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Freehold, NJ--He may not have had the best harness racing horse in the race but John Calabrese put his trotter in a place where he could win and that's just what Stinglike ABK did in the $9000 American Harness Drivers Club Trot at Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon, January 16. After starting from the six-hole Calabrese hustled his charge away from the gate and they settled in second behind Caulfield and driver Todd Whitney who then led the field by the first quarter in 30 seconds over a track that was rated 'good'. Heading to the halfway point in 1:01.1 Caulfield got mild pressure from The Cuse Is Loose (Tony Verruso) who had made a break before the start but Whitney' and his trotter remained undaunted and they kept showing the way. As the field approached the three quarters in 1:31.1 Calabrese kept Stinglike AB K tight on Whitney's back and when they rounded the final turn and headed for home Caulfield's strides began to shorten and he started to fade. In the deep stretch Dawn Anderson joined the fray with Take A Wish and although they made up a lot of ground they couldn't overtake Stinglike AB K who went under the wire a length and a half winner in the 2:01.1 clocked mile Caulfield hung on for the show dough. Sent off at odds of 9-2 Stinglike ABK paid $11.00 for the win. The 5 year-old son of Andover Hall is owned by Robert Key and trained by Aaron Lambert   John Manzi

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Stellenbosch withstood bitter pressure in a dazzling harness racing effort on a rainy Friday night at The Meadowlands, taking the $18,000 featured high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares in wire-to-wire fashion. Driver Scott Zeron, who raced Stellenbosch from off the pace after drawing outside posts in her previous two outings, fired away from post four in the nine-horse field, grabbing the lead on the first turn before hitting the quarter in :26.4. There was no spot for Callmequeenbee A, who left from post eight, and that one had to rough it uncovered on the rim. She engaged Stellenbosch in a cut-throat battle to the half over the track rated 'good' in an eye-popping :53.4. Enter 6-5 favorite Ivana Flybye N, a Woodbine at Mohawk Park shipper that hadn't raced in 26 days, who circled up three-wide around the far turn under a full head of steam on the way to an apparent score as Callmequeenbee A predictably faltered. But Stellenbosch wasn't having it. Zeron and the 2-1 second choice kept to their task as Ivana Flybye N flattened out and went on to a 2½-length win. The pocket-sitting She's Nun Bettor N out-finished Ivana Flybye N in the race for place. "Because I had driven her aggressively in the past," said Zeron. "I knew I could leave with her. We took back with her two weeks in a row and were waiting for the right spot. I definitely didn't think she would be that good for the final half-mile but if she was ever going to be at her best, it was going to be tonight. Everything led up to her putting forth a good effort." Despite the soggy conditions, Stellenbosch, a 7-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Catch A Wish who paid $6.00 to win, lowered her previous lifetime best by one-and-three-fifth seconds, hitting the wire in 1:50.2. The Scott Blackler trainee, who is owned by Millar Farms, now has 14 wins from 102 lifetime starts and earnings of $184,474. A LITTLE MORE: The off-going didn't alter the form as seven favorites scored on the 14-race card. Overall, winner's odds were 3-1 or less for 12 of the races. ... Dexter Dunn and Yannick Gingras led the driver's colony as both won three races on the program. ... Jeff Cullipher and Ron Burke had training doubles. ... All-source handle totaled $2,878,592. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6 p.m. ... Check out the Dan Patch Awards show on the live Meadowlands feed. It gets underway at 5 p.m. after which Dave Brower will interview a special guest in another edition of "In the Sulky".   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Freehold, NJ --- The Friday (January 15) harness racing card at Freehold Raceway once again includes the Preferred Handicap trot. A field of eight will line up, with an east coast trotting veteran serving as the headliner.   Melady's Monet, for trainer Hermann Heitmann, was assigned the outside post for his 12-year-old debut. Although he's won at tracks all over the east coast, his greatest success has come at Yonkers Raceway. All six of his wins in 2020 came at Yonkers, including two victories in their Open Handicap trot. In his career, he's won 67 races, while earning north of $1.7 million. Perhaps his greatest moment came in 2016, when he finished the Yonkers International Trot by half a length.   This will be his first start at Freehold since 2012, when he swept his way through the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Green Acres series. Eric Abbatiello has the drive on Friday afternoon.   