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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After finishing a solid second and third, respectively, in his two preliminaries, Mike's Powerhouse upped his game Saturday night, saving his best effort for the Caramore Series Final, winning the $20,850 harness racing feature at the Meadowlands for non-winners of $20,000 in 2018 on the pace. Driver Vinny Ginsburg, who won three races on the evening, put the 6-year-old gelded son of Camluck on the lead around the first turn from the rail and hit the quarter in :26.2. The eventual winner got a :57.3 breather through the middle half as Rockinwiththebest, the slight 3-2 favorite, popped out the four hole at the three-eighths and inched his way toward the leader on the rim. But Mike's Powerhouse brought just enough through a final quarter of :26.4 to hold off the late-charging Astor, who finished a neck back. Rockinwiththebest held on for third. Byby Landon, the slight 3-2 second choice, was blocked in the pocket and had to settle for fifth. Mike's Powerhouse returned $11.80 to win as the third choice in the wagering and completed the mile in a lifetime-best 1:50.4 for trainer Vincent Fusco Jr. RED MAN, BLACK INK: Driver Eric Abbatiello continued to endear himself to value players Saturday, guiding one 6-1 shot and a 9-2 chance to victory lane. This after his 22-1 score on the Friday card. FAVES NOT FAB: After post-time choices went only 2-for-9 on the Friday program, the chalk players probably felt they were due for a big night Saturday, but it wasn't to be. The first 10 chalks failed before Music Is Art clicked at 4-5 in the finale. For the race week, favorites went 3-for-20 (15 percent). A LITTLE MORE: Wagering was down when compared to the comparable card from a year ago, with short fields the main culprit. During the course of the night, four fields had but six betting interests at post time. On last year's card, the average numbers of starters per race was 8.2. This year, it was 7.2. Last year, the total wagered was $2,229,350. This year, it was $1,878,057, a decrease of 15.8 percent. ... One lucky player betting into the Elite Turf Club hub raked the pot in the Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five. He or she who held the only ticket with the winning combination of 1-8-6-2-5 in the ninth race cashed in for $16,154. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $265,472. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday, June 23 Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB) at The Meadowlands began at 10am on a fast track under overcast skies with little wind, temperatures unseasonable cool in the mid-sixties. Jules Siegel sponsors BWTB via his Fashion Farms harness racing breeding operation. Tony Alagna brought six sons from the first crop of his champion pacer Captaintreacherous in to race this morning and opened the colt pacing races with a one-two finish in the 11th. Odds On Boca Raton (Zeron) sat tight behind the pace of then edged by stablemate Shipshape (Brett Miller) in 1:54.4. Shipshape went easily through the 1:27.4 three quarters with Zeron tipping his charge out for the drive and getting by the leader with minimal encouragement. The winner is owned by Dana Parham's Odds On Racing who paid $105,000 for him at the Lexington sale. Steve Stewart and Conquest Acres are the breeders. US Captain (Gingras) made the team 2 - 4 - 2 when he edged by a game Bombay Hanover (Zeron) through a 26.4 on the board end to a mile in 1:55. This precocious Captaintreacherous colt is from World Champion American Jewel and brought a winning bid of $180,000 from Myron Bell on behalf of breeder Brittany Farms, Brad Grant, Joe Barbera and US Captain Racing. Captain Ahab completed the perfect day with a 1:54.4 / 27.2 Gingras with something left. He set all the pace, was left with a big lead when the pocket sitter broke at headstretch then held sway over a late charging Duddie's Lor for the win. Captain Ahab is another Brittany bred with the farm remaining a component of the partnership with Brad Grant, Vinnie Barbera and Captain Ahab Racing that gave $100,000 for him in Lexington. Trotting fillies opened the card and The Ice Dutchess began her promising career with a 1:56.4 winning effort for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter. Takter put her on the lead from the word go with Personal Paradise (Ake Svanstedt) tracking her every move from the pocket through sociable fractions, when they straightened up he hit the gas pedal and she responded with a 27.3 final quarter. The Ice Dutchess was a $320,000 Harrisburg buy for Coyote Wind Farms and the Muscle Hill filly was bred by Stephen & David Dey. Speed Titan won the second race for Brian Sears in a forwardly placed 1:59.1. Taking over on the backstretch on the way to the 1:00 half, Speed Titan sailed home in 27.4 to win by nearly 10 lengths over Taja Mahalla (Brian Connor). The winner is trained by Marcus Melander for Rick T. Wahlstedt who paid $70,000 for the EL Titan filly in Lexington. The breeder is Kjell Magne Andersen. Trond Smedshammer won the third with the Explosive Matter filly Matterlei in 2:00.4. After leaving to the top, Trond released Ms Masterpiece and followed that rival through a 1:01.1 middle half before tipping Matterlei to the outside off the last turn for the 28.3 sprint home. Mimi'spearloflindy (Tim Tetrick) closed a bit to be second. Purple Haze Stable paid a mere $14,000 for Matterlei at Harrisburg last fall, Shanamphilankilou is the breeder. Colt trotters came around in the fourth where Gerry converted a perfect Tim Tetrick drive into a 1:58.2 / 27.1 win. The pair tracked Battenberg (David Miller) through easy numbers then jetted by that rival through the fast final quarter well in hand. Lennart Agren as SRF Stable gave $225,000 for the Muscle Hill colt at the Lexington Selected sale, KG Bertmark Hingstdepa is the breeder. Melander sent out another winner in the Muscle Hill colt Demon On The Hill (Sears). The path to victory was the tried and true go to the front, rate and sprint, with a 28 flat end to the 1:58 record over a very handy Osterc (Yannick Gingras). Vicky Trotting, Inc owns the winner, a $125,000 Harrisburg yearling bred by Walnridge Farm & Meirs. Galixton won at first asking for Ake Svanstedt in 1:58.2, closing into a 29.4 final quarter to get by Lucius Vorenus (D. Miller). He's from Trixton's first crop and was an $87,000 Lexington yearling buy for Little E, LLC, Hans Enggren and Joe Sbrocco from breeder Brittany Farms. The race was marred by The Chutzpah Kid falling at the half; happily both the "Kid" and driver Brian Connor got up and walked off. Uncle Peter had a 2:00 winner from his first crop in Super Schissel, another Takter pupil. A pocket ride behind Consus Victory was the route to success, Takter tipped his charge out in the stretch and closed in 28 and change for the score over Captain Krupnik (Svanstedt). The Ohio-bred winner was sold at the Lexington sale for $115,000 to Al Libfeld and Perry Soderberg, consigned by Coyote Wind Farms. As Time Goes By (Andy Miller) won the first of the pacing races as the Captinatreacherous lass sat