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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In one of the tightest harness racing photo finishes anyone has ever seen, Sweet Rock held off Sicily at the wire in the Saturday night $22,500 conditioned pacing feature at the Meadowlands. Sicily, who was sent off at odds of 5-1, was quickest away from the gate from post 5 into the first turn, but 5-2 second choice Sweet Rock (post 6) was even faster to the quarter, hitting that station in :26.2. A rated second fraction of :28.2 would follow as 2-1 favorite Americanprimetime joined the fray from first-over and made steady progress, racing only three-quarters of a length behind the leader at the three-quarter mark as Sicily remained in the two hole. Through the stretch, Sweet Rock kept Americanprimetime at bay as Victor Kirby, driving Sicily, was desperate for racing room. Inside the sixteenth pole, just enough real estate became available and Sicily sprinted along the pylons only to finish a heartbreaking second after the judges had a lengthy look at the win photo. Americanprimetime was third. Sweet Rock, an 8-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover-Penny For Nickel, completed the mile in 1:50.2 for his 33rd career win in 187 starts, and now has lifetime earnings of just over $792,000. He was driven by Greg Merton, is trained by Wayne Givens and owned by Legacy Racing, R A Hazzard II and G P Calloway. He returned $7.60 to win. TYLER TERRIFIC: Tyler Buter had the hot hand among the drivers, scoring four times on the program. He kept his fan base smiling for sure, as his winners went off at odds of 4-1, 6-1, 17-1 and even-money (who won by 12 lengths). ... Trainer Dan Morrissey scored twice, with both driven by Buter. A LITTLE MORE: One sharp player at Pompano Park raked the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 pot, walking away with $5,966 for lasting six races. ... All-source handle on the 13-race program totaled $1,921,240. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ--Give them a big racetrack and a good purse and add that another harness racing amateur trot is also scheduled that evening and they'll come. And come they did on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Not only did the local $11,000 GSY series attract 10 horses but the granddaddy of all amateur racing events, the CKG Billings Series, had 12 entrants, so many that instead of splitting the field into two divisions it was decided to lengthen the race and go with the 12 horses at a distance of l-1/8th miles. It was a grueling contest and much to the delight of "Joltin' Joe" Pennacchio his Super Manning overcame the traffic and rallied to a 1-1/2 length triumph and took home the lions share of the $12,500 purse. With the huge field all the drivers were seeking a good position in the early going but it was the six- horse, Roundtown Rocker ("Lady Monica" Banca), who grabbed the early lead in the :27.1 first quarter. while Pennacchio and Super Manning followed in third position along the pylons. Roundtown Rocker led the cavalry charge past the three quarters before yielding to Super Manning who then went on to a 2:13 victory in the lengthened event and gave Penncchio, last season's Amateur Driver of the Year, a stellar victory. Billings president Tony "the Capo" Verruso hustled Santini home ahead of Roundtree Rocker to garner second money while the latter earned the show dough. Super Manning, an 11-year-old altered son of Diamond Goal, notched his third seasonal victory and 35th of his career while raising his lifetime earnings to over $655,000.He's owned by Joe P RacingLLC and trained by Cory Stratton. He paid $11.60. mutuel by John Manzi, for the CKG Billings Series

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Creature Of Habit got into the win column for the first time in her harness racing career a week ago, and Friday night at the Meadowlands, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Habit's Best came right back and won again, taking one of five divisions of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds. The Nifty Norman trainee scored in the dash for filly trotters by brushing to command down the backstretch before reporting home a safe half-length in front of She Rocks Kemp in 1:55.3 for driver Victor Kirby. As the 8-5 favorite, the winner of two of 11 lifetime starts returned $5.40 to her backers. In other Kindergarten action, Hen Party ($15.60) went wire-to-wire to defeat 1-5 public choice Annabelle Hanover by 1¼ lengths in a filly pace for driver Pat Berry and trainer Ron Burke in 1:52.4 while Ideal Perception ($7.60) held off Force N Fury by a hard-fought nose in 1:51.3 in a pace for colts and geldings with Joe Bongiorno in the bike for trainer Tony Alagna. Hall Of AM S ($5.00 as the