Although trainer Paul Kelley did not send his best trotter, Obrigado, he still looms a threat with The Veteran. He won twice in upper-level conditioned races at Yonkers in the fall, and finished fourth in the Open Handicap at that track. Last out, he showed speed against tough conditioned trotters at the Meadowlands, and looks for a rebound from post position seven. Current leading driver Daniel Dube will be in the bike.   This race will go as the ninth race, with a scheduled post time of 3:10 PM.   The Friday card also features the second leg of the Vinny Fusco Jr Memorial Pacing Series, for NJ owned, sired, or foaled fillies and mares. The first division, for horses with a TrackMaster Horse Rating of 68.00 and 71.50, features a full gate of nine, and will go as the fifth race. Southwind Tsunami, who won the first leg last week, will look for a repeat from post position one, for trainer Mark Capone and driver Jack Pelling.   The second division, for horses with a TrackMaster rating between 71.50 and 75.00, drew fourteen entries, and was split into two races. First leg winners Always Be Lucy and Tall Poppy N drew separate races, and will seek to win for the second time in a row. Always Be Lucy has post position five in race four, for trainer Kelly Hastings and driver Luke Hanners. Tall Poppy N will leave from the three-hole in race eleven, for trainer Kelvin Harrison.   Post time for the first of twelve races at Freehold on Friday is scheduled for 12:30 PM.     Publicity Freehold Raceway

TRENTON, N.J. -- January 10, 2020 -- Home is where the horse is— at least that’s the case in New Jersey after Gov. Phil Murphy signed Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill permitting full-time, year-round farm employees to reside on premises where horses are boarded. “Groomers, trainers and other full-time farm employees often need extended access to the horses they care for,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “Permitting them to live on the premises will allow them to fully perform their duties and take better care of these animals.” The legislation (A2768/S1245) amends the Right to Farm Act to allow housing for equine-related farm employees as long as it is in a separate area or level from the horses, has its own ventilation system and meets all uniform construction code standards, including fire ratings. The Right to Farm Act protects responsible commercial farms from public and private nuisance actions and unduly restrictive municipal regulations. “Taking care of a horse is one of the most demanding and worthwhile jobs one could do,” said Dancer. “The horse industry is important to New Jersey’s economy, providing over 13,000 jobs, as well as to our environment with more than 7,200 horse farms providing 176,000 acres of green pasture land and open space.” New Jersey has more horses per capita than any other state in the nation. Horses are so important to the state’s economy, history and culture that they are designated the state animal.   Courtney Stafford

Freehold, NJ --- Twenty-four New Jersey-owned, sired, or foaled pacing fillies and mares will take center stage at Freehold Raceway on Friday (January 8), as the Vinny Fusco Jr. Memorial Pacing Series begins.   The series was split up into two harness racing divisions. The second division, for horses with a TrackMaster Horse Rating between 71.50 and 75.00, attracted fifteen entries, and was split up into two races. They will be run as races two and four on the twelve-race card.   The first division is for horses with a TrackMaster Horse Rating between 68.00 and 71.50, and will be run as one race with a nine-horse field. That will be run as the tenth race on the program.   Fusco's family is well-represented in the series. His brother, Paul, has four entries. He'll send out AP Emily's Dance, from post five, and Maggnifispin, from post eight, in the first division. In the higher division, he'll have Fear My Shadow in the first split, from post position four, and Classy Chapel N in the second split, leaving from post three. Vinny's nephew, Robert Ginsburg Jr, has Fashion Writer in the first division; she drew post nine.   The Friday card also features another renewal of the Preferred Handicap trot. It attracted a field of seven, and was scheduled as the sixth race on the card.   Obrigado looms large as the one to beat. He made his 11-year-old debut a winning one in last week's Preferred, crushing the field by three-lengths in a gate-to-wire style. He'll look for a repeat effort from post seven, for trainer Paul Kelley and driver Dan Dube.   In Secret is perhaps his toughest rival. He ships down from Flamboro Downs, where he was second against open company in each of his last two races. He's enjoyed great success in the past. In 2017, he won the Open Handicap trot at Yonkers Raceway four times in a row, and earned a spot in that year's International Trot, where he finished eighth. In 2018, he finished second in the Charlie Hill Trot at Scioto Downs.   On Friday, he'll go from post position six, for new trainer Michael Hall.   The first of twelve races at Freehold on Friday will be at 12:30 PM.       Publicity Freehold Raceway

