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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - After last weekend saw him win six races and finish second on nine occasions in just 34 starts, Yannick Gingras upgraded from superb to scintillating at the Meadowlands Thursday night, winning five times on the 11-race harness racing program. Gingras, whose horses have earned over $13 million during 2019, now has 32 wins at the Big M Fall Meeting, trailing only Dexter Dunn, who has 41. Dunn did not race at the Meadowlands Thursday. Gingras got things going in the third race, scoring with the Nick Surick-trained Sew Psyched in a fillies and mares $7,500 claiming pace. The 4-5 favorite hit the wire in 1:56 on the way to winning for the seventh time in 32 seasonal starts. Gingras would then go from bake to broil, winning four in a row beginning in Race 6. Cracklin Rosie scored in a fillies and mares conditioned pace for trainer Juan Cano. The 6-year-old mare completed the mile in 1:54 and won by 4½ dominant lengths in wire-to-wire fashion after being sent to the gate as the 3-5 public choice. Next, Gingras guided 2-year-old gelding Island Of The Sea to victory after traveling first-over for the final half-mile in a non-winners of two pace. The Eric Ell trainee, who was the 4-5 favorite, hit the wire in 1:52.1 while winning for the second time in three lifetime starts. Gloria Pierre gave Gingras his fourth score of the night with a gigantic mile as the 3-2 public choice in a fillies and mares $10,000-$12,500 claiming handicap pace. The Yogi Sheridan trainee went parked to the quarter from post 10, finally getting the lead just after three-eighths before taking pressure and holding sway to the wire in 1:53.3 for her eighth win of the year in 39 tries. "I didn't think the trip was that hard," said Gingras. "She won really easy two starts back. When I got to the front tonight, I thought the fractions were fair. She did not surprise me at all." The incredible Preppy Art completed the 40-year-old driver's five-bagger, scoring as the 4-5 choice in 1:53.1 in a $10,000 claiming pace. Preppy Art, who won for the seventh time in his last eight starts, was claimed for a seventh consecutive start, this time by Nick Surick, who was Preppy Art's trainer for his win on Dec. 5. "I knew I had some live ones tonight," said Gingras. "I thought I had some power going in. I had some big favorites, so I tried to take control of the races." Even on a big night, Gingras did some second-guessing after tasting defeat with 1-5 favorite JB's Shooting Star in the 10th race. "It's easy after the race," said Gingras. "But I wish I had gotten closer to the front, (Andy McCarthy driving Woodmere Oleksiak) had position on me, and I had to outpace him home, instead of the other way around." A LITTLE MORE: Before Gingras, the last driver to win five times on a card was Dunn (on Dec. 13). ... The last time a driver won six times was when Gingras turned the trick on Feb. 2. ... The USTA's Michael Carter did a superb job calling the races on the third of four "Borrow Ken's Binoculars" Thursdays. ... All-source handle on the 11-race card was $1,277,001. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Trump Nation may have looked a bit class-challenged in the past performance lines, but harness racing driver Yannick Gingras and the betting public showed confidence and they were rewarded with an impressive victory in the Saturday night featured Preferred for pacers at the Meadowlands. The Ron Burke trainee was facing a strong field - including Geez Joe, who won the Preferred last week in 1:50 as the 8-5 favorite - but the parimutuel players sent him to the gate as the 6-5 choice despite the fact that he had beaten a far weaker conditioned field in his last start. As for Gingras, he had choice of Trump Nation and another Burke trainee, Wheels On Fire (who would finish last in the field of eight), and as it turned out, he backed the right candidate. Yonkers shipper Saying Grace N left hard to grab the early lead and hit the quarter in :27.3. Gingras then called on Trump Nation to move to the top, and the pair reached the lead before the half. Lyons Steel was now moving toward the leader from first-over, almost getting on even terms with Trump Nation as three-quarters went in 1:23.2. Geez Joe, the 5-2 second choice, gapped third-over cover down the backside before rallying well through the stretch, only to be outkicked for the place spot by Franco Totem N, who finished 1 length behind the winner. Lyons Steel hung in there for fourth. The time for the mile was 1:51.1. "He was very good again," said Gingras of Trump Nation. "I wasn't too worried (when Lyons Steel challenged) but you still have to respect the competition." Trump Nation, a 4-year-old gelded son of Betterthancheddar-Late Flyin N who is owned by Burke Racing, E Katz, Weaver Bruscemi and Purnel & Libby, returned $4.60 to his backers. He now has 13 wins in 35 career starts and earnings of $383,796. Trump Nation A LITTLE MORE: The amazing Dexter Dunn keeps on winning races in bunches. On Friday, he scored five times and added four more on Saturday to run his meet-leading win total to 41. Gingras, who had two on Friday and three more Saturday, is next with 27. ... Fueled by horses who went off at 26-1 and 36-1, the 50-cent Pick-5 returned $33,873. ... At the opposite end of the spectrum was the 50-cent Pick-4, which came back $68.95 after two favorites, a 5-2 and a 9-2 shot won during the sequence. ... All-source handle totaled $2,222,157. ... Racing resumes Thursday at 7:15 p.m. "Borrowing Ken's Binoculars" that night will be the USTA's Michael Carter.