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Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural joins Ferrall on the Bench to talk about the huge success of sports betting in NJ in year 1, the impact at Fan Duel sports book at the Meadowlands, keeping harness racing alive, and much more. Click on this link to listen  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It was a case of long and short at the Meadowlands in a pair of New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals Friday night, as Villiam scored at 85-1 in the 2-year-old colt and gelding harness racing pace while 3-5 shot Fortune Starlet dominated in the 2-year-old filly trot. Villiam, a gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Village Mirage, had plenty of action unfold in front of him as the top three horses in the wagering - 3-1 Follow Your Heart, even-money Rockin The Gates and 8-5 Rockin The Aces - all battled for supremacy from the quarter to the three-quarters, and that suited driver Tim Tetrick just fine, who had Villiam in a third-over flow around the far turn. Rockin The Aces was dead game to the wire after racing uncovered for the final half-mile but got nailed by the smallest of noses at the finish. Follow Your Heart was third. The win payout of $172.60 was the highest of the meeting at the Big M. It was Villiam's first victory in three lifetime starts for trainer Eric Foster. The time for the mile was 1:53.1. "I didn't think about winning at three-quarters, I just wanted to get a good check," said Tetrick. "But those other colts beat themselves up and I picked up the pieces." Fortune Starlet ($3.20 to win), a daughter of Trixton-Fortune Dream, had no anxious moments in her dash, grabbing the lead while parked at the half before powering clear of her foes by five lengths in 1:54.3 in winning for the second time in three starts. Caviart Eva finished second but was off stride at the wire and placed fourth behind official second-place finisher Jula Champagne and Spoiled Princess, who was placed third. "She's got a beautiful gait and a great attitude," said winning driver Dexter Dunn of the George Ducharme trainee. "She showed last week (when she won in 1:55.4) what she can do. She's still learning a little, but she's got a bright future." Before the betting card, two other NJSS Finals were conducted. Play Trix On Me, a son of Trixton-Lima Playmate, took the 2-year-old colt and gelding trot in 1:55.3 for driver Tetrick and trainer Gareth Dowse to stay perfect in four lifetime tries. Ready Set Rock, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Popcorn N Peanuts, took the 2-year-old filly pace. Driver Andy McCarthy guided the winner to a 1:56.3 score for trainer Michael Hall. A LITTLE MORE: Leading driver Yannick Gingras had the hot hand once again, scoring five times on the program, twice with Per Engblom trainees. ... Chalk players cashed plenty of tickets on the card, as eight favorites visited the winner's circle. ... All-source handle on the 14 races totaled $2,682,541. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. with a stakes-laden 13-race card that features the $682,650 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment is sponsoring a Race Announcer Workshop on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The workshop, open to all ages, will be conducted by Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway announcer Ken Warkentin, who has called over 200,000 Standardbred and Thoroughbred races, including 19 Hambletonians. Warkentin, who started calling races at age 16, has been on racing broadcast teams for CBS, NBC and ESPN. He provides voice overs for a variety of outlets and has a website, The day's events will start at 9 a.m. at the track and wrap up with students who wish to do so calling one of the non-betting, non-purse races for 2 year olds that will start at 10 a.m. If the number of students who want to call a race exceeds the number of races that day, a random draw will be held to match a student with a race. Tuition is $25. Tuition will take the form of a tax deductible donation to the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Class size is limited to 30. For more information or to sign up, contact Matt Zuccarello via phone or e-mail at 516-314-0478 and e-mail at by Friday, July 12th. Rachel Ryan

