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Former Aussie harness racing team Shane and Lauren Tritton have kicked off a new chapter with the best possible start to their USA move. The couple has a team of 18 in work, and took their first runner to the famed Meadowlands circuit, near New York City, early today Australian time. My Ruebe Star (Falcon Seelster-Zenola Star (New York Motoring) didn't disappoint, scoring a comfortable win for reinsman Jordan Stratton. A relieved Shane Tritton described the win as "pretty surreal" but the couple was thrilled to get "the monkey off their back" in the best possible way. "I'm not sure if its relief or what it is, but it was just unbelievable to get the win," he said. "I think the greater relief was actually to get one to the races - we have been under a lot of pressure being away from home and away from our friends. It was a big move and it is a relief to finally be underway." Shane said he was pleased his dad, trainer Peter who moved to the US 20 years ago, was able to be trackside for the win. "Dad's been showing us the ropes, so it was fantastic to have him there. I think he was relieved as well, because I think he was worried we might blame him if things didn't work out as we hoped!" Shane laughed. "It's just so exciting. We've been talking to family and friends back home and you just have to pinch yourself that it's happened." My Ruebe Star was a winner of 10 races in Australia and was among a dozen horses that relocated to the Northern Hemisphere with Team Tritton. "We're so proud of her. She had to do it a bit tough early and we were wondering if we'd had to use her up a bit much. But Jordan said she felt fantastic right from the start, and first up, we just couldn't have asked for any more. "We always liked her back home but she was coming up against he best mares in NSW towards the end. We always thought she just needed to mature a bit and she would take that next step." The couple will follow up with another ex-pat Aussie, again at the Meadowlands, on Saturday night (Sunday morning Australian time) in eight-times Australian winner Gods Spirit (Tintin in America - Cathar). "Gods Spirit is in a similar type of race but we're definitely not getting ahead of ourselves. As long as he runs up to his ability, we'll be happy." Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Southwind Chrome needed every inch of the stretch to take the Friday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands, which made one simulcast player in Canada very happy, as he or she walked away with the only winning 20-cent Pick-6 ticket, which was worth $39,243. The Jeff Cullipher-trained Southwind Chrome, no stranger to the Meadowlands winner's circle having won two straight at the mile track in December, was the figure horse in the Preferred for trotters off a superb second-place finish to Manchego one week ago, when the super mare went the fastest trotting mile of the year in the sport of 1:50.3. Despite that, it was the Ron Burke-schooled Mission Accepted who was sent to the gate as the even-money public choice, and driver Yannick Gingras had that one on the lead at the half in :54.3. At that point, Scott Zeron moved Southwind Chrome out of the six-hole and started to make his way toward the leader. "It looked in the program like all of the inside horses would be leaving the gate," said Zeron. "So I opted to race from off the pace. First up from sixth is no easy trip but he really toughed it out." Zeron and 'Chrome' were just a length-and-a-quarter behind the leader at three-quarters after making steady progress around the far turn, setting the stage for a cutthroat stretch duel. Through the lane, it looked like Southwind Chrome poked a head in front at the eighth pole before Mission Accepted came back determinedly to get a slight edge with a sixteenth to go only to have Southwind Chrome have one final surge right before the wire to prevail by a nose in 1:51. "That would be a good explanation [of what happened through the stretch]," said Zeron. "He really battled. Jeff [Cullipher] is aiming him for the [July 4] Cutler. His form is impeccable right now." A 5-year-old son of Chapter Seven-Counter Pointe, Southwind Chrome returned $4.60 as the 6-5 second choice for owners Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher. He now has 12 wins from 35 lifetime starts and earnings of $218,960. Southwind Chrome The giant Pick-6 payout started from a modest $6,843 carryover and was keyed in the first leg by a longshot as the Eric Abbatiello-trained and driven Broadway Bruiser left the gate quickly in the fourth race, worked out a pocket trip and then charged through the inside late to record a 40-1 upset. The middle four legs of the wager were won by 'haveable' horses, whose odds were 5-1, 2-1, 2-1 and 1-2, respectively. A LITTLE MORE A formful night of racing saw seven favorites click on the 13-race program. Overall, 10 races were won by horses whose odds were 2-1 or less. ... Ten different drivers visited the winner's circle with Gingras leading the way with three victories while Tim Tetrick scored twice. ... Wagering at the Big M remained remarkably consistent as a total of $2,650,358 was pushed through the windows, upping the streak of programs with wagering of at least $2.5 million to 10. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