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - After going off stride just after the half a week ago as the 4-5 harness racing favorite on the way to a ninth-place finish, Southwind Chrome rebounded in a big way Friday night, taking the featured $30,000 Preferred for trotters at the Meadowlands. Sent off this time as the 5-2 second choice in the wagering, Southwind Chrome raced with cover past the quarter behind 9-5 public choice Muscle M Up and ending up clearing the top before the half, which was timed in a quick :54.4 with strong winds at their backs. Midway around the far turn, Ake Svanstedt directed Muscle M Up to vacate the pocket and the duo then dueled all the way to the wire from there. Muscle M Up was determined, but Southwind Chrome was just a bit better, hanging on to win by a neck in 1:51.4 after a contentious stretch battle. JL Cruze finished third. "He was super," said winning driver Tim Tetrick of Southwind Chrome. "We went a very fast middle half with a nice horse following us. My horse showed a lot of toughness to hold off Muscle M Up. My horse went a big mile. I'm very happy with his effort." Southwind Chrome, a 4-year-old son of Chapter Seven-Counter Pointe who is trained by Jeff Cullipher and owned by Pollack Racing and Cullipher, returned $7.20 to his backers. He's won 10 of his 30 lifetime starts and earned $181,085. A LITTLE MORE: Leading driver Dexter Dunn, fresh off a month of November that saw him win 23 Big M races, had three winners on the card. ... Dunn and trainer Harry Landy teamed up to take the 11th and 12th races. ... One shrewd handicapper betting into the Oregon hub was the only player to last six legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 and cashed in for $7,480. ... All-source handle totaled $2,252,358 on the 13-race program. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Evident Beauty has been selected as the New Jersey Sire Stakes' harness racing Horse of the Year for 2019. The award, which is voted annually by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, is based solely on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJSS-sponsored races and other major stakes for NJ-sired or bred horses. Evident Beauty, by Trixton out of the Explosive Matter mare Struck By Lindy, swept the preliminary legs and final of her division at the Meadowlands. A winner of $535,234 in 2019 the three-year-old filly trotter won eight of her sixteen starts this year. Regular driver Dave Miller handled Evident Beauty in all her races this season. With a record of 1:55.2 which she took in winning the Premier Division final at The Meadowlands, she was also victorious in open company with wins in the $124,000 Del Miller at the Meadowlands, the $282,000 Elegant Image at Woodbine Mohawk, and the $135 ,000 Moni Maker at Hoosier Park. Evident Beauty is owned by Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Canada, Little E LLC of New York, and RAW Equine of Burlington, Ontario. Richard "Nifty" Norman trained the filly that was bred by White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ. Evident Beauty's connections will be honored at the 63rd annual Breeder Awards Luncheon on January 26, 2020 at the Hilton Gardens Inn in Hamilton, New Jersey.   Christopher Castens

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Tim Tetrick was the hot driver Saturday night at the Meadowlands as he drove the winners of the sixth, seventh and eighth races on the harness racing program. The last of his "natural hat trick" came in the $22,500 featured conditioned pace with San Domino A in 1:50.1. San Domino A picked up cover from 6-5 favorite Harambe Deo as leader Americanprimetime reached the half in :55.1. Harambe Deo and Americanprimetime were on even terms as they passed three-quarters while San Domino A continued along in perfect position second-over. Tetrick tipped San Domino A at just the right time inside the eighth pole as a tired Harambe Deo gave way. A super-game Americanprimetime fought on valiantly along the inside but could not prevent San Domino A from going on to a three-quarter-length win. Declan Seelster rallied for third. Harambe Deo faded to seventh. The winner, a 6-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Reggae Miss, returned $11.80 as the third choice in the wagering. He is owned by Joe P Racing and Oldford Racing, trained by Andrew Harris and now has 18 victories from 62 lifetime starts and earnings of $181,088. Tetrick's other winners came with 4-5 favorite McThriller (in the sixth race) and 1-5 public choice Griffon Hanover (seventh). LIVE RACING THIS THURSDAY: The racing schedule expands from two days a week to three, effective December 5, as live action at the Big M will be conducted on a Thursday-Saturday basis throughout December. Post time is 7:15 p.m. A LITTLE MORE: 50-cent Pick-5 players who had winning tickets cashed in for a handsome $3,476, even though none of the horses in the sequence went off at odds longer than 7-2. ... The 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 played out like a jackpot wager once again. One sharp bettor playing into the Portland hub who lasted seven legs walked away with $8,501. ... Andy Miller matched Tetrick by winning three times on the program. ... Tyler Buter drove two to victory lane on the card, giving him five winner's circle visits for the weekend. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card totaled $2,475,703, pushing wagering for the weekend past the $5 million mark.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Driver Joe Bongiorno guided Misslarose to a perfect pocket trip and the veteran harness racing mare found clearance inside the final sixteenth to pull off a 30-1 shocker in the $30,000 featured Preferred for trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night. The 5-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-Marion Chocolata was hustled away from the gate by Bongiorno and raced in the pocket behind JL Cruze at the quarter in :27.1. The action started to heat up at the half as Rich And Miserable vacated the three-hole to come after the leader. The look of the race changed shortly thereafter when 4-5 favorite Southwind Chrome broke as he looked to pick up cover. On the far turn, Rich And Miserable was up to engage JL Cruze as Bongiorno sat patiently just in behind the dueling leaders, waiting for his chance. And his chance would come. Through the stretch, Meladys Monet, who swung three-wide for the drive after going a third-over journey, was putting in his usual late charge while Rich And Miserable clung to a short edge after JL Cruze weakened. Nearing the wire, Bongiorno found a seam between Rich And Miserable (to his inside) and Meladys Monet (to his outside) and got up on the wire to record a neck win over Meladys Monet and Rich And Miserable in 1:53. Even at odds of 30-1, Misslarose's trainer had faith. "If I can be totally honest," said Jenn Bongiorno. "I really did think we had a shot. Granted, this was a big step up and I respect the field of horses she was up against immensely - the field was stacked - but at the end of the day, this is a really nice mare that absolutely loves the Big M. "(My brother) Joe couldn't have worked out a better trip and just always seems to get the most out of our horses. Both Joe and Misslarose continue to impress me more and more every day. I couldn't be happier." Misslarose, who paid $62.40 to win, now has four wins in eight Meadowlands starts in 2019 and has 11 Big M victories over the last two years. Her only other start in the Preferred ranks this season came in February when she missed a head to Trolley. Her career stats now stand at 19 wins from 73 starts and earnings of $229,790 for owner Wish Me Luck Stables. A LITTLE MORE: Trainer Justin Sodano, 23, won his first career Meadowlands race when The Lady Sheriff scored in the fifth race. ... One sharp player betting into the Catskills hub walked away with $6,847 after lasting just five legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10. Three of the five races were won by the post-time favorite. ... Tyler Buter had the right stuff, driving three winners on the card. Buter's fans grabbed some Black Friday green as his horses paid off at 2-1, 13-1 and 11-1. ... All-source handle for the 13-race card was $2,622,854, third best at the Fall Meeting. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Meadowlands Racetrack is holding its 16th Annual Toy Collection Drive through Monday, December 2nd. Once again the racetrack has teamed up with NY Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa & the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots 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. Enunwa will be at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Monday, December 2 from 6:30-8:30pm. FOX5 Sportscaster Tina Cervasio will emcee the event. Anyone that brings in a new unwrapped toy will be able to meet and grab a selfie with Enunwa. "I look forward to this toy collection drive each year," said Jason M. Settlemoir, GM/COO of Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment. "We are excited to help Quincy Enunwa and Harlem Grown bring some holiday cheer to those in need." Details at PlayMeadowlands.com   by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Misslarose is a harness racing veteran who knows what the winner's circle at the Meadowlands looks like, and the 5-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-Marion Chocolata found her way there again Friday night after winning the Big M's featured event, a high-level $20,000 conditioned trot. Gemologist, the longest shot in the field at odds of 79-1, was on the go early and led the field past the quarter before