The Hambletonian Maturity, a $450,000 race exclusively for 4-year-old trotters, drew 11 entrants and will go to post Saturday (July 13) at The Meadowlands. Headlining the field is Atlanta, the 2018 Hambletonian winner and one of just 14 fillies to capture the classic event. Atlanta raced into the record books last Saturday in the Graduate final, catching world champion Six Pack at the wire in 1:49.1. That makes her the fastest trotting mare ever, and it was the fastest trotting mile ever at The Meadowlands. A win in the Maturity by Atlanta, a daughter of Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip, would make her just the second Hambletonian champion after Marion Marauder (2017) to capture the modern-day edition of the Maturity. Post positions, driver choices, race number and morning line will be available when finalized. The field in alphabetical order is: Created by the Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands as a racing opportunity solely for 4-year-olds previously eligible to the Hambletonian and Oaks, like those events the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey and entrants are subject to out of competition testing and a retention barn. The distance is 1-1/8 miles. All starters in the race will receive money, with the winner receiving 50 percent of the purse. One percent of the total purse will be paid to the owners of the finalist finishing sixth through eleventh. The remainder of the purse for the Maturity will be divided 50-24-16-10 percent for the horses finishing second through fifth.   by Moira Fanning for the Hambletonian Society

Hightstown, NJ — The race for No. 1 got a little tighter in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Shartin N remained in the top spot, as she has for all seven weeks of the poll, but Atlanta is gaining. Atlanta cut Shartin N’s lead from to 26 points to five thanks to her world-record 1:49.1 win in the Graduate Series championship for 4-year-old trotters at The Meadowlands. Atlanta received 15 first-place votes, up from eight a week ago. Shartin N also won over the weekend, capturing a leg of the Great Northeast Open Series for pacing mares at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Meadowlands Pace elimination winners Captain Crunch and Bettor’s Wish remained in positions three and five, respectively, in the rankings while idle Greenshoe held steady in fourth. Lather Up, who equaled the fastest mile in history with his 1:46 score in the Graduate Series championship for 4-year-old pacers, joined the Top 10 at No. 6. The remainder of the Top 10 was idle. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, which runs weekly through November, does not determine Horse of the Year. The members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association vote on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 7 – 7/9/2019 Rank Name (First Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (19) 6pm 10-9-0-0 $521,375 330 1 2 Atlanta (15) 4tm 6-6-0-0 $339,330 325 2 3 Captain Crunch (1) 3pc 5-4-0-0 $459,693 270 3 4 Greenshoe 3tc 4-3-1-0 $250,000 204 4 5 Bettor’s Wish 3pc 6-5-1-0 $392,500 190 5 6 Lather Up 4ph 8-5-0-1 $214,710 146 — 7 Western Fame 6ph 10-6-1-2 $526,300 99 7 8 Gimpanzee 3tc 2-2-0-0 $131,788 94 6 9 Warrawee Ubeaut 3pf 6-4-1-1 $192,358 70 8 10 Hannelore Hanover 7tm 4-2-0-0 $59,282 38 9 Also: Guardian Angel As 35; Pilot Discretion 14; Six Pack 12; Tequila Monday, Treacherous Reign 10; Bettor Joy N, Century Farroh, McWicked, None Bettor A, Workin Ona Mystery 8; Green Manalishi S 7; Highalator, Rich And Miserable 6; Courtly Choice 5; Always A Prince 4; Jimmy Freight 3; JK First Lady, Mr Vicktor 2; Millies Possesion, Queen Of The Pride, This Is The Plan 1.   by Ken Weingartner USTA Media Relations Manager

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 9, 2019) - On Friday, June 21, 2019, Jarheads MC was riding to a charity event at the local American Legion (Post #82) in Gorham, New Hampshire. The pack was struck by an oncoming vehicle and 5 patch holders along with 2 supporters lost their lives. Many others were injured and the devastation of this horrific accident will impact those families and friends forever. The Dirty Jersey Chapter of Leathernecks MC has brought together Bergen County Harley Davidson, Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Legion Ride and American Flat Track to create a benefit where 100% of the proceeds will go to the Jarheads MC families. These organizations are dedicated to helping mitigate some of the financial burden for the families left behind after this tragic event. The event will take place at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment on Sunday, July 28 from 12noon to 6pm. It will feature food trucks, merchandising vendors and musical entertainment by Madison Rising. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $30 and will include admission and BBQ lunch (from 12-3pm) provided by Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "We are grateful to be able help these families during such a difficult time and welcome everyone who can attend for what is sure to be a memorable afternoon," states Andrea Lokshin, VP of Marketing & Sales. If you cannot attend and would like to make a donation, please visit For additional event information visit   Rachel Ryan

