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On this week's Harness Racing Alumni Show broadcast, Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural lays it all on the line. The message that we are sending to the rest of the world is that the harness racing industry wishes to turn its back on the integrity act and keep things just the way that they have become through the past years....., Drugs, drugs, drugs...., it's no longer horse racing, it's become chemical warfare.   This weeks show brought to you by Century 21's Joe Ricco and Billy Haughton Equine Insurance   To hear this week's show, click here.     From the Harness Racing Alumni Show      

East Rutherford, NJ - With the New Jersey state inspectors on high alert and having a presence at The Meadowlands on live racing nights, we remind all persons travelling with the horses to the racetrack to be aware of your personal health and the COVID practices required of you while on the property.   If you don't feel well, don't come to the track. If you've had exposure to someone who isn't feeling well, don't come to the track. It is mandatory that everyone wear a face covering while in the paddock area, both inside and out. It is mandatory that you observe and keep the recommended safe social distance. It is IMPERATIVE that you adhere to ALL of the protocols required by the state if you come to The Meadowlands in any capacity.   We strongly suggest that you check everyone's temperature before you ship in.   Anyone with an elevated temperature will be denied entry.   Please have this form filled out to present to the attendants upon arrival to avoid delays.   All pertinent information on COVID procedures is available on the web.   From The Meadowlands      

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – After an incredibly uncharacteristic sixth-place finish a week ago in a race that saw him back up on the far turn while going after the leader, Highalator, the best overnight horse currently in training at The Meadowlands, returned to his outstanding self with another eye-popping harness racing performance in the track’s weekly pacing feature Saturday night. Having been assigned post position nine in the nine-horse field for non-winners of $20,000 in their last five starts on the pace, driver Ricky Still did what he usually does with Highalator, leave the gate hard. Stacked up five-wide into the first turn, the 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Higher And Higher kept on digging on the outside as early leader U S Captain yielded to Ana Afreet N, who then yielded to Highalator, who grabbed the top while parked at the half in a sizzling :53. Despite having won three in a row before last week’s loss, Highalator was sent to the gate as the 3-1 second choice. He was sailing along on the point as 7-5 favorite Ana Afreet N, who was looking for his third straight score, remained in the pocket as three-quarters was hit in 1:21. Ana Afreet N vacated the pocket inside the eighth pole, and while he relentlessly inched closer, he could not pass Highalator, who held on by a pulse-pounding nose in 1:49.3. Angers Bayama finished third. Highalator, who returned $8.80 to win, has now won 39-of-84 career starts (seven-for-15 in 2020), good for earnings of $625,864 for owners Jenny Bier (who is also his trainer), Joann Dombeck and Midsize Construction. A LITTLE MORE: A two-day carryover in the 20-cent Pick-6 led to a total pool of $41,095, and those with winning tickets had big smiles on their faces. After a sequence that saw winners’ odds of 5-1, 4-5, 7-1, 3-1, 2-1 and 6-1, the payout was a handsome $9,255. … Jason Lynch recorded his first-ever win at The Big M guiding Edge Of Eternity to a wire-to-wire score in the third race in 1:51.4. He also trains the 4-year-old, whose recent stops include Harrington Raceway, Ocean Downs and Harrah’s Philadelphia. … Todd McCarthy continued to do good things, as the recent Australian import drove three winners on the card. … All-source wagering totaled $2,077,815. … Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – The Jeff Cullipher barn has been on fire of late at The Meadowlands, and the track’s leading harness racing trainer kept on rolling Friday night, taking both Fall Harvest Series Finals on the card. Skyway Kon Man may not have gone the best of trips, but he was up to the task, taking the final for trotters who were non-winners of $4,500 in their last five starts. Last week, the 4-year-old gelded son of Conway Hall-Keystone Sadie exploded off cover to win going away in 1:55.3 as the even-money choice, which led players to send him off as the 3-5 favorite. After leaving the gate from post six in the 10-horse field, driver Simon Allard settled Skyway Kon Man into the four-hole. Allard vacated the rail just after the half, but was unable to flush cover, leaving him first-over for the final seven-sixteenths. ‘Kon Man’ kept chipping away at pesky leader Levitation’s edge, and with about a sixteenth-of-a-mile to go, grabbed the lead before holding off the fast-closing Godspell Hall by a head in 1:54.1. Levitation finished third. Skyway Kon Man returned $3.40 to win, and now has seven victories from 36 lifetime starts and earnings of just over $130,000. But Cullipher, who won three races on Oct. 10 before winning two more on both Oct. 16 and 17, would record his fourth consecutive training double before the night was out. Chiplosive, a 4-year-old gelded son of Explosive Matter-Brooke Blue Chip, destroyed eight overmatched foes in the Fall Harvest Final for trotters who were non-winners