a pocket to another Cap'n filly in Cash Reward (Gingras) then sprinted by that rival with a 26.2 end to the 1:56.4 mile. The winner was bought by Willow Oak Ranch and Andy for $120,000 in Lexington from breeders Steve Stewart and Birch Hollow Farms. Joe Holloway has another top filly prospect in Zero Tolerance, a Heston Blue Chip $30,000 Lexington bargain that won impressively again, this time in 1:54.2 / 26.3 in hand to Dave Miller. She set friendly fractions, fought off a hard rush from Hurrikane Norakane around the final bend then kept Izzy Hanover (Scott Zeron) and Treacherous Reign (Bret Miller) at bay late. Zero Tolerance is a Winbak bred, owned by Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz. Dave Miller came back to win with Mi Nina Bonita next, cutting the mile and holding off Odds On Clearwater (Zeron) and Michelon's Filly (Marcus Miller) through a 28.1 end to the 1:56.4 mile. Robbie Siegelman trains the $7,000 Harrisburg bargain for himself, Horowitz and Vasquez, Barry Rubenstein Farms bred her. Several colts with Hambletonian aspirations were in qualifiers today and the enigmatic Tactical Landing made a large stride in that direction for Jimmy Takter with a 1:53.1 win over another legitimate prospect in Met's Hall (Andy Miller). Celebrity Express (Dewayne Minor) went along quickly on the lead and it was mid-stretch before the pair of sophomore colts reached him, trotting official 27 final quarters to get by that rival with Tactical Landing holding off Met's Hall close by just over a length while in hand. Tae Kwon Deo made his first start state-side for Takter a winning one with an easy 1:57 effort. He comes with strong credentials from Lufti Kolgjini's stable in Sweden and was the winner of the Swedish Breeders Crown. The Muscle Hill colt was sent to Takter with the Hambletonian targeted. Complete results may be viewed on the web. Live racing resumes at The Meadowlands tonight at 7:15 pm with The Summer Wine Festival on the bill with 11 races. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It has been a long time between drinks for harness racing's 2015 Hambletonian champion Pinkman, but his extended wait to return to the winner's circle is finally over. The Jimmy Takter trainee, who last won on May 29, 2016 in a stakes event in Sweden, took the featured conditioned trot Friday night at the Meadowlands in 1:52 by a half-length over Misslarose. Opulent Yankee finished third. Prior to his score in Sweden, Pinkman's previous North American victory came in the October 10, 2015 Kentucky Futurity, two months after he hoisted Hambletonian hardware. Friday night, driver Andy McCarthy was in the sulky as Pinkman, who never saw the rail, was in a live second-over flow heading for three-quarters. He tipped off his cover in midstretch and rolled to his 19th career win in 42 starts for owners C. Takter, John and Jim Fielding, J. McClelland and H. Liverman. Lifetime, the 6-year-old gelded son of Explosive Matter has earned $2.65 million. As the 3-1 second choice in the wagering, Pinkman returned $8.00 to win. Lindy The Great, the 3-2 public choice, broke stride before the quarter. HAMBO HOPEFULS: The Paula Wellwood-trained Southwind Chrome crushed an overmatched field in a non-winners of two earlier on the card. The Hambletonian eligible, a son of Chapter Seven, was driven by Scott Zeron and completed the mile in 1:54 as the 1-5 favorite for his first-ever win in his fifth start. Zephyr Kronos, trained and driven by Takter, won a non-winners of three later in the evening. The son of Ready Cash, another Hambo eligible, scored on the front end in 1:53 as the 5-1 third choice in the wagering. A LITTLE MORE: The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $262,148. ... One lucky player walked away with $11,470 after being the only bettor to survive eight legs in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-9. ... All-source wagering on the nine-race card totaled $1,767,338. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

One of the more enticing features of the CKG Billings Series- the granddaddy of all amateur organizations-is that its members are, and have been, offered competitions on all size racetracks. Tonight eight gentlemen drivers lined-up behind the mobile starting gate on the Meadowlands mile-oval with each having visions of reaching the winners circle. But when the race was declared official it was "Joltin Joe" Pennacchio and his trusty steed Super Manning who led his rivals to the finish line while stopping the timer at a very creditable 1:55.2. Sent off as the betting favorite from post six it didn't make much difference if Super Manning ever saw the pylons, the veteran 10-year old Diamond Goal gelding raced with cover on the limb until Pennacchio moved him as they approached the three quarters. Second on the outside when the field passed that marker once they squared for home they began to put daylight between themselves and the rest of the field. At the wire Super Manning was two lengths better than runner-up Toss Cartwright, driven by Peter "Enough Talk" Kleinhans who shadowed the winner from the three quarters but came up short. "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli took home the show dough with Aventure. The winner is owned by Pennaccio's, J P Racing LLC, and trained by Allen Sisco. For Pennacchio, a retired executive, it was the 172nd career victory for the talented amateur reinsman. To say that "Joltin' Joe" currently has a hot hand would be an understatement. With the Billings season not yet half completed Pennacchio already has a start on his best year ever. He has victories in three of his last four starts and thus far this year he has 10 wins, 7 seconds and 2 thirds and a UDRS of .401 from 39 seasonal trips behind the mobile gate. by John Manzi, for the Billings Harness Driving Series    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Harness racing's pot of gold has been building for some time now, and the next player to cash in will walk away with more than a quarter-of-a-million dollars. The carryover for the Meadowlands' Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five now stands at $258,907, and the next time bettors can take a swing will be in Friday night's ninth and final race. To rake the pot, one must be the only holder of a ticket bearing the winning combination of the official top five finishers. The jackpot has not been hit in quite some time. The last time the pool was paid out was on July 29, 2017, when there was a mandatory payout. The current pot has been building since September 8th of last year. But that will not be the only mega-carryover up for grabs at the Big M. While the Big M's JSH5 carryover is the harness game's biggest, the carryover for Gulfstream Park's Rainbow Pick-6 is now $637,676, while another thoroughbred track, Belmont Park, had a Pick-6 pot that stood at $235,671 entering Wednesday's races before failing to get hit. There are a pair of harness tracks who also have noteworthy carryovers to shoot for: Pocono Downs' Rainbow Pick-5 ($107,831) and Hawthorne Racecourse's Jackpot High-Five ($81,573). All of the action from Gulfstream, Belmont, Pocono and