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East Rutherford, NJ - July 16, 2014 -- The New Meadowlands Racetrack, the popular racing and entertainment facility located in New Jersey, announced today that it will offer free to play "Real Time" Sports Contests starting September 2, 2014 at its Victory Sports Bar. Players who have registered will be given an account with 1,000 points, enabling them to play every week starting Tuesday morning on any listed football game through the Monday Night game. Each Tuesday, the New Meadowlands Racetrack will award a weekly cash prize of $2,000.00 to the player who has earned the most points from the previous week. At the end of the regular football season, a Grand Prize of $10,000.00 will be awarded to the player who has accumulated the most points. In addition, gifts and prizes from the New Meadowlands Racetrack will be awarded to runners up. Official rules will be announced shortly and posted at the New Meadowlands Racetrack. The New Meadowlands Racetrack 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. "At the New Meadowlands Racetrack we offer a state of the art facility with a popular Las Vegas themed sports bar," said Jeff Gural, owner of The New Meadowlands Racetrack. "Unlike other sports contests, our free to play "Real Time" Sports Contests offers football enthusiasts the opportunity to play all week long in a luxurious setting. We look forward to offering this product this coming Fall." In addition to the weekly and season long cash prizes, the New Meadowlands Racetrack will offer other contest prizes from properties that utilize CG Technology's platforms. This will include travel and the opportunity to stay at many luxury Las Vegas locations and in the Bahamas. About the New Meadowlands Racetrack Since 1976, the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ, has been a staple in North American racing, known for events like the Hambletonian and Meadowlands Pace. In November 2013, managing partner Jeffrey Gural unveiled the New Meadowlands Racetrack. The $100 million state of the art complex features racing, entertainment, dining and nightlife. The New Meadowlands Racetrack boasts live harness racing and year round simulcasting, Victory Sports Bar & Club, Victory Rooftop Terrace, indoor and outdoor dining options, corporate and VIP events spaces, as well as family-friendly activities. The New Meadowlands Racetrack is an exciting destination that both racing and non-racing fans can enjoy. For more information please visit: About CG Technology CG Technology is a preeminent technology company providing innovative technological products for a variety of gaming-related industries including integrated resorts, cruise lines, and lottery companies. It provides private networks, systems, operations, management services, system licensing, and hardware and software design and development. We are a leader in providing mobile technology in the state of Nevada and internationally, via Androidâ„¢ and Apple® compatible applications. We are passionate about applying best-in-class technology to offer a unique and innovative gaming experience. For more information please visit: by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands        

PACE MEDIA GUIDE & HORSE PROFILES AVAILABLE at Simulcasting Begins: 11 am / Night-time Gates open: 5:00 p.m. / First race: 6:30 p.m. $776,000 Meadowlands Pace: probable post time: 9:39 p.m. - Race 9 Streaming live video on the Meadowlands website, CBS Sports Network Broadcast: 9:00 -10:00 pm Eastern. Check channel listing TVG Network - full race card coverage Wagering Three guaranteed Pick 4 pools - Races 3-6 ($50,000), Races 6-9 ($100,000), Races 9-12 ($50,000) $30,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool - Races 1-5 Race Card $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for 2-year-olds - Races 1, 2, 11, 13 $178,450 Golden Girls - Race 7 $212,150 Mistletoe Shalee - Race 6 $213,500 Del Miller Memorial Trot - Race 5 $317,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial - Race 4 $463,300 William R Haughton Memorial - Race 8 $776,000 Meadowlands Pace - Race 9 Entertainment T-shirt Giveaway beginning at 5 pm, while supplies last Live music by The Past Masters beginning at 6 pm Rock Wall, 3-in-1 sports game, mechanical bull, giant slide, skeeball in the Backyard The Monster Tour: Rihanna & Eminem Concert Ticket Drawings $1,000 Win Wager Challenge: 2 lucky fans are selected to place a $1,000 win wager on the Meadowlands Pace (pre-registration required) Horse Play Car Giveaway (after race 10) - $1 donation to the Max Cure Foundation gives fans a rubber horse to throw and a shot at winning $100 betting voucher and the chance to come back and win the 2014 Scion FRS on August 2 Pace Night Attendance & Handle 2013 attendance:  12,443                   2013 total handle:  $4,311,546 2013 live handle:  $626,824 Stakes Record 1:47          Art Official                    7/19/2008 Three-Year-Old Meadowlands Track Records  Colt           1:47                Art Official (7/19/08)  Gelding    1:47.4             One More Laugh (7/17/10) by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands  

The Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will be hosting the annual Ms. Hot to Trot Pageant on Friday, June 27th and Saturday, June 28th. Contestants will compete for the title of Ms. Hot to Trot and a Grand Prize of $5,000. All entrants will be evaluated by Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, and the top 30 participants will compete in the preliminaries on Friday. The 30 semi-finalists will participate in a bathing suit competition, and a question and answer segment, and the top 10 will be chosen to continue onto Saturday's finals. The top 10 will participate in formal and casual wear, a bathing suit competition, as well as a question and answer segment. The winner will take home the grand prize of $5,000, and the runner-up will take home $2,500. This Saturday, June 21st is the final day to enter the pageant. To enter, contestants must return the completed questionnaire and current photograph to Rachel Ryan or fax to 201-356-4866. Download Ms Hot to Trot questionnaire here There is no entry fee and all contestants must be 18 years or older to participate. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

What: The 3rd Annual Cameltonian and Ostrich Derby will take place on Saturday, June 21st at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Come watch as these exotic animals race down the track during Meadowlands' live harness racing night. The Ostrich race will begin after Race 4 (approx 8:15pm) and the Camel race will begin after Race 8 (approx. 9:30pm). The night will also include Belly Dancing by Amira Mor of The Amira Mor Performing Arts Center. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

DERBY DAY – On the first Saturday in May, the entire country cares about horse racing. No matter who you are or where you live, it is difficult to escape the anticipation and excitement leading up to the Run for the Roses. Traffic was already backed up to the railroad overpass on Racetrack Road by 10 a.m., waiting to get into the New Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment.  By the time I arrived in the paddock for the morning qualifiers, the first and second races had already been contested, as an earlier start was planned to accommodate the anticipated crowd. My first stop was to see the older trotters in race 7.  Shelly Grieco, caretaker for Market Share was less anxious this week as Team Toscano had less than half of the eleven horses they had in-to-go last week.  Markie was his protective self, pinning his ears if I got too close to Shelly.  Otherwise, he was content to nibble on his dog chain, which is hooked with a carabiner and dangling from the left cross chain snap. Two stalls down was Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Bee A Magician, who was making her 2014 debut sans the trotting hopples.  She looked as alert and ready as could be, and her caretaker Stephanie Petherick, was happy to pose for the obligatory photo.  I thought that if this was not a qualifier the paparazzi would be everywhere! As I dashed over to the track apron, fans and players were milling around.  They picked their spots while watching live early races from Churchill Downs on the infield teletron.  Richard Gutnick, co-owner of Market Share was taking in all the action from his usual Saturday morning perch in the grandstand.  At that stage, plans for the Elitloppet had not been finalized, citing several pros and cons.  Rumor has it that a decision will be made on Tuesday. The USTA’s Ken Weingartner and DRF’s Derick Giwner were in their respective positions, ready to capture all the highlights.  M1 CEO Jason Settlemoir stopped by to say hello with Marianne Rotella the assistant general manager.  Marianne has been at The Meadowlands as long as I can remember, most recently running Guest Services.  She is a great lady who is right at home managing big events. The main attraction was the 4-year-old and older trot, which was all Market Share.  Not only did he draw off by over eight lengths, winning in 1:52.4, he trotted his last half all alone in :54.4.  