morning, the track was fast with temperatures in the mid 70's and a light crosswind at the 10 am post time but conditions deteriorated some along the way. Top rated sophomore colt and early favorite for the $750,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Huntsville was making his second public appearance this morning and was a 1:51.3 winner with a 27 final quarter into what became a significant headwind through the stretch. Tim Tetrick put Huntsville on the lead near the 55:4 half and the big fella handled it from there with Filibuster Hanover (Gingras) making a good stretch rally to be second. Resolve (Svanstedt) returned a 1:54.2/29.2 winner, tracking Side Bet Hanover (Corey Callahan) throughout then brushing by that stubborn rival late into what has become a considerable stretch head wind. It was a good prep in anticipation of Resolve's defense of his title in the upcoming Cutler Memorial for the 2016 International and Maple Leaf winner, trained by Svanstedt for Hans Enggren. Heels On Wheels opened the day a 1:57/27.4 winner going gate to wire in a filly trot for Yannick Gingras. Ron Burke trains and owns the NYSS winner with Crawford Farms Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. Last year's division leader Ariana G (Gingras) made her 2017 debut and was a closing second to Goldsmith Maid winner Magic Presto (Brian Sears) in 1:56/28.1. It was the second "Q" for the winner, trained in the Nifty Norman stable Hartman, Liverman, Mc Duffee and Little E, LLC. Several Hambo prospects raced in the fourth and Sortie (Andy McCarthy) got the best of the group with an early move to the lead into a 58.2 half then held sway over a closing Bill's Man and pocket riding Fly On (Andy Miller) in 1:55.4/29.1. Noel Daley trains Sortie who found his best form late last year and was a Breeders Crown elim winner and third in the final for Patricia Stable, Joe Sbrocco, Mario Mazza and the Sortie Stable. A pair of good NY sired four-year-old mares looked sharp in the fifth with Fad Fiannce (Trond Smedshammer) getting the jump on Non Stick (Ake Svanstedt) to the wire in 1:55.2/28.3. She was a Lexington Grand Circuit winner last fall for owners Purple Haze, Goldberg and Rojan Stables. Someomensomewhere (Tim Tetrick) moved forward off of last week's effort and led all the way in a 1:54.4/28- well within herself. She now races for Diamond Creek and the ABM Stable with Takter doing the training. That's The Ticket (David Miller) was really good again this morning cutting the mile and winning in 1:52.4/28.2 well clear of her rivals. Idyllic Beach (Gingras) settled mid pack and made a mild close within a few lengths, second best. Chris Ryder trains That's The Ticket for Henderson, Mondillo and Minowitz. Lyons Snyder (D. Miller) was pretty much alone in his 1:50.1/27.2 romp with just three rivals scattered behind him complicated by a head-stretch breaker. Looks like he's good to go for trainer Takter and owners Jeff Snyder and Geoff Mounds. Pure Country was scary good today, dragging Brett Miller through the wind with a 26.2 end to a mile in 1:50.1 moving away from the solid open pacer Dealt A Winner. It will be very interesting to see if her connections, trainer Takter and Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farms, race her in next Saturday's Graduate Series leg. She's also paid into a number of open stakes at The Meadowlands this summer including the WR Haughton and newly christened Sam McKee Memorials. Ocean Colony went a nice mile for Takter and Gingras this morning closing his 1:52.3 front end performance with a 26.1 final quarter. He races for Mrs. Takter, Fielding, Hatfield, Katz, Libfeld and Goldband. The big news is the $61,958 carry over in the Late Pick 4 bet which will generate plenty of play and good value. Racing begins at 7:15 with the final of the $50,000 World Harness Handicapping Challenge center stage. For full results of the qualifiers click here. Sortie Magic Presto Fad Finance Resolve Someomensomewhere Thats The Ticket Lyons Snyder Pure Country Huntsville   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - Several more harness racing stakes stars of last season will make their return to the races on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. With the first of three Graduate Series pacing legs set for May 6, Boston Red Rocks, Check Six and Western Fame gather in the evening's eighth race to get their four-year-old seasons underway with an eye on that target.   Boston Red Rocks was the top freshman of the 2015 class and had a successful if not spectacular sophomore season, picking up over $400,000 and edging past $1 million in career earnings for owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Trainer Steve Elliott put three qualifiers into him, the most recent a solid closing 1:50.1 win from off the pace for regular driver Tim Tetrick.   Check Six had a million dollar season last year, dominating the Pennsylvania program while winning eleven times including the PASS final and PA Classic and having a presence on the Grand Circuit for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Switala and Martin. He's had two preps going in for trainer Ron Burke with Yannick Gingras at the lines, his latest a 1:52.2 score with a 26 flat kicker.   