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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - On Saturday May 19th, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment hosts its 3rd 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 harness racing. The event is rain or shine, all beers will be served under large tents or covered bars and festival goers are encouraged to bring umbrellas and ponchos. Ponchos will also be available for sale during the event. Sixty-three breweries and cideries are participating including a number of local New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York craft brewers. NJ favorites 7 Mile Brewery, Flying Fish, Beach Haus, River Horse, 902 Brewing Company, Lone Eagle, Forgotten Boardwalk, Bolero Snort, Ironbound Cider and Melick's Hard Cider will be at the festival. PA favorites including Sly Fox, Victory, Neshaminy Creek, and Yards will also be onsite. Brooklyn, Defiant, Saranac, Cooperstown, Harlem Brewing, Bronx, Captain Lawrence, Southern Tier, Northway Brewing Co, and Ommegang are just a few New York based companies that will be attending. Other breweries and cideries attending the festival include: Breckenridge, Red Hook, Elysian Brewery, Golden Road, Virtue Cider, Goose Island, Devil's Backbone, Kona, 10 Barrel Brewing, Terrapin, Lord Hobo, Left Hand, Sweetwater Brewing, Boulevard Brewing, Austin East Cider, Two Roads, Epic, Cigar City, and Dogfish Head. The complete list of breweries and the full beer lineup is at posted here. Special VIP only tastings include a Blue Point cask of Mosaic IPA with cucumber, Devil's Backbone Oso Muerte, an Imperial Stout with chili peppers, Neshaminy Creek's Leon, a Russian Imperial Stout, 7 Mile's Walter White, Bolero Snort's Pina Bullada and Lone Eagle's Bourbon Barrel GOLDEN Stout. Johnny Checo from Neshaminy Creek will be the featured speaker providing festival goers the chance to learn about the brewing process and about Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company. The 3rd Annual Beer Fest will be held in the Backyard and on the East Apron rain or shine 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. To purchase tickets : https://meadowlandsracetrack.ticketleap.com/2018-meadowlands-racetrack-beer-festival/ Rachel Ryan

The always popular 2018 Meadowlands Championship Meet Survival Challenge powered by 123Racing returns this Friday, May 4. Cash prizes and World Harness Handicapping Championship seats are up for grabs in this online competition. Trackmaster will provide Platinum Past Performances for each night of the contest. The game covers the Meadowlands' Summer Championship Meet, featuring millions in stakes races and the best pacers and trotters in training. The game concludes on Hambletonian Day, Saturday, August 4, 2018. 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 $1,500 & 2019 WHHC Spot The second-place prize is $1,000 & 2019 WHHC Spot The third-place prize is $500 & 2019 WHHC Spot The 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. Exceptions include Saturday, July 7 [first post is 6:35 p.m.], Saturday, July 14 [first post is 6:35 pm], Saturday, July 20 [first post is 8:00 p.m.], Saturday, July 21 [first post is 8:00 pm], and Hambletonian Day, Saturday, August 4 [post time 12 noon]. After 30 minutes to post, all selections are final. To set up a username and password, and for more of the contest rules, visit www.survival-challenge.com.   Rachel Ryan

