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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (January 7, 2020) - The battle is on Saturday, January 25th in the Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's 5th annual Chili Cook Off! This year the Meadowlands has added a new category, Chili Verde, in addition to Home-style Chili. Registration for the cook off runs through January 24th. Those interested in participating can visit http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13416 for rules and information. As of January 7th, 20 contestants are already registered to compete for the $1,000 grand prize plus a spot in the 2020 International Chili Society World Championship Cook Off. Home-style chili is defined by the International Chili Society as any kind of meat/combination of meats and/or vegetables cooked with beans, chili peppers, chili powders, various spices and other ingredients. Beans are required. Contestants must cook their chili on site between 4p.m. and 7p.m. with judging promptly after. Chili Verde is any kind of meat/combination of meats cooked with chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients. Non-vegetable fillers such as rice and pasta are not allowed. Preference is not given to either cut meat, ground meat, shredded meat or cubed meat. Contestants must cook their chili on site between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. with judging promptly after. With the expanded cook-off format there are also additional cash prizes: Home-style Chili: * $1,000 Grand Prize plus a spot in the ICS's World Championship Home-style Chili Cook-off * $500 - 2nd * $250 - 3rd Chili Verde: * $1,000 Grand Prize plus a spot in the ICS's World Championship Chili Verde Cook-off * $500 - 2nd * $250 - 3rd "We are excited for this year's expanded chili cook-off," said Meadowlands General Manager and COO Jason M. Settlemoir. "This event continues to get bigger and bigger each year. It has become an event our fans look forward to each January." Racetrack guests are also welcome to sample the chili and vote for their favorite. The fan favorite cook will walk away with the $250 prize. Fan favorite voting begins 8 pm; voting ballots are available at the Players Club Desk and in the live racing program. In addition to the chili competition, a separate side contest for homemade salsa will also be conducted offering the winner a $500 first prize. As an added bonus, fans can enjoy live harness racing with first race post time at 7:15 pm. For complete chili event details visit http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13416 by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands 2019 handle was a mixed bag. The amount bet on Meadowlands harness racing was up significantly while the wagering on imported signals at the facility continued to decline. The amount wagered on The Meadowlands exported signal swelled to $216,983,907 over 90 dates for an average of $2.4 million, a 26% increase over the 2018 total of $172,445,226 (86 dates / average $2 million) resulting in a revenue gain of slightly less than $2 million year over year. Per race handle was up 6% at $186,573 vs $175,071.  The 2019 handle on Meadowlands live races bet in the building was at $17,554,967 (average $195,055), a 7% increase over the 2018 figure. It is clear that the catalyst was increased purses, spurred by a $6 million supplement endowed to The Meadowlands by New Jersey legislators, resulting in more horses to race and in turn more races and fuller fields. The number of races (1163 / 12.9 per card) increased by 15%, up 178 over 2018 (985 / 11.5). The number of horses that raced at The Meadowlands in 2019 was 10,330 (up nearly 20% over 2018) for an average field size of 8.88 vs 2018 totals of 8,307 horses or 8.43 per race. However, the wagering on imported signals continues to trend downward. The 2019 total bet on imports of $127,579,985 was 9% lower than 2018 over a like number of dates. Unfortunately, that 9% dip offset the gains made on the Meadowlands live races. The import decline is largely as a result of bettor convenience. Each passing year, a larger percentage of the simulcast wagering is drawn to the various Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) platforms and other remote options rather than traveling to The Meadowlands to bet on the races. The Meadowlands has been granted 92 race dates for 2020 featuring nearly $14 million in stakes purses. This season will present differently with live racing continuing through September 19 then dark until the Fall/Winter meet begins on November 27.  