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East Rutherford, NJ -- The earlier release regarding OOC testing incorrectly included the Hambletonian Maturity among the stakes addressed. That race is administered by the Hambletonian Society and the entrants to it are subject to testing per the conditions of that race.   The revised statement is below;   The Meadowlands has announced that all horses entered in the following stakes; Graduate Finals Trot & Pace, Meadowlands Pace, Mistletoe Shalee, WR Haughton Memorial, Golden Girls, Stanley Dancer Memorial and Del Miller Memorial will be required to be stabled at an approved training facility within a 150 mile radius of The Meadowlands by 8:00 pm (EDT) on Monday, July 3 and be made available for Out Of Competition testing as requested.   Trainers for all of the horses entered in those stakes are responsible for informing The Meadowlands Racing Office at (877) 782-5130 to disclose where each horse will be stabled from July 3 until the stakes have been raced.   A requirement of a similiar time frame will be made for horses racing in those stakes surrounding and on Hambletonian Day, August 5. Further details will be released as they become available.   Nick Salvi  

East Rutherford, NJ -- The Meadowlands is announcing that all horses entered in the following stakes; Graduate Finals Trot & Pace, Meadowlands Pace, Mistletoe Shalee, Hambletonian Maturity, WR Haughton Memorial, Golden Girls, Stanley Dancer Memorial and Del Miller Memorial will be required to be stabled at an approved training facility within a 150 mile radius of The Meadowlands by 8:00 pm (EDT) on Monday, July 3 and be made available for Out Of Competition testing as requested.   Trainers for all of the horses entered in those stakes are responsible for informing The Meadowlands Racing Office at (877) 782-5130 to disclose where each horse will be stabled from July 3 until the stakes have been raced.   A requirement of a similiar time frame will be made for horses racing in those stakes surrounding and on Hambletonian Day, August 5.   Further details will be released as they become available.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday's Meadowlands baby races began at 9 a.m. on a cloudy, windless morning with temperatures in the mid 60's. It would turn out to be a long, strange 20 race trip with odd, gloomy weather conditions turning the harness racing track wet for the last third and a warm up accident throwing Ray Schnittker out of the bike, tough he walked off and later drove.   On the track it was Hambletonian winter book favorite Walner returning after a six week absence from the track. He and driver Tim Tetrick would find sloppy conditions and just two opponents for his 19th race qualifier but no details would hinder today's performance. Basically by himself the entire mile, Walner cruised through fraction of 28.3, 57, and 1:24.4 before trotting home in 26.3 for a 1:51.2 win with Tetrick a statue in the bike. He could not have looked better.   So far as the baby races, it was Erv Miller day as he and son Marcus brought in a powerful string of two-year-olds to try the Meadowlands mile and left with smiling faces, winning five races on the day.   Trotting filly Sevenbuyeleven opened the day's races with an impressive come from behind 1:58.3 win for Tim Tetrick. Third through the 1:01 half and 1:30.2 three quarter, Sevenbuyeleven advanced when Foxy Fantasy (Ake Svanstedt) broke in the pocket then tracked down Caviart Cady (Marcus Johansson) who had led from the start and was second best. Linda Toscano trains the winner for Kenny Jacobs who paid $50,000 for her at Harrisburg. Foxy Fantasy recovered to be third.   Manchego (Yannick Gingras) won her second qualifier for the Jimmy Takter stable, leading all the way in 1:57.4 with a 27.2 end. She's been impressive in both starts and held sway here over Seviyorum's (Andy Miller) late bid and Tiffany's Flash (Tetrick). Manchego was a $120,000 Lexington purchase by Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman.   Ake Svanstedt won the third race with Knutsson Trotting's Fury Road. Raced mid-pack through the 1:02 half. Fury Road tracked down Sound Check (Julie Miller) in deep stretch for the 1:59.3 / 28 record. She was a $60,000 Harrisburg buy.   Marcus Miller drove Supergirl Riley to a 2:00 win in the fourth. The pair raced in third as first Southwind Cookie (Svanstedt) then Holy Bones (Tetrick) set moderate fractions, then trotted by willingly through the 28.2 final stanza to get up over Holy Bones. It was the first winner of the day for trainer Erv Miller for the interests of Paymaq Racing, George Golemes and Harvey Eisman who paid $32,000 for her in Lexington last fall.   