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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Toys for Tots Drive at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is holding its 14th Annual Toys for Tots Collection Drive through Saturday, December 9th.

All are welcome to bring in new, unwrapped toys and spread holiday cheer  this holiday season to a child in need. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will be donating all collected toys to the local Marine Corps Toys for Tots.
“We are proud to host a Toys for Tots drive each holiday season,” said Jason M. Settlemoir, GM/COO of Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment. “The holiday season is about family and helping others that are less fortunate.  We want to be able to make a child’s Christmas just a little bit brighter.”
Since its approval to be an official activity of the U.S. Marine Corps in 1995, the mission of the Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year. The program then distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Live racing at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment continues this Saturday night. The race card features $2.5 million in stakes races including the TVG Open Finals and the Fall Final Four.  First race post time is 7:15 p.m.

Monday, November 20, 2017


                          BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway          

YONKERS, NY, Monday, November 20, 2017—Yonkers Raceway has named Robert (Cammie) Haughton to the newly-created position of Director of Racing.

            Haughton, 57, was serving as the Raceway’s racing consultant. He is a former presiding judge at both the Meadowlands and Yonkers. The son of Hall of Famer Billy Haughton also worked as assistant race secretary at Saratoga Raceway after himself training and driving.

            “Cammie’s job is to improve our handle,” Raceway COO Bob Galterio said. “We value his experience, and I would expect him to work in tandem with race secretary Steve Starr, presiding judge Nick Ferriero and the horsemen to do just that.”    

            “I’m looking forward to starting my new position,” Haughton said. “I definitely believe Yonkers’ product is as good as any in the sport, and all of us are committed to getting the racing fans to take notice.”  

Sunday, November 19, 2017


BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 19, 2017—Odds-on Charmed Life (Yannick Gingras, $3.50) slapped the boys silly again Sunday afternoon (Nov. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s windy $40,000 Open Trot.
With ‘only’ a seven-horse field, the weekly trotting feature went at the flat mile, the late-morning opener
First-up a week ago, Charmed Life was in play early here. From post position No. 5, she found front well before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. Lookslikeachpndale (Dan Dube), who left directly outside of the lass, was hard-used just to cram into the pocket.
Once Charmed Life made the lead, there wasn’t a whole lot of suspense. She finished off her pre-noon rounds (:58.2, 1:27.3, 1:56.3), with only minimal outside grief from Home’n Dry (Jason Bartlett).  That one moved from fifth and challenged to the final turn before backing away.
The margin was a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn and three-quarters of a length at the wire.
‘Chpndale’ easily saved second, while DW’s NY Yank (George Brennan) Buen Camino (Brian Sears) and Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory) were relegated to the minors.  
For Charmed Life, a 7-year-old millionairess daughter of Majestic Son co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and VIP Internet Stable, it was her eighth win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17, with the triple returning $81.50.

The scheduled ‘New York, New York Double’ was cancelled after Aqueduct scrapped its card.

Sunday matinees, along with the weather-permitting ‘New York, New York Double,’ return Nov. 26th (post time TBA).



Darlinonthebeach serves notice in TVG Free For All

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (November 18, 2017) – Single eliminations for each of the Fall Final Four stakes headlined a 13-race card at the Meadowlands on Saturday night.

Kissin In The Sand followed her near track-record win two weeks ago in the Kindergarten Final with an easy score in 1:52.2 as the 3/10 wagering choice in the Three Diamonds elimination.

Tim Tetrick took over the driving duties for the first time with Yannick Gingras committed to Breeders Crown champion Youaremycandygirl, who took a bye to next week’s $381,200 final.

“Kissin raced great and was well in hand,” said Johansson. “The ear plugs were never pulled. We’re happy that we will draw a good post as I think that could be the difference between her and Youaremycandygirl if they’re both on their game.”

Fourth Dimension bounced back from his flat performance in the Breeders Crown Final with a front-end stroll in 1:55 in the Valley Victory elimination. He has won 7 of 10 career starts for trainer Marcus Melander and Courant Inc.

