Day At The Track
Search Results
49 to 64 of 5288

East Rutherford, NJ - Manchego made her final career start a winning one, capturing Saturday's (Nov. 21) $320,000 TVG Open Trot championship by 1-1/4 lengths over Atlanta in 1:51.3 at The Meadowlands. Lindy The Great finished third. Manchego, a 5-year-old mare, was retired in a ceremony in the winner's circle following the race. She ended her career with 33 wins in 56 career starts and $2.72 million in purses. Her victories included the 2018 Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown titles at ages 2, 4, and 5. She is the fastest female trotter ever thanks to her 1:49 victory in the 2019 Allerage Farms Mare Trot at Red Mile and also the fastest female trotter in history on a five-eighths-mile track, with a mark of 1:49.3 in this year's Spirit of Massachusetts at Plainridge Park. Manchego is the only female trotter to win with a sub-1:50 mile in multiple years. She has been the sport's fastest trotter in 2019 and 2020. In 2017, Manchego won all 12 of her starts and became the first undefeated 2-year-old filly trotter in Breeders Crown history as well as the first unbeaten 2-year-old filly trotter to win a Dan Patch Award. With her Breeders Crown triumph last month, she joined Peace Corps and Grades Singing as the only female trotters with at least three trophies. Manchego, by Muscle Hill out of Secret Magic, was trained by Jimmy Takter at ages 2 and 3, and Nancy Takter at 4 and 5. She is owned by Barry Guariglia's Black Horse Racing and was bred by Brittany Farms. "She's just a super mare," Nancy Takter said. "She's been great since the first moment that she ever set foot on the track. "When you get the call that you get to train a horse like Manchego, those calls probably aren't going to come very many times in my life, so I appreciate every moment that I had with her. She's just an unbelievable mare. She makes my job easy, she makes all of us look good around her, because she's just such a professional." On Saturday, Manchego and driver Dexter Dunn watched from fourth as Crystal Fashion led to the quarter in :28 and half in :57. As the field neared the final turn, Dunn moved with Manchego and gained the cover of Atlanta, who had been racing in second. Crystal Fashion remained on top at three-quarters, reached in 1:24.1, but in the stretch it was all Manchego, who came home in :27 for the victory.   "It's fitting that the first time she ever went behind the gate was at The Meadowlands and she gets to finish her career here with a win," Takter said. "She started her career with a win at The Meadowlands and she's going to end it the same way." Said Guariglia, "It feels wonderful. She almost made that look too easy. She's super sharp right now. I was a little nervous when they got to the half in :57; she probably hasn't seen that since she trained back in March. Win or lose, I was ready for the emotions tonight. But, obviously, it's great to win." Manchego, the slight even-money favorite over Atlanta, paid $4.00 to win. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – After failing in consecutive starts as the favorite, HL Revadon had probably lost a few harness racing fans heading into Friday night’s $20,000 high-end conditioned trot, the feature race at The Meadowlands. But those chalk players who went to the well just one more time got to pay for the drinks at the race's end. The super-consistent HL Revadon, who had hit the board in five straight starts heading into the non-winners of six event, was handled differently by driver Mark MacDonald than he was a week ago, when he went directly to the lead before ending up third. This time around, MacDonald had his horse away in no particular hurry, sitting third in the early stages before using a quick burst of speed to claim the lead while parked at the half in a tepid :57.3. From there, it was no problem for the 4-year-old gelded son of Andover Hall-D Liteful Hanover, who trotted clear of the pocket-sitting I Got The Looks by 2½ lengths at the head of the stretch before reporting home a 2¼-length winner in 1:53.2. Winnerup rallied along the inside to get second. I Got The Looks was third. Trained by Harry Landy and owned by Share A Horse Inc., HL Revadon returned $6.20 to win as the 2-1 public choice. He’s now won seven of 32 lifetime starts and earned $182,349. DUNN DEAL: Driver Dexter Dunn continues to impress as the 30-year-old native of New Zealand, the only driver in the sport this year with $10 million in earnings, and who won four Breeders Crown events several weeks ago at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, tightened his stranglehold on a second straight Driver of the Year trophy by winning three times on the Friday night program. A LITTLE MORE: Action on the Big M’s two 50-cent Pick-4 wagers continued strong as a total of $137,715 was put in play on the bets. … Favorites have been on a roll of late at the track, as after six public choices clicked on Friday a total of 29 winning public choices have scored over the last 64 races (45 percent). … All-source wagering totaled $2,334,662. … The 20-cent Pick-6 went unhit, creating a $5,088 carryover. There will be a guaranteed pool of $15,000 for the next program. … Racing resumes Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. as eight stakes races for purses totaling $2.495 million will be up for grabs on Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night. SATURDAY PICK-6 POOL HAS $15,000 GUARANTEE AT BIG M After only one favorite scored during the sequence, Friday night’s 20-cent Pick-6 went unhit at The Meadowlands, creating a carryover of $5,088. As a result, the P6 pool will be guaranteed at $15,000 for Saturday night’s program, which is Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night at The Big M. Those who had five winners on Friday night collected $307.30 on the wager that begins with the eighth race. Free past performances for the entire Saturday program, courtesy of the United States Trotting Association and TrackMaster, are available at playmeadowlands.com.