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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Wagering on harness racing at The Meadowlands continued to bustle Saturday night, as betting blasted past the $4-million barrier for a third time in 2021, the same number of times that was accomplished during all of 2020. Action was huge from the get-go on the 15-race card as a total of $367,134 was pushed through the windows on the opener, $86,011 of which was bet on the 20-cent Pick-5. Action was at least $330,000 on races six, seven and nine before the 10th race took in the most play of the night, with $370,062. The sixth race 50-cent Pick-4 saw $105,648 pushed through the windows and resulted in the wager’s biggest payout of the meeting. Twenty-to-one long shots won the opening and payoff legs of the bet, resulting in a payoff of $17,959. In sharp contrast, the 10th race Pick-4, which saw a total pool of $94,171, saw two even-money shots, a 5-2 and a 3-1 combine for a payout of $78.55. The all-source total wagered on the card was $4,082,528, an average per race of $272,168. Betting has exceeded $7 million for the last three weekends at The Big M. That plateau was reached three times during all of 2020. THAT’S A HALF-DOZEN COUSIN: Driver Dexter Dunn continued his brilliance in the bike at the current Big M meeting by winning six times on the program. The 31-year-old native of New Zealand, the two-time defending United States Harness Writers Association Driver of the Year, won a total of eight races over the weekend, upping his Big M driver-colony leading win total to 39. ‘JOE’ BEATEN, ‘JL’ CRUISES: A pair of fan favorites sat atop the marquee in the co-featured $22,500 winners-over $11,500 events, one on the pace and the other on the trot. Tulhurstsantanna A worked out an ideal trip in pulling off a 21-1 upset in the pace. The driver of the 8-year-old gelded son of Santanna Blue Chip-Ballroom Belle had designs on leaving the gate, but Andy McCarthy thought better of it. “I put his nose on the gate and thought about stepping out,” said McCarthy. “But I aborted that mission when I saw everybody else had the same idea and managed to work out a sweet second-over trip.” Western Joe, the 4-5 favorite who was seeking his second straight score in the weekly feature, brushed to the lead while parked past the half in :54.2, but was pressured by long shot Points North shortly thereafter, which set it up for a closer. McCarthy tipped Tulhurstsantanna A off the cover provided by Points North as they straightened up in the stretch but still had one major player to worry about. “I knew [3-1 second choice] Springsteen was on my back,” said McCarthy. “He’s very fast, that horse, but my horse, he keeps horses at bay. He knows what to do.” In winning a third straight at The Big M, Tulhurstsantanna A returned $44.20 to his backers after completing the mile in a lifetime-best equaling 1:49.4 on a night with a feel-like temperature of 19 degrees. Springsteen finished a half-length back in second, with Italian Delight N third and Western Joe fourth in the eight-horse field. Trained by Andrew Harris and owned by Douglas Overhiser, Tulhurstsantanna A raised his lifetime stats to 24 wins from 144 starts, good for earnings of $191,454. In the marquee trot, JL Cruze chalked up his third win in his last four Meadowlands outings, scoring by a half-length over Scirocco Rob in 1:52.4. Rich And Miserable was third. “He’s a classy old horse,” said winning driver Dunn of the 10-year-old gelding by Crazed-Topcat Hall. “And it’s a pleasure to sit behind him every week.” JL Cruze left alertly from post eight in the eight-horse field and opted to race in the five-hole early on. “I got him out of there and we took a seat,” said Dunn. “It’s not usually the way he races, but I was pretty confident we would run them down.” The even-money favorite followed the live tow of 7-1 third choice Scirocco Rob down the backstretch, and once leader Winnerup was done, it was down to those two. Under confident handling from Dunn, JL Cruze reported home an easy winner after tipping off cover, scoring for the 43rd time from 127 career starts for trainer Eric Ell and owners W. Kenneth Wood, J. Dittmar Jr. and S.J. Iaquinta. His lifetime bank account now stands at a gaudy $1,572,392. A LITTLE MORE: Scott Zeron and Corey Callahan both recorded driving doubles while the red-hot Jeff Cullipher trained a pair of