TEAM Tritton formally start an exciting new chapter of their career in the US on Saturday morning (NZ time). Husband and wife, Shane and Lauren Tritton, moved to the US a couple of months back and have their first two starters at the famed Meadowlands track in New Jersey. Kiwi-bred pair My Ruebe Star and Gods Spirit fly the stable flag. There will be some familiar faces against them with Dexter Dunn and Aussie Andy McCarthy driving at the meeting. “We’ve got 18 in work, 12 we brought across from Australia and six we’ve picked-up over here,” Tritton said. “It’s great to be having our first runners, but we are taking is nice and steadily over here and think we’ll get better with time. “There are so many different viruses over here, you can’t go anywhere near as hard at the horses in training as we did back home, especially in their first few months here. “We’ve had quite a few qualify and they all get in quite well here under the stakemoney handicapping system.” Tritton expects solid showings from Gods Spirit and My Ruebe Star. “Gods Spirit is probably the best up-and-comer we have here. He qualified well with a second to the star here, Wiggle It Jiggleit,” Tritton said. “Of the horses we’ve got, Gods Spirit is the up-and-comer, but the proven Group 1 horses from back home, headed by Flaming Flutter and Yayas Hot Spot, are working well and should do a good job when they start racing soon. “We’re also looking forward to racing Letsspendanitetogetha. He’s come up really well.” Lauren Tritton has been driving at the qualifiers and won two of them last weekend, but will watch from the sidelines for now. “Lauren’s all set to drive when the time is right, but wants to let the horses have a few runs and watch some of the racing before getting amongst it herself. It might be a few weeks I think,” Shane said. Jordan Stratton, a long-time stable driver for Shane’s father, Peter, will drive Gods Spirit and My Ruebe Star this week. “We’re training from the farm Dad trained at, about a hour north of New York City, and Jordan’s had a long association with Dad. He’s especially good as knowing how to drive these former Down Under horses without gassing them too much in their early runs,” Shane said. Team Tritton will race mainly at the Meadowlands and Yonkers, when it re-opens for racing post-COVID on June 22. “It’s been a bit of a blessing the suspension of racing because of COVID for us. It’s given us extra time to get settled-in and find our way. Now we’re keen to get into it,” Shane said.   Adam Hamilton

East Rutherford, NJ - Next weekend, Friday, June 19 & Saturday Jun 20, the Meadowlands Racetrack will open up outdoor dining on the West Deck to NJRC licensed horse owners and patrons looking to dine al fresco. The dining menu will include hamburgers, hotdogs, grilled chicken and sliced steak along with salads and dessert. The price is $29.95 plus tax and gratuity and includes soft drinks. Items will be cooked to order on the grill and served by our waitresses. A service bar will also be available offering beer, wine, hard seltzer and mixed drinks served in to go containers. Reservations are a must and can be made by calling 201-842-5059 or emailing Marianne Rotella at A credit card and phone number will be taken to guarantee the reservation. Walk ups will not be allowed. Credit card payments only, no cash allowed. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, June 17. There will need to be 100 people per night in order to offer dining. All recommended Covid protocols will be followed with hand washing stations available and 6ft distancing strictly enforced. Also smoking is prohibited in the dining areas per NJ Executive Order 150. Wagering is still prohibited onsite but we are hopeful that if all goes well, wagering may be allowed the following weekend of June 26 and 27. Post time for next weekend (June 19 & 20) will also be moved up to 6pm to accommodate the 18 race cards anticipated for the next few weekends to get more horses in racing. Meadowlands Media Relations  

East Rutherford, NJ - Foiled in attempt to expand to a three day per week schedule, The Meadowlands will add 5 more races each to the Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 card to help get more harness racing horses raced.   The process for the NJRC to grant an additional card is too time consuming to address the immediate problem. So, beginning next weekend until PA gets open both Friday and Saturday will have 18 race cards, resulting in an additional 10 races.   To stay close at all to the budgeted purse account will require a 20% reduction excluding the planned three 12 horse races per night which will see 10% trimmed from their purse.   Purses will return to previous levels upon returning to the normal number of races.   The added races should provide a better opportunity for horsemen to get their 3-year-olds going in anticipation of upcoming stakes.   Post time will be moved up to 6:00PM for the giant sized programs.   The Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Right from the get-go, the return of harness racing at the Meadowlands on Friday (June 5) after the 12-week coronavirus shutdown provided big thrills. The Nancy Takter-trained Manchego became the fastest trotter of 2020 with a 1:50.3 clocking in the first race before Takter's mare Kissin In The Sand became the season's fastest pacer - regardless of sex - after stopping the clock in 1:47.4 eight races later. Betting was unaffected by the three-month layoff, as $2,882,819 was wagered Friday before $2,743,510 was pushed through the windows Saturday. The average per race was $216,397. Action at the Big M has now exceeded $2.5 million on nine straight occasions and 14 of the last 15 cards at the industry's handle leader. Over the last seven weekends of racing, wagering has surpassed the $5-million mark six times. It's a good bet that those handle hurdles will be cleared this weekend, as Friday's (June 12) card will see $160,000 in guaranteed pool money. The Meadowlands' "Big Four" wagers of the 20-cent Pick-5 (Race one, $40,000), 50-cent Early Pick-4 (Race six, $50,000) and 50-cent Late Pick-4 (Race 10, $40,000) offer their usual pool promises, and this week, the 20-cent Pick-6 (Race four) will offer a $30,000 guaranteed pot as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering initiative after last Saturday's P6 resulted in a carryover of $6,843. The carryovers in the track's 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Fives continue to swell, as the fifth race on Friday will begin with $46,622 in the hat while race 13 has $55,057 waiting for anyone who is the lone ticket-holder with the correct top five in official order of finish. Some payoffs of note from last week include Friday's Pick-5 (which returned $4,422) and Pick-6 ($6,337), and Saturday's Early Pick-4, which came back $11,361 after $80,205 in action was taken. While 54 percent of last week's races were won by horses who were sent off at odds of 3-1 or less, the average win payoff nonetheless was almost 7-1, at $15.81 for every $2 bet. The always popular Big M exactas resulted in an average return of $122. Over 700 horses dropped into the entry box for this weekend's (June 12-13) races, so there promises to be full fields from start to finish during the 26 total dashes that will take place this Friday and Saturday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. "All of us at the Meadowlands were so glad to get back racing," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "Our horsemen and employees did a great job of following safety protocols in this "new normal', post-COVID-19 world. We encourage our fans to keep following our live action on the Roberts Television Network (, TVG ( or their favorite ADW (advance deposit wagering) platform. Unfortunately, we still cannot have people in our building. Hopefully, it won't be too much longer before we can have our fans back in the grandstand at the Meadowlands." TIM TERRIFIC: Driver Tim Tetrick swept Saturday's late double to finish the weekend atop the driver standings with five victories. He was followed by Dexter Dunn, Yannick Gingras and Andy McCarthy, who had four apiece. On the training side, Takter and Jeff Cullipher both saw three of their students visit the winner's circle. FREE STUFF: For free past performances of Friday night's Pick-6, Early Pick-4 and Late 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five, go to At the website, you'll also find track oddsmaker and analyst Dave Brower's race reviews and selections as well as track announcer Ken Warkentin's blog, which offers commentary and selections. Meadowlands Media Relations  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands will open the main track to harness racing training this Saturday, June 13 after the qualifiers which begin at 9:00AM.   The number of horses coming in to train will be limited to 70.   They may not arrive on the grounds before 11:00AM and will be directed to assigned stalls.   The NJ COVID-19 protocol is of course enforced and your cooperation is appreciated.   Call the Racing Office after 3PM on Friday to sign up.   Nick Salvi

The New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) is announcing a date change for the New Jersey Breeders Maturity Pace. The date for this stake is being changed from the previously scheduled dates of elimination races on Saturday, June 20 and the final on Saturday, June 27 to eliminations on Friday, July 24 and the harness racing final on Friday, July 31 at The Meadowlands.    The NJ Breeders Maturity is a new stake funded and serviced by the New Jersey Sires Stakes with separate divisions for 4-year-old horses and mares on both the pace and trot. The trotting races are scheduled for September 11 & 18.   The purse for all Maturity elimination races is $12,500 - $15,000 based on number of entrants. The finals purses will be determined by the number of entries at $40,000 if 8-10 entries, $32,000 if 5-7 entries and $24,000 if less than 5 entries.   