of $2,500 by 3 lengths in 1:52.4, a time that lowered his previous lifetime best by a full second. Driver George Napolitano Jr. guided Chiplosive to his second straight Big M score with some aggressive handling, making the lead from post nine by traveling parked past the quarter before securing the top at the half in :56.2. From there it was easy gravy as Chiplosive opened up on the field by 5 lengths at the head of the stretch before cruising to a 3-length score over Piercewave Hanover. Broadway Bruiser was third. As the 2-5 favorite, Chiplosive paid $2.80 to win, and now has eight career wins from 35 attempts, good for a bankroll of just over $118,000. A LITTLE MORE: After a second straight 20-cent Pick-6 went unhit, a carryover of over $13,000 led Big M management to guarantee a $25,000 pot for Saturday night. Free past performances are available at playmeadowlands.com. … When the Mark Silva-trained and driven Dramatic Point scored in the fifth race (helping to insure the big Pick-6 pool for Saturday) at odds of 46-1, huge 10-cent Pentafecta ($12,626) and $2 Trifecta ($19,303) payoffs were the result. The top five numbers in the official order of finish were 7-9-8-10-6. … Napolitano and Corey Callahan topped the driver colony with three wins apiece. … Seven favorites scored on the 13-race program, making it 23 chalks out of the last 39 Big M races (59 percent). … All-source handle totaled $1,896,248. … Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds and a veteran standout looking to get back on track are the top storylines this weekend at The Meadowlands. On Friday (Oct. 23), eight divisions of the Kindergarten's third leg for 2-year-olds will hit the track. There will be two divisions each for horses of both sexes and gaits. Next week, the Kindergarten will have its fourth and final leg (Oct. 30) before the series concludes on Nov. 7 with four finals that have purses totaling $800,000. After a rare poor performance last week, Highalator, who saw his three-race Big M win streak come to an end at the hands of Harambe Deo, seeks to find his way back to the winner's circle in the Saturday (Oct. 24) night feature, a high-end conditioned pace. LAST WEEK: Dexter Dunn, who finished one winner behind Yannick Gingras during the Championship Meeting that concluded in August, had the hot hands last Friday night, winning five times on the evening to be the leading driver for the weekend (Oct. 16-17). Gingras had four winners, all on Saturday night. Jeff Cullipher, after winning three times on Oct. 10, followed that up with training doubles on both last Friday and Saturday. His four winners led all trainers. Despite 16 winning favorites from 26 races, many Big M players still made some big scores last weekend. Among the wagers with notable payouts were the 10-cent Pentafecta ($1,113 on Friday, $2,072 on Saturday), 20-cent Pick-5 ($5,431 and $7,747), 50-cent Pick-4 ($5,910 and $1,129) and Trifecta ($2,510, $1,649 and $4,595 on Friday; $2,664 and $2,290 on Saturday). IT ALL COMES DOWN: The Breeders Crown will be offered at The Meadowlands on its simulcast network when the year-end event sees eliminations take place this Friday and Saturday. Post time is 6:30 p.m. Hoosier Park in Anderson, IN will play host to the 2020 edition of the Crown, harness racing's year-end 12-race extravaganza for horses of all sexes, ages and gaits. Nine of the events will require eliminations this weekend. Three races - the Open Pace, Open Trot and Mare Trot - will not require elims and go directly to finals next week. More than $6 million will be on the table, as Friday, Oct. 30 will see the four Crown finals for 2-year-olds, before a Saturday, Oct. 31 eight-pack that will include four championships for 3-year-olds and four more for open types. Post time each night is 6 p.m. For complete Breeders Crown information, go to http://ustrottingnews.com/6-million-breeders-crown-draws-161-for-harrahs-hoosier-park-championships/. Many Breeders Crown performers will no doubt be at The Meadowlands on Nov. 21 for Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night. 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. Year-end divisional honors - as well as Horse of the Year - could be determined by what happens 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. DON'T FORGET THE RUNNERS: Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY is the site for the 2020 Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will begin with five events on Friday, Nov. 6 and conclude on Saturday, Nov. 7 with nine more races, the last of which is the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic. The first Breeders' Cup race on Friday is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., while Saturday's opener goes at 12:02 p.m. The Classic has a post time of 5:13 p.m. FREE PPs: For free past performances of Meadowlands races, go to playmeadowlands.com, where one can access races nine through 13 for both Friday and Saturday's programs. Those races include the 20-cent Late Pick-5, 50-cent Late Pick-4 and 10-cent Late Pentafecta, not to mention the Late Daily Double. THE FUTURE'S SO BRIGHT: The newest member of the Meadowlands' TV team is off to a good start. Last weekend saw Andrew "Shades" Demsky give out both of his best bets on top and added one Pick-4 on Saturday night for good measure. This week, Demsky will be giving commentary on TVG Friday night and serve as co-host alongside Dave Brower on the in-house live simulcast presentation on Saturday. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), 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=10/23/2020. 