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Tom Pollack calls Endeavor one of his favorite horses and it is not difficult to understand why. The 7-year-old male harness racing pacer possesses a tough-guy attitude and never-give-in style. "I call him The Big Boy," said Pollack, who owns Endeavor with trainer Jeff Cullipher. "He's kind of a hard-hitting blue-collar lunch-pail-type horse. He's the big, strong, grinding type. He's had very few clunkers, he just gives his all every time." Endeavor has won 19 of 49 races and $419,905 in purses for Pollack and Cullipher since they purchased the son of American Ideal-Jett Diamond privately in May 2018. He rose through the conditioned ranks to compete on the Grand Circuit, winning last year's Potomac Pace to go with a second in the Harrah's Hoosier Park Pacing Derby and third in the Dan Patch Stakes. On Saturday, Endeavor races in the preferred at The Meadowlands. He won his seasonal debut on Jan. 4 at the Big M after finishing an outside-trip second in his 2019 finale. "He's been sharp, and you hate to shut him down," Pollack said. "We're giving him until he tells us (to stop) and then he'll have a month or two off before we get into the stakes season." Last year, Endeavor raced in the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, now called the MGM Borgata Pacing Series, but is unlikely to head to Yonkers Raceway for this season's event. "We probably did him a disservice putting him in the Levy," Pollack said. "He's a bigger horse and runs in some in the turns. It's not that he can't get around Yonkers, he won a leg of the Levy, but that's not really the best place for him." Endeavor caught Pollack's eye two years ago when he won a preferred handicap at The Meadowlands. Four months later when the horse became available, he made the purchase. Endeavor was sent to Harrah's Hoosier Park and worked himself up the class ladder. After a seventh-place finish in his debut for his new connections, he won six of his next seven. That included a five-race win streak in which he won each start in 1:49.2 or faster. "Jeff did a great job with him," Pollack said. "(Endeavor) took a liking to Hoosier Park and our program. He went on a heck of a run. That's when we knew we were really on to something. Since then, he's been a top-class horse. Capping the year off winning the Potomac Pace was really cool. "We thought we were buying a nice conditioned racehorse. He just got super sharp and confident and was able to maintain that. It's been great. You love to have horses like him. He gives it his all every time out. There's no cheating in him, that's for sure." For his career, Endeavor has won 32 of 110 races and $673,937. Pollack said he expects Endeavor to have a limited Grand Circuit schedule similar to 2019, minus the series at Yonkers. "He's in the class," Pollack said. "He's probably still a little 1A-ish, but we're looking forward to this year. A lot of the free-for-allers retired so we're going to give him shots, especially on the five-eighths and the mile-track races. "We'll see how he does this year. We know that as age creeps in it gets tougher. But based on how he's racing now and how he raced at the end of last year he's still got tread on the tires for sure." Another of the Pollack-Cullipher duo's stakes-winners will be in action Friday at The Meadowlands. Wisdom Tree, a 5-year-old female pacer who was a 2018 New York Sire Stakes champion, is in a conditioned race for fillies and mares. She has won 18 of 49 races and $618,181 in her career. "We're probably getting ready to shut her down for a little bit," Cullipher said. "We won't be at every (stakes) dance, but we're going to try to hit our share." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - On Dec. 27 of last year, one sharp Meadowlands harness racing player held the only ticket with the winning combination of 10-6-5-3-9 in the Early 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five and walked away with $23,262.20. Were someone to hit the Late JSH5 this Friday (Jan. 17) night, that payoff would look small by comparison. The carryover for the wager that requires one to be the lone holder of a ticket with the top five in official order of finish now stands at $105,787.13. Thus, for a wager of two thin dimes, a player could cash in for over $100,000 at the conclusion of Friday night's 14th race. For those looking for a 20-cent base bet that's a tad easier to hit, the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 is sure to please. Over the last four race cards at the Big M, the SP10 has returned no less than $3,526.86. The $5,022.74 payout on Jan. 10 was interesting because one only had to last five legs to collect. While a 21-1 shot did start the sequence, two