For the “Queen Bee” this appeared more like an official Derby Day workout.  Bee settled in fourth and was allowed to trot home at will, timed in 1:56.  She looked great and went clean and comfortable without the hopples. Following that race I went up to the Super Box to see Nick Salvi.  I was impressed by the “super” view of the races from that vantage point.  We discussed several social media initiatives while keeping an eye on the last few races.  Hanover’s Murray Brown brought a bag of NY bagels over from Manhattan while several top owners discussed the sights and sounds of the day. When the races were over, security shuffled us out to make room for a Derby party.  Myron Bell invited me to lunch after qualifiers.  I had to respectfully decline as I had already made plans.  Nick reminded me that they ‘do lunch’ every Saturday so I was could catch them next time.  I most certainly will! Back on the apron, I could not help but notice what an AMAZING TRANSFORMATION occurred in the “Back Yard,” the New Meadowlands equivalent to the old Paddock Park.  Although not complete yet, it had come a long way from the disassembled and dusty construction site it looked like last week. On my self-guided tour children were playing on the freshly rolled sod, and workers were inflating kid-friendly bounce houses.  While peeking inside the new Back Yard Teller stand I ran into John “Red” Fazekas.  He is also a “lifer” at the Meadowlands, starting as a labor foreman in 1977 under John Chevalier.  Now he is the Supervisor of Properties and knows every inch of the front side and the backstretch like the back of his hand.  During the Garden State Sales era, Red could always be counted on to come through in a pinch.  Bitten by the racehorse bug, he even owned and trained a few horses along the way. One of the hardest working people around that facility is Rachel Ryan, Director of Marketing.  She and the incredibly talented graphic artist Kathie Estes were handing out M1 T-shirts that read “Keep Calm and Derby On.”  I have witnessed Rachel do everything from shoot T-shirts from a cannon to carry 6 foot tables over her shoulder.  She always smiles and forges ahead.  Team Gural is indeed fortunate to have Rachel’s enthusiasm and dedication at their facility. During my tour I also ran into Administrative Assistant Jenn Bongiorno.  I told her that I was going to Freehold next, and she said one word, “Sumatra.”  I should listen to her more often! By this time Ken Weingartner was finished uploading all of his shots from the day, so we headed over to Tick Tock, the relatively famous NJ diner on Route 3 in Clifton.  After we ordered the waitress noticed pictures of horses on my iPhone and on my shirt.  The waitress inquired, “Is the Derby over at the Meadowlands today?”  Doing my very best to maintain my composure I explained that the Derby was being held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky but the Meadowlands was having a public Derby Day party—hence all the traffic.  There was also a Bar Mitzvah at MetLife Stadium, but that’s another story. “Oh, right, KENTUCKY Derby” she said.  She was very pleasant and took good care of Ken and I after that.  We broke bread and shared a few laughs, and discussed the best alternate route to Freehold.  With all the NJ Turnpike construction around exit 8A, I was advised to exit early and take the back road down to Route 33. Just as were about to leave the Tick Tock, a middle-aged couple approached our table and stated, “We could not help but overhearing, but what is happening with the Derby today?” Ken and I did our best to be good ambassadors of horse racing and gave them as much information as they could handle.  I guess anyone affiliated with horse racing is a celebrity on Derby Day!  If nothing else, a good source of insight. Out and Southbound, Mr. Weingartner was correct--traffic was backed up at exit 8A.  But tie-ups are not uncommon on the NJ Turnpike, just ask anyone who ships from Showplace or Gaitway!  When I finally arrived at Freehold, the parking lot and the grandstand were jammed packed. The Dexter Cup at the Afternoon Delight is the first stop on the road to the $1.2 million Hambletonian.  