East Rutherford, NJ — With the Breeders Crown countdown at just four weeks, The Meadowlands will feature the simulcast of The Little Brown Jug and live Kindergarten Series action this weekend as it concludes the September portion of the Fall race meeting with 12-race programs Friday (Sept. 24) and Saturday (Sept. 25) that kick off at 6:20 p.m.
Live racing will go dark at The Big M for three weeks at the conclusion of this Saturday’s card and will return on Friday (Oct. 22), a program that will feature eliminations for the Crown. Crown elims will continue on Oct. 23 before the big-money finals take place on Oct. 29-30.
As usual, simulcasting, as well as sports betting at the FanDuel Sportsbook, will continue at The Big M during the break.
“All of us at The Meadowlands are excited to have the Breeders Crown back at our track for the first time since 2016,” said Meadowlands’ Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. “And this Friday, we have six divisions of the Kindergarten for 2-year-olds. Last week, we saw many superb performances from horses in the series, many of whom will also be racing in the Crown.”
While The Big M knows a thing or two about hosting a big day at the races, the Delaware (OH) County Fairgrounds has a big one on tap today (Thursday, Sept. 23), as the half-mile oval in the Buckeye State hosts the 76th Little Brown Jug.
Fans can watch and wager on all the action in one of the leading simulcast facilities in all of racing, the one located in the grandstand at The Big M.
Racing fans will be back jamming the fairgrounds, 12 months after a Jug Day that saw silent stretch drives thanks to COVID-19. The eliminations for The Jug are races 16 and 17 and the top four finishers from each will return for the final — the last race on the marathon program — which is race 20. The first race will head to the gate at noon.
The Ron Burke-trained Lous Pearlman is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the first elimination while Joe Holloway’s Perfect Sting is the one to beat in the second elim. He is also listed at 2-1.
The super simulcast show continues Saturday night when the seemingly endless stream of stakes continue to flow at Ontario’s Woodbine Mohawk Park.
The first of four major events on the card is the C$240,000 Milton for fillies and mares on the pace who are 3-years-old and older, where the red-hot Lyons Sentinel looks for yet another major stakes win to go with her victories this year in the Roses Are Red, Lady Liberty, Clara Barton and Artiscape.
The C$500,500 She’s A Great Lady for 2-year-old pacing fillies features Chris Ryder’s sensational Niki Hill, who stayed perfect in four lifetime starts with a lifetime-best 1:50.2 score last week in her elimination.
Two-year-old Open standouts will go for C$824,000 in the Metro Pace, where Caviart Camden and True Blue Lindy figure to be popular with the betting public.
Finally, the Mohawk Million is a 2-year-old Open Trot that features two giants who will hook up in a “Battle of the Sexes.” In one corner will be colt King Of The North, the William Wellwood and Peter Haughton winner. He will take on Venerable, the filly who stayed perfect in seven lifetime starts after taking the Peaceful Way last week.
Lexington’s Red Mile will then take center stage from Oct. 1-10 with its high-powered meeting of stakes events. Another big event will be the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, which takes place from Oct. 5-9.
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