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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - With most of the front-line Meadowlands harness racing drivers competing on the North America Cup card, Saturday night provided an opportunity for others to shine at the Big M, and none shone brighter than Freehold regular 'Irish' Joe Hanney, who guided a pair of longshots to victory lane. Hanney's first score came in the fifth race, as he guided Village Jackson to a lifetime-best 1:51.1 score in a claiming handicap pace. In his last five starts with claimers, Village Jackson had been no worse than fourth, and this time around, the 11-year-old gelding prevailed at odds of 55-1, topping an Exacta that paid $694.40, a Trifecta that came back $5,275.00 and the 50-Cent Pick-5, which returned a whopping $15,266.00. But he had more damage to do. In the very next race, Hanney was at it again, this time in a pace for horses who had a TrackMaster rating of 80 or less, scoring with In Rock We Trust in a lifetime-best 1:51.1 at odds of 30-1. The Exacta returned $899.40 and Trifecta $3,603.40. Hanney also trains both horses. For Hanney fans who played a $2 win parlay, their return was a handsome $3,636. Delaware-circuit regular Mike Cole also had a driving double on the program, as did Big M regular Andy Miller. Corey Callahan had a second straight superb Saturday by winning four times. Last week, Callahan visited the winner's circle on six occasions. A LITTLE MORE: 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five players have much to look forward to Friday night. The fifth race JSH5 failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $113,204.60. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card totaled $2,614,953. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little

East Rutherford, NJ - The North America Cup day edition of Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB), sponsored by Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms, came an hour early at 9:00am on a beeeyooteefull, windless Saturday morning with the temperature at 70 degrees and the harness racing track fast. Trainer Marcus Melander flaunted his imposing freshman trotting power this morning, winning five of the six colt races while finishing 1-2 in races eight through eleven. Trotting colts got underway in the seventh race where the camera could not separate a closing Hellbent For AM (Sears) and mile cutter Legion Of Honor (Andy McCarthy) as they crossed the wire, resulting in a dead heat in 1:56 / 27.3. Hellbent For AM is a Anders Strom via Courant Inc homebred trained in the Melander barn while Legion Of Honor was a $150,000 LSYS purchase by Mario Mazza from breeders Steve Stewart and John Carver with Lucas Wallin doing the training. Just as impressive as the top two was the 27 flat closing kick displayed by third place finisher Real Cool Sam (D. Miller), a Fashion Farm homebred. Hellbent For AM (Sears) and mile cutter Legion Of Honor (Andy McCarthy) The Melander stable began the 1-2 binge in race 8 when Maesteraemon (Sears) out kicked Speed Ball Swagger (Mattias Melander) for a 2:01.1 / 28 win. Mahomes (Tetrick) scrambled up for third. The winner is another SRF Stable colt, this one an Andover Hall that cost $170,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale (SHS) and is a Hanover bred. Melander came right back with Capricornus (Tetrick) to win in 1:58.2, taking over from stable-mate Hollywood Story (Sears) on the way to the 1:00.3 half then moved away from his chief rival under his own power with a 27.3 final quarter. The $110,000 Cantab Hall scion was a Harrisburg yearling purchase is a Windsong Stable bred now owned by JJ Stable. Sears drove Expectations to a 1:57.2 / 27.3 score next, taking over early and finishing in hand over Hell Patrol (Tetrick) and Chaptiama (Trond Smedshammer). Expectations is another son of Muscle Hill, bred by Dunroven Stud and sold in Lexington for $110,000 to Vicky Trotting. The domination continued with Back Of The Neck (Mattias Melander) leading all the way to an easy 1:58 / 28.2 win over Hopeyousteponalego (Marcus Schoen) and Swiss House On Fire (Svanstedt). Back Of The Neck is a son of Ready Cash, bred by Order By Stable and still shows Order By as owner despite having sold for $150,000 last fall at Harrisburg. Ake Svanstedt finally put the Melander reign of terror to rest by winning the last of the trotting colt races with the very sharp looking Chapter Seven colt Third Shift. They tracked Melander trainee Gerard (M. Schoen) throughout slow fractions before blasting by in a 27.4 end to the 2:01 mile. Jula Trix Treasure (Gingras) closed it up to be second. The winner was a $235,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase by Melby Gard Inc from breeder Winbak Farms. The day's opener featured several top bred filly trotters and a pair of expensive, impressive Muscle Hills finished one-two. Bellareina Dolce (Brian Sears) took over past the quarter, rated the middle half then dug in when challenged by Impressive Fashion (Dave Miller) as they sprinted home in lock-step through a 27.4 end to the 2:00 mile. Oblivion (Tim Tetrick) was a handy third. Lennart Agren owns the winner via his SRF Stable, a $400,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS) buy from breeder David McDuffee and she is trained by Marcus Melander. Yannick Gingras saved ground all the way then found room at the rail late for Queen Of The Hill to eke out a narrow 1:58.4 / 27.1 win over a wide and charging Dramatra (Scoot Zeron). Dip Me Hanover (Tetrick) was a good third. Queen Of The Hill is an Explosive Matter filly that Al Libfeld paid $110,000 (LSYS) for to secure from breeders Paymaq Racing, Lou Willinger and JC Bafia. She is trained in the Per Engbloom stable. Yannick took the exact same path to victory in the next race, guiding Becky Lindy to a ground saving 1:59.3 / 28.2 score, making it two straight for the driver/trainer duo of Gingras and Engbloom. They sat tight in the pocket behind the fractions set by Context (Jan Johnson) before wearing that game rival down very late to get up. Beautiful Mrs A (Marcus Miller) was third in a purposeful trip. Lindy Farms bred the winner, a $35,000 LSYS purchase by Christina Takter and John Fielding. Jula Beauty AM made it a hat trick for Per and Yannick, coming wide from well back to track down the leaders late in the stretch and get a narrow win over Common Sense S (Svanstedt) in 2:00.2 with her final quarter in 27.3. Musclesandmascara (Dexter Dunn) rallied late for third. Jula Racing owns the Muscle Hill filly, an $85,000 LSYS yearling bred by AM Bloodstock. Senorita Rita (Zeron) gave the crowd a thrill with an impressive gate to wire 1:57.4 win, trotting home in 27.1 under no urging. Shishito (Tetrick) actually gained in the stretch to get up for the place over Seventimesalady (Ake Svanstedt). Ken Jacobs paid $285,000 (LSYS) for Senorita Rita, a Chapter Seven lass bred by Our Horse Cents Stable and Hall of Famer Linda Toscano is the trainer. Caviart Ava was a winner for Andy McCarthy in a front end effort this morning, finishing her 1:58.4 mile with a 28.1 last quarter with something left. Electrapedia (Svanstedt) got up to be second over Mission US (Mattias Melander). The Trixton filly is a Caviart Farms homebred, trained by Nancy Johansson. The pacers came around after a training break and Tony Alagna fillies finished 1-2 in 1:57.2 / 27.3 with Never Ever Forget (Dex Dunn) closing to get up over the inside horses and holding off Reflect With Me (McCarthy) who lost ground early, breaking while leading before the 59.2 before making a nice recovery. Both fillies are by Captaintreacherous, the winner an $85,000 Lexington purchase by Alagna & In The Gym, VJ Stable, Donovan and Sbrocco from AM Bloodstock. Alagna sent out Lady Lou (McCarthy) to win the fourteenth after leading all the way in 1:54 with a 27 end to hold Baby You're the Best (D. Miller) and Rocknificient (Tetrick) at bay while becoming the fastest freshman filly pacer of 2019. The daughter of Sweet Lou was bred by Robert Hamather and went through the Harrisburg sale for $55,000 to Brad Grant. Capt Midnight (McCarthy) became the fastest freshman pacing colt of the season for Tony Alagna when he won the 15th race in 1:52.3 / 26.3 from the pocket over a stubborn Freedom Warrior (Tetrick) with Captain Nemo (Dunn) third. The Captaintreacherous colt is a Hanover bred and was a $350,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase by Marvin Katz, Ken Jacobs, Brad Grant and Captain Midnight Racing.  