of the other four winners went to the gate at 3-1 or less. The 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 begins nightly in the third race. DEXTER'S BIG SATURDAY: Dexter Dunn became the first driver since Yannick Gingras (Feb. 1, 2019) to win seven times on a Meadowlands program Saturday night. For the weekend (Jan. 10-11), the United States Harness Writers Association's Driver of the Year won eight races in 27 starts, good for a gawdy win percentage of 29.6. Corey Callahan and Marcus Miller also did well over the two days, scoring four times apiece. The Big M's big fields and competitive racing led to 26 different trainers winning last weekend, with only Trish Adams and Darren Cassar winning twice. Cassar's Effronte A - with Dunn driving - took advantage of unseasonably warm conditions, fast fractions and a perfect trip to post the fastest mile of the year in the sport when he stopped the clock in 1:48.3 Saturday night. In fact, that program saw the only four sub-1:50 North American miles of 2020. PICK-4 REPORT: The Meadowlands' signature wager - the 50-cent Pick-4 - did big business as usual last weekend, with total pools of $85,813 (Friday) and $82,539 (Saturday). Friday's payoff of $226.75 was significant when you consider the last two legs of the wager were taken by 4-5 shots. Saturday's return of $970.05 started with a 7-5 chalk and ended with the most challenging of the sequence at 12-1. The wager has a low 15 percent takeout and a guaranteed pool of $50,000 and is featured nightly on the eighth race. Friday night's 50-cent Pick-5 returned a whopping $32,166.95 to a one superb handicapper even though favorites won twice. The wager is offered every night on race one. This Saturday will mark the second week of the Meadowlands and Woodbine Mohawk Park offering the popular Can-Am Pick-4, where players have to select two winners at each venue to cash. Those who hit a week ago cheered long and loud, as the bet with the 20-cent base returned $1,413.40. Last weekend was the third straight where betting exceeded $5 million at the industry's handle leader, as $2,773,142 was bet Friday and $2,594,301 on Saturday. FREE PPs: When it comes to the 50-cent Pick-4, the Late 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five and the 20-cent Can-Am Pick-4, if you want to play, but prefer not to pay for past performances, all you have to do is go to playmeadowlands.com or ustrotting.com where you can access them for free. O'MALLEY WINS WHHC: Patrick O'Malley hit big in the 14th and final race to the tune of $2,120 after betting $50 across-the-board on Duckies Dynasty at 27-1 to take the 11th World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier, presented by DerbyWars.com, at the Big M Saturday night. Completing the top four finishers - and also earning spots in the WHHC Final on April 18 - were Bob DiPalma, George Wagner and Paul Weber. DerbyWars hosts online qualifiers for the WHHC every Saturday night and players can qualify for as little as $22. For complete information, go to DerbyWars.com or playmeadowlands.com. PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT: On Jan. 17, card players who are 21 or older can play Texas Hold'em on "Free Poker Friday", hosted by World Free Poker. THE FORECAST IS CHILI: On Saturday, Jan. 25, the Big M hosts it's annual "Chili Cook Off." The contest will offer its usual "Homestyle Chili" division, and this year, a "Chili Verde" contest has been added to the festivities. Both divisions offer a $1,000 Grand Prize plus a spot in the ICS World Championship. In addition, there will also be a competition for the best salsa, which has a $500 prize. For complete information and registration, go to https://chilicookoff.com/cookoffs/list. CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY: The AFC and NFC Championship games take place this Sunday (Jan. 19), and football fans can watch and wager on the action at the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook. The first game kicks off at 3:05 p.m. when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Tennessee Titans in the AFC title tilt. At 6:40 p.m., the Green Bay Packers travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers to see who takes NFC honors. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

