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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Western Joe proved once again why he is top dog at the Meadowlands Saturday night, winning the featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap for harness racing pacers for a fourth time in six tries this year. Sent to the gate as the 3-5 public choice, Western Joe was away third around the first turn but was quickly moved to the outside by driver Jim Marohn Jr. as the pair made the top and hit the quarter in :27.3. A sleepy second quarter devoid of movement followed, allowing the favorite to reach the half in :55.4. Rodeo Romeo and 5-2 second-choice Bettor's Edge, who won this race a week ago when Western Joe took the night off, tried to mount challenges at the top of the stretch, but Western Joe was in high gear through the lane, sprinting the final quarter in :26.2 to record a safe half-length win in 1:50.4 over a sharp Rodeo Romeo. Artful Way was third. "I was very happy with the trip," said winning trainer Chris Choate. "I wanted to see him on the lead. He doesn't like to get beat. He's getting more mature and I'm very proud of him." Western Joe returned $3.40 to his backers for owner Anthony Ruggeri and has won five of seven starts this year. Lifetime, the 4-year-old son of Western Ideal has won 14 of 36 and earned $216,548. A LITTLE MORE: Showing no rust in his first weekend back on the track after an extended family vacation, driver Andrew McCarthy followed up his driving double Friday with a four-bagger Saturday. ... Chalk players had their way on the program, as eight public choices scored on the 12-race card. ... In the Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five (Race 9), 3-5 favorite Maajaackkobe hit the wire first, and that suited the player with the only winning ticket just fine, as $14,365 was the payoff. ... There was no single-ticket winner in the Late 20-Cent JSH5 (Race 12), raising the pot-of-gold carryover to $148,306. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,162,363. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday. Don't forget that post time will be 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - St Patrick's Saturday night brings with it to The Meadowlands an even dozen of races that may cast the "Luck O' The Irish" on the charmed harness racing horseplayer.   There are promotions a plenty inside the grandstand including the River Horse beer dinner, featuring a fantastic 5-course menu where each course is paired with a delicious beer from NJ's River Horse Brewing Co located in Ewing, NJ. The St Paddy's Day theme continues with Go For Green Backs drawing where every time a driver that is "Wearin O' The Green" in his driving colors wins a race, two lucky contestants will receive $50 betting vouchers. Also the NCAA basketball tourney continues the second round with everyone's bracket busted so come and root for your own private underdog to score an upset as you watch the action on the giant screens of Victory Sports Bar.   On the racetrack six speedy Preferred Handicap pacers square off for a $20,000 purse in the second race.   Western Joe (PP#5 Jimmy Marohn, Jr) returns after being given a week's vacation. He's been the scourge of the Preferred class thus far in 2018 with three wins at the top level and seeks to continue that form spree for owner Anthony Ruggeri and trainer Chris Choate.   Bettor's Edge (PP#6 Vic Kirby) found the winner's circle for the first time this season in last week's race with a strong closing effort at a generous mutuel of $13.60. The now 9-year-old has done well for every barn that has housed him and is currently putting smiles on the faces of trainer Jennifer Lappe and her partner in ownership Robert Santagata.   The last race Jackpot Hi-5 carryover has reached a whopping $143,675 to go along with the various horizontal wager guarantees. Free program pages for some of those may be downloaded off the web.   While post time for the Saturday, March 17 card remains 6:35, it is important to note that beginning next Friday the first race post switches to 7:15 pm.   Nick Salvi

