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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - K Ryan Bluechip used an amazing final half-mile to win the Saturday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands - an $18,500 conditioned pace - for a second straight week. Driver Brett Miller was in no hurry early with the Virgil Morgan Jr. trainee, but the fans who bet him as the 2-1 favorite probably wish he'd been closer at the half. K Ryan Bluechip was last in the field of seven past the quarter- and half-mile markers, as the pace-setting Bell I No was being pressured on the front end, setting the stage for an off-the-pace winner. K Ryan Bluechip, a 6-year-old gelded son of Art Major-Fool That I Am, was activated by Miller with just over three-eighths to go, using a quick burst of speed to get into a third-over flow around the far turn and past three-quarters. Instead of opting to stay in the fast lane, KRB swung three-wide for the drive to the wire and that proved to be the right move, as K Ryan Bluechip sprinted past the field during his :26.3 final quarter, recording a three-quarter length win in 1:50.1. A determined Bell I No and Clouseau Hanover - who had plenty of late pace - finished in a dead heat for second. The winner, who is owned by Carl Howard and Brian Witt, returned $6.00 to his backers, and now has seven victories in 31 starts this year. Lifetime, he's won 30-of-97 and banked just over $378,000. PICK-5 TURNAROUND: After Friday night's 50-Cent Pick-5 paid $60.15 as favorites won every leg of the wager, things went much differently Saturday evening. In the third race on the program (Leg one of the Pick-5), Too Much Hanover and driver Vinny Ginsburg scored at odds of 29-1, paying more to win ($61.00) than the Pick-5 returned on Friday. After the next four winners in the sequence were sent off at 'useable' odds of 8-1, 3-5, 6-5 and 2-1, the Saturday Pick-5 came back a handsome $21,640.30. A LITTLE MORE: In addition to getting the Pick-5 off to a good start, Ginsburg also had a big hand in the Early Daily Double ($194.80), scoring with 14-1 chance Rock Star in the opener. ... Andy McCarthy made three winner's circle visits, raising his meet-leading dash-win total to 30. ... All-source handle totaled $1,943,975 for the 11-race program. ... Racing resumes Thursday at 7:15 p.m. ... Live action will be conducted on a Thursday-Saturday basis at the Big M during December, with one exception. There will be no live racing on Saturday, Dec. 15, with the New York Jets hosting the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Kickoff is 4:30 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Trolley bumped up in class for a third straight start and was at his most impressive Friday night at the Meadowlands, scoring by 3¼ dominant lengths in the Big M's trotting feature, the harness racing $20,000 Preferred Handicap. The Erv Miller trainee, sent off as the 1-5 favorite in the field of six, opted to sit in the three-hole early before driver Marcus Miller edged the 5-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride off the rail just after the half to go after leader Misslarose. Trolley drew alongside Misslarose at the three-quarter mark and edged away from that foe with an eighth of a mile to go, before powerfully striding clear to an easy win, his third of the year in only four starts. Thisguyisonfire and Dynamic Edge had good late trot to claim second and third, respectively. Misslarose weakened to fourth. The winner, who is owned by Paymaq Racing, L.L. Mathias, G. Gillis and L.A. Willinger, now has 11 wins in 24 lifetime starts and a bankroll of $290,059 after trotting the mile in 1:52.2. He returned $2.60 to win. FAVES RULE IN PICK-5: The 50-Cent Pick-5 took huge action, as $106,397 in "new" money was added to the $18,376 carryover from Thursday night to create a total pool of $124,773. There was no big score to be had, however, as post-time favorites won each leg of the wager, resulting in a payoff of $60.15. A LITTLE MORE: Andy McCarthy continued his winning ways, as the Big M's leading driver upped his meet-leading win total to 27 after scoring three times on the night. ... It was all about form on the nine-race card, as six favorites and three second choices hit the winner's circle. ... All-source handle totaled $1,526,865. ... Racing resumes Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Meadowlands kicked off its "Borrow Ken's Binoculars" Thursdays as guest announcer Larry Lederman was on the microphone at the Big M, describing the harness racing action and entertaining fans at the same time. It was a great night for Lederman - and for the fans who love his style - given the fact that he has been battling a brain tumor for some time now. He had surgery several months ago to remove most of the mass, and to see him back in the booth was a great thing. "Post time should be within the hour," Lederman cracked as a horse reported to the paddock for equipment repair after there had been a recall before the second race. During the eighth race, Lederman asked: "Do the Mets really