The event drew several representatives of the Hambletonian Society, as well as Rob Key, who was rooting for his dad’s horse Sarcastic Man.  Members of the Takter family were also on the partly sunny but breezy apron. Brian Sears driving Sumatra from the rail was the prohibitive betting favorite at 30 cents on the dollar.  Not one to disappoint, the White Knight led gate to wire for an elated Tom Fanning, the Hambo hopeful’s trainer.  The early-season powerhouse Ray Schnittker stable picked up the 2, 3 & 4 spots, with elim. winner Sarcastic Man (post 8) grabbing the final check. It was rumored that “The Manager” president of the Yonkers-based Brian Sears fan club, was going to make a surprise appearance at Freehold for the Dexter, however, that never materialized—leaving this scribe with nothing to do but head back North to the Meadowlands to catch the Derby. Upon my ascent to the 4th floor Victory Terrace, amidst the handicappers and the humongous hats, it was clear that the Derby Day event was a success. 8,000 T-shirts had been given out before 3 pm, and it was standing room only on the track level.  The press box was the perfect place to spread out my laptop, camera and program to watch the NBC telecast.  Nick Salvi shared some of his home-made pulled pork, and the party began. Peter Koch joined us with about 20 minutes to post, and we bantered about chalk vs. long-shots.  As horse people, we always enjoy the stories associated with the Derby.  As a former horse auction company executive, the fact that California Chrome was the product of an $8,000 mare and $2,000 stud fee was especially satisfying. I am sure that my father, who often reminded would-be sellers that ‘money does not go lame in the bank,’ would have been aghast over these cowboys turning down $6m for half the horse.  But, hey, I guess he is worth more now that he won the Derby...and is eyeing a shot at the Triple Crown. All eyes will be upon Pimlico in Baltimore on May 17 for the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown.  Fans of harness racing will want to be at The Meadowlands that day as they host the Roosevelt Raceway Legacy Night, with a dozen stars from that iconic era on hand to sign autographs.  Roosevelt memorabilia will also be on display courtesy of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. Following his T’bred TVG duties, Director of Racing Darin Zoccali joined us in the press box.  He was very pleased with the M1 on-track Churchill handle, which exceeded $1.6m.  In addition, about 12,000 people came to the facility.  All-in-all, it was a good day for horse racing, harness or otherwise. The crowd lingered on the Victory Terrace for some time after the Derby, until a brief thunder storm sent them running for cover.  The rain came and went and the crowd returned to the apron for a great night of harness racing.  The brief thunder-boomer did not slow things down, as five races went faster than 1:50. 3 Brothers Stable’s JK Endofanera won the Simpson and Rockin Amadeaus outlasted Frankies Dragon in the B1/A2 Handicap.  The increasingly powerful Alagna Racing had three wins on the Saturday night card, following 12 in the qualifiers.  With an impressive new webpage and dynamic social media feed, Tony gets it.  He is leading by example in a digital environment that helps inform owners and fans of his stable’s progress, as well as promoting the sport. It would be difficult to think of a big race at The Meadowlands where long-time track photographer Michael Lisa has not captured an iconic image.  For fun, I took his picture along with his brother and fellow photographer Jim, and Paul Capozzi the master of ceremonies for winners circle presentations.  These guys work hard behind the lens and behind the scenes to make sure that the winning connections have everlasting memories of their special night. To cap off the evening, David Miller, who will be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in July, captured career win 11,000.  It truly was a great day for horse racing! By Chris Tully, for