East Rutherford, NJ - Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace harness racing elimination day Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB) sponsored by Jules Siegel's Fashion Farm took place on another muggy Saturday morning at The Meadowlands. The track was fast, temperature in the 80's with a slight crosswind when the trotting fillies stepped onto the track to contest the first race at 9:00am. Colt pacer Tall Dark Stranger demanded a bid of $330,000 at last fall's Lexington sale and his first foray into racing indicated the money was well spent. Yannick Gingras bided his time along the rail early with the son of Bettors Delight as Just Say Joe (Matt Kreuger) rolled along on the lead through a 1:28.3 six panels. When the field turned home, Gingras fanned Tall Dark Stranger wide off his cover and he roared by the field with strong and sure strides through a 26.1 last quarter for the 1:55.2 win over the closing Force N Fury (Dexter Dunn) and Sea Of Life (Andy McCarthy). Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms and HA Taylor own the winner trained in the Nancy Johansson stable. James Avritt bred the colt. She's Speechless (Marcus Miller) converted a pocket trip into a 1:54.4 / 27.2 win in a tight photo over Caviart Heather and late charging Annabella Hanover (Dexter Dunn) in the lone filly pace. The Artspeak filly is trained by Chris Freck for owner Anthony Olswfski who bought her at the Harrisburg sale for $17,000form the Hanover consignment. The day's opener was won by the Diamond Creek homebred Father Patrick trotting filly Bayou (Tim Tetrick) in a 1:57.1 / 28 front stepping masterpiece over Contepartiro Deo (Andy Miller) and Questichap (Trond Smedshammer). Linda Toscano, on the threshold of her induction into the Living Hall of Fame on Sunday, is the trainer. Crucial (Yannick Gingras) was a very impressive winner in her debut for the Ron Burke barn. Falling into the pocket as Wine Rack Hanover (Dexter Dunn) set easy fractions; Crucial tipped out in the stretch went zooming by through a 27.1 final quarter. The royally bred Father Patrick filly, first foal from Jolene Jolene. Crucial required a $200,000 final bid at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS) from Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, J&T Silva, Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Steve Stewart, Maumee River Stable, Black Creek Farm and Martin Schmucker are the breeders. Harry Landy drove his Father Patrick colt Father Figure to a 1:58.2 / 28.2 win in the front, holding off Light Blue Movers (Ake Svanstedt) and Zacapa (Jimmy Takter) under minimal urging. Father Figure was a $20,000 bargain purchase at the Lexington sale last fall from breeder Marvin Katz. A pair of really sharp lookin' colts battled to the wire in race 4 with Primo Padre (Andy McCarthy) holding off the charging Chestnut Hill (David Miller) through a 27.2 end to a 1:58.1 mile. Rose Run Voyage (Svanstedt) stayed for third. The winner is trained by Tony Alagna for Kelly Walker who bred and owns the son of Father Patrick. Hambo Prep Qualifier Several serious Hambletonian candidates lined up for the 7th race qualifier as a prep for next week's Stanley Dancer Memorial with Pilot Discretion (Andy McCarthy) continuing his unbeaten streak but he had to trot a 1:51.4 / 26.4 to hold off the late charging Don't Let'em (Gingras) who went a remarkable final half and 26 flat last quarter. These two trotted strong right through the wire, leaving the crowd to ruminate over the possibilities regarding the forecast dominance of the great Greenshoe heading into the August 3 Hambletonian. Kissin In The Sand (Scott Zeron) qualified on Lasix for trainer Nancy Johansson this morning and looked strong after a few sub-par efforts, leading all the way and sprinting home in 25.4 to close out the 1:51.2 mile under wraps. Soho Chelsea A (McCarthy) was a restrained second and Odds On Lauderdale (Kreuger) third. Nancy Johansson trains the champion filly. Live racing resumes with eliminations for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, $250,000 Graduate Series finals, Fan Appreciation night and post-race firecrackers at the early post time of 6:30 this evening. Nick Salvi

The $400,000E Hambletonian Maturity trotting race is scheduled for Saturday, July 13 (post time 7:15 p.m.) at The Meadowlands. It is the sixth edition of the race created by the Hambletonian Society and The Meadowlands to provide a harness racing opportunity for four-year-old trotters. The Hambletonian Maturity allows for supplemental entries under the following conditions: Supplemental entries are due and payable by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Payment of $50,000 ($42,000 plus the $8,000 entrance fee) must be in certified U.S. Funds and RECEIVED in the Racing Office prior to 8 a.m. (local time) on that day along with the supplemental entry. The supplemental check may also be delivered to the Hambletonian Society office before the end of the business day on Monday, July 8. All supplemental entrance fees shall be made payable to the Hambletonian Society Inc. All supplemental fees shall be added to the amount of the purse of the specific race. Entries for eligible Maturity horses are due at the