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – The Meadowlands faithful was out in force with Christmas money in hand Saturday night, and at the conclusion of the 15-race card, all-source wagering topped the $3-million mark for the first time during the Fall Meeting on the last day of harness racing in 2020. Handle for the night totaled $3,718,250, an average per race of $247,883. The last time – other than Hambletonian Day and Meadowlands Pace Night – that business was as brisk on a per-race basis was on July 11 (Meadowlands Pace Eliminations Night) when a total of $3,440,248 was bet over 13 races, an average of $264,634 per dash. Things got rolling in the fifth race Saturday, when a night-best $366,063 was pushed through the windows with $117,910 in exacta action leading the way. Twenty minutes later, $85,859 in 50-cent Pick-4 play keyed total betting of $353,837 in race six. Race eight – which saw an exacta pool of $98,671 – was the third $300,000 or better race of the night, with total action of $302,405. ON THE TRACK: Warrior One took the $19,000 high-end conditioned trotting co-feature for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras in 1:52.3. The 4-year-old gelded son of Father Patrick-Yoga was on the go from the start, making the lead out of the first turn from post eight before yielding to Hill Of A Horse just after the quarter. Gingras moved his horse back to the top before the half and went down the road from there, recording an easy 3-length score over Cue Hall. Hill Of A Horse was third. Sent to the gate as the 5-2 favorite, Warrior One returned $7.40 to his backers in winning for the 13th time in 52 lifetime starts. He now has earnings of $221,146. In the co-featured high-end conditioned pace, Harambe Deo got back into the win column for trainer Jeff Cullipher and driver Simon Allard. Racing in a softer spot than he had in his previous three outings, the 5-year-old gelded son of Woodstock-Tea Time held off the late-charging Bracken Storm A by a nose in 1:49.3. J M Mandamin was third. Harambe Deo was away well from post nine and made his way to the top at the half in a pulse-pounding :54.1 on the chilly evening that saw a wind chill of 19 degrees. He used a :27.2 third fraction to open a 2-length lead on the pocket-sitting Heza Real Diamond before holding off Bracken Storm A – who might have won had he found room just a moment or two earlier in deep stretch when in bad traffic – by an eyelash. As the 5-1 fourth choice, Harambe Deo returned $13.20 to win in scoring his 17th career win from 85 starts. His earnings stand at $263,369. $150,000 GUARANTEED: After longshots scored in the third, fourth and fifth races, the track’s 20-cent Pick-5 wager did not yield a winning ticket, setting up what could be a gigantic pool when racing resumes on Saturday, Jan. 2. Those who correctly selected four winners cashed in for $312.78. The bet started innocently enough as the 9-5 second choice and 2-1 favorite won the first two races, respectively, on the card. But then the bombs fell as 14-1, 50-1 and 36-1 outsiders took the final three legs of the sequence, leading to a carryover of $46,731.16. As a result, Big M management – in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering initiative – has guaranteed next Saturday’s pool at $150,000. Free past performances will be available for the Pick-5 at A LITTLE MORE: Cullipher was on fire all night long, winning four races on the night. … Dave Miller led the driver’s colony with four victories, three coming with Cullipher trainees. … There will be no racing at The Big M on Friday, Jan. 1. … Racing resumes Saturday, Jan. 2, with a first-race post time of 6 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway is celebrating the day after Christmas in style, with a loaded 12-race card. The co-headliners are three harness racing divisions of the Preferred Handicap: two on the pace, one on the trot.   The Preferred Handicap trot drew a field of eight, and was carded as the sixth race, with a scheduled post time of 2:10 PM. Kinda Lucky Lindy, off two near-misses against tough company at Yonkers Raceway, looms as the likeliest winner. Daniel Dube will be in the bike from post position eight, for trainer Daniel Renaud. Gettin Messi qualified at this track impressively a few weeks ago, and finished second in each of his last two at Yonkers.   The Fillies & Mares Preferred Handicap also features a field of eight, and is scheduled as the eighth race, at 2:50 PM. The race drew a strong group. Alexa Skeye, a winner of four of her last six, drew the outside post for her local debut. Jack Pelling will drive for his dad, Brett.   