East Rutherford, NJ - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is giving one lucky harness racing fan a chance to win $1,000,000 in their first ever Million Dollar Ball Drop. Guests can sign up every live racing night May 2 - July 11, with the Ball Drop taking place on Friday, July 25th. Each guest is allowed one entry per person, per live race day. After the close of entries, 500 names will be randomly selected and assigned a numbered golf ball. During live racing on July 25, 500 numbered golf balls will be dropped from the top of a fire truck ladder onto a target area in the infield of the racetrack. If the golf ball closest to the target hole matches the pre-selected number in the sealed envelope, that guest wins $1,000,000. However, if the ball dropped closest to the target area does not match the pre-selected number, the guest still wins a 1st Place Prize of $5,000.00.* Prizes will also be awarded for the next 24 closest golf balls to the target hole as follows: 2nd Place: $3,000.00 3rd Place: $1,500.00 4th Place: $1,000.00 5th Place: $500.00 6th- 15th Place: $100.00 16th-25th Place: $50.00 Complete Million Dollar Ball Drop rules and regulations can be found at Rachel Ryan    

Do you have a son or daughter who enjoys harness racing as much as you do? Or perhaps you have the horse racing bug and would love to consider a career in the industry? Then look no further than the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program (RTIP). Established in 1974, this Bachelor of Science degree program offers two different paths of study.  One prepares students for the business side of the industry, which includes careers in track management, regulation and pari-mutuel operations.  The other path is designed for students interested in working more directly with the horses and prepares them for careers in racing, training and bloodstock enterprises. The RTIP focuses both paths on quality education, emphasizing integrity and professionalism; the program offers personal mentoring and professional development opportunities and utilizes its deep ties to alumni working in the industry. While at the program, students gain invaluable hands-on experience through internships and create a network of industry professionals through their interaction with speakers brought to campus during each semester to lecture in the classroom. The most recent “guest professor” was Rachel Ryan, the Meadowlands’ head of public relations. The “who’s who” of the racing business who gather in Tucson each December for the Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming (hosted by the RTIP) are also a great resource for the students. One of the most important industry gatherings in the racing industry, the Symposium attracts experts and officials from throughout the world, bringing them right to the student’s doorstep. What is most impressive is the list of graduates who have gone on to great positions working in the harness racing industry including Peter Koch, race secretary at the Meadowlands; Barry Brown, director of racing operations at Harrah’s Philadelphia and Heather Belmonte, executive assistant at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. And on faculty at the RTIP is none other than Hall of Famer Dean Hoffman, former head of Hoof Beats at the USTA! Graduates from the Thoroughbred side of the roster include top trainers Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher; Martin Panza, senior VP of racing operations at New York Racing Association; Thomas Ventura, president, Ocala Breeders' Sales Company; Peter Rotondo, VP – television, Breeders' Cup Limited and Jim Kostas, president, Daily Racing Form. The school’s rate for job placement within the industry is nearly flawless. This reporter can vouch for that having hired a graduate during my racetrack management days and working with numerous graduates over the years. Check out their website as it is full of information about the program, alumni, special services, grants, scholarships and more. The site is at By Steve Wolf, for

East Rutherford, NJ - Russ Slader blew away the competition in the $400 World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier this past Saturday. The Nutley, NJ resident nailed four winners on the card and finished the tournament with a $1,320 bankroll, securing him the $3,840 top cash prize and an entry into the World Harness Handicapping Championship, to be held April 19, 2014 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Frank Palmer of Caldwell, NJ, John Golden of Drexel Hill, PA and Tedd Derian from the Bronx, NY also qualified for the WHHC Final. The qualifier format required players to bet 10 Meadowlands races of their choice, working from a $200 bankroll. Wagers had to meet a $20 minimum per race, with a $200 maximum. Contestants could only bet one horse per race and wagers could either be win, place or a combination of the two. Rank Name Bankroll Prize 1 Russ Slader $1,320.00 $3,840 (Plus $800 WHHC seat) 2 Frank Palmer $896.00 $1,920 (Plus $800 WHHC seat) 3 John Golden $845.10 $1,440 (Plus $800 WHHC seat) 4 Tedd Derian $700.00 $960 (Plus $800 WHHC seat) 5 Don Tiger $580.00 $480 6 Greg Lipinski $560.00 $192 7 Lester Block $532.00 $192 8 Don Morgan $475.00 $192 9 Nick Montemurro $417.00 $192 10 Joe Chuisano $425.60 $192 by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - When the world's top horseplayers convene at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment in East Rutherford, NJ on April 19 to compete in the World Harness Handicapping Championship, an estimated prize pool of more than $50,000 will be up for grabs. But one prominent player won't be playing for himself; he'll be playing for the health and care of retired racehorses. Rusty Nash, recently the runner-up in the Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA) harness handicapping tournament, was given a seat in the WHHC by the Meadowlands ($800 value) in exchange for agreeing to donate any winnings in the event to a standardbred rescue organization. The first place prize in the WHHC is $20,000. "Rusty Nash has been a valued player in previous Meadowlands contests and we are happy that he received the $800 charity buy-in to the WHHC Final, said Rachel Ryan, WHHC Contest Director. "The Meadowlands and HANA have enjoyed a strong partnership and have worked together to promote racing and wagering at the Meadowlands as well as supporting horse retirement and rescue charities. This event is the premier betting contest for Harness players in North America and we hope this sparks further interest in the World Harness Handicapping Championship." "The HANA Harness Handicapping Contest has raised - through its sponsors - over $7,000 for retired racehorses the past two years. The Meadowlands' stepping up to the plate to give one of its top handicappers the chance to earn even more for the horses is truly appreciated. We wish Rusty, as well as all the participants in the World Harness Handicapping Championship, good luck" said HANA Harness Director Allan Schott. The WHHC is a one-day tournament, with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players may earn a seat in the WHHC through a qualifying event at a partner wagering outlet or through direct $800 buy-in. 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. Registration deadline is 10 p.m. on Thursday, April 17. For the contest entry form and complete rules visit by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands  

