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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Preppy Art had been a harness racing machine of late, winning six in a row heading into the Toys For Tots Final for $7,500 claiming pacers at the Meadowlands Thursday night. It appears Forevernalways didn't read the press clippings. The 5-year-old Forevernalways, a gelded son of Always A Virgin-Jnb N Me, rushed up to challenge Preppy Art on the far turn before cruising by on the way to a 4¼-length win in a lifetime-best 1:51. It was apparent during the wagering that Preppy Art, who was making his sixth straight start in a different barn, would not be the post-time favorite, but as the 2-1 second choice, he fired away from the gate to the lead and cut out a :27.3 quarter before a :55.2 half.   Forevernalways vacated the three-hole approaching the far turn after Preppy Art hit three-quarters in 1:24 and made a bold move to poke a head in front with three-sixteenths of a mile to go. From there, the Kenneth Tisa trainee drew off with Dave Miller doing the driving during an explosive final quarter of :26.4 to win for fun. Walks Of Life was second, with Preppy Art third. Forevernalways, who paid $4.60 to win as the 6-5 favorite, was claimed for a third consecutive start, this time by Izzy Estrada. Preppy Art, who was claimed for a sixth consecutive outing, left the track on Bruce Lauer's trailer. There were two other Toys For Tots Finals on the program. JB's Shooting Star (Yannick Gingras driving) ran her win streak to three by taking the Fillies and Mares TrackMaster 77 or less Pace in 1:53 as the 4-5 public choice while Broadway Promise (Dave Miller) hit the wire first in 1:54.3 in the Non-Winners of $3,500 Pace at odds of 8-1. LARRY THE LIP: The always entertaining Larry Lederman called the Thursday night races, and as usual he provided some quips that are rarely heard: "Feel The Muscle is coming and so is Christmas." "This could be long-term parking, just like at the airport." "And the car leaves at 40 miles an hour, and there's R M Blackhawk going about 38." A LITTLE MORE: Dave Miller and Andy Miller were the driving stars of the night with three winners each while Andy McCarthy had two. Those three drivers accounted for eight of the 10 winners on the card. ... One player - wagering into the Midlantic hub - had the lone ticket to last all eight legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-8 and collected $6,183. ... Favorites won seven times on the program. ... All-source handle totaled $956,383. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Race caller Larry Lederman and professional football player Quincy Enunwa will be visiting the Meadowlands this weekend. Lederman will be doing what he does best, while Enunwa will be spreading Christmas cheer to children who could really use some. Lederman is second in the 'batting order' tonight (Dec. 12) as the second season of "Borrow Ken's Binoculars" - which brings in guest announcers to call the Thursday night race cards during December while regular voice Ken Warkentin steps aside - continues. A week ago, Pete Kleinhans was on the microphone, while the last two weeks of the month will feature the USTA's Michael Carter (on Dec. 19) and the Big M's own Dave Little (Dec. 26). "So many of our regular customers are Larry Lederman fans," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "And so are all of us at the Meadowlands. Larry has always been one of the best announcers around and it's great to hear his unique calls at the Big M." Enunwa, the New York Jets wide receiver, will be at the track on Saturday (Dec. 14) night and visitors are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Big M's annual toy drive. Enunwa and the U.S. Marine Corps will be collecting for the annual 'Toys for Tots' drive from 6:30-8:30 p.m. All collected toys will be donated to Harlem Grown, helping make the holiday season brighter for area children. FOX5 sportscaster Tina Cervasio will serve as master of ceremonies for the event and fans who bring a toy for the drive will be able to take a selfie with Enunwa. "This is my favorite time of the year," said Settlemoir. "The toy drive is near and dear to my heart. It feels great to be able to give back to those in need, especially during the holiday season." HOT STARTS: Last weekend (Dec. 5-7) saw a handful of drivers get off to a quick start for the final month of 2019, during which there will be 12 race cards. Through the first three cards of December, Dave Miller and Tim Tetrick top the driver colony with six wins apiece, with Dexter Dunn and Yannick Gingras