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. It begins at 6:42 p.m. First race is at 7:15 p.m. If you want to watch all the action at home, go to rtn.tv to catch every race live. GET WORLD SERI-OUS: Get into the World Series at The Big M, by watching and wagering on every game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays in the FanDuel Sportsbook. The Dodgers remain a solid favorite to win their first championship since 1988, as with the series tied at a game apiece heading into Friday night's Game 3, Los Angeles is -200 to win the series while Tampa Bay is +165. In addition to baseball's "Fall Classic", you can watch and wager on all the NFL and college football action, as well as other sports. The book is open for business from 10 a.m. - midnight Sunday through Friday and from 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. on Saturday. DINING REOPENS TODAY, at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The Café will be open daily serving racetrack favorites including burgers, doughnuts, bagels, chicken fingers and fries, hot dogs and more.  Beer, wine and liquor are also available for those 21 and older. For live racing on Friday and Saturday nights, Trotters has a $29.95 pre fixe menu featuring a variety of cold salads, multiple entrees and a selection of pre-packaged desserts.   This Friday’s menu features a butternut squash salad, teriyaki-glazed steak tips, seared chicken in a lemon, butter and caper sauce and fried Alaskan cod.  Home-made cookies and fresh fruit are available for dessert.  Saturday’s menu features a traditional Caesar salad, Norwegian salmon with sherry and capers, chicken Milanese and pork tenderloin in an apple cider sauce. Reservations are required and dining must be prepaid.  Reservations can be made by calling 201-The-BigM (201-843-2446) Victory Lounge and  the outdoor Pavilion are also open for food and beverage service Thursday-Monday for both live racing and sports.  Diners can enjoy a variety of appetizers, brisket, ribs, pulled pork and burgers along with a full bar for those 21 and older.  Reservations must be made by emailing Victoryreservations@arkrestaurants.com or calling 201-842-5102. From 12-6pm this Sunday, October 25th, anyone making a reservation in the Lounge or Pavilion will receive ten free wings.  Offer is limited to one offer per party. Guests are encouraged to make dining reservations for guaranteed seating. The Meadowlands Racetrack is adhering to all local and state COVID-19 protocols and all guests must follow these guidelines below: Maintain 6 ft social distancing when possible Wearing masks properly over both the nose and mouth at all times Using hand sanitizer and frequently washing hands No outside food or beverage inside the grandstand.  All are required to wear a face covering both indoors and outside, have their temperature checked and complete a brief health questionnaire.  No one with a temperature exceeding 100.4 will be allowed to enter. All racing and dining information can be found at PlayMeadowlands.com and the health questionnaire can be downloaded and filled out prior to arrival here. From the Meadowlands Media Department

East Rutherford, NJ - The 2020 Grand Circuit stakes season at The Meadowlands will conclude on Saturday, November 21 with the $1 million TVG finals for older horses and $1.5 million Freshman Fall Final Four (Goldsmith Maid, Three Diamonds, Valley Victory & Governor's Cup).   While it seems a lifetime ago, when the live racing dates for 2020 were awarded by the NJRC last November they included the legislated right for Monmouth Park to run a Fall meet on the main track at The Meadowlands from October 2 through December 5, eliminating any possibility of a Fall harness meet.   Those dates were eventually revised through negotiations to end on November 21, the reason being to accommodate the Final Four and TVG finals. The issue remained that the earliest date the Standardbred meet could begin and those stakes raced would be November 28.   With such a late date for the Final Four and the fact that of the four stakes only the Three Diamonds required eliminations in 2019, a top money winning format was implemented for 2020. The conditions were amended to read "The eleven (11) highest 2020 money winners (USTA records) that are declared will race at one mile" . So, there will be no eliminations, just a single race composed of up to eleven horses with a provision for a consolation if enough are declared to warrant one.   Among the many COVID related changes this year was Monmouth's decision to not race at The Meadowlands at all, which has allowed the Standardbreds to continue through the Fall and the above mentioned stakes to be raced a week earlier.   The final two preliminary legs of the Kindergarten Classic Series will be raced the next two Fridays leading up to the $800,000e finals on Saturday, November 7. The current standings and conditions are available on the web.   Contact the Racing Office at (201) 842-5130 with any questions.   