winners. … Shrewd 20-cent Pick-6 players made a big score, as with only one long shot (22-1) winning during the sequence, those with winning tickets walked away with $12,891. Of the other five winning horses, two were favored, while the other three went off at 5-1, 5-2 and 3-1. … Racing resumes Friday at 6 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – In what was a frantic finish to a fabulous Friday night harness racing feature at The Meadowlands, Get Legs went another powerhouse mile in scoring from off the pace in the $19,000 marquee dash for non-winners of nine races lifetime on the trot, upping his lifetime stats to six wins in seven starts, all taking place at The Big M. “You can’t map out the trip,” said winning trainer Julie Miller. “But you hope it works out in the end. We were very fortunate.” Maybe so, but Get Legs was also very good. Get Legs was away quickly from post seven, as was 7-5 favorite Some Chapter from post eight in the eight-horse field. The problem was, virtually all the horses to their inside also left the gate, leaving Get Legs and Some Chapter, who was seeking his fifth win in six starts, extremely wide around the first turn. With the two favorites resigned to having to come from the back of the pack, HL Revadon had the lead at the quarter while parked out by Cool Clifford, but soon thereafter, Gotwuteverittakes made a bold move to the top only to be pressed by 29-10 third choice Swan In Motion. The quick action down the backstretch assured a closer would get the money, and at three-quarters, Magical Winner K tipped off his cover and was first-up leading a three-wide flow as 27-10 second choice Get Legs followed that live tow with Some Chapter tracking from third-over as three-quarters was timed in 1:25.3. Andy Miller steered Get Legs to the outside for the stretch drive, and after trotting a final quarter in :27.2, grabbed the victory by a half-length over Magical Winner K, who raced well beyond his 44-1 odds. Some Chapter was a valiant third. “I just have so much confidence in my horse and driver,” said Julie, the better half of team ‘Orange Crush’. “My horse was supposed to race last week at Pocono but the card got canceled, so I was afraid we might be a little short. He rose to the occasion.” Get Legs, a 4-year-old son of Muscle Hill-Legzy, returned $7.40 to his backers after completing the mile in 1:53.4. He now has earnings of $46,610, and if all goes as hoped, there will be a lot more to come. “We’ve staked him to the 4-year-old races this year,” said Julie. “I would love to take on the big dogs, but he’s kind of behind the eight ball with his limited experience. I think my slow play game will benefit him. When we have to race the better horses, we hope to be prepared.” The game plan is to be ready for the Graduate Series in May. “I’m not going to feed him to the wolves unless he’s ready. If we think he is, we’ll be there,” said Julie. View the Meadowlands results click here A LITTLE MORE: Julie and Andy have another potential good one on their hands. Earlier on the card, their Hipster K, another 4-year-old trotter, made it three wins in as many lifetime starts in a non-winners of two. The son of Sebastian K S-Riley’s Dream became the first 1-9 winner of the meeting, returning $2.20 for a $2 wager after finishing his mile in 1:55.4. … Despite four favorites winning during the sequence, the 20-cent Pick-6 returned $825.40 thanks to Waterway, who scored from off the pace with Corey Callahan driving in the 12th race at odds of 23-1. … Andy McCarthy led the driver’s colony with three victories on the card. … All-source wagering totaled $3,131,740, the second consecutive Friday where wagering exceeded the $3-million mark. … Racing resumes Saturday at 6 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It appeared not to be Western Joe's night in the featured $22,500 winners-over $11,500 pace Saturday night at The Meadowlands after getting passed at the three-quarter-mile marker, but the veteran warhorse showed his class through the stretch in a thoroughly dominant harness racing performance to chalk up a second win in his last three Big M starts. "I wasn't surprised that he came back to win," said winning trainer Chris Choate. "When he hits that last turn, it looks like he's going to finish fifth, but then he kicks in." Driver Simon Allard had 'Joe' - a 7-year-old gelded son of Western Ideal-Ante Fay - on the go from the