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Close to eighty pre-registered dachshunds will be competing for the $500 Grand Prize in between the live harness racing. Live racing kicks off at 7:15pm There are eight qualifying heats with the top canine from each heat advancing to the final. The first qualifying heat is at 6:45pm. The Wiener Dog Derby Final will take place on the racetrack after Race 8 at approximately 10:15pm. This event takes place in the racetrack's Backyard and admission and parking are free. Fans are encouraged to come out and cheer on their favorite hound. It is a woofing good time for the entire family! Just remember only participating dogs are allowed at the track, no spectator dogs permitted. For information of the 2nd Annual Wiener Dog Derby and all upcoming events visit PlayMeadowlands.com.   Rachel Ryan

Bettor's Wish has taken over the top spot in the Week 7 edition of Dave Little's "Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace" off a sharp score in his North America Cup Elimination, with the other harness racing elim winner, Workin Ona Mystery, now in the second spot. Captain Crunch dropped to No. 3 after a fifth-place finish in his elim, but his connections remain confident about Saturday night's final.  #PaceYourself19   Rank Horse (Earnings – Mark) Driver, Trainer Owner(s) Dave Little’s Comments 1 Bettor’s Wish ($470,806 – 1:49.3)   D. Dunn, C. Ryder Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm, Kenneth Solomon   Rooney champion takes over the top spot after a pocket-trip win in the stronger of the two North America Cup Elims in 1:49.3 to stay unbeaten in four starts in 2019. Opted for post 3 in the final. Ryder: “He came out of the race great. Nothing worries me with this horse because nothing worries him. If you look in the program, 5 and 6 are the best posts, but we decided before the draw we’d take 3 or 4. If he wasn’t so handy off the gate, I might have taken 5.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 1st (1:49.3) 2 Workin Ona Mystery ($177,567 – 1:49)   T. Tetrick, B. Brown Diamond Creek Racing, Stambaugh Leeman Stable, Alan Keith, Wingfield Brothers   Moved to the top at the quarter and cruised home from there to take Elim 2 in 1:49 as the 4-5 favorite, upping his seasonal stats to 3 wins in 3 starts and 8-for-9 lifetime. Connections took post 4 for Saturday night. Brown: “The post was Timmy’s decision, because he has a game plan in his head. I was amazed after the race. We scoped Mystery and he had a lot of mucus, probably due to allergies. He’s been in an oxygen chamber this week in an effort to clear it up. I like my chances in the final.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 1st (1:49) 3 Captain Crunch ($675,806 – 1:49.1)   S. Zeron, N. Johansson 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables, Caviart Farms Lost his stranglehold atop the poll after avoiding some shadows and going off stride early in Elim 1 as the 1-2 favorite, then had to surge late to finish fifth and claim a spot in the final. Johansson: “He raced a monstrous mile to catch the field. I think he showed a lot of grit and determination.” So, Nancy, who’s the horse to beat in the NA Cup? “Captain Crunch!” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 5th (1:50.1) 4 Hurrikane Emperor ($317,900 – 1:49.3)   D. Dube, J. McDermott Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group, William Garofalo   Led to the stretch before settling for fourth to Bettor’s Wish, beaten 2¼ lengths in his elim. Has good early speed and will need it, having drawn post 9 for the final. McDermott: “He was doing something I didn’t like in the last turn, so I changed his rigging a little. There is going to be a lot of action in the first eighth of a mile in the final. I think we’ll be parked the mile, but it could work out as there will be a good outer flow.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 4th (1:50) 5 Best In Show ($88,663 – 1:50.3)   B. McClure, L. Toscano Richard P Young, Joanne Young, Craig W Henderson   Did good things in Elim 1, closing in :26 to finish third to Bettor’s Wish, and has drawn post 7 for the final. Toscano: “I was tickled with his effort. he’s gone from non-winners of 2 to the North America Cup in a matter of 3 starts. He’s doing everything I could ask of him. He’s still learning.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 3rd (1:50) 6 De Los Cielos Deo ($210,258 – 1:48.4Q)   D. Miller, R. Burke Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence R Karr, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC     Bursts onto the Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace scene by finishing second to Bettor’s Wish in Elim 1 after exploding home in :25, which came one week after a sparkling 1:48.4 qualifier at the Meadowlands. Will depart from post 2 in the final. Burke: “Off the 48 qualifier, I figured he was probably pretty sharp. Nothing this year had gone right for him until that qualifier. I always thought he would be my best horse in a long time.