From The Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – It mattered little to Harambe Deo that he was facing the hottest horse at the track as well as one of the best harness racing mares of this or any generation Saturday night at The Meadowlands, as he took down Highalator and Shartin N in the Preferred Handicap for pacers. The race panned out similarly to last week, when Harambe Deo put up fast quarters at both ends of the mile in a spectacular score. The Jeff Cullipher trainee sprinted away from the gate and went to the quarter in a blistering :25.4 for a second consecutive week. A horse known as a stone closer before the last two weeks has now become a front-end lover. “Before Simon [Allard] started driving my horse, leaving wasn’t the way to go,” said Cullipher. When the trainer saw the quarter time last week, he thought his horse was finished. Not so Saturday night. “I didn’t think he was cooked,” said Cullipher, “but you don’t want to see that too often.” The field of six was in straight alignment past the half (:54.2). Shortly thereafter, 2-1 second choice Highalator, seeking a fourth straight score in a Big M feature, vacated the four-hole to come after the leader, and as he advanced, 3-5 favorite Shartin N received a live tow. But on the far turn, the look of the race changed dramatically as Highalator uncharacteristically struggled, backing up in Shartin N’s face, leaving Harambe Deo on a 3-length lead at three-quarters (1:22.3). “I knew the race was over then,” said Cullipher. “Highalator bothered Shartin N a little on the turn. Obviously, she’s not 100 percent herself and we took advantage of everything we could.” Harambe Deo finished the job by pacing home in :26 to stop the clock in 1:48.3, lowering the lifetime best he had established one week ago by one-fifth of a second. Western Joe was fourth lengths back in second with Geez Joe third. Shartin N finished fourth with Wes Delight fifth and Highalator sixth. “He’s easy on himself,” said Cullipher of his prized pupil. “He doesn’t do anything out of the ordinary. He had a good week. We knew he had to have a performance like last week if he was going to beat this field, and that’s just what he gave us.” A 5-year-old gelded son of Woodstock-Tea Time who is owned by Pollack Racing and Cullipher, Harambe Deo now has 16 wins from 81 lifetime outings, good for earnings of $253,869. As the 6-1 third choice in the wagering, he returned $15.00 to win. A LITTLE MORE: Cullipher, who had three winners on last Saturday’s card, saw his Ana Afreet N score one race after Harambe Deo’s win to complete a training double. Ana Afreet N hit the wire in 1:49 after winning last week in 1:48.3. … Izzy Estrada also trained a pair of winner’s circle visitors. … Yannick Gingras led the driver colony with four scores on the program. … All-source wagering totaled $2,256,292. … Favorites ruled over the course of the 26-race weekend, winning 16 times. … Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Returning to the scene of her two biggest career wins, When Dovescry destroyed her foes in the Friday night harness racing feature at The Meadowlands, a high-end conditioned trot. The 4-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill-Cedar Dove, who won the 2019 Hambletonian Oaks and 2020 Steele Memorial at The Big M, was on the go early, securing the top out of the first turn in a field reduced to six starters after a pair of scratches, and hit the quarter on the point in a leisurely :28. There wasn't much action as the half went in :56.2. Longshot Arabella's Cadet tried to apply pressure around the far turn but was turned away as they turned for home. A final quarter of just :28 was more than enough for the Brett Pelling trainee to score by 3¼ lengths over Mississippi Storm in 1:52.1. Felicityshagwell S, the 7-5 second choice, finished third. "We wanted to get a race in her," said Pelling, "since she is going to the [Oct. 31] Breeders Crown Mares Trot [at Hoosier Park]. She was perfectly straight tonight." Pelling sees a fabulous future for his horse. "Her whole game is getting through being 4-years-old. When she comes back next year, she'll go 20 times (she's started only six times in 2020). At 4, you race aged horses, and I think at that age, they are not mature. You are going against horses that are fully developed. It takes a special horse to take on horses that are fully developed when you are just 4." When Dovescry, who was driven by David Miller, paid $3.80 to win as the 4-5 public choice. She is owned by Yves Sarrazin, Dumain Haven Farm, Singh & Soulsby and John E Lengacher and now has 12 wins from 26 career starts and earnings of $1,065,186. ONE FOR THE THUMB: Captain Corey remained unbeaten in five lifetime starts by taking the $61,500 W.N. Reynolds Memorial Judge Moore division for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the trot as the 1-9 favorite. The Ake Svanstedt trained and driven colt, a product of Googoo Gaagaa-Luv U All, never had an anxious moment, drubbing three overmatched foes by leading at every call before hitting the wire 3¾ lengths in front of second-place finisher Royson's Punch in 1:54.1. Lindysmusclemania was third. Captain Corey, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion, now has earnings of $295,313 and is being pointed to the October 30 Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park. In a non-betting event before the regular card, Insta Glam (Father Patrick-Hollywood Hill) won the Reynolds Meda division for juvenile trotting fillies. The Nancy Takter-trained, Dexter Dunn-driven miss raised her lifetime record to five wins from 10 starts, good for earnings of $240,170. A LITTLE MORE: Favorite players wore out a path to the windows on the night, as nine straight post-time choices scored starting in the second race. A total of 10 chalks scored on the 13-race card. ... Dunn was red hot on the night, guiding five winners. ... All-source handle totaled $1,853,232. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Talk about having a billboard event. The Meadowlands Racetrack will feature a real slugfest Saturday night as the 2019 Harness Horse of the Year, Shartin N, takes on Highalator in the ninth race Preferred-Handicap Pace. Shartin N is the lone mare in the field going against five male rivals. The seven-year-old mare by Tintin In America drew post five for driver Tim Tetrick. She sports five wins and two second place finishes in seven starts during the abbreviated season. Trained by Jim King, Jr. for owners Richard Poillucci, JoAnn Looney-King and Tim Tetrick, Shartin N’s last start was a game second place finish in the $175,000 Dayton Distaff Derby on October 3. “It’s been rough getting her started since we didn't go to Canada or Kentucky,” Said co-owner JoAnn Looney-King. “So, she needs to get sharp and on her game and she can't do it if she doesn't get raced.” Shartin N is the class of the field with earnings this year in excess of $326,000 and lifetime earnings over $2.4 million. “She's also gained weight even though she looks really good,” Looney-King said. “So, it was either race in what they had at The Meadowlands or qualify, and I'm qualified out. Plus, we had other horses to race Saturday night so it made sense to race her. We said just put her in with the boys so we can get raced and then next week it's time to head to Indiana for Breeders Crown. “If there are no elims for her Breeders Crown group we hope she can race in an overnight,” Looney-King added. “Is she good enough right now to beat the boys? I hope so but there are a couple really sharp boys in the group, Highilator being one of them, but she's a race horse so she's off to race and, of course, the prize is in 2 weeks and we need to get ready for that big night in Indiana.” Her main rival will be Highalator from post four for driver Rick Still. This six-year-old stallion by Somebeachsomewhere has been at his best as of late with three straight wins at the Meadowlands and winning five of his last seven starts. Highalator is trained by Jenny Bier, who co-owns the horse with Joann Dombeck. He sports six wins this season in 13 starts. Another return winner in the field is Harambe Deo from post six for driver Simon Allard. Harambe Deo last week was at his best, coming from off the pace to win in 1:48.4 at the Meadowlands. He is trained by Jeff Cullipher, who co-owns the five-year-old Woodstock gelding with Pollack Racing, LLC. Rounding out the field are Western Joe (post 1), Wes Delight (post 2) and Geez Joe (post 3). By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

When Robert Lindstrom saw the then-yearling Captain Corey in person for the first time, he quickly arrived at two conclusions. First, the harness racing colt was going to cost more than he originally anticipated. Second, he needed to be the one to buy him. Lindstrom was correct about the first assumption and successful in accomplishing the second, purchasing Captain Corey for $150,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Sale. The trotter was the co-sales topper for the session. "It was very exciting," Lindstrom said. "I had some idea how much I could spend for him. When I saw him, I understood it would be impossible. I was much over my limit to buy him, but I couldn't let him go. To me, he was the best horse in the sale at that time." Captain Corey, who is undefeated in four races this year as he prepares for Friday's $61,500 W.N. Reynolds Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters at The Meadowlands, is by Googoo Gaagaa out of Luv U All. Googoo Gaagaa was a record-setting sensation at ages 2 and 3, with a career mark of 1:50.4 established at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 2012, best known for being the son of a pacing stallion, Cam's Rocket. Lindstrom long admired Googoo Gaagaa and last year brokered a deal with Richard Hans, who was the horse's breeder, owner, and trainer, to buy the stallion and bring him to Sweden. Googoo Gaagaa, through frozen semen transport, had already sired a small group of successful horses in Sweden prior to the move. They include Group 1 winners Bythebook, Hail Mary, and Power. "To pick a stallion, it's good if they have a good pedigree, but it's all about performance, that they are an exceptional horse," Lindstrom said. "Googoo had such a trotting technique, with the way he could go around turns, and he wanted to win. That is what I think you need for a great stallion. "If you're really a nerd about pedigree, if you follow his maternal line way back, he comes from the same maternal line as Muscle Hill. It's there. Some people say that he doesn't have the pedigree, but I don't think his pedigree is bad." Lindstrom's interest in Captain Corey, therefore, was not unexpected. The colt, named in honor of Googoo Gaagaa's driver Corey Callahan, was bred by Carter Duer and when Lindstrom visited the farm and saw Captain Corey in the paddock, he was immediately hooked. "He was such a tremendous horse," Lindstrom said. "Just when you saw him, not only his body, but when you saw him in the eyes, he looked intelligent. He looked right through you. I got such a feeling from the horse." Lindstrom partnered with S R F Stable and Knutsson Trotting Inc. on the purchase of Captain Corey and sent the horse to trainer Ake Svanstedt (who also became an ownership partner). Svanstedt, too, found it easy to admire Captain Corey. "From day one when we hooked him to the jog cart he was like an old horse," Svanstedt said. "He is a very smart horse, never nervous for a race. His gait is very good, a long stride. I don't think he needs to use too much energy to do his job. He