Hawthorne will be simulcast to the Big M, as well as many other tracks that are up "on the bird". Of course, the Big M's popular 50-Cent Pick-4, which usually has a pool in the $80,000 range, will be available, with its low 15 percent takeout. Free program pages for the Meadowlands Pick-4, courtesy of Track Master, are available on the Meadowlands' website (www.playmeadowlands.com) and on the handicapping section at www.ustrotting.com. SPECTACULAR SATURDAY SIMULCAST: In addition to a live 11-race program that gets underway at 7:15 p.m., the Big M will have Pocono Downs as the featured simulcast harness track on Saturday evening (post time, 7 p.m.). The Pocono program is a true gem as eliminations for stakes events that line the 14-race card will serve as a prelude to some huge Meadowlands races that take place on July 14. The Max Hempt for 3-year-old pacers will serve as the final prep before the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace while the Ben Franklin for free-for-all pacers is a prelude to the William Haughton. The James Lynch for 3-year-old pacing fillies tees up the Big M's Mistletoe Shalee while the Earl Beal for 3-year-old trotters preps horses who are entering the Stanley Dancer, and, of course, the Hambletonian a little further down the road. DON'T WHINE, COME TO THE BIG M: The Meadowlands' Summer Wine Festival takes place Saturday with local wineries from New York and New Jersey participating. They'll be more than 25 total producers - wineries. For complete information, go to www.playmeadowlands.com. Still to come.... JUNE 30: College students can enter to win one of ten $1,000 college scholarships sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farm. Those showing a valid college ID will receive a voucher good for a $5 wager as well as a free program. They'll also a be a handicapping contest that night for those 18-30 years of age and the guaranteed prize pool of $5,000 is also being sponsored by the Gurals. JULY 7: It's Fan Appreciation Night, and it's also wiener take all, as the Big M hosts its 1st annual Wiener Dog Races. For those who own a dachshund and want to enter, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/wiener_racing_sign-up_sheet.pdf. At the conclusion of the races, stay for a fantastic fireworks display. They'll be beer and food specials all night long. There is a special early post time of 6:35 p.m. The featured event are the eliminations for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. JULY 14: The Meadowlands' signature event, the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, takes center stage. Post time is 6:35 p.m. AUGUST 4: Harness racing's signature event, the $1 million Hambletonian, brings the best 3-year-old trotters to not only the Big M, but to a national television audience (on the CBS Sports Network). Post time is noon for harness racing's biggest day. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands    

There was no change in the top four of Dave Little's Road To The Meadowlands Pace after last week's North America Cup saw Lather Up (a Pace non-eligible who can supplement if he chooses to) take the hardware. Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner(s) Dave Little’s Comments   1 Stay Hungry ($616,384 – 1:50)   D. McNair, T. Alagna B. Grant, I. Samelman   The trip worked out well in The Cup, but there was no explosiveness like there was the week before in his elim. Alagna: “I thought the trip was good but I was not thrilled with the way he raced. After the race, he did not have a clean scope, so I think he’ll bounce right back”. He’ll need to. He’s in the second of two Hempt Eliminations Saturday night at Pocono. Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Final – 4th (1:49) 2 Dorsoduro Hanover ($160,168 – 1:50.1) M. Kakaley, R. Burke Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi, Wingfield Five Took the week off after finishing seventh in his Cup Elim. Burke: “His elim was a total disaster but everything seems fine with him and, hopefully, we can turn it around this week.” He’s drawn post 5 in Hempt Elim 1. Last Race: 6/9 – Wbsb – NA Cup Elim – 7th (1:51.1) 3 Lost In Time ($718,723 – 1:50.1) S. Zeron, J. Takter Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva, W. Rufenacht, Ric Flair Stable Was racing 10th at the half in The Cup before storming home to grab the show dough in a superb mile. Takter: “I thought he raced tremendous. It was impossible for him to win from that spot, especially when they are sprinting home like they did. We are taking the Hempt off to get ready for The Pace.” Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Final – 3rd (1:48.4) 4 This Is The Plan ($240,372 – 1:50.2) T. Tetrick, C. Ryder C. Ryder, R. Mondillo The plan was to skip The Cup and get ready for the Hempt (Elim 1, Post 1). Ryder: “I’m very happy with him. I think he’s on the Improve. The (four-week) layoff is to his advantage.” It is? How come? His trainer kidded: “Because I told you so!” Last Race: 5/28 – PcD – Pa All-Stars – 3rd (1:50.3) 5 Thinkbig Dreambig ($38,500 – 1:49.2) Y. Gingras, J. Takter Brixton Medical Inc., J. Fielding, G. Anderberg, G. Falk   Takter talks about this colt like a dad would his favorite son: “I love him. That’s why I keep driving him. He raced so well at Pocono (on June 11, when he won in 1:51). He’s so professional. As far as The Pace, we just don’t know yet if he will be there.” The son of Bettor’s Delight followed up that June 11 score with another nine days later. Why wouldn’t Takter love him? Last Race: 6/20 – Phl – NW3 – 1st (1:52.2) 6 Nutcracker Sweet ($190,582 – 1:50.2) D. Miller, J. Takter H. Taylor, Order By Stable, R. Lombardo   Had to rough it first-over in 1:21.3 to three-quarters in The Cup, ended up sixth after being done in by a bad trip. Takter: “I thought he went a helluva race. He had to go four-wide into the first turn. Turning for home, he was side-by-side with the winner (Lather Up). Given the trip he went, he lost seven or eight lengths.” He’s In Hempt Elim 3 from post 4. Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Final – 6th (1:49.2) 7 Babes Dig Me ($121,697 – 1:52.3Q) B. Miller, T. Alagna B.J. Grant, J. Sbrocco, J. Leblanc, In The Gym Partners   Nice rebound after a sixth-place finish in his elim, rallying to get second in The Cup Consolation. Alagna: “He showed up and was really good. He’s in a tough division (Post 2 in Elim 3) in the Hempt and will have to bring his “A” game.” Off a nice try, maybe that’s exactly what he’ll have on tap. Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Consolation – 2nd (1:50) 8 American History ($94,243 – 1:49.1) Y. Gingras, T. Alagna Brittany Farms, M. Katz, American History Racing   Never saw the rail, ended up in a third-over flow and was never in contention in the Cup. Alagna: “That was a total clunker. There was really no reason why. He scoped a little bit of mucus but I figured there would have been more given how he did. We’ll race him in an overnight at the Meadowlands next week, and if all goes as it should, he will be in The Pace.” Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Final – 10th (1:50.3) 9 Captain Deo ($28,867 – 1:50.2) D. McNair, T. Alagna Alagna Racing, J. Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners, Captain Deo Partners   Kicked home in :26.2 to grab a fifth-place check in the Cup Consolation. Alagna: “He raced really good, he was just a little too far back. He’ll go in an overnight next week and then it’s off to the Meadowlands Pace.” Last Race: 6/16 – Wbsb – NA Cup Consolation – 5th (1:50.3) 10 I’m A Big Deal ($110,344 – 1:50.2) G. Napolitano Jr., C. Ryder C. Henderson, R. Mondillo, C. Ryder   The other RTTMP member from the Ryder barn who also did not participate in the Cup. Opted to get a race by facing older foes at the Big M, which resulted in a sixth-place finish. Ryder: “The positive was that he got a tightener. He’s not a good closer, so I’m hoping he gets to the top at Pocono.” He’s in Elim 2, post 5. Last Race: 6/16 – M1 – NW$11,500 – 6th (1:51)   KEY PREP RACES MEADOWLANDS PACE ELIGIBLES IN CAPS – Supplements are permitted per the conditions of the race Date Stakes Site Winner Trainer Driver 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time                   5/5 PA Sire Stakes   Mea   THIS IS THE PLAN C. Ryder D. Palone BABES DIG ME Record Machine 1:53   PA Sire Stakes   Mea   DORSODURO HANOVER R. Burke J. Pantaleano Wes Delight CAPTAIN DEO 1:50.3                   5/19 PA Sire Stakes PcD I’M A BIG DEAL C. Ryder G. Napolitano Jr. GRAND TETON Whos Better 1:50.2   PA Sire Stakes PcD DORSODURO HANOVER R. Burke M. Kakaley THIS IS THE PLAN PRO BEACH 1:50.1   PA Sire Stakes PcD   Wes Delight M. Harder C. Callahan LOST IN TIME STAY HUNGRY 1:50.4 5/20 OnSS Gold Flm Backstreet Shadow R. McNair D. McNair St Lads Neptune Wind Blast 1:52.3   OnSS Gold Flm Western Passage C. Coleman D. McNair Levis Day SHADOW MOON 1:53.4 5/26 Art Rooney Final YR Trump Nation C. Oakes J. Bartlett Minnie Vinnie BABES DIG ME 1:51.3 5/28 NYSS VD 1 Courtly Choice B. MacIntosh D. Miller Hitman Hill Real Surreal 1:48.4   NYSS VD AMERICAN HISTORY T. Alagna Y. Gingras Rock Lights Heavenly Sound 1:49.1   NYSS VD My Delight H. Hochstetler M. Miller Lyons Steel Ostro Hanover 1:49.4 6/1 NJSS Final M1 Melanie’s Fran K. Mc Dermott D. Miller Hypnotico - 1:56.3 6/2 Somebeachsmwhere Moh Burning Midnight C. Giles T. Henry Simple Kinda Man GRAND TETON 1:50.4   Somebeachsmwhere Moh Lather Up C. Francis M. Teague St Lads Neptune Scouts Report 1:50.3   Somebeachsmwhere Moh Jimmy Freight R. Moreau L. Roy LOST IN TIME When You Dance 1:50.2 6/9 NA Cup Elim Moh STAY HUNGRY T. Alagna D. McNair Done Well HAYDEN HANOVER 1:50   NA Cup Elim Moh Wes Delight M. Harder C. Callahan NUTCRACKER SWEET AMERICAN HISTORY 1:50.2   NA Cup Elim Moh Lather Up C. Francis M. Teague St Lads Neptune Hitman Hill 1:49.2 6/10 NYSS Tioga Springsteen R. Allard D. Miller Real Surreal I Soar Him First 1:51   NYSS Tioga Heavenly Sound B. Saunders A. McCarthy Ideal Feeling Trump Nation 1:50.4   NYSS Tioga Keystone Tenacious P. Kelley M. MacDonald My Delight TWIN B TUFFENUFF 1:52.1 6/16 NA Cup Final Moh Lather Up C. Francis M. Teague Done Well LOST IN TIME 1:48.1 6/18 NYSS MR TOPVILLE OLYMPIAN D. Menary J. Stratton Mr Profeta TWIN B TUFFENUFF 1:55   NYSS MR Ghost Dance E. Adams S. Zeron Rockapelo     ...

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -On Saturday June 23rd, the wine will flow at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment for the Summer Wine Festival. Doors open for VIP at 4:30 pm with General Admission at 5:30 pm and wine is poured until 9:30 pm. Fest-goers will experience an evening of great wines from around the world, live-harness racing, music and food. 83 wineries are being showcased including vineyards from Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Germany, New Jersey, Washington, New Zealand, and of course California. Festival goers will be sampling Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Champagne, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Prosecco, Rosè, Sangrias, Merlot, Cabernet and Moscato. New Jersey will be represented by Heritage Vineyards' rose¨ blend, red blend, and blueberry wine and Tomasello Winery's cranberry, cherry and blueberry fruit wines. Alba Vineyards will also be showcased with five selections including their Chelsea Dry Rose¨, Blueberry, Mainsail White, Estate Chardonnay and Estate Riesling. Rose¨ Piscine, a award winning piscine-style French Rosè specifically made to drink over ice will also be poured at the festival. Another exciting producer appearing at the Summer Wine Festival is FitVine. FitVine's wines go through an extended fermentation process that lowers sugar levels and produces wines under 118 calories per glass. These are wines perfect for those with active, healthy lifestyles. The VIP ticket holders are getting an extraordinary selection of wines that they can exclusively sample. The list includes: Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial, Stags Leap Viognier, Barton & Guiester Chateauneuf Du Pape, Gran Appasso Rosso Passito Red Blend, and Artesa Pinot Noir. There is also a VIP Rose¨ All Day Table featuring Rosè from Amelia, Rosehaven, Fleur De Mer & Prophecy. An up to date winery and wine list is available at https://meadowlandsracetrack.ticketleap.com/2018-meadowlands-racetrack-wine-festival/details . The Summer Wine Fest will be held in the Backyard and on the East Apron and will open to the public at 4:30 pm for VIP admission. The VIP ticket is $75 and includes an additional 1 hour of sampling, exclusive VIP Tent wine samplings, and food. General Admission begins at 5:30 pm and is available in advance for $35 or at the door for $45. Live harness racing kicks off at 7:15 pm. To purchase tickets : https://meadowlandsracetrack.ticketleap.com/2018-meadowlands-racetrack-wine-festival/dates/Jun-23-2018_at_0430PM by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

Wolfgang vaults to number one in Ken Warkentin’s Road to the Hambletonian Week 5.   Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Wolfgang Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Stables, Fair Island Farm, Inc. Opened up his 3YO season dominating the Goodtimes in 1:52.2 & 1:52.1, Takter said, “This is a special horse.  He was really big & immature last year, but got better & better.  I don’t think we’ve seen a limit in him yet.”  