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The Meadowlands is hosting a live-money National Horseplayers Championship qualifying event this Saturday, March 23 that will provide two seats to the NHC Final in Las Vegas to be held February 7-9, 2020. The Meadowlands qualifier will have a $400 total fee - $200 will go towards the prize pool estimated at $20,000 and $200 will be used as a bankroll during the contest. All entry fees will be added to the prize pool, creating the rare zero percent takeout contest format. Entry also includes a Daily Racing Program and food vouchers. Contestants must wager on a minimum of 10 races from Aqueduct, Gulfstream, and/or Fair Grounds. Wagers can be win, place or show or any combination WPS on one horse per race. Pre-registration is strongly recommended although walk-up entries will be accepted on the day of the contest. Multiple entries per person are allowed. Contestants must be members of the NHC Tour to qualify for one of the two NHC Final seats. For more information, visit the contest home page or contact Tournament Director Rachel Ryan at raryan@playmeadowlands.com or (201) 842-5015.   by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will host its "2nd Sportscasters Charity Derby" -- two harness racing races to benefit each participating Sportscaster's selected charitable organizations -- on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The "2nd Sportscasters Charity Derby" will consist of ten famous Sportscasters who will each compete in a one-mile harness race driving a racehorse in a jog cart. There will be two charity races -- with five Sportscasters participating in each race. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will donate $5000 to each of the two winning Sportscasters' selected charities -- and will also make a $1000 donation to each charity selected by each Sportscaster who participates. Jeff Gural, Chairman and CEO of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, said, "We are very excited to be hosting the '2nd Sportscaster Charity Derby.' We are equally excited that so many of the top Sportscasters who live in the NY-NJ Metro area will be participating in this fun and exciting event. It will raise funds for many important charitable organizations and harness racing fans will shave a great time handicapping and analyzing the Sportscasters' respective talents to drive a racehorse." About Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment Since 1976, Meadowlands Racetrack has been a staple in North American horse racing, known for events like the Hambletonian and Meadowlands Pace. The track hosts year-round live harness racing and simulcasting as well as Fall Thoroughbred turf racing. In 2013, Chairman & CEO, Jeffery Gural unveiled the newly constructed Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. The state of the art facility features racing, entertainment, dining and the FanDuel Sportsbook. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment also holds year round events that both racing and non-racing fans can enjoy. For additional information, please visit: www.playmeadowlands.com. Rachel Ryan Marketing Manager, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment

Nick Montemurro of Bogota, NJ, captured the February 16th World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Montemurro finished the contest with a bankroll of $682 after cashing in on three of his ten wagers. His largest score came in the eleventh race at the Meadowlands when his $30 to win on #7 Frankandjoanne banked him $594. Nick solidified his contest win with a $92 score in the final Meadowlands Race on #4 Tact Tate N. Montemurro has also qualified for the WHHC Final via DerbyWars. Gary Scogna of Carmel, NY, also qualified for the April 13th Final with his second place finish in Saturday's contest. Scogna hit on three of his ten wagers. The largest being a $612 score in the twelfth race at the Meadowlands with a $51 win bet on Ideal Son. The $200 Qualifier required contestants to place ten $10 minimum win wagers on Meadowlands races. The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com is a one-day tournament [April 13, 2019], with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,300. The $1,300 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $1,000 going to the prize pool. The $150,000 prize pool is based on an estimated 150 entries. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus three designated mandatory races. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10. Players can qualify for the WHHC for as low as $33 every night on DerbyWars.com. Next Saturday, February 23rd DerbyWars.com will host a WHHC Super-Qualifier with up to five spots gaining entry to the $150,000-estimated WHHC. Club Hawthorne's weekend qualifiers sent three winners into the WHHC Final. Steven Ginder, Stand Werner and Loretta Yablon will all travel to the Meadowlands on April 13th. Buffalo Raceway and TVG/4NJBets, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and Rosecroft are also hosting WHHC Qualifiers. Visit http://playmeadowlands.com/contest_detail.aspx?id=8240 for a complete qualifier schedule. For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (raryan@playmeadowlands.com) or 201-842-5015. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands  