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 2nd (1:49.4) 7 Captain Victorious ($160,271 – 1:51Q)   Y. Gingras, R. Burke The Captain V Stable     Another who makes his RTTCFMP debut for the Burke Brigade. Rallied for second in Elim 2 at odds of 60-1, beating Stag Party to the wire while finishing just 1¼ lengths behind Workin Ona Mystery. Has drawn post 5 for the final. Burke: “He’s super sharp. His stomach was screwed up earlier this year. Then I started changing things up. From here on out, we’ll see if my two colts fit with this group.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 2nd (1:49.1) 8 Air Force Hanover ($202,888 – 1:50.1)   Y. Gingras, B. Brown Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, Richard M Lombardo, W J Donovan   Got nailed at the wire by Captain Crunch in Elim 1 to just miss getting into the final. Will leave from the rail in the NA Cup Consolation Saturday. Brown: “He didn’t scope well, either, but did not have as much mucus as Workin Ona Mystery. We are treating him in Ohio with a nebulizer.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 6th (1:50.2) 9 Love Me Some Lou ($205,099 – 1:50.4)   D. Miller, T. Cancelliere J. Cancelliere   Hasn’t been out since a second-place finish at the hands of Workin Ona Mystery after leaving quickly from post 8 and going an inside trip the rest of the way at Pocono four weeks ago. He is not in to go this week. Last Race: 5/19 – PcD – Pennsylvania Sire Stakes – 2nd (1:50.3) 10 Reigning Deo ($285,669 – 1:54.1Q)   A. McCarthy, B. Pelling Deo Volente Farms, Pelling Racing, Brian Gordon   Went a second-over trip on the way to a third-place finish in the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo in his last start. He goes next in the NYSS at Tioga on Sunday. Pelling: “I think our path is right. At Tioga, we get to stretch out. They get to go fast. We should know where we are at after this. He is staked to everything.” Last Race: 6/5 – BR – New York Sire Stakes – 3rd (1:54.4)   Rachel Ryan  

Greenshoe remains on top of Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian Week 3 after a 1:50.2 clocking in the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final.   The 2019 Hambletonian will take place Saturday, August 3, 2017     Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Greenshoe (Father Patrick)   Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, Hans Backe, Lars Grandqvist, Morten Langli Reeled off an impressive 1:51.2 3YO debut on May 17, made it back-to-back NJSS Finals on May 31 in an amazing 1:50.2, Sears said, “From two to three they did a rigging change, he’s also matured & now he’s perfect to drive.” 2 Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, S R F Stable Dan Patch Award winner remained undefeated 10-for-10 with an effortless 1:54 romp in the EBC @ Vernon Downs on May 27 3 Don’t Let’em (Muscle Hill)   Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman Peter Haughton Memorial winner in a track record 1:51.4, won his third Big M qualifier in 1:54.4 on May 25, then scratched sick from an overnight on May 31, post 2 in a Big M overnight on June 7 4 Swandre The Giant (Swan For All)   Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, Diamond Creek Racing, J & T Silva Stables, Howard Taylor Won his 3YO debut & first start for Team Burke in career best 1:54 in Indiana Sires Stakes @ Hoosier Park on May 30 with Ricky Macomber, Jr. in the bike, post 3 in first elimination of Goodtimes 5 Reign Of Honor (Father Patrick)   Dave Miller, Nifty Norman, De Volente Farms, Jennifer Dalton Stable, Tom Pontone, Kentuckiana Racing Stable Kindergarten Classic winner at two, rallied to win a NJSS division in 1:54.2 on May 24 & closed from far back to finish second [1:51.3] in the NJSS Final on May 31 6 Green Manalishi S (Muscle Hill) Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc Wm. Wellwood & Bluegrass winner & Breeders Crown runner up broke in back-to-back qualifiers & did not race/qualify last week 7 Cantab Fashion (Cantab Hall) Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms Grand Circuit winner in 1:51.4 @ two, finished sixth [1:55.2] in his first qualifier on June 1 @ Big M & has some catching up to do 8 Kings County (Muscle Hill)   Dave Miller, Domenico Cecere, Lindy Farms of Conn 1:52.3 Grand Circuit winner @ The Red Mile at two, set the pace & finished a second [1:55] to Don’t Let’em in his first qualifier at the Big M on May 25, post 9 in second elimination of Goodtimes 9 Super Schissel (Uncle Peter) Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, Al Libfeld, Perry Soderberg Grand Circuit winning 2YO finished a strong third [1:52.1] in his 3YO debut in an overnight against older foes @ The Big M on May 31, post 10 in first elimination of Goodtimes 10 Osterc (Cantab Hall)   Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, Christina Takter, Goran Falk PASS champion won the Dexter Cup on May 4 in 1:57, took a PASS division on May 11 in 1:55.1 @ The Meadows, broke on the lead & finished fourth in a PASS division on June 2 @ Pocono   Rachel Ryan    