in hot pursuit with five victories each. Richard Johnson has three wins to lead all trainers in December, while Trish Adams, Jeff Cullipher, Harry Landy and Nick Surick all have two apiece. DECEMBER SCHEDULE CONTINUES: During the month of December, live racing at the Meadowlands will be conducted on a three day a week basis, Thursday-Saturday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. HIT BIG WITH FREE PPs: The 50-cent Pick-4 is one of the more popular wagers at the Big M, and players can get the past performances for free. Program pages are available for the bet - which sports a $50,000 guaranteed pool on Fridays and Saturdays and a low 15 percent takeout always - at playmeadowlands.com and ustrotting.com. Last weekend's pools were solid, as $75,915 and $86,478 were wagered on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Twenty-cent Jackpot Super High-Five players are no doubt looking forward to Thursday's 10th race, which will offer a $47,222 carryover on the bet that requires one to have the only winning ticket to rake the pot. BET WITH BROWER: For help with every race on all Big M cards, be sure to check out Big M morning-line oddsmaker Dave Brower's analysis on the Meadowlands website (playmeadowlands.com). Click on the 'handicapping' tab, then 'race reviews'. FUN ON FRIDAY: On Dec. 13, card players who are 21 or older can play Texas Hold'em on "Free Poker Friday", hosted by World Free Poker. ... Holiday shoppers can give their bankrolls a boost by entering the Big M's "Holiday Gift Card Sweepstakes", where $1,500 in major department store gift cards will be given away. Entry forms are available in the live racing program. MEADOWLANDS HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: Here is the holiday operating schedule for simulcasting at the Big M: December 15: Closed December 22: Closed Christmas Eve: Closed Christmas Day: Closed December 29: Closed New Year's Eve: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. For more information, go to playmeadowlands.com. FANDUEL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: Here is the holiday operating schedule for the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook: Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Christmas Day: Closed New Year's Eve: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. New Year's Day: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m. For more information, go to playmeadowlands.com/fanduel. From the Meadowlands Media Department    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Guests at the Meadowlands Racetrack this weekend can dine, win gift cards in time for the holidays, donate toys to children in need this season, and of course, watch and wager on world-class harness racing. On Thursday, December 12th rewards club members can earn double points on all live harness racing wagers and two lucky members will win back their wagering losses on Meadowlands live wagers. Not a member? Sign up at the Players Club desk inside the Clubhouse Lobby. Friday's $29.95 Pink Restaurant buffet features a NY-style Pastrami carving station, manicotti marinara, ginger-garlic grilled swordfish, chicken Milanese, and mushroom risotto. The themed station is Mexican fiesta and is highlighted by classic Mexican snacks plus tasty deep-fried churros with chocolate sauce. On Friday fans can enter to win gift cards to their favorite department store through the night. Entry forms will be available in the live racing program and at the Players Club desk. Saturday's $39.95 buffet has a herb pork loin on the carving station as well as Norwegian cod, slow-roasted sirloin tips, Tuscan lemon chicken, tortellini arrabiata. Reservations can be made by calling 201-The-BigM. On Saturday, on-track fans are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy for the track's annual toy drive. NY Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa & the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots will be onsite collecting all the toys 6:30 - 8:30pm. All collected toys will be donated to Harlem Grown. FOX5 Sportscaster Tina Cervasio will emcee the event and fans will be able to grab a selfie with Enunwa. "This is my favorite time of the year," said Jason Settlemoir, GM & COO of the Meadowlands Racetrack. "This toy drive is near and dear to my heart. It feels great to be able to give back to those in need this holiday season." Live racing is at 7:15pm Thursday-Saturday. Visit PlayMeadowlands.com for the latest racing, dining and event information. From the Meadowlands Media Department