Next Saturday, February 16th the Meadowlands hosts a World Harness Handicapper Chamionship (WHHC) Qualifier. Two spots are up for grabs in the $200 Qualifier ($100 entry plus a $100 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to make $10 Win bets on ten Meadowlands races of their choice. Players can wager more than $10 a race if they desire. Players can register on-site Saturday up until 7:15 pm. DerbyWars hosts regular online Qualifiers for the WHHC every Saturday through March. Players can qualify for as little as $22. Complete DerbyWars Qualifier information can be found at DerbyWars.com. Upcoming partner track qualifiers include: Club Hawthorne: WHHC Qualifiers on February 15 & 16 with two seats into the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com TVG/4NJBets: 2 WHHC Qualifiers (one each in February & March) with four total spots for the Final Vernon Downs: 2 WHHC spots up for grabs in their March 1st and 16th contests Tioga Downs: 2 WHHC spots up for grabs in their March 8th and 23rd contests Buffalo Raceway: 1 WHHC seat given away in their March 16th contest Qualifier information can be found at http://playmeadowlands.com/contest_detail.aspx?id=8240 For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (raryan@playmeadowlands.com) or 201-842-5015. For online qualifying on DerbyWars.com, players may contact support@derbywars.com. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

Celebrate Valentine's Day all weekend long at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment next Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th. Live racing begins at 7:15 pm on both nights. On both Friday and Saturday, PINK has a special lavish buffet, perfect for a couple's night out. For $44.95 per person, you can dine on a sumptuous buffet menu that includes New Orleans-style crab bisque, tortellini with asparagus in pomegranate vinaigrette, Icelandic cod with scallions and snow peas, pan roasted chicken breast with wild mushrooms in a champagne reduction and fresh fruit with chocolate sauce. To add more passion to the night, diners will enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling champagne and a red rose for the ladies. Reservations can be made by calling 201-THE-BIGM (201-843-2446) The Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment also has two great promotions planned for the weekend. On Friday customers can enter to win a $50 betting voucher every time a driver with red in his colors wins a race. Then on Saturday fans can enter the Get Lucky Getaway Sweepstakes. One lucky contestant will win a trip for two to Orlando, FL. Hotel and airfare are included in the prize. Visit PlayMeadowlands.com for live racing and event information. by Rachel Ryam, from the Meadowlands  

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's themed buffet nights continue this Friday, February 8th with endless soup & pasta! The Endless Soup-n-Pasta Buffet is $29.95 and features classic pasta dishes such as tortellini panna, linguine with clam sauce, penne arrabiata with wild mushrooms and of course spaghetti with marinara sauce . Guests can also enjoy the "make your own" soup station filled with various flavorful broths and all the soup fixings including fresh noodles, assorted vegetables, rice and beef. The buffet also includes fresh salads, a NY Strip carving station and home-made desserts. The full menu can be viewed at http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/dining/frifeb8-souppasta.html "This is a truly customizable buffet for our guests," said Meadowlands Racetrack's Executive Chef Dennis Sammarone. "These theme nights are fun to create menus for and they are a great way to keep our buffet offerings new and fresh for our guests." The "Eat & Earn" VIP card promotion also continues for Friday night diners. Guests that dine in Pink Friday nights five times will get 50% off their 6th buffet. Guests that have dined on 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 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. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