The Meadowlands Racetrack is hosting its 4th Annual Battle for the Best Burger on Saturday, June 8 in the East Apron of the Grandstand. The contest offers a $1,500 grand prize with $1,000 for 2nd place and $500 for third. There is also a $500 prize for People's Choice. This free event runs from 12 noon - 10 pm and fans are encouraged to come out and taste some of the best local burgers. Two lucky fans will win a spot at the Judging Table and help determine the top 3 burgers. Judging takes place at 4pm. A full house of ten participants in this year's Battle include: Little Bite of Paradise, South + Pine American Eatery (2016 & 2018 Burger Battle Champions), Spanky's Gourmet Grub, The Mozzarella God, Magic Mike's Smoked Meats, Burgerstrasse, Jersey Roll, Tropical Juice Bar, 2 Guys Catering and Carnival Concessions (2017 Burger Battle Champions). Additional food and dessert options ranging from Italian ice to empanadas to zeppoles to cupcakes will be provided by Empanada Guy, House of Cupcakes, The Outslider, Chris Curbside Cravings, Delicious BBQ and Clydes Italian Ice. "We look forward to the Burger Battle every year," said Meadowlands General Manager and COO Jason M. Settlemoir. "This event has continued to grow and become one of our signature June events. I cannot wait to sample some of these burgers!" In addition to the Burger Battle, fans can watch and wager on the Belmont Stakes. Plus there is live harness racing action kicking off at 7:15 pm. For complete rules and event information, visit http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13715 . Rachel Ryan

Fifty-five contestants vied for $5,000 in prize monies in the 2019 edition of the 18 to 30 - year old handicapping challenge at Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, June 1. The contest offered a $5,000 total prize pool, with prize payouts to the top three finishers furnished by Jeff & Paula Gural's Allerage Farm. Emily Nicol of Rahway, NJ, captured the $2,500 top prize with a $234.80 mythical bankroll. She hit long-shot Stimulus Plan in Race #3 for $194.20 which quickly put her into the lead. Nicol remained in first place the entire remainder of the contest finishing with $234.80. "I liked his name," Nicol stated when asked what made her select Stimulus Plan 55-1 long shot. "I just had to pick him with a name like that!" Christine Kelly of Nutley, NJ, finished in second place with $65.60 earning the $1,500 prize. Kelsie Quintana of Weehawken, NJ, finished in third place with $58.20 to grab $1,000 in prize money. There is no contest entry fee. The contest format required players to make a mythical $2 "across the board" wager on one horse in races 2 - 10 at the Meadowlands. The winner was determined by the player that amasses the largest mythical bankroll from their selections. All contest participants were treated to free hot dogs, hamburgers and other grill items plus soft drinks and water on Victory Terrace, the popular rooftop area at the track. College students were also given a "stimulus plan" on Saturday. All received a free live program and $5 betting voucher. Plus ten lucky students were randomly selected to receive a $1,000 college scholarship courtesy of Allerage Farm. Next up at the Meadowlands Racetrack is the 4th annual Burger Battle on Saturday, June 8. This free event runs from 12 noon - 10 pm and fans are encouraged to come out and taste some of the best local burgers. Two lucky fans will win a spot at the Judging Table and help determine the top 3 burgers. Judging takes place at 4pm. Burger Battle details can be found at http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13715   Rachel Ryan

This Saturday, June 1st is millennial night at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Continuing efforts to attract the younger demographic, the Meadowlands is hosting a 30 & Under Handicapping Contest and a $10,000 Scholarship Sweepstakes both sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farms. The free handicapping contest is exclusively for harness racing fans between the ages of 18 and 30. The contest offers a $5,000 total prize pool, with prize payouts to the top five finishers. "We have seen an increase in participation over the years and we believe the trend will continue this year," said Jason Settlemoir, COO and GM of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "Younger people need to get involved in racing and we feel that the amenities we offer including Victory Terrace and our full summer events schedule attract that younger audience." Fans may register up until 7 p.m. on the night of the contest. There is no entry fee. The contest format requires players to make a mythical $2 "across the board" wager on one horse in races 2 - 9 at the Meadowlands. The winner is determined by the player that amasses the largest mythical bankroll from their selections. All contest participants will also be treated to free hot dogs, hamburgers and other grill items plus soft drinks and water on Victory Terrace, the popular rooftop area at the Meadowlands. The Meadowlands will also be giving away ten $1,000 college scholarships on Saturday. Anyone currently enrolled at a college or university full-time may enter the drawing. Students looking to enter must show their college ID at the Players Club Desk to receive the entry form. In addition they will also receive a free $5 bet and a live racing program. Ten winners will be selected after Race 5. For more information on the 30 & Under Contest and the $10,000 Scholarship Sweepstakes visit http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13121 Remember you must be 18+ to wager on horses. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.   Rachel Ryan