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Montalbano Bi got little respect when he won at almost 20-1 on March 9, so Friday night at the Meadowlands, the 7-year-old harness racing gelded son of Donato Hanover was out to show that win was no fluke. And that's just what he did. Montalbano Bi, sent off at 9-2, got away third at the quarter before brushing up to the lead at the three-eighths in the Big M's feature, a $16,000 high-level conditioned event for trotters. Zooming, also 9-2 on the tote board, came calling at three-quarters as Scirocco Jakob swung three wide for the drive. Fashion Creditor, the 4-5 public choice, was in a dull flow heading to three-quarters but was coming fast and furious through the stretch. At the wire, it was Montalbano Bi prevailing by a neck in 1:54.4 over the fast-closing Fashion Creditor. P L Icabod was third. The winner, who was claimed out of the race for $30,000 by Ron Burke, returned $11.20 to his backers. He was driven by the Big M's leading driver, Jim Marohn Jr., and trained by Patti Harmon for owner Joel Kahan. Montalbano Bi has won four of his last nine and 14 of 90 lifetime, good for earnings of $137,406. A LITTLE MORE: Marohn, Anthony Napolitano, Andrew McCarthy and Eric Carlson all recorded driving doubles on the card. ... Harmon and Rick Dane each trained a pair to victory lane. ... The Late Jackpot Super High Five carryover has moved past ridiculous and is now approaching insane. When last night's combination of 6-5-3-8-4 failed to result in a single-ticket winner, the carryover inched ever closer to the $150,000 mark, at $143,675. Those who did have the right combination did pretty well for themselves, cashing in $4,398 for a 20-cent bet. ... All-source wagering on the card totaled $2,052,329. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6:35 p.m. Post time switches to 7:15 p.m. beginning March 23. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

This Saturday (March 17), will host an online World Harness Handicapping Championship Mega-Qualifier featuring five qualifying spots for the $75,000-guaranteed World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars. The WHHC will be held on April 28 at the Meadowlands. The WHHC Mega-Qualifier entry fee is $115, with the five WHHC qualifying spots based on 50 entries. The contest will consist of the second half of the races at partner tracks Meadowlands and Woodbine. The format is a mythical $2 Win-Place-Show contest, where players will pick one horse in each race over 12 races and earn payouts equivalent to $2 Win-Place-Show payouts at the track, subject to maximum payouts. Players may qualify for as little as $19 every night on, or on Saturday night during the early races. A full list of qualifiers for the WHHC Mega-Qualifier and the WHHC can be found here. Players can also qualify for the WHHC at the Meadowlands racetrack and various other racetrack qualifiers. The $1,000 WHHC entry includes a $300 live bankroll with $700 to the prize pool and zero takeout. There is a limit of two entries per person. If the contest exceeds 107 entries, the prize pool will increase from $75,000. DerbyWars hosts WHHC qualifiers every Saturday night for the 2018 WHHC. For a list of remaining qualifiers, players already qualified and complete information on the WHHC, visit the Meadowlands website here.

East Rutherford, NJ - Live harness racing is back on Friday night at The Meadowlands with 11 races on the menu.   The featured second is a conditioned event for trotters where a field of seven will vie for a purse of $16,000. It's a very even group as indicated by the tight Dave Brower morning line where Montalbano Bi has been tabbed as the slight 5-2 choice.   Montalbano Bi has been as regular as clockwork for owner Joel Kahan and flashing his finest form in the last pair with a win and a second to show for it. He'll starts from the inside post one for regular driver Jimmy Marohn, Jr and his trainer, Patti Harmon.   The weekend brings another sign that Spring is nigh as Andrew McCarthy is back from his winter travels. The popular young Australian reinsman caught a full slate of drives upon his return over St Patrick's Day weekend.   Celebrate the favorite of all Irish holidays at The Meadowlands with all the corned beef, cabbage and green beer you can consume via the Pink buffet.   We'll also have all the NCAA Basketball Tournament action available on the giant 20 foot screens in Victory Sports Bar.   MARCH BETTING MADNESS CONTINUES AT BIG M  It may not have surpassed the $3 million mark as it did on Saturday, March 3, but wagering at the Meadowlands remained vigorous last Saturday (March 10) as a 2018 second-best total of $2,875,940 was bet on the ultra-competitive 13-race card. The faithful gambled with verve throughout the night as the first race saw a 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 pool of $18,598 while the third race Pick-5 saw $58,334 in play. The eighth race Pick-4 pool pushed past the $90,000 mark for a third consecutive Saturday ($91,904) before the 13th-race finale, which saw bets total $286,600, the weekly single-race high. That race did as well as it did in part because the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five saw $35,643 in wagers, and after the pick the first five finishers in official order of finish puzzle failed to result in a single-ticket winner, the carryover ballooned to $139,614, which will be on the minds of the Meadowlands players who figure to hang around for the last race Friday night. FABULOUS FRIDAY: Last Friday (March 