I'm Very Special and Imprincessgemma A loom the most serious threats. The former has earned more than $100,000 this year, and has won three of her last seven. George Brennan drives for trainer Peter Pellegrino, from post position six. The latter has plenty of back-class, and just missed against I'm Very Special last out at Harrah's Philadelphia. The brother/sister driver/trainer team of Joe and Jenn Bongiorno send this one out from post seven.   Race ten is the Preferred Handicap open pace, scheduled to go at 3:30 PM. Once again, the class of the race is on the outside. Hesa Kingslayer, for trainer Mike Deters. He arrived in the United States in October, and went on a nice run at Hoosier Park, finishing first or second four straight times. In his final start of their meet, on November 20, he closed for second while pacing the final quarter in 25 1/5 seconds.   Post time for the first of twelve races on the Saturday card at Freehold is scheduled for 12:30 PM.     Publicity Freehold Raceway

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – After The Meadowlands takes a break for the holiday – there is no harness racing or simulcasting on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day – live action will return to The Big M with a bang this Saturday (Dec. 26) night with a gigantic 15-race program that will begin at the track’s new early post time of 6 p.m. Like a true holiday feast, the card comes with all the trimmings. All 15 races have full 10-horse fields and the track’s betting menu offers all the goodies Big M players have grown accustomed to, with a 20-cent Pick-5 (race one), 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 (race three), 20-cent Pick-6 (race eight), 10-cent Pentafecta (race 15) and a pair of 50-cent Pick-4s (beginning in races six and 10). Both Pick-4s will have guaranteed pools of $50,000 and all the wagers offer a low 15 percent takeout. The wagering on the card figures to be fast and furious since the last two Saturday programs were compromised: Two weeks ago by heavy fog – which left all of who watched a limited view of the first eight races – and last week by an electrical malfunction that caused the cancelation of the entire 13-race card. “The Saturday card features 15 full 10-horse fields,” said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. “Which will give horseplayers many chances for the big score. The one-mile oval makes it possible for all vertical and horizontal players to shoot for the moon. “We think our product will do extraordinarily well this winter with our new 6 p.m. post time, which will be in effect through mid-March. We are hopeful that The Meadowlands with full fields and low takeout can cultivate even more horseplayers from around the world to wager on our signal.” Not only will harness fans get to overindulge on the races from the mile oval, but Thoroughbred fans will get an excellent nosh as well, as the day after Christmas The Big M will offer simulcasting of the Opening Day card from Arcadia, California’s Santa Anita Park. The 11-race program – which features five graded stakes events – has a post time of 2 p.m. FREE PPs: For free past performances of Meadowlands races, courtesy of the United States Trotting Association and TrackMaster, go to Races 10 through 13 – the entire Late 50-cent Pick-4 – will be available for Saturday’s card. TWEET THE TEAM: Stay in touch on Twitter with the Big M’s Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Shades 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 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: Be sure to watch the live “Racing from The Meadowlands” pre-game show, which will now begin on race nights at 5:27 p.m. On Saturday night, The Big M’s “A” team of Brower and Little will talk about what’s going on in harness racing and take a look at that evening’s featured races from the Sam McKee Memorial Broadcast Set while Demsky will be the featured handicapper on the live presentation on the Television Games Network ( all night long. CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE TRACK? There are several options for those who would rather catch the action from The Big M at home. Racing fans can watch all the races live on the Roberts Television Network ( In addition, they can watch and wager by going to the Television Games Network ( or their favorite Advance-deposit Wagering site (ADW). THE MEADOWLANDS SCHEDULE: There is no live racing on Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25. There will be live racing Saturday, Dec. 26, with a post time of 6 p.m. In addition, The Big M will be closed for simulcasting on both Dec. 24 and 25. HOLIDAY AT FANDUEL: Football fans can get their fill at the FanDuel Sportsbook, located just inside the main entrance at The Meadowlands. On Saturday (Dec. 26), there will be four college football games that handicappers can play, and, in addition, the National Football League will have three contests: At 1 p.m., Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-9½) travel to Detroit to take on the Lions; Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals (-5½) host the San Francisco 49ers at 4:30 p.m. before the final game of the day kicks off at 8:15 p.m. when Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins (-3) travel to Sin City to take on the Las Vegas Raiders. This week for the Christmas holiday, there will be some changes to the schedule at the FanDuel Sports Book. On Dec. 24, bets will be taken until 6 p.m. The book will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. During a normal week, hours in the track’s FanDuel Sports Book are from 10 a.m. – midnight Sunday through Friday and from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. on Saturday.   Dave Little