get-go, barreling four-wide into the first turn from post eight in the 10-horse field and taking over the top just after quarter, which was set by Western Fame in :27.3. As the 3-5 favorite, Western Joe was sailing along on the engine after a rated second fraction of :28.4, when shortly thereafter, Paduka N popped out the three-hole and came after the leader hard, grabbing the lead at three-quarters by three-quarters of a length while parked after a furious backside brush. Then Western Joe got serious, finding another gear off the far turn and exploding clear at the eighth pole, powering away from a weary Paduka N on the way to a 1¾-length score in 1:51.3. Hudson Phil and Decision Day rallied to get second and third, respectively. Paduka N weakened and finished last. "He raced very well last week," said Choate of Western Joe's third-place finish to Springsteen and No Easy Day at The Big M. "I didn't want to see him come first-up, but the two horses that beat him weren't there tonight. He's a hard knocker. "He stalls somewhat on the turns. I don't know why. Ninety percent of the time he does that. Why, I'm not sure. But as long as he keeps on winning......." Now victorious in 31 of his 99 lifetime starts, Western Joe, who established his lifetime-best of 1:47.3 in taking the 2018 Sam McKee Memorial at The Meadowlands, returned $3.20 to his backers in lifting his earnings to $726,858 for owners Anthony Ruggeri and Richard Tosies. "I'm not sure if he can go with the big boys anymore," said Choate. "We'll stay at The Meadowlands as long as there are races for him. The Borgata Series at Yonkers is an option. We have a week to decide, but that's up to the owners." BETTING CLOSE TO $4 MILLION: With four races seeing action that exceeded the $300,000 mark, all-source wagering came close to topping the $4-million mark for a second consecutive Saturday night. Total action on the 15-race card was $3,966,231 to cap a second consecutive weekend that saw over $7 million pushed through the windows. Through the first 11 race cards of 2021, wagering has been at least $3 million on seven occasions and over $4 million twice. During all of 2020, the $3-million barrier was busted 11 times while action exceeded $4 million on three programs. BIG GAME WINNERS: Forevernalways completed a two-race sweep of the Big Game Series for $12,500 claimers for trainer Nick Sodano in 1:52.3 as the 9-5 favorite. Dexter Dunn was in the sulky. In the Big Game for non-winners of $11,500, Tulhurstsantanna A and driver Andy McCarthy scored in 1:51.1 as the 7-2 second choice, giving the Andrew Harris trainee a sweep of the two-race event. A LITTLE MORE: A carryover of $21,961 led to a total pool of $79,254 in the 15th race 10-cent Hi-5/Pentafecta, and those lucky enough to have tickets with the winning combination of 2-6-3-4-10 cashed in for $10,094.20. ... Dunn paced the driver colony with four winners, lifting his Big M leading dash-win total to 31. Scott Zeron and Todd McCarthy had two apiece. ... Racing resumes Friday at 6 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Alexa Skye maintained her spot as the hottest horse in all of harness racing, blowing away a solid field in the Friday night featured $22,500 winners-over $11,500 pace for fillies and mares at The Meadowlands. “She’s made a believer out of me,” said her trainer Brett Pelling. And everybody else, for that matter. Sent to the gate as the 3-5 favorite, driver Todd McCarthy asked for speed from Alexa Skye from post eight in the 10-horse field, and speed is what he got, as after Dbldelitebrigade N led at the quarter, McCarthy moved his 4-year-old mare to the top well before the three-eighths. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Pirouette Hanover led by 1½ lengths at the half despite a rated fraction of :28.4. Then, Alexa Skye sprinted the third panel in :26.4 to extend her lead to 3½ at three-quarters. But she still had more. Her final quarter of :27.3 saw her hit the wire in 1:51, 4¼ lengths in front of second-place finisher The Bandit Queen N. Dbldelitebrigade N held third. “She’s always been a really great-gaited filly,” said Pelling. “But when I look back now, in her defense, when she started off in her 3-year-old year she was driven hard and used hard and I don’t think she liked that. In the latter part of the year [during a season when she went seven-for-17 and earned $63,430], Todd started driving her but she drew bad