Vivacious Allie was another Svanstedt winner, emerging from the pocket to take over in the stretch then holding off the late rush of Special Hill (Takter) in 200:3 / 29. The Muscle Hill filly was a $120,000 Lexington buy for Hans Enggren.   Trotting colts came out after a break and Wolfgang, a sharp looking son of first crop sire My MVP took the sixth race for trainer / driver Jimmy Takter in 1:57.4. Max's Beast (Andy Miller) cut the mile through the 1:31 three quarters when Takter tipped Wolfgang to the outside and went by to an open length win. Brothers In Arms (Gingras) trotted into second and Six Pack (Sarah Svanstedt) closed up the inside to be third. Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Bud Hatfield and breeder Fair Island Farm share ownership of the winner a $60,000 Lexington yearling.   The $120,000 Lexington Select Sale graduate Bautista (Gingras) won for the second time, trotting home in sub 28 seconds on the end of a pocket trip to finish the 1:59.2 mile. The Muscle Hill colt hails from the Takter barn for owners Brixton Medical, RAW Equine, Herb Liverman and Joe Sbrocco. Haveitalltogether (A. Miller) rallied for second and For A Dreamer (Dave Miller) was third.   You Know You Do was one of the highest priced yearlings sold at auction last fall, fetching a bid of $350,000 from owner Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld who entrusted him to Jimmy Takter to train and the results to this point indicate that it was money well spent. The Muscle Hill colt won for the second time, this in 1:58.3 off a 1:02 half under confident Takter handling. Toast Of Lindy (A. Miller) made late gains to be second with Meadowbranch Ricky (A. Svanstadt) third.   Farsetti Hanover (Marcus Miller) was the second winner from Erv Miller's barn this morning, setting all the fractions then sprinting home in 27.1 on the end of a 2:00.3 mile over Levitation (Scott Zeron) and Final Dream (Svanstedt). The winner is a big, handsome Donato Hanover colt that cost Erv, GT Golemes and DM Prushnok a mere $27,000 at Harrisburg.   Pacing fillies began in race ten and first crop sire Betterthancheddar had a winner in the sharp looking All On Top Hanover (Marcus Miller) who was winning for the second time in as many starts for trainer Erv Miller. She set slow numbers then took right off when asked through a 26.1 final quarter that included a slight ripple mid-stretch when changing gears on the end of the 1:56.4 mile. Better Than Happy (A. Miller) and Sand Artist (Tetrick) followed the winner around the track to be second and third respectively. Erv Miller Stable, Ron Michelon and GT Golemes got their $14,000 bargain at the Goshen yearling sale.   Michelle's Jazz (George Dennis) was a 1:57.2 winner benefitting from a ground saving trip to skim the cones late and just nip Speedo Miss (Joe Bongiorno) with Ideal Talker (A. McCarthy). She was a $15,000 Lexington buy for George and Tina Dennis Racing and is trained by Joe Columbo.   Rainbow Room (Dave Miller) wowed the crowd again this morning turning on the jets for a 26.4 end to another 1:55.2 mile under no urging. The royally bred Somebeachsomewhere filly from Rainbow Blue has done everything with ease thus far for trainer Joe Holloway and owners Crawford Farms, Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz. Rainbow Room was a $100,000 Lexington yearling purchase. KJ's Beckah (Tetrick) was a good second and Eden (Brett Miller) third.   Kissin In The Sand (Gingras) was a 1:54.4 winner flashing good late speed closing from third in the 27.3 final quarter to just get up over Newsday (D. Miller) and With Wings (Joe Bongiorno). The winner is trained by Nancy Johansson for Marvin Katz and Bud Hatfield Stable who paid $130,000 at Harrisburg for the filly.   The fourteenth race had some talent to flash and Nutcracker Sweet (Tetrick) lived up to his pedigree and price as the $150,000 Harrisburg yearling from the dam of two Breeders Crown winners in Sweet Lou and Bettor Sweet was a 1:55 winner. Third through early fractions, Nutcracker Sweet fanned off the cover of Born To Be Bad (A. Miller) then outdueled that one to the wire through a 26.2 final quarter. Jimmy Takter trains the Bettor's Delight colt for Howard Taylor and Order By Stable.   As consistent rains turned the race track into a somewhat sticky surface, Karpathian Kid (Marcus Miller) was a 1:55.2 winner gaining widest of all through the last quarter in 27 flat to photo out Prophet Blue Chip (A. Miller) and Macadoodledoo (Gingras) on the wire. The homebred colt from top race mare Vysoke Tatry is owned by breeders David & Don Prushnok along with DJ Miller and LM Means and was the fourth winner of the day for trainer Erv Miller.   