Jim Videtic of Cleveland, Ohio captured the $43,652.70 grand prize in the harness racing 2018 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com on Saturday, April 28 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. He also won an additional $3,676.40 via his second contest entry. He walked away with a total of $47,329.10. Videtic finished the tournament with a $2,254.50 bankroll to top the field of 117 players from across North America who competed for $81,940 in prize money. Videtic won his two seats via DerbyWars.com qualifiers. This was the largest prize pool ever offered for the WHHC. The WHHC contest format required contestants to bet 10 races: seven Meadowlands races of their choice, plus one mandatory race each from Buffalo, Vernon and Meadowlands racetracks. Bets had to meet a $30 minimum, $100 maximum per race. Contestants could only bet one horse per race and wagers could either be win, place, show or a combination of the three. Videtic cashed on five of his ten bets and took an early lead with a $952.50 score coming in the mandatory Vernon race 7 with $30 to Win on #1 (Jimi Wind Ricks). He cashed in the Meadowlands' sixth race for $940 with a $100 Win wager on #3 (Santiago Style) and again in the mandatory seventh race at the Meadowlands for $450 with $100 to Win on #1 (Highalator). Jim's final cash of the night was in the Meadowlands' ninth race earning him $116 with a $40 to Win bet on the #1 (This Is The Plan). After a losing $100 bet in the last race at the Meadowlands, he finished with a final bankroll of $2,254.50, taking home the $43,652.70 prize. DerbyWars.com sponsored the 2018 World Harness Handicapping Championship and held weekly online qualifiers throughout 2018. In addition to DerbyWars.com and the Meadowlands, the following partner outlets sent players to compete in the 2018 WHHC: USTA, Buffalo Raceway, Vernon Downs, Tioga Downs, Standardbred Canada, and TVG/Betfair. Top Ten Finishers: First Last Bankroll Prize $ Jim Videtic $2,254.50 $43,652.70 Jeff Billings $1,871.00 $11,547.90 Thomas DeSimone $1,597.00 $7,616.70 Scott Warren $1,350.00 $5,773.00 Jim Videtic $1,241.00 $3,767.40 Sam Agigian $1,056.00 $1,916.46 Lee Stuckey $1,031.00 $1,916.46 Michael Rusovick $913.00 $1,916.46 Peter Kleinhans $884.50 $1,916.46 Dustin Carlson $748.00 $1,916.46     Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment kicks off the Championship Meet on Friday, May 4th, and runs through Hambletonian Day, Saturday, August 4th. 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 and 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 3rd drawing for a brand new 2018 car. For every horse that makes it into the Horseplay car, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment donates $10 to the designated monthly charity. The May donation recipient is K9 Soldiers, Inc/The Argos Project, the June donation recipient is Bergen County Horse Rescue, and the July/August donation recipient is Homefront. On Saturday, May 5th, join Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment - for an exciting day and night of simulcast & live racing action, including the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Fans can enter the $1,000 Derby Hat contest and the $100 win wager promotion and enjoy the $49.95 Victory Sports Bar Buffet. For reservations call 201-THE-BIG-M (201-843-2446). On Saturday May 19th, the beer will flow for the 3rd Annual Spring Beer Fest. Doors open for VIP ($75) at 4:30 pm with General Admission ($35) at 5:30 pm and beer is poured until 9:30pm. Fest-goers will experience an evening of the best craft beer, cider, live-harness racing, music and food the Garden State has to offer with over 30 breweries and cideries participating. Tickets can be purchased at https://bit.ly/2pKYx3k. The 3rd annual Battle for the Best Burger is slated for Saturday, June 9th. 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 and fans are encouraged to come out and taste some of the best local burgers. Camels and ostriches will thunder down the stretch at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment for the 7th Annual Camel & Ostrich Derby on Saturday, June 16th. On Saturday June 23rd, 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 https://bit.ly/2pNlwMc. Saturday, July 7th is Fan Appreciation Night and the 1st Annual Wiener Dog Derby. Fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs, popcorn, soda and draft beer while watching dachshunds dash down the track's stretch in our Wiener Dog Derby. Plus following the races fans are encouraged to stay of the free fireworks show. Racing features a special post time of 6:35pm. Then on Saturday, July 14th the 3rd annual BBQ Battle returns to the track on Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Night. $2,000 is up for grabs in the Battle with $500 top prizes for the best brisket, chicken, pulled pork and ribs. Plus on the track, the top 3 year old pacers compete for the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace title. Racing features a special post time of 6:35pm. The always popular Seafood Festival is scheduled for its fifth year on Saturday, July 28th. The Pink buffet, overlooking the live racing action, will feature a special seafood-themed spread including lobster, mussels and clams. There will also be a raw bar in the Backyard and a variety of food trucks serving up some of the best seafood in the Garden State. The race meet wraps up on Saturday, August 4th with the greatest day in harness racing - $1 million Hambletonian Day. Over $3.5 million is on the line as the top trotters and pacers compete to be crown champions. Doors open at 10 am with first race at 12 noon. Admission is $5 and includes a commemorative Hambo baseball cap for adults and a horse keychain for children. In addition to the great harness racing, fans can enjoy carnival rides and games, pony rides, face painters, live music and much more. 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 can be made by calling 201-The-BigM (201-843-2446) or by visiting Playmeadowlands.com/dining. Looking to book a corporate event or private party? Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment has unlimited event possibilities - from a rooftop terrace with skyline views, to Victory Sports Bar to private Skybox Suites. Book a Party today by emailing catering@playmeadowlands.com. Rachel Ryan