Stanley Dancer Memorial is next. 2 Fourth Dimension Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant, Inc Dan Patch Award winner with a mark of 1:52.4 won his second qualifier @ the Big M in 1:53.3, set the pace & finished second [1:52.4] in a track record 1:52.2 NYSS @ Tioga Downs on June 15 3 Alarm Detector Trevor Henry, Benoit Baillargeon, Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel & Santo Vena O’Brien Award winner who set a Canadian record of 1:52.4 in William Wellwood Memorial won his 3YO debut in a Goodtimes elimination in 1:53.3, a roughed up third [1:53.2] in Final 4 Six Pack Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt Inc, Little E, Stall Kalmar FF, Lars Berg 2YO NYSS champion @ made it three-for-three in 2018 @ Vernon Downs, 1:53.1, 1:52.1 and a track record 1:51.2 in the EBC Final on May 28, did not race last two weeks 5 You Know You Do Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Sam Goldband Peter Haughton Memorial winner in 1:54.2 & Wm. Wellwood runner up, won three Big M qualifiers, broke & finished ninth as the heavy favorite in PA All-Stars division @ Pocono Downs on June 17 6 Evaluate Corey Callahan, Marcus Melander, Stall TZ Inc PASS winner in 1:51.4 @ Pocono Downs on May 26 in only his sixth career start, won a N/W 4 @ Pocono on June 12 in 1:53.3 7 Moosonee Christopher Beaver, Winterbeary Farm Ltd. Won a PASS division in 1:54 @ The Meadows, second to You Know You Do @ Pocono Downs on May 26, won a Currier & Ives division in career best 1:53.4 on June 6, did not race last week 8 Patent Leather Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms LLC Son of Broadway Hall was second [1:54] to Moosonee on June 6, won a PA All-Stars division in 1:52.3 on June 17, Jim Campbell was also second by a nose with Crystal Fashion in 1:52.2 9 Met’s Hall Andy Miller, Julie Miller, Stroy, Inc. Andy Miller Stable, Inc. Grand Circuit winner @ Red Mile & runner up in Breeders Crown, first qualifier was a fifth [1:55.3] behind Fourth Dimension on June 2, did not race/qualify last two weeks 10 Samo Different Day Jimmy Takter, Christina Takter, Samo Partners Second in the Peter Haughton, third in Breeders Crown & Valley Victory, second Matron Final, fourth [1:54.1] in his 3YO debut, fourth [1:53.1] in PA All-Stars division @ Pocono Downs on June 17   KEY PREP RACES Date Stakes Site Winner Trainer Driver 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time 05/05 Dexter Cup Fhld Lindy’s Big Bang Nifty Norman Dave Miller DON Perlucky 1:56.1 05/11 NYSS VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt Voss Volo CRUISING IN STYLE 1:53.1 05/11 NYSS VD Helpisontheway Linda Toscano Tim Tetrick Clive Bigsby VIC’S WINNER 1:55 05/11 NYSS VD DON Julie Miller Andy Miller CLASSICHAP Seven Iron 1:54.3 05/18 NJSS M SHOSHIE DEO Deshawn Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:56.2 05/18 E. Breeders Elim VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt Helpisontheway CLASSICHAP 1:52.1 05/18 E. Breeders Elim VD Seven Iron Linda Toscano Tim Tetrick On The Ropes Voss Volo 1:54.2 05/19 PASS Mea What’s The Word Janice Conner Corey Callahan HILL STREET DAWSON SPRINGS 1:54.1 05/19 PASS Mea CAPTAIN MORGAN Staffan Lind Christian Lind EVALUATE Im Your Captain 1:54.1 05/19 PASS Mea MOOSONEE Chris Beaver Aaron Merriman FASHIONWOODCHOPPER GEMOLOGIST 1:54 05/19 PASS Mea Donatover Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer CRYSTAL FASHION MISSLE HILL 1:54.4 05/25 NJSS M SHOSHIE DEO Dewayne Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:53.4 05/26 PASS PcD EVALUATE Marcus Melander Corey Callahan CAPTAIN MORGAN Make It A Double 1:51.4 05/26 PASS PcD YOU KNOW YOU DO Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras MOOSONEE Scirocco Rob 1:53.2 05/26 PASS PcD Whats The Word Janice Connor Corey Callahan HILL STREET Donatover 1:53.2 05/28 E. Breeders Final VD SIX PACK Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt SOUTHWIND CHROME Clive Bigsby 1:51.2 06/01 NJSS Final M SHOSHIE DEO Dewayne Minor George Brennan U NEED STONES Brutal Storm 1:53.4 06/06 Currier & Ives Mea MOOSONEE Chris Beaver Aaron Merriman PATENT LEATHER RICH AND MISERABLE 1:53.4 06/06 Currier & Ives Mea CRYSTAL FASHION Jim Campbell Tim Tetrick Scirocco Rob MEADOWBRANCH RICKY 1:56.2 06/08 Goodtimes Elim Moh WOLFGANG Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras LAWMAKER Run Director 1:52.2 06/08 Goodtimes Elim Moh ALARM DETECTOR Benoit Baillargeon Trevor Henry Fiftydallarbill CRUISING IN STYLE 1:53.1 06/16 Goodtimes Final Moh WOLFGANG Jimmy Takter Yannick Gingras Stormont Ventnor ALARM DETECTOR 1:52.1            

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It wasn't your typical Saturday night at the Meadowlands. In addition to the usual competitive 11-race program and simulcast of the C$1 million North America Cup from Woodbine Mohawk Park, the mile oval hosted something a bit unusual. The seventh-annual editions of the Ostrich Derby and Cameltonian were contested, much to the delight of the huge crowd that gathered on a beautiful evening. In the Ostrich Derby, Olive Petal had a strong late rally to record the win, Geisha had good foot from between rivals to get second, with Smooty's Poof settling for third. The Cameltonian saw I Got Patience get away well at the start and go on to an easy victory over Military Catman, Lord Clairol and Old Man Dan, who had a rough go of it at the start. WESTERN FAME TAKES FEATURE: After finishing second a week ago behind All Bets Off, who was establishing a national-season's record of 1:48, Western Fame appeared more than ready to win the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers, which he did, in 1:49.1. Driver Andy McCarthy put the 5-year-old son of Western Ideal on the point just after the quarter and was then permitted to rate the middle half in :55.3 before sprinting home in :26.1 to win for trainer Jimmy Takter. Emeritus Maximus was a length back in second. Bettor's Edge finished third. As the 4-5 favorite, Western Fame paid $3.80 to win. A LITTLE MORE: One lucky player wagering into the Oregon hub was the only holder of a winning 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 ticket, and for surviving all 10 legs of the wager, he or she walked away with $13,953. ... McCarthy won three races on the program, while Vinny Ginsburg, Jim Marohn Jr. and Eric Abbatiello won two apiece. ... All-source wagering on the 11-race card totaled $1,764,225. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $258,907. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

East Rutherford, NJ - Breakfast With The Babies sponsored by Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms took place at The Meadowlands on a grand Saturday morning with clear skies, little breeze and temps in the mid-70's at 10am.   It turned out to be Father Patrick day as that first crop sire had five winners in the seven trotting races. an impressive showing indeed.   Trotting fillies opened the card with Whispering Oaks a 1:57.3 win, the second in a many appearances for the imposing $100,000 (LEX Select) Father Patrick filly. Yannick Gingras sat chilly with Whispering Oaks tight on the back of Frauline Blucher (Marcus Johansson) as that rival set moderate fractions, then tipped his charge as they turned home and she exploded by with a 28 flat final quarter.   Jimmy Takter trains the winner for Brixton Medical, Herb Liverman and RAW Equine. Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband are the breeders.   Father Patrick got another credit when Devilish Delight won the second race in 1:58 / 28.4 for Andy McCarthy. She did it all on her own, setting comfortable fractions then sprinted home to easily hold Caviart Jenny (Johansson) and the rest of the field at bay. Tom Dillion paid $80,000 for Devilish Delight in Lexington last fall, buying from breeder Kentuckiana Farms. Jonas Czernyson trains.   Special Honor by, guess who, Father Patrick took the third for Andy Miller in 1:58.1 / 27.4. She converted a perfect trip, tracking Given (Gingras) until headstretch then ground past that stubborn rival as they neared the wire. Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld bred and own Special Honor.   The fourth race this morning saw two talented, well-bred filly trotters square-off and it went as if scripted. The Muscle Hill x Sina lass Beautiful Sin (Gingras) wore down French Café (Andy Miller), another Father Patrick this one from Creamy Mimi, through a stretch-long battle to win in 1:56.4 / 28.1.   While Isolde (Dave Miller) was rank on the lead early through fast fractions, French Café followed in the pocket before gliding by that rival around the final bend with Beautiful Sin in close pursuit. In the stretch both fillies dug in gamely and it did take a photo to determine Beautiful Sin as the winner. Lennart Agrin paid $480,000 for Beautiful Sin at the Lexington sale last fall and she races under his SRF Stable banner for trainer Jimmy Takter. Jeff Gural and the Moon Goddesses bred and raised the winner.   Colt trotters came around in the 5th and Kredit Karma (David Miller) led all the way to win in 1:58.2 / 27.4 over Amico Mio B (Jordan Stratton). The winner was a $110,000 (LEX Select) Credit Winner bred by Steve Jones and Fair Winds Farm and now owned by Our Horse Cents Stable. Marcus Melander is the trainer.   Hudson River became yet another credit for Father Patrick when he won in 1:58.2 with trainer Jimmy Takter at the lines. Hudson River took the field by the 1:00.3 half, yielded to stablemate and eventual second place finisher Gerris Trix (Gingras) then trotted by that one in deep stretch for the score. Hudson River is a homebred racing for Christina Takter and Goran Falk.   Saving perhaps the best for last and making five winners on the day for Father Patrick was the highly regarded colt Greenshoe. He turned heads when he won in 1:55 with the greatest of ease two weeks ago and returned with another impressive win this morning, albeit a bit slower in 1:56.1 / 28.1 with Brian Sears driving for trainer Marcus Melander.   Greenshoe was pretty fresh scoring and anxious behind the gate but Sears was able to soothe him away with the good colt Don't Let'em (Gingras) landing on his back. Moderate fractions ensued with no real trotting done until midway through the stretch when Gingras moved Don't Let'em out to challenge and made a bit ground but couldn't threaten the winner. Anders Strom using his nom d'course of Courant, Inc bought the Greenshoe in Lexington last fall for $330,000 from breeders Libfeld and Katz.   JK American Beauty took the first pacing race in 1:56.1 for Tim Tetrick. She was just up over Wicked N Wonderful (Gingras) with Mollydooker going off stride when pacing fast at the wire. Nancy Johansson trains the American Ideal filly for owner/breeder 3 Brothers Stable.   Hurrikane Norakane (Dan Dube) was a 1:56.3 winner for trainer John Mc Dermott, Jr. Trapped until very late, when a seam appeared the Art Major filly shot through to nip Odds On Clearwater (Scott Zeron). Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investments and George Vierno own the $24,000 Harrisburg purchase who was bred by Twinbrook LTD.   Blood Money (Gingras), representing the first crop by Sweet Lou, took the 10th in 1:54.2 / 27 just holding off the furious late rally of Hurrikane Emperor (Dube). The homebred is now two for two for Takter and Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Racing.   The exact same connections came right back to win the last of the 2-year-old races with Blacklight in 1:56 / 27.2. Yannick held the Somebeachsomewhere colt from champion mare I Luv The Nitelife well back early then unleashed him in deep stretch to nail Waterway (Brett Miller) in the last step. Another good Diamond Creek homebred prospect in the Takter barn.   Hey Blondie took a handy qualifier in 1:53.2 for Andy McCarthy in a race where Tactical Landing set brisk fractions before rolling off stride as they turned home.   Live racing tonight at The Meadowlands highlighting the annual appearance by the Camel and Ostriches.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Shady McCoy and Kaitlyn N both displayed high speed in taking the co-features at the Meadowlands Friday night. Shady McCoy won the fifth race conditioned trot in a lifetime-best equaling 1:53.2 for trainer-driver Eric Abbatiello. The 5-year-old gelded son of S J's Caviar cleared the lead just after the quarter, and after sprinting home in :28.1, hit the wire 2¼ lengths in front of Gold Medal Swan. Zlatan was third. As the 3-1 third choice in the wagering, Shady McCoy paid $8.40 to win. Kaitlyn N took the sixth race conditioned pace for fillies and mares in a lifetime-best 1:51.1 for the Delaware-based trainer-driver team of Joshua Parker and Art Stafford Jr. The 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal sprinted to the lead in :27, rebuffed a challenge by OK Heavenly at three-quarters, and then reported home a 2-length winner. OK Heavenly held the place spot with Rockin Praline grabbing third. As the even-money favorite, Kaitlyn N returned $4.00 to her backers, winning for the fourth time in her last five starts. Earlier on the card, Hambletonian hopeful Zephyr Kronos scored as the 1-5 favorite in a lifetime-best equaling 1:53.3 for trainer-driver Jimmy Takter in a conditioned trot. Takter was unhurried with his pupil, who's now three-for-seven in his career, getting away last before making his way toward the leaders heading past the half. The son of Ready Cash continued to move well all the way to the wire, which he hit a safe neck in front of Dawson Springs. A LITTLE MORE: Nine different drivers won one race apiece on the card. ... Favorites ruled the night, as five public choices visited the winner's circle. ... All-source wagering on the nine-race program was $1,583,322. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, swelling the carryover to $255,625. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Curiosity seekers will want to come out and see the seventh-annual Camel and Ostrich Derbies, which will be contested after the third (ostriches) and eighth (camels) races. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

The 93rd Hambletonian at the Meadowlands will feature a bet that takes horseplayers back to the future - a Hambletonian Future wager. Beginning at noon (EDT) on Friday, June 22, wagering will open on the first of three pools for the $1 million Hambletonian race conducted Saturday, August 4 at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ. Wagering will be available at racetrack and online sites throughout North America and internationally until Sunday, June 24 at 10:00 p.m. (EDT) when the first Future pool will close. A team of harness racing analysts and handicappers led by Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin, whose Road to the Hambletonian annually tracks the leading candidates to the race, will select a group of 14 trotters out of the 235 colts, fillies and geldings that remain eligible to start in the Hambletonian after the final February 15 payment. Though fillies have their own division in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, several have started in the $1 million event for males in recent years, most recently world champion