yielding the top to 3-2 favorite Very Very Fast. Misslarose was also in the early scrum and quickly brushed up to the top just before the half, stopping the clock there in :56.2. The Jenn Bongiorno trainee, who won at the Big M seven times a year ago, showed her home-field advantage from there, hitting three-quarters in 1:25 before reporting home an easy winner, 1¼ lengths in front of Very Very Fast, in 1:53.2. Uncle Hanover rallied for third. With Dave Miller doing the driving, Misslarose returned $7.20 to her backers as the second choice in the wagering. She now has three wins in seven Meadowlands starts this year, and over the last 23 months, has won at the Big M 10 times. "What a solid edition to the stable," said Bongiorno of the winner, who was making only her fifth start for the conditioner. "She absolutely loves the Big M. Once she got to the front tonight, I knew it would be tough to catch her. She just loves to do her work. I'm proud she can beat a solid field of aged male trotters." Owned by Wish Me Luck Stables, Misslarose has now amassed 18 wins from 72 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $214,790. CHURN, BABY, CHURN: A formful night of racing led to many tickets cashed on the Big M's popular multi-leg wagers. There were six winning favorites on the program, while nine of the 13 races on the card resulted in win payouts of $7.20 or less. The 50-cent Pick-5 returned $161.20 while the 50-cent Pick-4 came back $67.15. A LITTLE MORE: You can't stop Dexter Dunn, you can only hope to contain him. The 30-year-old New Zealander, who leads the Big M driver's colony with 18 victories, won three on the Friday program. Dunn loves to win in bunches, as in the early stages of the Fall Meeting, he's won four on a card twice and three on three occasions. ... Yannick Gingras also won three on the card. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $2,314,260. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Dave Little

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The original Halley's Comet is a short-period comet visible from Earth every 75-76 years. Good thing for fans of Hallie's Comet the harness racing horse, that he wins with a lot more regularity than that. The Ron Burke-trained Hallie's Comet, a 5-year-old gelded son of Roddy's Bags Again-Joyanna, won his third straight start (the first came at Pocono Downs), scoring Saturday night at the Meadowlands in the track's featured $22,500 conditioned pace. Upon arrival at the Big M on Oct. 26, Hallie's Comet pulled off a gigantic upset at odds of 44-1 facing non-winners of $15,000, this time around, facing better non-winners of $20,000 types, the result was the same, while the payoff was not. Hallie's Comet was away fifth in the field of six as 2-1 second choice New Talent, who made the top just after the quarter, led the way at the half in :55.3. Hallie's Comet was off the rail a tad before the halfway point and was towing even-money favorite Hayden Hanover into the race. 'Comet' continued to gain on the leader and was on even terms with New Talent when they turned for home. That's when Hallie's Comet took off through the stretch, leaving both New Talent and Hayden Hanover in his wake. Hallie's Comet hit the finish 2½-lengths clear of Hayden Hanover with Vega Star N closing for third. The winner was driven by Yannick Gingras and returned $8.00 to his backers as the third choice in the wagering. He's now won 14 of 94 lifetime starts and earned $239,961 for owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. A LITTLE MORE: Tim Tetrick had the hot hands among the drivers, winning four on the card. Dexter Dunn followed up his four-winner Friday with a three-score Saturday. ... Rich Mattei, who did the commentary on TVG for the Big M, gave out the $74.55 Pick-5 cold. ... Chalk players got to have their fun as seven post-time favorites visited the winner's circle. ... All-source handle on the 13-race card totaled $2,157,207. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Freehold, NJ --- Vinny Ginsburg had a big day at Freehold Raceway on Saturday (November 9), as he piloted home four harness racing winners on the 12-race card.   Ginsburg swept the early double, winning with Tim Lancaster's Rap it Up in race 1 and Davids Coming Home, trained by Brandon Mongiello, in race 2. He completed the hat trick with Sutton Seelster, for Allie Reynolds, in race 4, and got the grand slam while driving Jody Dunning's Real Flight in race 12.   In addition to his four wins, Ginsburg had two second-place finishes. He finished second with Astor in race 6, and again with Rockinwiththebest in race 7.   Ginsburg's four wins gives him 20 since Freehold's re-opening on August 30, and 56 on the calendar year. Both totals are good for third place in the driver standings.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, with a first post time of 12:30 PM EST.     Publicity Freehold Raceway