Capt Midnight Genius Man (Marcus Miller) took the last baby race of the day with an impressive gate to wire 1:54.4 / 26.4 win, holding sway over Force N Fury (Dunn) and He Refuses To Lose (Matt Kreuger). The winner is an Art Major colt was an $87,000 Lexington purchase by Ron Michelon and Daniel Plouffe from breeder Winbak Farms. Today's results are available on The Meadowlands website. Live racing tonight at 7:15. Nick Salvi          

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Highalator and Guardian Angel As extended their respective winning streaks in style Friday night in the harness racing co-features at the Meadowlands. Highalator won for fifth time in six Meadowlands starts this year, displaying some versatility in coming from off the pace to win Leg 3 of the Golden Receiver series for pacers for driver Ricky Still and trainer Jenny Bier. The 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Higher And Higher was away fourth in the early going as 2-1 second choice - and 2018 Sam McKee Memorial winner - Western Joe hit the quarter in :26.2. After a rated second fraction in :28.2, Still moved Highalator to the outside at the half and went after Western Joe while parked, before poking a head in front at three-quarters in 1:22.3. Highalator then did what Highalator does, sprinting his final quarter in :26 flat to win his third straight at the Big M and fourth in a row overall. It was a neck back to a fast-closing - but non-threatening - Classy Dragon. Trump Nation finished third. Western Joe weakened and finished eighth. The winner returned $4.20 as the public choice and the final time of 1:48.3 equaled Highalator's season's-best effort and gave him eight wins in 16 seasonal starts. Lifetime, he's won 29-of-62 and banked $429,028. "I think he's the best older pacer in training," said Bier. "He can do it any way you want. He's very easy on himself and he doesn't get tired. He's a happy horse and he loves to race." A week from Saturday at Pocono Dows, a meeting with McWicked awaits in the Ben Franklin. Guardian Angel As, off a 1:51 score in the Maxie Lee at Harrah's Philadelphia, faced a deep field in the third leg of the Mr Muscleman for trotters, and in workmanlike fashion, scored in 1:52.1 to win his third straight after starting his season with a fourth-place finish in the Big M's Cutler. It was his first-ever Meadowlands win in six tries. Tim Tetrick, who guided four winners on the program, handled the 5-year-old son of Archangel-Provide As patiently, sitting at the rail fifth past the quarter before going on a steady, constructive stroll after leader Pinkman. Guardian Angel As, who returned $3.00 as the 1-2 favorite, cleared the top shortly after the half but had to contend with Cruzado Dela Noche, who had followed the live cover of the eventual winner down the backside before inching closer while racing first-over. Through the stretch, it became apparent that whatever Cruzado Dela Noche brought, Guardian Angel As brought a little bit more, and at wire he was a half-length to the good. Pinkman finished third. "He was very good," said Tetrick of the Anette Lorentzon trainee. "Especially for being off three weeks. It was a very good effort." The win was Guardian Angel As' 19th from 44 career starts, good for earnings of $614,780. A LITTLE MORE: Chalk players lived large on the 13-race card, as nine favorites hit the winner's circle. ... Betting was spirited in both the 50-Cent Pick-5 ($70,427 in the pool) and 50-Cent Pick-4 ($116,369) and one sharp player in Chicago raked the pot in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $7,892.38 after lasting six legs. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,499,099. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Bettor's Wish has taken over the top spot in the Week 7 edition of Dave Little's "Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace" off a sharp score in his North America Cup Elimination, with the other harness racing elim winner, Workin Ona Mystery, now in the second spot. Captain Crunch dropped to No. 3 after a fifth-place finish in his elim, but his connections remain confident about Saturday night's final.  #PaceYourself19   Rank Horse (Earnings – Mark) Driver, Trainer Owner(s) Dave Little’s Comments 1 Bettor’s Wish ($470,806 – 1:49.3)   D. Dunn, C. Ryder Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm, Kenneth Solomon   Rooney champion takes over the top spot after a pocket-trip win in the stronger of the two North America Cup Elims in 1:49.3 to stay unbeaten in four starts in 2019. Opted for post 3 in the final. Ryder: “He came out of the race great. Nothing worries me with this horse because nothing worries him. If you look in the program, 5 and 6 are the best posts, but we decided before the draw we’d take 3 or 4. If he wasn’t so handy off the gate, I might have taken 5.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 1st (1:49.3) 2 Workin Ona Mystery ($177,567 – 1:49)   T. Tetrick, B. Brown Diamond Creek Racing, Stambaugh Leeman Stable, Alan Keith, Wingfield Brothers   Moved to the top at the quarter and cruised home from there to take Elim 2 in 1:49 as the 4-5 favorite, upping his seasonal stats to 3 wins in 3 starts and 8-for-9 lifetime. Connections took post 4 for Saturday night. Brown: “The post was Timmy’s decision, because he has a game plan in his head. I was amazed after the race. We scoped Mystery and he had a lot of mucus, probably due to allergies. He’s been in an oxygen chamber this week in an effort to clear it up. I like my chances in the final.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 1st (1:49) 3 Captain Crunch ($675,806 – 1:49.1)   S. Zeron, N. Johansson 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables, Caviart Farms Lost his stranglehold atop the poll after avoiding some shadows and going off stride early in Elim 1 as the 1-2 favorite, then had to surge late to finish fifth and claim a spot in the final. Johansson: “He raced a monstrous mile to catch the field. I think he showed a lot of grit and determination.” So, Nancy, who’s the horse to beat in the NA Cup? “Captain Crunch!” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 5th (1:50.1) 4 Hurrikane Emperor ($317,900 – 1:49.3)   D. Dube, J. McDermott Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group, William Garofalo   Led to the stretch before settling for fourth to Bettor’s Wish, beaten 2¼ lengths in his elim. Has good early speed and will need it, having drawn post 9 for the final. McDermott: “He was doing something I didn’t like in the last turn, so I changed his rigging a little. There is going to be a lot of action in the first eighth of a mile in the final. I think we’ll be parked the mile, but it could work out as there will be a good outer flow.