2020 is off to a promising beginning with the first $3 million handle card already in the books. It is our hope that the trend on live will continue to grow.  by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It was about two months ago when the Jeff Cullipher-trained Endeavor pulled off an 11-1 harness racing upset in the Nov. 10, $100,000 Potomac Invitational Pace at Maryland's Rosecroft Raceway, defeating some tough customers such as Dealt A Winner, American History, Dorsoduro Hanover and Courtly Choice. After that, he failed to hit the wire first in his next four outings, but Saturday night at the Meadowlands, the 7-year-old gelded son of American Ideal-Jett Diamond found his way back to the winner's circle, taking the $25,000 featured high-range conditioned pace in 1:50.3 over a track rated 'good' with a -1 variant. On a night when a majority of the races saw winners on the lead or close to it, driver Jim Marohn Jr. moved Endeavor out of the three-hole after the quarter and moved to the top before the half, stopping the clock at that station in :55.1. Endeavor continued to move well over the soggy track, hitting three-quarters in 1:22.4 while clear of the pocket-sitting Shoreview and first-over American Boy N. Through the stretch, Endeavor drew clear of those foes, hitting the wire 1¾ lengths in front of a fast-closing 6-5 favorite Franco Totem N. Keystone Phoenix closed ground late for third. As the 8-5 second choice, Endeavor returned $5.40 to his backers and has now won 32 of 110 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $673,937 for owners Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher. "I was very confident in him coming into tonight," said Cullipher. "After the Potomac, right before the TVG, he popped a quarter crack. It was somewhat minor but it put a damper on things because I had him really good. It's completely healed now." Is Endeavor good enough to take on the older male pacing division's best during 2020? "He may not go in every single one of those races," said Cullipher. "But we'll take our chances in some of them." Endeavor REPLAYS ON TVG: To see the replays of the Thursday, Friday and Saturday races, tune in to TVG at 10 a.m. Monday morning. A LITTLE MORE: Fall Meeting leading driver Dexter Dunn, recently named the United States Harness Writers Association's Driver of the Year, was up to his old tricks, visiting the winner's circle five times on the program. ... Joe Bongiorno had a driving triple, Ron Burke a training double. ... Wagering was strong in the track's two popular multi-leg puzzles. A total of $63,798 was poured into the 50-cent Pick-5 pool while $94,701 was pushed through the windows in the 50-cent Pick-4. ... The Late 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $94,800. ... All-source wagering on the 14-race card was $2,744,633. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Wagering at the Meadowlands has been on the increase in recent weeks, with last Saturday's $2.913 million the biggest number during the recently-concluded 2019 Fall Meeting. On Friday night at the Big M, on the second day of the 2020 Winter Meeting, betting surpassed the magic $3-million mark, with all-source wagering that totaled $3,069,967. Play was consistent throughout the 14-race card, with two races, the first and eighth, both seeing betting in excess of $290,000. The first was helped by a healthy 50-cent Pick-5 pool of $58,789, while the eighth saw vigorous play in the 50-cent Pick-4 of $109,615. PAPPY GO GO WINS AGAIN: Maybe the classy veteran Pappy Go Go isn't all the way back to his best just yet. But if he isn't, he sure is close. The 6-year-old gelded son of Tad The Stud-Paging Willy won his second straight after failing in his previous eight starts, scoring in the Friday night feature, a $25,000 high-range conditioned trot. Pappy Go Go was in tough, facing the likes of 9-5 favorite JL Cruze, who was off consecutive third-place finishes to the top-notch Preferred-caliber Southwind Chrome, and 2-1 second choice Sutton, the half-millionaire who was getting some class relief in his third start back from a layoff. The race played out in unspectacular fashion as JL Cruze, the first trotter ever to break the 1:50 barrier (in 2015) on the trot at the Meadowlands, sailed along on the point past the quarter in :27.2 and half in :55.2 with Sutton in the pocket and Pappy Go Go the three hole. Driver Corey Callahan moved Pappy Go Go to the outside with three-eighths of a mile to go and chipped away at JL Cruze's advantage as they hit three-quarters in 1:24.1. Through the stretch, JL Cruze was game, but could not deal with Pappy Go Go, as he edged clear in deep stretch to win by three-quarters-of-a-length over a fast-closing Kenziesky Hanover in 1:52.3 over a track labeled 'good' with a -1 variant. JL Cruze held third. Sutton weakened to fifth.   "He's at his best off the layoff," said winning trainer Andrew Harris of Pappy Go Go, who was making his third start back after three months on the shelf. "He's fresh. He has the same speed in the winter as he did in the summer, so we tried to time his break to hopefully allow us to benefit from that. Right now, the way he's looking, there's nothing in training that scares me. He's no layover by any means, but if he gets his trip, he'll pounce on them." As the third choice in the wagering, Pappy Go Go returned $8.60 to his backers, and has now won 31 of 82 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $230,797 for owners Michael Goldberg Racing. A LITTLE MORE: The 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 continues to pay big numbers, and Friday was no exception. One Ontario-hub player that lasted eight legs in the bet walked away with $13,034. ... Harris trained two other winners on the program, giving him his second consecutive three-score Friday. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Next Saturday, January 11th the Meadowlands hosts its first World Harness Handicapping Campionship Qualifier of the harness racing new year. Four spots are up for grabs in the $400 Qualifier ($200 entry plus a $200 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to make $20 Win, Place, Show or combo WPS bets on at least ten Meadowlands races of their choice. Players can wager more than $20 a race if they desire. Players can register on-site Saturday up until 7:15 pm. The remaining Meadowlands qualifier schedule is: January 10, 2020 - March 28, 2020: Free Online Survival Challenge - 3 WHHC seats Saturday, January 11: $400 Qualifier with 4 WHHC seats Saturday, February 22 - $200 contest with top 2 WHHC seats Saturday, March 7- $200 contest with 2 WHHC seats DerbyWars hosts online Qualifiers for the WHHC every Saturday night. Players can qualify for as little as $22. Complete DerbyWars Qualifier information can be found at DerbyWars.com. The $150,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship Final is set for April 18th, 2020. The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com is a one-day tournament, with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,300. The $1,300 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $1,000 going to the prize pool. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus three designated mandatory races. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the Top 10. Players already qualified for the WHHC Final include: Outlet First Name Last Name 2019 Summer Survival Stanley Jocz 2019 Summer Survival Leroy Kelly 2019 Summer Survival Scot Strong November Meadowlands Contest Joe Pavlica* November Meadowlands Contest Alan Hirschberg December Meadowlands Contest Russ Adams * - Spot will be taken by Joe Pavlica's father For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (raryan@playmeadowlands.com) or 201-842-5015. For online qualifying on DerbyWars.com, players may contact support@derbywars.com. From the Meadowlands Media Department

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - After 2019 saw him crack the Top 10 in the harness racing standings at the top venue in the sport, driver Tyler Buter no doubt had a resolution to win even more races at the Meadowlands during 2020. He's off to a good start. Buter, who had a career-best $5.6 million in earnings a year ago, scored three times on the Thursday program to get his Winter Meeting at the mile oval off to a good start. The 34-year-old Michigan native snagged his first winner of the night with the Bob Lounsbury-trained Summer Rock in a filly and mare pace for TrackMaster 74.5 or less as the 7-5 favorite in the fourth race in 1:53.4. Buter, who won 47 times at the Big M during 2019, made a huge move on the far turn to open up a big lead in the fifth race with Walks Of Life before holding off the late-charging Sir Richie N by a diminishing neck in 1:53.1 for trainer Besim Odza in a $7,500 claiming pace as the 5-2 second choice. The third and final score for Buter came in the ninth race behind Spilling The Beans, who stopped the clock in 1:54 as the 6-5 public choice for trainer William Adamczyk in another filly and mare pace for TrackMaster 74.5 or less.   A LITTLE MORE: There were only two winning favorites on the card and Buter drove them both. ... Marcus Miller and Austin Siegelman each got 2020 off to a great start with two winners apiece. ... The 50-cent Pick-4 came back $18,065 after a sequence that saw winner's odds of 14-1 (Siegelman), 18-1 (Greg Merton), 6-5 (Buter) and 10-1 (Siegelman). ... The 10th-race 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to yield a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover for Friday's 14th race to $87,287. ... All-source handle for the 10-race card was $1,665,191. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands   