The Erv Miller show continued with Suddenly Sam winning the 16th race for Marcus, coming from well off the pace to get up in the shadow of the wire through the 27.2 final quarter of the 1:56 mile. JK Fielding (Gingras) was second and the mile cutter Key Advisor held for third. Ron Michelon. David Miller and Daniel Plouffe paid $115,000 for Suddenly Sam at Harrisburg last fall.   The top priced pacing colt sold last fall, Pro Beach who brought $450,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale was a very impressive 1:55.1 winner for Yannick Gingras. He sat a nice trip just off the speed through the 1:28.4 three quarters then sailed up the inside through the length of the stretch to just get by the gritty Hayden Hanover (Andy Miller) who had set those fractions. Paprike Blue Chip (Corey Callahan) was third. Brixton Medical, Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables own the Takter trainee.   Joe Holloway has some real prospects this season and the veteran trainer sent out the pacing colt Closing Statement (Tetrick) to win impressively in 1:54.2 with a 26.3 kicker on a track that by now had turned sloppy. Closing Statement lead all the way and repelled the late bid of Decoy (Gingras) to score. Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stable and Ted Gewertz are the owners of the $125,000 Harrisburg purchase.   Live racing resumes tonight at 7:15 p.m. with the simulcast of the North America Cup card a highlight of the evening.   For results of today's baby races click here.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday night's harness racing feature at The Meadowlands is the sixth race, a $20,000 Preferred pace with Mel Mara tabbed as the morning line choice in the field of seven.   Mel Mara has a win and a second in his pair of 2017 starts, losing a close photo in 1:48.2 his most recent race over the mile oval. He's being pointed toward the summer's major stakes after a successful 2016 season where he earned nearly a quarter million dollars and equaled the older pacing horse world record of 1:47 for owners Robert Cooper, Jr and J & T Silva. Dylan Davis trains and Corey Callahan drives Mel Mara.   The competition is led by Rockeyed Optimist (Andy Miller) and Odds On Equuleus (Vinny Ginsberg), both of whom have won their last couple of starts and bring strong credentials to the party.   Also featured will be the simulcast of the North America Cup card from Mohawk Racetrack that includes many of the eligible horses for the Meadowlands Pace coming up on July 15 and other marquee stakes.   It's an eleven race program that gets underway at 7:15 p.m.   30 & Under Handicapping Contest Next Saturday   The Meadowlands will offer a handicapping contest for the young horseplayer on June 24 with a prize pool of $5,000. There is no entry fee and sign ups will be accepted until 7:00 p.m. at Victory Terrace. Contact Rachel Ryan at RaRyan@PlayMeadowlands.com to register or further details.   Nick Salvi

Vernon, NY - The rich harness racing finals of the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) a New York sired event for three-year-old trotters will be raced as a part of the Father's Day card on Sunday, June 18 at Vernon Downs.   Ten fillies will compete in the first of the pair of finals (race 8) for a purse of $228,250 with Barn Bella the obvious choice despite the disadvantage of starting from the far outside post nine. The Conway Hall lass has won ten straight races including the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) Final at two dating back to last August for owner - trainer Floyd Pratt and partner Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables. Barn Bella has handled older open trotters on two occasions and won the first NYSS of the season while preparing for the EBC and beyond. Jeff Gregory will drive.   The $252,000 EBC colt final is the ninth race and promises to be a far more contentious affair. Devious Man (PP #5) is the defending NYSS champ and is off to a great start on his sophomore campaign for the husband - wife team of driver Andy and trainer Julie Miller. The son of Credit Winner has won both 2017 starts including last week's EBC elimination in 1:53.4 after a freshman campaign that saw him earn over $300,000 including a Grand Circuit win at The Red Mile. He is owned by Stroy Inc. and the Andy Miller Stable.   