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 4th (1:50) 5 Best In Show ($88,663 – 1:50.3)   B. McClure, L. Toscano Richard P Young, Joanne Young, Craig W Henderson   Did good things in Elim 1, closing in :26 to finish third to Bettor’s Wish, and has drawn post 7 for the final. Toscano: “I was tickled with his effort. he’s gone from non-winners of 2 to the North America Cup in a matter of 3 starts. He’s doing everything I could ask of him. He’s still learning.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 3rd (1:50) 6 De Los Cielos Deo ($210,258 – 1:48.4Q)   D. Miller, R. Burke Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence R Karr, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC     Bursts onto the Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace scene by finishing second to Bettor’s Wish in Elim 1 after exploding home in :25, which came one week after a sparkling 1:48.4 qualifier at the Meadowlands. Will depart from post 2 in the final. Burke: “Off the 48 qualifier, I figured he was probably pretty sharp. Nothing this year had gone right for him until that qualifier. I always thought he would be my best horse in a long time.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 2nd (1:49.4) 7 Captain Victorious ($160,271 – 1:51Q)   Y. Gingras, R. Burke The Captain V Stable     Another who makes his RTTCFMP debut for the Burke Brigade. Rallied for second in Elim 2 at odds of 60-1, beating Stag Party to the wire while finishing just 1¼ lengths behind Workin Ona Mystery. Has drawn post 5 for the final. Burke: “He’s super sharp. His stomach was screwed up earlier this year. Then I started changing things up. From here on out, we’ll see if my two colts fit with this group.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 2nd (1:49.1) 8 Air Force Hanover ($202,888 – 1:50.1)   Y. Gingras, B. Brown Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, Richard M Lombardo, W J Donovan   Got nailed at the wire by Captain Crunch in Elim 1 to just miss getting into the final. Will leave from the rail in the NA Cup Consolation Saturday. Brown: “He didn’t scope well, either, but did not have as much mucus as Workin Ona Mystery. We are treating him in Ohio with a nebulizer.” Last Race: 6/8 – WMP – North America Cup Elimination – 6th (1:50.2) 9 Love Me Some Lou ($205,099 – 1:50.4)   D. Miller, T. Cancelliere J. Cancelliere   Hasn’t been out since a second-place finish at the hands of Workin Ona Mystery after leaving quickly from post 8 and going an inside trip the rest of the way at Pocono four weeks ago. He is not in to go this week. Last Race: 5/19 – PcD – Pennsylvania Sire Stakes – 2nd (1:50.3) 10 Reigning Deo ($285,669 – 1:54.1Q)   A. McCarthy, B. Pelling Deo Volente Farms, Pelling Racing, Brian Gordon   Went a second-over trip on the way to a third-place finish in the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo in his last start. He goes next in the NYSS at Tioga on Sunday. Pelling: “I think our path is right. At Tioga, we get to stretch out. They get to go fast. We should know where we are at after this. He is staked to everything.” Last Race: 6/5 – BR – New York Sire Stakes – 3rd (1:54.4)   Rachel Ryan  

Hightstown, NJ — The waiting is the hardest part. Not so much for harness racing trainer Paula Wellwood, but for Marion Marauder. Marion Marauder, a multiple Dan Patch Award recipient and 2016 Trotting Triple Crown winner, will make his seasonal debut Friday (June 14) in the third round of the Mr Muscleman Series at The Meadowlands. Wellwood was in no hurry to get the 6-year-old stallion’s campaign underway, starting him this year nearly a month later than in 2018, but Marion Marauder looked full of himself and anxious to get going when he arrived at the Big M for his final qualifier last weekend. “Yeah, he’s ready,” Wellwood said, laughing. Marion Marauder, three stablemates, and Wellwood arrived in New Jersey from their Canadian base about a month ago. While the other horses raced, Marion Marauder waited. “When we first got here, he really didn’t care,” Wellwood said. “But after we trained him a couple times and he went faster each time, he knew it was near time to go. When he sees the harness getting arranged (in the barn for a trip to the racetrack) he knows what’s going on. He’s thinking, maybe it’s my turn now.” Marion Marauder faces eight foes in the $40,000 Mr Muscleman. The stallion, with regular driver Scott Zeron, will start from post nine and is 6-1 on the morning line. Guardian Angel As, the Maxie Lee Memorial winner, is the 3-1 favorite followed by Trolley (7-2), Cruzado Dela Noche (4-1), and Pinkman (5-1). Marion Marauder prepped for the race by winning his qualifier last Saturday in 1:53.1. Last year, Marion Marauder won six of 14 races and earned $605,180. He finished no worse than second in his first 10 races, including victories in the Cleveland Trotting Classic and Cashman Memorial, but was no better than fourth in his final four. “We are limiting his starts this year,” said Wellwood, who trains Marion Marauder for owners Marion Jean Wellwood, her mom, and Devin Keeling, her son. “He seems to like maybe a little less starts. We’ll let him tell us.” By starting later, Marion Marauder missed the Cutler Memorial and Maxie Lee, but the bulk of the major stakes for older trotters are later in the year, particularly from late July through November. “We know the heavy end is at the back (of the schedule),” Wellwood said. “That’s why we weren’t in any big rush.” Wellwood, who shares training duties with husband Mike Keeling, said the stallion has continued to mature a bit physically, but little else has changed from last year to this year. “I think he’s a little bit bigger, thicker, like in the girth and the shoulder,” Wellwood said. “His personality is the same, that doesn’t change.” Marion Marauder has won 20 of 52 career starts and $3.14 million. His purse total ranks 10th among trotters in North American harness racing history. “He doesn’t owe us anything so we kind of let him do what he wants,” Wellwood said. “It’s his world and we live in it.” In addition to the third round of the Mr Muscleman, The Meadowlands hosts the third round of the Golden Receiver Series for older pacers. Highlator, who has won four races in a row including the first two legs of the Golden Receiver, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite from post eight. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT) at The Meadowlands. For Friday’s complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When it comes to the magic $3 million handle mark, Saturday (June 8) night harness racing at the Meadowlands was a perfect 10. Wagering at the industry's handle leader went past the $3-million mark for the 10th time in 2019, as after betting from all sources were tallied, the $3,205,559 pushed through the windows represented the third-highest single-card total of the year. Wagering got a big boost from the 50-Cent Pick-5, which had a carryover for only the third time at the meeting. A total of $177,835 in 'new' money was put in play, creating a total pool of $208,763. Favorites failed in every leg of the wager, which was to the benefit of two shrewd handicappers - one wagering into the Elite Turf Club hub and the other in the Catskills - in a big way, as the two tickets with the correct combination of 5-2-6-2-6 were worth $72,149. Those who went 4-for-5 collected the consolation payout of $371. Much of why the Big M is so popular with bettors are its big fields and low percentage of winning favorites (currently, Meadowlands chalks score 38 percent of the time). Unpredictability was all that anyone could count on Saturday, as post-time choices lost the first eight races on the program before the last five hit the winner's circle. The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool was a predictably enticing $107,357, but after driver Corey Callahan won each race during the sequence - at odds of 7-2, 2-5, 4-5 and 4-5 - the payoff was a mere $27.65. Callahan was red-hot last weekend, winning three times on Friday before hitting victory lane six more times Saturday. The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five pot continues to swell, as players will have a carryover of $102,608 to shoot for Friday night. Also on Friday will be the next edition of the 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4. Last week, those who included a $30 winner in the first leg of the bet and went on to cash, collected $452. Those who played $1 tickets walked away with $2,263 of the total pool of $50,776. Free program pages for the Friday night 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 (along with expert selections) as well as the 50-Cent Pick-4 (Friday and Saturday) are available by going to www.ustrotting.com and www.playmeadowlands.com. Both bets have a low 15 percent takeout. TOP COLTS AT THE 'HAWK: The road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace goes through Ontario's Woodbine Mohawk Park Saturday night when 10 talented 3-year-olds pacers head to the starting gate for the $1 million North America Cup. Elimination winners Bettor's Wish (4-1 on the morning line) and Workin Ona Mystery (2-1) take on Captain Crunch (5-2), who broke in the first turn after seeing a shadow in his elim last week. The 36th edition of The Cup has a post time of 10:14 p.m. and you can watch and wager on all of the action at the Big M. TETRICK'S TIOGA TRIPLE: Tim Tetrick was the dominant driving force last Sunday (June 9) when the Graduate Series for 4-year-olds made a stop at Tioga Downs. Tetrick, who recently became the 10th driver in history to record 11,000 career wins, swept the two pacing events, scoring with The Downtown Bus in 1:48.2 at odds of 11-1 while defeating 2-1 Courtly Choice by a nose. Lather Up, the 6-5 favorite, was third. Then, Backstreet Shadow scored at 4-1 in 1:49.1 as 4-5 favorite Thinkbig Dreambig struggled after going first-over and finished fifth. Crystal Fashion scored in the second of two trotting events at 5-2 in 1:53.3 to give Tetrick his three-bagger. Dave Miller prevented a clean Tetrick sweep by taking the first trot with Custom Cantab at 8-5 in 1:52.4. Tetrick was third with Mississippi Storm at 8-1. The fourth and final Graduate leg takes place at the Meadowlands on June 28 with the July 6 finals also to be contested at the East Rutherford mile oval. COUNTRY IN THE CITY: Come on out to the Meadowlands on Saturday (June 15) when the multi-platinum country music dynamic duo Thompson Square bring their marvelous vocal blends to racing fans. The husband and wife team of Keifer and Shawna Thompson are offering up some fresh music with their third studio album, Masterpiece. Doors open for the show at 2:30 p.m. with the Jason Wicks Band up first at 4 p.m., to be followed by the headliners at 6 p.m. Live racing begins at 7:15 p.m. as Lauren Davidson takes the stage. WIENER TAKES ALL: The second annual "Wiener Dog Derby" will take place at the Big M on Saturday (June 22). It's free to attend with free parking, and the action gets underway at 6:45 p.m. The races are open to the first 80 entrants by June 15. There is $1,600 in prize money up for grabs. Be aware that the only dogs allowed at the track will be dachshunds and all canines must be currently licensed and up to date on all shots, including a rabies vaccination. For complete rules and entry form, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/wiener%20racing_sign%20up%20sheet(1).pdf HORSEPLAY CAR GIVEAWAY: Every live race night from now until Aug. 2, you could win a brand-new Toyota C-HR by participating in the Big M's "Horseplay Giveaway". Just grab a free toy horse at the Players Club Desk or official Horseplay table and if you can throw your horse into a moving car at the conclusion of the sixth race, it will give you a chance at winning a $100 betting voucher and put you in the drawing for the C-HR. In addition, for each horse that makes it into the car, the Meadowlands will donate $10 to a designated monthly charity. The drawing for the car will take place on Aug. 2, and to win, one must be present. NBA FINALS AT FANDUEL: The FanDuel Sportsbook is the place to watch and wager on the NBA Finals, where the defending champion Golden State Warriors trail the Toronto Raptors three games to two. Game 6 of the series takes place tonight (Thursday, June 13) at 9 p.m. If necessary, Game 7 is slated for Sunday (June 16) at 8 p.m. The FanDuel Sportsbook offers plenty of comfortable seating with a full-service bar and plenty of tasty food choices. Meadowlands Media Relations    

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's themed buffet nights continue this Friday, June 14th with Grill Favorites buffet just in time to kick off summer! This special buffet is $29.95 and features an array of traditional BBQ & grill favorites including baby back ribs, spicy grilled chicken and hamburger and hot dogs. The buffet also features great summer sides including mac & cheese, fire-roasted corn, baked bean, potato salad, coleslaw, and macaroni salad. Apple pie, strawberry shortcake and fresh watermelon complete the buffet. The full menu can be viewed http://playmeadowlands.com/dining/pink-dining.html The always popular themed night buffets continue in Pink Restaurant throughout the summer and are $29.95, excluding tax & gratuity. Every buffet features appetizers, soup, main courses, side dishes and dessert. The themed buffet schedule is as follows: June 28: Holy Guacamole Mexican Night: Enjoy our make your own taco bar, chili con queso, chicken & beef chimichangas, freshly made pico de gallo and home-made tres leche cake July 12: A Taste of Italy: Enjoy a tour of Italy featuring assorted antipasti, fried calamari, home-made manicotti, pork chop Murphy, chicken cacciatore & parmigiana and plenty of Italian desserts July 26: Seafood D'light: Kick off Seafood Fest with some summer seafood favorites including steamed clams & mussels, seafood salad and fresh shrimp Then on Friday, July 19th impersonator, Jesse Posa takes the stage as Mr. Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra. Jesse Posa is one of the leading Frank Sinatra impersonators in the country and has appeared at numerous corporate events and private affairs. He has performed as "Frank Sinatra" on stage at Radio City Music Hall, in the Off-Broadway production of "Sinatra & Friends" and at BB King's in Times Square NYC in "Party with the Rat Pack". Each tribute night buffet is $39.95 excluding tax & gratuity. The buffet begins at 5:30pm with the musical entertainment taking the stage at 8:30pm. On non-themed or non-music nights, the Pink Friday buffet remains $29.95 and $39.95 on Saturdays. Live harness racing post time is 7:15 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling (201) THE-BIGM.  

