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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 27, 2016) - The Meadowlands Racetrack's inaugural Homestyle Chili Cookoff is on Saturday, January 30. The contest offers a $1,000 first place prize plus a spot in the International Chili Society's World Championship cook-off in Reno, Nevada. Homestyle chili is defined by the International Chili Society as the cook's favorite combination of ingredients resulting in a dish seasoned with chili peppers and spices. Contestants must cook their chili on site between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with judging promptly after. In addition to the chili competition, a separate side contest for homemade salsa will also be conducted offering the winner a $500 first prize. Cooks can still enter to compete through Thursday, January 28, currently there are thirteen entrants for the chili cookoff and seven contestants in the homemade salsa contest. Sampling of both the chili and salsa are also encouraged and all those at the track on Saturday will have the opportunity to sample and vote for their "People's Choice" favorite. "We are extremely pleased with the response to the chili cook-off," said Meadowlands General Manager and CEO Jason M. Settlemoir. "We continuously look for new and engaging promotions to get people to come out the track. We are looking forward to sampling and voting on some great chili! " For complete rules and information, visit Rachel Ryan Marketing Manager Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - On Saturday, June 20th, top-ranked eaters from around the country will take their place at the competition table for the first ever World Pork Roll Eating Championship at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. The New Jersey pre-lunch staple will make its Major League Eating debut at The Backyard beginning at 8:15 PM. Pork lovers and non-pork lovers alike will head to the Meadowlands to get a taste of the action during an evening of live harness racing. The inaugural Pork Roll-Eating Championship will host a table of seasoned eaters. The competitors will include #3-ranked eater Tim 'Eater X' Janus of New York who currently holds the title of Tamale-Eating World Champion by eating 71 tamales in 12 minutes and the Tiramisu-Eating World Champion by eating 4 pounds of tiramisu in just 6 minutes. Other eaters on the roster include #6-ranked Erik "The Red" Denmark of Washington, #9-ranked "The Lovely" Juliet Lee of Maryland, #13-ranked Badlands Booker of New York, #15-ranked Yasir Salem of New York and the #31-ranked Larell Marie Mele of Pennsylvania. The competitive eaters will have 10 minutes to eat as many ½ pound pork rolls as possible to win their share of the $4,000 cash prize and the title of World Pork Roll-Eating Champion. The evening will kick off with introductions at 8:15 PM before the contest at 8:52 PM. First prize is $2,000, first runner-up will be awarded $1,000, second runner-up will be awarded $600, third runner-up receives $300 and fourth runner-up wins $100. Live harness racing will commence at 7:15 PM, and fans can test their luck in Horseplay beginning at 6:00 PM. Buy a horse for $1 and throw the horse into the car for a chance to win $100 and entry into the August 8th car drawing for a 2015 Scion FRS. All proceeds in the month of June will be donated to the USA Pour Tour for Cancer Research. Text "NewBigM" to 23819 to receive offers, prizes and event updates about Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Rachel Ryan    

On Friday, June 12th, camels and ostriches will race to victory at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment for the 4th Annual Camel & Ostrich Derby. Race lovers of all ages will head to the track for action-packed harness racing and live belly dancing entertainment. The track will host world renowned belly dancer, Amira Mor of Amira Mor Performing Arts Center, and her troop for an unparalleled night. The much anticipated camel and ostrich races will take place during the live harness racing and enthralling belly dancing performances. Fans will watch the ostriches when they battle it out after Race 3 with an approximate post time of 8:10 PM and the camels will take their marks after Race 8 with an approximate post time of 10:00 PM. The food court will open at 5:00 PM and guests can enjoy newly added Buns Sandwich and Chipz Cookies. Victory Sports Bar & Club and Pink, the tiered dining room with perfect views of the live racing action, will also be open. Pink will offer a buffet special for guests for $34.95. Table-side cocktail service compliments the delicious buffet, which includes fresh salads and a carving station. Space is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve a table call 201-THE-BIG-M (201-843-2446). The best seat in the house may be the track's grandstand. Live harness racing will commence at 7:15 PM, and fans can test their luck in Horseplay beginning at 6:00 PM. Buy a horse for $1 and throw the horse into the car for a chance to win $100 and entry into the August 8th car drawing for a 2015 Scion FRS. All proceeds in the month of June will be donated to the USA Pour Tour for Cancer Research. Text "NewBigM" to 23819 to receive offers, prizes and event updates about Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. To make reservations or book your private event, call 201-THE-BIG-M (201-843-2446) or email Rachel Ryan                    