favorite) took another filly trot, completing the mile in 1:55.2 to finish 1¾ lengths in front of Scorched Romance for driver Mattias Melander, who is the brother of winning trainer Marcus. In a non-betting race before the start of the regular card, Sky Castles scored in a division for trotting colts and geldings for driver Mitch Cushing and trainer Andrew Harris in 1:55.1. TROLLEY ON TIME: The Erv Miller-trained Trolley hit the Meadowlands' winner's circle for the first time since May 18, scoring by 1¾ lengths over Max as the 3-5 favorite in 1:54.4 in a $25,000 conditioned trot for driver Marcus Miller. A LITTLE MORE: A $20,922 carryover from last Saturday led to a total pool of just over $150,000 in the 50-cent Pick-5. Those who cashed had to be sharp, as the fourth leg of the wager was won by 39-1 chance Princess Holly N. The odds of the other four winners were 4-5, 8-5, 2-1 and 9-2. The payoff was $3,054.15. ... 25-year-old Kasper Foget was a winner in his Big M driving debut, guiding For A Dreamer to victory lane in the 11th race at odds of 5-1. The native Of Denmark was a champion European driver in the under-25 division. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race card totaled $2,294,868. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

For many in New Jersey, there's no more iconic and beloved TV series than The Sopranos. By capturing a slice of New Jersey forever immortalized in the pop culture zeitgeist, The Sopranos became forever immortalized in television history. That's why, in honor of The Sopranos 20th Anniversary, die-hard fans can enjoy SopranosCon, an interactive fan experience "for the fans, by the fans." Visually inspired by the Feast of St. Eleazar, die-hard fans will enjoy one-of-a-kind art, exhibits, vendors, music, cosplay, games, contests, comedy, photographs, autographs and so much more. The event takes place at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus NJ on Saturday, Nov 23 and Sunday, Nov 24. Tickets are available at www.sopranoscon.com Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, the best in harness racing and home to the FanDuel Sportsbook, brings about a similar, quintessential Jersey feeling and couldn't be a more perfect sponsor for SopranosCon. The Sopranos had some of the most amazing, classic Jersey scenes and characters. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment was fortunate to play a small role when the old grandstand was used as a backdrop for an airport in Season 2. And everyone knows how much Tony Soprano loved horse racing... and of course horses! Tony's favorite horse, "Pie O My," who was killed on the show but in real life remains alive and well, will be at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment on Friday, November 22 from 6pm-7pm right before live racing begins at 7:15pm. Fans are encouraged to come out, take photos and get up close and personal with Pie O My. Admission and parking are free for this horse "meet and greet." Also, on Saturday, November 9, guests visiting Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment can enter to win a pair of tickets to SopranosCon. No purchase necessary. From the Meadowlands Media Department

MANALAPAN, NJ — October 18, 2019 — As previously announced the SBOANJ will be sponsoring a harness racing series for 3-year-old New Jersey Sired Trotters at Freehold Raceway and the Meadowlands beginning in November without starting fees. Freehold will have two legs for $15,000 and a $50,000 final. The first leg will be held on November 1st with the second leg on November 8th and the final on November 15th. Due to scheduling issues, the Meadowlands series will have one leg for $15,000 and final for $65,000. The first leg will be on Friday, November 29th with the final on Friday, December 6th. If you have any questions please contact the SBOANJ office at 732-462-2357. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When the second week of racing at the Meadowlands' Fall Meeting begins Friday (Oct. 18), there will be plenty of big-green buzz as a giant pool figures to be up for grabs in the track's 50-cent Pick-5 that kicks off with the first race at 7:15 p.m. Last Saturday (Oct. 12), longshots ruled at the mile oval, as six times on the 13-race program, winner's odds were at least 13-1. During the Pick-5 sequence, two 30-1 shots reigned supreme and no one cashed a winning ticket on the wager (those who correctly selected four winners walked away with $2,324.80), creating a carryover of $20,922.81. That has led to this Friday's anticipated pot of gold, where, instead of the usual $25,000 guaranteed pool, the Pick-5 will offer a $75,000 promise, in partnership with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering initiative. The last time the Pick-5 sported a carryover ($30,928), the result was a total pool of $208,763 on June 8, and those holding winning tickets after some shrewd selections walked away with better than $72,000. In total this weekend, the Big M will offer $200,000 in guaranteed money: $100,000 on both the 50-cent Pick-4 and 50-cent Pick-5 during this Friday's and Saturday's programs. As always, both wagers offer a low 15 percent takeout and free program pages for the multi-leg puzzles are available - courtesy of TrackMaster - at both ustrotting.com and playmeadowlands.com. QUICK LEARNERS: The Friday (Oct. 18) program at the Big M features four divisions of the fifth leg of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds. The four big-money finals - with purses totaling more than $700,000 - take place on Nov. 2. IT ALL COMES DOWN: Woodbine at Mohawk Park will host the 2019 edition of the Breeders Crown. Eliminations take place Friday (Oct. 18) and Saturday (Oct. 19) with the finals scheduled for one week later. The 2-year-old championship events will take place on Oct. 25 while all 3-year-olds, as well as the older horses, will battle on Oct. 26. Both weekends of Breeders Crown action will be simulcast to the Meadowlands. DRINK FROM THE CUP: In two weeks, Santa Anita Park will be the center of the Thoroughbred racing universe as the 2019 edition of the Breeders' Cup will take place with five races on Day One and nine more on Day Two, featuring the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic. On Friday, Nov. 1, post time at Santa Anita is 1:45 p.m. EDT while the first Breeders' Cup event takes place at 4:12 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 2, post time for the first race is 1:07 p.m. The first Cup race is at 2:55 p.m. with the Classic scheduled for 8:44 p.m. Watch and wager on the Breeders' Cup at the Meadowlands. BET THE ALCS: The American League Championship Series, which pits the Houston Astros against the New York Yankees, continues Thursday (Oct. 17) evening at 8:08 p.m. The Yankees will start Masahiro Tanaka, who sports a 2-0 record and 0.82 ERA in the postseason, against Houston's Zack Greinke (0-2, 8.38). The Astros lead the best-of-seven series two games to one. Baseball fans can watch and wager on the ALCS in the Meadowlands' FanDuel Sportsbook or in Victory Sports Bar. The winner of the ALCS will advance to the World Series and take on the National League champion Washington Nationals. The Yankees-Astros series will continue with games on Friday (at 7:08 p.m.), Saturday (if necessary, 8:08 p.m.) and Sunday (if necessary, 7:38 p.m.). FOOTBALL SUNDAY (AND MONDAY): As always, the FanDuel Sports Book is the place to be on Sunday (Oct. 20) to watch and wager on every National Football League game. Local fans can catch the Giants hosting the Arizona Cardinals at 1 p.m. On Monday (Oct. 21) Night Football, the Jets welcome the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in an 8:15 p.m. kickoff. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

Experience the new Pink buffet and cocktail menu this Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th while watching the world's greatest harness racing in action at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The Friday buffet is just $29.95 and features harvest minestrone soup, hand-carved turkey breast, veal Bolognese with ravioli and "Taste of Asia" station with egg rolls, wantons, dumplings and fried rice. The Saturday buffet is packed with flavor starting with the turkey and pumpkin chili complete with cornbread and all the fixings. Middle-Eastern spiced pork loin with lemon and mint yogurt sauce, blackened salmon with pineapple, brussels sprouts with Vermont maple syrup and chimichurri flank steak round out this $39.95 menu. "Our executive chef Dennis Sammarone has done a terrific job," said Jason Settlemoir, COO and GM of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "We asked him to bring some new flavors to our Pink buffet and he has delivered." The new Pink cocktail and wine menus provide a wide selection of libations that not only complement but also enhance the dining experience. Mules, margaritas, refreshing mojitos and well-rounded bourbon cocktails are just a few drinks guests will find on the new cocktail menu. The Friday buffet themed stations continue each week: October 25th: Touch of Greek -hummus, pita chips, stuffed grape leaves and spanakopita November 1st: Comfort Food - mini meatloves, rich mashed potatoes and green bean casserole November 8th: Havana Nights - traditional Cuban sandwiches with ham, roast pork, pickles and cheese, rice and beans and plantains November 15th: Polish Festa - pierogis, sauerkraut and kielbasa November 22nd: All American - sliders, grilled hot dogs and fries November 29th: Make Your Own Mac & Cheese - top with your choice of bacon, scallions, chicken tomatoes and ham Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling (201) THE-BIGM and the complete menus can be viewed at http://playmeadowlands.com/dining/pink-dining.html From the Meadowlands Media Department