Country is taking over Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment this Saturday, June 15th when the multi-platinum selling duo, Thompson Square takes the stage. With romantically charged #1 hits like "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" and "If I Didn't Have You," two Grammy nominations and honors as Vocal Duo of the Year from both the ACM and CMA Awards, Country duo Thompson Square's career has been the stuff dreams are made of. Following the release of their 2X Grammy-nominated, double-Platinum breakout "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not," the Thompsons have been riding a wave of success that continues to this day, touring with superstars like Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum and Luke Bryan and racking up chart topping Country-radio favorites like the devoted "I Got You" and the flirty "Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About." "We are excited to bring such a Country power-house to the racetrack on Saturday," stated Jason Settlemoir, COO & GM of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "We know there are thousands of Country fans in our area and we hope they all come out for an evening of great music and racing." Doors for the show open at 2:30 p.m. with the Jason Wicks Band getting the party started at 4 p.m. The headliner, Thompson Square will electrify the crowd beginning at 6 p.m. The party continues with live racing at 7:15 p.m. and Lauren Davidson on the stage. Want to Go?: What: Thompson Square When: Saturday, June 15, 2019 Where: Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, 1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford, NJ Tickets: $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased right here by clicking on this link.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Harness racing favorites failed in every leg of the 50-Cent Pick-5 at the Meadowlands Saturday night, and that suited two shrewd handicappers - one wagering into the Elite Turf Club hub and the other in the Catskills - just fine. With a carryover of $30,928 serving as the catalyst for $177,835 in new money wagered, there was quite a bit of buzz for Pick-5 players, who, as it turned out, were vying for a total pool in excess of $200,000. The key to the sequence turned out to be the fourth race, when, after winners scored at odds of 5-1, 8-1 and 18-1, there were no doubt many tickets that singled 1-5 favorite Pauly Wally. But after he went a tough trip behind dull cover and failed as 5-1 chance Democracy N scored, giant payoffs popped up when the Pick-5 will pays were shown. After Foxland and driver Victor Kirby emerged victorious in the fifth race, the two lucky players that held tickets with the combination of 5-2-6-2-6 cashed in for $72,149.45. Kirby ended up playing a huge role in the wager, guiding the winners of the first and fifth races, and, in addition, also having driven Pauly Wally. HANDLE TOPS $3M: All-source wagering on the 13-race card totaled $3,205,559, the third best night of the meeting. The “new” money bet into the Pick-5 led to a total pool of $389,201 in the first race with four other races during the course of the evening having total pools that topped $250,000. The magic $3-million mark has now been reached at the Meadowlands 10 times in 2019. The meet best of $3.6 million was wagered on March 2. THAT WAS SOMETHIN’: In the featured $30,000 Preferred Handicap for 4-year-olds on the pace, Shnitzledosomethin pulled off an upset at odds of 8-1 for trainer Dylan Davis and driver Corey Callahan. Callahan put the son of Fred And Ginger-Summer N Sand in a live second-over flow before collaring leader Albergo Hanover at the head of the stretch after moving three-wide on the far turn. He had to hold off even-money favorite Hayden Hanover, who was closing ground in deep stretch, but the wire came just in time, and Shnitzledosomethin held on by a head in a lifetime-best 1:49.1. Rock Lights finished third. THE CAPTAIN WINS 6: Callahan won two of the first seven races on the card before catching fire. The 41-year-old pilot, known as “The Captain”, then swept the 50-Cent Pick-4 by taking races eight through 11. He scored in the first leg with a 7-2 shot but then three favorites followed (2-5, 4-5 and 4-5) to create an extremely popular payout of $27.65. Had he won once more, he would have tied Yannick Gingras’ single-card meet best of seven winners, which he established on Feb. 1. A LITTLE MORE: There was something for every player as favorites lost each of the first eight races before winning the last five on the card. … Kirby, Vinny Ginsburg and Eric Abbatiello all recorded driving doubles on the program. … The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five did not result in a single-ticket winner, ballooning the carryover to $105,608. … Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

East Rutherford, NJ --- Per Engblom's stable got off to a strong start at Saturday's second edition of Breakfast with the Babies at The Meadowlands, and kept the good times rolling through the morning. Engblom won six times, dominating the eight-race trotting portion of the harness racing card for 2-year-olds. "It was a very good day," Engblom said. "I thought we had prepared them good enough, especially my trotting fillies. They've been training great all winter. I had high hopes for them. The colts also came out nice. "We've got good horses, so they're supposed to look good when they come out. I was happy with pretty much everything." There was a total of 13 qualifiers for 2-year-olds Saturday, with all but five horses in those races making their debuts. In addition to Engblom, trainers Tony Alagna and Ray Schnittker were multiple winners, with two victories each. Schnittker picked up a win with filly pacer Rodeo Beach, a full sister to Dan Patch Award-winner Huntsville, who was the best in a contentious stretch drive for driver Mark MacDonald in 1:57.1, final quarter :27.1. "I thought she went very well," Schnittker said. "She was a little green, running out in the stretch. But she's a nice filly. She's got a lot of speed. I think she'll be a good one. All of them (from her family) have got speed. She's probably a little better gaited than some of them. She's nice. It was a good day." One of Alagna's wins came with colt pacer Its Showtime, a son of Captaintreacherous out of Breeders Crown champion Uffizi Hanover who won by four lengths in 1:54.3 in his first trip to a qualifier. He came home with a :26.4 final quarter with Andy McCarthy in the sulky. "It was very nice," Alagna said. "The colt trained down well all winter. He (qualified) well in hand. He gets a little lazy on the front, he's actually a much better horse from off the pace, so (McCarthy) was just keeping his attention. He had plenty left in the tank. It was a really nice mile for him." Its Showtime - Chris Tully Photo Following is a race-by-race recap of the 2-year-old qualifiers. Temperatures were in the mid-70s with a gusty, swirling wind. Ms Savannah Belle, a trotting filly bred and owned by Al