This Saturday, April 28, 2018 the top horseplayers in North America will compete for $75,000 in prize money in the 2018 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com, at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. The WHHC is a one-day tournament, with a welcome reception the evening prior. This Thursday, DerbyWars.com is offering a final qualifier with two $1,000 seats in the Final up for grabs. Players can register at https://www.derbywars.com/tournaments/list/whhc Through Tuesday, 73 players have qualified via DerbyWars.com online tournaments, TVG/Betfair, and on-site track tournaments held at the Meadowlands, Tioga & Vernon Downs, Buffalo Raceway and Standardbred Canada. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,000. The $1,000 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $700 going to the prize pool. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus three designated mandatory races (one each) from Buffalo, Vernon Downs and the Meadowlands. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10, with a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000. If more than 108 players enter the Championship, the prize pool will exceed the guarantee. Walk-up registrations will be accepted for the WHHC Final presented by DerbyWars.com until 7 pm on Saturday, April 28. For the contest entry form and complete rules visit http://playmeadowlands.com/contest_detail.aspx?id=8240 Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 13, 2018) - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, the world-class horse racing and entertainment facility located in New Jersey, announced today that its popular free to play "Real Time" Sports Contest will return for the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The contest can be played at both Winners Bayonne OTW and the Meadowlands. Players who have registered will be given an account with 1,000 points, to use throughout the tournament, March 15 - April 2, 2018. At the end of the tournament on April 2 a grand prize of $6,500 will be awarded to the player with the most accumulated points. $2,500 will be awarded for 2nd and $1,000 for 3rd place. In addition, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will award a weekly prize to the player who has earned the most points from the previous week. These prizes include $100 betting vouchers and dinner for two to Pink. Official rules are available here http://playmeadowlands.com/index.aspx?id=13857 The MRE contest is played entirely via the MRE Sports App which is available for free download on both Android™ and Apple® powered devices. The contest system is powered by CG Technology; a preeminent technology company based in Nevada, and will utilize real time information and real time results ensuring continual action for the contestants every day. About Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment™ Since 1976, the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ, has been a staple in North American racing, known for events like the Hambletonian and Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. In November 2013, managing partner Jeffrey Gural unveiled the new Meadowlands Racetrack. The $120 million state of the art complex features racing, entertainment, dining and nightlife. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment boasts live harness racing and year round simulcasting, Victory Sports Bar, Victory Rooftop Terrace, indoor and outdoor dining options, corporate and VIP events spaces, as well as family-friendly activities. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is an exciting destination that both racing and non-racing fans can enjoy. For more information please visit www.playmeadowlands.com. About CG Technology CG Technology is an innovative gaming technology solutions provider for lottery, gaming, race, and sports wagering worldwide. We specialize in providing secure, scalable, mobile technology and risk management solutions to integrated resorts, gaming partners, race and sports books, and lottery industries. Our technology solutions are designed to meet the highest standards of regulatory compliance, transactional security, and customer experience. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, CG Technology continues to expand into new global markets in response to partner demand for its gaming and manufacturing licenses and superior technology solutions. Our products include Android™ and Apple® compatible applications for sports wagering and real-money casino gaming, as well as our state of the art account-based wagering system. For more information please visit http://www.cgtglobal.com/ Rachel Ryan

Due to the winter storm and high winds, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment has cancelled live racing for Friday, March 2. The Meadowlands and Winners Bayonne OTW remain open for day and night simulcasting. Live racing resumes tomorrow Saturday, March 3 with 6:35pm first post. The $30,202 Pick 5 carryover with a $125,000 guarantee will kick off tomorrow with race 3. Past performances for the Pick 5 (races 3-7), $50,000 Pick 4 (races 8-11) and the Race 13 Jackpot Super High 5 with a $120,134 carryover are available at http://playmeadowlands.com/content.aspx?id=3357.   Rachel Ryan