East Rutherford, NJ - Patrick O'Malley of Westbury, NY, captured the January 11th World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com at the Meadowlands Racetrack. While O'Malley cashed on five of his contest wagers, he saved the best for last when his $50 Win/Place/Show wager on Duckies Dynasty in Race 14 netted him $2,120. His long-shot score vaulted him into first place and qualified him for the WHHC Final on April 18th. O'Malley is a contest veteran and qualified for the 2019 World Harness Handicapping Championship via the Winter Survival Challenge. Bob DiPalma of Househead, NY, also qualified for the April 18th Final with his second place finish in Saturday's contest with $621. DiPalma hit for $555 with a $50 Win & Place bet on Miss U Big Mike in the Meadowlands' thirteenth race. George Wagner of Warrington, PA, and Paul Weber of New Rochelle, NY also qualified into the WHHC Final with their third and fourth place finishes. The $400 Qualifier required contestants to place at least ten $20 minimum win, place, and/or show wagers on Meadowlands races. The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com is a one-day tournament [April 18, 2020], with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,300. The $1,300 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $1,000 going to the prize pool. The $150,000 prize pool is based on an estimated 150 entries.   DerbyWars hosts online Qualifiers for the WHHC every Saturday night. Players can qualify for as little as $22. Complete DerbyWars Qualifier information can be found at DerbyWars.com. TVG has signed up as a partner outlet and will host their online WHHC qualifier on Saturday, February 1st. They will award two entries into the WHHC Final set for Saturday, April 18th. Buffalo Raceway will also send one lucky winner to the WHHC Final from their Qualifier scheduled for Saturday, March 21st. For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (raryan@playmeadowlands.com) or 201-842-5015. For online qualifying on DerbyWars.com, players may contact support@derbywars.com. All WHHC details can be found at Playmeadowlands.com. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

East Rutherford, N.J. (Jan. 13, 2020) – Peter Grandich and Company (PGC) is pleased to announce that it will sponsor an Irish Heritage Driver Race on Saturday, March 14, which will be hosted at the Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Additionally, two PGC team members in New York Giants Super Bowl champion Jeff Feagles and former New York Jets quarterback Ray Lucas will be appearing for a meet and greet that night as well. “My wife and I have been sponsors of Irish Heritage Driver Races at Monticello and Freehold, and we are honored to now do so at the mecca of harness racing, the Meadowlands,” said Peter Grandich, Managing Member of Peter Grandich and Company. “Having two of our Irish heritage sports celebrities appearing as well will surely make it a great night.” Some of the leading contender to be in the race George Brennan, Irish Joe Hanney and Dublin's Jack Killeen.  This event marks the third by PGC at the Meadowlands Racetrack in recent months. The firm hosted a Hockey Night with Nick Fotiu, Bruce Driver and Brian Propp in November before holding a Football Night with Joe Klecko and Dan Klecko in December. “We are grateful to Peter Grandich and Company for sponsoring our 2020 Irish Heritage Driver Race,” said Jason Settlemoir, COO & GM of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. “We are also excited to host Super Bowl Champ Jeff Feagles and New York Jets fan favorite Ray Lucas. This event showcases how intertwined racing & sports really are!” Punter Jeff Feagles played 22 seasons in the NFL, appearing in 352 games overall. He holds the NFL record for most consecutive games played in a career and ranks third in the NFL for most games played overall. The two-time Pro Bowler spent the final seven years of his career with the New York Giants, where he was a member of the 2007 Super Bowl champions who defeated the previously unbeaten New England Patriots. Feagles retired from the NFL after the 2009 season and now works as a successful real estate professional. Quarterback Ray Lucas played in the NFL from 1996 to 2002, spending time with the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens. Since retiring from the NFL, the New Jersey native now works as a studio analyst on a variety of Jets shows for SNY, and he also works as a radio broadcaster for his alma mater, Rutgers University. To learn more about Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, and to view their upcoming schedule, make sure to visit their official website: PlayMeadowlands.com From Peter Grandich and Company