Questions should be directed to NJSS:  Lynn Mathews at 609-292-8830     Nick Salvi  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - For faithful harness racing fans of the standout aged pacer Highalator, Saturday night at the Meadowlands was an extremely profitable one. The 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Higher And Higher pulled off a shocker in the Big M's featured Preferred for pacers, scoring from off the pace at odds of 42-1. None Bettor A, who won his last outing before the coronavirus shutdown in 1:50.4 at the Meadowlands, was sent to the gate as the 3-5 favorite. The veteran speedball, who qualified last week in 1:50.4 at Gaitway Farm, was on the point through torrid fractions of :26.2, :53.3 and 1:21.3, but did not have quite enough to finish the job, setting the stage for a closer. Highalator, who won six-of-nine starts at the Meadowlands a year ago, which included a four-race sweep of the Golden Receiver series, showed high early energy from post 10 before settling into the six-hole past the quarter and half. Bettor Memories was now on the go first-over while providing a live tow for Highalator as he grinded his way into contention at three-quarters. With a little more than an eighth-of-a-mile to go, Ricky Still, so patient throughout the mile, tipped Highalator off his cover and under steady urging was able grab the front before hanging on by a neck, holding off the late two-pronged attack of second-place finisher Jesse Duke N and Shnitzledosomethin, who grabbed the show dough. This was quite a payoff for Highalator lovers, as the Jenny Bier trainee returned $86.80 to win. During his Golden Receiver sweep in 2019, he was sent off as the favorite every time, the longest odds being 8-5. Highalator stopped the clock in 1:48.4 and now has 33 wins from 72 lifetime starts. His career earnings now stand at $559,074 for owners Jenny Bier, Joann Dombeck and Midsize Construction Inc. A LITTLE MORE: Favorites proved a tad vulnerable during the first weekend back as eight post-time choices won over the course of the 26 races (31%), but there was still plenty of form, as 14 races were won by horses whose odds were 3-1 or less (54%). ... All-source wagering totaled $2,743,510. Betting at the Big M has now exceeded $2.5 million on nine straight occasions and 14 of the last 15 cards. ... Ten different drivers guided winners on the Saturday program. Tim Tetrick had a driving triple while Dexter Dunn won twice. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The return of harness racing at the Meadowlands from the coronavirus shutdown featured phenomenal performances by a pair of Nancy Takter trainees. Manchego got the party started in the first race back after the Big M's 12-week layoff by taking the Preferred for trotters in a season's-best 1:50.3 with Dexter Dunn driving, despite racing over a track rated 'sloppy'. The 5-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill-Secret Magic was unhurried in the early going, sitting fifth past the half before vacating the rail and coming after leader Lindy The Great while first-over. Manchego was almost even with that foe at three-quarters before quickly surging to the top at the head of the stretch. She then glided through the lane during a final quarter that was clocked in :26.1 on the way to a 2¼-length score over Southwind Chrome, who went a pocket trip. Crystal Fashion rallied for third. Lindy The Great weakened to finish sixth. "I was expecting Manchego to race well," said Takter. "But was I expecting her to go [1:]50 under wraps in the slop? Maybe not just yet." Manchego has now won seven of her last eight outings, the only blemish coming at the hands of Six Pack, who was nothing short of super in defeating Manchego in the TVG Open Trot last November at the Big M. "She's the little engine that could," said Takter. "I was glad she raced from off the pace. It makes her more versatile. She'll be even better as a result." As the 1-5 favorite, Manchego paid $2.40 to win. Manchego and driver Dexter Dunn score in the co-featured Preferred for trotters But it wasn't enough for Takter to have 2020's fastest trotter. At night's end, she had the fastest pacer as well. Her Kissin In The Sand - with Yannick Gingras driving - won the co-featured Preferred for pacing fillies and mares in an eye-popping 1:47.4, which was not only the fastest female mile of the season, but the fastest for any horse regardless of sex. "She was just great," said Takter of the 5-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Kiss Me Kate who equaled her lifetime best. "She had a little bit of a slow start last year, but she matured so much over the winter. She is so much more relaxed." No doubt about it. Kissin In The Sand was taking on a giant in Caviart Ally. The same Caviart Ally who defeated Horse of the Year Shartin N in three of her final four 2019 starts. But Kissin In The Sand proved up to the challenge, sweeping up to take command after the quarter before cutting out fractions of :54.3 and 1:21.3 before kicking home in :26.1 to win for the 20th time in 47 career starts. She finished three-quarters-of-a-length in front of Major Occasion A. Caviart Ally, the 6-5 favorite, never threatened and finished third. Kissin In The Sand paid $5.20 as the 8-5 second choice in the wagering. By the time she raced, the track was rated 'fast'. "Kissin In The Sand is at the peak of her career," said Takter, who intimated her mare would do just fine facing Caviart Ally and Shartin N throughout 2020. "I think she's a good, tough mare who can take tough miles." A LITTLE MORE: Andy McCarthy and Gingras both recorded driving triples on the card while Takter schooled three winner's circle visitors. ... Wagering was vigorous in the 50-cent Late Pick-4 as a total of $79,448 was pushed through the windows. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,882,819. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - They'll be no lack of stars on display in the harness racing galaxy that is the Meadowlands Racetrack Friday (June 5) night, as the mile oval returns from 12 weeks on the sidelines due to the coronavirus with two ferocious females featured on the card. Right off the bat in the first of 13 races, Manchego, the best horse in training over the last four months of 2019, is listed at 2-1 in the Preferred for trotters. The 5-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill-Secret Magic won six straight races beginning Sept. 7 before seeing her streak end in her seasonal finale, a hard-fought three-quarter-length loss at the hands of Six Pack, who was spectacular in taking the TVG Open Trot in 1:50.1 at the Meadowlands on Nov. 23. Race nine features Caviart Ally (3-1) in the Preferred for pacing fillies and mares. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Allamerican Cool was exquisite at the end of 2019, defeating Shartin N - who would go on the be named Horse of the Year - three times over the four-race span that closed out both mares' campaigns. The most memorable moment was the stretch run of the Nov. 23 TVG Open Mares Pace at the Meadowlands when Caviart Ally prevailed over Shartin N by a nose in 1:48.3. "To come back from a difficult time - not only in harness racing history - but in the history of our country, with several of the biggest names in the game on our card is gratifying," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "I'm glad for everyone who follows our races that we have such a power-packed card for our return." The Meadowlands will race every Friday and Saturday evening throughout June and July with a first-race post time of 7:15 p.m. "At this time, due to safety concerns, our fans will be unable to join us at the track," said Settlemoir. "So, we invite them to watch the Roberts Television Network ( to catch the races and see our TV team of Dave Brower and Dave Little give their commentary and selections. Of course, we expect many of our fans to bet and watch the action with TVG or on their favorite ADW (advanced deposit wagering) outlet." The action figures to be huge throughout the weekend. "We had 537 horses drop into the entry box for Friday and Saturday," said Scott Warren, the Big M's racing secretary. "I had 22 horses drop into the Preferred Pace for Saturday, so I split it into two races - a Preferred and an Open. Our entry box figures to be overflowing until some other tracks open up. For me, it's a good problem to have." All 26 races offered at the Big M this weekend will have full 10-horse fields. The betting menu is back with its "Big Four", which is comprised of the 20-cent Pick-5 (race one), 20-cent Pick-6 (race four), 50-cent Early Pick-4 (race six) and 50-cent Late Pick-4 (race 10). There are $40,000 guaranteed pools on the Pick-5 and Late Pick-4 and a $50,000 promise on the Early Pick-4. All offer a low 15 percent takeout. "On behalf of Jeff Gural, I would like to thank everybody in Gov. Murphy's office, as well as everybody at the New Jersey Racing Commission for helping to get racing back on track," said Settlemoir. "Our horsemen and employees have been waiting to get back to work, and all of us at the Meadowlands are going to do just that in the safest way possible for all concerned." CONTINUING CARRYOVERS: This Friday night, fans of the 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five will be shooting for some serious green. The fifth race carryover stands at $43,653, while the 13th race is at $47,953. FREE STUFF: Past performances for the entire Friday card are available at, courtesy of TrackMaster. For Dave Brower's selections and analysis of Friday's races, click here. In addition, Ken Warkentin's Friday and Saturday selections are available by going to Warkentin's blog, which is accessible from the home page. Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ — The Meadowlands took harness racing entries for qualifiers and baby races this morning and when Race Secretary Scott Warren peered into the online entries he was not surprised to see 351 entries but shocked that only four were 2-year-olds. So no 2-year-old races this week. Horsemen, please do not let your guard down this week concerning the protocols New Jersey requires of us. Mask, gloves, questionnaire and social distancing. Last week the cooperation was remarkable and we made a positive impression on the authorities. Let’s stay the course and protect the opportunity to race that we all cherish. Owners are again asked not to attend and watch at home. Following this directive is inconvenient and frustrating but necessary. With luck, they will be there when it counts. Among the stars over the two mornings of qualifiers are pacing stalwarts like last year’s top 3-year-old pacers Bettors Wish (race 11) and Warrawee Ubeaut (race four) who faces familiar rival Tall Drink Hanover and Wiggle It Jiggleit (race 13) is back at The Meadowlands on Friday for the first time since the 2016 Breeders Crown. Saturday morning is loaded with many of last season’s top freshman trotters and pacers gearing up for the stakes season. Of course, the really big news is that The Meadowlands is racing live on Friday and Saturday at 7:15 p.m. with giant 13 racecards and full fields. We are celebrating with free program pages for the entire card. The Meadowlands  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands took harness racing entries for qualifiers and baby races this morning and when Race Secretary Scott Warren peered into the online entries he was not surprised to see 351 entries but shocked that only four were 2-year-olds. So no babies this week.   