posts. She closed in three or four races in a row, and ever since then, she has been strong. “We do sometimes not consider how young they really are. She was a June 12 foal so she was three months behind a lot of the horses she raced against. That’s how I see it.” Alexa Skye’s strength has been unquestioned of late, as she’s won six of her last eight and eight of her last 11. “Her start at Yonkers [when she missed a head after going parked the mile one week ago] had to be seen to be believed,” said Pelling. “But she bounced back and looked even better tonight.” Alexa Skye, who returned $3.20 to her backers, has now won 12 of 33 lifetime outings, good for earnings of $149,890 for owners Blue Chip Bloodstock and John Lengacher. The Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for older pacing mares at Yonkers Raceway – which begins March 12 – is what Pelling has his eye on for his prized pupil. “That’s a very tough series for a 4-year-old,” said Pelling. “That’s going to be very tough on her.” Maybe so, but the way she’s going right now, Alexa Skye is the one with the target on her back. THAT’S A ‘HI’ CARRYOVER: No one correctly selected all five finishers in the 13th race 10-cent Hi-Five, creating a $21,961 carryover for Saturday’s 15th race. A LITTLE MORE: Todd McCarthy led the driver’s colony with three winners, while Andy McCarthy, Yannick Gingras and Simon Allard all had two apiece. … One shrewd player betting into the Belmont Park hub had the only winning ticket in the 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 and walked away with $10,886. … All-source wagering totaled $3,116,295, the first time on a Friday this year that betting broke the $3-million barrier. … Wagering has been at least $3 million six times thus far in 2021. During all of 2020, that magic number was reached on 11 occasions. … Racing resumes Saturday at 6 p.m.   BIG M SATURDAY HI-5 HAS $60,000 GUARANTEE At the conclusion of a stretch-long scramble in the 13th and final race at The Meadowlands Friday night, no one had a winning ticket in the track’s 10-cent Hi-Five, which will no doubt create much interest in the wager Saturday evening. With 9-1 shot Imageofarocker scoring from off the pace, and 23-1, 91-1 and 74-1 chances finishing second, third and fifth, respectively, there were no winners in the wager that requires one to correctly select the top five in the official order of finish. As a result, there was a carryover of $21,961, leading Big M management – in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering initiative – to guarantee the pool at $60,000 for Saturday night’s 15th race. Free program pages for every race of every Meadowlands card are available by going to   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - Due to the ongoing Winter snowstorm, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and Winners Bayonne OTW will have a delayed harness racing opening on Tuesday, February 2nd. Both properties along with the onsite FanDuel Sportsbook are aiming to open at 4pm Tuesday.  Updates regarding the exact opening time will be posted at   Rachel Ryan

Freehold, NJ --- Friday's Preferred Handicap trot at Freehold Raceway loomed as a harness racing showdown between two classy trotters. Obrigado, a two-time winner of the Freehold Preferred Handicap this year and a winner of more than $1.9 million, squared off against Melady's Monet, who won the Preferred Handicap on January 15 and earned more than $1.7 million.   Ultimately, Melady's Monet won the battle, prevailing by 1 1/2 lengths for his 69th lifetime score.   Leaving from post eight, Dan Dube was aggressive with Obrigado, sending him to the lead and clearing just after the opening quarter. Meanwhile, Eric Abbatiello was more patient with Melady's Monet. Leaving from post seven, he dropped his drive into fifth in the early stages.   Just after the half-mile point, Abbatiello moved Melady's Monet first-over after the leader. Nearing the three-quarter point, he put a head in front of Obrigado, who had no response. Melady's Monet pulled clear around the final turn. The final time was 1:58, in cold, windy conditions.   Melady's Monet is owned by Melady Enterprises LLC and trained by Herman Heitmann. Last week, he finished second in the Preferred Handicap, and avenged his defeat on Friday afternoon.   Obrigado flattened out in the stretch and finished fourth. Mugshot Jess and Swansea rounded out the trifecta. Dot Dot Dot Dash, Allindotime, Stinglike a B K, and Miss McKee completed the order of finish.