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The hottest name in harness racing these days is Dexter Dunn, and the recently named United States Harness Writers Association's Driver of the Year lived up to his considerable current hype at the Meadowlands Saturday night, winning seven times on the 14-race program, falling just one victory short of tying the mark for most wins on a Big M program. Dunn was red-hot from the start sweeping the Early Daily Double that paid $24.20. The 30-year-old New Zealand native then turned up the volume to "10" by winning five straight races beginning in Race 5. Among those winners were JL Cruze, the first-ever sub-1:50 trotter in Meadowlands history, and a pair of Down Under pacers from Darren Cassar's barn.  The first was Italian Delight N, who flew home off cover to take the sixth race before Effronte A, a 7-year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Fleur De Lil, exploded home in :25.4 after a cover trip to win in 1:48.3, the fastest mile of the year in the sport. Dunn's final two wins were of the close-call variety, as he scored with Harambe Deo in the featured high-range conditioned pace, barely edging out Eddard Hanover, who came back along the inside very late after being passed in deep stretch. In the next race, Dunn and Hurrikane Ali got passed by Whatstroublnurocky only to come back nearing the wire and score by a small neck to give Dunn his seven-bagger. "JL Cruze was great," said Dunn. "I was really happy with the way he trotted tonight. He was very smooth. Effronte A was awesome. He got a really good trip. When I asked him halfway down the straight, he knuckled down and was really motoring." Here is a recap of Dunn’s winners, with horse, winning time, post-time odds (*-denotes favorite) and race conditions: ·         Willie Boots, 1:52.1, 9-5*, TrackMaster rating of 79.5 or less pace ·         A Major Omen, 1:50.2, 7-2, 5YO and under NW of 2 pace ·         JL Cruze, 1:51.2, 3-5*, NW of $15,000 trot ·         Italian Delight N, 1:50.1, 9-5*, NW of $10,000 pace ·         Effronte A, 1:48.3, 6-5*, NW of $10,000 pace ·         Harambe Deo, 1:50.2, 7-5*, NW of $22,500 pace ·         Hurrikane Ali, 1:51.2, 7-2, TrackMaster rating of 79.5 or less pace “I was not aware,” said Dunn if he knew about how close he was to making Meadowlands history. “I had some good drives, but it doesn’t always work out. I got some good trips and my horses raced really well tonight.” In Race 11, it appeared Dunn had the record tied when he and Rock Lights had a 4-length lead with three-sixteenths of a mile to go. But it wasn't to be. "He just over-raced," said Dunn. "He got down to the half fast (:53.4) and I was trying to get him to go slower, but he was really fired up." Rock Lights weakened and finished third. The record of eight wins on a Meadowlands program is shared by Mike Lachance (July 14, 1995) and Brett Miller (December 16, 2016). The last time a driver had seven on a card was Yannick Gingras, who turned the trick on Feb. 1 of last year. A LITTLE MORE: For those who hit the first 2020 edition of the Can-Am Pick-4 it was a good night, as the payout for the wager with the 20-cent base was $1,413.40. ... The Late 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $105,787. ... All-source handle totaled $2,567,930. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for The Meadowlands    

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Sandy Win has been her fans' best friend of late, and once again she came through for her faithful, winning a third straight start by taking the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, a high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares. The 8-year-old daughter of Sand Shooter-Google completed her natural hat trick - all against the same non-winners of $15,000 stock - by defeating 3-5 favorite Major Occasion A by a neck. In her 146th career start, the Chuck Connor Jr. trainee established a new lifetime best of 1:50.2, and kept her winning streak going by scoring again as the non-favorite. Corey Callahan asked for early speed from Sandy Win, and that's just what he got, as the pair hit the quarter in :26.4. Major Occasion A was well back at this point before picking up cover and racing fourth-over past the half. Sandy Win - after rating the second fraction back to :29.1 - had to step on the gas to the tune of a :27.3 third quarter to rebuff the challenge of the pesky first-over Believe In Me while Major Occasion A was mounting a challenge while three-wide at three-quarters with still quite a bit to do. Through the stretch, Sandy Win continued to find more as Major Occasion A was airborne late, and despite a :25.3 final quarter by Major Occasion A, Sandy Win's :26.4 kicker was enough to register a safe win. Believe In Me held third.   Owned by Robert Main, Sandy Win returned $8.20 to her grateful backers, who received $20.60 and $8.60 mutuels in her prior two wins. Lifetime, she has won 24 times and earned $211,693. CAN-AM PICK-4 RETURNS SATURDAY: The 20-cent Can-Am Pick-4, which gives the challenge to handicappers of selecting the winners of two races at the Meadowlands and Woodbine Mohawk Park returns on Saturday night. The sequence will begin with WMP's 10th race. A LITTLE MORE: Well, actually, it's a lot more if you had the 50-cent Pick-5. The sequence saw winner's odds of 9-1, 1-1, 21-1, 9-5 and 13-1, and one sharp handicapper collected the huge payout of $32,166. ... Alek Chartrand and Drew Monti both recorded their first Big M driving wins of the year, Chartrand is also the trainer of Trixie Dust, who was sent to the gate as the 9-5 post-time choice. ... The Late 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover for Saturday's 14th race to $97,077. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,773,142. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