There are 26 qualifiers again but split over Friday and Saturday mornings at 9:00AM each day.    Horsemen, please do not let your guard down this week concerning the protocols New Jersey requires of us. Mask, gloves, questionnaire and social distancing. Last week the cooperation was remarkable and we made a positive impression on the authorities. Let's stay the course and protect the opportunity to race that we all cherish.   Owners are again asked not to attend and watch at home. Following this directive is inconvenient and frustrating but necessary. With luck, they will be there when it counts.   Among the stars over the two mornings of qualifiers are pacing stalwarts like last year's top 3-year-old pacers Bettors Wish (race 11) and Warrawee Ubeaut (race 4) who faces familiar rivals Tall Drink Hanover and Wiggle It Jiggleit (race 13) is back at The Meadowlands on Friday for the first time since the 2016 Breeders Crown. Wow!   Saturday morning is loaded with many of last season's top freshman trotters and pacers gearing up for the stakes season.   Of course the really big news is that The Meadowlands is racing live on Friday and Saturday at 7:15PM with giant 13 race cards and full fields. We are celebrating with free program pages for the entire card. We solicit your support.     Nick Salvi  

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA, is excited to announce the harness racing line-up for Thursday morning (June 4th, 2019) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Brian Mazurak, Dave Brower, and Brett Risi. Mazurak, who is the public handicapper at Buffalo Raceway, will talk about some handicapping angles at the western New York oval. Buffalo Raceway will be he first harness track to open since the corona virus pandemic came on the scene. Brower, co-host of The Meadowlands handicapping show, will talk about their re-opening, which takes place on Friday. Risi, the Regional Operations Manager at Tioga and Vernon Downs, will talk about their tracks re-openings.  Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.via their website or on archive on their website as well.   Michael Bozich for Post Time

East Rutherford, NJ - The business of getting the Baby Racing harness racing season underway at The Meadowlands is quickly coming into focus. Entries will be taken for this week's 2-year-old races along with the qualifiers on Wednesday morning until 10:00AM.   Based upon the number of entries it will be determined if qualifiers and babies will all go on Saturday or the number is so large they must be split over Friday and Saturday mornings.   The Meadowlands racetrack will be open for the training of 2-year-olds only on Thursday, June 4. The paddock will be used and the number of horses will be limited to 100 with a maximum of 15 for any stable. Call the Racing Office to sign up.   The gates will open at 7:00AM and the same requirements that were required for last Saturday will continue to be enforced for the training and qualifiers. A separate questionnaire must be filled out and signed for each person coming onto the property and temperatures will be taken. The number of trainers and grooms must be kept at the very minimum and social distancing must be observed.     Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - While there is excitement at the Meadowlands Racetrack for the return of live harness racing this Friday, June 5, there is also a sense of loss due to the passing of a number of horsemen and women from COVID-19. To honor the lives lost, 13-year-old Boy Scout, Alex Saldana will play Taps from the Meadowlands Racetrack's back paddock following Race 2. All drivers in attendance will be asked to form a horseshoe behind Saldana, with proper social distancing, for the 38 second ceremony. "When we learned of Alex Saldana's story we wanted to invite him out to the track," said Jason Settlemoir, COO & GM of the Meadowlands Racetrack. "He is an extraordinary young man and his playing is a fitting tribute to those we have lost within the industry and our country." Alex, an 8th grader from Oradell, NJ, has been in the news lately for playing Taps outside the Paramus Veterans Memorial Home every night to honor those veterans that have died amid the COVID pandemic. Alex's story has been featured on, WABC, and USA Today among others. Alex has been playing the trumpet since fourth grade and serves as the bugler for Boy Scout Troop 36, playing Taps at every meeting. Alex's father, David, is a detective in the Bergen County Sheriff's Office and a veteran of the Marine Corps. He will also be joined by his mother Melissa Saldana.   Rachel Ryan

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