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Harness racing fans got a real treat Friday night, getting to see the best horse in training right now - the great mare Manchego - tune up for the Nov. 23 TVG Final by easily defeating four overmatched foes in the featured Preferred Handicap for trotters at the Meadowlands. The 4-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill-Secret Magic encountered nothing in the way of trouble, grabbing the lead just before the three-eighths-mile marker, hitting the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24.3, before extending her edge through the stretch on the way to a 3¾-length win in 1:52.4. The fastest female trotter (1:49) of all-time paid $2.10 to win with Dexter Dunn in the sulky. Rich And Miserable was second with Pat Matters third. "She was pretty much under wraps," said winning trainer Nancy Johansson. "Dexter told me he wrapped her up at three-quarters. She's just amazing. She's out there playing. She's so happy now. She just goes out there and does her thing." The question now: Which TVG event will Manchego go in? The $175,000 Mare Trot, or take on the boys in the $350,000 Open Trot. Johansson made it clear which one she'd prefer. "I would like for the Meadowlands to let us race the boys in the Open Trot," said Johansson. "I think she deserves a shot at the boys. Arguably, she's the best trotting horse in training. She has earned the invitation." While the entry box has to be emptied before it's a certainty, it is likely Johansson will get what she desires. "There's a pretty good shot she'll get an invite," said Meadowlands' Racing Secretary Scott Warren. "There has to be room to invite her. There are no eliminations and only 10 can go." Whether the invitation is extended or not, Manchego will be at the Big M on the 23rd. "If the invitation is offered, of course we will take it," said Johansson. "Regardless, she will race (in either the Open or Mare Trot)." Manchego has been on a gigantic roll since coming back from an injury. "She injured herself prior to the (Aug. 24) Maple Leaf Trot," said Johansson. "She lost half of her right hind hoof in the trailer on the way to Canada. It took some time for that to heal. But once that was taken care of, she hasn't lost." Among the victories during her current six-race win streak include the Sept. 27 Dayton Derby (where she won in 1:50.1) at Dayton Raceway, Oct. 6 Allerage (1:49) at Lexington's Red Mile and the Oct. 26 Breeders Crown (1:51) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. She's now won 27 of her 42 career starts and earned $2,037,980 for owners Black Horse Racing. A LITTLE MORE: Dunn had the hot hand among the drivers, guiding four winners on the card. Tyler Buter had three, including a sweep of the late double, which paid $99.00. Buter's other score came with Aragorn Hoss Fi in the third race, paying $109.80 to win ... All-source handle on the 13-race program totaled $1,873,140. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Look out below! After being dismissed at odds of 50-1, Buen Camino shocked an abbreviated star-laden harness racing field in the featured $30,000 Preferred for trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night. The Trond Smedshammer trainee was in no hurry in the early stages, sitting fifth past the quarter and the half. Heading to three-quarters, driver Scott Zeron put Buen Camino in a perfect spot second-over, getting towed into the race by 8-5 favorite Cruzado Dela Noche, who earlier this year won the $175,200 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Big M. Leader Muscle M Up opened up some space between himself and the pocket-sitting JL Cruze as he reached three-quarters in 1:23.2 while Cruzado Dela Noche continued to inch his way forward while parked. At the head of the stretch, Muscle M Up was still a length-and-a-half to the good, but his lead was tenuous as he began to tire. Buen Camino swung around a weary Cruzado Dela Noche with a little more than an eighth of a mile to go as even-money favorite Melady's Monet swung to the far outside after going a third-over journey. "He's a classy horse," said Zeron of Buen Camino. "He's a big strong horse and I figured he could go with (this field). He exceeded my expectations." In deep stretch, it appeared Melady's Money would power by to go on to his fourth straight victory, but Buen Camino was strong to the wire, keeping the favorite at bay for a neck win in a lifetime-best equaling 1:52. JL Cruze was third, followed by Trolley, Muscle M Up and Cruzado Dela Noche in the six-horse field. "I did think Melady's Monet was going to go by," said Zeron. "He had been winning the opens at Yonkers, but my horse exploded off cover and I just had to keep him on that tempo." Buen Camino returned $104.40 to his backers for trainer Trond Smedshammer and owners Purple Haze Stables. The 7-year-old gelded son of Cash Hall-Baby Bella now has 18 wins from 88 career starts, good for earnings of $765,071. PICK-5 CARRYOVER: No one selected all of the winners in the 50-cent Pick-5, creating a carryover of $19,326 going into Saturday's card. The last time there was a Pick-5 carryover, the total pool reached $150,000 (on Oct. 18), and wagering could exceed that figure Saturday, given the four Kindergarten Classic Finals that are on the card that have purses totaling almost $900,000. Those who went four-for-five in the Pick-5 collected $495.55. A LITTLE MORE: Dexter Dunn drove three winners on the card. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race program totaled $2,423,608, a meet best. ... Simulcasting of the Breeders' Cup from Santa Anita begins Saturday with the first Cup event at 2:55 p.m. The Breeders' Cup Classic has a post time of 8:44 p.m. ... Live harness racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Hallie's Comet used some racing luck and a great steer from driver Eric Abbatiello to pull off a major surprise in the featured $22,500 conditioned pace Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The tote board spoke volumes about how evenly-matched the field was, as the post-time favorite was 3-1 while the fifth choice was 4-1. Americanprimetime moved past early leader Sicily to lead while parked at the quarter, before Sicily retook and led the field past the half in :55 and three-quarters in 1:23.3. As Sicily turned for home on the point, Hallie's Comet was in an extremely tough spot, racing fourth along the rail with no apparent shot. That's when the eventual winner got some luck, in the form of a seam between rivals as the horses up front started to weaken. In midstretch, Abbatiello found enough room with the 5-year-old gelded son of Roddy's Bags Again-Joyanna to swing to the far outside before charging home to score in 1:50.2 at odds of 44-1. The Ron Burke trainee, who is owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, paid $91.60 to win as he scored for the 13th time in 93 lifetime starts. His career earnings stand at $228,711. Hallie's Comet hit the wire a head in front of Another Daily Copy while Americanprimetime finished third. A LITTLE MORE: With Hallie's Comet scoring in leg one of the Pick-4, the return was $5,083. ... Driver Steve Smith scored twice at odds of 17-1 early on the program, helping the Pick-5 return a handsome $6,312. ... Driver Tyler Buter, who had four winners last Saturday, tallied three on the card, as did Vinny Ginsburg. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race program totaled $1,947,268. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Rocknificent and Hen Party won their respective harness racing divisions of the sixth and final leg of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds Friday night at the Meadowlands, setting up what should be an interesting final for pacing fillies next week. Rocknificent sat in the three-hole from the start, and when driver Scott Zeron asked for speed nearing the top of the stretch, the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Rocklamation responded in a big way, powering to a 6¾-length win over Courting Marie in a lifetime-best 1:51.1 for trainer Linda Toscano. The 2-5 favorite returned $2.80 to her backers in winning for the fifth time in 10 starts. Hen Party was permitted to rate a middle half in :58 on the way to an easy score in a lifetime-best 1:52.2 for driver Pat Berry and trainer Ron Burke. The daughter of Roll With Joe-My Lady Day was 1½ lengths clear of Love For Sail at the wire. She's now won three of 14 starts, to go along with 11 on-the-board finishes. She paid $2.60 to win as the 1-5 public choice. In other Kindergarten Classic action, El Ideal was dominant in the colt and gelding trot, hitting the wire 6¼ lengths in front of Barley for driver Andy Miller and trainer Ake Svanstedt. The son of Muscle Hill-Courtney Hall completed the mile in 1:54.1 and paid $2.20 to win at odds of 1-9. Chief Mate pulled off an upset in the colt and gelding pace, scoring at odds of 7-1 - paying $16.20 - with Mitch Cushing driving for trainer Tony Alagna. The product of Captaintreacherous-Heaven Forbid hit the wire three-quarters-of-a-length in front of Force N Fury in 1:50.4, a lifetime best. Captain Barbossa, one of six Alagna trainees among the nine starters in the race, finished third as the 4-5 favorite. Filly trotter Senorita Rita never had an anxious moment on the way to a 5-length score over Common Sense S in a lifetime-best 1:54. The daughter of Chapter Seven-Lindys Head Nurse, who was driven by Zeron and is trained by Toscano, returned $3.60 to win as the 4-5 favorite. A LITTLE MORE: The four Kindergarten Classic Finals take place Saturday, Nov. 2, and have estimated purses totaling just over $850,000. ... Both Andy Miller and Marcus Miller recorded driving triples on the program. ... Trainer Jenn Bongiorno sent three to the winner's circle. ... One lucky player wagering into the Twin Sires hub was the only bettor to last seven legs in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $6,302. ... All-source wagering on the 13-race program totaled $1,762,565. ... Simulcasting from Woodbine Mohawk Park, a card that includes eight Breeders Crown Finals, gets underway Saturday at 7 p.m. ... Live racing at the Big M resumes Saturday at 7:05 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

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, 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

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