need Robinson Cano?" Lederman's never been one to follow the track announcer handbook. Lederman was the first of what are scheduled to be four different announcers to call the Big M races on Thursdays during December, and he did not disappoint the masses as the response to hearing him call was overwhelmingly positive on social media. "It was nice to hear Larry in the booth," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir, who will call the races on Dec. 13. "Through all of Larry's health issues and his daughter passing away this year, he has never lost his passion for race calling or his enthusiasm. The industry loves Larry's race calling and Larry loves the industry." A LITTLE MORE: One player wagering into the Oregon hub was the only bettor to have a ticket bearing the winning combination of 4-3-6-5-1 in the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five and walked away with $29,547. ... The 50-Cent Pick-5 failed to yield a winning ticket, creating a carryover of $18,376 heading into Friday's card. ... Nine different drivers won on the nine-race program. ... All-source handle totaled $1,069,585. ... Come on out and see the Budweiser Clydesdales Friday, starting at 6 p.m. ... Live racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. Dave Little

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Live harness racing at the Meadowlands expands to three race cards a week with the edition of Thursdays during the month of December, and the Big M will have some new blood providing the play-by-play. Let's be clear, the voice of the Meadowlands, Ken Warkentin, isn't going anywhere, but four different voices will be heard on each of the Thursday programs during December when those race callers will 'Borrow Ken's Binoculars' as Warkentin takes his act downstairs to work on the 'Racing from the Meadowlands' live and recap productions before returning to his regular gig as track announcer on Fridays and Saturdays. First up tonight (Dec. 6) will be a fan favorite, Larry Lederman. The former long-time voice of Freehold Raceway, Lederman has also called the action at Garden State Park and Atlantic City Race Course as well as other tracks during his career. On Dec. 13, Jason Settlemoir will be in the booth. The Big M's chief operating officer and general manager, who, when 12-years-old called his first race in his native Ohio, is Roger Huston's assistant announcer at the Little Brown Jug and serves as the Big M emergency caller anytime Warkentin hits Turnpike traffic when making his way North from Freehold. Peter Kleinhans will be next on Dec. 20. He is a horse owner, trainer, amateur driver and occasional television personality. His resume includes stints as the race caller at the now-defunct Lakeshore Meadows, as well as Hoosier Park, Chester Downs (now Harrah's Philadelphia) and The Red Mile. 'Racing from the Meadowlands' primary co-host Dave Little, who is the Grand Circuit Week announcer at Goshen Historic Track and calls the action at the Orleans County Fair (Barton, VT), will complete the four-Thursday guest announcer run on Dec. 27. During December, racing will be conducted on a Thursday through Saturday basis with the usual 7:15 p.m. first-race post time. Big M fans need to be aware that there will be no live racing on Saturday, Dec. 15, when the New York Jets host the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. BET TNL AT THE BIG M: This evening (Dec. 6), the Tennessee Titans will host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football. Catch all of the action - and get your action - at the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook, which is open seven days a week. Kickoff is 8:20 p.m. PICK-4, WIN MORE: Last Saturday (Dec. 1), Big M fans bet $98,453 into the track's popular 50-Cent Pick-4 pool, coming just $1,547 short of a second straight six-figure Saturday night Pick-4 pool. The wager has a low 15 percent takeout and sports a guaranteed pool of $35,000 on Thursdays and $50,000 on Fridays and Saturdays. Free program pages are always available at ustrotting.com and playmeadowlands.com. GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES: Three drivers tallied three victories over the course of last weekend's racing (Nov. 30-Dec. 1): Mike Merton, Corey Callahan and Big M dash-leader Andy McCarthy. Trainer Patti Harmon also had three that visited the winner's circle over the two race cards. CATCHING THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT: New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa was at the Meadowlands on Monday, Dec. 3 greeting fans for a good cause. Enunwa and the Big M hosted a massive Marine Corps Toys for Tots collection drive, meaning hundreds of area children will have a bright holiday season. All of the toys will be given to Harlem Grown, an organization dedicated to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives. For those who would still like to donate, bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Big M through Saturday, Dec. 8. THE CLYDESDALES ARE COMING: On Friday, Dec. 7, the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will make a stop at the Meadowlands. Come out and take a selfie with the majestic animals on the East Apron from 6 p.m.-7:15 p.m. Then grab a Bud or a Bud Lite and watch the Clydesdales parade on the track after the conclusion of the first race. Meadowlands Media Relations  