standard entry time of 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 9. If any supplemental entries are received for the Hambletonian Maturity, notice will be dispersed via Meadowlands text message service. Like the Hambletonian and Oaks, the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey, and entrants are subject to out of competition testing. All contestants must report to the Stakes Barn at the Meadowlands no later than 11:00 p.m., Friday, July 12. The Maturity is raced at a distance of a mile and an eighth and all starters will receive money. The complete race conditions and eligibles can be found here: Please call the Meadowlands Racing office at 201-842-5130 or the Hambletonian Society at 609-371-2211 for further information.   Moira Fanning

East Rutherford, NJ — The 10th and final edition of Dave Little’s “Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace” finds Captain Crunch in the top spot harness racing for the ninth time. There are 14 horses looking to beat him in the Big M’s signature event, which gets underway Saturday (July 6) with two eliminations. To view the complete list, click here.   Rachel Ryan  

MILTON, July 4, 2019 - The 'Can-Am Pick 4' harness racing wager between Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Meadowlands resumes this Friday (July 5) evening with an alteration to the sequence. The 'Can-Am Pick 4' will continue to alternate between races at Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Meadowlands. However, a new Friday post time of 7:50 p.m. at Mohawk Park will change the race numbers at The Meadowlands for the multi-leg wager.   The new sequence is as follows: Leg 1: Woodbine Mohawk Park - Race 10 Leg 2: The Meadowlands - Race 12 Leg 3: Woodbine Mohawk Park - Race 11 Leg 4: The Meadowlands - Race 13   The 'Can-Am Pick 4' features a low 15 per cent takeout and a $0.20 minimum. The wager, which began in March, will continue each Friday until the end of the The Meadowlands current meet (August 3). A free program for Friday's card at Woodbine Mohawk Park, including the program pages for all legs of the 'Can-Am Pick 4', can be downloaded by clicking here.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

East Rutherford, NJ -- The Future Wager on the 94th harness racing edition of the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands will open its third pool Friday, July 5, at 11:00 a.m. This is the third of four pools opened in advance of the Hambletonian, held Saturday, August 3, at The Meadowlands. There are 199 trotting colts and fillies eligible for the $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and with just a month left to the race, favorites have emerged on the The Road to Hambletonian. The first Future Wager poll closed with Indiana-sired Swandre The Giant favored at 2-1. The second Future Wager Pool closed with a drastic shift to the lightly-raced Greenshoe, whose two winning efforts in NJ Sire Stake events were nothing short of dominant. The colt offered 3-5 odds at closing time. Despite a head loss in the $500,000 Earl Beal Memorial on Sat., June 29 by 57-1 shot Marseille, Meadowlands handicapper Dave Brower has still assigned Greenshoe, a son of Father Patrick-Designed To Be, the favorite's role at 3-1. Greenshoe is one of three contestants from the powerhouse stable of Marcus Melander, joined by Gimpanzee (5-1) and Green Manalishi S (8-1), all owned by Anders Strom's Courant, Inc. Wagering will be available at racetrack and online sites throughout North America and internationally, and wagering for the first pool closes on Sunday, July 7 at 11 p.m. (EDT). The wager will be discussed at length on The Meadowlands weekend simulcast show. Real-time odds, pool data and updates on field participants for the 2019 Hambletonian Wagers and current odds will be shown on various simulcast shows including at Meadowlands Racetrack. Though fillies have their own division in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, several have started in the $1 million open event in recent years, most recently Atlanta, who became just the 14th filly to win a Hambletonian. The only filly not offered at field odds is Evident Beauty, at 30-1. Trained by R. Nifty Norman, Evident Beauty is undefeated this season, with three straight wins in NJ Sire Stake events at The Meadowlands. The 14 horses assigned odds in the pool are listed in alphabetical order on the attached program page. The mutuel field, No. 15, will consist of all remaining horses eligible, including all fillies eligible to the Oaks. There are no coupled entries in the finals and no supplements are permitted to the Hambletonian or Oaks. The minimum future wager is $1 and all future wagers are win only. The winner of each pool will be determined by the official first-place finisher in the 2019 Hambletonian final heat. The fourth and final pool opens Thursday, Aug. 1, after the entries and elimination heats are drawn, and closes at post-time of the first