On Friday, February 16, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is celebrating Chinese New Year with an Asian inspired buffet in Pink Restaurant. The Asian fusion buffet is $29.95 and features all the classic Asian-American dishes. Guests can start their night with wonton soup, steamed dumplings, spring rolls, and cold sesame noodles. Buffet entrees include, shrimp with broccoli, sweet & sour beef, General Tso's Chicken, and pork fried rice. Fortune cookies, almond cookies, and coconut cake are the perfect desserts to round out the delicious meal. Reservations can be made by calling 201-THE-BIGM. Live harness racing kicks off at 6:35 pm. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment Visit PlayMeadowlands.com for additional details, live racing schedule & specific times. Rachel Ryan  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (February 6, 2018) – Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is already thinking about summer and encouraging harness racing fans to mark their calendars for its popular foodie events. Restaurants, food trucks and vendors interested in participating at these events can reach out to Rachel Ryan, raryan@playmeadowlands.com to secure a spot.  “These are some of the most popular events at the racetrack,” said Jason Settlemoir, COO and GM of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.  “We want to make sure these dates are marked on our fans and food vendor calendars, it is never too early to think about enjoying a night at the track while enjoying some fantastic food!” The 3rd annual Battle for the Best Burger is slated for Saturday, June 9. 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 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. Area restaurants and professional cooks who think they have the best burger in town are invited to register to participate by visiting the sign-up page at http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13715   Executive Chef Bryan Gregg of Orama in Edgewater, NJ and food trucks The Outslider and Little Bit of Paradise are already sign up to participate.   Then on Saturday, July 14 the 3rd annual BBQ Battle returns to the track on Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Night.  $2,000 is up for grabs in the Battle with $500 top prizes for the best brisket, chicken, pulled pork and ribs. This free event runs from 6-10 pm and fans are encouraged to come out for some of the best BBQ in the area.  Two lucky fans will win a spot at the Judging Table and help determine the top BBQ in each category. Last year, Doreen Rinaldo of Roselle, New Jersey, took home the top prize for brisket and ribs and is looking to defend her title this year.  Area restaurants and professional cooks who think they have the best BBQ in town are invited to register to participate by visiting the sign-up page at http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13164 .  Finally, the always popular Seafood Festival is scheduled for its fifth year on Saturday, July 28.  The Pink buffet, overlooking the live racing action, will feature a special seafood-themed spread including lobster, mussels and clams.  There will also be a raw bar in the Backyard and a variety of food trucks serving up some of the best seafood in the Garden State.   Food truck registration details can be found here http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/event_detail.aspx?id=14424 . Details on all Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment events can be found at PlayMeadowlands.com  Rachel Ryan  

Edward Herr of Ocean, New Jersey, captured the January 20th World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Herr used his final had $154 to win on 6-1 Continual Hanover in Race 14. He cashed for $1,016.40, earning him the $1,638 top cash prize and a $1,000 seat in the WHHC Final April 28, 2018 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Lee Stuckey of Newark, New Jersey, also qualified for the April 28th Final with his second place finish in Saturday's contest. Stuckey had a $256 lead going into the final Meadowlands race. He managed to hang for second on with a final bankroll of $967. The $200 Qualifier required contestants to place at least ten $10 minimum win wagers on Meadowlands races. The top five contest finishers were: Place Prize $ Bankroll First Last 1 $1,638 + $1,000 WHHC Seat $1,016.40 Ed Herr 2 $858 + $1,000 WHHC Seat $967 Lee Stuckey 3 $663 $679.80 Del Kern 4 $468 $651.60 Rick Arbiter 5 $273 $448 Stan Lubowicki The WHHC presented by DerbyWars.com is a one-day tournament [April 28, 2018], with a welcome reception the evening prior.  Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,000.  The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of six Meadowlands races, plus four designated mandatory races from partner tracks.  Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings.  Prize payouts are to the Top 10, with a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000. 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 BIG M PICK 10 PLAYERS SURVIVING QUITE WELL The Meadowlands' 20-Cent Survivor Pick 10 wager may no longer be new, but based on the bet’s pool totals and payoffs, it continues to shine. On Saturday, Jan. 20, the wager’s total pool moved past the $20,000 mark for the third time since the bet’s inception on Nov. 4. A total of $21,653 was poured into the pot and one superb handicapper who ‘survived’ seven races – which included winners who scored at odds of 33-1 and 23-1 – was rewarded with a payout of $18,404.80. Even when the total pool isn’t sky high, the payout can still be huge. The Friday, Jan. 12 pool saw $15,204 in wagers, and when the bet concluded when they hit the wire in Race 6, one shrewd player walked away with $12,920.56. It should be noted that some of the money earmarked for the Pick 10 may have instead been bet into the Pick 5 pool, which exploded to over $250,000 with the enticement of a $28,000 carryover that night. The Big M’s signature wager, the Pick 4, averaged a little over $80,000 per night in action over last weekend, with Saturday’s winners – despite having a 2-1 shot and a 5-2 shot win the middle two legs of the sequence – walking away with $2,022.60 for a 50-cent bet. DON’T LEAVE EARLY: The carryover for the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five – which requires a single-ticket winner to rake the pot – stands at $75,102.54. … Racing continues Friday night at the Big M at 6:35 p.m. Dave Little