East Rutherford, NJ — Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and are proud to announce the 2021 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by — offering a $150,000 prize pool — is set for Nov. 13, 2021. On that date, the top horseplayers in North America will compete for an estimated $150,000 prize pool. The total prize pool is based on 150 entries, with 100 percent of entries going to player prizes and bankrolls. With the cancellation of the 2020 WHHC final due to COVID-19, a number of players made the decision to roll their spot over to the 2021 final. “We are anticipating being back to normal operating capacities in mid-summer,” said Rachel Ryan, Marketing & Event Operations Director at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. “This will allow us to run some feeder tournaments during our fall meet and host the final in mid-November. We are anxious to get our onsite contests back up and running.” The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by is a one-day tournament, with a welcome reception the evening prior. The Meadowlands and reserve the right to host the final online if Covid protocols do not allow an onsite event. Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,300. The $1,300 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $1,000 going to the prize pool. The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, plus three designated mandatory races. Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings. Prize payouts are to the top 10. The Meadowlands’ 2021 World Harness Handicapping Championship qualifier schedule is as follows: • Jan. 21, 2021–March 27, 2021: Free Online Survival Challenge – 3 WHHC seats • May 1, 2021–Aug. 7, 2021: Free Online Survival Challenge – 3 WHHC seats • Saturday (Nov. 6) – Free Handicapping Contest – 1 seat DerbyWars will host regular online qualifiers for the WHHC every Saturday starting in January. Players can qualify for as little as $22. Complete DerbyWars qualifier information can be found at For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment ( or 201.842.5015. For online qualifying on, players may contact   Rachel Ryan

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Temperatures may be falling, but many popular harness racing wagers at The Meadowlands have seen payoffs on the rise of late, much to the delight of those playing at the mile oval. The 20-cent Pick-5 did not pay anything special - $141.10 - on Nov. 27, when the first three winners in the sequence went off at odds of 3-5, 8-5 and 5-2, but since then, it has been a big-payoff bonanza in the multi-leg wager that begins the card on a nightly basis. On Saturday, Nov. 28, one sharp player raked the pot (being the only winner), cashing in for $55,157. That bettor may have been helped by the "all" button in the fourth race when a 75-1 shot scored, but the other four legs - despite none being won by the favorite - did not have any winner score at odds in excess of 9-2. Last weekend (Dec. 4-5), the Pick-5s came back $1,444 and $5,886 on Friday and Saturday, respectively, but P5 players were not the only ones able to check everything off their respective Christmas gift lists after making some big scores at The Big M. Recent action - and returns - on the track's "signature" Pick-4 wagers have been strong as well. Over the last four race cards, nightly handle on the bets that begin in races six and 10, respectively, has been at least $132,000, with a high of $170,822 put in play last Saturday. The Early Pick-4 on Nov. 27 paid a handsome $5,960 despite two 3-1 shots and an 8-5 favorite scoring. An 80-1 chance proved to be the key for those cashing tickets. The Late P4 came back $3,558 on Dec. 4 when a pair of 4-1 chances and a 1-2 chalk were joined in the sequence by a 39-1 bomb. Clearly, there are Big M bets where windfalls can result if players can find that one race that drives the big return. "We are extremely pleased at how the wagering public has responded to the low [15 percent] takeout wagers," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "The Meadowlands has always tried to have the most exciting and price-conscious wagering menu in the sport, and the current betting lineup has made all kinds of big scores