Competition comes directly from the left as Bill's Man (Corey Callahan) who took the other EBC elimination in 1:53 starts from post four. He's a very well bred colt on the improve for trainer John Butenschoen and owners William Wiswall and M & L of Delaware.   Lord Cromwell (PP #9) already has a Grand Circuit score on his sophomore card with a convincing win in last month's Dexter Cup. He was third in the Devious Man elim but has drawn poorly in the final for Hall of Fame driver John Campbell and Eddie Hart who trains the homebred for Carolyn Atherton.   Such An Angel was an impressive second to Bill's Man in his elimination closing from well back for driver Mark MacDonald. He was the NYSS division leader for much of the 2016 season and appears to be finding his best form again for trainer Paul Kelley who conditions the Credit Winner colt for Sam Caruso, Jr and Purple Haze Stables.   Swell Chap (PP #7) was the other second place finisher and has matured nicely from age two to three for trainer Todd Rooney. His two most recent starts are his best with a close second to the highly regarded colt Enterprise in a sires stake preceding last week's finish. Tim Tetrick has been enlisted for the drive on Sunday for owners Foge McKeever and Eldon Thompson.   The Empire Breeders Classic is funded in part by the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund and NY Harness Horse Breeders along with Vernon & Tioga Downs.   The supporting card is largely comprised of the NYSS for sophomore colt pacers which only increases the quality of the presentation.   Post time for the Sunday matinee is 1:05 p.m.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - Friday night at The Meadowlands offers mixed breed racing with camels and ostriches joining the Standardbred horses to compete over the mile oval.   The Standardbreds are well represented by a solid field of six trotters in the fourth race, a conditioned trot for a purse of $15,000.   Leading the way is fan favorite Market Share who with over $3.7 million in earnings is currently the second leading career money winning trotter of all time in North America and will be driven for the very first time in 93 starts by the greatest money winning driver of all time, John Campbell.   Market Share was a 1:52.4 winner his last out and starts from the outside post six for trainer Linda Toscano and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stables and Bill Augustine.   There are ten races on the Friday card with the ostriches set to go between races three and four and the camels later, after race eight.   Delicious BBQ is on the menu this week in Pink, so come early and hit the buffet while you enjoy the racing.   Post time for the first race is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi              

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday's Meadowlands harness racing baby races began at 10 a.m. on a cloudy morning with slight stretch headwinds and temperatures in the low 70's.   Today's trotting races were the Yannick Gingras show as the top Grand Circuit's driver swept all six, hooking up with trainer Jimmy Takter on five of those.   Trotting fillies opened the day with a nice looking Chapter Seven filly named Sevenbuyeleven winning gate to wire in 1:58 with a 28 final quarter for Gingras. Linda Toscano trains the $50,000 Harrisburg but for owner Kenny Jacobs. Natalie Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) was second and Dab Hanover ( Jimmy Takter / Mattias Melander) third.   Yannick came right back to win race two for Takter with Bella Glos, a Cantab Hall filly that cost Black Horse Racing $95,000 at Harrisburg last fall. She led at every call and finished well in hand through a 28 flat end to her 1:57.2 mile. A pair of fillies from the Svanstedt barn followed, Vivacious Allie (Svanstedt) second and Lucky Ava third.   Gingras' reign with the fairer sex continued in race three with another Takter trainee. Air Quote Hanover cut the 1:57.4 mile, sprinting home in 27.4 under her own power. This one is a daughter of Donato Hanover the was a $70,000 Harrisburg purchase for Order By Stables last fall. Svanstedt was again second best, this time with What A Knockout.   The $350,000 Lexington purchase by Lennart Agrin's SRF Stable, Go To Hill (pictured) was an impressive winner for the Gingras/Takter combo with a front end 1:59.1 win, final quarter in 29 seconds. The Muscle Hill colt opened a considerable lead mid-stretch then coasted in on his own. Spee Club closed up nicely as Svanstedt's futile pursuit of Takter ran to three in a row.   