Gimpanzee remains in the #1 slot in Ken Warkentin’s Road to the Hambletonian Week 2 after an easy 1:54 romp in the Empire Breeders Classic. #Hambo19 The 2019 Hambletonian will take place Saturday, August 3, 2017   Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, S R F Stable In his 3YO debut, Dan Patch Award winner remained undefeated 10-for-10 with an easy 1:54 romp in the EBC @ Vernon Downs on May 27, Sears said, “He’s done everything we’ve asked of him his entire career, and he’s just a pleasure to drive.” 2 Greenshoe (Father Patrick)   Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc Impressive 1:51.2 3YO debut on May 17, looks to make it back-to-back NJSS Finals on May 31, Melander said, “It looked like he was behaving behind the gate and then in the race he looked perfect.” 3 Don’t Let’em (Muscle Hill)   Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman Peter Haughton Memorial winner in a track record 1:51.4, rebounded off a break by winning his third Big M qualifier in 1:54.4 on May 25, Johansson said, “I think we’ll keep him home as much as we can to keep his stress level down.” 4 Green Manalishi S (Muscle Hill)   Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc Wm. Wellwood & Bluegrass winner & Breeders Crown runner up broke for the second straight qualifier & did not look comfortable, was scheduled for PASS @ Pocono Downs on June 2 5 Cantab Fashion (Cantab Hall) Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms Grand Circuit winner in 1:51.4 @ two hasn’t returned, Campbell said, “He’s got everything you would want in a horse, I was very happy with the way he looked when he came back this year, and I’m really looking forward to his 3-year-old season.” 6 Swandre The Giant (Swan For All) Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, Diamond Creek Racing, J & T Silva Stables, Howard Taylor Starts his 3YO season with Team Burke, won qualifiers @ The Meadows in 1:56.1 on May 9 + 1:56.4 on May 16, was scheduled to make his sophomore debut from post four in Indiana Sires Stakes @ Hoosier Park on May 30 7 Sheena’s Boy (Trixton)   Ake Svanstedt, Knutson Trotting Inc, S R F Stable Set the pace & finished second [1:52] to Greenshoe in NJSS @ Big M on May 17, Svanstedt also won a NJSS division with Soul Strong in 1:53 on May 24, NJSS Final next on May 31 8 Kings County (Muscle Hill)   Dave Miller, Domenico Cecere, Lindy Farms of Conn Took a mark of 1:52.3 in Grand Circuit action @ The Red Mile, set the pace & finished a second [1:55] to Don’t Let’em in his first qualifier at the Big M on May 25 9 Super Schissel (Uncle Peter) Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, Al Libfeld, Perry Soderberg Grand Circuit winning 2YO, second to Greenshoe in Big M qualifier May 11 in 1:55.1, a close third [1:53] to Hannelore Hanover in a Big M qualifier on May 18, did not race/qualify last week 10 Osterc (Cantab Hall)   Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, Christina Takter, Goran Falk PASS champion won the Dexter Cup on May 4 in 1:57, took a PASS division on May 11 in 1:55.1 @ The Meadows, did not race/qualify last week       Rachel Ryan

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's themed buffet nights continue this Friday, May 31st with our American BBQ buffet just in time to kick off Summer! The BBQ laden buffet is $29.95 and features an array of traditional bbq & grill favorites including BBQ baby back ribs, BBQ chicken and grilled salmon. The buffet also features great summer sides including mac & cheese, baked potatoes with sour cream and butter, grilled corn and asparagus, coleslaw, and macaroni salad. Apple pie with ice cream, strawberry shortcake and fresh watermelon complete the buffet. The full menu can be viewed http://playmeadowlands.com/dining/frimay31.html The always popular themed night buffets continue in Pink Restaurant throughout the summer and are $29.95, excluding tax & gratuity. Every buffet features appetizers, soup, main courses, side dishes and dessert. The themed buffet schedule is as follows:   · Friday, June 14: All American Night - Enjoy some American classics including hamburgers and hot dogs, baked beans, mac & cheese · June 28: Holy Guacamole Mexican Night: Enjoy our make your own taco bar, chili con queso, chicken & beef chimichangas, freshly made pico de gallo and home-made tres leche cake · July 12: A Taste of Italy: Enjoy a tour of Italy featuring assorted antipasti, fried calamari, home-made manicotti, pork chop Murphy, chicken cacciatore & parmigiana and plenty of Italian desserts · July 26: Seafood D'light: Kick off Seafood Fest with some summer seafood favorites including steamed clams & mussels, seafood salad and fresh shrimp Then on Friday, July 19th impersonator, Jesse Posa takes the stage as Mr. Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra. Jesse Posa is one of the leading Frank Sinatra impersonators in the country and has appeared at numerous corporate events and private affairs. He has performed as "Frank Sinatra" on stage at Radio City Music Hall, in the Off-Broadway production of "Sinatra & Friends" and at BB King's in Times Square NYC in "Party with the Rat Pack". Each tribute night buffet is $39.95 excluding tax & gratuity. The buffet begins at 5:30pm with the musical entertainment taking the stage at 8:30pm. Don't forget about the "Eat & Earn" VIP card promotion for Friday night diners. Guests that dine in Pink Friday nights five times will get 50% off their 6th buffet. Guests that have dined at 11 Friday buffets will get their 12th buffet for free. Diners will receive a rewards card on their first visit to a Friday night buffet. On non-themed or non-music nights, the Pink Friday buffet remains $29.95 and $39.95 on Saturdays. Live harness racing post time is 7:15 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling (201) THE-BIGM.   Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Meadowlands Racetrack's Championship Meet runs through Hambletonian Day, Saturday, August 3rd. Live harness racing takes place every Friday and Saturday night with a 7:15pm post time. The Championship Meet features over $8.5 million in stakes races as well as event-filled weekends. Every live race night fans can enter Horseplay. Pick up a free horse at the promotions table and throw the horse into the car for a chance to win $100 and an entry into the Friday, August 2nd drawing for a brand new 2019 Toyota CHR. Saturday, June 1st features the 3rd annual 30 & Under Handicapping Contest and Scholarship Night. The free handicapping contest is exclusively for fans between the ages of 18 and 30. The contest offers a $5,000 total prize pool, with prize payouts to the top five finishers. All contest participants will also be treated to free hot dogs, hamburgers and other grill items plus soft drinks and water on Victory Terrace, the popular rooftop area at the Meadowlands. The Meadowlands will also be giving away ten $1,000 college scholarships on Saturday. Anyone currently enrolled at a college or university full-time may enter the drawing. These promotions are sponsored by Jeff Gural's Allerage Farm. Details can be found at http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13121 The 4th Annual Battle for the Best Burger is slated for Saturday, June 8th. The contest offers a $1,500 grand prize with $1,000 for 2nd place and $500 for third. This free event runs from 12 noon - 10 pm. Fans are encouraged to come out and taste some of the best local burgers from area food trucks and restaurants including Magic Mike's Smoked Meats, Empanada Guy, Spanky's Gourmet Grub, Clifton Burger Haus, Little Bite of Paradise, Jersey Roll, 2 Guys Food Truck, The Mozzarella God, Carnival Concessions, Tropical Juice Bar and the Outslider. Plus enjoy tasty treats from House of Cupcakes and Clyde's Homemade Italian Ice & Ice Cream. A full list of vendors can be found at http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13715 Country comes to the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, June 15th for Country Fest with Thompson Square. This country powerhouse duo will play all their romantically #1 hits including "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" and "If I Didn't Have You." Doors for the show open at 2:30 p.m. with the Jason Wicks Band getting the party started at 4 p.m. The headliner, Thompson Square will electrify the crowd beginning at 6 p.m. The party continues with live racing at 7:15 p.m. and Lauren Davidson on the stage. Tickets are just $20 in advance or $30 at the door and can be purchased at PlayMeadowlands.com/thompsonsquare. Saturday, June 22nd is the return of the popular Wiener Dog Derby. Fans watch daschunds dash down the track's stretch in between live harness racing. Daschunds can register at http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=17168 On Saturday June 29th, the vino will flow at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment for the Summer Wine Festival. Doors open for VIP Admission ($75) at 4:30 pm with General Admission ($35) at 5:30 pm and wine is poured until 9:30pm. Fest-goers will experience an evening of great wines from around the world, live-harness racing, music and food. Tickets are available at PlayMeadowlands.com/winefest. For a complete list of nightly events, promotions and updated racing calendar please visit PlayMeadowlands.com. Dining reservations for the Pink buffet or Victory Sports Bar located in the FanDuel Sportsbook can be made by calling 201-The-BigM (201-843-2446) or by visiting Playmeadowlands.com/dining.   Reminder, guests must be 18+ to wager; 21+ to gamble on sports. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.   Rachel Ryan