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Harness racing driver Todd McCarthy is no fan of the cold, but the Australia native is a big admirer of good horses. And the latter will keep McCarthy in the U.S. through this winter and next year. The 27-year-old McCarthy moved to the U.S. in late August and already counts a handful of Grand Circuit stakes victories among his 80 wins sinceeries cham then. His biggest triumph came earlier this month with Anoka Hanover in the Kindergarten Classic Spionship for 2-year-old female trotters, and McCarthy will be back in action with the filly this weekend. Anoka Hanover is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in Saturday's $451,800 Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters at The Meadowlands. She brings a six-race win streak to the event, including divisions of the International Stallion and Bluegrass stakes. For the year, the Noel Daley-trained filly has won nine of 13 races and $373,153. McCarthy has been in the sulky for her past six starts. "She's been awesome," McCarthy said. "Noel has done a terrific job with her and certainly made my job easier. It's a tough race, but fingers crossed, hopefully everything goes well for us." Anoka Hanover was not eligible to the Breeders Crown last month at Harrah's Hoosier Park. On Saturday, she will face the top-three Breeders Crown finishers: winner Lady Chaos, runner-up Mazzarati, and Splash Blue Chip. Lady Chaos and Splash Blue Chip have not raced since the Crown. Mazzarati finished third in the Kindergarten two weeks ago, when Anoka Hanover won in a career-best 1:52.3. "Going to the Breeders Crown would have been cool but she might not have been the same horse going into the Kindergarten and the race this week," McCarthy said about Anoka Hanover, a daughter of Donato Hanover-Aunt Mel. "I'm a big believer that sometimes everything happens for a reason and that fortnight ago was perfect. "She's got such a good attitude for such a young filly; she handles herself so well. She's just a lovely little horse to drive. She's so honest. She's out there to do her best every time, you don't have to ask her too much; she's trying as hard as you can. When you come across a horse like that, it doesn't matter what age group, you just really appreciate them." McCarthy is the younger brother of top drivers Luke and Andy McCarthy and son of highly regarded trainer John McCarthy. His accomplishments Down Under included winning the 2016 Australasian Young Drivers Championship and multiple New South Wales state and metropolitan premiership driving titles. He represented Australia at the 2019 World Driving Championship and counts the Inter Dominion as his top victory. "I have to thank Noel for all he's done," McCarthy said. "He helped me come over here and got me going. He couldn't have been more helpful since I've come to the States, putting me down to drive. I can't thank him enough." McCarthy's original plan was to return to Australia during the U.S. winter and return next spring or summer. But with his newfound success in the States, he decided there was no reason to leave. McCarthy entered Friday with 80 wins in 565 drives, a 14-percent win rate, and $1.17 million in purses. "To be honest, I never thought I would stay this busy when I came over; I thought I'd be pretty quiet," McCarthy said. "But everyone has been so welcoming, and I've been getting a lot of great opportunities. I'm really enjoying it. "I don't like the cold too much, but I'm happy to stick it out and I'll do my best to enjoy the winter. I don't want to go home. I'm having too much fun." The Goldsmith Maid is part of the Fall Four events for 2-year-olds Saturday at The Big M. Breeders Crown champion On A Streak is the 3-1 favorite in the $398,650 Valley Victory for male trotters and Summa Cum Laude, who captured a Breeders Crown in a dead heat with Perfect Sting, is the 9-5 choice in the $371,900 Governor's Cup for male pacers. Fire Start Hanover, also a Crown winner, is the 2-1 favorite in the $323,600 Three Diamonds for female pacers. In addition to the Fall Four, the Saturday card includes TVG Series championships for trotters and pacers. Those races will feature the final career starts for Dan Patch Award winners Bettor's Wish, Kissin In The Sand, and Manchego. For complete Saturday Big M entries, click here. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EST). by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

Harness racing will say goodbye to three Dan Patch Award winners following Saturday's TVG Series championships at The Meadowlands. Bettor's Wish, Kissin In The Sand, and Manchego will be retired to breeding duties after their careers conclude this weekend and each will be honored in ceremonies following their respective races at The Big M. Bettor's Wish, a 4-year-old stallion, received the Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old male pacer in 2019 and was second to mare Shartin N in voting for both Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. He led the sport with $1.64 million in purses last year and has earned $2.43 million lifetime. The son of Bettor's Delight-Lifetime Star heads to Saturday's $340,000 TVG Series Open Pace championship the winner of 23 of 43 lifetime starts. He has failed to finish among the top three only three times in his career. "I'm going to miss him," said trainer Chris Ryder, who owns Bettor's Wish with Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm, and Bettors Wish Partners. "He's going to be near impossible to replace. It's hard to find a horse that can do what he's done, and he just takes it all in stride. When you look back, it's been a terrific run. You really appreciate having a horse that can do all he did." Victories this year for Bettor's Wish include the Sam McKee Memorial, Dayton Pacing Derby, and Allerage Farms Open Pace. "Winning the McKee was very special to me," said Ryder, who noted at the time, "It's hard to describe. It's an honor to win it for Sam. I hope he's looking down on us today." Bettor's Wish bred 58 mares in New Jersey this year before beginning his 4-year-old campaign. He will stand at Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania in 2021. Ryder gave credit to caretaker Alonso Martinez, second trainer Peter Trebotica, and his son Patrick Ryder, for playing key roles in the horse's success. He also thanked his ownership partners and regular driver Dexter Dunn as well as trainer Chantal Mitchell and driver Paul MacDonell, who campaigned the horse for him in Canada at 2. "Most of all, thank you Bettor's Wish," Ryder said. "He was such an exciting and tough racehorse for all of us to enjoy, consistently giving 100 percent on the track. We will all miss this amazing horse." Kissin In The Sand was a Dan Patch Award winner at age 3. The now 5-year-old mare enters Saturday's $150,000 TVG Series championship for female pacers with 26 career wins in 57 starts and $1.66 million in purses. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Kiss Me Kate, she has been trained throughout her career by Nancy Takter and owned by Marvin Katz and Bud Hatfield. "It's been exciting," Hatfield said. "We all have had so much fun with this horse, it's unbelievable. But it's time to start another chapter in her life. It's time for the breeding shed, and I think she'll be a good mom." Kissin In The Sand brings a six-race win streak to her career finale. Among those victories was her first Breeders Crown as well as the Dayton Distaff Derby, Milton Stakes, and Allerage Farms Mare Pace. Hatfield said Kissin In The Sand's determination was what he most admired about the horse. That grit was perhaps most famously on display in the 2018 James M. Lynch Memorial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, where she won by a neck over Youaremycandygirl after being parked out from post nine for most of the mile. "Even if she had a bad post, she would come out of there rolling, get parked, and keep digging in," Hatfield said. "She showed so much heart and grit. "Nancy has done a heck of a job with her. They have a special bond, they really do. She loves that horse. She's a special horse and I think she will be a special broodmare." Manchego, a 5-year-old female trotter, competes in Saturday's $320,000 TVG Series Open Trot, facing a field that includes fellow mare Atlanta as well as male rivals Crystal Fashion, Lindy The Great, and Mission Accepted. A daughter of Muscle Hill-Secret Magic, Manchego has won 32 of 55 lifetime races and earned $2.56 million. Her victories include the 2018 Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown titles at ages 2, 4, and 5. She is the fastest female trotter ever thanks to her 1:49 victory in the 2019 Allerage Farms Mare Trot at Red Mile and also the fastest female trotter in history on a five-eighths-mile track, with a mark of 1:49.3 in this year's Spirit of Massachusetts at Plainridge Park. She is the only female trotter to win with a sub-1:50 mile in multiple years and has been the sport's fastest trotter in 2019 and 2020. Manchego went undefeated in 12 races at age 2 and received divisional Dan Patch honors. She was trained by Jimmy Takter at ages 2 and 3 and by Nancy Takter at 4 and 5. "For me, that (TVG) will be a rough one because it's been so wonderful, and I do like to race," owner Barry Guariglia of Black Horse Racing said. "It'll be a rough one, but the start of a new chapter for her. "She seems to be in good form, so hopefully we've got one more (win) in us." The Meadowlands hosts four TVG Series championships Saturday as well as the Fall Four for 2-year-olds. Four Breeders Crown winners will be in action in the Fall Four: Lady Chaos in the $451,800 Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters, On A Streak in the $398,650 Valley Victory for 2-year-old male trotters, Summa Cum Laude in the $371,900 Governor's Cup for 2-year-old male pacers, and Fire Start Hanover in the $323,600 Three Diamonds for 2-year-old filly pacers. For complete Saturday Big M entries, click here. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EST). by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - One week after setting new Fall Meet handle marks for a single card and a weekend, The Meadowlands is in position to better both bests again as the upcoming pair of race cards (Nov. 20-21) feature plenty of competitive racing, with Saturday night's Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night standing dead center in the spotlight. The stakes-race eight pack - the third biggest "event" program of the Big M calendar year after Hambletonian Day and Meadowlands Pace Night - has purses that total $2,495,950, and figures to create a big night at the windows. Last week (Nov. 13-14) saw Fall Meet highs of $5,299,941 bet over the course of the two race cards with a single-night best of $2,823,647 wagered on Saturday. In the end, the track had its first $5 million weekend since Sept. 18-19. The 20-cent Pick-6 continues to be a wager that creates big interest and big pools. A two-day carryover of just $28,142 led to a total pool of $104,695 on Saturday night, and those sharp enough to have all six winners walked away with $5,642. "All of us at The Meadowlands are pleased with the way things have gone with the Pick-6," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "There is an awful lot of excitement when there are carryovers in the wager, and a lot of value for the player. For instance, last week, only the $76,553 in "new money" was subject to the low 15 percent takeout. All of the $28,142 carryover was subject to no takeout at all." Other eyebrow-raising Saturday night payoffs included the 20-cent Pick-5 ($1,599), 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 ($2,527 for six-of-seven) and the 10-cent Pentafecta ($1,166). Friday night was for 50-cent Pick-4 players as over $140,000 in action was taken on the wagers. The Early Pick returned $4,186 while the Late Pick paid $2,362. As for hot horsemen, Dexter Dunn (five winners) led the driver's colony while Kelvin Harrison (three) topped the trainer's list. FREE PPs: For free past performances of Meadowlands races, courtesy of the United States Trotting Association and TrackMaster, go to playmeadowlands.com. Races one through five will be available for Friday's program while Saturday's entire Fall Final Four/TVG Finals card will be offered. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Andrew Demsky (@shadesonracing) and Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1). Check in everyday for Meadowlands news and updates at those handles, as well as @TheMeadowlands and #playbigm. CHECK OUT THE PICKS: For those who need to get a leg up on the action, go to playmeadowlands.com to see track oddsmaker and analyst Brower's selections and commentary. Click on this link to check out Friday's card: http://playmeadowlands.com/RaceReviews.aspx?racedt=11/20/2020. Additionally, track announcer Warkentin's blog is available on the site and offers his picks and analysis. On race nights, access picks and plays from the Big M TV team at #playbigm or at @TheMeadowlands. CHECK OUT THE SHOW: As always look for the "Racing from The Meadowlands" live in-house simulcast show every Friday and Saturday night. The pre-game show begins at 6:42 p.m. First race is at 7:15 p.m. It'll be the "Dave & Dave" show on both Friday and Saturday as Brower and Little will be the on-camera presence all weekend long, with additional coverage in the form of winner's circle interviews and retirement ceremonies for some of the game's biggest equine stars on Saturday night. If you can't make it out to the track, you can watch and wager on all the action at home. Go to rtn.tv or your favorite ADW platform to catch every race live. GET YOUR FOOTBALL FIX: The National Football League season rolls on with games this Thursday, Sunday and Monday, and you can wager on all of the action in the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook. Thursday's (Nov. 19) NFL matchup has the Kyler Murray-led Arizona Cardinals, fresh off a "Hail Mary" win over the Buffalo Bills, traveling to Seattle to take on Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. Seattle is a 3-point favorite (-114). For those who prefer money lines, the Seahawks are -164 to win the game, regardless of by how much. One can wager on a full slate of Saturday college football games as well. There are also other sports available to bet on in the book from 10 a.m. - midnight Sunday through Friday and from 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. on Saturday. From The Meadowlands