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Shortly after winning the weekly harness racing feature at the Meadowlands in January in 1:50.2 as the 2-5 favorite, all was well with Geez Joe, who seemingly was on his way to a big year. But a throat ailment led to surgery and seven months on the shelf. Now he's back, and he's looking better than ever. Saturday night at the Meadowlands, Geez Joe won the featured $27,500 conditioned pace in 1:48.2, two weeks after winning at Hoosier Park in 1:47.4. Indeed, the 5-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe-Beach Bretta is all the way back. In the early stages of his first Big M start in nine months, driver Marcus Miller moved Geez Joe directly to the top, hitting the quarter in :26.3. A relaxing second fraction of :28 would follow before 8-5 second choice Dealt A Winner would move right to the leader at the five-eighths and the pair continued their duel at three-quarters in 1:21.3. Then Geez Joe would deliver the knockout punch. The Erv Miller trainee, the slight 8-5 public choice, powered clear of his main foe through the stretch with a :26.4 kicker, hitting the wire 4½ lengths clear of Dealt A Winner. Our Max Phactor N finished third. Geez Joe, who has won five of his last seven Meadowlands starts dating back to November of 2018, paid $5.20 to win and now has 20 victories from 61 lifetime outings and earnings of $256,728 for owners Bay Pond Racing Stable. BIG POT OF GOLD: With a pair of 30-1 shots and two more that went off at at least 13-1, the Pick-5 did not get hit, creating a carryover of almost $21,000. As a result, Friday's 50-Cent Pick-5 will have a guaranteed pool of $75,000, instead of the usual $25,000. A LITTLE MORE: It was a night for the longshot players as four favorites scored on the 13-race program while six winners went off at 13-1 or more. ... Dave Miller and Joe Bongiorno both had driving doubles. ... All-source wagering was $2,108,436. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Captain Barbossa and Papi Rob Hanover won in impressive fashion in Kindergarten Classic action Friday night as live harness racing  returned to the Meadowlands after a nine-week hiatus. A son of Captaintreacherous-Swinging Beauty, Captain Barbossa was an easy three-quarter length, wire-to-wire winner over Team Best in the first of two dashes for colts and geldings on the pace in the Kindergarten, which is for 2-year-olds. Andy McCarthy put the Tony Alagna trainee on the point early, then cut out all the fractions on the way to a 1:52 score, his third win in 12 lifetime starts. The lifetime earner of $113,079, who returned $2.60 to his backers as the 1-5 public choice, has hit the board nine times. In the other division for male pacers, 1-9 favorite Papi Rob Hanover was a dominant winner for driver David Miller and trainer Brett Pelling as the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Panera Hanover stopped the clock in 1:52. Miller had the lifetime earner of $315,358 sit a three-hole trip to the top of the stretch before swinging wide in the lane and easily powering past his foes to record a 2½-length score over Force N Fury. He’s won three-of-eight in his career, hitting the board in every start, and returned $2.10 to win. GETTING IT DUNN: Fresh off his superb week at Lexington’s Red Mile, where he was the leading Grand Circuit driver, Dexter Dunn had four winners on the card. Scott Zeron, Marcus Miller and David Miller had two apiece. A LITTLE MORE: The Linda Toscano-trained Rocknificent impressed from just off the pace as the 3-5 choice in a division of the Kindergarten for pacing fillies, stopping the clock in 1:54.1, one of two winners on the night for the Hall of Fame trainer. … Nifty Norman also conditioned a pair to victory lane. … All-source handle on the 13-race program totaled $2,294,061. … Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After a nine-week hiatus that began at the conclusion of a highly successful Hambletonian Day, live harness racing returns to the Meadowlands on Friday night (Oct. 11). During October and November, live action will be conducted on Fridays and Saturdays. December will see Thursdays added to the schedule. All live harness programs will have a post time of 7:15 p.m. There will be special racing "doubleheaders" during October as Monmouth Park will conduct turf racing on the Meadowlands' grass course. Racing fans can make it a full day at the Big M on October 11, 12, 18, 25 and 26, as the thoroughbreds will be in action with a 12:30 p.m. post before harness racing in the evening. JUICY