Plunge Blue Chip continued her remarkable freshman season with an impressive win on the front end for Ake Svanstedt in the Goldsmith Maid elimination in which all nine fillies advanced to next week’s final after Basquiat was scratched. Plunge Blue Chip dominated the New York Sire Stakes, but won the Matron nine days ago at Dover and made it 8-for-9 with her win tonight in 1:55.1 with a :26.2 last quarter.

Also on the card tonight, top-level pacing mares raced in the final preliminary leg of the TVG Free For All series before next Saturday’s finals. Tonight, nobody was catching Darlinonthebeach, who came first-over at the half and blew away the all-star group that included two-time Breeders Crown champion Pure Country. The final time was 1:48.3.

“When Darlin is on her “A” game I don’t think many can go with her,” said Johansson. “It’s just unfortunate that she got a staph uterine infection earlier this summer and we didn’t get to see her best. She is super tough and hopefully she’ll get over the million-dollar mark next week.”

The third edition of the Pick 10 Survivor wager attracted a total pool of $15,491. Two tickets survived the longest, selecting the winners of the first eight races before both being knocked out after Race 9. The two winning tickets, purchased through the Oregon Hub and the Catskills, each received $6,580.88.

Total handle on the 13-race card was $2,152,031.

Live racing resumes next Saturday with a 7:15 p.m. post time. The card features the Fall Final Four and four TVG Free For All Finals with total purses in excess of $2 million.

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   by john manzi for the Billings Series

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ-  Robert “Rapid Rail” Krivelin is no stranger to fans who follow the amateur races, especially in the granddaddy of them all, the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series.

Although he’s slowed his participation in the many other amateur series events Krivelin, a food purveyor in New York City, makes sure he competes in the Billings.  And why shouldn’t he? He’s been so successful over the past two  decades that he has earned National Amateur Driver of the Year honors three times. And after his triumph tonight at the Meadowlands he may be in consideration for a fourth national title

At the Meadowlands  tonight Krivelin scored an upset victory with his old war horse, Permanent Joy, turning back seven others in a 1:58 contested mile over racetrack rated good.

Overlooked by the betting public and sent off at odds of over 12-1 Krivelin worked a perfect cover trip for Permanent Joy.
After starting from the pole position Krivelin allowed David “Poppa” Glasser and Celebrity Stimulus to take charge in the :28.3 first quarter and then shadowed the leader throughout.

Glasser and his trotter .passed the halfway point in :58.1 and they were still comfortable on the lead as the three quarter timer flashed 1:27.4. But at that top of the long lane company began joining Celebrity Stimulus.

Krivelin was the first to move and his trotter joined Glasser’s as the field headed for paydirt. When they straightened for home Permanent Joy hung tough and rebuffed  all challenges to go on for a one length triumph over Dizzy Rizzy, driven by “Buffalo Bob” Davis. Landonfitz came from far back to garner the show dough for Dave “Steady As” Yarock.

Krivelin’s  Hero Stable declares ownership of Permanent Joy and Krivelin is the registered trainer. Permanent Joy paid $27.80; $8.80 and $5.20 across the board.
For Krivelin it was his 212th driving victory since he began his amateur career in 1996.

The Billings Gold and Silver Cup Finals will be contested over Yonkers Raceway’s double oval on Sunday,November 26.


FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 18, 2017—Odds-on Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $3.60) won the scrum for the lead and eventually the ‘moist’ race Saturday night (Nov. 18th), annexing Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Open Pace.

With half the field leaving the gate, it was Bit of a Legend N—from post position No. 4--making the lead around Orillia Joe (Brent Holland) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile.

Scott Rocks (Eric Goodell) left outside Bit of a Legend N and settled for a three-hole, while Dr. J Hanover (Dan Dube) left outside of everyone and broke.

Bit of a Legend N found a :57.2 intermission, then threw down a :27.2 third quarter (1:24.4) to fend off the second move of Scott Rocks. The people’s preference had a couple of lengths into the lane, then disposed of ‘Joe’ by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.1.

Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett), Scott Rocks and a flat-from-second-over The Real One (Pat Lachance) rounded out the payees.

For Bit of Legend N, an 8-year-old Down Under son of Bettor’s Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his eighth win in 27 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $32.60, with the triple returning $263.50.

Reminder that first post for Sunday’s (Nov. 19th)  matinee goes at 11:45 AM.