Harness racing trainer Nancy Takter will watch trotting mare Manchego and pacing mare Kissin In The Sand compete for the final time Saturday at The Meadowlands, but also will get another look at two 3-year-olds that will attempt to follow in their award-winning stablemates' hoof prints next season. Hambletonian Oaks winner Sorella will face five older foes in the $140,000 TVG Series championship for female trotters while 3-year-old filly Breeders Crown winner Peaky Sneaky will meet eight older rivals in the $150,000 TVG Series championship for female pacers. "They're both coming back next year, and they're both really sharp at the moment," Takter said. "I think they both deserve a chance." It is the second time 3-year-old fillies will take on mares in the TVG Series championships, which debuted in 2013. Last year, Warrawee Ubeaut finished fourth in the Mare Pace final and Beautiful Sin was fourth in the Mare Trot. Sorella's foes in the Mare Trot include 5-year-old Plunge Blue Chip, a world-record-holder and multiple Grand Circuit winner, and 4-year-old When Dovescry, who captured the 2019 Hambletonian Oaks and Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old filly trotter. She will not face Manchego or Atlanta, who will both race in Saturday's $320,000 TVG Open Trot final. Peaky Sneaky's rivals in the Mare Pace include 5-year-old Kissin In The Sand as well as 7-year-old Shartin N, who was the 2019 Horse of the Year; 6-year-old Caviart Ally, who is the event's defending champion, and 4-year-old Warrawee Ubeaut. The four TVG Series championships are among eight Grand Circuit stakes on Saturday's Big M card, along with the Fall Four for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EST). Sorella heads to the TVG Mare Trot off a win in last week's Matron Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters. She has won eight of 14 races this season, hit the board a total of 12 times, and earned $713,049. In addition to winning the Oaks, she won a division of the Casual Breeze Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park in a Canadian-record 1:51.3 and the Reynolds Memorial in 1:50.2, which is tied for the season's second-fastest mile by a 3-year-old trotter. "The only way I was putting Sorella in was if Manchego ended up in the (TVG) Open," Takter said. "I knew it was going to be a little bit of a short field, and I think she belongs in there. I don't think she gets enough credit for what she's done this year. She's raced from the first weekend of June all the way through November. She broke a Canadian record, she won the Oaks; she's had a tremendous year." Peaky Sneaky won the Breeders Crown last month at Harrah's Hoosier Park, where she handed Party Girl Hill her only loss of the season. For the year, Peaky Sneaky has won six of 15 races, hit the board 12 times, and earned $482,622. Her 1:48 win in a division of the Glen Garnsey makes her the third-fastest female pacer of the season, behind only Party Girl Hill and Kissin In The Sand. "She's tough and gritty," Takter said. "I don't think she knows any different if they're aged mares or 3-year-olds." Kissin In The Sand heads to the TVG final with a six-race win streak. Her victories include the Breeders Crown, Dayton Distaff Derby, Milton Stakes, and Allerage Farms Mare Pace. For her career, she has won 26 of 57 races and $1.66 million. She was a Dan Patch Award winner at 3. Manchego, coming off the third Breeders Crown title of her career, and 5-year-old mare Atlanta both take on the males in the TVG Open Trot. Manchego has won 32 of 55 lifetime races and $2.56 million. She was a Dan Patch Award winner at 2. In the TVG Open Pace championship, Bettor's Wish will make his final career start against a field that includes Breeders Crown winner Century Farroh. Four Breeders Crown winners also will be in action in the Fall Four: Lady Chaos in the $451,800 Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters, On A Streak in the $398,650 Valley Victory for 2-year-old male trotters, Summa Cum Laude in the $371,900 Governor's Cup for 2-year-old male pacers, and Fire Start Hanover in the $323,600 Three Diamonds for 2-year-old filly pacers. For complete Saturday Big M entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

Cream Ridge, NJ - 11/16/20 - The Meadowlands Racetrack is the Standardbred Retirement Foundation's, (SRF) event sponsor for the Thanksgiving Golf Outing hosted by the Millstone Elks 2613 of Millstone Township, NJ.   This Elks were onboard assisting in preparation for the cancelled fundraiser "Holiday at the Horse Farm". Seeing the struggles with every social fundraiser cancelled this year, they took it upon themselves to host this last minute Thanksgiving Golf Outing for the horses.   The golf date was previously incorrect, it is in fact scheduled for Monday, November 23, 2020 at the Cream Ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge, NJ. for (Raindate Tuesday, Nov. 24) with an 11AM Shotgun start with a forecast of 60 degree weather! Cocktails and a full dinner under the Elks' outdoor pavilion will follow a few miles away near Six Flags at 22 Burnt Tavern Rd, Clarksburg, NJ. 08510   SRF appreciates sponsorships and golfers for this one and only social fundraiser of 2020. Please call or email us. Golfers, including carts, greens fees cocktails and dinner are just $120 pp.   Sponsorships are greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible:   Dinner: $3,500 (Includes 2 Foursomes-dinner) Liquor Cart on the Course: $2,500. (Includes 2 Foursomes-dinner) Cocktails-$2,500 (Includes 2 foursomes-dinner) Dinner: $2,500 (Includes 2 Foursomes-dinner) Dessert Sponsor: $2,500 (Includes 2 Foursomes-dinner) Golf Prizes Sponsor: $1,000. (Includes 1 Foursome-dinner) Hole in One Sponsor: 1,000. (Includes 1 Foursome-dinner)   Please contact Tammy at 609-738-3255, or via email at SRFHorsesandKids@gmail.com.   