It was a parade of longshots at The Meadowlands on Friday night. The centerpiece of which was a shocking 90-1 upset in the third race. That win by Esteemed Members and driver Mike Pollio ensured a Pick 5 carryover into the Saturday program of $24,815.69. The last time a Pick 5 carried over into a Saturday program at The Meadowlands, it resulted in a pool of over $128,000 and that carryover was less than the carryover being offered into this Saturday's program. The win by Esteemed Members also played a big role in their being only one winning ticket in the Early Pick 4, which returned $39,951.70 for a $1 play. In addition a combination of 39-1 winner Canary Island (placed first via disqualification) and 24-1 winner Twin B Spike Man sparked a Late Pick 4 payout of $60,527.20 for a $1 minimum, again revealing just one winning ticket in the entire pool. The featured race on the program was the A-2/A-1/FFA Handicap for Filly and Mare Pacers. Lorrie Please made it back to back victories for the combination of Doug Lewis and Corey Callahan at the Free For All Handicap Level, pacing the mile in 1:50.4. The win was one of three on the night for driver Corey Callahan. The Meadowlands eclipsed $3 Million in handle once again Friday night, with a total handle of $3,040,178, which reflects a 6-percent increase from the same Friday one year ago. On-track handle was also up 7-percent. Racing resumes Saturday night, with first post time of 7:15 P.M., featuring a $24,815.69 Pick 5 Carryover which kicks off the program in race 1. For more information log onto Rachel Ryan  

East Rutherford, NJ - Due to the extreme cold that has caused many tracks to cancel racing, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and Winners Bayonne OTW will close for simulcasting at 6 pm tonight. Meadowlands & Winners will resume normal simulcasting operations tomorrow at 11 am. Updated simulcasting calendars can be found at by Rachel Ryan for the Meadowlands                  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will hold its 10th Annual Toys for Tots Collection Drive this Saturday, December 21st. The event was previously scheduled for this past Saturday, but was postponed when live racing was canceled due to the winter storm in the area. All are welcome to bring in new, unwrapped toys throughout the day and spread some magic and 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. 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. In addition to spreading the holiday cheer, fans can also receive some holiday swag. The long-sleeve T-Shirt giveaway previously scheduled for last Saturday will also be held this Saturday, December 21st. Fans will receive one giveaway free while supplies last beginning at 5:00 p.m. inside the main grandstand entrance. But that's not all. Patrons can also enter the $2,500 Holiday Gift Card Sweepstakes. An entry form can be found in Saturday's live racing program and winners will be announced between Races 3 and 9 to win a gift card from one of their favorite department stores. Live racing resumes at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment Friday, December 20th and continues Saturday night. First race post time is 7:15 p.m. by Rachel Ryan for the Meadowlands  