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales are making a special holiday season visit to the Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment this Friday, December 7. Fans can meet-and-greet the gentle giants hitch team from 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Then fans can watch in amazement as the eight-horse hitch parades down the track before the night's first race. The first race post is 7:15 p.m. Admission and general parking are free. For more information, visit http://meadowlandsracetrack.com/event_detail.aspx?id=14864 In addition to meeting the Clydesdales, fans can also enter to win a spot in our Cash Cube. Six lucky contestants will be selected and have 30 seconds to grab as much cash as they can hold. Contestants will walk away with all the money they collected. Cash Cube details can be found at http://meadowlandsracetrack.com/event_detail.aspx?id=11246 Rachel Ryan  

This holiday season will be a little brighter for hundreds of area children thanks to a massive Marine Corps Toys for Tots collection drive at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. This year the Meadowlands teamed up with NY Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa to donate all the collected toys to Harlem Grown. Harlem Grown is a charitable organization in Harlem whose mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. For additional information, please visit www.HarlemGrown.org. Hundreds of toys were collected tonight and guests can continue to bring toys in for donation through Saturday, December 8th. Larry Roman, a standardbred horse owner, and the Meadowlands Racetrack both donated over $2,000 in toys for the drive. "It was great partnering with Quincy Enunwa and Harlem Grown this year," said Jason M. Settlemoir, GM/COO of Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment. "We are on pace for an exceptional collection drive and I am so proud of our community and employees that are donating this year."  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands goes live on Thursday nights through the month of December beginning with a harness racing nine race presentation this week.   It's a solid overnight card that includes an intriguing mix of shippers with nearly half of the horses on the bill making their first Big M start, at least in a while. We'll see a lot of that in the coming weeks as tracks in the region shut down for the winter and horsemen are left with fewer options to get raced.   Thursday's card includes a plethora of refugees from the recently closed Plainridge Race Course.   The last three races comprise a "Race for the G-Notes" short series for $7,500 claimers providing the lower end with a chance to earn from the inflated final purse of $12,500 next week.   The horizontal wagers are in place. Be advised that the Pick 4 will be comprised of races 6-9 and carry a $35,000 guaranteed pool for the Thursday card. Program pages are available at a click.   Thursday is Senior's Day with concession discounts for our mature regulars, players club points are doubled and the lead promotion "It's Your Lucky Day" will return one fortunate horseplayer the losing wagers from Friday's live card up to $1,000! Talk about lucky!   Post time is the usual 7:15pm.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Off a pair of respectable tries, it was clear that K Ryan Bluechip could be competitive at the harness racing non-winners of $15,000 level at the Meadowlands, but what remained uncertain was, could he beat them? Now we know. In the Saturday night conditioned pacing feature at the Big M, Maroma Beach was the slight 8-5 public choice and hit the quarter first in :27. K Ryan Bluechip, fourth in the early going, was up to engage the leader at the half (:55) and the pair continued to battle to the three-quarter mark (1:22.4). But instead of caving in after going first-over, K Ryan Bluechip continued to find more, powering away from Maroma Beach through the stretch to record a 1½-length win in the $16,000 event. Tact Tate N (the 9-5 second choice) rallied for second while Maroma Beach settled for third. K Ryan Bluechip, who paid $7.00 to win as the third choice in the wagering, is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr., was driven by Brett Miller and is owned by Carl Howard and Brian Witt. A veteran with a lifetime mark of 1:49.2 taken last year at the Red Mile, K Ryan Bluechip is a 6-year-old son of Art Major-Fool That I Am who completed his mile in 1:50.2 in winning for the sixth time this year in 30 starts. Lifetime, he's 29-for-96 and has earned $368,804. A LITTLE MORE: All-source handle on the 12-race card was $2,113,898, the fifth straight Saturday where wagering topped the $2 million mark. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool came close to reaching six figures for a second straight Saturday, coming up just short at $98,454. ... Driver Corey Callahan had three winners on the program while Mike Merton, Brett Miller and Dexter Dunn had two apiece. ... The Big M's schedule will change slightly for the month of December as the track will add Thursdays to its race week, effective immediately, with the usual 7:15 p.m. post time. Take note that there will be no live racing on Saturday, Dec. 15, with the New York Jets hosting the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