Libfeld, got the day started with a 1:58.1 win. The daughter of Muscle Hill out of O'Brien Award-winner Stubborn Belle was third during the first half but moved to the lead at three-quarters and marched to victory with a :27 final panel for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Engblom. Engblom-trained filly Munster won the second qualifier in 2:01 with a final quarter of :28. Driven by Tim Tetrick, Munster was second through the opening quarter and inherited the lead when Mission Us went off stride just prior to the half. Munster is a daughter of Chapter Seven out of Richesse Oblige S bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock, Herbert Burns III, and Jacob Kiefer. She was purchased for $175,000 under the name Robin Blue Chip at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Black Horse Racing and Wiesman Farms. Engblom's stable made it a sweep of the filly trots when Hello Tomorrow won the third qualifier in 1:58.3 with a :28 final quarter. Hello Tomorrow, driven by Gingras, is a daughter of Muscle Hill out of Armbro Deja Vu and half-sister to millionaire Dejarmbro. She was purchased for $380,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Brixton Medical Inc., Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Lynn Katz. She was bred by Fair Winds Farm. When 2-year-old male trotters took center stage in the fourth qualifier, Engblom showed no signs of slowing down. King Slayer, driven by Gingras, won with a stretch move to pass Sheena Soldier in 1:59.4, final quarter in :28.4. King Slayer is a son of Father Patrick out of Forever Graceful from the family of 2010 Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive. He was purchased for $135,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. He was bred by Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz and is owned by John Fielding, Herb Liverman, Renato Bruni, and Alfonso Cesarano. Engblom was without a starter in the fifth qualifier, which went to Andrew Harris-trained colt trotter Sixteen and driver Scott Zeron in 2:02.2 with a final quarter :28. Sixteen is a son of Donato Hanover out of Met's Inn and a half-brother to millionaire Met's Hall. He was purchased for $160,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Howard Taylor, James Walker, and Hutt Racing Stable. He was bred by Winbak Farm. Engblom picked up his fifth winner in the sixth, when colt trotter Synergy and driver Gingras led at every call and held off Take The Credit in the stretch for a 2:00.3 score with :28.1 final quarter. Synergy is a son of Father Patrick out of Southwind Sauna from the family of O'Brien Award-winner Federal Flex. He was purchased for $275,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Brittany Farms, John Fielding, Herb Liverman, and David Anderson. He was bred by Southwind Farms. Win No. 6 for Engblom followed with colt trotter Staro Onthe Rocks S in the seventh qualifier. Staro Onthe Rocks and Gingras won in 2:03.1, final quarter :28.2. The colt is a son of Conway Hall out of Stunning Lindsey and a half-brother to millionaire Sevruga. He was bred by Staffan Nilsson and is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and James Crawford. Qualifier eight was won by Staffan Lind-trained and Christian Lind-driven colt trotter Hennessy Am S in 2:01 with a :28.1 final quarter. Hennessy is a son of Muscle Hill out of Crysti Dream. The $100,000 Lexington Selected Sale buy is owned by Lind Racing Stable, Acadia Farms, Jonathan Klee Racing, and Pegasis Investment Group. He was bred by AM Bloodstock. Hennessy Am S (#4) - Chris Tully Photo Two-year-old filly pacers hit the track for the day's next two qualifiers. Caviart Jane stormed home with a :26.3 final quarter to win the ninth in 1:58.1. The filly was driven by Zeron for trainer Nancy Johansson and owners Caviart Farms and Christina Takter. The White Birch Farm-bred daughter of Captaintreacherous out of Act Now was purchased under the name Treacherous Act for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. Rodeo Beach, a full sister to Dan Patch Award-winner Huntsville, was the best in a contentious stretch drive and captured the 10th for driver Mark MacDonald and trainer Ray Schnittker in 1:57.1, final quarter :27.1. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of Wild West Show was bred by Schnittker and Charlie Iannazzo. She is owned by Schnittker, Mary Kinsey Arnold, and Paul Bordogna. Male pacers closed out the 2-year-old portion of the card, with Tony Alagna-trained Its Showtime living up to his name with a 1:54.3 romp, final quarter in :26.4. Andy McCarthy drove Its Showtime, a son of Captaintreacherous out of Uffizi Hanover. Bred by Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz, and Sam Goldband, the colt is owned by Alagnafrankinthegym Stable, Joe Sbrocco, Katz, and LeBlanc and Head Partners. He was purchased for $150,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. Alagna-trained Chief Mate, also driven by McCarthy, won the 12th, leading from gate to wire in 1:55.1, final quarter :26.3. Chief Mate is a son of Captaintreacherous out of Heaven Forbid. He was purchased for $150,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by breeder Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant, and Captain Kirk Racing. Splash Brother, who was a 1:54.3 winner in last week's qualifiers, returned Saturday for a 1:54.2 triumph, final quarter in :26.3. The Schnittker-trained colt was driven by MacDonald for owners Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing, Steven Arnold, and Tammy Ann Flannery. The son of So Surreal out of Sugarcoated was bred by Steve Jones and sold for $30,000 at the Goshen Yearling Sale. Following the 2-year-olds, there were four additional qualifiers for horses ages 3 and older. Past Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder, the 2016 Trotter of the Year, and driver Zeron defeated one of this year's Hambletonian hopefuls, Green Manalishi S, in 1:53.1 with a :26.3 final quarter. The 6-year-old Marion Marauder, trained by Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling, is preparing for his 2019 debut. Other winners were 3-year-old trotting filly American Kronos for trainer Julie Miller in 1:54.2, 4-year-old pacing stallion Nutcracker Sweet for trainer Tom Cancelliere in 1:50.4, and 5-year-old gelding pacer Alluneedisfaith N for trainer Ross Croghan in 1:53. For complete charts, click here. Ken Weingartner