elimination and/or heat of the Hambletonian on Saturday, Aug. 3. The Hambletonian Future Wager will be set-up in the tote system as one separate event. Past performance lines for the Hambletonian eligible horses will be available free of charge on the Meadowlands website All rules and updates can be found there and on 2019 Hambletonian Future Wagering - Pool #3 in morning line order HD-Horse-Morning Line Odds   1. Greenshoe/ 3-1 2. Gimpanzee/ 5-1 3. Green Manalishi S/ 8-1 4. Pilot Discretion/10-1 5. Don't Let'Em/ 10-1 6. Forbidden Trade/ 12-1 7. Super Schissel/ 12-1 8. Marseille /15-1 9. Swandre The Giant/ 15-1 10. Southwind Avenger/ 15-1 11. Soul Strong/20-1 12. Osterc/20-1 13. Mr. Vicktor/ 30-1 14. Evident Beauty (f) /30-1 15. Field (all other horses) /15-1 The 2019 Hambletonian Future Wager Official Rules -- 17% Takeout -- Win Wagering Only-$1 Minimum   from the Hambletonian Society and Meadowlands Racetrack

East Rutherford, NJ - Horsemen should take note that this week's harness racing Breakfast With The Babies (sponsored by Fashion Farms) qualifying & Baby races at The Meadowlands will begin at 9:00am on Saturday, July 6. There are 9 races with a training break after race 3.   Program pages are available on the Meadowlands website and you may watch live from this link.     Nick Salvi

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - June 29, 2019 - The Meadowlands hosted the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for harness racing 2-year-olds on Friday (June 28) night. All five of the divisions raced for a purse of $25,000. The 2-year-old filly pacers started the night off in a non-betting race before the regularly scheduled card. David Miller teamed up with the Ross Croghan trainee Odds On Sarasota to claim the first NJSS division of the night. Miller sat with Odds on Sarasota in a two-hole trip until the stretch where he pulled her and marched past the leader Duck N Roll. The Rock N Roll Heaven filly stopped the clock in 1:56.1, with Bigforherbritches coming in second and Duck N Roll finishing third. Next up were the 2-year-old colt pacers in the first race of the regular card. Scott Zeron steered the odds on favorite Rockin The Ace to the winner circle for trainer Carmen Auciello. The Rock N Roll Heaven colt earned himself a lifetime mark of 1:54.2 with his first career win. Rock N Teen finished a close second with Cedar Hall Heaven coming in third. The 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters took the stage for the third division of the NJSS. Once again the odds on favorite took home the purse money in this race. Tim Tetrick wired the field with Play Trix On Me for trainer Gareth Dowse in 1:55.4. The Trixton colt opened up by eight lengths in the stretch to trot home in 27.4. Barley finished second with AP Hall Of Trix finishing third. The very next race was the first division of two for the 2-year-old filly trotters. Driver Anthony Macdonald pulled Spirit Of Deo first up at the half and was able to nose out the leader Caviart Eva at the wire. Spirit Of Deo, sired by Trixton, trotted her last quarter in a blistering 26.4 to upset the odds on favorite. Caviart Eva finished a close second with Common Sense S coming in third. This is the Andrew Harris trainees first start of her career and what a way to start her 2-year-old campaign. Spirit of Deo was bred by Deo Volente Farms of Flemington, NJ. The last NJSS of the night was the second division for 2-year-old filly trotters. Scott Zeron teamed up with trainer George Ducharme this time, to win his second sire stakes race of the night with Dramatra. The odds on favorite daughter of Trixton wired the field, from post position number five to stop the clock in 1:57.3. Dramatra finished a good two lengths ahead of second place finisher Stella Kemp. Tricky Sister finished in third place. The second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-olds will take place on Friday July 5, 2019 at the Meadowlands. Courtney Stafford

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - On Saturday, July 13th the 4th Annual BBQ Battle returns to the harness racing track on Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Night. $2,000 is up for grabs in the Battle with $500 top prizes for the best brisket, chicken, pulled pork and ribs. Plus on the track, the top 3 year old pacers compete for the $700,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace title. From 6-11 p.m. in the Backyard, fans can grab some delicious barbecue and food truck eats from some of the best local food trucks and restaurants in the area. So far, seven contestants have signed up to compete in this year's Battle including: Magic Mike's Smoked Meats, Dr Dors BBQ, Delicious BBQ, Gentle Giant Brew Co, Smoke & Steer BBQ Grill, Carlitos BBQ and Big Barlow's BBQ. Additional food and dessert options ranging from empanadas to seafood tacos to burgers to Italian ice and cupcakes will be provided by Empanada Guy, All Surf No Turf, Jersey