Big M looks to keep momentum rolling

on 01/03/2019 11:27 AM
The Meadowlands hosts live racing for the first time in 2019 this Friday and Saturday (post time, 7:15 p.m.) hoping to keep things rolling after an outstanding Saturday (Dec. 29) night program that saw the largest single-card handle of the meeting.   A total of $2,986,115 was wagered on the 14 races, which was good for an average per race of $213,293. As usual, the 50-Cent Pick-5 and ...
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Meadowlands Survival Challenge starts Friday

on 01/03/2019 10:20 AM
Contestants have until 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4 to register and make their selections in the always popular Meadowlands Winter Meet Survival Challenge powered by 123Racing.   The grand prize is $1,000 & 2019 WHHC Spot. The second-place prize is $500 & 2019 WHHC Spot. The third-place prize is $250 & 2019 WHHC Spot. Most winners prize is $250   Trackmaster ...
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Dunn does well in Drivers Championship draw

on 01/03/2019 8:30 AM
The battle lines have been drawn for the third annual $25,000 North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley from Sunday, Jan. 6 through Tuesday, Jan. 8.  Three consecutive matinee programs will decide which of the 30 talented drivers in the contest will emerge with the title, the trophy and the $10,000 first prize.   Each driver has four randomly drawn horses and post positi...
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Parkhill Lancelot takes Meadows feature

on 01/02/2019 7:50 PM
Parkhill Lancelot followed the first-over cover of Media Buzz, then brushed by him in the lane to capture the 2019 opening-day feature, a $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, at The Meadows. Parkhill Lancelot trotted patiently in fourth until Jim Pantaleano tipped him off the cones to follow cover. The 7-year-old Muscle Mass-Harlequin Seelster gelding swept by Media Buzz in mid-stretch and downed...
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Vitale named USHWAn of the Year

on 01/02/2019 2:51 PM
Heather Vitale, secretary of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the U. S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA), international harness racing video journalist, self-proclaimed “Harness Racing’s Firework,” two-time Sam McKee Broadcasters Award winner, and probably the only person in harness racing who both holds Madonna as a role model and also has her own Wikipedia page, has bee...
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Hanover sets another breeders earnings record

on 01/02/2019 10:42 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms, the Pennsylvania harness racing breeding operation which has led all of North American harness racing in seasonal money won by its graduates since recordkeeping began in 1949, has just broken its own mark for one-year earnings by those raised at the nursery. The $31,451,117 total it posted in 2017 was eclipsed on December 27 of last year, with the final number for 2018 reaching...
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McNeight drives 1,000th career winner

on 01/02/2019 9:15 AM
He had to beat the richest Standardbred ever to do it, but David McNeight III collected career win 1,000 Monday at The Meadows when he piloted Knocking Around to victory in race 10.   The race was styled “Foiled Again’s Last Call,” as it marked the final race of Foiled Again, who faced mandatory retirement Jan. 1 when he turned 15. McNeight and Knocking Around, howev...
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Last call for Caretaker of Year nominations

on 01/02/2019 9:14 AM
There are a few days left to submit nominations for the 2018 Caretaker of the Year. The award, in its fourth year of sponsorship by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (HRRNP) in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport—the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis.   Any ...
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Longshots rule in Meadows series finals

on 01/01/2019 5:36 PM
Competitive fields and a sloppy, tiring surface set the stage for upsets in Monday’s finals of six Holiday Claiming Series at The Meadows, as three of the winners scored at odds of 22-1 or longer. The six-pack of championships served collectively as the co-feature for “Foiled Again’s Last Call,” the final race in the spectacular career of the richest Standardbred all time...
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The great Foiled Again retires from racing

on 01/01/2019 4:36 PM
One of the most spectacular, improbable, inspirational equine careers in harness racing history ended New Year’s Eve at The Meadows with the final race of Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever. Although his fifth-place finish disappointed the expectant crowd, his $650 check sent his career earnings to $7,635,588, a mark that likely won’t be eclipsed anytime soon.   T...
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Mayflowermoonshine wins 14YO invite