Mission Brief, who was second to Pinkman in 2015. The connections of two fillies, Manchego and Atlanta, have not ruled out the richer division yet. The horses in each of the pools will be listed in alphabetical order. The mutuel field will consist of the remaining horses eligible to the 93rd edition of America's Trotting Classic, including all fillies eligible to the Oaks. There are no supplements permitted to the Hambletonian or Oaks. The minimum future wager is $1.00 and all future wagers are win wagering only. The winner of each pool will be determined by the official first-place finisher in the 2018 Hambletonian. The second future pool will open Friday, July 20 and close Sunday, July 22. The third and final future wager pool will open Wednesday, August 1, when the entries and elimination heats will be sorted, and close on Friday, August 3, Hambletonian eve. The Hambletonian Future Wager will be set-up in the tote system as one separate event. The event code is MZH and the future wager pools will be placed as follows: * Race 1: Hambletonian Future Wager Pool 1 June 22 Opens at noon (EDT) - June 24 Closes at 10:00 pm (EDT) * Race 2: Hambletonian Future Wager Pool 2 July 20 Opens at noon (EDT) - July 22 Closes at 10:00 pm (EDT) * Race 3: Hambletonian Future Wager Pool 3 Aug. 1 Opens at noon (EDT) - Aug. 3 Closes at 10:00 pm (EDT) Past performance lines for the Hambletonian eligible horses will be available free of charge on the Meadowlands website playmeadowlands.com. All rules and updates can be found there and on www.Hambletonian.com. by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

Stay Hungry moved to the top of the Crawford Farms Road to the Meadowlands Pace off a sensational score in his North America Cup elimination, as the countdown to the Big M's signature event is now at four weeks   Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner(s) Dave Little’s Comments   1 Stay Hungry ($561,664 – 1:50)   D. McNair, T. Alagna B. Grant, I. Samelman   Ferocious stretch drive led to victory in the first of three North America Cup eliminations, earning him the top spot in the Top 10. Trainer’s decision to qualify the week before worked to perfection. Alagna: “The qualifier was encouraging and he responded just as we’d hoped. He’s lightly raced, but that’s the way we handled Captaintreacherous.” A good way to go. Captaintreacherous won both the NA Cup and Meadowlands Pace in 2013. Last Race: 6/9 – Wbsb – NA Cup Elim – 1st (1:50) 2 Dorsoduro Hanover ($160,168 – 1:50.1) M. Kakaley, R. Burke Burke Racing, Silva, Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi, Wingfield Five Had a rough go of it in Elim 2, going a tough trip before finishing seventh. Burke: “He was forced wide around a breaking horse and the track was not playing to horses who were making early moves. I’m not panicked about it. He’ll take the week off. The Hempt will be next.” Last Race: 6/9 – Wbsb – NA Cup Elim – 7th (1:51.1) 3 Lost In Time ($636,643 – 1:50.1) S. Zeron, J. Takter Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva, W. Rufenacht, Ric Flair Stable Copped the last spot in the NA Cup Final by finishing fourth in his elim, then having his name drawn when the three fourth-place finishers’ names were put in a hat. Saturday will mark his second start since a major head pole adjustment. Maybe part-owner Ric Flair can teach him the Figure Four, a move the wrestling great used to finish off his opponents. Last Race: 6/9 – Wbsb – NA Cup Elim – 4th (1:50.2) 4 This Is The Plan ($240,372 – 1:50.2) T. Tetrick, C. Ryder C. Ryder, R. Mondillo Opted to not go to toronto with either of his colts in the Top 10. How’s This Is The Plan doing? Ryder: “Very well. I’m very happy with him. We are going to train him and go right to the Hempt.” Hey Chris, since you are not in the race, who do you like in the NA Cup? “Teague’s horse (Lather Up, who won the third elim impressively in 1:49.2.).” Last Race: 5/28 – PcD – Pa All-Stars – 3rd (1:50.3) 5 American History ($86,643 – 1:49.1) Y. Gingras, T. Alagna Brittany Farms, M. Katz, American History Racing   Displayed high speed, settled for third in Elim 2 as the 9-5 favorite. Alagna: “He was used pretty good to get to the lead. He was very good. He trained back super Wednesday morning. He’s ready for a solid effort.” Last Race: 6/9 – Wbsb – NA Cup Elim – 3rd (1:50.3) 6 Thinkbig Dreambig ($31,500 – 1:49.2) Y. Gingras, J. Takter Brixton Medical Inc., J. Fielding, G. Anderberg, G. Falk   Continued his Cinderella march toward a possible Meadowlands Pace start by bullying an overmatched field at 1-9 at Pocono in what was only his third-ever start. Given how wide-open this crop looks, why not him on the second Saturday in July? Takter: “It’s possible he could be there.” Last Race: 6/11 – PcD – NW2 – 1st (1:51) 7 Nutcracker Sweet ($182,982 – 1:50.2) D. Miller, J. Takter H. Taylor, Order By Stable, R. Lombardo   Peaking at just the right time? Takter trainee flew home at 28-1 to miss a neck to Elim 2 winner Wes Delight in what was by far his best start of the year. Fresh horse makes just his fourth start of the season and could be one for those seeking a big price. Last Race: 6/9 – Wbsb – NA Cup Elim – 2nd (1:50.2) 8 Babes Dig Me ($107,447 – 1:52.3Q) B. Miller, T. Alagna B.J. Grant, J. Sbrocco, J. Leblanc, In The Gym Partners   Never left the rail in a sixth-place finish in his elim but his trainer still believes he’s a player. Alagna: “He was the victim of a bad trip. He trained super Wednesday morning.” He’s in the NA Cup Consolation. Last Race: 6/9 – Wbsb – NA Cup Elim – 6th (1:50.3) 9 Captain Deo ($26,017 – 1:50.2) D. McNair, T. Alagna Alagna Racing, J. Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners, Captain Deo Partners   Never got close in his elim after departing from post 10. Will face stablemate Babes Dig Me as well as fellow Meadowlands Pace eligibles Major Authority and Dragon Time in the consolation. Alagna: “The plan is for all four of my horses to be there at the Meadowlands Pace.” Last Race:6/9 – Wbsb – NA Cup Elim – 7th (1:51) 10 I’m A Big Deal ($110,344 – 1:50.2) G. Napolitano Jr., C. Ryder C. Henderson, R. Mondillo, C. Ryder   The other RTTMP member from the Ryder barn who also did not participate in the Cup. Ryder: “He’s racing Saturday at the Meadowlands (facing older horses). I just wanted to get a race in him.” Then, it’s on to the Hempt. Last Race: 5/28 – PcD – Pa All-Stars – 2nd (1:51.3)      