Hill Street continued the mastery for Takter and Gingras with a 2:00.4 win. Yannick evidenced why he is in such demand with the youngsters as the agressive son of Muscle Hill wanted to go forward right from the start. Gingras had other ideas and wrangled him into fourth early through the slow 31.2 quarter. Things did not speed up much down the backside despite Svanstedt moving his $200,000 colt Sonofamillionaire to the top in 1:02.2 as Yannick edged his charge out of fourth to settle in second behind that one. That was the order through the 1:32.3 six panels where Gingras fanned him off the leader's back and Hill Street trotted on by through a 28.1 last quarter to get the win. Ray Schnittker closed up nicely with his Chasin' Dreams to lose in a photo while Ake had to settle for third this time. The partnership of Brixton Medical, Fielding, Liverman and Hatfield own the $180,000 Lexington buy.   The final piece of the trotting baby sweep for Gingras was with Takter's Andover Hall colt Storming Mist. The $120,000 Lexington purchase sat a comfortable pocket behind Fourth Dimension (Marcus Melander) through easy fractions and went by willingly through a 28.1 end to the 1:59.3 mile to hold off the closing Six Pack (Svanstedt). Brixton Medical, Fielding, Liverman and RAW Equine share ownership of Storming Mist.   There were only two races for pacers, fillies first and Hurrikane Shorty was the winner in 1:56.3 for Jimmy Marohn, Jr. The pair had the early lead, released eventual second place finisher Dance Blue (Gingras) through the middle fractions then brushed by in the stretch through a 27.2 final quarter. John McDermott, Jr trains the $8,000 Goshen Sale Art Major filly for Jonathan Klee, Pegasis Investments and GR Vierno.   JK Musicman took the colt pace from just off the pace in 1:56 / 27.1. Damion Diesel Hahn (Schnittker) cut the fractions and held up 'til mid-stretch then gave way first to the winner then Major Sugar Rush snuck by very late for the place. JK Musicman is a homebred American Ideal trained by Nancy Johansson for the 3 Brothers Stables.   Today's a big day at The Meadowlands with the Belmont Stakes up and both BeerFest and the hotly anticipated Hamburger Cook Off both on the bill tonight. Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi              

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday, June 10 is Belmont Stakes Day and the action runs early to late at The Meadowlands. Come and enjoy the thrills of the finest thoroughbreds battling it out for big money on the giant outdoor screen with all the convenience and none of the traffic or travel woes. The gates open at 10:30 a.m. to accommodate Belmont Park's first race post time of 11:35.   The eleven race live card begins at 7:15 p.m. with the feature a solid field of nine veteran pacers in the $17,500 conditioned sixth race.   Iammrbrightside N (Jordan Stratton) is back in town and poses a considerable threat from the rail after unsuccessful trips to Tioga Downs and Saratoga harness for owner Blindswitch Racing Stable. He took right to the Meadowlands mile with a pair of impressive wins against lesser last month and his best might be good enough here.   Posted right next to him in an attempt to twist the tongue of race caller Ken Warkentin is Iwillmakeyousaywow (Dan Dube) who's been grinding out a decent living for owners Oldford Farms, Buter and Marion. He dominated a Meadowlands short series in April and has the versatility to adapt to any trip.   Odds On Equuleus (Vinny Ginsburg) leaves from post eight, is back in form after a short break and was a 1:49.3 winner in his last start for Odds On Racing. In a demonstration of great longevity, the now seven-year-old has paced faster than 1:50 in each season that he has raced beginning at age two and is inching in on career millionaire status.   Night time simulcast is another big attraction with the North America Cup eliminations heading a strong stakes card at Mohawk Racetrack and we'll take your action right here at The Meadowlands.   The evening is enhanced by a pair of fun outdoor events the 2nd Annual Meadowlands Battle for the Best Burger and BeerFest.   The forecast is good, so c'mon out to The Meadowlands and enjoy the racing and everything else.   The fun starts at 7:15 p.m. Nick Salvi  