on 12/31/2018 5:25 PM
Monticello Raceway race secretary Eric Warner was successful in putting a race together for six veteran campaigners that went behind the starting gate for the last time. The six starters sported an impressive overall body of work; between them they amassed a total of 2,202 lifetime starts, 369 wins and more than $2,435,000 in career earnings. On Monday afternoon this bunch of hardy campa...
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Big M ends year with meet-high handle

on 12/30/2018 7:37 AM
Maybe all of the Meadowlands' faithful found money in their Christmas stockings. Betting on the 14-race Saturday night Big M program came within $14,000 of the magic $3-million mark, as all-source wagering reached $2,986,115, eclipsing the previous meet best of $2,764,913, which was established on Nov. 24. The current meeting began on Oct. 12. The action got off to a fast start as $724...
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Smith, Morgan Jr. cop Dayton titles

on 12/29/2018 10:53 PM
Jeremy Smith and Virgil Morgan Jr. were recognized as Top Driver and Top Trainer, respectively, on Saturday night (Dec. 29) at Hollywood Gaming At Dayton Raceway as the curtain fell on the track’s fifth 75-program season of live harness racing. Smith set a new standard for wins during a Dayton meet with 154 victories, good for $1.1 million in purse earnings.  It is Jeremy’s f...
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Foiled Again draws post 8 in career finale

on 12/29/2018 11:23 AM
If Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever, is to cap his extraordinary career with a win in his final race, he'll have to do it from post 8. That's where he's drawn in Monday's $13,000 pace at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, styled as "Foiled Again's Last Call" that will bring down the curtain on the career of the gallant gelding who's amassed more than...
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3YO Lass A Rope beats older foes in Preferred

on 12/29/2018 8:27 AM
The lone 3-year-old in the field, Lass A Rope schooled her elders Friday (Dec. 28) at The Meadows when she grabbed the lead first over and dug in late to capture the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Lass A Rope moved first over for Aaron Merriman and put away the leader, Expose Yourself, before the three-quarters. But her work wasn’t done, as she needed to deal with Gli...
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Driver list set for Miami Valley tourney

on 12/29/2018 8:25 AM
The roster for the third annual $25,000 North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley Raceway in early January is now set. The 30 outstanding drivers who will descend on the southwest Ohio oval Jan. 6-8 to compete for the title have an astounding 120,385 collective victories. Aaron Merriman, the reigning national dash champion and recently named USHWA 2018 Driver of the Year, heads the w...
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Monopoly Blue Chip upsets in Dayton Open

on 12/29/2018 8:21 AM
The final $18,500 Open Trot of the Hollywood Dayton Raceway meet produced an upset winner, 18-1 Monopoly Blue Chip.  The six-year-old son of Donato Hanover has been racing well during the meet, including two recent wins in top condition events, but had been no better than third in four previous Open level attempts.      Driver Kayne Kauffman guided the winner to ...
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Darlinonthebeach scores at Meadowlands

on 12/29/2018 8:19 AM
Darlinonthebeach made her Meadowlands return a winning one, taking the Friday night feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacing fillies and mares in 1:51, her seasonal best. The Nifty Norman trainee, who last raced at the Big M on Nov. 16, has battled a nagging suspensory injury for much of the season, which derailed her Breeders Crown and TVG hopes, but she showed no ill effects of he...
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Merriman sets single-season record at Nfld

on 12/28/2018 9:20 PM
When Aaron Merriman scored his 1,000th victory of 2018 to become the first driver to have multiple 1,000 seasons, who knew records would continue to fall.  On Thursday (Dec. 27), Merriman became the winningest single-season driver in the history of Northfield Park.   Merriman scored his 707th victory of the year at the Home of the Flying Turns in Race 11  when he g...
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Marcus Melander voted Rising Star

on 12/28/2018 12:15 PM
Marcus Melander, “to the manor born” in terms of personal harness racing pedigree, went out in 2018 and made great accomplishments with a small but talented collection of trotters, including the two dominant 2-year-old colts, in the process earning the Rising Star Award in voting conducted by the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA).   Also honored by USHWA we...
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