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Top trotters clash at The Meadowlands on Friday
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - from the Meadowlands Media Relations Department

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East Rutherford, NJ --- Friday’s (April 22) Meadowlands card continues the parade of stars returning to the racing wars. Co-featured are the $25,000 Open Handicap Trot (race six) and $25,000 Open Handicap Mare Pace (race 11).

The trotting race boasts a stellar field as Bee A Magician, Resolve and Creatine make their seasonal debuts with Shake It Cerry, Gural Hanover, Waiting On A Woman and Opulent Yankee providing the competition.

Six of the seven are targeting the inaugural Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff scheduled for May 8 here at The Meadowlands. The winner of that Grand Circuit event will be invited to the Elitlopp raced in Solvalla, Sweden on May 29.

USTA/Mark Hall photo
Bee A Magician will compete in Friday's Open Handicap Trot at The Meadowlands.

Bee A Magician took a measure of both Creatine and Resolve in a 1:53.4 qualifier this past Saturday and has looked sensational in both of her morning trials. As she embarks on her fifth season of racing trainer Nifty Norman continues to marvel at the depth of her talent and along with owners Dave McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Herb Liverman look forward to what she may accomplish this season. Brian Sears is in for the drive.

Creatine held well after cutting the mile in that one and along with Resolve, who was a reserved third from well back, will likely move forward off that workout.

Shake It Cerry got a quality first start in last week, dashing home in a :26.1 final quarter in a closing second to JL Cruze. beaten just a length in 1:52.2.

Gural Hanover and Opulent Yankee are coupled for wagering purposes and are both solid performers working into the 5-year-old seasons. Waiting On A Woman (ineligible for the Elitlopp Playoff) trotted home in a sneaky :26.2 following Shake It Cerry’s cover last week.

The Mare Open Pace marks the return to The Meadowlands of last season’s 3-year-old filly Pacer of the Year, Divine Caroline. She and entry mate Bettor Be Steppin combined to earn more than $1 million for common owners Val D'Or Farm, Ted Gewertz and Rojan Stables (Michael Ouriel is a partner on only Divine Caroline) and trainer Joe Holloway.

The competition is stiff, led by Sandbetweenurtoes, Katie Said and Table Talk, who all had a national presence in the older pacing mare division last year. The field is rounded out with the gritty Request For Parole and improving Lovineveryminute.

The supporting card is strong and the wagering opportunities many on Friday evening. The Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryover is at $184,704 to open the weekend and the standard menu of horizontal wager guarantees continue. Past performances for the Late Pick-4 remains yours at the click of a mouse for each night’s card, courtesy of TrackMaster.

We’ll roll back the concession prices on Friday with delicious $1 hot dogs and $2 beers (consume responsibly) and continue to sign folks up for a dream trip to the May 7 Kentucky Derby.

Post time is 7:15 p.m.

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