Two more spots are up for grabs this Saturday in Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's $200 January Qualifier. The 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 wager on more than 10 races if they so desire. Players can register on-site Saturday up until 7:15 pm. DerbyWars.com is hosting an online WHHC Qualifier with the winner gaining one $1,000 Final seat. Details can be found at https://www.derbywars.com/tournaments/list/whhc Twenty-two people have already qualified for the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com.  A detailed list is below: ·         Meadowlands Racetrack: Summer Survival Challenge –Brady Kosic, Bill Zvara, Bud Olejniczak  ·         Meadowlands Racetrack: December 2, 2017: $200 Qualifier: Mike Petruccelli & Guy Gerber ·         DerbyWars.com Friday, October 20: Free WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat: Gary Respecki  ·         DerbyWars.com October 21: WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat: Travis Foelsch ·         DerbyWars.com October 28: WHHC Qualifier with one WHHC seat: Stephen Levine  ·         DerbyWars.com November 4:  WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Mark Kunen ·         DerbyWars.com November 11: WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Mark Kunen ·         DerbyWars.com November 18:  WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Russell Slader ·         DerbyWars.com November 25: WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Shirley Kunen ·         DerbyWars.com December 2: $10,000 WHHC Qualifier Game with two WHHC seats: Derick Giwner & Carlos Gutierrez ·         DerbyWars.com December 9: WHHC Qualifier with two WHHC seats: Stan Koper & Stephen Pozzuoli ·         DerbyWars.com December 16:  WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Gregg Sheehan ·         DerbyWars.com December 23: WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Rocco Dibello ·         DerbyWars.com December 30: WHHC Qualifier with two WHHC seats: Vince Sitoski ·         DerbyWars.com January 13:  WHHC Qualifier Game with one WHHC seat: Matt Minger ·         DerbyWars.com January 13:  $5,000 All Harness Contest with two WHHC Seats: Stephen Levine & Stan Koper The remaining Meadowlands contest schedule is as follows: ·         Saturday, February 17, 2018  - $400 contest with top 4 finishers winning WHHC Final seats ·         Saturday, March 10, 2018 - $200 contest with top 2 finishers winning WHHC Final seats ·         Saturday, April 7, 2018 - $100 Last Chance contest with top 2 finishers winning WHHC Final seats Buffalo Raceway is hosting a WHHC Qualifier on Saturday, March 24.  Tioga Downs has set qualifiers for March 3rd and 17th and Vernon Downs has qualifiers on March 10th and 24th with four people in total qualifying for the WHHC presented by DerbyWars.com Final.  Additional qualifiers from partner outlets will be announced in the coming weeks.  The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com Final is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and has a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000. 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. Rachel Ryan