Meadowlands Racetrack as two special dining options next weekend sure to please any foodie or wine lover. On Friday, February 8 guests dining on the Pink Buffet will get a truly customizable buffet with endless soup & pasta! The Endless Soup-n-Pasta Buffet is $29.95 and features classic pasta dishes such as tortellini panna, linguine with clam sauce, penne arrabiata with wild mushrooms and of course spaghetti with marinara sauce . Guests can also enjoy the make your own soup station filled with various flavorful broths and all the soup fixings including fresh noodles, assorted vegetables, rice and beef. The buffet also includes fresh salads, a NY Strip carving station and home-made desserts. The full menu can be viewed at http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/dining/frifeb8-souppasta.html Then on Saturday, February 9 wine lovers will experience a tour of Italy at the 5-course wine dinner. The food and wine pairing created by executive Chef Dennis Sammarone includes: 1st course: Assorted Italian Antipasti including eggplant, mozzarella, prosciutto, provolone & olives paired with Barbera D'Asti Superior 2nd course: Linguine Cozze E Vongole Scampi (pasta with mussels, shrimp & clams in a white wine sauce) paired with Theresa Eccher Carricante-Catarratto 3rd course: Classic Caesar Salad paired with Mosparone "Brina" Piemonte Sauvignon 4th course: Grilled Strip Steak with Tuscan fries & creamed spinach paired with Agricola Bellaria Irpinia Campi Taurisini 5th course: Italian Ricotta Cheese Cake & Belgium Mousse Cake with Campania Passito Fiano di Agricola Bellaria The dinner is $70 per person (excluding tax & gratuity). For the complete dinner menu visit http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=15082 Reservations for these special dinners can be made by calling 201-THE-BIGM. Live harness racing kicks off at 7:15 pm. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 22, 2019) - This Saturday, January 26, the Meadowlands Racetrack is hosting its 4th annual home-style chili and salsa cook off.   As of January 22nd, 28 contestants are registered to compete for the $1,000 grand prize plus a spot in the International Chili Society's World Championship cook-off in Reno, Nevada. There is also a $500 prize for second place and $250 cash prize for the third place chili. Cooks interested in participating can still register for the cook-off by clicking here.     In addition to the chili competition, a separate side contest for homemade salsa will also be conducted offering the winner a $500 first prize. Racetrack guests are also welcome to sample the chili and vote for their favorite. The fan favorite cook will walk away with the $250 prize. Fan favorite voting begins 7:30pm, voting ballots are available at the Players Club Desk and in the live racing program. For complete chili event details click here.  Rachel Ryan

Stephanie Davis of Brooklyn, NY, captured the January 12th World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Davis cashed on three early show bets to keep her in the contest and used her remaining $94 on a win bet in Race 14 on Rather Swell. Her win bet paid off at $754.40 giving her the $900 grand prize and a $1,300 seat into the World Harness Handicapping Final. This is Stephanie's first time qualifying into the WHHC; she is a regular at the National Handicapping Championship, having qualified 12 times. James Michael of Cherry Hill, NJ, also qualified for the April 13th Final with his second place finish in Saturday's contest. Michael hit on four of his ten wagers. The largest being a $385 score in the sixth race at the Meadowlands with a $50 win bet on Redonkulous. George Wagner of Warrington, PA, and Tim Platt of Little Falls, NJ also qualified into the WHHC Final with their third and fourth place finishes. The $400 Qualifier required contestants to place at least ten $20 minimum win, place, and/or show wagers on Meadowlands races. The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com is a one-day tournament [April 13, 2019], with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,300. The $1,300 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $1,000 going to the prize pool. The $150,000 prize pool is based on an estimated 150 entries. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus three designated mandatory races. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10. Derby Wars is currently hosting regular online Qualifiers for the Final. Players can qualify for as little as $22. Complete DerbyWars Qualifier information can be found at DerbyWars.com. Club Hawthorne, Buffalo Raceway and TVG/4NJBets are also hosting WHHC Qualifiers. Visit http://playmeadowlands.com/contest_detail.aspx?id=8240 for a complete qualifier schedule.   by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