Tattersalls Sales Co. reminds sellers that entries for its Winter Mixed Sale will close at the end of regular business hours on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Those planning to enter may do so by calling (914) 773-7777 or by submitting entries online at tattersallsredmile.com.   The sale, formerly called the January Select Mixed Sale, will be conducted as usual on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20, in the Meadowlands race paddock.   It will include broodmares, broodmare prospects, stallion shares, short yearlings, and the market segment that's made the sale famous--racehorses of all ages.   The Tattersalls winter auction has rung up more than $17-million in total sales over the past three years and averaged at or close to $30,000 each year. Last year's sale topper was the multiple stakes winning Chapter Seven mare Southwind Tesla, at $152,000.   The company urges consignors to enter now to make the main catalog. Benefits of that include racelines and catalog pages posted for a longer period of time for sale shoppers, and the advantage of being included in upcoming promotions.   From Tattersalls Sales Co.    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Geez Joe was in tough in his last two races and did not fare well, but the veteran returned to his winning ways Saturday night at one of his favorite harness racing tracks, taking the $30,000 Preferred for pacers at the Meadowlands. The 5-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe-Beach Bretta finished eighth in the Nov. 23 TVG Open Pace (won by Always A Prince) and 10th in the Oct. 26 Breeders Crown (American History), but he got back to the winner's circle Saturday by wiring a short - but talented - field of six in 1:50. Geez Joe was the 8-5 post-time favorite and driver Marcus Miller sent him to the top in :27.2. There wasn't much movement in the six-horse field and Miller was able to rate the second fraction to :28.1. The flow began to form after the half with Bettor Memories leading the train at the five-eighths, but none of the horses racing on the rim would go on to hit the board. Wheels On Fire sat the pocket throughout with Windsong Leo in the three-hole, and in deep stretch, Wheels On Fire was moving to the eventual winner along the inside while Windsong Leo rallied between rivals. At the wire, it was Geez Joe by a hard-fought neck over Wheels On Fire with Windsong Leo third. "He was super game," said Miller. Geez Joe, whose last win came at the Meadowlands on Oct. 12, returned $5.40 to his backers. The Erv Miller trainee now has 21 wins from 65 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $281,520 for owners Bay Pond Racing Stable. Three of his five wins in 2019 have come at the Big M. A LITTLE MORE: The driver colony had a pair of stars: Tim Tetrick, who won four races, and Dave Miller, who recorded a natural hat trick after taking the ninth, 10th and 11th races ... A pair of winning tickets were sold in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10, with each being worth $4,678 for lasting six legs. Of those six, four were the post-time favorite. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card totaled $2,180,523. ... Racing resumes Thursday at 7:15 p.m. "Borrowing Ken's Binoculars" and calling the races that night will be the always entertaining Larry Lederman. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - December 7, 2019 - The $65,000 SBOANJ New Jersey Sired Trot Final for 3-year-olds at the Meadowlands on Friday night (Dec 6.) ended in exciting harness racing fashion. The favorite Evident Beauty and second favorite Princess Deo could not be split at the wire, stopping the clock as co-winners in 1:52.2. The two fillies sat back allowing the colt Lucius Vorenus to make the front uncontested to a first-quarter time of 28.1. Just past the quarter Andrew McCarthy moved is filly Princess Deo to the front to take the lead from Lucius Vorenus, while Evident Beauty and David Miller waited to make their move after the half-mile marker. David Miller and Evident Beauty eased their way around the last turn, and the two fillies hooked up in the lane battling to the dead heat for the win. The NJSS horse of the year Evident Beauty is trained by Richard (Nifty) Norman and owned by Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC, and R A W Equine Inc. The Trixton filly has notched win number 13 and $805,301 in lifetime earnings. Bred by White Birch Farms in Allentown, NJ, Evident Beauty has put together a noteworthy 3-year-old campaign. The other winner in this dead heat Princess Deo is trained by Noel Daley for owners Deo Volente Farms LLC, Thomas Pontone and John Fodera. Princess Deo was also sired by Trixton, but she was bred by Deo Volente Farms LLC. Princess Deo captured her fifth win and boosted her lifetime earnings to $405,974. This was the first year for the SBOANJ 3-year-old sired trot race, it is planned to return next year for 3 and 4-year-olds. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - After going off stride just after the half a week ago as the 4-5 harness racing favorite on the way to a ninth-place finish, Southwind Chrome rebounded in a big way Friday night, taking the featured $30,000 Preferred for trotters at the Meadowlands. Sent off this time as the 5-2 second choice in the wagering, Southwind Chrome raced with cover past the quarter behind 9-5 public choice Muscle M Up and ending up clearing the top before the half, which was timed in a quick :54.4 with strong winds at their backs. Midway around the far turn, Ake Svanstedt directed Muscle M Up to vacate the pocket and the duo then dueled all the way to the wire from there. Muscle M Up was determined, but Southwind Chrome was just a bit better, hanging on to win by a neck in 1:51.4 after a contentious stretch battle. JL Cruze finished third. "He was super," said winning driver Tim Tetrick of Southwind Chrome. "We went a very fast middle half with a nice horse following us. My horse showed a lot of toughness to hold off Muscle M Up. My horse went a big mile. I'm very happy with his effort." Southwind Chrome, a 4-year-old son of Chapter Seven-Counter Pointe who is trained by Jeff Cullipher and owned by Pollack Racing and Cullipher, returned $7.20 to his backers. He's won 10 of his 30 lifetime starts and earned $181,085. A LITTLE MORE: Leading driver Dexter Dunn, fresh off a month of November that saw him win 23 Big M races, had three winners on the card. ... Dunn and trainer Harry Landy teamed up to take the 11th and 12th races. ... One shrewd handicapper betting into the Oregon hub was the only player to last six legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 and cashed in for $7,480. ... All-source handle totaled $2,252,358 on the 13-race program. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The remarkable Preppy Art did it again. At this time, it would be hard to find a better inexpensive claimer than this harness racing veteran, who won his sixth consecutive race at the $7,500 claiming level for pacers at the Meadowlands Thursday night as the Big M hosted its first of four Thursday night cards during December. Racing out of the Nick Surick barn - his fourth different stable in four starts - Preppy Art was sent to the gate as the 1-5 public choice and driver Andy Miller rolled him immediately to the top and stopped the clock at the quarter in :27.3. A tepid second fraction of :29 followed, and even though Luck N Roll K moved boldly three-wide on the far turn to get into contention, he could not threaten the eventual winner, who hit the wire 3½ lengths in front of Luck N Roll K in 1:52.1, a season's best for the 7-year-old gelded son of Art Colony-Electric Smile. For Preppy Art - who paid $2.40 to win - his winning streak is even more amazing when you consider how he'd been doing before his winning ways began. At the end of 2017, he lost his last eight starts. During 2018, he had zero wins in 30 starts. In 2019, he was winless in his first 21 outings. Thus, he has won a half-dozen straight after losing 59 in a row. His streak created quite a stir at the claiming box, as 15 claims were entered on the horse. He leaves the Surick barn - where he had been owned by Melvin Fink and Debbie Surick - and now will race out of Traci Berry's barn after being claimed for a fifth straight start, this time by J. Craparotta and Pat Berry Racing. Lifetime, Preppy Art has 17 wins from 116 starts, good for earnings of $117,942. His lifetime best of 1:51.2 came two years ago at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A LITTLE MORE: Yannick Gingras paced the driver colony, scoring four times on the 10-race card. ... Trainers Surick and Trish Adams both had two winner's circle visits. ... Longshots won the first (29-1) and last (32-1) races on the program. Of the eight races in between, six were taken by the favorite. ... All-source handle totaled $1,051,607. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands   