has a long stride, and I can never feel the speed of him because he has such a nice gait. It feels like it is easy for him. I'm impressed with everything he does." Captain Corey's four wins this season all came in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, including a track-record 1:54.1 debut at The Meadows, a track-record-equaling 1:55 second start at Harrah's Philadelphia, and a 1:53.3 stakes-record score in the series championship at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. "He was so big, I didn't think he was going to be this good so early," Lindstrom said. "Ake has done a tremendous job to make him so good and develop him in the right way." Captain Corey's start Friday will be his first since winning the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final Sept. 5. The colt battled a little sickness after the race and got an extended respite in preparation for the upcoming Breeders Crown. "I think it was good for him to have a break," Svanstedt said. "He was training the whole time and has trained good." Lindstrom said the plan was to limit Captain Corey to 10 or fewer races this season. "The most important thing this year was not to race too much," Lindstrom said. "Next year is important. The 3-year-old season is where we thought he would shine. This season is just a bonus. "We're very excited about what has happened so far, but even more for what could happen. It's very thrilling." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Just because Hambletonian Day is in the rearview mirror doesn't mean there isn't plenty of stakes action to come during the current Fall Meeting at The Meadowlands. When live racing resumes Friday (Oct. 16) at 7:15 p.m., the marquee event will be the $61,500 W.N. Reynolds Memorial for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the trot, featuring the Ake Svanstedt trained and driven Captain Corey, who is unbeaten in four lifetime outings. The Kindergarten Classic - also for juveniles - is up next with its final two legs on Oct. 23 (Leg Three) and Oct. 30 (Leg Four) before the series climaxes with four big-money finals worth approximately $800,000 on Nov. 7. Two weeks after that comes the third-biggest program - after the Hambo and Meadowlands Pace Night - on The Big M's yearly calendar, as eight big-time stakes events take place on Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night on Nov. 21. Two-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) make up the Fall Final Four, with total purses of about $1.8 million. Year-end divisional honors - as well as Horse of the Year - could be determined by what happens in the four TVG Finals, which are the Mares Trot, Open Trot, Mares Pace and Open Pace, a fabulous four-pack which will see just over $1 million get doled out. A year ago, Six Pack locked up older male trotter honors by gunning down Manchego - at the time, the best horse in training - in 1:50 in the Open Trot. Despite being beaten in a stretch-battle thriller by Caviart Ally, Shartin N - who finished a nose behind in 1:48.3 - went on to be selected as HOTY. SIMULCAST HEAVEN: Two sets of year-end championships will be offered at The Meadowlands on its simulcast network, one for the star performers of harness racing and the other for the best in the thoroughbred game. Hoosier Park in Anderson, IN will play host to the 2020 edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's year-end 12-race extravaganza for horses of all gaits, sexes and age. More than $6 million will be on the table over the course of two race cards, as Friday, October 30 will see the four events for 2-year-olds, before a Saturday, October 31 eight-pack that will include four races for 3-year-olds and four more for open types. Post time each night is 6 p.m. Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY is the site for the 2020 Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will begin with five events on Friday, Nov. 6 and conclude on Saturday, Nov. 7 with nine more races, the last of which is the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic. The first Breeders' Cup race on Friday is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., while Saturday's opener goes at 12:02 p.m. The Classic has a post time of 5:13 p.m. LAST WEEKEND: Threes were wild over the course of last weekend (Oct. 9-10) at The Big M. Three drivers, Corey Callahan, Victor Kirby and George Napolitano Jr., and two trainers, Bruce Saunders and Jeff Cullipher, all won three times over the course of the two programs. Last Saturday's "bookend" 20-cent Pick-5s provided pleasing payoffs for players. The wager that spanned races one through five paid $887. With the exception of race four, where a 14-1 shot brought a challenge for the bettors, the other four winning horses' odds were just 6-5, 5-1, 4-1 and 4-5. The Late Pick-5 returned $13,654, yet, except for one race, the winning prices were not outrageous. The winners' odds for the sequence were 8-1, 9-2, 8-5, 21-1 and 8-5. FREE PPs: For free past performances of Meadowlands races, go to playmeadowlands.com, where one can access races nine through 13 for both Friday and Saturday's program. Those races include the 20-cent Late Pick-5, 50-cent Late Pick-4 and 10-cent Late Pentafecta, not to mention the Late Daily Double. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover) 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=10/16/2020 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. It begins at 6:42 p.m. First race is at 7:15 p.m. If you want to watch all the action at home, go to rtn.tv to catch every race live. GET YOUR SPORTS ACTION: When at The Big M, be sure and visit the FanDuel Sportsbook, where you can watch and wager on all the NFL, NLCS, ALCS and college football action. 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 Media Department

