Big M offers $300,000 in guaranteed weekend pools
November 12, 2020
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There will no doubt be plenty of money put in play over the course of the upcoming weekend (Nov. 13-14) at The Meadowlands as the track’s popular multi-leg wagers will offer a total of $300,000 in guaranteed pools.
On Friday night, the 20-cent Pick-6 – which begins in the eighth race – has a guaranteed pool of $20,000. Big M management saw fit to make the monetary assurance in the aftermath of last Saturday (Nov. 7) when the wager went unhit, creating a carryover of $8,031.
Last Friday (Nov. 6), a Pick-6 carryover led to a total pot of over $51,000, and those sharp enough to have tickets bearing all six winners walked away with $23,020.
The other $280,000 in assured funds will come from the 20-cent Pick-5 and 50-cent Pick-4. The Pick-5 – which begins in the first race – will be offering $50,000 guaranteed pools on both Friday and Saturday, while the 50-cent Pick-4s will offer $50,000 on both race sixes and $40,000 more on each race 10 during the course of the weekend.
All of those wagers offer a low 15 percent takeout, which is also true of the 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 – which starts on the third race – as well as the 10-cent Pentafecta, which is offered on the 13th and final race of the night.
Other payouts worth mentioning from last week include Friday night’s Pick-4 ($1,120), Survivor ($3,118) and Pentafecta ($1,702), while Saturday’s big payoffs came in the Pick-4 ($1,912) and Pentafecta ($7,786).
Big M fans can now look forward to the third biggest program of the calendar year – after Hambletonian Day and Meadowlands Pace Night – when Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night takes place on Nov. 21, with many Kindergarten and Breeders Crown participants expected to be on hand.
That evening, 2 year olds will be in the spotlight as the Governor’s Cup (colt pace), Three Diamonds (filly pace), Valley Victory (colt trot) and Goldsmith Maid (filly trot) makeup the Fall Final Four, with total purses of about $1.8 million.
In addition, year-end divisional honors will be on the line in the four TVG finals, which are the Mares Trot, Open Trot, Mares Pace and Open Pace, a fabulous foursome which will see just over $1 million get doled out.
George Napolitano Jr. and Todd McCarthy kept on rolling, as each won four times last weekend to lead the driver colony. With many of the Big M regulars absent in recent weeks driving on the Grand Circuit, Simon Allard, Napolitano and McCarthy have combined to win 36 of the last 77 races contested at the mile oval. Allard and McCarthy are currently leading the standings with 26 wins apiece, George Napolitano Jr. is right behind them with 22. (Meadowlands)