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Plainville, MA --- A pair of $18,000 condition contests highlighted the harness racing action at Plainridge Park on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 25) with front-end speed prevailing in each. In the District 9 special event "The Brown", Opus Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer Jr.) went right to the front and paced to the half unencumbered in :56.4. Then during the second half he turned back a mid-race challenge from Simply Susational N (Ron Cushing) and held off a late stretch run by Biggie (Mitchell Cushing) to win by 1/4 length in 1:53.4. It was the third win of the year for Opus Blue Chip ($5.40) who is owned by Scott Dillon and trained by Joe Nelson. Then in the 5-year-old and under condition, Whata Foolbelieves (Matty Athearn) got away third at the quarter but pulled at that point and took command by the half in :55.2. Right there Touch Of Character (Steve Wilson) pulled alongside and started to match strides with the leader. The two paced in tandem to three-quarters and around the far turn where Whata Foolbelieves took command by a length and held off late rushes from three closers to win by 1/4 length in 1:53.3. It was also the third win of the year for Whata Foolbelieves ($3.00) and owners Joan Harmon, Normand St. Clair and Michael Foley. Gretchen Athearn does the training. Whata Foolbelieves Whata Foolbelieves Team Graffam had a big day at The Ridge as Nick Graffam had a driving triple and Mike Graffam had a training double to lead all horsemen in their respective categories. There is no racing on Thanksgiving Thursday (Nov. 26) but live racing will resume for the last time in 2020 on Friday (Nov. 27) at 1 p.m. Plainridge has announced that Friday's Hi-5 wager -- which is offered in race six -- will carry a guaranteed $75,000 pool with a mandatory payout. The Wicked Hi-5 on Friday will be part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering program and as such, a free program page for the race will be available on the USTA's website or by clicking here. The $75,000 guaranteed pool is the largest ever offered in the 21-year history of Plainridge Park. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plunge Blue Chip, who began her career as a two-year-old, was a harness racing champion of her era. Now retired to the breeding shed she was the first three-year-old trotter to go inside 1:50 and the fastest ever trotter on a half-mile track (1:51.3). One of only six female trotters in history to win a race in faster than 1:50, Plunge Blue Chip (1:49.4), along with her great adversary, Manchego, are the only two trotting mares to achieve the feat more than once. She also clocked 1:49.1 when a close second in The Allerage. It can rightly be claimed of Plunge Blue Chip that she is one of the best bred and best performed trotting mares in the last decade. As a two-year-old she won nine of her 10 outings and $404,690 in stakes including the $420,750 Goldsmith Maid in 1:53.1 at The Meadowlands and the $173,000 Matron Stakes at Dover Downs. She took her record of 1:49.4 at three years, winning a $128,500 division of the Delvin Miller Memorial at The Meadowlands, in which she defeated Manchego ($2,857,315). The time equalled the fastest trotting mile ever put up at the Big M and tied the season’s record. The Delvin Miller Memorial Plunge Blue Chip equalled her world record 1:49.4 performance in winning a Kentucky Futurity elimination at The Red Mile, defeating Atlanta and Manchego. Among her other successes at three were the $129,000 Hudson Filly Trot in 1:53.1 – the fastest trotting mile in Yonkers history when set – and the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes Final, while she recorded notable placings in the Breeders Crown, Hambletonian Oaks and Zweig Memorial. Plunge Blue Chip won the Miss Versatility Series, run at Delaware’s half-mile track, in 1:52.1 at four and in a world record 1:51.3 at five, in which she matched her world record-breaking effort in the $133,000 Joie De Vie at Tioga Downs a month earlier. Plunge Blue Chip winning the Miss Versatility Series Plunge Blue Chip nabbed her richest win of the year at her final start in the $140,000 TVG Free-for-all in a stake record-equalling 1:51.4 at The Meadowlands, brushing home in 27.1 to score by 1-1/2 lengths. In all, Plunge Blue Chip recorded 23 wins and 19 placings in 48 starts and finished up with a stake tally of $1,596,841 – an average of $33,268 per start.  