Ten local New Jersey charitable organizations have been selected to compete in the Harness Racing Charity Handicapping Contest on Saturday, May 25th at The Meadowlands. The Contest offers a $15,000 total donation/prize pool, with all ten charities receiving a donation. Prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st Place: $5,000, 2nd Place: $3,000, 3rd Place: $2,000, 4th Place: $1,500, 5th Place: $1,000, 6th-10th: $500 The participating charities have different missions aimed at improving the lives of people and animals living in the Garden State. The participating charities are: 1. North Jersey Friendship House a non-profit organization that's mission is to build the skills of individuals with varying abilities and developmental needs by providing, within a safe haven, comprehensive clinical treatment, vocational training and work opportunities in order to achieve meaningful and productive lives. www.njfriendshiphouse.org 2. Wayne Township Police Athletic League organized for the purpose of fostering and encouraging in the youth of Wayne Township, a spirit of loyalty and faith in American traditions and institutions through participation in constructive movements and endeavors for the promotion and safeguarding of their interests and general welfare: to promote a spirit of benevolent friendship, goodwill, and tolerance and cultivate and improve their moral standards in order to more effectively combat juvenile delinquency; to provide meeting places where the youth of Wayne may enjoy every educational and social benefit and to participate in athletic activities under competent supervision; and to acquire, lease, hold, use mortgage and dispose of real and personal property to carry out the aforesaid purpose. www.waynepal.org 3. Team Velvet Inc provides non-mounted equine facilitated mental health services to children ages 5-12 who have experienced trauma and adjustment difficulties within an atmosphere of natural horsemanship and good land stewardship. https://www.teamvelvet.com/ 4. Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County provides free one-on-one tutoring in ESL, Basic Adult Literacy and preparation for the math portion of the High School Equivalency exam. The goal is to provide the gift of literacy to adults who confront life in Bergen County without the skills to effectively communicate. www.project-literacy.org 5. CBH Care, Inc provides the optimum healthcare that is responsive to consumer and community needs. CBH Care will treat individuals, families, and the community with respect and dignity regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, illness or age. We are committed to accessible care that is delivered in a cost-effective manner. We will provide this care with creative and responsive treatment strategies. Those services are supported by the recruitment and the continuing development of the highest quality care providers. Care.com 6. Act Now Foundation Inc. raises awareness and educates communities about Alzheimer's disease, prevention and early detection; to provide support, education, evaluations testing, long-term care planning, resources and advocacy in order to improve the quality of life for families living and struggling with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. actnowfoundation.org 7. Pacing For The Cure to those living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) obtain financial assistance for medical equipment and services to manage this debilitating disease of the central nervous system as well as fund cutting edge MS research. https://pacingforthecure.org/ 8. Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey a non-profit organization founded to promote the Standardbred as a pleasure riding and driving horse by exposing the public to their performances through equine events. Whatever the discipline is, eventing, western pleasure, driving, hunter/jumper, trail riding or dressage, our mission is to let the public know that the Standardbred is a very versatile breed. www.sphonj.org 9. Standardbred Retirement Foundation provides humane care and services for horses in need of lifetime homes, and in crisis, through rehabilitation, training, adoption, lifelong follow-up, or lifetime sanctuary; and offers therapeutic equine opportunities for children, and adults. 