9) saw some big play as well, as the 20-Cent Survivor Pick 10 resulted in a single-ticket winner walking away with a payoff of $18,447. … The Pick-5 saw $48,126 in wagers, and after a sequence that saw the last three races won by favorites, the payoff was a superb $4,429 for a 50-cent bet. … The 50-Cent Pick-4 ($87,607 in the pool) saw no chalk winners and a payout of $4,131. Free program pages for the Meadowlands Pick-4, courtesy of Track Master, are available on the Meadowlands’ website ( and on the handicapping section at POST TIME CHANGE: This Friday and Saturday will be the final weekend when post time will be 6:35 p.m. Beginning Friday, March 23, post time will switch to 7:15 p.m. as racing will continue to be conducted on Friday and Saturday nights. FINAL LIVE SHOW FRIDAY: “Meadowlands Harness Live” returns Friday at 9 p.m. on SNY for the final time this season with coverage of Races 7, 8 and 9. The Big M TV team of Dave Brower, Dave Little, Hall of Famer Bob “Hollywood” Heyden and Ken Warkentin will provide commentary, selections and interviews. HOOPS AND HORSES: Catch all of college basketball’s “March Madness” in the Big M’s Victory sports bar on its massive HDTVs. See all of the games  from March 15 through April 2, except Sundays, when Victory is closed. During tournament action, there will be beer specials, plus you can enter the MRE Sports Challenge for free and take a swing at the $6,500 Grand Prize.   Meadowlands Media Relations

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is celebrating St. Patrick's Day all weekend long with beer, music and food. Live harness racing kicks off at 6:35pm both Friday & Saturday night. On Friday, March 16 guests can enjoy the $29.95 Irish themed buffet in Pink. Potato & leek soup, Irish soda bread, corned beer & cabbage and shepherd's pie are menu highlights. Homemade Stout cookies and chocolate cake with caramel sauce are a perfect sweet end to the night. Saturday, March 17 features two dining options at the track. There is a 5-course $49.95 River Horse Brewing Company Beer dinner in Pink Skybox Suites. Executive Chef Dennis Sammarone has paired each River Horse beer with fantastic food, sure to tantalize the taste buds. Menu highlights include a hot pretzel & cheese fondue paired with River Horse Roly Poly Pils, fish & chips with River Horse Tripel Horse and baby back ribs paired with River Horse IPA. The full menu is available here.       Those wanting more Irish -themed fare can enjoy the $39.95 Pink St. Patrick's buffet. The menu features hand-carved prime rib, bangers & mash, corned beef & cabbage and shepherd's pie. Reservations for dining can be made by calling 201-TheBigM. In addition to live racing, fans are welcome to head into Victory Sports Bar on Saturday for live music with Enough Said. Local residents and diehard jammers, Victor Nichols, Russell Nichols, Craig Just, Maryellen Butera Just, Domenic Maffei and Tom O'Rourke will undoubtedly prove entertaining with their diverse mix of classic tunes from the 60's-present and unique blend of musicianship. Tickets are $10 at the door. For full menus, racing and event information click here.  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 13, 2018) - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, the world-class horse racing and entertainment facility located in New Jersey, announced today that its popular free to play "Real Time" Sports Contest will return for the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The contest can be played at both Winners Bayonne OTW and the Meadowlands. Players who have registered will be given an account with 1,000 points, to use throughout the tournament, March 15 - April 2, 2018. At the end of the tournament on April 2 a grand prize of $6,500 will be awarded to the player with the most accumulated points. $2,500 will be awarded for 2nd and $1,000 for 3rd place. In addition, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will award a weekly prize to the player who has earned the most points from the previous week. These prizes include $100 betting vouchers and dinner for two to Pink. Official rules are available here The MRE contest is played entirely via the MRE Sports App which is available for free download on both Android™ and Apple® powered devices. The contest system is powered by CG Technology; a preeminent technology company based in Nevada, and will utilize real time information and real time results ensuring continual action for the contestants every day. About Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment™ Since 1976, the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ, has been a staple in North American racing, known for events like the Hambletonian and Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. In November 2013, managing partner Jeffrey Gural unveiled the new Meadowlands Racetrack. The $120 million state of the art complex features racing, entertainment, dining and nightlife. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment boasts live harness racing and year round simulcasting, Victory Sports Bar, Victory Rooftop Terrace, indoor and outdoor dining options, corporate and VIP events spaces, as well as family-friendly activities. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is an exciting destination that both racing and non-racing fans can enjoy. For more information please visit About CG Technology CG Technology is an innovative gaming technology solutions provider for lottery, gaming, race, and sports wagering worldwide. We specialize in providing secure, scalable, mobile technology and risk management solutions to integrated resorts, gaming partners, race and sports books, and lottery industries. Our technology solutions are designed to meet the highest standards of regulatory compliance, transactional security, and customer experience. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, CG Technology continues to expand into new global markets in response to partner demand for its gaming and manufacturing licenses and superior technology solutions. Our products include Android™ and Apple® compatible applications for sports wagering and real-money casino gaming, as well as our state of the art account-based wagering system. For more information please visit Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Week in and week out Bettor's Edge has used his high turn of gate speed to battle top-quality stock at the Meadowlands but had yet to win in 2018 even though his resume showed five straight on-the-board finishes heading into Saturday night's featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap for harness racing pacers. So this time, he tried it from off the pace, and it resulted in his first victory of the year. In the early going, Rodeo Romeo sped to the top at the quarter in :26.4 before 3-5 public choice Awesomeness, in search of his third straight win, made his way to the point just before the three-eighths. The favorite hit the half in :55.1 as Bettor's Edge started his march toward the leaders while racing uncovered from the back of the pack. Rodeo Romeo, sent off at 15-1, popped out of the pocket on the far turn to challenge Awesomeness and had a nose in front as they turned for home while Bettor's Edge picked up that cover. Brett Miller then tipped Bettor's Edge to the outside with an eighth of a mile to go and the lifetime $2 million earner blew by the dueling leaders to win by a half-length in 1:50.1, sprinting the final quarter in :26.2. Awesomeness held second with Western Fame finishing third in his first start of the year. Was it a conscious decision to not leave the gate? "Yes. It was a great audible on Brett's part," said winning trainer Jennifer Lappe. "And when he got away last I knew my horse was going to love it. It was a refreshing change for him. He's been used hard in all of his starts since the layoff and all he needed to do was race with a breather early." Bettor's Edge returned $13.60 to win as the fourth choice in the wagering for owners Lappe and Robert Santagata. Lifetime, the 9-year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight has won 37 of 164 starts. A LITTLE MORE: Great Vintage, driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Jimmy Takter, took the seventh race conditioned pace in 1:49.2, which equaled the second-fastest North American mile of the year. Only Major Uptrend has gone faster, by virtue of his 1:49 clocking at Dover Downs on Feb. 15. ... The Pick-4 pool surpassed the $90,000 mark for a third straight Saturday ($91,904) and after a sequence that included a pair of favorites, the payout was $351.40 for a 50-cent bet. ... Anthony Napolitano drove three winners on the program while Jim Pantaleano and Gingras had two apiece. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $139,614. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,875,940, the second highest handle of 2018. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands Saturday night harness racing card is filled with intriguing options (13 in all) for the horseplayer and fan alike.   Pacing races dominate the program with eleven of those filled pretty much to the ten horse capacity of the mobile starting gate.   The $20,000 Preferred Handicap pace comes early, in race two. It's a strong group of seven including the 2017 Grand Circuit stakes winner of the Confederation Cup and Prix D'Ete, Western Fame (PP #5) making his seasonal debut for Brittany Farms and Jimmy Takter. A career winner of $681,718 in a mere 41 starts, Western Fame lists a runner-up finish in the 2016 Little Brown Jug among his career highlights and may well be on his way to the upcoming G.M. Levy FFA series. Yannick Gingras has the drive.   