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday (January 30), with a 13-race program starting at about 12:30 PM.     Publicity Freehold Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- Obrigado has been perfect so far in 2021, with two harness racing wins in Freehold Raceway's Preferred Handicap trot. He'll try to make it three in a row on Friday (January 29), and is once again likely to be a big favorite.   Co-owned and trained by Paul Kelley, Obrigado is one of the classiest trotters on the east coast. He's won 55 times in his career, including numerous major stakes wins, with earnings of almost $2 million. So far in his 11-year-old season, he's won two Freehold Preferred Handicaps, while leading at every point of call. He'll try to do it again from post position eight, with Dan Dube listed to drive.   Melady's Monet looms as serious competition for Obrigado. Another classy member of the east coast open trotting ranks, he began his 2021 season with a win in the Preferred Handicap at Freehold on January 15. On January 22, he was second in the Preferred to Lean Hanover. He was assigned post position seven, for trainer Hermann Heitmann and driver Eric Abbatiello.   A pair of interesting horses will make their 2021 debuts in this spot. Miss McKee enjoyed success against 3-year-old filly trotters last year, winning five stakes races in Pennsylvania. This will be her 4-year-old debut, for trainer Jack Baggitt Jr and driver Steve Smith. She'll leave from post position five.   Swansea was in good form last year, winning the Open trot at Yonkers Raceway four times. This will be his first start since August 21, for trainer Scott DiDomenico and driver Austin Siegelman. He'll leave from post position six.   Stinglike A B K, Mugshot Jess, Allindotime, and Dot Dot Dot Dash round out the field. It's scheduled as the seventh race, with a post time of 2:30 PM.   The first of ten races on the Friday card at Freehold is listed at 12:30 PM.     Publicity Freehold Raceway

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The wins just keep on coming for harness racing driver Dexter Dunn. The 31-year-old New Zealand native, who was named the United States Harness Writers Association's Driver of the Year for a second straight time last week, registered four winners on the Friday night card at The Meadowlands. Before the start of the program, Dunn was awarded The Big M's Driver of the Week after winning seven times last weekend (Jan. 15-16), and now sits atop the standings at the mile oval with 19 victories in the early stages of the Winter-Spring-Championship Meeting. Dunn's backers got to cash in some nice prices, as after winning with 1-5 public choice Billion Dollar Day ($2.60 to win in race one), the track's leading driver (with 131 wins) during 2020 scored with Smooth Aceleration ($11.40 in the fifth) and Tango Dancer N ($12.40 in the featured 10th) before completing his grand slam with Alexander Hanover ($14.40 in the 13th). Tango Dancer N Another Down Under standout, Australia native Andy McCarthy, had a big night as well, scoring three times during the night. His fans were smiling after those races as McCarthy's winners (Rockin Panda, Always Mindy, Sheikh Yabooty N) were sent to the gate at odds of 7-2, 7-1 and 10-1. Sheikh Yabooty N PICK-6 CARRYOVER: With a sequence that began with a 10-1 chance and a 27-1 long shot, no one hit the 20-cent Pick-6, creating a carryover for Saturday night's program of $7,293. Those who had five winners cashed in for $347.34. Free past performances for the entire Saturday card are available by going to HIGHS AND LOWS: With three odds-on choices scoring during the sequence, the 20-cent Pick-5 returned $75.90. In sharp contrast, the Early 50-cent Pick-4 saw no winning favorites and a healthy payout of $8,987.35. A LITTLE MORE: Simon Allard drove two winners on the program while Kelvin Harrison registered a training double. ... Play in the two Pick-4s was predictably vigorous, as the two pools combined to see over $160,000 in action. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,806,228, the third consecutive Friday where at least $2.8 million was pushed through the windows. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 6 p.m.   