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Dexter Dunn and Andrew Harris were the leading driver and trainer, respectively, at the recently concluded Fall Meeting at the Meadowlands. Dunn, who was recently named the United States Harness Writers Association's Driver of the Year, topped all pilots with 47 wins from just 199 starts, good for a gawdy win percentage of 24. During the 28-night stand, Dunn - who took a handful of programs off - registered three wins on six occasions while scoring four times four times. On Dec. 15, the 30-year-old New Zealand native had his biggest night of the meet by making five winner's circle visits. Yannick Gingras finished second in the standings with 37 wins while Andy McCarthy, who scored 12 times last weekend (Dec. 26-28), finished third with 34. Harris, who teamed with McCarthy to win three times on Dec. 27, finished at the top of the trainer standings with 18 victories. Ron Burke (14) and Nifty Norman (12) rounded out the top three. BIG BETTING: The last weekend of racing in 2019 at the Meadowlands (Dec. 26-28) brought vigorous action at the windows. Meet-high handles were established for a Thursday ($1,872,320), Friday ($2,907,339) and Saturday ($2,913,163) over the three-card span. Total wager for the weekend was $7,692,822, an increase of 26 percent over the weekend before (Dec. 19-21) and 43 percent over the weekend (Dec. 12-14) prior to that. Last week's 50-cent Pick-4 was extremely popular, as just over $75,000 was bet on Thursday before Friday and Saturday's pools combined to total a little more than $200,000, good for an average of $100,000 a night. Free program pages for the Pick-4 - which carries a $50,000 guaranteed pool on Friday and Saturday as well as a low 15 percent takeout - are always available at playmeadowlands.com and ustrotting.com. MAKING A SCORE: One sharp 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five player hit big last Friday. The holder of the lone ticket bearing the combination 10-6-5-3-9 walked away with $23,262. No doubt that bettor - and many more - are looking forward to this Thursday's JSH5 in Race 10. That's when they'll be betting into a huge carryover of $84,186. Once again, the Big M will offer big fields this weekend when racing takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:15 p.m. This Thursday (Jan. 2) is the last Thursday of live racing until June 4. MARK YOUR CALENDAR: On Saturday, Jan. 11, put your handicapping acumen on display and maybe win a lot of cash when the track hosts a $400 Qualifier for the World Harness Handicapping Championship. The top four finishers will earn a spot in the WHHC Final, which takes place on April 18. For complete details, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/2020%20January%20WHHC%20qualifier.pdf A NEW YEAR'S MESSAGE: "All of us at the Meadowlands would like to thank our horsemen and faithful fans for helping us have a successful 2019," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "And would like to wish them all the best for 2020." BET THE NFL AT THE BIG M: The NFL Playoffs begin this weekend and you can get your action at the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook. During Wild Card weekend, there will be two games on both Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday early game (4:35 p.m.) has the Buffalo Bills traveling to Houston to take on the Texans while the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots host the Tennessee Titans in the late game (8:15 p.m.) On Sunday, the early game (1:05 p.m.) has the Minnesota Vikings heading to New Orleans to take on the Saints before the Philadelphia Eagles host the Seattle Seahawks in the late game (4:40 p.m.). From the Meadowlands  

The always popular Meadowlands Winter Meet Survival Challenge powered by 123Racing returns Friday, January 10, 2020. Cash prizes and World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars seats are up for grabs in this free online competition. Trackmaster will provide Platinum Past Performances for each night of the contest. The game covers the Meadowlands' Winter Meet and concludes on March 28, 2020. 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 $500 & $1,300 2020 WHHC Spot The second-place prize is $300 & $1,300 2020 WHHC Spot The third-place prize is $200 & $1,300 2020 WHHC Spot The free contest is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada 18 years and older, and all selections must be made through the format provided on the Survival Challenge website page. No selections will be accepted by phone, fax, e-mail or any other means. Trackmaster Platinum Past performances for the three designated races will be provided through the game board. The deadline for selections each day is 30 minutes before 7:15 p.m. post time for the first race. After 30 minutes to post, all selections are final. To login or to register as a first time player, visit www.survival-challenge.com. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - For a second straight night, harness racing driver Andy McCarthy ruled the Meadowlands. The 33-year-old native of Australia followed up his five-winner Friday with another five-bagger Saturday night. All told, when you add in the two victories McCarthy had Thursday, you end up with one dozen winner's circle visits over the course of the three-card race week at the Big M. On Saturday, McCarthy got his night underway with Jims Perfect Ten in the second race, scoring in 1:51.4 as the 4-5 favorite in a low-end conditioned pace. McCarthy and Duddie's Lor overcame post 10 to take the fourth in 1:51 (a lifetime best) as the 9-5 second choice in a non-winners of four pace. Andy Mac then finished with a flourish, winning three straight, scoring in race eight with 2-1 public choice Drawing Dragons in 1:50.3 in a high-end conditioned pace, race nine in a mid-range conditioned pace with 6-5 favorite Odds On Lauderdale from post 10 in 1:52.3, before capping his big night - with his biggest price - by scoring in race 10 with 7-1 fourth-choice Reagan's Avenger in wire-to-wire fashion from post nine in 1:51.2 in a TrackMaster 85.5 or less pace. Reagan's Avenger NEW HANDLE HIGH: Andy McCarthy's hands were on fire this weekend, and so were those of the Meadowlands' faithful, who bet with both of their's early and often on the Saturday card, establishing a new Fall Meeting handle high of $2,913,163. The previous best of $2,907,339 was set on Friday. A LITTLE MORE: On a night that saw big pools, it's no surprise that the 50-cent Pick-4 had a huge one. A total of $107,485 was poured into the pot, only $3,000 or so less than the previous Fall Meet best of $110,502, which was established on Nov. 23. ... Joe Bongiorno and Pat Berry both had driving doubles. ... Once again, the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 played out like a jackpot wager, as one shrewd player wagering into the Catskills hub held the lone ticket to last eight legs and walked away with $8,659. ... Racing resumes Thursday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is announcing important details on the 2-year-old harness racing stakes that the track will host in 2020 with significant changes to both the Kindergarten Series and the Fall Freshman Final Four. The big Kindergarten news is the doubling of the purse for all legs from $10,000 to $20,000. The entry fee for the legs will remain at $250. The Kindergarten will also undergo a schedule change in 2020 with all five legs at The Meadowlands beginning on July 10 with the rich finals on Friday, September 18. The "Fall Freshman Final Four" is comprised of the Valley Victory and Goldsmith Maid for trotting freshman and the Governor's Cup and Three Diamonds for 2-year-old pacers. Those four stakes offer great value to nominators, boasting total purses of nearly $2 million for 2020. The stakes immediate future came in doubt with the prospect of no Standardbred Fall meet at The Meadowlands in 2020 due to Monmouth Park exercising it's legislated right to convert and race on the main track from October 2 through December 5. Fortunately, an agreement was reached to end the Thoroughbred meet on November 21 allowing the Standardbred meet to begin the next weekend. This change will provide a date for both the "Final Four" stakes and TVG Championship of Saturday, November 28. The late date will necessitate a change from the previous elimination and final format to racing the top eleven money winners with the possibility of a consolation if the number of entries is sufficient. Upon review, the past few seasons have seen a scarcity of elimination races. In 2019 only the Three Diamonds required a single elimination while the other three all went straight to the finals. The Meadowlands has shaped the 2020 schedule to provide a 2-year-old stake over the mile track every week beginning July 3. With this in mind, both the Tompkins-Geers and Reynolds 2-year-old Grand Circuit stakes have been moved to The Meadowlands from Tioga for 2020. The Kindergartens will fill in as needed and eventually wrap things up with the September 18 finals. The freshman New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) legs will be raced on July 21 and August 14 with the finals on August 21. This placement will afford those NJSS participants that have dual eligibility in the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) that don't make the NJSS final the opportunity to race in two of the three KYSS legs. Even those that do qualify for the NJSS final can still race in the last KYSS leg on September 7. It is an exciting prospect for those owners and trainers who invested in the future at the 2019 yearling sales. Schedules and staking information will be available on The Meadowlands website shortly. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - While being interviewed on the in-house simulcast show before the start of the harness racing card, trainer Andrew Harris spoke glowingly about his Joey Bats, who would go up against the best trotters currently racing at the Meadowlands in the Preferred Handicap for trotters Friday night. And Joey Bats lived up to the hype. Using explosive early speed to get the lead from post 6 in the seven-horse field, Joey Bats reached the quarter in a quick :27.2. Looking for his second straight win in the weekly feature, 2-1 favorite Rich And Miserable came after the leader, poking a head in front while parked at the three-eighths, before clearing and hitting the half in :56.2. Max, a 25-1 chance, tried to mount a challenge around the