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BIG M TO SHOWCASE EMPIRE BREEDERS CLASSIC FRIDAY

Thursday, May 17, 2018

  During the course of the live program at the Meadowlands Friday night, the five eliminations for the $500,000 Empire Breeders Classic for both male and female 3-year-old trotters at Vernon Downs will be shown live on the Big M feed, weaved in between Meadowlands events. 

“Many top trotters will be racing,” said Jason Settlemoir, the Big M’s chief operating officer and general manager who also serves as Vernon’s regional vice-president, racing and simulcast. “Including a pair of top fillies. One being Plunge Blue Chip, who went nine-for-10 last year and won the Goldsmith Maid. Another is Atlanta, who won last week at the Meadowlands, beating older males and females in 1:52.” 

The first EBC elimination is set to be shown at 7:34 p.m., soon after the first Meadowlands race replay is concluded. Thereafter, the elims will be shown after each Meadowlands replay of races 2 through 5. 

The Empire Breeders Classic finals are set for Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 at Vernon Downs. 

Free program pages for Vernon’s all-EBC Pick-4 (Races 6 through 9, guaranteed pool of $2,500) as well as the Meadowlands’ Pick-4 (Races 7 through 10, guaranteed $50,000), courtesy of Track Master, are available on the handicapping section at www.ustrotting.com. 

The Meadowlands’ live racing programs this Friday and Saturday get underway at 7:15 p.m. 

SUPER CARRYOVER: Harness racing’s biggest pot of gold will be up for grabs in the Friday finale at the Big M, as the carryover for the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five has now grown to $221,892. … Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural will answer questions about the recent green light for sports betting on Friday night’s “Racing from the Meadowlands” pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. 

PREAKNESS DAY: Come on out to the Meadowlands Saturday and see if the Bob Baffert-trained Justify can take the second jewel of Thoroughbred Racing’s Triple Crown when he tries his luck at a mile and 3/16ths in the 143rd running of the Preakness at Pimlico. 

Gates at the Big M will open at 9:30 a.m. The first race at Pimlico is slated for 10:30 a.m. while post time for the Preakness is 6:48 p.m. 

 


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