Last week's winner of the Preferred class, Awesomeness, is back from the far outside post seven looking for his third consecutive win for the meet's top jock Jimmy Marohn, Jr. Awesomeness has been at or near the top of the local heap all winter for owner Martin Scharf and trainer Brett Pelling.   Class master Bettor's Edge can never be discounted in these spots, either. The career winner of more than $2 million is winless in his six 2018 starts but has been second or third in five of those. He has just failed to last on the lead his last few and may relish a bit of cover with the potential for a contested pace in this one. Brett Miller drives from post six for Jennifer Lappe, who trains and shares ownership with Robert Santagata.   A breakdown of the Friday night exotics reveal very substantial pool size for all. The 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 drew $16,711 and again went to a single winner. The Pick-5 pool was $48,126 and yielded a $4,429.35 return. The popular Pick 4 generated $87,607 with $4,131.05 the payout to those holding a ticket containing the four winners. The last race Super Hi-5 Jackpot pool is at $132,042 into Saturday's play.   Free program pages and Dave Brower's selections are available for your Saturday gambling pleasure.   Another WHHC leg is set for the evening as well as the Spring Break Sweepstakes for those so inclinedto escape the winter climate.   Post time is 6:35 pm.   Nick Salvi

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Everything was in proper alignment Saturday night at the Meadowlands, as harness racing's handle leader had its biggest non-Meadowlands Pace or Hambletonian in two years, when the track saw $3,454,633 pushed through the windows. The handle was the highest since the track hosted the Breeders Crown on October 29, 2016 (excluding the 2017 Meadowlands Pace and Hambletonian), when $3,461,457 was wagered, only $7,000 more than what was bet Saturday. Both cards had 13 races. "The combination of a Pick-5 carryover, the World Harness Handicapping Championship tournaments, a $90,000 Pick-4 pool, a $120,000 Jackpot Super High Five carryover along with the cancellation of Friday's card created the perfect storm for a big handle night," said Jason Settlemoir, the track's chief operating officer and general manager. "The night was great and the fact we almost handled what we did hosting the Breeders Crown Finals in 2016 is amazing. The Meadowlands players supported the Saturday card with incredible enthusiasm from start to finish. The last race went at 11:27 p.m., yet did almost a quarter of a million dollars, and all 13 races handled more than $200,000." Saturday's handle crushed the previous 2018 best of $2,790,201 (established on Jan. 27) by 24 percent while the per race average of $265,741 was a little over $50,000 more than the previous best of $214,630 (also Jan. 27). PICKY, PICKY: The $30,000 carryover in the Pick-5 led to $230,199 in "new money" for a final pool of $260,401. ... Race 3, which is the first leg of the Pick-5, saw $422,271 in wagers. ... The Pick-5 sequence (Races 3 through 7) handled $1,430,565. ... The Pick-4 pool saw $90,666 in play and served as the catalyst for that sequence (Races 8 through 11), which saw $1,132,218 in play. Free program pages for the Meadowlands Pick 4, courtesy of Track Master, are available on the Meadowlands' website ( and on the handicapping section at SUPER JACKPOT: This Friday, players will be waiting around until the end of the night for a shot at a big pot. The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five (Race 13) has a carryover of $126,952. The bet requires one be the only ticket holder of the winning combination to rake the pot. Even when the jackpot isn't hit, cashing a ticket can still be lucrative. On Saturday, those who had winning tickets cashed in for $1,600 for a 20-cent wager, that in a race where the Exacta paid only $10.40. LIVE SHOW FRIDAY: "Meadowlands Harness Live" returns Friday at 9 p.m. on SNY with coverage of Races 7, 8 and 9. The Big M TV team of Dave Brower, Dave Little, Bob "Hollywood" Heyden and Ken Warkentin will provide commentary, selections and interviews. ... Post time for live racing this Friday and Saturday is 6:35 p.m. Buffet Dining in Pink This Friday and Saturday, March 9 -10, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is showcasing its signature buffet in Pink. The Friday buffet is $29.95 while the Saturday buffet is $39.95.  Each buffet features a delicious soup, cold salads, carving station and freshly baked desserts. Pink also features a custom cocktail menu and wine list. Menus for both nights can be found at    Reservations can be made by calling 201-THE-BIGM.  Live harness racing kicks off at 6:35 pm.                Visit for additional details, live racing and events schedule.    