By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway concluded the Vinny Fusco Jr Memorial Pacing Series this Friday (January 22), with a pair of harness racing finals. One saw a logical result, the other an upset.   Tall Poppy N completed a sweep of the second division, for fillies and mares with a TrackMaster Horse Rating between 71.50 and 75.00 at the start of the series. Just like in the first two legs, George Brennan put her on the lead just after the quarter, and set comfortable fractions. In the stretch, she received a stiff challenge from Thaneeya, but Tall Poppy N held her at bay for a half-length win, in 1:56.3. The winner is owned by Curtin Anz Stable and trained by Kelvin Harrison, and paid $4.20 to win.   The first division final, for horses with a TrackMaster Horse Rating between 68.00 and 71.50, was won by 8/1 If Ur Richimsingle. Leaving from post position two, Daniel Dube put her in the pocket early on. Not long after the quarter, Dube activated his charge, and put her on the lead before the half. She drew off and opened up nearing three-quarters, and never looked back, crossing the wire 2 1/2 lengths in front.   The winning filly is owned by John Cancelliere and trained by Tom Cancelliere. She paced the mile in 1:58.2, for her first career win.   In between those two finals, Lean Hanover defeated Melady's Monet to win the Preferred Handicap trot. Jim Marohn Jr kept him in the pocket most of the way, then activated him in the stretch and rolled by for a 1 1/4 length win. He trotted the mile in 1:57.1, for owners PC Wellwood Enterprises and Karen Carroll, and trainer Linda Toscano.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday (January 23), with a 13-race card starting at about 12:30 PM. The card includes two finals of the Harold Kelly Memorial Pacing Series.     Publicity Freehold Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- The Harold Kelly Memorial Pacing Series comes to a conclusion at Freehold Raceway on Saturday (January 23), as the headliners of a great 13-race card.   The series, named in honor of the great New Jersey horseman who died last fall, began on January 9, and was split up into two harness racing divisions. Over the past two weeks, New Jersey sired, owned, or foaled horses have been battling it out, and the top eight point-earners in each division have advanced to the final.   The Division I final, for horses who started the series with a TrackMaster Horse Rating between 68.00 and 71.50, is scheduled as the sixth race, with a listed post time of 2:10 PM. The purse is set at $10,000.   The leading point earners, Officer Blue Chip, for owner/trainer John Urbanski, and Symon Spicer trainee Test Ride, loom the largest. Test Ride won the first leg impressively, drawing off by 4 3/4 lengths in a sharp 1:56.2. He'll look for a rebound after a second-place finish as the 2/5 favorite last week. Jim Marohn Jr has the drive from post position three.   Officer Blue Chip also won his division of the first leg, and narrowly missed winning leg two, leading most of the way before being caught in the late stages. He'll leave from post position five, for driver Jack Pelling.   Reuben Tune Ups, for owner/trainer Ann DePietro, Panther's Pinot, trained by Mike Russo, Frankandjoanne, for trainer Dawn Anderson, Our Art and Heaven, trained by Danielle DaCruz, and the John Wyatt pair of Pirates Alley and Odds on Daytona round out the field.   The second final, for horses who began the series with a TrackMaster Horse Rating between 71.50 and 75.00, will go as race 8, scheduled for 2:50 PM. They will race for a purse of $15,000. Taste of History, from the inside post, looms as the one to beat. He won the first two legs of the series, going gate-to-wire both times. Freehold's leading driver, Austin Siegelman, will drive once again.   Trainers Izzy Estrada and Mike Fiumenero both send out a pair. Estrada trains Na Na Na Baatman, from post position three for driver Dan Dube, and Major Jesse, leaving from post position two. Fiumenero has Lucky Levis from the six-hole, with Eric Abbatiello in the bike, and second-leg winner I Am the Cowboy from post position seven.   Nothing to Prove, for trainer Scott DiDomenico, Go Sue Me, for co-owner and trainer Phil Jasper, and Ameriman, for owner/trainer Ernie Hendry, complete the ensemble.   Post time for the first race at Freehold on Saturday is 12:30 PM.     Publicity Freehold Raceway

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

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