STAKES: They'll be plenty of stakes action during the Big M's 2019 Fall Meeting as 2-year-olds will be in action in the Kindergarten Series. Preliminaries are slated for the first three weekends of the meet before four big-money finals - with purses totaling more than $700,000 - take place on Nov. 2. The action then heats up even more on Nov. 16, with eliminations for the Goldsmith Maid (2-year-old filly trot), Three Diamonds (2-year-old filly pace), Valley Victory (2-year-old colt trot) and Governor's Cup (2-year-old colt pace) before the biggest night of the fall takes place one week later with the finals for those four events - with purses in excess of $1.75 million - as well as the finals for four other huge contests, featuring some of the biggest equine stars in the game. The TVG Mare Trot (for a purse of $175,000), TVG Mare Pace ($175,000), TVG Open Trot ($350,000) and TVG Open Pace ($350,000) will also be offered on "Fall Final Four" Night on Nov. 23. Racing fans may recall the 2018 TVG Open Pace, which resulted in a dominant 1:48 score by McWicked to lock up Horse of the Year honors. SUPER SIMULCAST: The stars of every division will be on display at Woodbine at Mohawk Park as the 2019 Breeders Crown will be contested at Canada's top harness track. All Crown events will be simulcast to the Meadowlands. Eliminations will take place on Oct. 18 and 19 with the finals slated for Oct. 25 and 26. FREE POKER FRIDAY: Not only is live racing back, so are "Free Poker Fridays" at the Meadowlands. For those 21 years of age and older, free Texas Hold'em tournaments will be conducted in the Gallery, hosted by World Free Poker. Players can pre-register or walk-up. Games begin at 7 p.m. BET THE NFL, MLB PLAYOFFS: Bet all of the National Football League games as well as the Major League Baseball playoffs at the Big M in the FanDuel Sportsbook. Sit comfortably and watch all the action in the book or head over to Victory Sports Bar, where there are many places to watch the games while taking advantage of the many available drinking and dining options. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands will kick off the 2019 Fall Meet on Friday, October 11 with live harness racing on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:15 pm.   The Kindergarten series will resume with leg #4 on Friday with legs on the following two Fridays, leading up to the November 2 finals.   The double draw condition sheet for the weekend is available online and the box will close on Tuesday, October 8 at 9:00 am.   A new racing application is required to race the fall meet. They can be downloaded here, signed and faxed to (201) 460-4042.   Horsemen are encouraged to sign up for the Meadowlands text service to receive all current info on draws, important racing updates and special announcements.   Next qualifiers are Saturday, October 12. Those will be drawn on Wednesday, October 9 with a box close of 10:00 am.   You may reach the Racing office at (877) 782-2537.   From the Meadowlands Media Department      

The Monmouth at Meadowlands thoroughbred meet kicks off the first of seven all-turf race cards this Friday, October 4, with 62 horses entered across the six-race program. The turf meet runs Fridays & Saturdays (Oct 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 25 and 26) with a 12:30pm first post. Starting Friday, Oct 11 the Meadowlands Racetrack will host racing double headers each Friday and Saturday when the fall harness meet opens with a 7:15pm post time. A full slate of activities and dining options will be available throughout the Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet, with racing fans having a chance to win cash and other prizes each race day. In addition, guests can also "Rock Out for The Cure" on Saturday, October 5 with Enough Said on Victory Terrace. Tickets are $20 at the door with $10 donated to Susan G Komen in support of breast cancer awareness month. More information can be found at http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=16486 The Lounge will be open for the all-grass meet with a full bar and lunch menu along with Victory Sports Bar. Trotters will be open for horsemen to sit and watch the afternoon races (no food service). There's free parking, free admission and free seating, both inside and out at the Meadowlands. Live turf programs will be $2, simulcast books $4. For more information visit www.monmouthpark.com or www.playmeadowlands.com by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands will hold harness racing qualifying races on Thursday, October 3 at 10am.   You may enter electronically until 10am on Wednesday, October 2 or by calling the Racing Office at 201-842-5130 on Wednesday morning.   Live racing for the fall starts on Friday, October 11 with the fourth leg of the Kindergarten Series. The Kindergarten will race legs each Friday for the subsequent weeks leading up to the finals on Saturday, November 2.   Information on the first condition sheet and draw schedule will be available soon.   From the Meadowlands Media Department    