Tattersalls reminds horsemen and women that entries for the harness racing supplemental catalog for the Winter Mixed Sale will close Sunday, Jan. 12.   Those wanting to add horses to the sale can call (914) 773-7777 during business hours Friday or enter online at tattersallsredmile.com.   The sale will get underway at noon on Monday, Jan. 20 in the Meadowlands race paddock. More than 130 lots are set to go under the auctioneer's hammer, including more than 100 racehorses.   "Not only are we very pleased with the overall quality, but like so many of our sales, a large number of these horses are currently racing with success and ready to go. In fact, many are in this weekend, so buyers will need to keep an eye on the very latest updates," said manager David Reid.   The sale features a powerful group of newly turned 4-year-olds like Escapetothebeach, Western Exposure, Captain Trevor and Deplorable Tom, who just won back-to-back at the Meadowlands and is entered again Saturday night.   "With outstanding FFA horses like Lindy The Great and Dr J Hanover, racemares and breeding prospects like Jezzys Legacy and Witch Dali, and a solid section of broodmares and stallion shares, there'll be something for everyone--racehorse owners and breeders alike," Reid said.   The sale catalog and recently updated past performances are both available for download at tattersallsredmile.com and on the Equineline sales catalog app.   From the Tattersalls Sales Co.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The next qualifier for the World Harness Handicapping Championship and the long-awaited return of the Can-Am Pick-4 give Meadowlands fans plenty to look forward to this Saturday (Jan. 11). The $400 WHHC qualifier offers unlimited entries to players, who can sign up at the Clubhouse Main Entrance, across from the Players Club Desk. The fee breaks down as $200 to enter and a $200 bankroll. Walk-up entries are welcome from 5:30-7 p.m. For complete information, take a look at the contest brochure at http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/2020%20January%20WHHC%20qualifier.pdf. The popular Can-Am Pick-4 - which links up two races from the top harness venues in the game - resumes Saturday night and will be offered every Saturday thereafter. During 2019, pools for the wager that is comprised of two races from the Meadowlands and two from Woodbine Mohawk Park averaged better than $50,000. It has a 20-cent base and a low 15 percent takeout. Expert selections for the CAP4 will be offered by the TV teams of both tracks on their respective simulcast signals. Effective immediately, racing reverts to the usual two programs per week schedule of Friday and Saturday, with a first-race post time of 7:15 p.m. (The next live Thursday card takes place on July 16.) The action figures to be hot and heavy for the second week of racing in 2020, as both cards will offer 14 races. Of the 28 races, 24 will offer full 10-horse fields, three will have nine participants while one will have eight at the gate. Last weekend (Jan. 3-4) saw the magic $3-million plateau reached on Friday ($3,069,967), while, despite bad weather, Saturday still saw strong play ($2,744,766). The year 2019 was a good one for business at the Big M, with total handle up $44.5 million over 2018. "We had a great year during 2019 due to several factors," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "First, all of us at the Meadowlands are so appreciative of the purse appropriation earmarked for the horse racing industry that was approved by New Jersey legislators, Gov. Phil Murphy, President of the New Jersey Senate Stephen Sweeney and Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly Craig Coughlin. "Second, with that money in our purse account, it created more of a level playing field in the competition for horses from nearby states. Third, combine that with the great support our horsemen have given to our entry box, it's creates an environment of big fields and competitive racing, which our faithful fans - who we could not do without - go for in a big way." THE POWERFUL PICK-4: Last weekend's 50-cent