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Driver Tim Tetrick upped his lifetime win total to 10,999, a 50-Cent Pick-5 that wasn't hit will guarantee a huge next pool and the first sub-1:50 trotter in Meadowlands harness racing history hit the winner's circle for the first time in 2019 on an eventful Friday night at the Big M. After guiding Fox Valley Hermia to victory in the sixth race for pacing fillies and mares with a TrackMaster rating of 74.5 or less in 1:52.3, the 37-year-old Tetrick was one winner short of becoming the 10th driver in harness racing history to reach the 11,000-win plateau. He had six more chances but could not convert over the remainder of the card. Tetrick will drive next on the Saturday evening program at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The start of the evening saw a 16-1 shot take the opener and a 22-1 chance take the second race (the CC Big Boy Sam-Skyway Billy Daily Double returned $950.00), and those winners served as the catalysts for a 50-Cent Pick-5 that was not hit. Thus, Big M management has put a $100,000 guarantee on the Saturday night Pick-5 pool, which has a carryover of $30,928. The last two times the Pick-5 saw a carryover, the total pools were $124,773 (on Dec. 7 of last year) and $131,742 (on Feb. 22). It was four years ago that JL Cruze became the first trotter to break the 1:50 barrier at the Meadowlands when he stopped the clock in 1:49.4. The 8-year-old gelded son of Crazed-Topcat Hall found the winner's circle for the first time in five starts this year by taking the fifth race high-end conditioned trot in 1:52.2. Driven by Corey Callahan for trainer Eric Ell, JL Cruze returned $4.80 to win as the 7-5 public choice and has now won 30-of-82 lifetime starts and banked $1,354,202.  JL Cruze hits the winner’s circle for the first time in 2019, scoring at the Meadowlands Friday night with Corey Callahan doing the driving.                      --Lisa Photo A LITTLE MORE: The Can-Am Pick-4 took in $50,776 of action and those who hit it cashed in for $452.78. ... Callahan paced the driving colony with three winners, while Dexter Dunn and Eric Abbatiello had two victories apiece. ... Trainer Ell entered the night 0-for-18 at the meeting, but scored twice on the card, with Voss Volo in the third and JL Cruze. ... The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $104,051. ... All-source handle totaled $2,452,640. ... On Saturday, the Belmont Stakes (post time, 6:37 p.m.) is the featured simulcast event. Shortly thereafter, live racing resumes at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A huge Pick-5 payoff, a huge Pick-4 pool and a huge total handle highlighted Saturday's (June 1) happenings at the Meadowlands. One lucky player wagering into the Western New York OTB hub held the lone winning ticket with winner's odds of 15-1, 11-1, 58-1, 6-1 and 1-5 and hit the 50-Cent Pick-5 for a whopping $32,091.10. The 50-Cent Pick-4 - which has a guaranteed pool of $50,000 - went well beyond double that figure, as a total of $120,505 was poured into the pot. The $134,614 wagered on March 2 was the only time more was bet on a Pick-4 this year. Total wagering on the 13-race card came close to reaching the magic $3-million mark, but fell approximately $33,000 short after an all-source total of $2,967,772 was bet. Two weeks prior saw another close call, as $2.947M was put in play. The last time action exceeded $3 million - which has happened nine times in 2019 - was on Kentucky Derby Day (May 4), when a total of $3.273M was pushed through the windows. GET A LITTLE ACTION IN On Saturday (June 8), the Big M's featured Preferred Handicap for 4-year-olds on the pace has the latest star from the Jenn Bongiorno barn, Albergo Hanover, going for his fifth straight win. For simulcast fans, the featured event will be the Belmont Stakes. Big M gates will open at 10:30 a.m. The first of 13 races at Belmont is at 11:35 a.m. with the Belmont Stakes (Race 11) scheduled to go at 6:37 p.m. Preakness winner War of Will is the 2-1 morning-line second choice taking on Wood Memorial champion - and early 9-5 choice - Tacitus in the mile-and-a-half test over Big Sandy. Canada's biggest harness race, the North America Cup, will have two eliminations - slated as the third and eighth races - at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Cup has huge Meadowlands Pace ramifications as seven of the horses in the Big M Media Relations Department's "Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace" will be on the track. The North America Cup Final is on Saturday (June 15). At Cleveland's Northfield Park, open pacers will slug it out for a $200,000 pot in the Battle of Lake Erie. The other red-hot horse from the Bongiorno barn, None Bettor A, will look for a sixth straight win facing the likes of Camluck Classic winner The Wall. On Sunday (June 9), check out the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters at Tioga Dows. Many of the series' stars will be in action. On the pace, Lather Up, Courtly Choice, Done Well and Thinkbig Dreambig are in to go, while on the trot, Muscle M Up, Phaetosive and Six Pack will line up behind the gate. Leg Four of the Graduate will be at the Meadowlands on June 28 before the Big M also hosts the July 6 series' finals. Live racing at the Meadowlands will be conducted this week on Friday and Saturday with a first-race post time of 7:15 p.m. On Friday (June 7), 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five fans will be fired up for the fifth race, when a carryover of $102,608 will be up for grabs. As always, free program pages for the 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 (Friday only) and 50-Cent Pick-4 (Friday and Saturday) are available at www.playmeadowlands.com and www.ustrotting.com. BURGER BATTLE: Do you make a good burger? Then come out to the Meadowlands on Saturday (June 8) and participate in the fourth annual "Battle for the Best Burger" contest. You could win $1,500. The contest begins at noon and is open to area food trucks and restaurants. For complete details and the entry form, go to http://meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/burger%20battle_sign%20up%20sheet.pdf?_ga=2.178949665.422530968.1558563081-565511049.1524064426. HORSEPLAY CAR GIVEAWAY: Every live race night from now until Aug. 2, you could win a brand-new Toyota C-HR by participating in the Big M's "Horseplay Giveaway". Just grab a free toy horse at the Players Club Desk or official Horseplay table and if you can throw your horse into a moving car at the conclusion of the sixth race, it will give you a chance at winning a $100 betting voucher and put you in the drawing for the C-HR. In addition, for each horse that makes it into the car, the Meadowlands will donate $10 to a designated monthly charity. The drawing for the car will take place on Aug. 2, and to win, one must be present. TITLE CHASES: The FanDuel Sportsbook is the place to watch and wager on the NHL Stanley Cup Final, in which the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins are tied at two games apiece, and the NBA Finals, where the defending champion Golden State Warriors trail the upset-minded Toronto Raptors two games to one. Game 5 of the NHL series is tonight (Thursday, June 6) at 8 p.m. while Game 4 of the NBA matchup is Friday (June 7) at 9 p.m. The FanDuel Sportsbook offers plenty of comfortable seating with a full-service bar and plenty of tasty food choices.   Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands will get an early 6:35 PM start to the live racing on Saturday, July 6 for Fan Appreciation Day as we recognize our legion of faithful followers of Harness Racing with reduced concessions and a spine-tingling fireworks display after the live card is completed.   Eliminations for The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace will be held on that evening along with the $250,000 finals of the Graduate Series.   Details are available on the web.       Nick Salvi