More than 92% of funds to care for these trotters and pacers come from individual donations and fundraising events. With every event cancelled this year, SRF is struggling. We are grateful to Jeff Gural, the Elks, and every kind supporter who will help to keep these horses fed during this difficult time.   To make a tax-deductible donation kindly use https://www.adoptahorse.org/donate or the link below, call the office at 609-738-3255, email SRFHorsesandkids@gmail.com, or forward to SRF, PO Box 312, Millstone Twp., NJ 08535. Thank you. Donate to SRF Today   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Longtime fan favorite Western Joe worked his way into a live flow and got up after a thrilling stretch duel with Ana Afreet N to win the Saturday night harness racing feature at The Meadowlands, the $28,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers. It was anything but easy for the 6-year-old gelded son of Western Ideal-Ante Fay, who departed from post 10 in a strong field for trainer Chris Choate. Filibuster Hanover, with his gaudy lifetime bankroll of $1.8 million, was sent to the gate as the 6-5 public choice and after driver Yannick Gingras asked for a quick burst of speed, cleared the top before the half, which was timed in :54.1. Western Joe, winless in his last five Meadowlands starts, was now working his way into the outer flow, following fourth-over right behind the red-hot Ana Afreet N, who was searching for his fourth win in five starts. At the head of the stretch, the field bunched up as Filibuster Hanover weakened. Ana Afreet A and Western Joe battled throughout the final eighth of a mile on the far outside, and at the wire, it was Western Joe, the winner of the 2018 Sam McKee Memorial, scoring his 28th win from 91 lifetime starts by a nose. The time for the mile was 1:49.4, and after being dismissed at odds of 10-1, ‘Joe’ paid $22.60 to win. Wes Delight finished third. Filibuster Hanover was eighth. Western Joe, who now sports career earnings of $687,208 for owners Anthony Ruggeri and Richard Tosies, is heading for the Nov. 21 TVG Open Pace at The Big M. BIG NIGHT AT THE WINDOWS: Betting was solid throughout the 13-race program, as a Fall Meet high of $2,823,647 was pushed through the windows. The 20-cent Pick-6, with a $28,142 carryover serving as the catalyst, saw a total pool of $104,695. Those with winning tickets cashed in for $5,642.38 after seeing a sequence where the winner’s odds were 4-5, 5-1, 10-1, 6-5, 5-2 and 5-1. Four races on the card saw action that exceeded $250,000, while betting was vigorous on the two Pick-4s, as the Early Pick took in $75,400 while the Late Pick saw $70,574 in action. FINAL FOUR PREPS: Always A Miki (Always B Miki-Beach Gal) readied himself for next week’s Governor’s Cup by taking a 2-year-old colt and gelding pace in 1:52.3 for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Nancy Takter as the 6-5 favorite, ending a personal seven-race losing streak in winning for fourth time from 12 starts. Three Diamonds hopeful Notorious Pink sat a pocket trip behind JK Alwaysbalady before getting up at the wire in 1:53 in a 2-year-old filly pace as the 8-5 public choice. Driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Tony Alagna, the daughter of Captaintreacherous-She’s A Hot Mess upped her lifetime stats to five wins in 12 tries. A LITTLE MORE: The final stakes-laden card of the year takes place Saturday, Nov. 21 when $2.8 million in purses will be up for grabs on Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night. … Todd McCarthy, Andy McCarthy, Dunn and George Napolitano Jr. accounted for eight of the winners on the card by winning two races apiece. … Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Even though he’d earned more than $339,000 from just 14 starts this year, Lindy The Great was winless heading into Friday night’s high-end conditioned trotting harness racing feature at The Meadowlands. “I was petting him this morning,” said trainer Julie Miller, “and I said to him ‘all the talk is about you being an oh-fer. Let’s change that’.” After going a perfect second-over trip, Lindy The Great surged past 3-2 favorite When Dovescry nearing the wire to set the 6-year-old son of Crazed-Highscore Kemp up perfectly for the $350,000 TVG Open Trot at The Big M, which takes place Nov. 21. When Dovescry was away from the gate quickly from post nine in the nine-horse field, and after being forced three-wide into the first turn, made the lead just after the quarter. Driver Dave Miller was able to rate the second fraction in :28.3 as the pair hit the half in :56.1. Mission Accepted came with a burst of speed first-over to go after the leader, which provided a live tow for Lindy The Great past three-quarters and around the far turn. LTG was tipped off his cover mid-stretch by Andy Miller and got past When Dovescry by 1¼ lengths at the finish in 1:52.1 after coming home in :26.1. Mission Accepted finished a determined third. “When you are racing against the best of the best all year long it’s tough,” said the trainer, “but we were hoping to get the job done sooner or later.” Lindy The Great, who returned $9.20 as the third choice in the wagering, now has 15 wins from 62 career starts. With the victory, he became harness racing’s newest millionaire with earnings of $1,000,079 for owners Andy Miller Stable and Team Lindy The Great. “This was our prep for the TVG,” said Julie, “and now we have a taste of what it is to get a win. Next week, hopefully we get some racing luck. The biggest thing about him is his personality. He’s just a likeable horse. You are in a happy place when you are around him. I’m very fortunate to have him. We are very happy with him.” BIG BUCKS BROWER: Dave Brower has made a career of reporting what’s going on at The Meadowlands, but for much of Friday night, he was the story, as the track’s morning-line oddsmaker, program analyst and TV host had himself quite a night at the races. The author of “Harnessing Winners: The Complete Guide To Handicapping Harness Races” correctly selected the first seven races on the card until his Alkippe finished second in the eighth race to 90-1 longshot Milady Denver A. When the 13-race card had concluded, Brower had seven on top, with four of his selections finishing second and one third. His lone pick to finish off-the-board came in the 13th and final race of the night. A LITTLE MORE: Prepping for the TVG Mares, Caviart Ally scored early on the program in 1:50 in a high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares. … Dexter