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Live harness racing at the Meadowlands will increase during the month of December, and based on how successful he was during November, that likely suits Dexter Dunn just fine. Thursday racing makes its debut this evening (Dec. 5) as the Big M will up their number of live racing nights from two to three during December, with live action being offered every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:15 p.m. Dunn, whose career has been on a meteoric rise since coming to America in the summer of 2018, drove 23 winners during November to lead the Big M driver colony. The New Zealand native, who was the regular driver for such standouts as Bettor's Wish and Manchego, piloted three winners on a card five times during the month and won four on one occasion. Following Dunn on the November driver's hit parade were Yannick Gingras (16 wins), Tim Tetrick (13), Tyler Buter (11), Andy Miller (10), Dave Miller (10) and Andy McCarthy (9). The depth of talent of the Big M driver colony - and how evenly matched it is - is confirmed by a look at what's transpired over the last two weeks at the mile oval. The top four in terms of Universal Driver Rating System (UDRS) with at least 15 drives are Gingras (.279), McCarthy (.278), Tetrick (.270) and Buter (.268). The trainer colony is also stacked as five conditioners had two wins last weekend (Nov. 29-30): Trish Adams, Juan Cano, Tom Fanning, Patti Harmon and Andrew Harris. SOUNDS OF THE SEASON: Just like last year, Thursdays in December will feature guest announcers who will "Borrow Ken's Binoculars", as Big M voice Ken Warkentin will open his track announcer's booth to four different callers. This evening (Dec. 5), Big M TV regular fill-in and longtime harness and thoroughbred announcer Peter Kleinhans will call the races. The colorful Larry Lederman will be up next on Dec. 12, followed by the USTA's Michael Carter on Dec. 19 and "Racing from the Meadowlands" regular Dave Little on the 26th. TOP 10 TITANS: Shartin N, who has the inside track on being named Horse of the Year, sat atop the final Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown weekly Top 10 Poll that was released Tuesday. The Jim King Jr. trainee, who won 15-of-19 starts and banked just over $982,000 during the year, was No. 1 in the poll each of the 28 weeks it was posted. Bettor's Wish finished in the second spot while Greenshoe was third. According to USTA Media Relations Manager Ken Weingartner, that threesome were the only horses to appear in every Top 10. The remainder of the Final Top 10 in order were Manchego, Warrawee Ubeaut, Gimpanzee, Caviart Ally, Papi Rob Hanover, Real Cool Sam and Tall Dark Stranger. All 10 raced at the Meadowlands during 2019, with seven of the top eight having raced on TVG/Fall Final Four Night on Nov. 23. THIS WEEKEND: On Dec. 6, poker players who are 21 and older can hold'em and fold'em on "Free Poker Friday". The free Texas Hold'em tournaments begin at 7 p.m. track side. ... Also on Friday, get some help with holiday shopping by entering a chance to win a gift card to a major department store. $1,500 in gift cards will be up for grabs. An entry form will be in the live program. ... On Saturday (Dec. 7), the Meadowlands and Peter Grandich and Company will host "Football Night". Longtime New York Jets standout Joe Klecko and his son, three-time Super Bowl winner Dan, will be available for autographs and pictures from 6:30-7:30 p.m. TOYS FOR TOTS NEW DATE: Due to the bad weather that hit the Metropolitan area, the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Annual Holiday Toy Drive Reception that was originally scheduled for Dec. 2, will now take place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child at Harlem Grown, a charitable organization in Harlem. If you do, not only will you help a youngster have a happy holiday, but you will also get to greet New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, the honorary Captain of the 2019 Toys for Tots Campaign. FOX5 sportscaster Tina Cervasio will host the event, where some of Enunwa's Jets teammates will also be on hand. For those who cannot make it but would like to help, they can bring a new, unwrapped toy to the track between now and the night of the event. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Meadowlands Racetrack & Quincy Enunwa have rescheduled their Toy Collection Drive for Saturday, December 14th. Once again the racetrack has teamed up with NY Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa & the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots to donate all the collected toys to Harlem Grown. Harlem Grown is a charitable organization in Harlem whose mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. For additional information, please visit www.HarlemGrown.org. Enunwa will be at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, December 14th from 6:30-8:30pm. FOX5 Sportscaster Tina Cervasio will emcee the event. Anyone that brings in a new unwrapped toy will be able to meet and grab a selfie with Enunwa. "I look forward to this toy collection drive each year," said Jason M. Settlemoir, GM/COO of Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment. "We are excited to help Quincy Enunwa and Harlem Grown bring some holiday cheer to those in need." Details at PlayMeadowlands.com From the Meadowlands Media Department