East Rutherford, NJ - On Saturday May 30th, award- winning Jersey and Philly Food Trucks will travel to Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment for JerseyFest 2015. Beginning at 5:00 pm until 11:30 pm, fest-goers will experience an evening of the best live-harness racing, music and food the Garden State has to offer. This year, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment has partnered with Exposure and North Jersey Media Group to sponsor the Food Truck Mash-Up: Jersey vs. Philly. Over 20 specialty food trucks will participate including Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Tony Baloneys, Amanda Bananas, Empanada Guy, The Thai Elephant, Callahan's Hot Dogs, El Lechon de Negron, The French Quarter, Luke's Lobster, Polkadot Cupcake Shop, Waffle de Lys, IncrediBalls Food Truck and Kimchi Smoke Barbecue of New Jersey and The Cow and The Curd, Fresh Truck, Samboni Boys, Luscious Bakery, Oink & Moo BBQ, Pizza Wagon, PBandU, Lil Pop Shop, Rigatoni Crab and Chicken N'Cone of Philadelphia. Other non-truck food and beverage vendors participating include Frezy's, Paul's Gourmet Foods, Jack's Zeppoles, Kath's Catering, Uncle Joe's Kettle Corn, Wild Bills Soda, Metro Candy Apple, Bevs & Bites, Organo Gold and Hot Sauce 4 Good. Guests will cast their vote for favorite food truck. The Jersey vs. Philly Food Truck Mash-Up will be held in the Backyard and on the East Apron and will open to the public at 5:00 pm for $5 general admission at the door. Kids under 12 will be admitted at no charge and the track will remain open and free to the public before, during and after the festivities. Free parking will also be available and every guest will have the opportunity to pre-register for a $2 betting voucher online. Craft beer from Yards Brewing and River Horse Brewery will be available for purchase and live musical entertainment by The B-Street Band will commence at 6:00 pm until 11:00 pm. A VIP Admission Package is available for $25 exclusively online. The package includes 3:30pm admission, a $2 betting voucher and $5 in Mash-Up cash to redeem at any of the participating food trucks. For more information on JerseyFest, admission and to purchase tickets, please visit: On the track, 3 year old New Jersey Sire Stakes highlight the racing action with four races totaling $400,000. Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (May 13, 2015) - "She is her own woman, that is for sure," said harness racing trainer Ron Burke as he described his brilliantly fast, yet quirky world champion Mission Brief. Last year's champion two-year-old trotting filly, who set the world record of 1:50.3 at The Red Mile, makes her official three-year-old debut Friday (May 15) in the opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes at the Meadowlands. Mission Brief earned $591,070 last year in nine wins including a season-ending victory in the Breeders Crown. She also broke stride in four races. "I have told the other owners that with this horse, the highs will be really high and the lows will be horrible," said Burke. "With her, I'm holding my breath and maybe getting ready to drive to the George Washington Bridge." Mission Brief made a break in her first qualifier on May 1, a miscue that Burke attributes to a shoeing change that the temperamental filly did not like. She stayed trotting in her second qualifier a week later, a victory in 1:56.2. "I tried to shoe her a little more aggressively like I shoe most of my other good trotters and she just didn't take to it so we switched her shoes back to how we had them last year," explained Burke. Mission Brief, owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stable, J&T Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi, faces nine other rivals in Friday's New Jersey Sire Stakes, which is carded as race eleven on the twelve-race card. Yannick Gingras will take his usual seat behind the daughter of Muscle Hill. She is the 3-5 morning line favorite and carries career earnings higher than the rest of her nine rivals combined. "She was great training this week and maybe she is just waiting for us to get aggressive with her," said Burke. "It seems that the hardest quarters for her are when she has to go medium speed. She can easily warm up in 35 second quarters and can go those big 27 second quarters in a race, but it's going that in-between-speed that seems to be the hardest." The Meadowlands will also host a pair of divisions in the New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old male trotters. The first division, carded as race two, is headlined by last year's Sire Stakes champion, Guess Whos Back, and emerging Hambletonian contender Canepa Hanover, driven and trained by last year's Hambletonian winner, Jimmy Takter. The second division goes as race four and features Muscle Diamond and Takter's French Laundry, second and third, respectively, in last year's Breeders Crown. Friday's card also features a pair of growing carryovers in the Jackpot Super High 5 wagers. The fifth race carryover has grown to $112,844 and the twelfth race carryover sits at $87.837. Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - April 29, 2015 - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is racing to victory with a weekend of celebrations. On Friday, May 1st, guests can come out to the track for the Championship Meet Kick-off, which will run through August 8th, and test their luck with a chance to win $100,000 in the Scratch, Match & Win Game! Beginning at 6:00pm, the first 2,500 people will receive a scratch card of 6 numbers. Live racing will start at 7:15pm and the winning numbers will be announced after races 3 and race 6 with special videos. Guests who match all 6 numbers will win $100,000, 5 number matches will win $1000 and 4 number matches will win $500. Matches from the 1st video cannot be combined with the 2nd video. The competition does not end there as non -winners can complete the back of the scratch card for a chance to win a betting voucher-- 5- $100 and 5- $50 voucher winners will be picked. Victory Sports Bar & Club will open at 5:00pm and will feature their recently launched $5 bar menu. Guests will have an opportunity to join Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment the following day for their annual Derby Day on Saturday, May 2nd. The sprawling race track and entertainment complex main doors open at 9:30am with free admission. The 2nd floor Grandstand Level opens 10 am. Donning their biggest hats, stylish sun dresses, pastels and khakis, race-goers will participate in a full day of simulcast and live racing action, including the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby live from Churchill Downs. The first Churchill race begins at 10:30 am. As an added convenience, the Meadowlands will offer a walk-up Teller window in Lot M off of Berry's Creek Road. Derby wagers can be placed 12 noon until 6:30 pm. The best seat in the house may be the track's apron and Grandstand where the "141st Run for the Roses" will be simulcast on the 18'x48' infield HD video screen with post time set for 6:24pm. During the day's festivities, guests will enjoy the finest in dining options. Victory Sports Bar & Club and the Café will open at 9:30am. Victory will be hosting a Derby themed lunch buffet for $39.95 beginning at 11:30am. Dishes include savory Southern Fried Chicken, Tangy Coleslaw, Freshly Baked Corn Bread and Homemade Mac and Cheese. For reservations call 201-THE-BIG-M (201-843-2446). Guests can also visit the food court and newly added Buns Sandwich, Chipz Cookies and Pollo Frito restaurants. The food court will open at 12:00pm as well as the Victory Terrace Rooftop Bar. Woodford Reserve bourbon, the "Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby", will be served throughout the day along with mint juleps and other libations. Pink, the tiered dining room with perfect views of the live racing action, will feature a few Southern inspired menu options on their $39.95 3-course menu such as the Cider Glazed Pork Loin and Cajun Rubbed Chicken. Pink will open at 4:30 pm and reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve a table call 201-THE-BIG-M (201-843-2446). Trotters features a $49.95 buffet ($44.95 for members) beginning at 4:30 pm. Trotters will also broadcast the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight and serve a late-night snack buffet for $35 ($30 for members). For reservations please call Marianne Rotella 201-842-5059 or email Live harness racing will commence at 5:30pm and include a special pick 4 wager featuring two live races from the Meadowlands and two simulcast races from Tioga Downs in Upstate NY. Fans can enter the $100 win wager sweepstakes for a chance to win 1 of 10 $100 wagers (wager on live harness racing only). Not to be left out, the belles of the ball will have the option to sign up for the Grand Prize Hat Contest from 2:00pm - 4:45pm for a chance to win a $500, $250 or $100 prize. Judging will begin at 5:00pm. Prizes continue into the night with Horseplay beginning at 6:00pm. Buy a horse for $1 and throw the horse into the car for a chance to win $100 and entry into the August 8th car drawing for a 2015 Scion FRS. All proceeds in the month of May will be donated to The Volunteer Center of Bergen County. Sign-ups for the Million Dollar Ball Drop also begin at 6:00 pm. After the Derby, Victory and E-Rock Entertainment will be hosting the fight of the century where Floyd Mayweather will take on Manny Pacquiao, undercard begins at 9pm. Cover charge $25 for men, $20 for ladies. DJ Toro will be spinning beats during the night. Reservations are strongly recommended. For reservations call (862) 668-2473 or email To make reservations or book your private event, call (201) 843-2446 or email Rachel Ryan                            

The 2015 World Harness Handicapping Championship was conducted on Saturday night at The Meadowlands and the winner, taking home the $14,400 first place prize was William Meisel of Staten Island, N.Y. Meisel, a court officer by day, is a frequent Meadowlands contest player. Tonight, he cashed on 8 out of 10 contest wagers and was in second place going into the 13th and final contest race. William catapulted to the win with a $100 last race win wager on the winner, Rockaholic, sending his bankroll to $1,092 to capture the prize. Official standings will be posted Tuesday. Rachel Ryan 