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's first handicapping contest of 2018 takes place on Saturday, January 20th. Two seats for the World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com are up for grabs. The 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 wager on more than 10 races if they so desire. Players can register on-site Saturday up until 7:15 pm. The remaining Meadowlands contest schedule is as follows: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - $400 contest with top 4 finishers winning WHHC Final seats Saturday, March 10, 2018 - $200 contest with top 2 finishers winning WHHC Final seats Saturday, April 7, 2018 - $100 Last Chance contest with top 2 finishers winning WHHC Final seats DerbyWars.com hosts weekly WHHC Qualifiers at https://www.derbywars.com/tournaments/list/whhc. Buffalo Raceway is hosting a WHHC Qualifier on Saturday, March 24. Additional qualifiers from partner outlets will be announced in the coming weeks. The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com Final is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and has a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000. 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. Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 4, 2018) - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is calling all cooks for its 3rd annual Homestyle Chili Cookoff and Salsa challenge to be held Saturday, January 27, 2018. 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. There is also a $500 prize for second place and $250 cash prize for the third place chili. Last year's Meadowlands winner, Joseph Callahan, went on to win the 2017 International Chili Society's World Championship for his Homestyle chili and took home the $4,000 prize (photo attached courtesy of Lisa Photo). Racetrack guests are also welcome to sample the chili and vote for their favorite. The fan favorite cook will walk away with the $500 prize. 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. "This has become a great event for us during the winter. The number of contestants has grown the last two years and we expect to have a record number of participants this year," said Meadowlands General Manager and COO Jason M. Settlemoir. Cooks, both amateur and professional, are invited to register to participate by visiting the sign-up page at http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13416. There is a $20 registration fee that must be paid prior to the start of cooking that covers the membership fee to the International Chili Society. In addition to the chili competition, a separate side contest for homemade salsa will also be conducted offering the winner a $500 first prize. For complete rules and information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com or email Rachel Ryan at Raryan@playmeadowlands.com Rachel Ryan

Harness racing post time for the Meadowlands will move to 6:35 P.M. starting this Friday, December 22nd and continue through February 24, 2018. "Our entry box is over flowing and to accommodate the horsemen we are going to move post time to 6:35pm," said General Manager & COO, Jason Settlemoir. "We will card ten races next Thursday, December 28th and will be carding fourteen races on Friday and Saturday nights, which gives the horsemen additional opportunities to race their horses through the winter." There are also a few changes to the wagering format starting on Friday, December 22. The Survivor Wager which begins in Race 1 will no longer carry a $10,000 guarantee. "The Survivor Wager is well above the guarantee and we now believe we can do better," Settlemoir noted. "The Survivor Wager just last week on Friday handled $ 18,157 and on Saturday handled $ 19,533. We want to give the Survivor Wager a chance as we think it is a fun bet and we believe over time it can attract more interest in our racing product. However, having said that, it appears that the Survivor Wager has negatively impacted some of our other pools. Therefore we are going to try, as an experiment, making some changes to our wagering format. These changes should drive some additional handle and incremental dollars to benefit the customer and horsemen." The Early Pick 4 will be removed from the wagering format which will allow the focus to return to the Late Pick 4 and allow the pool for this wager to increase. The final change will move the Super High Five wager from Race 5 to the second leg of the Late Pick 4 each night. Updated post time schedules and wagering formats can be found at PlayMeadowlands.com. Rachel Ryan

Mike Petruccelli of Haworth, NJ, captured the December 2nd World Harness Racing Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Petruccelli had $131 to win on 12-1 Starznheaven in Race 12. He cashed for $1,716, earning him the $756 top cash prize and a $1,000 seat in the WHHC Final April 28, 2018 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Guy Gerber of New City, NY, also qualified for the April 28th Final with his second place finish in Saturday's contest. Geber cashed on two plays with his largest score of $655 coming off a $50 win wager on Starznheaven. The $200 Qualifier required contestants to place at least ten $10 minimum win wagers on Meadowlands races. The top five contest finishers were: Place Prize $ Bankroll First Last 1 $756 + $1,000 WHHC Seat $1,716.10 Mike Petruccelli 2 $396 + $1,000 WHHC Seat $904 Guy Gerber 3 $306 $664 Alan Hirschberg 4 $216 $625 James Sidor 5 $126 $537 Eric Rampolla The WHHC presented by DerbyWars.com is a one-day tournament [April 28, 2018], with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,000. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of six Meadowlands races, plus four designated mandatory races from partner tracks. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10, with a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000. 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 Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is holding its 14th Annual Toys for Tots Collection Drive through Saturday, December 9th. All are welcome to bring in new, unwrapped toys and spread holiday cheer this holiday season to a child in need. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will be donating all collected toys to the local Marine Corps Toys for Tots. "We are proud to host a Toys for Tots drive each holiday season," said Jason M. Settlemoir, GM/COO of Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment. "The holiday season is about family and helping others that are less fortunate. We want to be able to make a child's Christmas just a little bit brighter." Since its approval to be an official activity of the U.S. Marine Corps in 1995, the mission of the Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year. The program then distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Live racing at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment continues this Saturday night. The race card features $2.5 million in stakes races including the TVG Open Finals and the Fall Final Four. First race post time is 7:15 p.m. Rachel Ryan

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