September Saturdays are super at The Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ — The Meadowlands has already hosted a pair of special events on Saturday nights in September — the Wiener Dog Derby and BeerFest — and this Saturday, The Big M continues its array of powerhouse promotions — accompanied by a great 14-race card of exciting harness racing — for fans to come and enjoy on a late summer/early fall night where weather forecasts are calling for a great night to be outside.

This week, patrons should bring an appetite for horse and sports betting, as well as an even bigger appetite for great food. The sixth annual “Battle for the Best Burger” is a popular yearly event that takes place this Saturday (Sept. 18). If you think you make the best burger anywhere, you can try to impress the judges for a chance to win $1,500. A total of $3,000 in prize money will be up for grabs.

The event takes place from 5-11 p.m. in the Backyard. Fans are welcome and are encouraged to come out, purchase and taste some of the best burgers anywhere. Admission is free. Fans can enter to win a spot at the judging table (one entry per person). Two fans will be selected to be judges. Entry forms will be available at the Players Club Desk. For more information, go to

There will be many vendors on hand serving up some great eats, so don’t miss the “Battle for the Best Burger.”

Class Is In Session: The Kindergarten Series for 2-year-olds of each sex and gait rolls on Friday (Sept. 17) night with nine divisions of leg three. The Kindergarten will have two more legs before the finals and consolations will be contested on Nov. 13 for purses that total an estimated $700,000.

Thus far on the trot, By The Book (45 points) and Stride The Hill (40) sit atop the point standings in the colt division while Just Bee Awesome (50) and Primadonna Deo (40) lead the fillies.

On the pacing side, Early Action’s 37 points lead the colts, followed by Caviart Camden and Jo Pa’s Warrior, who each have 35. Niki Hill tops the fillies with 70 points, followed by Don’t Fence Me In and Gotthegreenlight, who have 35 apiece.

Last Friday (Sept. 10), the Chris Ryder-trained Niki Hill impressed all who saw her 3-1/4 length romp in 1:51.1 to stay perfect in three lifetime starts. The daughter of Always B Miki is taking this week off.

Carry On, Carryover Again: For a second consecutive week, there will be a Pick-6 carryover heading into the Friday night card. The bet with the scant 20-cent base and low 15 percent takeout will start out with $3,576 in the pool and past performances for not only the Pick-6, but all races for all Meadowlands cards, are available by going to

Last week, the total pool was just under $40,000 and those who correctly selected all six winners walked away with a handsome $5,889.

Check Out The Show: On live race nights, tune in to Big M TV’s “Racing from the Meadowlands” pre-game presentation at 5:47 p.m., which is generally available everywhere Meadowlands races can be seen.

The show provides notes, news, features, staff selections and a look at that evening’s marquee races.

Live racing, as usual, will be conducted this Friday and Saturday. Post time is 6:20 p.m. After next weekend, the track will go dark for the three weekends that follow.

Trick Or Tweet: Everything Meadowlands is available by going on Twitter. You can check in with the Big M team for early changes, racing information and staff selections by going to @themeadowlands or #playbigm.

On race nights, stay in touch with Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1), Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover) and Edison Hatter (@Edison_1999_).

Who Does Brower Like? For expert selections and analysis of every Big M card, check out track oddsmaker Dave Brower’s race reviews.

For Brower’s input, which is generally available 48 before every card, go to, then click on the “handicapping” tab and go to “race reviews.”

How To Get In The Game: The best way to experience the rush of racing on the track and at the windows is to go to The Meadowlands, but for those who can’t make the trip, they can still tune in and get their action.

One of the best ways to watch what’s happening at The Big M — as well as all other races at venues around the country and the world — is to get a subscription to Roberts Television Network. All you need to do is go to for an affordable way to bring the action to your desktop, laptop, TV, smartphone or other device.

A good way to get your bets in is to use the Television Games Network ( or your favorite Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) site.

Jug Handles: The Little Brown Jug from the Delaware (OH) County Fairgrounds takes place on Thursday (Sept. 23). Take in all the action as “The Voice,” longtime track announcer Roger Huston, calls his 54th Jug. Watch and wager on the Little Brown Jug program at one of the premier simulcast facilities anywhere, the one located at The Meadowlands.

Next Week, Chili! The fourth and final Saturday of September brings another popular promotion to the Big M as the track’s Chili and Salsa Cook-Off takes place on Sept. 25.

For those who like to eat chili while not necessarily preparing it, free samples will be given for the “People’s Choice” vote following the 8 p.m. turn in.

For information about how to enter, go to

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