East Rutherford, NJ - A field of seven Preferred trotters racing for a purse of $20,000 head up a ten race program at The Meadowlands on Friday evening to officially kick off Belmont Stakes weekend.   The draw for post positions in the Preferred was done in handicap fashion with the stronger horses relegated to posts five, six and seven. Gural Hanover landed in the open outside post seven and has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite.   Relatively lightly raced but always effective, the six-year-old gelded son of Crazed makes but his fiftieth career start and will eclipse $850,000 in earnings for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Little E, LLC and Panhellenic Stable Corp with a win on Friday. Currently in top form, Gural Hanover took a new mark of 1:51 in this class just a week ago. Jordan Stratton will drive for trainer Ron Burke.   A pair of battle tested warriors in Not Afraid (PP #5 Jim Marohn, Jr) and B Yoyo (PP #6 Joe Bongiorno) are the greatest threat to the favorite. Both have been competitive at a high level for quite some time, particularly Not Afraid who won the Dexter Cup way back in 2012 and is inching in on $1 million in career earnings for the Takters.   Poker and free baseball tickets are on tap for Friday night and the dinner theme in Pink is German food.   It's a weekend full of wonder with both the 2nd annual Burger Battle and BeerFest both scheduled for Saturday. Come early and stay late.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi          

Vernon, NY - The cream of the NY sired sophomore trotting colt crop will gather at Vernon Downs on Friday night to contest the harness racing eliminations for the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC).   Racing Secretary Scott Warren took thirteen declarations which have been separated into a pair of $12,500 elimination races as the fourth and sixth on the card.   Race four is a powerful field of six led by an entry from the Julie Miller barn. Money Macintosh (PP #1, Andy Miller), owned in part by Julie with partner Natalia Stroy as Stroy, Inc., won over $150,000 on the circuit at two on the strength of five wins. He had a start here last week, finishing fourth in the NYSS raced on Memorial Day. His entry mate is Legendary Standardbred's homebred Top Flight Angel (PP #4) who will be driven by Marcus Miller on Friday.   The Millers will also send out the favorite for division two in the winner of last season's NYSS final, Devious Man (PP #2). The half brother to 2005 Hambletonian winner Vivid Photo made over $300,000 as a freshman and was a 1:53.3 winner in his 2017 debut against sires stake company. He is owned by Stroy Inc. and the Andy Miller Stable, Julie trains and Andy will drive.   The top four from each elimination and one fifth place finisher chosen by lot will return on Sunday, June 18 for the $252,000 final.   The $228,250 EBC filly race had ten declare and required no eliminations. They will race on the same June 18 card and are listed below in post position order for that race.   1) Maewegonow 2) Celebrity Ruth 3) Sunshine Delight 4) Ostrich Blue Chip 5) Amber Ella 6) Mamora Bay 7) Heels On Wheels 8) Stars N Sparkles 9) Barn Bella 10) Chapter Too.   The supporting card is composed of three divisions of NYSS for three-year-old filly pacers and the accompanying Excel races.   Post time is 6:45 p.m.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - The first harness racing two-year-old races of 2017 at The Meadowlands began at 10am on Saturday morning on a fast track under overcast skies with a slight stretch headwind and the temperature in the high 50's.   The day's marquee match-up was the sixth featuring Wild Bill, the full brother to last year's top freshman pacing colt Huntsville versus the $450,000 Lexington Yearling sale headliner Pro Beach.   Wild Bill is in the capable hands of Ray Schnittker who owns the colt fully and bred him with his partner on Huntsville Charlie Iannazzo and Ray had him ready to race. Wild Bill set easy fractions through a minute half and 1:29.2 three panels with Pro Beach on his back before putting some air on him with a 27.2 end to the 1:56.4 mile with something left. Pro Beach, trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by David Miller raced well to be second and Closing Statement (Joe Holloway/Tim Tetrick) rallied nicely through the stretch to be third.   As has been the case each year since records have been kept, Jimmy Takter sent out the first winner of the season in the $120,000 Lexington sale purchase Manchego. He drove the Muscle Hill filly from the Brittany broodmare Secret Magic himself, moved her to the front by the 1:02 half then closed the 1:59.3 mile with a 28 second final quarter well in hand. Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman own the winner. Caviart Cady (Nancy/Marcus Johansson) was a good second.   