EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Still basking in the glow of a Hambletonian Day card that saw the fourth-highest single-card total in harness racing track history (combining North American and international outlets), The Meadowlands returns with live racing tonight (Thursday, Sept. 1) when the eight-day fall “mini meeting” begins. Post time 18:20
Wagering on the 16-race, August 6 Hambo Day card totaled $8,555,851. Only 2002 ($8,819,235), 2005 ($9,015,019) and 2014 ($8,739,953) saw more money flow out the windows on “Halness Racing’s Biggest Day.”
There will be eight live programs at The Big M over the next three weeks before harness racing goes on a six-week break. A thoroughbred campaign will be held from September 23 to October 22. The live trailer will return on November 4.
Harness racing at The Meadowlands will be held on two Thursdays (September 1 and 8) and three Fridays and Saturdays (September 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17) throughout September.
The Kindergarten and NJ Classic Series will be in action this weekend. In mid-November, kindergarten will have four finals going for purses totaling $1 million. The new NJ Classic Series for horses bred in the Garden State is sure to help grow the breeding industry. On September 16, the series will feature six finals for top and middleweight horses competing for purses worth $1.25 million.
When the Big M harnesses die down, the focus of harness racing will shift to out-of-town Grand Circuit events. Some of the bigger races that Meadowlands simulcast patrons can look forward to are the Little Brown Jug at the Delaware (OH) Fairgrounds on September 22, the Kentucky Futurity at the Lexington (KY) Red Mile on October 9 and 12 races. , the $6.7 million Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 28-29.
After the Crown trophies are filled, live harness racing will return to The Meadowlands on November 4th for the “Fall Championship Meet”.
Kindergarten finals will take place on November 12. In two weeks, Big M will host the third biggest card of the year – behind Meadowlands Pace Night and Hambletonian Day – when he takes center stage at the Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night in November. 26. That evening, division titles and possibly Horse of the Year awards will be determined on a card with estimated total purses of $2.6 million.
Great simulators: On Saturday (Sept. 3), Flightline will remain undefeated as he leads the field for the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic Stakes at Del Mar Racetrack.
The world’s top-rated dirt horse, Flightline, perfect in four starts, is the 1-5 a.m. favorite in the mile and quarter race. For the first time in the Classic, the John Sadler trainee will go longer than a mile. Contest submission time is 8:35 PM EDT.
At Saratoga, seven horses — four from Todd Pletcher’s barn — will be in the gate for the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup over a mile and a quarter. Unrefined, American Revolution, Keepmeinmind and Dynamic One make up Pletcher’s “Fab Four”. Post time 17:45
Trailer fans will check out the action at Woodbine Mohawk Park, where huge stars will be on the track in a pair of big money events.
Bulldog Hannover (Shadow game), whose 1:45.4 victory in the William Haughton Memorial at The Meadowlands last month was the fastest mile in the history of the sport, will try to extend his winning streak to nine in the $650,000 Canadian Pacing Derby (deadline, 10:20 a.m.). pm), while Alrajah One IT (MaharajaUnbeaten in three starts since arriving in North America, he tops the $610,000 Maple Leaf Trot (post time, 9:30 p.m.).
Three-time Dan Patch Driver of the Year Dexter Dunn will handle both horses, which will be heavy favorites at the post.
WHHC CHAMPIONSHIP: The World Harness Championships take place at The Meadowlands on Saturday 10th September.
Players who do not earn a spot through qualifiers can buy directly for $1,000. This fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $700 going into the prize pool.
Admission includes live race program and dinner buffet.
Top 10 finishers will win cash prizes.
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CLEAR PAST MASTERS: On Saturday, September 10, enjoy live harness racing and live music as Past Masters play on The Big M’s rooftop Victory Terrace. The music starts at 5:30 p.m., about an hour before the race starts.
FREE PROGRAMS: Free past performances for every race of every Meadowlands program are available 48 hours before the card is issued. To access the official program pages for free, Click here.
LOG IN TO TWITTER: Everything Meadowlands is available on Twitter. You can check in with the Big M team for early changes, race information and squad picks by visiting @themeadowlands or #playbigm.
Check out Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1), Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover) and Edison Hatter (@Edison_1999_) on race nights.
WATCH the show: On live race nights, listen to the track’s live “Racing from The Meadowlands” pre-game show starting at 5:47 p.m.
IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON! It’s the best time of the year for sports bettors, as the National Football League season kicks off on Thursday, September 8 when the Buffalo Bills travel to Los Angeles to face the Super Bowl champion Rams at 8:20 p.m.
Players know that one of the best places to get their action is the FanDuel Sportsbook located inside The Big M bleachers.
The Bills, a +600 favorite to win the upcoming Super Bowl, are 2½-point favorites. The Rams, +1,100 to repeat as champions, are +114 at the money line on the game with over/under odds of 52½.
On the domestic front, those who like to bet under/over to win can enter the game.
The New York Giants are +125 to win over 7½ games, -145 to win under 7½.
The New York Jets are -145 to win over 5½ times and +125 to win under 5½.
Before you lower your bets, Click here for the latest news on any sporting event the book offers.
The sportsbook is open for business Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.; Saturday 7am to 2am and Sunday 8am to 12pm
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