After cold temperatures cancelled racing at the Meadowlands a week ago, Big M fans and driver Brett Miller enjoyed the unseasonable warmth in a big way as racing resumed on a rainy Friday night.
The Pick-5, which had a guaranteed pool of $125,000, ended up at just over $250,000 after adding the wager’s carryover of $28,786 to the pot. Those smart enough to have the winning combination of 3-9-8-4-5 cashed a handsome $2,820.55 for a 50-cent bet.
The 20-cent Survivor Pick-10 saw a total pool of just over $15,000, and one lucky simulcast bettor at Hazel Park in Hazel Park, Michigan, was the sole winner, taking home $12,920.56.
The Pick-4, which was guaranteed at $50,000, was another puzzle that saw big play. A total of $72,239 was poured into the pool, with those who had tickets that read 1,4-10-8-3 getting back $539.15 for the 50-cent wager.
Miller fans were rewarded to the tune of a four-win night, two of them for trainer Jenn Bongiorno.
The Miller-Bongiorno duo scored in the eighth race with Keystone Wanda, who won her second straight in a fillies and mares conditioned pace in 1:53.1 as the 3-5 public choice, before taking the 10th with Dont Stop Believin, who stopped the clock in another conditioned event for pacing females in 1:53.2 as the 3-2 favorite.
Miller also scored in the third, yet another conditioned event for pacing distaffers, guiding 7-5 chalk Casa Miasa to victory lane in 1:53.2. He also won with P L Icabod in the seventh, completing his all-favorites four-bagger with the 2-1 chance in 1:54.3.
Montrell Teague was behind the winner of the first race, 1-2 favorite Windsong Gorgeous, in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Pace, an event that featured African-American drivers. Anthony Napolitano and Marcus Miller each recorded driving doubles. All-source wagering totaled $2,688,976 for the 14-race card, which saw eight winning favorites. (Meadowlands)