Dunn led the driver colony with three winners. … The 20-cent Pick-6 went unhit, creating a $28,142 carryover for Saturday night. Big M management has put a guarantee of $60,000 on the pool, which begins in race eight. Free past performances for the wager are available at playmeadowlands.com. Those who had five out of six cashed in for $1,778.16. … All-source handle totaled $2,475,294. … Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Friday the 13th might be unlucky for some, but after the 20-cent Pick-6 failed to produce a winner at The Meadowlands, Saturday the 14th could prove very lucky for others. When driver Leon Bailey guided Milady Denver A to victory lane at odds of 90-1 in the eighth race Friday night at The Big M, many a Pick-6 ticket went dead. In the end, the wager went unhit, creating a carryover of $28,142.45, leading management to guarantee the pool at $60,000 for Saturday night. Those who had tickets with five winners Friday did well for themselves, cashing in for $1,778.16. Saturday evening’s Pick-6 will kick off in the eighth race. Free past performances are available by going to this link: https://www.trackmaster.com/freeContent/usta/freeContentFiles/hpl/mxx1114x.pdf   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

The record-setting career of Manchego will come to an end Nov. 21 at The Meadowlands. Barry Guariglia, who owns the 5-year-old trotting mare, said her final start will be in the TVG Series championship, either in the Mare Trot or Open Trot. Manchego has won 32 of 55 lifetime races and earned $2.56 million. Her victories include the 2018 Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown titles at ages 2, 4, and 5. She is the fastest female trotter ever thanks to her 1:49 victory in the 2019 Allerage Farms Mare Trot at Red Mile and also the fastest female trotter in history on a five-eighths-mile track, with a mark of 1:49.3 in this year's Spirit of Massachusetts at Plainridge Park. She is the only female trotter to win with a sub-1:50 mile in multiple years. She has been the sport's fastest trotter in 2019 and 2020. In 2017, Manchego won all 12 of her starts and became the first undefeated 2-year-old filly trotter in Breeders Crown history as well as the first unbeaten 2-year-old filly trotter to win a Dan Patch Award. With her Breeders Crown triumph two weeks ago, she joined Peace Corps and Grades Singing as the only female trotters with at least three trophies. Manchego was trained by Jimmy Takter at ages 2 and 3, and Nancy Takter at 4 and 5. Guariglia will keep Manchego, who is by Muscle Hill out of Secret Magic, as a broodmare. "For me, that (TVG) will be a rough one because it's been so wonderful, and I do like to race," Guariglia said. "It'll be a rough one, but the start of a new chapter for her. "She seems to be in good form, so hopefully we've got one more (win) in us." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - There will no doubt be plenty of money put in play over the course of the upcoming weekend (Nov. 13-14) at The Meadowlands as the track's popular multi-leg wagers will offer a total of $300,000 in guaranteed pools. On Friday night, the 20-cent Pick-6 - which begins in the eighth race - has a guaranteed pool of $20,000. Big M management saw fit to make the monetary assurance in the aftermath of last Saturday (Nov. 7) when the wager went unhit, creating a carryover of $8,031. Last Friday (Nov. 6), a Pick-6 carryover led to a total pot of over $51,000, and those sharp enough to have tickets bearing all six winners walked away with $23,020. The other $280,000 in assured funds will come from the 20-cent Pick-5 and 50-cent Pick-4. The Pick-5 - which begins in the first race - will be offering $50,000 guaranteed pools on both Friday and Saturday, while the 50-cent Pick-4s will offer $50,000 on both race sixes and $40,000 more on each race 10 during the course of the weekend. All of those wagers offer a low 15 percent takeout, which is also true of the 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 - which starts on the third race - as well as the 10-cent Pentafecta, which is offered on the 13th and final race of the night. Other payouts worth mentioning from last week include Friday night's Pick-4 ($1,120), Survivor ($3,118) and Pentafecta ($1,702), while Saturday's big payoffs came in the Pick-4 ($1,912) and Pentafecta ($7,786). LAST WEEK: A pair of Breeders Crown champions strutted their stuff in the Kindergarten Classic Finals for 2-year-olds last Saturday. Fire Start Hanover ran her seasonal stats to eight wins from 12 starts after taking the filly pace while Summa Cum Laude, fresh off his dead heat in the Crown with the unbeaten Perfect Sting, overcame post 10 to win the colt and gelding pace. Anoka Hanover upped her winning streak to six on the way to victory lane in the filly trot while 6-1 shot Dee's Red Delicious became the only winner to not go off as the public choice in the colt and gelding trot. Big M fans can now look forward to the third biggest program of the calendar year - after Hambletonian Day and Meadowlands Pace Night - when Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night takes place on Nov. 21, with many Kindergarten and Breeders Crown participants expected to be on hand. That evening, 2-year-olds will be in the spotlight as the Governor's Cup (colt pace), Three Diamonds (filly pace), Valley Victory (colt trot) and Goldsmith Maid (filly trot) makeup the Fall Final Four, with total purses of about $1.8 million. In addition, year-end divisional honors will be on the line in the four TVG Finals, which are the Mares Trot, Open Trot, Mares Pace and Open Pace, a fabulous foursome which will see just over $1 million get doled out. THE BIG THREE: George Napolitano Jr. and Todd McCarthy kept on rolling, as each won four times last weekend to lead the driver colony. With many of the Big M regulars absent in recent weeks driving on the Grand Circuit, Simon Allard, Napolitano and McCarthy have combined to win 36 of the last 77 races contested at the mile oval. Allard and McCarthy are currently leading the standings with 26 wins apiece, "Georgie Nap" is right behind them with 22. FREE PPs: For free past performances of Meadowlands races, courtesy of the United States Trotting Association and TrackMaster, go to playmeadowlands.com, where one can access races one through five - the entire 20-cent Pick-5 - on both the Friday and Saturday night cards. In addition, because of the $20,000 guarantee, Friday's Pick-6 (races eight through 13) will also be available. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Andrew Demsky (@shadesonracing) and Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1). Check in everyday for Meadowlands news and updates at those handles, as well as @TheMeadowlands and #playbigm. CHECK OUT THE PICKS: For those who need to get a leg up on the action, go to playmeadowlands.com to see track oddsmaker and analyst Brower's selections and commentary. Click on this link to check out Friday's card: http://playmeadowlands.com/RaceReviews.aspx?racedt=11/13/2020. Additionally, track announcer Warkentin's blog is available on the site and offers his picks and analysis. On race nights, access picks and plays from the Big M TV team at #playbigm or at @TheMeadowlands. CHECK OUT THE SHOW: As always look for the "Racing from The Meadowlands" live in-house simulcast show every Friday and Saturday night. The pre-game show begins at 6:42 p.m. First race is at 7:15 p.m. Otten will join Brower on the Sam McKee Memorial broadcast set Friday. The usual team of Brower and Little will be on camera Saturday. If you want to watch all the action at home, go to rtn.tv or your favorite ADW platform to catch every race live. FORE! The 2020 Masters at Augusta National begins Thursday (Nov. 12), and if wagering on golf is your thing, head to the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook where all kinds of straight wagers and prop bets will be offered on professional golf's "Super Bowl". You can also watch and wager on all the National Football League and college football action, as well as other sports, when the book is open for business from 10 a.m. - midnight Sunday through Friday and from 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. on Saturday. From The Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – On Nov. 7, a week after Summa Cum Laude and Perfect Sting recorded the first dead-heat Breeders Crown win, Yannick Gingras steered Summa Cum Laude to a 1:50.2 win in the $204,050 Kindergarden Classic for freshman pacing colts and geldings at The Meadowlands.  Soaring to first off the gate was Shakespeare, followed by Captain Sleeze, with the Ron Burke-trained Summa Cum Laude in fourth behind Ilderton AM after leaving from the 10 hole. Shakespeare cut the first quarter in :26.4. Summa Cum Laude took to the outside and smoothly passed Shakespeare. With the lead, he was entirely in charge pacing to a 1:23.3 three-quarters. Simon Says Hanover came first over to make his bid but Shakespeare was still strong and still after the leader, while Always B Sweet came into the stretch picture.  Without urging, Gingras drove Summa Cum Laude across the wire to a lifetime- best-equaling score by one-and-a-quarter lengths. “I just tried to get him in play,” Gingras said after the race. “I wasn’t going to take back to last, so I was able to get away fourth and from there I saw what the pace was going to be, though it didn’t matter, because he can race any which what way. I had a ton of pace still when finishing.” Shakespeare held on for second, Captain Sleeze got third and Always B Sweet closed late to get fourth. Summa Cum Laude is by Somebeachsomewhere—Western Graduate. Burke Racing Stable and P. Collura, J. and T Silva-Purnel and Libby own the colt who took his fifth win in 14 starts and accrued $445,425 in earnings.  As the favorite, Summa Cum Laude paid $4.00 to win. Fresh from her Breeders Crown 1:50.4 victory at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, Fire Start Hanover and driver Dexter Dunn swarmed over her competition to win the $151,030 Kindergarden Classic for freshmen pacing fillies. Fire Start Hanover, opening the 1-9 favorite, was in no rush leaving the gate, and settled into fourth as High Minded and Lindy At The Beach rushed from the outside and Three Way Split held onto his rail position.  As the first quarter clocked in :26.3, High Minded gave up the lead to Classicist, who could not keep the top before the :55.2 half when Dunn guided Fire Start Hanover to the outside. With Off The Record at his back, Fire Start Hanover became the leader and never looked back. The “Nifty” Norman-trained filly glided into the stretch in total command, with Off The Record in futile pursuit, crossing the wire one-and-a-quarter lengths in front in a 1:51.1 mile. Off The Record was second and Classicist shifted into third over High Minded, fourth. Dunn said, “She bounced back okay. It’s only a week since she raced in the Breeders Crown and though that was a tough mile she did it pretty easily.” In the Kindergarten, he said, “The way she was traveling to three-quarters I was not worried because she was full of pace. She finished the mile with the ear plugs still in. She’s strong.” Fire Start Hanover is a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, out of Fit To Frame. Pinske Stables, David K. Hoese and Lawrence M. Means own the filly who collected her eighth win in a dozen starts and has earned $593,101. He paid $2.40 to win.  Diamond Creek Farm sponsored each division of the Kindergarten Classics. MAKING THE GRADE: Wagering got off to a good start on the 13-race program as over $341,000 was pushed through the windows on the opener, leading to an all-source total of $2,561,614. … Todd McCarthy led the driver’s colony with three winners, including 45-1 long shot S McKee in the finale, leading to a 10-cent Pentafecta payoff of $7,786.22. … The 20-cent Pick-6 went unhit, which means a carryover of $8,085 will be up for grabs on the next program. Those with tickets bearing five winners cashed in for $245.02. … George Napolitano Jr., Corey Callahan and Dexter Dunn all had driving doubles. … Expect to see a big handful of the horses who raced in the Kindergartens to be on hand Saturday, Nov. 21 on Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night, when approximately $2.8 million in purse money will be on the table. … Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Frank Cotolo for The Meadowlands Racetrack