2019 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com -- offering a record $150,000 prize pool -- has been pushed back a week to Saturday, April 13. The adjustment will ensure all partner outlets have enough time to run their qualifiers and allow harness racing players more time to buy-in. The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com is a one-day tournament (now Saturday, April 13), with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,300. The $1,300 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $1,000 going to the prize pool. The $150,000 prize pool is based on an estimated 150 entries. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus three designated mandatory races. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10. This Saturday, January 12 the Meadowlands has its next WHHC Qualifier. Four spots are up for grabs in the $400 Qualifier ($200 entry plus a $200 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to bet a minimum of $20 Win, Place, Show or any combination of WPS wagers on 10 Meadowlands races. Players can wager on more than 10 races if they so desire. Players can register on-site Saturday up until 7:15 pm. DerbyWars will host regular online Qualifiers for the WHHC every Saturday through March. Players can qualify for as little as $22. Complete DerbyWars Qualifier (a list of those qualified can be found at https://www.horseracingnation.com/content/2019_whhc_qualifiers#) information can be found at DerbyWars.com. Club Hawthorne will be hosting 2 WHHC Qualifiers on February 15 & 16 with three seats into the Championship. Details can be found at HawthorneRaceCourse.com/Contest TVG/4NJBets will host three WHHC Qualifiers (one each in January, February & March) with six total spots given away into the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (raryan@playmeadowlands.com) or 201-842-5015. For online qualifying on DerbyWars.com, players may contact support@derbywars.com. Rachel Ryan    

Wine & Dine at the Italian Wine Dinner at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment Take a tour of Italy at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's 5-course Italian Wine Dinner on Saturday, January 19 in Pink Skybox Suites. Each course is carefully paired with a fantastic Italian wine by executive Chef Dennis Sammarone. The dinner begins at 7:00 pm with live racing beginning at 7:15pm. The menu with wine pairings includes: 1st course: Assorted Italian Antipasti including eggplant, mozzarella, prosciutto, provolone & olives paired Barbera D'Asti Superior 2nd course: Linguine Cozze E Vongole Scampi (pasta with mussels, shrimp, & clams in a white wine sauce) paired with Theresa Eccher Carricante-Catarratto 3rd course: Classic Caesar Salad paired with Mosparone "Brina" Piemonte Sauvignon 4th course: Grilled Strip Steak with Tuscan fries & creamed spinach paired with Agricola Bellaria Irpinia Campi Taurisini 5th course: Italian Ricotta Cheese Cake & Belgium Mousse Cake with Campania Passito Fiano di Agricola Bellaria The dinner is $70 per person (excluding tax & gratuity). For reservations call 201-460-4079. For the complete dinner menu visit http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=15082   Rachel Ryan

The always popular Meadowlands Winter Meet Survival Challenge powered by 123Racing returns Friday, January 4, 2019. Cash prizes and World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars seats are up for grabs in this free online competition. Trackmaster will provide Platinum Past Performances for each night of the contest. The game covers the Meadowlands' Winter Meet and concludes on March 30, 2019. The winner is determined by the highest total bankroll at the end of the Challenge based on a $2 "across the board" wager [win, place and show] on selections for three designated races each program. However, to continue in the game, entrants have to "survive" by finishing in-the-money [first through third] with at least one of their selections each day. Failing to do so or not making selections knocks the player out of the game. To aid in the player's survival a "lucky horseshoe" is given. The lucky horseshoe is a "free pass" given to all Challenge participants that allows the player to survive if he does not make selections for a race card or all three of his selections fail to hit the board. The grand prize is $1,000 & 2019 WHHC Spot The second-place prize is $500 & 2019 WHHC Spot The third-place prize is $250 & 2019 WHHC Spot Most winners prize is $250 The free contest is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada 18 years and older, and all selections must be made through the format provided on the Survival Challenge website page. No selections will be accepted by phone, fax, e-mail or any other means. Trackmaster Platinum Past performances for the three designated races will be provided through the game board. The deadline for selections each day is 30 minutes before 7:15 p.m. post time for the first race. After 30 minutes to post, all selections are final. To login or to register as a first time player, visit www.survival-challenge.com. Rachel Ryan