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace is a just little more than four weeks away (July 14), which means the final major prep before the Big M's signature race - the C$1 million North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers at Woodbine Mohawk Park - is the highlighted simulcast event this Saturday night at the mile oval. The 35th edition of Canada's richest harness race will head to the gate at 10:40 p.m. Lather Up, Wes Delight and Stay Hungry were the winners of last week's three eliminations. The NA Cup will have five Meadowlands Pace eligibles get behind the starting gate: Stay Hungry, American History, Hayden Hanover, Lost In Time and Nutcracker Sweet. It should be noted that supplementing to the Meadowlands Pace is still on the table for interested connections. Also on the NA Cup program, which will have a mandatory High-5 payout on the last race (the carryover was at $160,000 at the conclusion of racing Tuesday), are the C$250,000 Armbro Flight for trotting fillies and mares (featuring Hannelore Hanover), C$266,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old trotters, C$415,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers and the C$370,000 Roses Are Red for pacing fillies and mares. Post time for the 15-race program is 6:30 p.m. CAMEL AND OSTRICH DERBIES: On Saturday night at the Meadowlands, patrons will be in for something a little different as the sixth annual Camel and Ostrich Derbies are certain to bring out both the hardcore and the curious. The camels and ostriches will race in between the live action, with the ostriches hitting the track after the third race and the camels after the eighth. TRY FOR A QUARTER-MILLION: Friday night's ninth and final race will offer harness racing's pot of gold, as the carryover for the Big M's Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five now stands at $252,765. As usual, the pools for the track's signature Pick-4 have been big. During the month of June, the average pool has been $84,777. Both the Late JSH5 and Pick-4 sport low 15 percent takeouts. Free program pages for the Meadowlands Pick-4, courtesy of Track Master, are available on the Meadowlands' website (www.playmeadowlands.com) and on the handicapping section at www.ustrotting.com. Live racing at the Meadowlands is this Friday and Saturday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Coming attractions.... JUNE 23: The Meadowlands' Summer Wine Festival takes place with local wineries from New York and New Jersey participating. They'll be more than 25 total producers - wineries. For complete information, go to www.playmeadowlands.com. JUNE 30: College students can enter to win one of ten $1,000 college scholarships sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farm. Those showing a valid college ID will receive a voucher good for a $5 wager as well as a free program. They'll also a be a handicapping contest that night for those 18-30 years of age and the guaranteed prize pool of $5,000 is also being sponsored by the Gurals. JULY 7: It's Fan Appreciation Night, and it's also wiener take all, as the Big M hosts its 1st annual Wiener Dog Races. For those who own a dachshund and want to enter, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/wiener_racing_sign-up_sheet.pdf. At the conclusion of the races, stay for a fantastic fireworks display. They'll be beer and food specials all night long. There is a special early post time of 6:35 p.m. The featured event are the eliminations for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. JULY 14: The Meadowlands' signature event, the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, takes center stage. Post time is 6:35 p.m. AUGUST 4: Harness racing's signature event, the $1 million Hambletonian, brings the best 3-year-old trotters to not only the Big M, but to a national television audience (on the CBS Sports Network). Post time is noon for harness racing's biggest day. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands    

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands resumes live racing on Friday with a nine race card beginning at 7:15 pm.   The overnight mix is highlighted by a few Hambletonian eligibles sprinkled over the program, including a very interesting Jimmy Takter pupil. Takter has a barn load of Hambo horses including a few intriguing prospects that have kept a very low profile, Zephyr Kronos among those.   By International classic winning sire Ready Cash, Orange Kronos raced but twice at age 2 but Takter and company recognized the talent enough to put the colt away early and count on time to season him.   The early returns would lean toward that being time well spent, though Zephyr Kronos still requires careful handling and has been driven by the trainer in all starts this season, the speed is evident. He has exhibited a wicked turn of foot on several occasions with sub 27 second final quarters a regular occurrence on his past performance lines.   The pair will leave from post two in a short field of six in the second race where he'll find a pair of potential Hambo rivals in Dawson Springs and U Need Stones.   With the Hambletonian now just seven weeks hence, Takter will have to ask the hard questions soon to determine whether Zephyr Kronos is indeed worthy of owners Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz, Perry Soderberg and Jimmy's wife Christina's patience and investment.   The last race Jackpot Hi-5 carryover pool is now in excess of $250,000. You can find free past performances for that and the Pick 4 on the web.   by Nick Saliv, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -On Saturday June 23rd, the wine will flow at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment for the Summer Wine Festival. Doors open for VIP at 4:30 pm with General Admission at 5:30 pm and wine is poured until 9:30 pm. Fest-goers will experience an evening of great wines from around the world, live-harness racing, music and food. Over 30 wineries are participating including ones from Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, New Jersey, California, South Africa and Oregon. Festival goers will be sampling Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Champagne, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Prosecco, Rose, Sangria, Merlot, Cabernet and much more. New Jersey will be represented by Heritage Vineyards showcasing their rosè blend, red blend, and blueberry wine and Tomasello Winery pouring their cranberry, cherry and blueberry fruit wines. New Jersey's Alba Vineyards will also be onsite pouring five selections including their Chelsea Dry Rosè, Blueberry, Mainsail White, Estate Chardonnay and Estate Riesling. Rose Piscine, a award winning piscine-style French Rose specifically made to drink over ice will also be poured at the festival. Another exciting producer appearing at the Summer Wine Festival is FitVine. FitVine's wines go through an extended fermentation process that lowers sugar levels and produces wines under 118 calories per glass. These are wines perfect for those with active, healthy lifestyles. A winery and wine list is available at https://meadowlandsracetrack.ticketleap.com/2018-meadowlands-racetrack-wine-festival/details . The list will be updated as wineries are confirmed. The Summer Wine Fest will be held in the Backyard and on the East Apron and will open to the public at 4:30 pm for VIP admission. The VIP ticket is $75 and includes an additional 1 hour of sampling, exclusive VIP Tent wine samplings, and food. General Admission begins at 5:30 pm and is available in advance for $35 or at the door for $45. Live harness racing kicks off at 7:15 pm. To purchase tickets : https://meadowlandsracetrack.ticketleap.com/2018-meadowlands-racetrack-wine-festival/dates/Jun-23-2018_at_0430PM by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands .

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