Just for good measure, Takter sent out the second race winner as well in the impressive Bautista, driven this morning by Yannick Gingras. After a brief skirmish on the way to the 31 quarter, Bautista took the lead with Brothers In Arms (Takter/Dave Miller) pocketed and that was the way they went under the wire, the mile in 1:59 with a 28.4 end. Bautista is also by Muscle Hill from Ever Gorgeous and was a $120,000 Lexington yearling buy for Brixton Medical, RAW Equine, Herb Liverman and Joe Sbrocco from the Katz & Libfeld consignment.   Ray Schnittker put it on 'em in the first pacing race going wire to wire with the Well Said colt Lucky Leonard, a full brother to his PASS winner of Thursday Summer Side. Lucky Leonard set slow numbers but took right off when asked to the tune of a 26.2 end to the 1:57.1 mile with Ray a statue in the sulky. He beat a couple of expensive colts in second place finisher Decoy (Takter/D. Miller) $110,000 at Lex and the $150,000 Harrisburg brother to Sweet Low and Bettor Sweet Nutcracker Sweet (Takter/Tetrick) who was third. Lucky Leonard himself was a $45,000 Harrisburg buy for Schnittker, Howard Taylor and Paul Bordogna.   Pacing fillies were next after the break and Newsday was a 1:56.3/27.4 winner for the potent trainer - driver combo of Joe Holloway and Dave Miller. She drafted behind the leader Eden (Nancy Johansson/Brett Miller) until mid-stretch when that rival bore out and Miller sent her through for the win. Newsday is a homebred Art Major filly from Brittany & Val D'Or Farms. Kissin In The Sand (Nancy Johansson/Gingras) was second and Eden third.   The Holloway/Miller combo came right back with Rainbow Room, a beautiful Somebeachsomewhere filly from the incomparable Rainbow Blue. She set all the fractions and painted a 27.2 end on the 1:55 flat work of art. She went through Lexington for $100,000 to Crawford Farms, Val D'or Farms and Ted Gewertz for her breeders Vieux Carre Fams and Steve Jones. Santa Rosa (Takter/Gingras) was second and JK Higher Power (Nancy Johansson/Brian Sears) third.   Obrigado wins again   2016's top older trotter Obrigado won his second trial for Brian Sears in 1:54.2 later this morning. Trainer Paul Kelley has reported that his first scheduled start will be the Charlie Hill Memorial at Scioto Downs on June 10   Food trucks tonight   JerseyFest is at The Meadowlands tonight with 40 food trucks from all over the east coast offering a bounty of delicious selections. Post time is 7:15 pm.   Nick Salvi  

East Rutherford, NJ - A very accomplished field of seven fast class harness racing pacers will face the starting gate in Saturday night's featured seventh race, a $20,000 Preferred pace.   Despite a career that has seen him earn over $700,000 and share a world record with his 1:47 mark taken last year, morning line favorite Mel Mara remains an enigma. He flaunted remarkable speed early on as a two-year-old and prodigious possibilities loomed on the horizon. Despite some flashes of brilliance and moderate stakes success, that promise would go largely unfulfilled.   Mel Mara's racing career was beset by injuries that have at times cost him entire seasons, likely career enders for many, but not him. The now eight-year-old stallion still has the speed and determination to be competitive at the highest level, leaving us to wonder what might have been.   After more than five months away from racing, Mel Mara was a gritty 1:49.1 winner in his seasonal debut at Harrah's on Sunday after leading all the way for driver Corey Callahan. The pair will start from post two for trainer Dylan Davis and owners Robert Cooper and J&T Silva.   Stiff competition begins to Mel Mara's immediate right as Delta Winner lines up in post three. The 2015 Cane Pace winner is off to a good start to his 2017 campaign, a 1:50.2 winner followed by a narrow loss in 1:49 in his pair of appearances this season.   Clear Vision is the horse that won the 1:49 race mentioned above and the career winner of more than $2.6 million is back from post four after a trip to Canada for the Molson stakes last Friday.   The remaining four are Down-Under imports, the most renowned of which is the $2 million winning Christen Me N (PP #7) who is making his third start state-side. He also raced last at Harrah's Philly, batting the best first over and living to tell of it in the Stafford Memorial on Sunday.   There are a dozen pari-mutuel puzzlers on the docket for Saturday night with plenty of opportunity to fashion that big score.   Saturday marks the return of the JerseyFest Food Truck Mash Up and BeerFest so bring your appetite.   Post time is 7:15 pm.   Nick Salvi  