East Rutherford, NJ - Frank Palmer, of Caldwell, NJ, captured the April 11 Last Chance World Harness Handicapping Qualifier at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Palmer built his $200 bankroll into $881 earning him the $2,352 top cash prize and an $800 seat in the World Harness Handicapping Championship on April 25 at Meadowlands Racetrack. Palmer also finished in 3rd place with his second contest entry. As a result, he can assign his additional WHHC seat to the person of his choice. Also earning berths into the World Harness Handicapping Champion Final were Greg Capece and Arthur Suckow. The WHHC is a partnership between Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment and the United States Trotting Association formed to create the industry's ultimate tournament experience. Standardbred Canada supports the project by facilitating the participation of Canadian racing and wagering outlets. The WHHC is a one-day tournament [April 25, 2015], with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $800. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus three designated mandatory races from partner tracks. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10, with an estimated prize pool of $50,000 * In addition to the Meadowlands, the United States Trotting Association, Tioga & Vernon Downs, Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, Twinspires, Standardbred Canada, Red Shores and Buffalo Raceway conducted WHHC qualifiers. Registration deadline is 10 p.m., Friday April 24. For the contest entry form and complete rules visit Rachel Ryan  

East Rutherford, NJ - Steven Torres, of West Milford, NJ, captured the March 28th World Harness Handicapping Qualifier at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Torres built his $100 bankroll into $2,189 earning him the $1,040 top cash prize and an $800 seat in the World Harness Handicapping Championship on April 25 at Meadowlands Racetrack. Contestants in the qualifier had a minimum 10 of the 12 races on the Meadowlands card, with a $10 minimum per race. Only win wagers were allowed and on one horse per race. The twelfth and final race was the pivotal play for Torres. He bet $55 to win on Chilli NZ ($79.60) and cashed $2,189. The next Meadowlands WHHC Qualifier is scheduled for Saturday, April 11. Visit for complete details. Tournament Standings - March, 28, 2015 Rank, Name, Bankroll, Prize 1, Steven Torres, $2,189, $1,040 2, Jeff Gordon, $1,751, $520 3, Joe Barre, $1,602, $390 4, Bill White, $1,592, $260 5, Cody Burke, $360, $130 6, Greg Lipinski, $260, $52 7, Nick Montemurro, $145, $52 8, Nick Montemurro, $132, $52 9, Alan Hirschberg, $112, $52 10, Joe Pavlica Jr, $100, $52 Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - (March 18, 2015) - Heading into this past Saturday's racing program at The Meadowlands, the last race $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 sported a carryover of $167,731 and a guaranteed pool of $200,000. The carryover wouldn't make it past Saturday, as one lucky player hit the Hi-5 in the Saturday finale. The total pool which included the above carryover and $22,424 in new money resulted in a total pool of $190,155. The pool was guaranteed at $200,000 and the winner will receive a $200,000 payout, the entire guaranteed pool. As of the time of this release, the winning ticket has yet to have been cashed. However, the bet was placed at the Meadowlands and the cost of the winning ticket was a mere $3.20. "I am so happy to have learned that the winning ticket was placed right here at The Meadowlands," said Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural. "While a massive carryover is a great thing for handle, the fact that one of our own customers is holding this winning ticket for $200,000 is even greater. Plus, there is still plenty of time to build a big carryover for Hambletonian Day. I look forward to meeting the winner and shaking his hand to congratulate him on this historic win." The $200,000 payout was the highest winning payout in Meadowlands history, surpassing a Pick-Six that was hit on February 16, 1987 for $143,963. While the last race carryover will start anew when racing at The Meadowlands resumes on Friday evening, the fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 now moves into the spotlight, sporting a carryover of $53,249.26. That wager is also offered at the $.20 cent minimum and offers the record low eight-percent (8%) takeout rate. Rachel Ryan      

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 25, 2015) - The Meadowlands Jackpot Super High 5 continues to prove elusive as it went unclaimed again last weekend. That means a carryover of $133,604 awaits horseplayers when live racing resumes in East Rutherford, NJ on Thursday night. The 9-race card begins at 7:15 p.m. The final race of the night featuring the six-figure carryover has a scheduled post time of 10:08 p.m. Even though the jackpot has gone unclaimed since December 6, the consolation payoff continues to return generous amounts. Last Thursday, the 20-cent wager returned more than $1,900. Thanks to an industry low 8% takeout and a provision that pays 75% of the net pool to the consolation each night, handicappers have even more incentive to take a shot at the wager. Race 5 also features a Jackpot Super High 5 carryover of $28,624. The $25,000 Dash For the "G" Notes Final for mare pacers headlines Thursday's card. Bring Them Home is the 5-2 morning line favorite with Yannick Gingras for trainer Mark Capone. Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 17, 2015) - A trio of live money qualifying events that will offer a total of six seats to the $50,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship are scheduled for Saturday, February 21 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. The Meadowlands tournament offers a total of four seats. It requires a $200 entry fee plus the purchase of a $200 betting card. The entire $200 entry fee goes into the prize pool and will be distributed amongst the top ten finishers. Contestants will bet a total of 10 races on the Meadowlands card. Players keep all pari-mutuel earnings and in addition to prize money, the top four finishers will receive a seat in the WHHC Final on April 25. For more information, visit Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs will also offer live money tournaments on Saturday. The contests each require a $40 entry fee that will be used for 10 separate $2 win/place wagers on the 10 designated contest races. The contests will use five races from the Meadowlands and five races from Yonkers. In addition to keeping all pari-mutuel earnings, the top finisher in each contest will receive a seat in the WHHC Final on April 25. For more information, visit or Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 4, 2015) - A field of eight harness racing mare pacers has been entered in the opening leg of the Burning Point Series at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment on Friday night (February 6). The field is headlined by Worldly Beauty champion Witch Dali, trained by Tony Alagna, and Worldly Beauty runner-up Donttellruss, trained by Ron Burke. Burke will also send out Southwind Serenity as part of a coupled entry. Witch Dali returned in November from a 13-month layoff necessitated by an injury. Since her return, she's won six of seven including wins in the Niagara Series at Woodbine and the Worldly Beauty. Her only loss during the streak came courtesy of Donttellruss. "Witch Dali has had a nice week and trained back well on Tuesday," said Alagna. "I always knew she could race from off the pace and I think she showed everyone else that new dimension in the Worldly Beauty Final. It was nice for her to finally get a trip like that after having rough trips in her previous starts." Alagna will also send out Hello My Dream in the Burning Point. She makes her first start for Alagna after spending her first two seasons of racing in Illinois with trainer Mike Brink. She's won 10 times from 42 lifetime starts with a mark of 1:51.1 at Balmoral. "Hello My Dream is owned by Ed Teefey who has had horses with my mom for 30 years back in Illinois," explained Alagna. "She had a really good year and Mr. Teefey wanted to give her a shot in the series." The Burning Point headlines Friday's 13-race card at the Meadowlands that also includes a wide-open edition of the Dash For The C-Notes Final for trotters and the 2015 debut of Shebestingin, the fastest female pacer of all-time. Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (December 16, 2014) - This holiday season will be a little brighter for hundreds of area children thanks to a massive donation to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program by Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Hundreds of toys were collected during the past three weeks by the employees and customers at the Meadowlands. The Meadowlands has participated in the Toys for Tots program for more than a decade. "I am so proud of all of our employees and guests that made donations this year," said Jason M. Settlemoir, GM/CEO of Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment. "You can't help but smile when you think about all of the children who will have a special holiday season that otherwise might not have received any gifts." Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment hosts live harness racing Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 7:15 p.m. General admission and parking is free. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (December 5, 2014) - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will host more than 130 military veterans for a special night at the races on Saturday, December 6. The event is being organized in conjunction with Horse Ability, a Long Island-based organization that offers a wide range of horse-related programs to children and adults with special needs, including special opportunities specifically for veterans. The Saturday night event will begin with a private screening of the powerful documentary by Academy Award nominee Robin Fryday and Peter Rosenbaum, "Riding My Way Back." The veterans will then be treated to a buffet dinner sponsored by the Meadowlands Racetrack and Chairman Jeff Gural. Retired United States Marine Corps Seargeant Walker Potts will appear on the Meadowlands pregame show at 6:45 p.m. He will also be one of two veterans to help lead a post parade with horseman Robbie Siegelman, a Meadowlands trainer and major supporter of Horse Ability. Several veteran-related groups will also be involved in winner's circle presentations during the night. Live harness racing takes place Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 7:15 p.m. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment offers free admission and general parking. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will be hosting a Nuthouse Wine Dinner this Friday December 5th in Pink, the venue's tiered dining room. Guests can enjoy a 4-course prix fixe menu along with a selection of Argyle Nuthouse Wines. The menu consists of a first, second, main and fourth course, each properly paired with a different Nuthouse Wine. The four wines featured are Nuthouse Chardonnay 2012, Nuthouse Riesling 2012, Nuthouse Pinot Noir 2012, and Argyle Brut Sparking N/V. The dinner is $69.99 per person (excluding tax & gratuity). For reservations call 201-460-4079. Click here for a full menu. When: Friday December 5, 2014 Where: Pink at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment 1 Racetrack Drive East Rutherford, NJ 07073 by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands    

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