Roll, 2 Guys Catering, The Mozzarella God, Clydes Italian Ice and House of Cupcakes. BBQ Battle registration is limited to the first ten entrants. There is a $100 registration fee that must be paid prior to the start of cooking. Those interested in participating should contact Rachel Ryan at "Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace night is a highlight of our Championship Meet," said Meadowlands General Manager and CEO Jason M. Settlemoir. "This is truly a spectacular night of racing, food and family fun." In addition to the BBQ Battle, The "Greatest Night in Harness Racing" also takes place on Saturday (July 13) with the featured $700,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace in the spotlight. Also being contested on the card will be the Mistletoe Shalee, Stanley Dancer, Del Miller, William Haughton, Golden Girls and Hambletonian Maturity. Fans can grab a free Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace commemorative T-shirt (while supply lasts), ride the mechanical shark and enter to win a $500 win wager. There is also live music by the Mighty Spectrum Band and bounce houses for the kids. For more details on the BBQ Battle and the Crawford Farm Meadowlands Pace, visit   Rachel Ryan

Off victories in Hempt eliminations, Proof and Captain Victorious are two new harness racing names in the Week 9 edition of Dave Little's "Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace" The top three of Captain Crunch, Bettor's Wish and Workin Ona Mystery remain intact, as all three take the week off as they continue to prep for the $700,000 event.  #Paceyourself19   Rank Horse (Earnings – Mark) Driver, Trainer Owner(s) Dave Little’s Comments 1 Captain Crunch ($1,050,806 – 1:47.2)   S. Zeron, N. Johansson 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables, Caviart Farms Clearly the leader of the 3-year-old colt pacing pack with the North America Cup trophy sitting on his mantle. Will go after the Cup-Pace double when elims are contested at the Big M a week from Saturday. Johansson: “He trained (Wednesday) morning along with Caviart (Rockland) and both were very good. They will train fast Saturday morning and then they should be ready to go.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 1st (1:47.2) 2 Bettor’s Wish ($639,556 – 1:49.3)   D. Dunn, C. Ryder Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm, Kenneth Solomon   Came up just short in The Cup. Can he score some revenge on his arch-rival Captain Crunch in the Pace? Ryder: “He’s good. We are going to qualify Saturday morning at the Meadowlands.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 2nd (1:47.3) 3 Workin Ona Mystery ($258,567 – 1:49)   T. Tetrick, B. Brown Diamond Creek Racing, Stambaugh Leeman Stable, Alan Keith, Wingfield Brothers   The 7-5 NA Cup favorite reached three-quarters on the point in 1:20 before settling for third. The Pace will feature a rematch of the division’s Big Three. Brown: “He went a big mile in the North America Cup but I don’t think there will be any repercussions for The Pace. He’ll train on Friday or Saturday.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 3rd (1:47.3) 4 Best In Show ($96,163 – 1:50.3)   B. McClure, L. Toscano Richard P Young, Joanne Young, Craig W Henderson   Still inexperienced sort is headed for some Ontario Sire Stakes Gold action Saturday before returning to New Jersey to give The Pace a go. Toscano: “He’s good. I don’t love my draw (post 8) for Saturday (in the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold) but we decided to race instead of stay at the Meadowlands and qualify. If he can’t go with the sire stake horses, then he doesn’t belong with the others (in The Pace).” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 6th (1:48.2) 5 Air Force Hanover ($215,888 – 1:50.1)   D. Dunn, B. Brown Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco, Richard M Lombardo, W J Donovan   Showed early speed before yielding and staying at the rail the rest of the way to get second in his Hempt Elim. Brown: “I’m very happy with him but he’s not quite as good as some of the other horses. I don’t think he’s coming to The Pace. We are looking more towards the Adios.” Last Race: 6/22 – PcD – Hempt Elimination – 2nd (1:49.1) 6 Proof ($476,299 – 1:48.1)   D. Miller, B. Brown Diamond Creek Racing   Reappears in the Top 10 after several weeks away off an impressive 1:48.1 score in his Hempt Elimination as the 4-5 favorite. Brown: “The week of training he had before that race was the best of his life. He was unbelievable last week. We’ll decide after the Hempt what we will do next, but I’m leaning towards the Meadowlands Pace.” Last Race: 6/22 – PcD – Hempt Elimination – 1st (1:48.1) 7 Hurrikane Emperor ($331,650 – 1:49.3)   D. Dube, J. McDermott Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group, William Garofalo   Sat the pocket throughout behind Captain Victorious’ improbably incredible mile in a Hempt Elim as the 3-2 public choice. McDermott: “His earplugs never got pulled. We accomplished what we needed to (by making it to the final). He scoped a little sick, so he’s been on anti-biotics and I expect him to be better on Saturday.” Last Race: 6/22 – PcD – Hempt Elimination – 2nd (1:49) 8 Captain Victorious ($180,271 – 1:48.3)   Y. Gingras, R. Burke The Captain V Stable If you did not see his mile in the Hempt, do yourself a favor and check it out. He was hounded every step of the way on the lead and won in decisive fashion to earn a spot in the Top 10 for the first time. Unbelievable!  