Due to the forecasted winter weather the Meadowlands Racetrack and Quincy Enunwa have postponed tonight's Toy Collection Drive. The event that benefits Toys for Tots and Harlem Grown will be rescheduled for later this month. Once a date has been determined it will be posted at PlayMeadowlands.com From the Meadowlands Media Department

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Tim Tetrick was the hot driver Saturday night at the Meadowlands as he drove the winners of the sixth, seventh and eighth races on the harness racing program. The last of his "natural hat trick" came in the $22,500 featured conditioned pace with San Domino A in 1:50.1. San Domino A picked up cover from 6-5 favorite Harambe Deo as leader Americanprimetime reached the half in :55.1. Harambe Deo and Americanprimetime were on even terms as they passed three-quarters while San Domino A continued along in perfect position second-over. Tetrick tipped San Domino A at just the right time inside the eighth pole as a tired Harambe Deo gave way. A super-game Americanprimetime fought on valiantly along the inside but could not prevent San Domino A from going on to a three-quarter-length win. Declan Seelster rallied for third. Harambe Deo faded to seventh. The winner, a 6-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Reggae Miss, returned $11.80 as the third choice in the wagering. He is owned by Joe P Racing and Oldford Racing, trained by Andrew Harris and now has 18 victories from 62 lifetime starts and earnings of $181,088. Tetrick's other winners came with 4-5 favorite McThriller (in the sixth race) and 1-5 public choice Griffon Hanover (seventh). LIVE RACING THIS THURSDAY: The racing schedule expands from two days a week to three, effective December 5, as live action at the Big M will be conducted on a Thursday-Saturday basis throughout December. Post time is 7:15 p.m. A LITTLE MORE: 50-cent Pick-5 players who had winning tickets cashed in for a handsome $3,476, even though none of the horses in the sequence went off at odds longer than 7-2. ... The 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 played out like a jackpot wager once again. One sharp bettor playing into the Portland hub who lasted seven legs walked away with $8,501. ... Andy Miller matched Tetrick by winning three times on the program. ... Tyler Buter drove two to victory lane on the card, giving him five winner's circle visits for the weekend. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card totaled $2,475,703, pushing wagering for the weekend past the $5 million mark.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Driver Joe Bongiorno guided Misslarose to a perfect pocket trip and the veteran harness racing mare found clearance inside the final sixteenth to pull off a 30-1 shocker in the $30,000 featured Preferred for trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night. The 5-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-Marion Chocolata was hustled away from the gate by Bongiorno and raced in the pocket behind JL Cruze at the quarter in :27.1. The action started to heat up at the half as Rich And Miserable vacated the three-hole to come after the leader. The look of the race changed shortly thereafter when 4-5 favorite Southwind Chrome broke as he looked to pick up cover. On the far turn, Rich And Miserable was up to engage JL Cruze as Bongiorno sat patiently just in behind the dueling leaders, waiting for his chance. And his chance would come. Through the stretch, Meladys Monet, who swung three-wide for the drive after going a third-over journey, was putting in his usual late charge while Rich And Miserable clung to a short edge after JL Cruze weakened. Nearing the wire, Bongiorno found a seam between Rich And Miserable (to his inside) and Meladys Monet (to his outside) and got up on the wire to record a neck win over Meladys Monet and Rich And Miserable in 1:53. Even at odds of 30-1, Misslarose's trainer had faith. "If I can be totally honest," said Jenn Bongiorno. "I really did think we had a shot. Granted, this was a big step up and I respect the field of horses she was up against immensely - the field was stacked - but at the end of the day, this is a really nice mare that absolutely loves the Big M. "(My brother) Joe couldn't have worked out a better trip and just always seems to get the most out of our horses. Both Joe and Misslarose continue to impress me more and more every day. I couldn't be happier." Misslarose, who paid $62.40 to win, now has four wins in eight Meadowlands starts in 2019 and has 11 Big M victories over the last two years. Her only other start in the Preferred ranks this season came in February when she missed a head to Trolley. Her career stats now stand at 19 wins from 73 starts and earnings of $229,790 for owner Wish Me Luck Stables. A LITTLE MORE: Trainer Justin Sodano, 23, won his first career Meadowlands race when The Lady Sheriff scored in the fifth race. ... One sharp player betting into the Catskills hub walked away with $6,847 after lasting just five legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10. Three of the five races were won by the post-time favorite. ... Tyler Buter had the right stuff, driving three winners on the card. Buter's fans grabbed some Black Friday green as his horses paid off at 2-1, 13-1 and 11-1. ... All-source handle for the 13-race card was $2,622,854, third best at the Fall Meeting. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Hightstown, NJ - Harness racing trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt has only one favorite memory of now retired world champion trotter Six Pack. It covers roughly 950 days. "His whole career," Svanstedt said, smiling, while sitting in his office several days prior to Six Pack's final race in the TVG Open Trot last weekend at The Meadowlands. "When he was 2, he was big and not so fast in the beginning. But in April (2017) he started to feel like a good horse. So, from that April until now, it's a big memory. "I'm going to miss him. It's not so easy to find a horse like him." Six Pack and trainer-driver Svanstedt went out a winner in the TVG Open Trot, giving the 4-year-old stallion 19 wins in 35 career races and $1.93 million in purses. He was a Dan Patch Award winner at age 3, when he became the fastest sophomore trotter in history with a time of 1:49.1 in winning the Kentucky Futurity. This season, he became the fastest 4-year-old male trotter with a 1:49.2 victory in the Allerage Open Trot. No other trotter in history has recorded sub-1:50 wins in multiple years. And his track-record 1:50 performance in the TVG gave Six Pack an unparalleled four lifetime wins of 1:50 or faster. In addition to the TVG, Kentucky Futurity and Allerage Open, Six Pack's wins included the Yonkers Trot, a Matron, a division of the Stanley Dancer, a New York Sire Stakes championship, and Empire Breeders Classic. "He's very good gaited," Svanstedt said. "He's a big horse and heavy but he has a very light gait. He handled the short tracks in New York very good. When he won the Yonkers Trot, I let him go the last quarter full speed. I think it was the fastest I ever drove in a turn on a half-mile track. He was always perfect gaited. Never took a wrong step. "Of course, he had a good head. He was very nice to handle and drive." This year, Six Pack won four of 12 races and hit the board a total of 11 times. He made seven starts from posts seven, eight, nine or 10 this season, and another from the second tier. He finished second to French star Bold Eagle from post 10 in the Breeders Crown and second by a neck to Atlanta from post nine in the Graduate Series championship, in 1:49.1. "It's unbelievable how bad the posts have been," said co-owner Jeff Gural, the chairman and CEO of The Meadowlands Racetrack, during Six Pack's retirement ceremony in the Big M winner's circle following the TVG. "Honestly, I think had he gotten good posts, we'd be looking at the Trotter of the Year. I don't think he would have gotten beat." He added, "It's been an amazing ride. I give Ake all the credit." Svanstedt owns Six Pack with Little E-Knutssontrotting (a partnership of Gural and Tristan Sjoberg), Stall Kalmar Inc. (Tomas Olofsson), and L Berg Inc (Lars Berg). Six Pack, by Muscle Mass out of Pleasing Lady, was bred by Brittany Farms and will now stand at Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey. "Everything has an end," Svanstedt said. "I'm happy to have him all these years." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

