Tuesday, November 1, 2022

When The Meadowlands resumes with live harness racing on Friday, Nov. 4, there will be a new morning-line oddsmaker and program analyst on staff.

Edison Hatter, 23, a harness racing jack-of-all-trades who has been working at The Big M as the handicapper on TVG telecasts as well as doing occasional winner’s circle and back paddock interviews, will now add the morning-line and program comments to his already full to-do list.

“Edison Hatter is one of the brightest young minds in all of harness racing,” said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. “His tremendous passion for the game – not to mention all of the things he has accomplished already at a remarkably young age – I believe make him the perfect choice to take on such a big responsibility.”

In addition to his four-pronged Meadowlands gig, Hatter intends to continue to serve as the track announcer at Freehold Raceway and will keep his position as an aerospace engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as well. He also hosts a weekly podcast – called “First Over” – about Woodbine Mohawk Park for the In The Money media network which will also incorporate Meadowlands happenings through the remainder of the year.

“It’s obviously never the way you want to come into a job,” said Hatter, referring to the recent passing of longtime lead Big M TV host Dave Brower, who did the line and the comments. “It’s an opportunity I look forward to and I will do the absolute best I can, but it’ll never be the same at the Meadowlands without Dave Brower. He was the best.”

Maybe Brower said it best in a harnessracingupdate.com September 2021 feature on Hatter: “I know how young he is, but he acts like a polished professional.”