Burke: “I wasn’t that surprised at how good he was. I was more surprised at how bad he was the start before (in the NA Cup). As for last week, when the track at Pocono is like it was, you can go far on the lead.” Last Race: 6/22 – PcD – Hempt Elimination – 1st (1:48.3) 9 De Los Cielos Deo ($217,758 – 1:48.4Q)   D. Miller, R. Burke Burke Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence R Karr, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC     Was sent to the gate as the 3-1 second choice in the wagering, but did not live up to that billing, finishing seventh in The Cup. Burke: “I still think he’s the best colt I have. I think being off for two weeks is good for him. After the (1:48.4) qualifier followed by the big mile in his NA Cup Elim followed by the disaster in the final, he needs some time to recoup.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Final – 7th (1:49.3) 10 Caviart Rockland ($93,265 – 1:50.3)   Y. Gingras, N. Johansson Caviart Farms   Finished second in a nice try in the NA Cup Consolation after pacing home in :27. Johansson: “If it sets up well and he gets a trip, he always closes very well, I think he has a legitimate shot to get a check in The Pace. It’s better for me to have them (Caviart Rockland and Captain Crunch) on two separate avenues as we get further into the season. Hopeflly, Caviart can get into the Millstein and races like that.” Last Race: 6/15 – WMP – North America Cup Consolation – 2nd (1:49.1)   KEY PREP RACES MEADOWLANDS PACE ELIGIBLES IN CAPS – Supplements are permitted per the conditions of the race Date Stakes Site Winner Trainer Driver 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time 5/4 Pa. Sire Stakes Pa. Sire Stakes Pa. Sire Stakes Mea Mea Mea Southwind Ozzi WORKIN ONA MYSTERY LOVE ME SOME LOU B. Mac Kenzie B. Brown T. Cancelliere T. Tetrick T. Tetrick D. Miller PROOF Wild Wild Western Brassy Hanover Prince Of Tides Captain Malicious CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS 1:50.4 1:50.1 1:50.4 5/11 Pa. All-Stars Pa. All-Stars Pa. All-Stars PcD PcD PcD BLOOD MONEY Branquinho AIR FORCE HANOVER N. Johansson R. Schnittker B. Brown S. Zeron T. Buter G. Napolitano, Jr. ESCAPETOTHEBEACH LYONS NIGHT HAWK Highlandbeachlover Brassy Hanover Warrawee Unique SUGAR FACTORY 1:50 1:50.1 1:50.1 5/13 NY Sire Stakes NY Sire Stakes NY Sire Stakes MR MR MR Hickfromfrenchlick Major March Rollwithpapajoe R. Schnittker L. Toscano J. Bongiorno M. MacDonald J. Bartlett T. Buter American Mercury Major Blake REIGNING DEO Stone Hanover Astaire Covered Bridge 1:55 1:55 1:56 5/17 NJ Sire Stakes M1 HURRIKANE EMPEROR J. McDermott D. Dube Clintock Black Dan 1:53.2 5/18 Art Rooney Elim. Art Rooney Elim. YR YR AIR FORCE HANOVER BETTOR’S WISH B. Brown C. Ryder D. Miller D. Dunn BUDDY HILL BLOOD MONEY PRICE HANOVER Rollwithpapajoe 1:52.4 1:53.2 5/19 Pa. Sire Stakes Pa. Sire Stakes Pa. Sire Stakes PcD PcD PcD Wild Wild Western CAPTAIN CRUNCH WORKIN ONA MYSTERY N. Parker N. Johansson B. Brown M. Wilder S. Zeron T. Tetrick CAVIART STETSON Southwind Ozzi LOVE ME SOME LOU SEMI TOUGH PROOF Highlandbeachlover 1:52 1:49.1 1:49.3 5/24 NJ Sire Stakes M1 HURRIKANE EMPEROR J. McDermott D. Dube Black Dan Clintock 1:52 5/25 Art Rooney Final YR BETTOR’S WISH C. Ryder D. Dunn       Rachel Ryan Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Last week's editions of "DRF Harness" and "Harness Racing Update" both included well-executed stories about the use of TrackMaster ratings by racing secretaries to create competitive, evenly-matched fields at an increasing number of harness tracks, and while the way the ratings are arrived at might not be clear - or even matter - to most handicappers, the results track managers covet are there. David Siegel, the President of TrackMaster, told HRU that his company examined the racing at Plainridge Racecourse for the 10 weeks since they opened for the 2019 season, and of those 337 races, 164 were for horses with a "TrackMaster rating of xx.x or less" or TM ratings were used as a secondary condition. In those 164 dashes, field sizes were bigger. Fifteen percent bigger. In 61 percent of non-TrackMaster races, there was an odds-on favorite. In the TM events, there was an odds-on chalk only 35 percent of the time. While the sampling might be small, the numbers at the Meadowlands back up the theory that the TrackMaster races are more bettor friendly. Over the