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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

M1 - Meadowlands Barn Notes: Put On A Show Makes Return in Overbid & More

Video Feature: Put On A Show Makes Return in Overbid At Meadowlands

After a year layoff, Put On A Show returns to action in the $40,000 opening leg of the Overbid Series on Friday, March 2, 2012 at the Meadowlands.  The Chris Ryder trainee was one of the top pacing fillies in the country before knee trouble placed her on the sidelines.

Watch what Chris Ryder has to say about her recovery and progress:

In The Sulky: Tony Alagna

Trainer Tony Alagna will be the featured guest on Meadowlands Racetrack’s Friday night pre-card show.  Watch the broadcast live at the Paddock Level television set or online at beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Rip Does It Again

Michael Rip, the 2009 National Harness Handicapping Champion, captured the $3,060 top prize in Meadowlands Racetrack’s recent tournament held Saturday, February 25. 

The Nutley, NJ resident topped the field of 173 entries with a $746 bankroll, earning him a spot in the inaugural World Harness Handicapping Championship to be held in 2013 at Woodbine.  (The tournament will return to the new Meadowlands facility in 2014). James Valenza of New City, NY finished second in the standings with a $680 bankroll.  Patrick Welsh, the youngest person to ever capture a tournament at the Meadowlands last year at age 20, was third with $460.

The buy-in for the February 25 was $100, with $50 going into the prize pool.  Players were required to bet their $50 on a minimum of 10 Meadowlands races, with a $5 minimum wager per race.  Rip connected with five winners on the card, including a $70 win bet on Freddy Day Hanover ($11) in the seventh race, which helped propel him to the top of the tournament standings.

February 25 Tournament Standings

First             Last                   City                          State        Bankroll       Prize

Mike            Rip                    Nutley                     NJ           $746.00        $3,060
James          Valenza             New City                  NY          $680.00        $1,530
Patrick         Welsh                Doylestown              PA          $460.80        $1,147
Daniel          Cardella             Bayonne                  NJ           $322.45        $765
Tiffany          Bush                 Washington              NJ           $315.25        $382
John            Damico              Jersey City               NJ           $237.60        $153
Dustin          Carlson              Jamestown              NY           $166.50        $153
Frank           D'Ambrosio        Wallington                NJ            $158.70        $153
Joseph         Niedzwiecki       Staten Island            NY           $147.00        $153
Nicholas       Tummillo           Robbinsville              NJ            $130.20        $153