East Rutherford, NJ - The 2017 edition of the New Jersey Sires Stakes for harness racing three-year-olds come to their conclusion with the $100,000 finals for all four divisions on Friday night at The Meadowlands.   The speedy pacing colt Every Way Out has been invincible at both two and three, sweeping through the state restricted program with nary an anxious moment. There is no reason to think Friday's race will be any different as he's be facing the same group of overmatched rivals and has been installed as the 1-5 choice on the morning line from post two in the second race.   Tim Tetrick has been aboard for all of the previous successes and will drive Every Way Out on Friday for trainer Dylan Davis and owners Taylor, Basen, Gold and Lazzaro.   Another prohibitive favorite is the pacing filly Colorful Jasmine, who has dominated her rivals in both preliminary legs for the Cancelliere brothers, John (owner) and Tom (trainer).   The homebred Philos Hanover lass lowered her record to 1:52.3 in an open length leg two win last week with plenty left and leaves from the pole for Corey Callahan in Friday's fourth race.   Both of the trotting races have a clear cut favorite in each division as well.   Race five features the gifted filly Ariana G, last season's top freshman. She was held out of leg two off after her crushing 1:52.2 victory for Yannick Gingras in the first leg. Nine other talented sophomore fillies have accepted the challenge but the road to the winner's circle clearly goes through Ariana G. Jimmy Takter trains the homebred champion for Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.   What The Hill has been dominant against the trotting colts. He swept through both legs with the greatest of ease, lowering his record to 1:52.2 in the process for trainer Ron Burke and his partners Our Horse Cents Stable, J&T Silva and Deo Volente Farms. Driver Dave Miller will direct the fortunes of What The Hill from post two in Friday's seventh race.   A good supporting card, the popular 60 second wagering spree promotion and a party on Victory Terrace with music and host Gary Dileo await your visit to live racing.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi          

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands has eleven races carded for Saturday with a variety of overnight races making up the harness racing program.   The second race is an interesting blend of sophomore pacing fillies hailing from a variety of regional programs getting a start in before their respective state bred stakes begin.   Trainer Tony Alagna has an interesting pair of PA eligible lightly raced, blue-blooded lasses that both fetched a big price at the yearling market.   She's Watching (post 3) is a Rocknroll Hanover three-quarter sib to He's Watching who won the 2014 Meadowlands Pace in record time. She demanded a $200,000 nod by George Segal (as Brittany Farms) and Marvin Katz to end the bidding as a Harrisburg yearling. She's Watching made a pair of starts at two, hinting at great promise by winning both before succumbing to a fracture that effectively ended her campaign. Her return to the races last week was an imposing come from behind 1:53.2 score with driver Scott Zeron motionless as she clipped off a 26.2 final quarter.   Stablemate Tori Hanover is posted just to the outside of She's Watching for driver Joe Bongiorno. The Somebeachsomewhere filly is from Trim Hanover, making the $135,000 Harrisburg purchase by Brittany and Jeff Snyder a half sister to Brittany's champion filly of a few season's ago American Jewel. Tori won three of eight starts at two, one a Grand Circuit tally in a Breeders Crown elimination before being put away.   Jaye's A Lady is an Ohio-sires McArdle filly who split here time between state bred and Grand Circuit tests as well. The Caviart Farms homebred took her 1:55.3 mark in an Ohio stakes at Delaware County Fair last summer for trainer Nancy Johansson. Brett Miller is listed to drive.   Planet Rock represents the Empire state, earning more than $200,000 as a freshman while winning eight races for owner Ken Jacobs. She had a pair of Meadowlands qualifiers and raced well in an elimination for the Lismore from a no chance spot at Yonkers last week. Tim Tetrick drives Planet Rock for Linda Toscano.   Just how much pork can you eat? The answer to that question could net you $500 if your consumption surpasses that of all other contestants in the 2nd Annual Pork Roll Eating Competition. Each contestant must sign the "waiver form" before participating, "pork roll judges" have final decision over all eating questions/calls.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi  

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  

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