On April 19, 2014 the top horseplayers in North America will compete for over $60,000 in prize money* in the 2014 World Harness Handicapping Championship, at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment in East Rutherford, NJ. The WHHC qualifiers at the newly opened Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment are set for January 11, February 22 and March 15. The Meadowlands January 11 qualifier has a $200 total fee ($100 entry plus a $100 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to bet a minimum of $10 ($100 maximum) on 10 Meadowlands races. Complete rules and entry form are available at The top two finishers will earn spots in the WHHC with prize money to be paid out to the Top 10 finishers. The World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) is the partnership between Meadowlands Racing & 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, with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players may earn a seat in the WHHC through a qualifying event at a partner wagering outlet or through direct buy-in ($800). In addition to the Meadowlands, the United States Trotting Association, The Meadows and Buffalo are conducting WHHC qualifiers. A complete list of participating outlets and qualifier dates can be found at or by clicking here. For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment ( or Kathy Wade Vlaar, Standardbred Canada ( *estimated final prize pool, based on 120 entries        

East Rutherford, NJ - The Grand Opening of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment on November 23rd is scheduled to include a pair of $50,000 preliminary legs for the TVG Free For All Pace and Trot. This is the last chance for horsemen to have their respective horses earn points to gain a spot in the $500,000 Pacing and Trotting Finals. The current point standings can be found here. The entry box for Opening Night, Saturday November 23rd closes at 9:00 AM Tuesday November 19th and the condition sheet is available by clicking here. Additionally, the Race Office at the Meadowlands encourages trainers and owners to enter their horses in the $500,000 Final of both the TVG FFA Pace and Trot on November 30th, regardless of their place in the point standings as the possibility of a horse ranked higher than theirs not entering could open up a spot in the Final. Full conditions for the TVG FFA Championships can be found here. If you have any questions regarding the series, please contact the Meadowlands race office. Rachel Ryan

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands and Winners Bayonne held the $12,000 Breeders Crown Pick 13 Challenge on Saturday night.  While no one walked away with the $12,000 Grand Prize, Rich Christianson did win $5,000.  Christianson, of Belleville, NJ managed to select 9 of 12 winners on the Breeders Crown card.   The contest was sponsored by Jeff Gural’s Allerage Farms.  Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will run a Pick 13 Challenge on Opening Night, Saturday, November 23.  The $1 Million Pick 13 Contest challenges guests to select the winners of all 13 races that Saturday.  Anyone that picks all 13 winners will win $1 million.  If no contestant correctly picks all 13 winners, runner-up prizes are offered: ·         Pick 12 winners - $10,000 ·         Pick 11 winners - $7,500 ·         Pick 10 winners - $5,000 ·         Pick 9 winners - $2,500 ·         Pick 8 winners - $100 betting voucher Official contest rules can be found at by clicking here. by Rachel Ryan for the Meadowlands  

With harness racing’s championship night, The Breeders Crown, nearly upon us, New Meadowlands Racing LLC has put together a promotion to make the night even better.  The event will take place at both of its properties, the Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners Bayonne.  The promotion, a free handicapping contest, is sponsored by Jeff Gural’s Allerage Farms.  The handicapping contest could send someone home $12,000 richer and the best part, it's entirely free to enter. The Meadowlands and Winners Bayonne will offer the contest in which contestants will attempt to pick the winner of all 12 Breeders Crown races.  If any contestant is successful in doing so, they will the win $12,000 grand prize.  If multiple contestants are successful, they will split the grand prize.  If no one is successful in selecting all 12 winners, the contestant with the most winners from the 12 Breeders Crown races will win $5,000.  In the event of a tie, the prize money will be equally divided among entrants involved in the tie. The contest will be available at both the Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners Bayonne.  The winner will either be the contestant that has all 12 winners correct, or the contestant with the most winners at either the Meadowlands Racetrack or Winners Bayonne.   Hopefully, there is a contestant that selects all 12 winners and takes home the $12,000 Grand Prize.  At the very least a $5,000 prize is being given away.  For a free entry, that beats any parlay in racing! by Rachel Ryan for New Meadowlands Racing, LLC  

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