The Meadowlands Racetrack and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners of New Jersey are extremely pleased to announce that they have reached a revenue sharing agreement for the next ten years that will annually add a minimum of $1 Million from the sports betting monies to the harness racing purse account. "With a bill for a five-year $100 Million purse appropriation scheduled to be introduced in the legislature shortly, we are all hopeful that we will be able to continue our good work with the SBOA and bring the Meadowlands back to its stature as a premier racing venue" noted NMR Chairman Jeff Gural. SBOA President Mark Ford was equally enthusiastic, imploring all horsemen to reach out to their legislators to let them know how important this bill is to the future of racing and breeding in New Jersey, while also reminding horsemen that "if you are betting sporting events be sure to place your bets with FanDuel at the Meadowlands or use the FanDuel app, as a portion of every dollar you wager will show up in the purse account." From Meadowlands Media Dept & SBOANJ

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - One week ago, the Erv Miller-trained Trolley worked out a perfect pocket trip on the way to gunning down a heavy favorite in the Friday night conditioned harness racing trotting feature at the Meadowlands. Trolley left nothing to chance this time around, blasting to the lead just after the quarter and taking the Big M Friday night feature for a second straight week. The 5-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride left the gate and was parked around the first turn. He was then urged to the lead by driver Marcus Miller just after the quarter and was permitted to rate the middle half in :57, leaving more than enough gas in his tank to win for the 10th time in just 23 lifetime starts. The pocket-sitting Opulent Yankee raced well for second, finishing three-quarters of a length behind the winner. Misslarose was third. Trolley, who finished second to 1-5 shot Southwind Frank in the $500,000 Beal Memorial in 2016, has now earned just over $280,000 for owners Paymaq Racing, L.L. Mathias, G. Gillis and L.A. Willinger. As the 3-5 public choice, Trolley paid $3.20 to win after trotting the mile in 1:52.1. A LITTLE MORE: Driver Andy McCarthy kept up his winning ways, scoring three times on the program to increase his meet-leading win total to 24. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 was a hit with the bettors, as the pool total of $85,439 proves. ... One lucky player wagering into the Oregon hub was the only bettor to correctly select the winner of the first eight legs of the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $11,664. ... All-source wagering totaled $1,799,373. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The weather may not have been cooperative, as a heavy rain fell for most of the evening, but that did not stop many of harness racing's stars from shining last Saturday (Nov. 24) at the Meadowlands. Horse of the Year voters got to see the top two horses in training take down tough fields in their respective TVG Finals, as McWicked - the presumed favorite in the HOTY race - won the Open Pace in dominant fashion in 1:48. Not to be outdone, Shartin N - who became the first-ever aged pacing female to earn $1 million in a calendar year - splashed through the slop to score easily in the Mares Pace in 1:50.3. In the TVG Open Trot, Tactical Landing defeated rival 3-year-old Six Pack in 1:51.4 in what is presumed to be trainer Jimmy Takter's last big Meadowlands victory as he heads off into retirement. Also on the card were the Fall Final Four for 2-year-olds and one performer, Captain Crunch, stood out from the others as the Breeders Crown champion took the Governor's Cup for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the pace in 1:50.3. The great Foiled Again made his final career appearance at the Big M but had to settle for fourth in the "Auld Lane Syne" Pace after going a tough trip. Despite the weather, he hung around in the winner's circle long enough for his fans to take pictures and have track TV personality Jessica Otten give him a bouquet of carrots, which he had no qualms about snacking on right after his race. The Meadowlands' TV dynamic interview duo of Dave Brower and Bob "Hollywood" Heyden braved the elements to get insightful post-race interviews for all eight of the stakes events on the program, while TVG, who dedicated much air time to the Big M card, had Tom Cassidy (who came