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Leading a tightening bunch after leader Jack Fire, Dee’s Red Delicious emerged victorious in the $207,570 Kindergarten Classic for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Saturday (Nov. 6) at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Driver Corey Callahan floated Dee’s Red Delicious into fourth to a :28 first quarter as 3-5 favorite Lindsymusclemania broke into a gallop entering the backstretch. Straightening to the backside, Jack Fire circled to the top out of third and posted a :57.4 half while Callahan gave Dee’s Red Delicious his cue. Into the far turn Dee’s Red Delicious loomed closer with Peter Haughton champ Zenith Stride in tow to three-quarters in 1:26.2. Jack Fire clung to command as the charge closed in, with Zenith Stride angling three wide, Royson’s Punch trying to squeak up the pylons and Bee Forever lodged between horses. But Dee’s Red Delicious kept the compact late threats to his back and slid to a three-quarter length victory over Jack Fire. Bee Forever finished third in the 1:54.3 mile while Zenith Stride took fourth. “He’s really been kind of the perfect horse,” trainer Bruce Saunders said of Dee’s Red Delicious, whose poised to compete in the Valley Victory on Nov. 21. “When he got beat it wasn’t his fault, it was my fault and maybe Corey’s fault. Last week we were stunned that he was so flat—he had some respiratory issues that fortunately we were able to get cleared up.” Owned by Joseph Martinelli Sr., Dee’s Red Delicious scored his sixth win from 12 starts, banking $460,861. The Credit Winner-Apple Plush gelding paid $15.40 to win. Winners circle                          --Lisa Photo While Insta Glam fast-stepped her way through the early portions of the mile, Anoka Hanover readied her attack, and the 4-5 choice successfully reeled in the tiring pacesetter for driver Todd McCarthy to win the $252,340 Kindergarten Classic for two-year-old trotting fillies. McCarthy landed Anoka Hanover in fifth while Insta Glam ground to the lead by a :27.2 opening quarter. Insta Glam continued on an uncontested lead to a :55.4 half as Anoka Hanover edged wide off the pylons with Mazzarati on her back. Anoka Hanover made gains first over into the final turn, but caught cover to three-quarters when Wet My Whistle angled off the cones from third. Insta Glam meanwhile expanded her lead by the three-quarters in 1:24.1 but grew leg weary into the stretch. McCarthy took aim with Anoka Hanover to the center of the track and slid to a one-and-a-quarter length victory with ease while stopping the clock in a lifetime-best 1:52.3. Insta Glam held second with Mazzarati finishing third and Hot As Hill fourth. “She’s always been very clever, very easy going on herself, not nervous at all,” trainer Noel Daley said of Anoka Hanover, whose next start will come in the Goldsmith Maid on Nov. 21. “It’s easy to work with a trotting filly when they’ve got the brains. She’s not the prettiest going thing, but she just had the guts.” A Donato Hanover-Aunt Mel filly owned by Daley along with L A Express Stable LLC and Caviart Farms, Anoka Hanover collected her ninth victory from 13 starts to push her bankroll to $379,461. She paid $3.60 to win. Each division of the Kindergarten Classic was presented by sponsor Diamond Creek Farm. By Ray Cotolo, for the Meadowlands Racetrack

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is pleased to announce that harness racing purses will be increased by 25% across the board starting with the upcoming condition sheet for November 13-14.   "The bump keeps our purses in line with the highest offered among tracks currently racing,"said Racing Secretary Scott Warren. "We're heading into the time of year when full fields and competitive overnight racing are imperative to make the product attractive to the horseplayers. We have also adjusted our wagering menu as a part of the push to maximize handle at The Meadowlands through the winter months."   Also on the condition sheet for next weekend are overnights for all divisions of 2 year olds to provide a prep race for the $1.8 million Freshman Fall Final Four which will co-headline the stakes laden November 21 card along with the $1 million TVG FFA Championships.   The purse increase is outlined below;   Class of Race-Current Purse-Purse Effective 11/13-14/2020 Preferred- $22,500-$28,000 Non-winners $20,000 Last 5- $17,000-$21,000 Non-winners $14,000 Last 5- $14,000-$17,500 Non-winners $10,500 Last 5- $12,500-$15,000 Non-winners $7,500 Last 5- $10,000-$12,500 Non-winners $4,500 Last 5- $8,000-$10,000 Non-winners $2,500 Last 5- $6,000-$7,500 Trackmaster 73- $6,000-$7,500 Trackmaster 78- $8,000-$10,000 Claiming $15-$20,000- $12,500-$14,000 Claiming $10-$12,500- $8,300-$11,000 Claiming $7,500- $6,500-$8,125 Non-winners 4 PM Races- $14,000-$17,500 Non-winners 2 PM Races- $11,000-$13,500 From The Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Warrior One started the year like a house on fire, scoring in seven of his first nine harness racing starts for trainer Ron Burke before going winless in his next seven outings. So much for the losing streak. The 4-year-old gelded son of Father Patrick-Yoga, the only wire-to-wire winner on the card, made his fifth 2020 visit to the Meadowlands winner’s circle in the featured high-end conditioned trot Friday night after stopping the clock in an eye-popping 1:51.4 to lower his previous lifetime best by a full second. Driver Andy Miller had designs on the top and guided Warrior One directly to the lead, hitting the quarter in :26.3. A rated second fraction of :28.3 followed as Trolley, using trotting hopples for the second time, came first over as they approached the far turn. But Miller hit the gas pedal again as Trolley, the 3-1 second choice, struggled on the far turn. Warrior One was still going well on the point after rating the middle half in :57.2 before opening up a 2¼-length edge at the head of the stretch on the pocket-sitting 7-5 favorite, HL Revadon. Warrior One then finished the job by sprinting home in :27.4 to hit the wire three lengths in front of HL Revadon, who was no match. Eye Ofa Tiger As was third. Trolley faded to fifth in the seven-horse field. Owned by Frank Canzone and Yannick Gingras, Warrior One returned $15.60 as the fourth choice in the wagering in winning for the eighth time this year from 17 starts. Lifetime, he has 12 victories from 47 tries and earnings of $202,446. A LITTLE MORE: A two-day 20-cent Pick-6 carryover of $13,394 led to a total pool of over $51,000, and after a sequence that saw winner’s odds of 2-1, 7-2, 6-1, 6-1, 9-2 and 2-1, the payoff was a handsome $23,020.24. … The 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 made its return to The Big M betting menu. One lucky player wagering into the Oregon Express hub had the only ticket with all seven winners and cashed in for $3,118.82. … Anette Lorentzon recorded a training double while drivers Vinny Ginsburg and George Napolitano Jr. each won twice to pace the driver’s colony. … All-source handle totaled $1,961,021. … Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. with four Kindergarten Classic Finals – worth over $800,000 in total purses – sitting atop the marquee.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

49 to 64 of 5288