far turn from first-over, but was not up to the task at hand. Rich And Miserable continued to move well through the stretch, but driver Andy McCarthy moved Joey Bats out of the pocket with a little more than a sixteenth-of-a-mile to go and cruised past that foe with ease to win by 1½ lengths in 1:52.2, a lifetime best. Southwind Chrome was way back most of the way before sprinting home in :26.2 to grab third. "Joey is maturing into a serious horse," said Harris after the race. "He is long-strided and is still learning. Andy (McCarthy) got off the bike and said he thinks Joey will trot in (1):49 this summer." Joey Bats, a 4-year-old gelded son of Holiday Road-JN Daytona, returned $8.20 as the second choice in the betting for owners Scott Dillon, Michele Nelson and Marc Reynolds. He now has 17 wins from 55 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $304,787. Joey Bats MEET-HIGH HANDLE: Wagering on the first race was giant at $355,775 ($98,455 in the Exacta pool alone) and Big M fans kept on playing with both hands throughout the evening, betting a meet-best $2,907,339 on the 14-race program. The previous high was $2,730,886, which occurred on Nov. 2. A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy and Harris teamed up to win three times on the program while McCarthy finished the evening with five victories overall. Corey Callahan drove three to victory lane while Vinny Ginsburg had a driving double. Tony Alagna had a training double. ... Two players lasted four legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $6,324 each. ... The fifth race 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five was hit, paying off a serious $23,262 for the winning combination of 10-6-5-3-9. Narcian Jewel won the race at odds of 21-1. ... Wagering on the 50-cent Pick-4 was vigorous, with a total pool of $93,243. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It's getting tough to come up with superlatives when describing Preppy Art. The remarkable 7-year-old gelded son of Art Colony-Electric Smile had won no races in 59 starts when he went behind the harness racing gate on Nov. 1 at the Meadowlands. And that's the night everything changed. Since then, Preppy Art has won eight of nine starts, the most recent coming in a $10,000 claiming pace at the Big M Thursday night, cementing his standing as the hottest horse in all of harness racing. Racing out of the Nick Surick barn for the second time during the streak (both wins), Preppy Art made his way to the top while parked past the quarter in :27.3. Andy Miller then got the chance to rate the second fraction back to a sleepy :29.4 to ensure he'd have plenty left for the back half-mile. And he certainly did. The 1-2 favorite, who was tracked to the stretch by his pocket-sitting stablemate Kid PK, opened up a 2-length lead with three-sixteenths-of-a-mile to go and held sway easily to the wire by three-quarters-of-a-length as Lear Seelster rallied along the pylons to get second. Kid PK held third. Preppy Art, who returned $3.00 to his backers, won for owners Melvin Fink and Debbie Surick, before predictably being claimed for an eighth consecutive start. The time for the mile was 1:53.3. Lifetime, he now has 19 wins from 119 starts and earnings of $130,992. Preppy Art left the track on trainer Bruce Lauer's trailer at night's end for the second time in three starts. Preppy Art A LITTLE MORE: Andy Miller finished the evening with four wins while Andy McCarthy and Pat Berry had two apiece. ... The 20-cent Survivor Pick-9 played out like a jackpot once again, as one superb handicapper betting into the Ontario hub had the lone ticket to last seven legs and cashed in for $7,784. ... All-source handle was vigorous for a Thursday at $1,872,320, up 47 percent over Dec. 19 and up an amazing 96 percent over Dec. 12. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Meadowlands delivered full harness racing fields to its faithful last week (Dec. 19-21), and the following bet with both hands. The previous week of racing (Dec. 12-14) saw handle that totaled $5,388,738 over the three-card race week. Last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, handle was $6,121,558, an increase of 13.6 percent. "With some of the other tracks in our region not racing, we have been able to take advantage and provide better opportunities for our players due to our horsemen energetically supporting our entry box," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "And, once again this weekend, we will provide them with more chances to cash some big tickets." A handful of big hits have come in the track's 50-cent Pick-5, which always comes with a guaranteed pool of $25,000 and a low 15 percent takeout, as the last four times the bet has been offered the payout has been at least four figures. The streak began Dec. 14 when one superb player held the only ticket to pick all five winners and walked away with $33,773. On Dec. 19 and Dec. 20, the payouts were $1,006 and $2,050, respectively, before a lone-winning-ticket holder cashed $29,478 on Dec. 21. The Big M's signature bet, the 50-cent Pick-4, may not have provided the payoffs of the Pick-5, but that did not deter players from going deep. Last week, the pools from Thursday through Saturday were, $60,029, $72,380 and $94,408, respectively. Free program pages for the Pick-4 - which offers a $50,000 guaranteed pool on Fridays and Saturdays - are always available at playmeadowlands.com and ustrotting.com. The carryovers for the track's two 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Fives continue to expand, as bettors on Thursday will shoot for starting pots of $17,076 (Race 5) and $67,864 (Race 11). The Meadowlands will race one additional Thursday night card. Not only will the Big M race this Thursday (Dec. 26), but will also host a live card on Jan. 2. As always, post time is 7:15 p.m. For the fields on Thursday night click here. DECEMBER'S DYNAMIC DUO: The Big M's top two drivers have been killing it at the mile oval this month. Yannick Gingras has 21 wins during December, while Dexter Dunn - who is the overall leader at the Fall Meeting - has 20. Following the top two for the month are Andy Miller (11 wins) and Andy McCarthy (10). Gingras had five victories last Thursday, leading to 10 wins for the week. Dunn had six while Andy Miller had five. Fans will not get to bet on Gingras for a while, though, as he will be on vacation for the next few weeks. Nick Surick tops the December trainer's race with six wins, followed by Jeff Cullipher and Andrew Harris, who have five each, and Harry Landy, who has four. SEASON'S GREETINGS: Settlemoir's holiday message to all: "On behalf of our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Gural, and all of us here at the Meadowlands, I'd like to wish everybody a joyous holiday season. We appreciate our employees, horsemen and faithful fans for being loyal to our product. We hope everybody takes some time to be with family and friends while celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas and hope everyone has a healthy and happy New Year." COMING UP: On Dec. 27, card players who are 21 or older can play Texas Hold'em on "Free Poker Friday", hosted by World Free Poker. ... On Friday and Saturday "Win Your Share" when the Big M puts $2,019 up for grabs. Ten contestants will be selected after Race 6 to win betting vouchers ranging in value from $100-$500. The entry form is available in the live racing program or at the Players Club Desk. ... Looking ahead, on Jan. 11, the Big M will host a $400 qualifier for the World Harness Handicapping Championship. For more information, go to playmeadowlands.com. HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: Big M Fans are reminded that the track will be closed for simulcasting on December 29 and will be open on New Year's Eve from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The operating schedule for the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook will see bettors able to get their action on New Year's Eve from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and on New Year's Day from 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Speaking of action, college football fans are sure to be fired up for the College Football Playoff that takes place on Saturday (Dec. 28). At 4 p.m., 4th-ranked Oklahoma takes on No. 1 LSU, while at 8 p.m., No. 2 Ohio State faces No. 3 Clemson, who are the defending national champions. In addition, on Sunday (Dec. 29), watch and wager on all Week 17 National Football League games. The NFL playoffs begin Jan. 4. Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Each live race night one lucky table in Pink Restaurant is selected in the "Din.Win.Tour." promotion. The lucky winners receive a $10 betting voucher, a winner's circle presentation with commemorative 8x10 color photo, a Meadowlands swag bag and an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the back paddock given by Marketing Coordinator, Jessica Otten. The guest response to "Dine.Win.Tour" has been overwhelmingly positive. "This is a really cool experience, this isn't something everyone gets to see," said Lauralyn, a promotion winner in November. "It's cool you guys take the time out to show the fans what goes on before they race." The drivers have stepped up for the promotion and have enhanced the back paddock experience. Winners have loved meeting their favorite drivers including Yannick Gingras, Tim Tetrick and David Miller who have taken time out of their busy night-time routine to pose for selfies and sign a few autographs. The horseman have also embraced this new promotion and have allowed the promotion winners to get up close and personal with their equine athletes. Some have even provided hats, sweatshirts and other swag to guests. "I love that The Meadowlands really promotes the sport and love the dine-win-tour that they do. It's great seeing people in the paddock so interested to learn and see the horses, so I brought a couple of sweatshirts and t-shirts to hand out" Kristin Calcagni, groom for Carmen Auciello. "When Marketing brought me this promotion I knew it was a winner," said Jason Settlemoir, COO & GM of the Meadowlands Racetrack. "Rachel and Jessica did a great job developing this promo. It is a low-cost, high reward activity that really enhances our customers' experience." Din.Win.Tour will continue this week Thursday-Saturday with live racing kicking off at 7:15pm. For more information on live racing, dining and event promotions visit PlayMeadowlands.com From the Meadowlands Media Department