Western Fame was virtually unraced at two but blossomed into a major stakes winner last summer for trainer Jimmy Takter. He won a heat of the Jug and a division of the Bluegrass, earning nearly a half million dollars for Brittany Farms with Mark Mac Donald doing the bulk of the driving.   They'll sort it out on Saturday while gaining form toward future Grand Circuit engagements   Saturday also marks the $50,000 final of the World Harness Handicapping Challenge and it is not to late to enter the competition.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands has an intriguing and eventful weekend on the horizon, hosting eleven races on both Friday and Saturday evenings with harness racing stakes types beginning to populate the card and the $50,000 World Harness Handicapping Challenge final on Saturday.   Friday's offering has a pair of features with a stout group of eight pacing mares set to go in the sixth race and an octet of trotters, several of whom are prepping for next Saturday's Arthur Cutler Memorial, in the seventh race $20,000 Preferred trot.   Darlinonthebeach and Penpal are a pair of accomplished four-year-old mares preparing to possibly take on male rivals in the first leg of the $1 million Graduate series, also scheduled for next Saturday.   Darlinonthebeach (David Miller) successfully battled the best sophomore fillies on her way to earning $671,000 while taking her 1:48.1 record in a division of the Glen Garnsey last fall in Lexington for White Birch Farm and trainer Nancy Johansson.   Penpal faced the division leaders and earned more than $200,000 without a stakes win for trainer/driver Pat La Chance who owns her in partnership with M&M Harness Racing.   They'll find the test their connections may seek in making that decision by facing strong competition here. Chief among the opponents are the battle tested veteran Inittowinafortune (Corey Callahan) who won the class last week along with the multiple stakes winning Blue Moon Stride (Andy Mc Carthy) coming in off an impressive qualifier and Prairie Sweetheart (John Campbell) whose unblemished career record recently came to an end.   The trotting race is deep with talent as well with several of the participants prepping for next Saturday's $200,000e Arthur Cutler Memorial Free For All.   It marks the first seasonal start for the venerable JL Cruze who is paired for the first time with driver Dave Miller. If earning over $230,000 in a season can be termed disappointing, that may well have been the case for JL Cruze's connection in 2016. Despite some solid efforts, he didn't find the form of 2015 when he became the first (and only) trotter to shade 1:50 at The Meadowlands with his 1:49.4 Graduate Final win. Trainer Eric Ell continues to tinker with his routine trying to have him at his best this season for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta.   Dayson (Yannick Gingras) and Maestro Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) each boast a strong stakes résumé and are making their first money starts of the season while the balance of the field has been busy racing and earning throughout the spring.   "Greek Night" is the theme in Pink's trackside buffet this week, so make those reservations for Friday evening dining.   Horseplayers are making their annual pilgrimage to the mecca of harness racing to compete in the year's biggest contest, the $50,000 pool World Harness Handicapping Challenge on Saturday night. Contestants are welcomed on Friday evening with a buffet party and a tour to get familiar with the building. It's not too late to enter and see how you stack up against the best and maybe take a big check home with you for your efforts.   First post is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi  

East Rutherford, NJ - The big guns are beginning to show up at The Meadowlands for qualifiers and there were more than a few Grand Circuit stars of last year sprinkled throughout Saturday morning's harness racing card. Under overcast skies at 54f with a slight headwind facing them in the stretch, things got underway right on time at 10 a.m.   Hambletonian winter book favorite Walner got things off to a grand beginning by looking good in a training mile around 2:00 before the races with his driver Tim Tetrick in the bike. He certainly is an imposing presence.   Last year's top pacing colt Huntsville (Tetrick) made his return to racing and was a workman like 1:53.2  26.3 winner from just off the pace in race ten. Tetrick held him in third through comfortable fractions, followed up when Brett Miller moved The Wall from the pocket to engage, then put away the leader and required minimal encouragement to edge by that willing rival late. Ray Schnittker trains Huntsville and owns the colt in partnership with Gewertz, Iannozzo and Arnold.   Hannelore Hanover (Gingras) looked as good as a horse can look for the second time this spring, trotting away from JL Cruze and Broadway Donna in a 27.1 final stanza on the end of a 1:54 flat mile in race six for older trotters. As fantastic as her 2016 season was, Hannelore may be even better this year.   