10. Horse Rescue United saves horses of all breeds from abandonment, abuse, neglect, and slaughter. We specialize in retraining and rehoming Standardbreds. Whenever possible, HRU purchases slaughter-bound horses from auction, and also assists owner surrenders before they end up in the wrong hands. http://horserescueunited.org/ For the Charity Handicapping Contest, organizations will select one (1) horse in each of the 10 designated Meadowlands live races. The organizations will amass a mythical bankroll if their selection officially finishes first, second or third in the designated race. Official $2 WPS (Win, Place, Show) payoffs will be added to the mythical bankroll. Official race results will serve as the order of finish. The organization that accumulates the highest mythical bankroll is the winner. The participating organizations are encouraged to make it a night at the races for their volunteers and employees. Each organization will also have the opportunity to make winner's circle presentations and be featured on the track's jumbotron. "We are delighted with the response we received for the first year of our charity contest," said Jason Settlemoir, COO and GM of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "We look forward to a fun night of racing that will raise some money for those in need." For more information on the charity contest visit http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=18952 Rachel Ryan

Ten NY sportscasters competed in two non-wagering harness races to benefit their selected charitable organization on Saturday, May 11 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Brandon Tierney, co-host of CBS Sports Radio's "Tiki & Tierney" and a CBS Sports Network analyst, took the win in the first charity derby raced of the night. Tierney and driving partner Corey Callahan sprinted to the lead and never looked back, earning $6,000 for his charity of choice, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "This was incredible, said Tierney. "My horse Pretty Boy Swag and I came to win tonight. This was a once in a lifetime experience, what a great night!" The second charity derby was won by Fox News' Jared Max and his driving partner Yannick Gingras. "This was the greatest ride of my life," said Max after his win. "Yannick totally got us home. I'm so thrilled to have gotten to do this. I'm also thrilled that I'm able to help out Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition. They help spay and neuter our furry friends so they can find new homes." Fellow competitors Madelyn Burke of Giants.com (Natural Resources Defense Council), Marc Malusis of CBS Sportsnetwork (Rosogin Institue), Gary Myers of WFAN (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Adam Zuker of CBS Sports (The Summit Conservancy), Anita Marks of ESPN (Sunrise Association), Justin Walters from Fios1 News (Boys and Girls Club of Mount Vernon), MSG Network's Rebecca Haarlow (Garden of Dreams) and Don LaGreca of ESPN-NY 98.7 FM's "The Michael Kay Show" (American Heart Association) each earned $1,000 for their charities. NY Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa was on hand to present the checks to all competitors along with Miss NJ USA 2019 Manya Saaraswat. In addition to the participating sportscasters, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment would like to thank the following trainers for assisting with the horses and sulkies for the event: trainers Mark Ford, Patti & Rob Harmon, Tony Alagna and Scott DiDomenico and Allerage Farm for providing the hospitality.   Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -On Saturday May 18th, the beer will flow at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment for the 4th Annual Spring Beer Fest. Doors open for VIP at 4:30 pm with General Admission at 5:30 pm and beer is poured until 9:30pm. It is an evening of great craft beer and horse racing. While over sixty breweries and cideries are participating, New Jersey breweries are a true festival highlight. Ridgefield Park's Bolero Snort will be bringing four tasty brews including Charge IPA, Ovb Orange Cream Pop, Bull Pop Berliner and Bless The Reins DIPA. Departed Soles, located in Jersey City, will be pouring South Ward Ale and Playoff Beered. New to this year's festival are Angry Erik Brewing based in Lafayette, Hoboken Brewery and Mud Hen Brewing Company of Wildwood. Angry Erik will pour its jalapeno IPA, Viva Verde and Baby Koala, their seasonal Belgian-style ale. Hoboken Brewery will serve its Bodi Blonde, Cityside IPA and Double IPA while Mud Hen will pour Holly Beach What and 1883 IPA. 902 Brewing, a four-year Meadowlands beerfest participant, will quench festival goers thirst with Super Mom Pale Ale, and Beer To Catch Fish Session Ale. While Melick's will be onsite pouring their Traditional, Hopped and Ginger ciders, produced in Oldwick, NJ. Lone Eagle Brewing, based in Flemington will be serving three of their brews including award winner Maiden Flight IPA, Ginger Whit and Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout. River Horse Brewing Co. will be pour its Summer Blond, Da Nile and Mocha Lisa, an imperial porter. Other NJ produced beers include Forgotten Boardwalk's Funnel Cake, What the Butler Saw and For Amusement Only American Pale; Jersey Girl's Rake Breaker and King Gambrinus; Cricket Hill's Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale, Russian Imperial Stout and Jersey Devil Imperial Red and Flying Fish's Salt & Sea and XPA. For tickets and a complete list of breweries visit https://meadowlandsracetrack.ticketleap.com/2019meadowlandsbeerfest/dates/May-18-2019_at_0430PM The 4th Annual Beer Fest will be held in the Backyard and on the East Apron and will open to the public at 4:30 pm for VIP admission. The VIP ticket is $75 and includes an additional 1 hour of sampling, exclusive VIP Tent beer samplings, and food. General Admission begins at 5:30 pm and is available in advance for $35 or at the door for $45. Live harness racing will commence at 7:15 pm. Must be 21+ to attend.   Rachel Ryan