East Rutherford, NJ - With this week's nor'easter behind us, the forecast is friendly for live harness racing at The Meadowlands to return with twin 13 race cards on the menu for Friday and Saturday.   No fewer than nine trotting races populate Friday's offering with the featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap trot coming up early in race two.   With Friday past's card having been a casualty of last week's winter storm, the seven horse Preferred looks an awful lot like the field that had been drawn for that program.   Gural Hanover (PP#7 Yannick Gingras) and Opulent Yankee (PP#6 Andy Miller) compose the favored entry, coupled for wagering purposes due to the common ownership of Jeff Gural's Little E, LLC.   Gural Hanover is closing in on $1 million in career earnings for Gural and partners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Panhellenic Stable and is making his 2018 debut. Ron Burke conditions the now 7-year-old son of Crazed who prepped with a sizzling 1:53 qualifier two weeks ago.   Opulent Yankee already has a pair of wins and a second in three tries thus far in the new year for trainer Julie Miller. Also aged seven years, the Muscles Yankee gelding races for Stolz and Geiger as partners with Little E and recently eclipsed the $400,000 mark lifetime for his connections.   Gonna Fly, Rossini, Fashion Creditor, LMC Mass Gem and Melady's Monet will provide the competition.   You've got your guaranteed horizontal pools, free program pages and $126,952 in the Jackpot Super Hi-5 pool to generate interest.   Post time is 6:35 pm.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is offering a slate of Late Closers for 3-year-olds of each gait and sex with the following conditions:   N/W of 2 Extended P.M. Races Lifetime or $25,000 Lifetime W/O $75,000 Lifetime are Ineligible (State Bred Wins for $10,000 or Less First Money Not Considered on Wins)   The "State Bred" clause should allow those 3-year-olds that won PA Stallion or NY Excel series legs to be eligible for these races.   They get underway on the weekend of May 11-12 with $12,500 legs and the $45,000 estimated finals are all scheduled for Saturday, May 26.   The nomination fee is $500, there is no entry fee and the closing date is March 15.   Call the Racing Office at (201) 842-5130 with any questions.     Nick Salvi

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment & Winners Bayonne OTW are closed for simulcasting today, Wednesday, March 7 due to the impending winter storm. Both will reopen tomorrow at 11 am with normal simcluasting operations. Live racing returns to the Meadowlands on Friday with a 13 race card beginning at 6:35pm. For the most up to date information regarding simulcasting and racing visit Rachel Ryan

Two more spots are up for grabs this Saturday in Meadowlands Harness Racing & Entertainment's $200 March Qualifier. The qualifier has a $200 total fee ($100 entry plus a $100 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to bet a minimum of $10 Win, Place, Show or WPS wagers on exactly 10 Meadowlands races. Players can register on-site Saturday up until 7 pm. In last Saturday's $400 Qualifier at the Meadowlands, Frank Palmer, Dan Fusco, Dustin Carlson and Miroslaw Kiczko won spots into the Final on April 28. A complete list of online WHHC Qualifiers can be found at The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by Final is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and has a guaranteed prize pool of $75,000. For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment ( or 201-842-5015.   River Horse Featured at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment A river horse is coming to Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment Saturday, March 17 in the form of River Horse Brewing Company, one of NJ’s craft breweries.  River Horse Brewing is the featured at the 5-course $49.95 Meadowlands Beer Dinner. Executive Chef Dennis Sammarone has paired each River Horse beer with fantastic food, sure to tantalize the taste buds. 1st course: Hummus, Greek Olives, Feta, hot pretzel with mustard, sea salt with cheese fondue paired with River Horse Roly Poly Pils 2nd course: Chili con Carne with cornbread, sour cream, scallions and cheddar cheese paired with River Horse Special American Amber Ale 3rd course: Boston Cod & Chips – crispy battered fish & chips with coleslaw and tartar sauce paired with River Horse Tripel Horse 4th course: BBQ Baby Back Ribs with macaroni and cheese paired with River Horse IPA 5th course: Belgium Chocolate Cake with fresh Raspberry Cream Paired with River Horse Chocolate Porter In addition to the delicious fare and brews, guests will enjoy live harness racing beginning at 6:35 pm For reservations call 201-The-BigM.   Rachel Ryan Marketing Manager, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment                       This e-mail, including any attachments, may contain information that is confidential, and is transmitted for the sole use of the intended recipient. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, copying or retention of this e-mail or the information contained herein is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify the sender by telephone or reply e-mail, and permanently delete this e-mail from your computer system. The views presented in this message are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinion of New Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners OTW. New Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners OTW do not guarantee the integrity, security or proper receipt of this message. Likewise, New Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners OTW do not accept any liability whatsoever for any possible damages arising from, or in connection with, data interception, software viruses or manipulation by third parties.   