possible for Big M players around the world." Some other recent noteworthy payouts include the $15,163 on Nov. 21 and $7,930 on Nov. 28 that 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 players enjoyed. The 20-cent Pick-6 has been creating a stir for about a month with carryovers on the last four Saturday programs. Two recent payouts stand far above the rest, as on Nov. 14, the return was $5,642, while on Nov. 28 - when the final two legs were won by favorites - two winners walked away with $14,143. "The growing interest in our wagering product resulted in the biggest handle of the Fall Meeting on Saturday [Dec. 5]," said Settlemoir. Indeed, the $2,894,040 pushed through the windows was a meet best and pushed the streak of Saturdays with at least $2.5 million in handle to five. In addition, The Big M has seen wagering exceed the $5-million level for four consecutive weekends. Historically, Meadowlands' bettors love the track for its vulnerable favorites, but a look at recent returns reveal total handle is brisk whether there's chalk or not. Over the last four race cards, 17 public choices have scored from 52 races for a win percentage of just 32. The four programs prior to that saw 25 chalks take 52 dashes for a cool 48 percent, yet all eight programs were part of the current $5-million weekend streak. CHECK OUT THE SHOW: Look for the "Racing from The Meadowlands" live in-house simulcast show every Friday and Saturday night. The pre-game presentation begins at 6:42 p.m. First race is at 7:15 p.m. If you can't make it out to the track, you can watch and wager on all the action at home. Go to or your favorite ADW platform to catch every race live. The Television Games Network ( shows all Meadowlands action live and offers opportunities for those who want to bet on Big M races as well. 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. FREE PPs: For free past performances of Meadowlands races, courtesy of the United States Trotting Association and TrackMaster, go to Races one through five - the entire 20-cent Pick-5 - will be available for both the Friday and Saturday cards. CHECK OUT THE PICKS: For those who need to get a leg up on the action, go to 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. 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. except for December 26, when the first race will go at 6 p.m. PROLIFIC PIGSKIN PARLAY: Fans of local National Football League teams had a winning Sunday (Dec. 6) last week. For those sharp enough to play the point spreads and use the Giants and Jets on a two-team parlay walked away winners. Can they do it again? The answer will come on Sunday (Dec. 13) when the Giants (+2½) host the Arizona Cardinals at 1 p.m. and the Jets (+13½) travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks at 4 p.m. The week will kick off Thursday (Dec. 10) when the New England Patriots (+5) visit the Los Angeles Rams at 8:20 p.m. You can wager on all the action in the Big M's FanDuel Sportsbook. 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.   Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is pleased to announce that stakes purses for the 2021 harness racing season will total more than $20 million.  Spearheaded by the return of the $6.5 million Breeders Crown to the prolific New Jersey oval for the first time since 2016, the stakes opportunities abound from March through November.   Important seasonal highlights include the $1.5 million Hambletonian and Oaks, $700,000 Meadowlands Pace and well over $1 million in New Jersey bred events.  The stakes will begin with the second edition of the New Jersey Breeders Maturity for 4-year-old pacers and trotters in March and April, respectively.  The Meadowlands Championship Meet and Grand Circuit (GC) racing begins with the first of three Graduate Series legs for the pacers on May 1. The first Graduate leg for the trotters goes on May 22, leg #2 for both is at Woodbine at Mohawk Park (WMP) on June 5 then a return to The Meadowlands for leg #3 on June 26 precedes the $250,000e finals on July 10.  The first leg of the Versatility goes on May 8 at Meadowlands, WMP hosts leg #2 on May 28, the third leg on Pace night, leg #4 on July 31 and the fifth leg on September 10 are all at The Meadowlands, with the $100,000e final at Delaware on Jug Day.  The $180,000e Arthur Cutler Memorial maintains its customary position as the first major GC stake for older trotters on May 15. May will also bring two legs and the rich finals of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for the sophomore set. The first 2-year-old Grand Circuit event of the season will be the Tompkins-Geers on June 18. The NJSS freshman stakes will race two legs and a final through the month of July and the SBOA of NJ sponsored Homegrown 2-year-old pace goes on June 26 while the baby trotters will race in the Garden State on August 6. The popular Kindergarten series for freshman trotters and pacers have the first leg on Friday, July 23, resume in September with legs on September 17 and 24 then wrap up with the fourth and last leg on November 6 leading into the $200,000e finals on November 13.  