This Saturday, May 11, ten lucky harness racing fans will have a chance to dig for watches, diamond jewelry and cash in Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment's annual Diamond Dig. Entries will be taken up until race four with ten lucky contestants selected to dig following race five. Each contestant will be given a plastic shovel and the chance to dig for prizes through one of two sand-filled pools located near the winner's circle. This year's prizes include: ½ ct Journey diamond pendant necklace in 10K white gold ½ ct diamond stud earrings in 14K white gold 1/3 ct diamond solitaire pendant necklace in 14k white gold 1/3 ct gold diamond hoop earrings Sieko women’s diamond watch Bulova women’s stainless steel diamond watch ½ ct diamond hoop earrings Three $100 betting vouchers Details on the Diamond Dig and all upcoming events and promotions can be found at Playmeadowlands.com   Rachel Ryan

This Friday, May 10 The Blues Brothers & Neil Diamond tribute acts take the stage at Pink Restaurant. A night of great songs, awesome dance moves and high energy is what makes "HATS AND SHADES" the most exciting Blues Brothers tribute in the USA. Gene DiNapoli as Jake Blues and Bob McArthur as Elwood Blues recreate the live concert that brought their band of soul and rhythm and blues to the country after their skit got rave reviews on "Saturday Night Live." And as a special bonus, Bob McArthur, well known as a Neil Diamond impersonator, will kick things off with rockin' crowd favorites that are sure to leave guests singing and dancing all night. A special buffet has been created for the evening that includes garlic and herb roasted steak, crispy garlic chicken, rigatoni & meatballs, assorted fresh salads and plenty of desserts. Price of the buffet and show is $39.95, plus tax & gratuity. The buffet begins at 5:30pm with Neil Diamond opening the show at 8:30pm. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling (201) THE-BIGM. The next "dinner and a show" music night is scheduled for Friday, July 19th featuring a Tribute to Frank Sinatra. For complete dining information visit http://playmeadowlands.com/dining/index.html   Rachel Ryan Marketing Manager, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is handing out one million pennies this Saturday, April 27 in the Million Penny Sweepstakes! A total $10,000 will be given away to twenty-four lucky fans with the grand prize winner walking away with $5,000. Guests can enter the Sweepstakes through Saturday at 9pm. All the completed entry forms collected throughout the month will be dropped into the drawing barrel and 24 lucky winners selected via a reverse drawing. Guests must be present to win. The reverse drawing schedule for Saturday is as follows: After Race 6: 1-10 will be drawn, each wining $50. After Race 7: 11-20 will be drawn, each winning $100. After Race 9: 21-24 will be drawn with 21st winning $500, 22nd winning $1,000, 23rd winning $2,000 and the grand prize winner walking away with $5,000! Sweepstakes details can be found at http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=16146 Must be 18+ to enter.   Rachel Ryan

Pink Restaurant has a special "dinner and a show" planned for Friday, May 10 as The Blues Brothers & Neil Diamond tribute acts take the stage. A night of great songs, awesome dance moves and high energy is what makes "HATS AND SHADES" the most exciting Blues Brothers tribute in the USA. Gene DiNapoli as Jake Blues and Bob McArthur as Elwood Blues recreate the live concert that brought their band of soul and rhythm and blues to the country after their skit got rave reviews on "Saturday Night Live." And as a special bonus, Bob McArthur, well known as a Neil Diamond impersonator, will kick things off with rockin' crowd favorites that are sure to leave guests singing and dancing all night. A buffet has been created for the evening that includes garlic and herb sliced steak, crispy garlic chicken, rigatoni & meatballs, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes and associated desserts. Price of the buffet and show is $39.95, plus tax & gratuity. The buffet begins at 5:30pm with the musical entertainment taking the stage at 8:30pm. On non-themed or music nights, the Pink Friday buffet remains $29.95 and $39.95 on Saturdays. Live harness racing post time is 7:15 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling (201) THE-BIGM. Visit PlayMeadowlands.com for all dining and upcoming events.   Rachel Ryan

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