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Harambe Deo put on a show Saturday night at The Meadowlands in taking the $20,000 high-end harness racing conditioned pacing feature in a lifetime-best 1:48.4. "He's never predictable," said trainer Jeff Cullipher. "But he will come up large sometimes and then sometimes he'll get beat when you think he shouldn't." The 5-year-old gelded son of Woodstock-Tea Time came up large this time. Driver Simon Allard had the gas pedal all the way down from post six in the seven-horse field (there was one scratch), and to make sure he put 2-1 second choice Western Joe in the two-hole, paced the opening fraction in a sensational :25.4. "When I saw that quarter," said Cullipher. "I said 'he's cooked'." Geez Joe, the 8-5 favorite, sat a three-hole early before powering up to grab the top at the half in a quick :53.3 as Harambe Deo yielded and sat the pocket. But on the far turn - to his trainer's surprise - Harambe Deo pulled out of the two-hole and came after the leader at three-quarters (1:22.1), opened up a 1½-length edge turning for home, then drew clear through the stretch to defeat Geez Joe by 2¼ lengths. Wes Delight was third. "[Harambe Deo] is usually right there," said Cullipher. "But I was surprised Simon kept him alive." Harambe Deo As the fourth choice in the wagering, Harambe Deo - who paced his final quarter in :26.2 - returned $18.80 to win. He now has 15 victories from 80 lifetime starts and earnings of $242,619 for owners Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher. THREE PEATS: Cullipher's night did not merely consist of winning the feature, as he sent three to victory lane. ... Bruce Saunders matched Cullipher by also training three winners on the card. ... Corey Callahan topped the drivers with three scores. A LITTLE MORE: Franco Totem N flexed his back-class muscles in taking the first of two Fall Harvest Series Finals (for non-winners of $4,500) on the pace by 3¾ lengths, and in the process, lowered his previous lifetime best by a full second after hitting the wire in 1:49. George Napolitano Jr. drove the 7-year-old gelded son of Changeover-Treaty Franco, who was the even-money public choice, for trainer Nifty Norman. ... Decision Day and Callahan worked out a perfect pocket trip to take the other division (this one for non-winners of $7,600) as the 8-5 second choice. The Saunders trained 5-year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Chief Karen hit the wire in 1:49, also lowering his previous lifetime best by a full second. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,245,221. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Adorabella and Century Ferrari were the winners Friday night at The Meadowlands as the mile oval hosted a pair of Fall Harvest Series Finals for pacers as the co-featured harness racing events on the card. Adorabella, a 4-year-old by Pet Rock-Bella Marta, took the division for fillies and mares in a lifetime-best 1:53.1 for driver Victor Kirby. The Don Niccum trainee, who won for a third straight start, never saw the rail around the first turn and blew past early leader Rock N Roll Rosie just after the quarter, which went in :26.3. Now a nine-time winner from 40 lifetime starts, Adorabella ($8.00 to win as the second choice) led past the half and took pressure from Streak The Lawn around the far turn while Streak The Lawn was providing a live tow for even-money favorite Jazz Fest. A final quarter of :28.3 proved to be enough for the winner to hold on by three-quarters-of-a-length. Justabitofcharm went the inside route to get second. Jazz Fest tipped off cover at just the right time with a little more than an eighth of a mile to go but sputtered from there in a no-excuse third-place finish. Century Ferrari, trained and driven by Bill Mann, won the dash for horses and geldings in 1:52.3, giving the offspring of American Ideal-Sounds Perfect seven wins from 38 lifetime starts. The 4-year-old gelding had things go his way, thanks to a perfect steer from Mann. After 9-5 favorite Thunder Some Where cleared the top before the half, Pembroke Joey rushed up into contention around the far turn while providing a perfect tow for the eventual winner, who tipped off his cover at the eighth pole and needed every inch of the stretch to get past a pesky Pembroke Joey by a neck. Thunder Some Where held third. As the 2-1 second choice, Century Ferrari returned $6.20 to win. A LITTLE MORE: Kirby, who won four last Friday after his trip up the NJ Turnpike, guided three to victory lane. … Leon Bailey, the leading driver this year on the New York County Fair circuit, proved he can hack it in the bright lights of the big city, winning twice on program, his first two victories at The Meadowlands. … All-source wagering totaled $1,776,958. … Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands Racetrack will re-open to harness racing patrons tomorrow, Saturday, October 10th at 11 a.m. for simulcasting, sports wagering and live racing. The entire facility underwent top to bottom sanitization and all employees were COVID tested. The Meadowlands Racetrack continues its commitment to providing a safe and healthy grandstand for all employees, patrons and fans. Patrons are reminded that face masks must be worn over their nose and mouth at all times and social distancing must be followed. Live harness racing will take place at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday night. Horsemen are reminded to have the COVID questionnaire completed when arriving at the stable gate for their temperature check. Face masks worn over the mouth and nose are required at all times while in the paddock. Visit PlayMeadowlands.com for the most up-to-date information. Reminder you must be 18+ to wager on horses; 21+ to wager on sports. Gambling problem? Dial 1-800-Gambler.  