The month of July is filled with an embarrassment of riches beginning on July 3 with the Roll With Joe Open Pace, Crawford Farms Open Trot, Artiscape Open Mare Pace and Joie De Vie Open Mare Trot, all of which had previously been raced at Tioga Downs moving to The Meadowlands. The purse for each is estimated at $175,000.  The track's signature event, The Meadowlands Pace, highlights "The Greatest Night In Harness Racing" a $2.5 million extravaganza that counts the Mistletoe Shalee, Hambletonian Maturity, WR & Dorothy Haughton (formerly known as the Golden Girls) Memorials for FFA pacers and important Hambletonian preps, the Stanley Dancer and Del Miller on July 17.  Hambletonian Day falls on Saturday, August 7 in 2021 and the sport's marquee day of racing will boast $3.5 million in purses led by the $1 million trotting classic and its $500,000 filly companion stake.  The supporting stakes include a preview of prospects for the 2022 Hambo as the baby trotters see their first major tests of the season in the Peter Haughton & Jim Doherty. Adding further intrigue is the expected All Star cast of important stakes consisting of the Cane Pace & Shady Daisy 3-year-old pacing stakes, the John Cashman &, Dr. John Steele and the Sam McKee and Lady Liberty respectively will field the best older trotters and pacers racing. The Fall Meet is heavy with important Grand Circuit stakes led of course by the $6.5 million Breeders Crown. The eliminations will be held on the weekend of October 22 & 23 with the rich finals on Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30. But wait, there's more!  As the calendar turns to November and the Kindergarten series concludes on November 13, the very next weekend will see the return of the sport's top 2-year-olds in the $2 million Freshman Fall Final Four and the best older horses will sort out the order for seasonal awards in the $1 million TVG Championships.   "We look forward to the 2021 stakes season at The Meadowlands with great anticipation," said Meadowlands GM Jason Settlemoir. "The stakes roster is incredible and the return of the Breeders Crown is the cherry on top. Owners, breeders, trainers and drivers will have a tremendous opportunity to showcase their prized colts and fillies at the mecca of Standardbred racing over the finest racetrack in North America and The Meadowlands is thrilled to play host."   The entire 2021 stakes schedule will be posted to the internet soon.     Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is announcing a change in post time for live racing. Beginning on Saturday, December 26 post time for the first race will be 6:00PM.   The 6:00PM post time will continue for all live programs, racing Friday and Saturdays through March 13.   "We've been considering going earlier for some time," said General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "COVID has people staying in and their habits are changing. Now is the time to see if handle moves and at the same time allow for our customers and horsemen to get home earlier during the winter months."   Paddock and Lasix schedules for the new post time will be posted on The Meadowlands website.     Nick Salvi

MANALAPAN, NJ -- December 7, 2020 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association is looking for additional harness racing pacing stallions to stand stud in the state of New Jersey. While our state is fortunate to have a strong selection of trotting stallions for 2021, our hope is to increase our representation on the pacing side. The SBOANJ has developed the Home-Grown Pace for pacing foals in an attempt to increase racing opportunities for pacers. The offspring from any new pacing stallions in New Jersey in 2021, will have the opportunity to race in this program in addition to the revitalized NJ Sire Stakes. If you are interested in standing a pacing stallion in New Jersey, or if you have any questions, please call the SBOANJ office at 732.462.2357. The deadline for registering a new stallion for the 2021 breeding season is February 15, 2021. Courtney Stafford