Among the top trotters she met and defeated were Hannelore Hanover ($3,069,857), Atlanta ($2,859,610), Manchego ($2,857,315) and Emoticon Hanover ($2,044,663). “She can do everything. She can leave fast, she never breaks, and she is strong. She is always fighting to the wire,” trainer and part-owner Ake Svanstedt said. On the score of blood Plunge Blue Chip lacks nothing. Her sire Muscle Mass (1:53.4) was a champion with stake earnings of $229,000 and has been one of America’s top sires for some time. He figures as the sire of two of America’s greatest trotters in Six Pack 1:49.1 ($1,973,661) and Plunge Blue Chip 1:49.4 ($1,596,841) and, in all, he sired 90 in the 1:55 list, 137 $100,000 earners and the winners of more than $43 million. Plunge Blue Chip belongs to a noted female line, her dam Dunk The Donato being by Donato Hanover (1:50.1), Hambletonian winner and champion sire and broodmare sire from Irene’s Lucky Lady (1:54.3), by Winky’s Pine (1:55.2 son of Pine Chip) from Meadowbranch Irene, by Meadow Road (1:54.2), Swedish Horse of the Year and Elitlopp winner. Dunk The Donato, the dam of Plunge Blue Chip, is proving a successful broodmare. She is also the dam of Splash Blue Chip (1:58.3), who was placed in this year’s Breeders Crown 2YO Final, and Naco Blue Chip (1:57.3). Her grand-dam, Irene’s Lucky Lady, a winner of $138,117, ranked as a half-sister to the USA Trotter of the Year and dual Breeders Crown champion Mr Muscleman 1:51.1 ($4,032,206), the winner of a world record 30 races in 1:55 or faster. Lady Chaos (1:53.1), the winner of the recent Breeders Crown 2YO Filly Trot and Kentucky Sire Stakes and $560,803 in stakes, is a member of the same family as Plunge Blue Chip. Plunge Blue Chip can boast two strains of Valley Victory, the sire of the great Muscles Yankee, on the top side of her pedigree, while champion sires such as Andover Hall, Pine Chip, Donerail and Nevele Pride appear on the distaff side. Peter Wharton

An Open Pace and three eliminations for the Alan Horowitz Pace share the harness racing spotlight at Cal Expo on Friday night. The trotters and pacers are now in action every Friday and Saturday evening for a 44-day session, with 11 races this Friday and a first post of 4:55 p.m. The Open brings out the popular Allmyx'sliventexas, who has gone many sensational miles over this layout in his career for his owner/breeders Wayne and Rod Knittel and trainer Bob Johnson. He will be handled by Nick Roland. A 7-year-old son of Hi Hi Silverheel's out of the Distinguishedbaron mare Annie Get Your Gun, he has a lifetime mark of 1:50 that was established two years ago over the seven-eighths Hoosier Park oval. Allmyx'sliventexas got nice and tight for Friday's assignment with a sharp qualifier last weekend with Roland handling the lines. He blasted right to the front, carved out all the fractions and then came home in style by nearly five lengths in 1:56 3/5. Taking him on Friday are Dependlebury, Bngs Express, Ponda's Prospect, Super Pac Hanover and Gorgeous For Real. The Open goes as the fourth race on the card, while the Alan Horowitz eliminations occupy the first, eighth and tenth-race slots on the program. There is also an Open III Trot going as the third that features invading Mshindi for driver/trainer Tim Clevenger. $63,764 Single 6 carryover, reduced takeout wagers featured A $63,764 carryover in the Single 6 and a reduced 16% takeout rate on three of the most popular wagers on the card help spice up the action on Friday night. The 20-cent early Pick 4 and 20-cent Pick 5 as usual will feature the lower takeout, and this season Cal Expo has added the reduced 16 percent takeout rate to the 20-cent Pick 4 as well. Meanwhile, this weekend will find Alan Horowitz and Bill Conlin remembered with series events named in their honor. Alan Horowitz was a major force in California harness racing over the last several decades and a member of the California Harness Horsemen's Association (CHHA) Hall of Fame who passed away in 2017 at age 72. A $63,764 carryover in the Single 6 and a reduced 16% takeout rate on three of the most popular wagers on the card help spice up the action on Friday night. The 20-cent early Pick 4 and 20-cent Pick 5 as usual will feature the lower takeout, and this season Cal Expo has added the reduced 16 percent takeout rate to the 20-cent Pick 4 as well. Horowitz, who wore many hats in the business, started out as a partner with longtime friends Donald and Barbara Arnstine and Steve Desomer with a $25,000 claimer named Quaker Byrd. Quaker Byrd won his first race for the partners and Alan was hooked. Moving on, Alan would eventually become a board member and president of CHHA. In 1994, Alan was instrumental in bringing harness racing back to Cal Expo in the form of Capitol Racing and was also its successful general manager. He was serving as the Executive Secretary of the CHHA at the time of his retirement in 2013 and continued to stay in touch with the sport that he loved so much. Bill Conlin was the longtime sportswriter, editor and columnist for the Sacramento Bee who passed away in 1997 at the age of 84. With great wit, he covered sports (and more) for six decades, first at the Sacramento Union and then at the Sacramento Bee. He was a daily presence in the Bee's sports section until his retirement in 1985 By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness  