Those looking for talented, money-making racehorses and high-quality breeding stock for the new year can now download the catalog and past performances for the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale, to be held Monday, Jan. 20 at the Meadowlands.   Both the catalog and racelines booklet are available on the harness racing sales company's website, tattersallsredmile.com, and on the Equineline Sales Catalog app.   Sale manager David Reid said the coming year's sale is as high on quality as it's ever been, and that impressive offerings can be found across all sections--broodmares, stallion shares and racehorses.   The rock-solid roster of outstanding racehorses is led by $650,000-winning, FFA trotter Lindy The Great 1:51.1, O'Brien Award finalist and winner of the $230,000 Caesar's at Hoosier Park, and the soon-to-be 4-year-old Escapetothebeach p,3,1:50.1f ($289,571), a stakes winner capable of competing at the top level anywhere.   Mares being sold as both racing and broodmare prospects include the well-bred, multiple stakes winning trotter Jezzys Legacy and iron-tough Witch Dali, a stakes and open mares winner of $580,000 with a mark of 1:49.1.   A quartet of top "Captains" are cataloged: Ahab, Trevor, McKee and Malicious, along with World Champion Dr J Hanover and top Meadowlands trotters Union Forces and Trolley. Rising 3-year-olds on offer feature the 2019 Sheppard Pace and Renaissance winner Columbo and the upwardly mobile Muscle Hill colt, Fromming.   Breeding stock kicks off the sale, and is highlighted by mares in foal to Muscle Hill, Captaintreacherous, Father Patrick, and the first crop of Tactical Landing. Also selling are three stallion shares in Muscle Hill, four in Captaintreacherous, and one in Father Patrick.   Supplements to the sale are being accepted. To enter call (914) 773-7777 or visit tattersallsredmile.com for the online entry form.   From the Tattersalls Sales Co.   

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Driver Pat Berry let the race come to him, and his patience and decision-making led to San Domino A winning the Saturday night harness raing feature at the Meadowlands, the Preferred for pacers. Berry, who won his 4,000th career race at the Big M last week, had San Domino A racing in sixth to the quarter as the speedy Wheels On Fire was cutting out tepid fractions of :28.1 and :56.4. But Wheels On Fire - the 5-1 second choice - was not at his best, bearing away from the rail at the half while causing a bit of a traffic jam on the way to a fourth-place finish. Things did not go swimmingly for 4-5 favorite Franco Totem N, either. He never saw the rail, racing first-over to the stretch before weakening and finishing seventh in the field of nine. San Domino A, who scored at the Big M on Nov. 30 before a Yonkers win Dec. 14, was in a live flow racing third-over, and when second-over Endeavor went around a tiring Franco Totem N, San Domino A moved with that one, racing second-over in a three-wide flow around the far turn. The Andrew Harris trainee then powered by Endeavor in mid-stretch on the way to a three-quarter-length win in 1:51.3 to record a third straight score. Endeavor held second, with Lyons Steel rallying for third. A 6-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Reggae Miss, San Domino A paid $16.80 as the fourth choice in the wagering. He's won eight-of-22 starts this year, and lifetime, has 20 wins from 64 attempts and earnings of $209,588 for owners Joe P Racing and Oldford Racing. A LITTLE MORE: For the second consecutive Saturday, there was only one winning ticket sold in the 50-cent Pick-5. The combination of 6-10-2-5-2 returned $29,478. ... Favorites took it on the chin, winning only twice on the card. ... Leading driver Dexter Dunn had four winners on the card, upping his Fall Meet total to 47. ... Yannick Gingras guided 10 to victory lane over the course of the three-day race week and now has 42 wins. ... All-source handle totaled $2,416,400 on the 14-race card. ... Racing resumes Thursday at 7:15 p.m. ... The Big M will be closed for simulcasting on Dec. 22, 24, 25 and 29. ... The FanDuel Sportsbook will be open on Dec. 24 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and closed on Dec. 25. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

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