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Heading into Saturday night’s featured $28,000 Preferred for pacers at The Meadowlands, American History had won two in a row by a combined 10¼ lengths, and while the veteran harness racing earner of over $1.1 million might have been bumping up in class, the narrative remained the same. On a night where the feels-like temperature was 30 degrees with a stiff wind into the horses faces in the stretch, American History upped his win streak to three with a powerhouse 1:48.4 performance. “He had a terrible bunch of bad luck this summer,” said winning trainer Tony Alagna. “But we thought he was coming around in his last few starts. He’s been in spots where he can use his speed. We worked hard on that. He trained well off the pace as well, so he can do that, too.” All night long the track played to speed in a big way, so there was no need for the 2019 Breeders Crown champion to race from behind. This Is The Plan, with his impressive lifetime bankroll of $1.7 million, was sent to the gate as the 3-5 public choice. He showed high speed from the start, as did American History, Harambe Deo and Western Joe. Grabbing the top at the opening quarter while parked was This Is The Plan, but only led briefly, as American History wrestled the lead away from the chalk as he sprinted the second quarter in :26.4 to hit the half in :54.1. Around the far turn, driver Andy McCarthy asked American History for more, and he responded by opening a 1½-length edge on the pocket-sitter at three-quarters in 1:21. Through the stretch, American History would have to deal with This Is The Plan after that one popped the pocket inside the eighth pole. But as the pair neared the wire, American History had little trouble holding sway to score by a half-length. Western Joe was third. A 5-year-old son of American Ideal-Perfect Touch who is owned by Brad Grant, American History paid $7.20 as the second choice in the betting to up his lifetime stats to 21 wins from just 58 starts and earnings of $1,172,753. “We are going to pick and choose his starts in the weeks ahead,” said Alagna. “We are not opposed to racing him [during the winter] a little bit. He can go with the best horses when he’s on his game.” MEET-HIGH HANDLE: Wagering was vigorous from start to finish on the 13-race card, as a total of $2,894,040 was bet on the program, a Fall-Meet best. … 50-cent Pick-4 action was fast and furious as the two “signature” mile-oval wagers saw total action of $170,822. … A carryover of $6,205 fueled a total pool in the 20-cent Pick-6 of $51,741, the fourth consecutive Saturday that saw a P6 carryover. Those with six winners cashed in for $1,469.58. A LITTLE MORE: George Napolitano Jr. continued his winning ways at the meeting by scoring three times on the card. He made a big move to the lead at the half with Ruthless Hanover in the ninth race high-end conditioned pace on the way to a dominant 5¼-score in 1:48.4, pacing the night’s fastest mile until American History stopped the clock in the same time 23 minutes later. … McCarthy equaled Napolitano by visiting the winner’s circle three times. … Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Freehold, NJ --- Luke Hanners, a relatively new member of the Freehold Raceway driving colony, had a big day on Saturday (December 5). He piloted home four harness racing winners on the 12-race card.   Hanners got his first win of the day in the second race, as Real Flight closed from behind to win for trainer Jody Dunning. Gaius Crastinus went gate-to-wire in race 4, for owner/trainer John Novello, giving Hanners his second win of the day.   The hat trick was completed in race 10, as Maajaackkobe held on for the victory for trainer Julius Czermann. In the 12th race, Hanners got his grand slam, as Ideal One wore down PL Leeroy in the stretch for the victory. Doug Dilloian is the winning trainer.       Saturday's victories give Hanners 34 wins on the year from 380 drives. After starting off in Ohio, Hanners moved his base to the east coast this summer. He began driving at Freehold in late October, and also drives at Rosecroft Raceway.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday (December 11), with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM.     Publicity Freehold Raceway

Freehold, NJ—For the third time in the last four weeks John Calabrese has won the American Harness Drivers Club trot at Freehold Raceway. On Saturday, Dec. 5 he guided aptly named Slated To Win to a gate to wire 2:01.3 triumph over a sloppy race course. And each of Calabrese's recent harness racing driving victories was with a different trotter. Sent off as the betting favorite from the five-hole Calabrese gunned  his charge immediately to the lead and they had two lengths on the field when the quarter mile timer flashed :29.1. Matt Zuccarello, who had the pole position with Splashed, was content to let Calabrese cut the fractions and once alone on the front-end Calabrese let his trotter ramble and they passed the half-way  point in :59. At the third stanza in 1:29.3 it was apparent that Slated To Win was going to be living up to his name and the 4-year-old Uncle Peter gelding drew-off to an oh-so-easy 3-1/2-length triumph. With a strong late rally, Allindotime, in rein to Joe Lee, came from far back to finish second; a nose ahead of Zuccarello and Splashed. It was Calabrese's sixth seasonal triumph and the 74th of his amateur driving career.  And for Slated To Win, a grandson of Cantab Hall it was his 4th seasonal triumph and he returned a $5.40 win mutuel. He's owned by George Beck and trained by Terry Morgan. .   by John Manzi for the AHDC

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