last four race cards, there have been 14 races at the Big M where the singular condition was for TrackMaster ratings. Those events have seen an average field size of 9.3 and only two odds-on favorites (both lost). While six favorites did win, half of those went off at odds of at least 2-1. In addition, horses at odds of 16-1 or more hit the winner's circle four times with two of those 30-1 or more. DRF Harness' Derick Giwner wrote that "the TM Rating system works very similar to the 'ABC' conditions that have been used on and off for many years. ... The key difference is that the Racing Office doesn't need to spend countless hours classifying and re-classifying horses." If increased field size and decreased odds-on favorites continue to be the result of using the TrackMaster Ratings system to write races, they'll be around for a long time to come. HANDLE STILL TOPS: Even with the Meadowlands' top-tier drivers at Pocono Downs last Saturday (June 22) participating on the Sun Stakes card, wagering remained solid at the Big M. In fact, a total of $264,314 was wagered on the first race on the program - one for amateur drivers in the GSY Series - and another $332,762 (for non-winners of $9,000) was put in play in the eighth dash on the way to an all-source total handle of $2,461,122, tops in the sport. This Friday at the Big M, the usual front-line drivers will be on hand before the Saturday card will see the lesser-known pilots getting to shine. Both programs will get underway at 7:15 p.m. and each will feature 14 races. Friday's card will see Caviart Ally go for a third straight score in the Rainbow Blue Series final; Gold Cup winner Jimmy Freight take on Backstreet Shadow - who went the fastest Big M mile of the year of 1:47.4 last week - in one division of the Graduate Series for pacers; and 2018 Meadowlands Pace winner Courtly Choice looking to get back on the winning track in the other Graduate dash. CAN-AM CANCELED: Due to Woodbine at Mohawk Park starting their race card later than usual on Friday (7:55 p.m.) and the Big M carding an extra race, there will be no 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 offered on June 28. The wager, which regularly sees a total pool in excess of $50,000, will return Friday, July 5. WORTHY OF A HIGH-FIVE: Fans of the 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five have much to look forward to this Friday (June 28) evening, as they will be shooting for a carryover of $116,410 in the fifth race. You could walk away with over $100,000 for a 20-Cent bet. As always, free program pages for the Meadowlands' signature wager - the 50-Cent Pick-4 that begins with race eight - are available by going to or Last Saturday's sequence began with a 3-5 favorite and included a 9-5 shot yet still came back $207.75. COME RUN, HAVE FUN: Maybe they'll be no horses, but there will be racing this evening (Thursday, June 27) at the Big M in the "Corporate FunRun North Jersey 5K". The 5K run/walk is only part of the festivities as there will be a DJ, music, beer, food and a photographer taking pictures all night long. For more information, go to HOLY GUACAMOLE! The Big M's Pink restaurant is offering a Mexican buffet on "Fiesta Friday" (June 28). The cost is only $29.95 and you can make reservations by calling 201-THE-BIGM. DON'T WHINE: If sampling different wines is your thing, then you must be at the Meadowlands on Saturday (June 29) for the track's "Summer Wine Festival". More than 30 wineries will be on hand to titillate the palates of wine lovers. For tickets, go to MUCH APPRECIATED: On Saturday (July 6), come out to the Meadowlands for "Fan Appreciation Night". The racing will be top-notch with the Graduate Finals and Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Eliminations, and after the card concludes, there will a huge fireworks show lighting up the sky. Post time will be earlier than usual, with the first race slated for 6:35 p.m. THAT'S MY DRIVER: Enter the "That's My Driver" contest on Friday (July 12) for a chance to win $50. In addition, if Tim Tetrick wins a race, fans can go to the Café and get a $1 beer or soda. For official rules, go to the track level Players Club Desk. For those who want a great meal, that evening in Pink, there will be a $29.95 "A Bit of Italian Buffet". Call 201-THE-BIGM for reservations. THE BIG ONE: The "Greatest Night in Harness Racing" takes place on Saturday (July 13) with the featured $700,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace in the spotlight. Also being contested on the card will be the Mistletoe Shalee, Stanley Dancer, Del Miller, William Haughton, Golden Girls and Hambletonian Maturity. In addition to The Pace, barbecue lovers will be able to get their fill at the track's "BBQ Battle". From 6-10 p.m. in the Backyard, get some delicious barbecue from some of the best local food trucks and restaurants in the area.   Meadowlands Media Relations

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