Disclaimer The information contained in this communication from the sender is confidential. It is intended solely for use by the recipient and others authorized to receive it. If you are not the recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or taking action in relation of the contents of this information is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - They came to play. Meadowlands harness racing fans wagered with both hands throughout Saturday night's 13-race program and despite only two horses paying $10 or more and six races that saw favorites emerge victorious, the betting swelled to a new 2018 high. For the first time this year, wagering surpassed the magic $3 million mark. In fact, it wasn't merely surpassed, it was smashed. The all-source total handle of $3,454,633 easily outdistanced the industry handle leader's previous 2018 best, which was $2,790,201 on Jan. 27. The corresponding race card a year ago saw $2,581,495 bet on 12 races. The on-track, on-product play totaled $296,916. The Pick-5 carryover of $30,202 served as a catalyst for not only that wager, but for the entire night, as $230,199 in "new money" was poured into the Pick-5 pot. The third race, which is the first leg of the bet, saw $422,271 in total play. After a formful sequence that saw the odds of the winners come back 7-2, 7-2, 6-5, 3-1 and even-money, many winning Pick-5 tickets for $541.70 were cashed after the total pool of over $260,000 was divvied up. But there was more. The 20-Cent Survivor Pick 10 once again saw big play (a total pool of $20,005), and, once again, it resulted in a 'jackpot' as one lucky winner, betting into the Portland, Ore. hub, walked away with $17,000.54 after surviving seven legs. The Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five resulted in a single-ticket winner, and that patron, wagering into the Maryland hub, cashed in for $7,622.70 at the conclusion of the ninth race. About the only big pot not raked belonged to the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five (Race 13), which once again failed to produce a single-ticket winner. That wager's carryover now stands at $126,952. 'AWESOME' IN FEATURE: Awesomeness lived up to his name, controlling the action from start to finish to win the featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers. The Brett Pelling trainee gave notice a week ago he'd have a big mile on tap, getting roughed up and racing with a broken headpole and winning nonetheless against a slightly weaker field. This time, back at the highest level the Big M offers, the 5-year-old gelded son of Mach Three emerged on the front end after a five-horse scrum into the first turn, cut out fractions of :26.4, :54 and 1:22.1 before sprinting home in :28 to record a three-quarter-length win for driver Jim Marohn Jr. and owner Martin Scharf. Awesomeness hit the wire in 1:50.1, just a fifth of a second off his lifetime best. Dr J Hanover was second with JK Will Power finishing third. Western Joe, the 5-2 second choice who was seeking his third straight score with this kind, opted to race from the rear and closed to get fourth. The winner paid $4.20 as the even-money favorite and now has 15 wins in 37 lifetime tries, with earnings of just over $235,000. A LITTLE MORE: Marohn and Yannick Gingras both recorded driving triples on the card while Pelling and Bob Lounsbury had training doubles. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 6:35 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, located in East Rutherford, NJ, is a state of the art venue with unlimited Mitzvah possibilities, all of which will be on display at the Meadowlands Mitzvah Showcase on Sunday, March 11 from 12 noon to 4pm. The showcase is free for pre-registered guests and provides families the ideal opportunity to taste, explore and network for their upcoming mitzvah. People can register at Admission for non-registered guests is $10 at the door. Attendees can sample delicious selections from our very own gourmet chefs and browse our custom catering options. In addition, the showcase provides the perfect opportunity to connect with preferred vendor partners who provide emcees and DJs to photo booths, party favors, décor and much more! Guests can also spend the afternoon exploring the multiple event spaces that are sure to make your mitzvah exceptional! Victory Sports Bar & Club provides a vibrant atmosphere to host your reception for up to 300 guests and features over 20 HD plasma screens that are fully customizable. Cocktail hours come to life in the lounge, a creatively decorated area which features custom furniture and chandeliers or Victory Terrace, a beautiful outdoor rooftop bar that boasts views of the NYC skyline. Both can accommodate up to 500 guests. "Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is a spectacular venue that is so much more than horse racing," says Andrea Lokshin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We are a true destination with endless possibilities to host your mitzvah or any special event. Our unique space will allow you to break through the clutter from the traditional catering hall and offer your guests an experience that is different from all the others. Once you tour our venue, you won't want to go anywhere else." For more information on Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's Mitzvah Showcase and event spaces, visit  

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