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Harness racing trainer Nancy Takter continued her training dominance by finishing first and second with Fortify and No Lou Zing in the $325,000 Progress Pace.   Overlooked in the wagering, Tim Tetrick left and settled in fifth behind Cattlewash.   It proved to be the perfect place to be.   Tattoo Artist and Yannick Gingras stretched out No Lou Zing, parking him through a sizzling 25.2 opening quarter.   No Lou Zing finally cleared before the half in 53 seconds.   Down the backstretch Tim Tetrick was able to coerce Cattlewash off the rail and was towed into a second over journey. Cattlewash inched closer but was unable to threaten No Lou Zing. They throttled up to the three quarters in 1:20.2, pacing a 27.2 quarter. Past the three quarter point Tetrick roused Fortify three wide.   However,the race fractions were not kind to No Lou Zing, the race favorite. He weakened in the stretch. Fortify (Sweet Lou) won by a half length in 1:48.2 and went off at odds of 10-1.     Fortify is owned by Diamond Creek Racing and was driven by Tim Tetrick. Nancy Takter is the trainer.   No Lou Zing finished a hard fought second for trainer Nancy Takter and driver Dexter Dunn.   Catch The Fire was third for driver Mile Wilder and trainer John Ackley.   After Tim Tetrick’s reaction was “ I liked the way he raced last week, I know I needed a trip in the final”.   “It all worked out because I was able to follow Cattlewash. However, I was disappointed he (Cattlewash) could not carry me further and I had to go three wide”.   Trainer Nancy Takter was overjoyed in the winner’s circle at finishing first and second. “He( Fortify) is a pleasure to be around and I got him this summer. The owners wanted to skip the Breeder’s Crown and I’m glad they did”. He will go back to Diamond Creek and return as a four old.”   Sunny Dee shines and wins the Fillies and Mares Open at Dover. Sunny Dee and Dexter Dunn enjoyed the perfect pocket trip as She’s Pukka N did all the heavy lifting, cutting all the race fractions as the field remained in single file throughout most of the mile. The fractions were 26.1 55.1 and 1:23.3. Dexter Dunn confidently moved Sunny Dee, the three to five wagering favorite, out of the pocket and attacked She’s Pukka N in the stretch.   Sunny Dee won by a measured neck in 1:50.1 as the three to five race favorite.  The last quarter was paced in 26.3. Sunny Dee (Sunshine Beach) is owned by Let It Ride Stables and Bottom Line Racing LLC.  Mike Hall is the trainer. She’s Pukka N. grudgingly, finished second, for driver Tony Morgan and trainer Brian Malone. Queen Of The Pride is trained by Kevin Lare for driver Pat Berry. Tim Tetrick won 5 races on the card including the $325,000 Progress Pace.   by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Dover, DE - Two $100,000 finals of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Series were held at Dover Downs for 2-Year old colt and filly pacers on Wednesday Thanksgiving eve.  “The Ramona Hubbard” for the filly pacers was won by Littlebagoftricks (Roddy’s Bags Again-Bit Of Trick) in 1:52.4, a new lifetime record and stakes record for driver Russell Foster and trainer/co-owner Josh Green. Co-owned by Charles Cochran, III and Richard Lombardo and bred by Josh’s father’s Green Racing, Inc. The place filly was Hey Hey Dbay followed by Stealing Bases.   The colt pacers saw a huge upset in Downtown Show (Delmarvalous-Slow Down Rita) who went off at 59-1 and scored a Maiden win in 1:54 for driver Allan Davis and trainer Les Givens.   Owned by Henry Faragalli,III, Arthur Feeney, and Teresa Givens’ (daughter of Ramona Hubbard), Nanticoke Racing, Inc. The breeder was Winbak Farm. Second was the Harrington final winner, Subban with Z’s Dream finishing third. The 3-year olds series for DSBF pacers begins Monday with trotting fillies. Post Time 4:30 PM by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF

Batavia, NY --- They say it's not where you start, it's where you finish and Lougazi is the poster boy for that motto. And he proved it true once again on Wednesday night (Nov. 25) as he went from worst to first in the $8,500 Open I Handicap harness racing trot at Batavia Downs in a driving rain over a sloppy track. Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) got away last by 15-1/2 lengths as Cordoba Hall (Billy Davis Jr.) and CR Blazin Beauty (Dave McNeight III) were in a speed duel on the point, smoking to the quarter in :27.3 and the half in :56.2. But as they headed up the backstretch for the second time, those two hit a wall and Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.) came out of the three hole with Daylon Phantom (Dan Yetman) on his back and Lougazi travelling fast third-over behind him. Southern Palms took the lead but Lougazi was three-deep and flying and he drew alongside Southern Palms in the last turn. The two hit the stretch together but Lougazi said "goodbye" and trotted home in hand by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:58.1. It was the second win in the last four starts for Lougazi ($7.50) who is owned by Mary Warriner and trained by Ryan Swift. The co-featured $8,500 Open I pace for fillies and mares was scratched down to a field of five and Lady Dudette (Kyle Cumming) took no prisoners as she grabbed the lead at the quarter, parked out Tellawoman (Dave McNeight III) to the half and then refused to let anyone else to get close to her as she paced home under a line drive to win by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:56.2. Lady Dudette ($11.40) scored her eighth win of the year for owner Kyle Cummings and trainer Tammy Cummings. Billy Davis Jr. had the hot hand in the sulky Wednesday, scoring a Grand Slam on the card. He won with SR Radar (2:01, $5.20), Sunset Sid (1:57.3, $19.00), The Land Shark (2:01.2, $10.40) and Expensive toy (1:58.3, $6.40). 12 different trainers accounted for the 12 winning horses on Wednesday. With no winner in the Pick-5 wager on Wednesday (Nov. 25) at Batavia Downs, there is a $2,392 carry-over that will move to Saturday (Nov. 28) and it has been announced that there will be a guaranteed pool of $7,500 for the Pick-5 wager that day. The pool is part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages are now available courtesy of Trackmaster on the USTA's website or by clicking here. (https://legacy.trackmaster.com/usta/btv1128x.pdf) The Pick-5 wager begins in race one and runs through race five. It is a 50-cent base wager and if all five winners aren't selected, any carryover pool will be moved to the Pick-5 wager on next Wednesday's (Dec. 2) program. Post time for the first race Saturday is 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

World champion trotter Muscle Hill's trainer, Gregory Peck (Yes, the same name as the late, great, legendary actor) is our special guest on this week's Harness Racing Alumni Show. Gregory Peck, trainer of the legendary Muscle Hill, who many consider the greatest trotter of all time (21 starts and 20 wins, earnings of 3.27 million & world record of 1:50.1).   Mr. Peck tells Freddie, Trade and Bob how he out bid trainer Chuck Sylvester by $5,000 at the Harrisburg sale to become Muscle Hill's winning bidder. As a top trainer, Greg gives his expert opinion on drugs in racing and his thoughts on the overuse of Lasix and much more. Listen to this powerful conversation on this week's Harness Racing Alumni Show.   To listen to the show, click here.    by Fred Hudson, for the Harness Racing Alumni Show    

CHESTER, PA - With Harrah's Philadelphia not presenting a live program on Thanksgiving Thursday afternoon, the trotters and the pacing mares both got turns in the racing spotlight, with each group having a $12,800 feature and an $11,600 co-feature. In the $12,800 events for "non-winners of 5 races," the trotters were led by the Explosive Matter sophomore gelding Arclight Hanover, who rewarded the bettors who made him the favorite by sweeping wide on the far turn and going off to a 1¾ length victory over Andela in 1:56.3 for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Mark Harder, the latter co-owner with Deena Frost and Emma Petterson.   The Bettor's Delight mare Iron Mistress proved most photogenic in a three-way photo to take the top pacing purse and also a new mark of 1:52.3 for owner/trainer/driver Ray Baynes. Pacesetting Somebeachsomefra was engaged by first pocketpulling favorite Wayside and then by the winner up the inside; the right-hand foe she handled, but her left-handed opponent she could not withstand. In the pacing $11,600 fast-class contest, My Kiwi Lady N, a frequent winner at the Running Aces meet but off the board twice since coming east, stormed down the center of the track in posting a career best 1:51.3 for trainer/driver Chris Scicluna, a length to the good of Crazy Cute. Vinny Ginsburg, the driver of the $94.00 upsetter, is now tied with Simon Allard and David Miller in having guided three such "bombers" during the 2020 Philly action. Driver Yannick Gingras returned to Victory Lane after the trotting co-feature with the Yankee Glide gelding Max, who was solid in a 1:54 wire-to-wire victory to make him a winner of $227,156. Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC share ownership in the winner with Frank Baldachino; for trainer Ron Burke, the win was his 78th of the season at Philly. That total currently gives Burke a two-win cushion over Gilbert Garcia-Owen as he attempts to complete his first "Pennsylvania triple": Ron won the training title at Pocono for the first time this year, and he has a giant lead at The Meadows. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 25 -- Seadog Lady, the 1-9 favorite, made a shambles of the harness racing field Wednesday at The Meadows, drawing off as she pleased and capturing the featured $10,100 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace in a career-fastest 1:51.4 over a "good" surface. Once Seadog Lady turned back the early challenge of Marvalous Song, it was all open racetrack for Dave Palone and the 3-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Fionavar Hanover. She defeated Red River Jane by 6-3/4 lengths, with Dream Dancing third.   Ron Burke trains Seadog Lady, who won for the fifth time in 11 career starts, for Dale Towle. Palone and Burke each fashioned triples on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Friday, first post 12:45 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA  

Monticello NY- Harness racing drivers Jim Taggart Jr. and Greg Merton both will be enjoying a festive Thanksgiving as Taggart won 4 races and Greg Merton won 3 on Wednesday November 25 at Monticello Raceway. For Taggart the last time that he recorded this feat was just a month ago on October 26. The day started off on the right foot as Taggart won race 1 aboard Grave Dancer who scored a 3 length victory in 1:58 for trainer Dan Gill. 2 races later Taggart was back in the winner circle with the Gary Messenger trained KJ Owen who earned his 2nd win of the year after pacing the mile in 1:55.4 in a 7 length romp. His 3rd win came virtue of a Dead Heat in race 8 with Chip Chip Conway and Hot Summer Knight (Cory Stratton) the pair trotted the mile in 1:58.4. Superiorcourt was win #4, the Rick Harp trained son of Conway Court went wire to wire from post position 7 to win in 1:59.1 to notch his 3 win of the year. Greg Merton won with Threehundred Wirth 1:57.2 - $4.40, Rise Up Now 1:57.1 - $4.70 and Tinos Pulse 1:58.3- $16.40. Also of note on the card Cory Stratton drove 2 winners, Trainer Gay Messenger and Dan Gill each trained 2 winners on the 13 race program. Jim Taggart Jr. trails Bruce Aldrich for leading dash winning driver at the Mighty M by 20 wins. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

The deadline to renew Ohio-registered Standardbred stallions is November 30, 2020 for the 2021 Ohio harness racing breeding season. In 2020, a total of 125 stallions were registered in Ohio for the breeding season, which runs from January 15 through July 15 in the Buckeye State. According to the United States Trotting Association (USTA) statistics, 2,860 mares were bred in Ohio in 2020, the most of any state in America. Renewal forms can be downloaded from the Ohio State Racing Commission website under the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) tab at www.racingohio.net/OSDF.html. As well, the website also contains downloadable forms for new stallions. The renewal form must be postmarked by November 30, 2020 and include a check or money order for $25. Forms postmarked after that day will be returned and the stallion must be registered as a new stallion, with a $100 fee and a notary seal. For questions, contact Kimberly Rinker, OSDF administrator, at 614-779-0269. by Kimberly Rinker, Ohio Standardbred Development Fund Administrator

Plainville, MA --- The Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta at Plainridge Park has not been hit since September and the carryover has been growing exponentially. With that pool now standing at $47,420 and the meet ending on Friday (Nov. 27), Plainridge has announced that Friday's Hi-5 wager in race six will carry a guaranteed $75,000 pool with a mandatory payout. If there is no unique winning harness racing combination purchased, the track will pay out on the closest winning combination(s) wagered. "Plainridge Park is very excited to offer this pool on Friday and excited for our fans to have the opportunity for a big payoff," said Jay Savastano, Mutuels Manager/Assistant Director of Racing Services at Plainridge Park. "Despite the challenges we have all faced in 2020, we had a very solid meet and our customers supported us all year. This guaranteed pool is a great way for us to end the year." The Wicked Hi-5 on Friday will be part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering program and as such, a free program page for the race will be available on the USTA's website (ustrotting.com) under the "Handicapping Tab" or by clicking here. (https://legacy.trackmaster.com/usta/prc1127x.pdf) The $75,000 guaranteed pool is the largest ever offered in the 21-year history of Plainridge Park. Plainridge Park will be dark on Thursday (Nov. 26) in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Post time for the first race on Friday is 1 p.m. The $75,000 guaranteed Hi-5 sixth race is slated to go off at 2:40 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park