in from California to be part of the evening) and the Big M's 'super-sub', Rich Mattei, provide extensive commentary on the 13-race card. The all-source handle was a meet-best $2,764,912, and the track's signature wager, the 50-Cent Pick-4, saw a meet-high $101,859 in play. This weekend, live racing takes place on the usual Friday and Saturday (post time, 7:15 p.m.), but the schedule will change slightly beginning Dec. 6, as Thursdays will be added to the slate for the month of December. The date that racegoers need to be aware of is Saturday, Dec. 15, when the track will be dark as the New York Jets will host the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m. WIN SOME CASH: On Friday, Nov. 30, Big M fans can grab some green in the Players Club Swipe N Score promotion. Swipe your Players Club card and win a betting voucher worth up to $500. Prizes range from $2 to $500 and vouchers will print after the first swipe, one voucher per person. In the event you are not a Players Club member and want to get in on the action, contact James Johnston (jjohnston@playmeadowlands.com) or any Players Club representative to sign up. BRING A TOY, MEET QUINCY: On Monday, Dec. 3, the Meadowlands will host a U.S. Marines Toys for Tots holiday toy drive, and football fans who bring a new unwrapped toy for the great cause will get to meet and greet New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa. FOX5 sportscaster Tina Cervasio will serve as master of ceremonies at the event, which takes place from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Enunwa, who currently has 33 catches and a team-high 418 receiving yards, will personally deliver the collected toys to children at Harlem Grown, a charitable organization in Harlem whose mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability and nutrition. THE CLYDESDALES ARE COMING: On Friday, Dec. 7, the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will make a stop at the Meadowlands. Come out for a selfie with the majestic animals - who were originally a gift to August A. Busch Sr. to commemorate the repeal of Prohibition - on the East Apron from 6 p.m.-7:15 p.m. Then grab a Bud or a Bud Lite and watch the Clydesdales parade on the track after the conclusion of the first race. GET YOUR NFL ACTION: Or for that matter, wager on college football, pro basketball, soccer and hockey at the Big M's FanDuel Sports Book. The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 a.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-2 a.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Keep in mind that the sports book will close after all live U.S. games have concluded. Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - She's done all she can do. Now, she hopes the Horse of the Year voters are in her corner. Shartin N became the first older pacing female to earn $1 million in a single season by taking the $175,000 TVG Mares Pace in 1:50.3 in a dominant performance over a sloppy track at the Meadowlands Saturday night on the biggest night of racing on the fall calendar, as four TVG Finals as well as the Fall Final Four for 2-year-olds were contested. The 5-year-old daughter of Tintin In America-Bagdarin was used hard into the first turn by driver Tim Tetrick, putting 2-1 second choice Caviart Ally in the pocket. Shartin N was permitted to rate the second fraction in :29.2 as Blue Moon Stride made progress racing first-over, getting within a neck of the eventual winner nearing three-quarters, which was timed in 1:23.2. The 4-5 favorite then turned it on, sprinting clear of Caviart Ally as Blue Moon Stride faded. At the wire, Shartin N was 1¾ lengths clear of a fast-closing Apple Bottom Jeans, who was 55-1 on the tote board. Pure Country was third. "She's been great. It's been a great trip with her," said Richard Poillucci, who owns the horse with Jo Ann Looney-King, wife of trainer Jim King Jr. "It was a little tough in the beginning with (her going off stride) when we got her here but she's just been an incredible mare." "McWicked has been a tremendous horse," said Poillucci when the subject of Horse of the Year was brought up. "I'm just happy that she's done what she's done." Shartin N, who won the Breeders Crown four weeks ago, paid $3.60 as the 4-5 public choice and has won 19-of-24 starts this year, good for earnings of $1,053,236. Earlier in the evening, in the $175,000 TVG Mares Trot, Breeders Crown champion Emoticon Hanover sealed up divisional honors by holding off the late-charging Hannelore Hanover by a neck in 1:52.4. Celebrity Ruth was third. Driver Daniel Dube hustled Emoticon Hanover to the lead in the abbreviated five-horse field with Hannelore Hanover racing right behind. Over a track rated 'good' as heavy rains fell, the moderate fractions of :28, :56.3 and 1:25.4 set the stage for a sprint to the wire. "Everything went well with those fractions," said Dube in the winner's circle. "But I was not sure I had it won because (Hannelore Hanover) is a great horse, but my horse was good to the wire." Emoticon Hanover trotted her final quarter in :27, and it was just enough, as Hannelore Hanover - who started the year six-for-six but is now six-for-13 - was in tight quarters in mid stretch. Nearing the wire, Ice Attraction started to flatten a bit after grinding toward the leader during the final half-mile, allowing Hannelore enough room for one final surge. But she would come up just short. Trained by Luc Blais, Emoticon Hanover, a 5-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Emmylou Who, returned $4.00 as the even-money favorite. She has now won 22-of-53 lifetime starts and earned $1,454,576 for owners Determination of Montreal. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - McWicked completely dominated his foes for a third straight stakes start, and in the process, likely wrapped up Horse of the Year honors Saturday night at the Meadowlands after taking the $350,000 TVG Open Pace by 2 lengths over Dealt A Winner in 1:48 over a sloppy track. Filibuster Hanover was third. "He was absolutely awesome," said winning trainer Casie Coleman. "He's been awesome all season long. I was a little worried when Filibuster got to the front and nobody was coming, I thought we might go a little bit slow fractions up front, but he kept rolling along and it set up great." She needn't have been concerned. Sent to the gate as the 1-9 public choice with the heavy rains from earlier in the evening having diminished to a steady drizzle, McWicked, who was an easy winner in the Dan Rooney on Oct. 13 before following that up with a crushing Breeders Crown score two weeks later, was away in third as Filibuster Hanover reached the quarter in :27 and the half in :54.2. Driver Brian Sears activated McWicked, a 7-year-old son of McArdle-Western Sahara, with about three-eighths of a mile to go, moving quickly after the leader, and was just a length to the bad at three-quarters in 1:21.2. McWicked then powerfully, methodically wore down Filibuster Hanover and went on to an easy victory, his 12th in 19 starts this year. His earnings for 2018 stand at $1,575,364, while his lifetime bank account is a gaudy $3,896,876. He's won 34 of 93 starts over his career. As the heavy favorite, McWicked returned $2.20 to his backers. He is owned by the S S G Stables. Coleman explained after McWicked's win in a Big M overnight event last week that the horse will return for his 8-year-old season. "We've had a lot of offers to go to stud, but his owner, Ed James, is loving this and he said McWicked is racing next year." Will McWicked be chosen as Horse of the Year? "I sure hope so," said Coleman. "We'll see what the voters think, so hopefully." In the $350,000 TVG Open Trot, Tactical Landing completed a marvelous 3-year-old season by besting rival sophomore Six Pack as the pair finished 1-2 facing seven older foes. "He's really, really special. I'm so proud of this horse," said winning trainer Jimmy Takter. "I can't praise a horse more than I praise this guy. He's one of a kind." Strong words. But deserving ones. Six Pack, the 8-5 second choice, was away third in the early going before driver Ake Svanstedt brushed the Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity winner to the top at the three-eighths. Sears was patient with 7-5 public choice Tactical Landing, moving the son of Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena off the rail from fifth at the half. Tactical Landing chipped away at Six Pack's lead until the duo were on even terms at three-quarters. They went at it nose-to-nose from there until Tactical Landing powered clear inside the eighth pole, going on to a 2½-length score in 1:51.4. Will Take Charge finished third. "In the beginning, he was a real project," said Takter of Tactical Landing, an $800,000 Lexington Select Sale purchase who earned only $1,500 as a 2-year-old. "He did not have confidence in himself." That would come when Tactical Landing, who paid $4.80 to win, moved into Takter's barn at the start of this year, one during which his prized pupil has won nine-of-14 starts and bankrolled $810,800 for owners The Tactical Landing Stable. Alluding to his impending retirement at the end of the year, Takter wasn't sure what lies ahead for the horse. "It's something we have to decide. I'm going to be out of the picture for most of it. I don't know." A LITTLE MORE: One astute player betting at Pompano (Fla.) Park was the lone winner of the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and took home $15,488 for surviving nine legs. ... The great Foiled Again finished fourth in his Meadowlands finale. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card was a meet-high $2,764,913. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - Captain Crunch and driver Scott Zeron tipped three wide coming off the final turn and powered through the stretch to win the $469,300 Governor's Cup for 2-year-old male pacers by 3-3/4 lengths over Mac's Power in 1:50.3 on a wet Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Blood Money finished third. The Governor's Cup was one of the Fall Final Four events for 2-year-old pacers and trotters at the Big M. Southwind Avenger won the $435,900 Valley Victory for male trotters while Sonnet Grace captured the $490,000 Goldsmith Maid for female trotters and Prescient Beauty claimed the $391,250 Three Diamonds for female pacers. All of the races were contested over a sloppy track as the result of persistent rain. In the Governor's Cup, Captain Crunch was fifth through the first half of the race as Escapetothebeach and Mangogh each took a turn on the lead. Captain Crunch followed the cover of Semi Tough around the final turn before moving to the front in the stretch and cruising to victory. Captain Crunch, a son of Captaintreacherous out of Sweet Paprika, has won six of 10 races this year and earned $616,113 for owners 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables, and Caviart Farms. The colt, who last month won the Breeders Crown, is trained by Nancy Johansson. He was bred by Walnridge Farm and Sherri Meirs. "We really took our time with him," Johansson said. "He's a big growthy colt and there is a lot of money to be made toward the end of the season. We just figured we would take our time and let him come into his own." Johansson purchased Captain Crunch, then known as Captain Bean, for $85,000 at the 2017 Standardbred Horse Sale at the urging of her then 12-year-old daughter, Ella. "She said, 'Whatever you do, you have to buy Captain Bean,'" Johansson said, adding with a laugh, "Great. No pressure. "Luckily I have a good group of owners behind me and we were able to put together a group and purchase the colt and it's been a fairy tale story ever since." Captain Crunch, the 9-5 favorite, paid $5.80 to win. In the Valley Victory, Southwind Avenger upset at odds of 15-1, defeating Chin Chin Hall by a half-length in 1:55.3. Reign Of Honor finished third. Seven Hills, the 2-1 favorite, went off stride entering the final turn. Southwind Avenger, a Southwind Farms-bred son of E L Titan out of Auvergne, has won two of 11 races and earned $355,067 for owners Mel Hartman, David McDuffee, and Little E LLC. The gelding is trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman, who also trains Reign Of Honor, and was driven by Dexter Dunn. "We were looking for something for Canada that we thought would maybe step up there," said McDuffee, who also co-owns Chin Chin Hall. "We've had a lot of luck racing up in Canada. He was a beautiful colt out of a very nice mare. The rest is history, I guess. Nifty has done a wonderful job bringing him along. "One thing about Nifty, he's not in any hurry. He takes his time and lets them develop. When they're ready, he's ready. He just does a really nice job." Southwind Avenger paid $32.40 to win. In the Goldsmith Maid, second favorite Sonnet Grace took the lead on the backstretch and fended off challenges from Evident Beauty and Princess Deo to win by a half-length in 1:54.2. Princess Deo was second and Evident Beauty was third. Yannick Gingras drove Sonnet Grace for trainer Ron Burke. Sonnet Grace, a daughter of Muscle Massive out of I Believe, has won seven of 12 races this year and earned $402,597. She is owned by the Sonnet Grace Stable, which purchased the filly from former owner-trainer-driver Rod Allen in late September. Allen also bred the filly. "Rod Allen is a hell of a horseman and I give a shout out to him because he did a great job getting her broke and trained down," said the ownership group's Howard Taylor. "We got lucky." Sonnet Grace paid $6.40 to win. In the $391,250 Three Diamonds, Prescient Beauty rallied in the stretch to overtake battling leaders Zero Tolerance and Warrawee Ubeaut to win by a half-length in a career-best 1:50.4. Zero Tolerance finished second and even-money favorite Warrawee Ubeaut was third. Doug McNair drove Prescient Beauty to the victory for his dad, trainer Gregg McNair. Prescient Beauty had finished third behind Warrawee Ubeaut and Zero Tolerance in last month's Breeders Crown. Prescient Beauty, a daughter of Art Major out of Precious Beauty, has won five of 13 races this year and earned $439,971 for breeder-owner Jim Avritt Sr. Gregg McNair also trained fourth-place finisher Beautyonthebeach, another Avritt-owned homebred. "They've raced good," McNair said. "They've had a few problems here and there, but they've kept going. They're a good pair of mares." Sent off at 9-2, Prescient Beauty paid $11 to win. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It had been a long time between drinks for the Erv Miller-trained Trolley, but a perfect pocket trip was just the right tonic to get him to the winner's circle for the first time since Sept. 10 of last year when he took the $16,000 high-range conditioned trotting feature Friday night at the Meadowlands. Making only his second start of the year, Trolley was asked for early speed from driver Marcus Miller and got it, ending up in the two-hole behind even-money choice Lindy The Great. Those two raced that way from the quarter as Fashionwoodchopper struggled first-over from the get-go. Mayfair Johnny B - who was seeking his fourth straight win - was another who couldn't hack it while racing uncovered past the half and