Pick-4s averaged over $100,000 a night for the second straight Friday-Saturday, as $109,614 was wagered Friday before another $94,701 was pushed through the windows Saturday. The wager that offers a $50,000 guaranteed pool and low 15 percent takeout is available nightly on Race 8. Free program pages for the bet are available at playmeadowlands.com and ustrotting.com. The carryover for the late 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five on Friday is nearing six figures. The pot will start out at $94,800 for Friday night's 14th race. HOT STUFF: Dexter Dunn, the 2019 United States Harness Writers Association's Driver of the Year, drove five to victory lane on last Saturday's program and jumped to the top of the Big M standings with six winners. In close pursuit entering the second week of racing are Joe Bongiorno and Tyler Buter, who have five victories apiece. Andrew Harris, the leading trainer at the fall meeting, won four during Opening Week, while Ron Burke scored three times. DUNN "IN THE SULKY": Dunn will be Dave Little's "In the Sulky" guest during Friday night's "Racing from the Meadowlands" pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT: On Jan. 10, card players who are 21 or older can play Texas Hold'em on "Free Poker Friday", hosted by World Free Poker. CHECK YOU RECIPES: On Saturday, Jan. 25, it will in all probability be chilly outside, but it will definitely be chili inside, as the Big M hosts it's annual "Chili Cook Off." The contest will offer its usual "Homestyle Chili" division, and this year, a "Chili Verde" contest has been added to the festivities. Both divisions offer a $1,000 Grand Prize plus a spot in the ICS World Championship. In addition, there will also be a competition for the best salsa, which offers a $500 prize. For complete information and registration, go to https://chilicookoff.com/cookoffs/list. NFL PLAYOFFS HEAT UP: The NFL Playoffs are now at the conference semifinal stage and you can make your wagers and then watch the games at the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook. This Saturday, the Minnesota Vikings head to San Francisco to take on the 49ers at 4:35 p.m. before the Baltimore Ravens host the Tennessee Titans at 8:15 p.m. On Sunday, the Houston Texans will visit the Kansas City Chiefs at 3:05 p.m. while the Green Bay Packers welcome the Seattle Seahawks at 6:40 p.m. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is releasing pertinent information on its 2020 harness racing stakes which will offer total purses in the neighborhood of $14 million. The marquee Grand Circuit stakes for older horses will have an important change in the racing conditions. The number of top money winning horses in 2019-2020 accepted for those events will decrease from twelve to eleven and the distance will be kept to one mile regardless of the number of starters. The races affected by this change are the Arthur Cutler, John Cashman and Dr. John Steele Memorials on the trot and the WR Haughton and Sam McKee Memorial FFA paces, Golden Girls and Lady Liberty FFA mare paces and Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old filly pacers. The Kindergarten Classic Series for freshman trotters and pacers will also race five legs for an increased purse of $20,000 each, all at The Meadowlands starting in July with the $250,000e finals set for September 18. The Reynolds and Tompkins-Geers Grand Circuit stakes for 2-year-olds have been moved from Tioga Downs to The Meadowlands in 2020. The dates for the freshman New Jersey Sires Stakes have been moved to later in the summer with the finals set for August 21.   The Tompkins-Geers pacing stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and fillies will also be raced at The Meadowlands and have been placed to provide a start between the Meadowlands Pace and Cane Pace.   The popular Miss Versatility series for older mare trotters will offer five $40,000 legs this season. The stakes series will launch at Woodbine Mohawk Park in late May then shift to The Meadowlands for the other four legs from July through September. The $100,000e finals will again be on Jug Day at the Delaware, Ohio County Fair. The Meadowlands Standardbred Championship Meet will close on September 19 due to the Fall Thoroughbred Meet taking over use of the main track from October 2 through November 21. The Standardbreds will return on November 27 with the TVG Championships and Freshman Fall Final Four slated for Saturday, November 28 on a night boasting $3 million in purses. All staking information is available on the Meadowlands website. Please call the Racing Office at (201) 842-5130 with questions. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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