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - June 4, 2019 - The Meadowlands hosted the New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for harness racing 3-year-olds on Friday night. The pacing fillies raced for $160,000, the pacing colts for $120,000 and the trotters competed for a $200,000 purse. The pacing fillies kicked off the NJSS Finals action in the first non-betting race of two before the regularly scheduled card. Hurrikanesky was able to nose out the competition in 1:54.4 with a last quarter in 28.4 for owner, trainer, and breeder Patrick Hlubik of New Jersey. Driver Scott Zeron was able to hold off a fast charging Mollydooker who finished a tight second while Love Love Me Too came in third. This is the first win of the season and a new lifetime mark for the Hurrikane Kingcole filly. The second non-betting race was the final for the 3-year-old pacing colts. Once again the John McDermott and Dan Dube duo dominated the field with Hurrikane Emperor. Hurrikane Emperor and Dan Dube                         --Lisa Photo In typical fashion driver, Dan Dube sent the Hurrikane Kingcole colt to the lead when the gate folded and never looked back. Winning in 1:53.0 with a last quarter of 27.1, Clintock finished second with a time of 1:56.2 while Black Dan came in third. Hurrikane Emperor is now 3 for 3 in his 3-year-old career with lifetime earnings of $314,900 for his owners Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing LLC, Pegasus Investment Group and William Garofalo. The second race on the regularly scheduled racing card was 3-year-old the trotting colts. One week after an incredible start to his 3-year-old campaign, Greenshoe was even more remarkable Friday night, trotting the fastest mile of the year in the sport of 1:50.2 in taking the $200,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for colts and geldings at the Meadowlands. Brian Sears and Greenshoe                    --Lisa Photo The son of Father Patrick inched his way toward the front before using a quick burst of speed to secure the top at three-quarters by an ever-increasing 2½ lengths. He trotted his third quarter in 26.4 before a final explosive split of 27.1 to hit the wire six lengths in front of a rallying Reign Of Honor. Galixton finished third. Greenshoe has stamped himself as one of the primary contenders for the Aug. 3 Hambletonian, for trainer Marcus Melander. In the last New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals, Evident Beauty stayed perfect in three 2019 starts by taking the 3-year-old filly trot in 1:52.3 for trainer Nifty Norman and driver Dave Miller. Miller got the daughter of Trixton-Struck By Lindy into a third-over flow down the backstretch - with plenty left to do - but powered past her rivals nonetheless to best Sister's Promise by a length. Starita was third. This was a new lifetime mark for Evident Beauty. Evident Beauty and David Miller                          --Lisa Photo The Meadowlands will host the New Jersey Sires Stakes first leg for 2-year-olds on Friday, June 28, 2019.   Courtney Stafford PR Consultant SBOANJ

The Meadowlands Racetrack is hosting its 4th Annual Battle for the Best Burger on Saturday, June 8 in the East Apron of the Grandstand. The contest offers a $1,500 grand prize with $1,000 for 2nd place and $500 for third. There is also a $500 prize for People's Choice. This free event runs from 12 noon - 10 pm and fans are encouraged to come out and taste some of the best local burgers. Two lucky fans will win a spot at the Judging Table and help determine the top 3 burgers. Judging takes place at 4pm. A full house of ten participants in this year's Battle include: Little Bite of Paradise, South + Pine American Eatery (2016 & 2018 Burger Battle Champions), Spanky's Gourmet Grub, The Mozzarella God, Magic Mike's Smoked Meats, Burgerstrasse, Jersey Roll, Tropical Juice Bar, 2 Guys Catering and Carnival Concessions (2017 Burger Battle Champions). Additional food and dessert options ranging from Italian ice to empanadas to zeppoles to cupcakes will be provided by Empanada Guy, House of Cupcakes, The Outslider, Chris Curbside Cravings, Delicious BBQ and Clydes Italian Ice. "We look forward to the Burger Battle every year," said Meadowlands General Manager and COO Jason M. Settlemoir. "This event has continued to grow and become one of our signature June events. I cannot wait to sample some of these burgers!" In addition to the Burger Battle, fans can watch and wager on the Belmont Stakes. Plus there is live harness racing action kicking off at 7:15 pm. For complete rules and event information, visit http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13715 . Rachel Ryan

Fifty-five contestants vied for $5,000 in prize monies in the 2019 edition of the 18 to 30 - year old handicapping challenge at Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, June 1. The contest offered a $5,000 total prize pool, with prize payouts to the top three finishers furnished by Jeff & Paula Gural's Allerage Farm. Emily Nicol of Rahway, NJ, captured the $2,500 top prize with a $234.80 mythical bankroll. She hit long-shot Stimulus Plan in Race #3 for $194.20 which quickly put her into the lead. Nicol remained in first place the entire remainder of the contest finishing with $234.80. "I liked his name," Nicol stated when asked what made her select Stimulus Plan 55-1 long shot. "I just had to pick him with a name like that!" Christine Kelly of Nutley, NJ, finished in second place with $65.60 earning the $1,500 prize. Kelsie Quintana of Weehawken, NJ, finished in third place with $58.20 to grab $1,000 in prize money. There is no contest entry fee. The contest format required players to make a mythical $2 "across the board" wager on one horse in races 2 - 10 at the Meadowlands. The winner was determined by the player that amasses the largest mythical bankroll from their selections. All contest participants were treated to free hot dogs, hamburgers and other grill items plus soft drinks and water on Victory Terrace, the popular rooftop area at the track. College students were also given a "stimulus plan" on Saturday. All received a free live program and $5 betting voucher. Plus ten lucky students were randomly selected to receive a $1,000 college scholarship courtesy of Allerage Farm. Next up at the Meadowlands Racetrack is the 4th annual Burger Battle on Saturday, June 8. This free event runs from 12 noon - 10 pm and fans are encouraged to come out and taste some of the best local burgers. Two lucky fans will win a spot at the Judging Table and help determine the top 3 burgers. Judging takes place at 4pm. Burger Battle details can be found at http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13715   Rachel Ryan

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