East Rutherford, NJ – The Meadowlands kicks off another weekend of live racing with fourteen races beginning at 6:35 on Friday night. With that program the track hopes to continue the current unprecedented streak of seven straight cards with all-sources handle of over $3 million.
The racing highlights are the weekly $25,000 Open Handicap trot in the second race and a very contentious group of ten pacing mares tussling in the eighth, a condition event for $15,000.
Gweneeee J has matured into the favorite’s role in the eighth race off her impressive uncovered win in this class on February 12 where she held off the formidable late bid of the talented Gallie Bythe Beach in deep stretch at odds of 11-1. Driver Scott Zeron and Gweneeee J made an immediate connection with a “from the clouds” second in their first pairing on February 5, Scott was aboard for the win and is back in the sulky on Friday for trainer Linda Toscano. The American Ideal four-year-old has certainly come to hand over the winter meet with three wins already in 2016 for owner Ken Jacobs’ nom de course, the KJ Stable, LLC.
The competition is led by Clear View Hanover, reunited with Meadowlands leading driver Tim Tetrick who chauffeured her to consecutive wins earlier this season. Clear View Hanover missed virtually all of the 2015 campaign but trainer Henrik Lundell has brought her back in sensational form for owners Joie De Vie Farms and Guidetti Racing, both of New Jersey.
All horizontal pool guarantees are in place for the weekend and the last race Jackpot HI 5 Carryover stands at $106,314 as the weekend begins. The Late Pick 4 free program pages for Friday are available now for download, courtesy of Trackmaster. If your memory needs refreshed on any Meadowlands race they're all available on our YouTube channel.
Friday’s promotion is “Tote Machine Payout” where vouchers for cash and prizes are randomly distributed to those customers using the "self-serve" terminals. Another World Harness Handicapping Contest qualifier with the play confined to ten Meadowlands races is scheduled for Saturday night. Finally, sign-ups for round three of the popular “Own A Horse” contest end on Saturday night so make your way over to the Customer Service desk and get in the game.
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