This message is to serve as a reminder to horsemen the Meadowlands Racetrack will move to a three-day race schedule beginning on Thursday, December 5 including Thursday evening racing to its weekly rotation for the month.   With the added night of racing, there are quite a few additions to the condition sheet - some of which highlight a series of charitable initiatives for horses fitting the lower end claiming, conditions and Trackmaster events.   Meadowlands Condition Sheets are available for the racing week December 5th - 7th.   The entry box will close on Saturday at 3pm this week for the races scheduled for Thursday whereas the draw schedule for Friday and Saturday will remain the same, as a double draw, with a box close of Tuesday morning at 9am.   From the Meadowlands

Hannelore Hanover enjoyed many big moments in many of harness racing's biggest races during her illustrious career, but when co-owner Frank Baldachino looked back on the trotting mare's accomplishments, it was her performance in an open handicap at The Meadowlands in July 2016 that came to the forefront. Late on a Friday night, the then 4-year-old Hannelore Hanover faced older male rivals with Grand Circuit credentials for the first time since leaving her home state of Indiana. She went off stride just after completing the first quarter of the race but rallied down the stretch with a :26.1 final quarter to beat returning Dan Patch Award-winner JL Cruze by a half-length in a track-record-equaling 1:51.1. "That just stands out as a great race to me," Baldachino said Saturday night (Nov. 23) during Hannelore Hanover's retirement ceremony at The Meadowlands following a third-place finish in the TVG Mare Trot. "It doesn't get a lot of accolades, but it was a super mile. That's when I knew she really, really arrived." That arrival in 2016 foreshadowed more great moments to come. She ended 2016 with 17 wins in 20 races and took home the Dan Patch Award for best older female trotter. A year later, Hannelore Hanover became the fastest female trotter in history with a 1:49.2 win at Lexington's Red Mile, beat the boys in both the Breeders Crown Open Trot and Maple Leaf Trot, and became the first trotting mare since Moni Maker in 1999 to be named U.S. Horse of the Year. The 7-year-old Hannelore Hanover, by Swan For All out of High Sobriety, was trained by Ron Burke and finished her career with 46 wins in 87 starts and $3.06 million in purses. She was owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Baldachino, and J&T Silva Stables. In addition to her Breeders Crown Open and Maple Leaf Trot victories, she won a Breeders Crown Mare Trot, a record three Armbro Flight finals, two TVG Mare Trot championships, the Hambletonian Maturity, Centaur Trotting Classic, Fresh Yankee, Cutler Memorial, Muscle Hill, Allerage Open Trot, and Miami Valley Distaff. She was an Indiana Sire Stakes champ at age 3. "She's a tremendous horse," regular driver Yannick Gingras said. "She's one of the best ones I've ever driven; she's definitely right there at the top. What I really liked about her is that every time you went on the track you knew what you were going to get. You got behind her and you knew she was going to give you 110 percent. Most nights, 110 percent was enough." Gingras pointed to the 2017 Maple Leaf Trot win as his favorite. "I had never won the Maple Leaf Trot before, and the year before we got beat right on the wire," Gingras said. "I thought maybe we could have won it that year and (it was great) to come back the following year and win it. It was a dominant year for her. If I had to pick one race, it would definitely be my favorite." Hannelore Hanover's 1:49.2 win in the 2017 Allerage Open Trot was not far from the top, either. "That's right up there too," Gingras said. "She had so many great performances, it's hard to pinpoint one or two or three. She's been a pleasure all throughout." Added Baldachino about her 1:49.2 mile, "She was the first mare to ever go under 1:50 and they can never take that away from her. That's pretty special." Hannelore Hanover, named in honor of top female amateur driver Hannelore Würzinger of Germany, was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms and will return there to begin her broodmare career. She will be bred to Greenshoe in 2020. "We have a great business relationship with Hanover Shoe Farms, and it was just the right fit for her to go back home and start her broodmare career," Baldachino said. "Hopefully it's real successful. We all can't wait to see the first one on the ground." Gingras said he would like the chance to drive Hannelore Hanover's first foal by Greenshoe. "I'd put my name in the hat," he said with a laugh. "Hopefully my name would come out first." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

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