East Rutherford, NJ - With the major yearling sales coming up, we felt it necessary to have those with an interest in harness racing be made aware of a few recent developments involving The Meadowlands for 2020 listed below. On Wednesday, September 18 at a meeting of the New Jersey Racing Commission, a request by The Meadowlands to eliminate Lasix for 2-year-old Standardbreds racing in New Jersey for 2020 and 2021 and for the 2021 Meadowlands Pace was rejected. This request was opposed unanimously by the Board of Directors of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and by some practicing veterinarians. It is our intention to re-submit this request within the next six to eight months once we have a better understanding of how the public is going to react to the negative press that the thoroughbred industry has recently received. In addition, we have been officially notified by the Monmouth Park Thoroughbreds that they intend to exercise their option to convert the surface of the racetrack and race on the Meadowlands main track from October 2 through December 5 next fall. While it is still possible that they will reconsider based on the costs, we must assume that there will be no live harness meet next fall at the Meadowlands. Should that occur, The Meadowlands would extend the 2020 live meet beyond Hambletonian Day, racing until mid-September. Regarding a few of the important stakes that have historically been raced during the fall meet, our intention would be to race the Kindergarten Classic Finals and TVG Finals right after the Little Brown Jug and prior to the beginning of the Lexington meet. It is as of now unclear what will be done with the Fall Freshman Final Four stakes which have annually taken place at the end of November. In any case, we thought it important that everyone be aware of these developments so you may plan accordingly. From the Meadowlands Media Department

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment encourages fans to come out to eat, drink and rock out in support of breast cancer awareness month on Saturday, October 5th. There will be live harness racing that evening. "Enough Said" will perform on Victory Terrace with great views of the New York City skyline. Local residents and diehard jammers, Victor Nichols, Russell Nichols, Craig Just, Maryellen Butera Just, Domenic Maffei and Tom O'Rourke will showcase their diverse mix of classic tunes from the 60's-present and unique blend of musicianship. Delicious BBQ will be available for purchase along with full bar and signature cocktails. Doors open at 6:30pm with music starting at 8:30 pm. Tickets are$20 at the door with $10 per ticket going to Susan G. Komen to help fight breast cancer. In case of inclement weather event will be held inside the racetrack in the Gallery. Guests that wear pink will receive a Susan G. Komen scented pink bracelet. More event night information can be found at http://playmeadowlands.com/event_detail.aspx?id=16486 For more information on Susan G. Komen and to donate visit https://ww5.komen.org/ by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

The Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Sire Stakes has announced that it will institute four new events for four-year-old harness racing trotters and pacers beginning in the spring of 2020. The new races, called the New Jersey Breeders' Maturity, will be open to all horses that were nominated as yearlings to either the New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division or the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund. It is expected that the races will be conducted at The Meadowlands in late March or early April and will consist of a preliminary leg and a final. Preliminary legs will go for $12,500 or $15,000 depending upon the number of entries, with the top ten point earners advancing to the finals. All preliminary legs will be contested, regardless of the number of entries. Purses for the finals shall be tiered based upon the number of entries. If less than five horses enter the purse for the final will be $30,000; if five to seven horses are entered the purse will be $40,000, and if more than seven enter the purse will increase to $50,000. To remain eligible, a nomination fee of $200 must be made for each horse by January 15, 2020. A $200 starting fee will be required to enter the preliminary leg. There will be no additional starting fees for horses that qualify for the finals. From the New Jersey Sire Stakes

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