She was also Ron Burke's fifth consecutive winner of the morning.   Sophomore trotting fillies opened the day with Myammie Drama (Tim Tetrick/Ron Burke) holding Princess Aurora (Yannick Gingras) at bay through a 27.4 end to a mile in 1:58.2 in the second race.   Several GC winners met in the third and Sianna Hanover (Gingras) was an easy front end winner for Ron Burke's barn in 1:55.2/28-, her second impressive effort of the spring. Amber Ella (John Campbell) another nice looking Chapter Seven from Linda Toscano's barn was a comfortable second and Goldsmith Maid winner Magic Presto (Brian Sears) was a closing third after being reserved toward the rear for much of the race in her first appearance of the season.   Trotting colts came around in the fourth and last year's NJSS champ What The Hill (David Miller) scored a closing win in 1:55.3/28.3 in his second solid showing of the young season. Explosive Ridge (Marcus Johansson) went well, cutting the mile before giving way to the winner just near the wire.   Both Sianna Hanover and What The Hill are owned by Burke Racing with partners Our Horse Cents and J&T Silva. Deo Volente joins the group on What The Hill.   After a training break, three-year-old filly pacers came on to the track and last year's Breeders Crown and Kindergarten final winner Someomensomewhere made her first appearance for new connections. Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Farms and Bob Boni have possession and placed her in Jimmy Takter's barn. On this day Someomensomewhere followed another Takter trainee, Somesleazetoplease (Brett Miller) around the racetrack to be second with something in reserve for Tim Tetrick in 1:54.4/27.1.   Last year's Dan Patch division winner Idyllic Beach (Gingras) and her Three Diamonds conqueror That's The Ticket (D. Miller) met in the eighth race. Both were reserved off the early pace and finished strong into a 27.4 final quarter with That's The Ticket getting a bit of a jump on her chief rival and prevailing in 1:54.4. Chris Ryder trains the winner.   Boogie Shuffle (Scott Zeron) was not a marquee name among pacing colts last season, but he was second in Downbytheseaside's world record equaling 1:49 at The Red Mile and was stakes placed on several other occasions. He has returned well for trainer Mark Harder, cutting the 1:51.4/26.4 mile this morning while drawing away from some pretty good colts.   Blood Line (Mark MacDonald) was a winner for the Takter stable closing stoutly into a 26.4 end to a 1:53.1mile to nip Western Joe (Gingras) and Summer Side (Schnittker).   The day's fastest mile came when a really good bunch of four-year-old pacing horses gathered for race eleven. Lyon's Snyder flashed his customary aggressive style and speed dragging Dave Miller to the front and setting lively fractions while being tracked by the undefeated scourge of the Maine state-bred program Seely Man (Brett Miller) and major stakes winner Western Fame (MacDonald). As they straightened up for home off the 1:22.2 three quarters, Boston Red Rocks (Tetrick) joined the fray from mid-pack and was charging the widest as Western Fame moved inside Lyons Snyder and that pair hit the wire together.   The four-year-old mares were the last to go with last season's bitter rivals Pure Country and Darlinonthebeach picking up just where they left off, right next to each other in posts five and six. On this occasion however, it was Blue Moon Stride, emerging form the considerable shadow of the aforementioned mares to cut the mile and hold that pair off in 1:51.4/26.4 for driver Andy McCarthy and trainer Mark Harder. Pure Country, Darlinonthebeach and Rock Me Baby followed her in.   With major Grand Circuit stakes such as the Cutler Memorial FFA trot and Graduate four-year-old pace now on the horizon the fun is just getting started.   Hannelore Hanover Sianna Hanover What The Hill Boogie Shuffle Huntsville Blood Line Boston Red Socks Blue Moon Stride Somesleazetoplease That's The Ticket     Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - It's an interesting mix of six trotters that will compose the field for the harness racing featured sixth race, a $20,000 Preferred trot, on the evening of Friday, April 21 at The Meadowlands.   A few familiar faces remain in B Yoyo, Muscle Diamond and Opulent Yankee. These three have been in the thick of things at the top trotting level throughout the early third of the Meadowlands racing season.   New shooters in the field are Up The Alley, shipping in fresh from South Florida for Richie Silverman and the $1.5 million winning proven stakes commodity Crazy Wow making his first pari-mutuel foray of the season for the Ron Burke barn.   Adding considerable intrigue is the American-bred, Italian-born, Scandinavian trained Tuonoblu Rex. The five-year-old globe trotting import had European stakes success at age three, winning the Ulf Thoresen Memorial in Norway but his form fell off while racing in France last season.   