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales are making a special holiday season visit to the Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment this Friday, December 7. Fans can meet-and-greet the gentle giants hitch team from 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Then fans can watch in amazement as the eight-horse hitch parades down the track before the night's first race. The first race post is 7:15 p.m. Admission and general parking are free. For more information, visit http://meadowlandsracetrack.com/event_detail.aspx?id=14864 In addition to meeting the Clydesdales, fans can also enter to win a spot in our Cash Cube. Six lucky contestants will be selected and have 30 seconds to grab as much cash as they can hold. Contestants will walk away with all the money they collected. Cash Cube details can be found at http://meadowlandsracetrack.com/event_detail.aspx?id=11246 Rachel Ryan  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is holding its 15th Annual Toys for Tots Collection Drive November 23rd through Saturday, December 8th. This year the Meadowlands has teamed up with NY Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa & the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots to donate all the collected toys to Harlem Grown. Harlem Grown is a charitable organization in Harlem whose mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. For additional information, please visit www.HarlemGrown.org. Enunwa will be at the Meadowlands on Monday, December 3 from 6:30-8:30pm. FOX5 Sportscaster Tina Cervasio is scheduled to emcee the event. Anyone that brings in a new unwrapped toy will be able to meet and grab a selfie with Enunwa. "We are proud to host a Toys for Tots drive each holiday season," said Jason M. Settlemoir, GM/COO of Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment. "Harlem Grown is a terrific organization and we are grateful to be able to assist Quincy Enunwa in his Toys for Tots drive." Complete Meadowlands Racetrack Holiday Toy Drive information can be found at http://playmeadowlands.com/home.aspx by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - Tim Platt of Little Falls, NJ, captured the November 3rd World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Platt cashed on seven of his ten wagers to finish the contest with $246. He earned him the $546 top cash prize and a $1,300 seat in the WHHC Final April 6, 2019 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Tim McKenna also qualified for the April 6th Final with his second place finish in Saturday's contest. McKenna remained in the top three throughout the contest and was able to solidify his second place finish with a $20 win wager on #4 Ghost Pine in Race 10. The $200 Qualifier required contestants to place at least ten $10 minimum win wagers on Meadowlands races. The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com is a one-day tournament [April 6, 2019], with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,300. The $1,300 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $1,000 going to the prize pool. The $150,000 prize pool is based on an estimated 150 entries. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus three designated mandatory races. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10. DerbyWars.com is currently hosting regular online Qualifiers for the Final. For more information visit https://www.derbywars.com/tournaments/list/whhc For more information on the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com can be found at PlayMeadowlands.com by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

The first of six Meadowlands Qualifiers for the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com is this Saturday, November 3. Saturday's qualifier has a $200 total fee ($100 entry plus a $100 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to bet a minimum of $10 win wagers on 10 Meadowlands races (Players can bet more than ten races). The top two finishers will earn spots in the WHHC with prize money to be paid out to the Top 10 finishers. Players can register on-site Saturday up until 7:15pm. The remaining Meadowlands qualifier schedule is: Saturday, December 22- Free Handicapping Contest - 1 seat January 1, 2019 - March 30, 2019: Free Online Survival Challenge - 3 WHHC seats Saturday, January 12, 2019: $400 Qualifier with 4 WHHC seats Saturday, February 16 - $200 contest with top 2 WHHC seats Saturday, March 16 - $200 contest with 2 WHHC seats DerbyWars is hosting regular online Qualifiers for the WHHC every Saturday night. Players can qualify for as little as $22. Complete DerbyWars Qualifier information can be found at DerbyWars.com. The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com is a one-day tournament on Saturday, April 6, 2019, with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,300. The $1,300 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $1,000 going to the prize pool. The $150,000 prize pool is based on an estimated 150 entries. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus three designated mandatory races. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10. For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (raryan@playmeadowlands.com) or 201-842-5015. For online qualifying on DerbyWars.com, players may contact support@derbywars.com. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

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