The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) is formally announcing that due to travel concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Dan Patch Awards Banquet, scheduled to be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort on Feb. 21, 2021, has been cancelled. The 2020 divisional equine awards will be announced virtually, as will an abbreviated roster of human awards. In addition, USHWA will hold their Directors and General Membership meeting exclusively online. The determination was made through a unanimous vote of USHWA's Executive Board and President's Advisory Committee. "This has been an extremely challenging year for everyone and health was our priority in making the decision to cancel the 2021 Dan Patch Awards Banquet," said Kimberly Rinker, USHWA President. "USHWA's executive and presidential advisory teams have worked diligently to ensure that the Dan Patch Awards will continue in 2022 and beyond." As well, there will be no Dan Patch Awards Journal in 2021 and USHWA will not be soliciting advertising or sponsorships. "We are eternally grateful for the years of advertising and sponsorship support by so many in the harness racing industry," Rinker continued. "USHWA relies on these monies to put on a first-class event in the Dan Patch Awards Banquet. I think people are tired and frustrated by the events of the past year and they need a break. When things return to normal, I'm confident that those folks who have supported USHWA in the past will continue their support." USHWA's Executive Board and President's Advisory Committee will convene Sunday, Nov. 29 to determine the agenda and full schedule for the virtual 2021 Dan Patch Awards and USHWA's Meetings. That information will be disseminated once all the details have been finalized. From the United States Harness Writers Association

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - When a harness racing track hosts "event programs" with marquee races such as the Meadowlands Pace and Hambletonian, it's difficult to stack up a third card to match the other two in terms of excitement and impact. But on Saturday (Nov. 21) night, Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night did well to live up to those programs with thrilling racing where divisional honors were won and lost, as well as featuring outstanding performances from some of the game's best horsemen and horsewomen at the showcase of the sport, The Meadowlands. The human stars of the night were Dexter Dunn and Nancy Takter. Dunn locked up the United States Harness Writers Association's Driver of the Year Award while Takter sewed up the Trainer of the Year trophy. Of the eight stakes races on the card, Dunn emerged victorious four times, guiding Manchego (TVG Open Trot), Kissin In The Sand (TVG Mares Pace), Always A Miki (Governor's Cup) and Bettor's Wish (TVG Open Pace) to victory lane. Takter scored three victories, as her trainees - Manchego, Kissin In The Sand and Always A Miki - were all handled by Dunn. In addition to that power-packed threesome, Takter also had likely Horse of the Year winner Tall Dark Stranger - the Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup champion - in her barn. Four horses made the final starts of their careers on Saturday, and, remarkably, all were seen in the winner's circle at their race's end. Manchego, a three-time Breeders Crown winner, gunned down arch-rival Atlanta for her 33rd win from 56 career starts while Plunge Blue Chip powered clear of her foes in TVG Mares Trot after a crafty second-quarter rating of :29.1 by trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. Kissin In The Sand ended her time on the track with a seventh straight score, taking down defending Horse of the Year Shartin N in 1:48 while Bettor's Wish, so game in taking The Big M's Sam McKee Memorial in the summer, had another superb mile-oval performance in closing out his career with a 1:48.1 clocking in the TVG Open Pace. WILD WEEKEND WAGERING: For a second straight weekend, betting surpassed the $5-million plateau as a total of $5,079,059 was pushed through the windows after $2,334,662 was bet Friday (Nov. 20) and another $2,744,397 on Saturday (Nov. 21). Saturday saw steady play in the track's popular multi-leg wagers as $90,865 was poured into the Late 50-cent Pick-4 pool, $74,285 in the 20-cent Pick-5, $73,875 in the Early Pick-4, $42,871 in the 20-cent Pick-6, $23,341 in the 10-cent Pentafecta and $17,839 in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-7, which might have been the smallest of the featured pools, but yielded by far the biggest payout, as one sharp player wagering into the Nassau-Suffolk Off-Track Betting hub walked away with $15,163.06. THE SCHEDULE: Live racing will continue every Friday and Saturday night through the end of 2020. The one exception is Christmas Day. Post time every night is 7:15 p.m. BIG GUARANTEES: The Big M offers up $140,000 in guaranteed green every racing night with a $50,000 guaranteed pool on the first race 20-cent Pick-5, a $50,000 guarantee on the sixth race Early 50-cent Pick-4 and a $40,000 promise on the 10th race Late 50-cent Pick-4. All have a low takeout of 15 percent. FREE PPs: For free past performances of Meadowlands races, courtesy of the United States Trotting Association and TrackMaster, go to playmeadowlands.com. Races one through five - the entire 20-cent Pick-5 - will be available for both the Friday and Saturday cards this week. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M's Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Andrew Demsky (@shadesonracing) and Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1). Check in everyday for Meadowlands news and updates at those handles, as well as @TheMeadowlands and #playbigm. CHECK OUT THE PICKS: For those who need to get a leg up on the action, go to playmeadowlands.com to see track oddsmaker and analyst Brower's selections and commentary. Click on the "handicapping" tab and go to "race reviews". Additionally, track announcer Warkentin's blog is available on the site and offers his picks and analysis. On race nights, access picks and plays from the Big M TV team at #playbigm or at @TheMeadowlands. CHECK OUT THE SHOW: As always look for the "Racing from The Meadowlands" live in-house simulcast show every Friday and Saturday night. The pre-game show begins at 6:42 p.m. First race is at 7:15 p.m. This Friday, Demsky will join Brower on set Friday night while it'll be the "Dave & Dave" show on Saturday as Brower and Little will be the on-camera presence. If you can't make it out to the track, you can watch and wager on all the action at home. Go to rtn.tv or your favorite ADW platform to catch every race live. A HOLIDAY WISH: "2020 has been tough on everybody," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir, "so all of us at The Meadowlands want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We want everyone to stay as safe as possible while they celebrate and give thanks, so that we can get back to normal as soon as possible. We appreciate the efforts of our employees, horsemen and faithful fans for their continued support throughout the pandemic to make The Meadowlands experience the best in all of harness racing." GET YOUR FOOTBALL FIX: The National Football League season rolls on with games this Thursday, Sunday and Monday, and you can wager on all of the action in the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook. Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26) features three NFL games, as the Houston Texans (-3) travel to Detroit to take on the Lions at 12:30 p.m. before the Dallas Cowboys (-2½) play host to the Washington Football Team in a key NFC East matchup at 4:30 p.m. The day concludes with an 8:20 p.m. tilt between the visiting Baltimore Ravens and the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers (-4). One can wager on a full slate of college football games as well. There are also other sports available to bet on in the book from 10 a.m. - midnight Sunday through Friday and from 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. on Saturday. From the Meadowlands  

Grove City, OH - The registration for mares bred in 2020 to be eligible for Ohio Breeder's Awards must be post marked by November 30th. Registrations received with post marks after November 30th will be charged a late fee. To be eligible for Breeder's Awards, mares must be bred to an Ohio Standardbred stallion, must foal in Ohio and remain in Ohio for 187 consecutive days in the year of foaling, all owners of the mare must be Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association members and new forms must be completed each year that the mare is bred. For more information and forms, visit the OHHA website at https://www.ohha.com/breedersawards.html. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA

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