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Fives have been wild of late at The Meadowlands, as some of the biggest harness racing payouts have come in a pair of low-minimum bets at the mile oval. The 10-cent Pentafecta, which requires one to correctly select the first five finishers in a given race, replaced the 20-cent based "jackpot" version, and has returned great dividends to players, as has the 20-cent Pick-5. Both wagers now give bettors two chances every night to make a score. Last weekend's (Oct. 2-3) Pentafectas left winning players with big smiles. On Friday, the race five return was $736 before race 13 saw bettors walk away with $507, despite the race being won by the 8-5 favorite. Saturday's fifth race came back a whopping $2,799 before the 13th capped the weekend with a payoff of $991. The average payout for the wager with the low 15 percent takeout was $1,258 for a miniscule 10-cent investment. Friday's Early 20-cent Pick-5 (races one through five) brought the weekend's biggest payoff, as one sharp handicapper raked the pool, cashing in for $35,516. The odds of the horses during the sequence were 5-2, 11-1, 11-1, 3-1 and 7-1. Given how wide tickets can be "spread" with the low 20-cent minimum, that was a handsome payoff to be sure. The second Pick-5 is offered every night on races nine through 13. "Value is so important in the racing industry," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "And you need liquidity in the pools to help create that value. The Saturday Pentafecta paid out at odds of almost 28,000-1. The Friday Pick-5 paid out at more than 177,000-1. That's incredible value, and at The Meadowlands or any other racetrack, fair value will always draw horseplayers." The drivers in the GSY (Gural Settlemoir Yarock) Series may not include names that are as famous as those that sit at or near the top of the Big M standings, but that did not stop the public from betting those races with vigor. The first race Friday night saw a total handle of $231,871, good for the highest pool of the night at the track as well as the entire country, before $177,887 was pushed through the windows in the third race, meaning that the members of the driving club saw over $400,000 in action on their races. At the end of the weekend, total handle on the 26 Meadowlands dashes was just short of $5 million. "The Meadowlands low 15 per cent takeouts and competitive mile-track racing," said Settlemoir. "Create pools that tantalize players around the world with something that most other tracks cannot offer." PROLIFIC PILOTS: With most of the Big M's top drivers out of town at Lexington's Red Mile, a pair of reinsmen who do good work elsewhere had a great time on their trip to East Rutherford. Pocono Downs regular Simon Allard led the way last weekend with five victories, while Victor Kirby, who drives on the Delaware circuit, scored four times, all on Friday night. RED MILE FINALE: Racing at Lexington, Kentucky's famed Red Mile concludes this weekend, with three cards of top-flight stakes action to be contested Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a 1 p.m. post time. The Big M's own Dave Brower will handle post-race interviews and will partner up with the sport's popular jack-of-all-trades and leader of the #senditin army, Gabe Prewitt, for analysis of the races. Prewitt also serves as track announcer. For everything Red Mile, check out Prewitt on Twitter at @gabe_prewitt. FREE STUFF: For free past performances of Meadowlands races, go to playmeadowlands.com, where one can access races nine through 13 for both Friday and Saturday's program. Those races include the 20-cent Late Pick-5, 50-cent Late Pick-4 and 10-cent Late Pentafecta, not to mention the Late Daily Double. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover) 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=10/9/2020 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. It begins at 6:42 p.m. First race is at 7:15 p.m. If you want to watch all the action at home, go to rtn.tv to catch every race live. CHECK BEFORE YOU LEAVE: For those who want to spend a night at the races, please go to playmeadowlands.com before you head out and look for updates with regard to whether or not fans will be permitted to attend. From the Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands Racetrack will remain closed to harness racing fans on Friday, October 9th for simulcasting, sports wagering and live racing. Winners Bayonne remains open. Live harness racing will take place at 7:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night. Horsemen are reminded to have the COVID questionnaire completed when arriving at the stable gate for their temperature check. Face masks worn over the mouth and nose are required at all times while in the paddock. Visit PlayMeadowlands.com for the most up-to-date information. Reminder you must be 18+ to wager on horses; 21+ to wager on sports. Gambling problem? Dial 1-800-Gambler. From the Meadowlands  

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