Now based in America, "T Rex" races for owner Cees J Faber under the nom de course of Stable Why Not and has been placed in the care of the successful training/driving team of Julie and Andy Miller.   A hint of the regard in which Tuonoblu Rex is held by his connections is evidenced by the fact that payments have been made to have him eligible for this season's Meadowlands major trotting stakes including the May 6 Arthur Cutler Memorial, lists which may be accessed here.   In his only stateside appearance thus far, Tuonoblu Rex evidenced a powerful presence while dominating a field that included stakes winner Crazshana in a 1:53.4 qualifying win while well in hand.   Friday's race will certainly be a greater test of his abilities, helping to determine if T Rex fits against America's best.   In the building, themed dining kicks off with Fiesta Night in Pink while the popular Swipe & Score promotion offers free betting vouchers.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ. - Let It Ride Stable, Inc. and Mr. Dana Parham's Prairie Sweetheart brings her perfect career record to The Meadowlands, facing five harness racing rivals in an $18,000 conditioned pace.   The lightly raced Florida bred four-year-old mare caught the eye of her current connections with impressive back to back scores at Pocono and Yonkers last summer and was placed in the barn of Ross Croghan at The Red Mile after a private purchase.   With no Grand Circuit stakes on her calendar, the new owners chose an unconventional route for Prairie Sweetheart by choosing to supplement her to the Allerage Farms Free For All mare pace where she would face division leader Lady Shadow among a very accomplished field of veteran pacing mares. She rewarded their faith with a surprisingly easy 1:49.1 win against that company.   After romping through what remained of her Florida stakes Prairie Sweetheart was put away for the winter and has had a pair of Pompano qualifiers to prepare for Friday's race. She'll begin from post five for driver John Campbell, attempting to advance her lifetime record to a perfect 15 for 15.   The Friday offering is a ten race program that begins at 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi  

East Rutherford, NJ - Friday signals the weekly start to live harness racing at The Meadowlands. The weekend begins with an eleven race offering led by a quality field of eight in the seventh race, a $20,000 conditioned trot.   The first quarter of the racing season have seen a parade of stars command the trotting ranks with Muscles Diamond, Crosby's Clam Bake, B Yoyo and Opulent Yankee trading blows at the top through the winter months before Melady's Monet joined the fray in March.   Those five remain in the mix, joined by quality performers such as former world record holder Wind Of The North, high percentage winner JATO and former Ontario Sires Stakes star Second Sister representing the ladies resulting in a very competitive horse race.   Melady's Monet has been awarded the slight favorite's role, paired this week with the estimable talents of David Miller for trainer Kevin McDermott and owner Melady Enterprises. He shows up every week and does his work to the tune of over a million dollars in his racing career and will begin from the outside post eight on Friday.   As tax season approaches The Meadowlands offers as a promotion the Tax Relief Sweepstakes which amounts to free money for the contestants. Stop by the customer service desk to enter for a chance to get some.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi    

East Rutherford, NJ - Another action filled Saturday is on tap at The Meadowlands with two important Kentucky Derby preps filling the afternoon followed by eleven live races once darkness falls.   The Florida and Louisiana Derby each go for a million dollars with the winners gaining important entry points and momentum on the path to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.   Here on the home track, there's action a plenty for horseplayers including the "$50 Last Chance Qualifier" to get a seat in the Big Kahuna, the $50,000 Guaranteed World Harness Handicapping Contest on April 29 right here at The Meadowlands.   On the course, the feature race is the sixth where a field of eight talented pacers square off for a purse of $20,000, led by the gritty five-year-old Artistic Major. A career winner of more than a half million dollars, the Art Major horse has enjoyed success over the Meadowlands mile including his 1:48.1 career fastest in a leg of the Graduate Series here last spring for owner/trainer Steve Elliott and partners David Van Dusen, Michael Cimaglio and Gunjan Patel. Artistic Major moves back into overnight competition on Saturday after a pair of unsuccessful tries against top competition in the Levy FFA series at Yonkers.   The NCAA March Madness tournament continues with Final Four match-ups and it's also Raining Cash at The Meadowlands on Saturday evening, adding two more entertainment options to your evening of possibilities.   It all starts at 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi              

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