three-quarters. Through the stretch, Lindy The Great could not finish the job, as Trolley popped out of the pocket in midstretch and rolled by for a 2-length win in 1:52.2. Zlatan finished third. A 5-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Lakeside Bride, Trolley returned $11.80 as the co-third choice in the betting. He's now won nine-of-22 lifetime outings for owners Paymaq Racing, L.L. Mathias, G. Gillis and L.A. Willinger. Magnum Mike won his third straight in the fifth race claiming handicap. He was claimed for $10,000 for the third time this month after scoring as the 4-5 favorite and now resides in the Chris Marino barn. One lucky player wagering into the Ohio hub raked the pot in the ninth-race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five, correctly wagering on the winning combination of 4-7-3-9-2. The payoff was $11,674. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool was a rock-solid $91,452, falling just $534 short of the meet high, which was established on Nov. 3. ... All-source wagering on the 11-race card totaled $2,034,923. ... Racing resumes Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. with the biggest card of the fall meeting. Eight stakes races - four TVG finals and the Fall Final Four for 2-year-olds - top a spectacular 13-race program. The top two contenders for Horse of the Year - McWicked (TVG pace) and Shartin N (TVG mare pace) - are the top two names on the marquee. In addition, the great Foiled Again will be in race three and then meet and greet his fans in the 'Backyard' after the race. There is also a Foiled Again poster giveaway.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

Hightstown, NJ — After winning his elimination for the Valley Victory Stakes last week, Trix And Stones will try to close his harness racing season with a victory in Saturday’s (Nov. 24) $435,900 final for 2-year-old male trotters at The Meadowlands. The Carl Jamieson-trained colt, who passed through the Lexington Selected Mixed Sale auction ring in October but was bought back by Jamieson, is the 7-2 second choice on the morning line. The Valley Victory is one of the Fall Final Four stakes for 2-year-olds at the Big M on Saturday. Captain Crunch is the morning-line favorite in the $469,300 Governor’s Cup for male pacers, Warrawee Ubeaut is the favorite in the $391,250 Three Diamonds for female pacers and Sonnet Grace gets the nod in the $490,000 Goldsmith Maid for female trotters. Also on Saturday, the Meadowlands hosts four finals for the TVG Series and welcomes soon-to-be-retired 14-year-old Foiled Again, harness racing’s all-time richest horse, for an invitational. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EST). Trix And Stones is a son of Trixton out of Baby Bella and a half-brother to stakes-winners Buen Camino and Victor’s Future. He was purchased as a yearling for $45,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. For the season, Trix And Stones has won two of 13 races, hit the board a total of seven times, and earned $114,262. “He’s been doing a pretty good job for us,” said Jamieson, who owns the colt with Joanne Morrison and Robert Boyce. “I’m really happy with him. He’s good mannered and clean gaited; he’s really good that way. For a colt, he’s very quiet and easy to handle. He’s just a nice horse.” Trix And Stones began his career in the New Jersey Sire Stakes series and finished second to Greenshoe in the championship. His first win came in a conditioned race at Woodbine Mohawk Park and was followed by second-place finishes in divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes at Lexington’s Red Mile. After going through the mixed sale, Trix And Stones finished fourth in his Breeders Crown elimination to advance to the final, where he finished seventh but was found to be sick. “I had him in the sale but he didn’t bring his reserve so I bought him back for $190,000,” Jamieson said. “I don’t mind selling and taking the money, but I’m not going to give them away when I’ve got a good horse. He’s paid up to the Hambletonian next year and it looks like he’s racing with the best here and staying with them, so he should be all right. I think he will make a heck of a 3-year-old.” Last week, Trix And Stones led from gate to wire, beating Southwind Avenger by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.1 with Scott Zeron in the sulky. Zeron and Trix And Stones will leave from post six in Saturday’s final. “He raced excellent the other night and it looks like we have a good shot on Saturday,” Jamieson said. “We need a little luck, but I think he’s as good as any of them in there.” Seven Hills, with Corey Callahan driving for trainer John Butenschoen, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the Valley Victory. Seven Hills finished second in his elimination, which was won by Chin Chin Hall in 1:54.4. Chin Chin Hall, with Peter Wrenn driving for Melanie Wrenn, is 9-2 on the morning line. For Saturday’s complete Meadowlands entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

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