Big M rings in new year with big business
January 10, 2019
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Business was brisk at the Meadowlands as the 2019 racing calendar year kicked off last weekend (Jan. 4-5) at the mile oval with bettors pushing a little more than $5.6 million through the windows over the course of the two-card race week.
Wagering was almost identical on the pair of 13-race programs, with $2,831,028 bet on Friday before $2,856,661 in action was taken Saturday. The average handle per race was a strong $218,757.
The 50-Cent Pick-4, the track’s signature bet, took in $106,836 in wagers Friday before Saturday saw $92,512 in action. For those handicappers sharp enough to use 27-1 shot Whittaker in Saturday’s 11th race, the Pick-4 returned a handsome $4,393. The first three legs of the wager were taken by ‘haveable’ 5-1, 8-1 and 6-5 shots, respectively.
The 50-Cent Pick-4 has a low 15 percent takeout and a guaranteed pool of $50,000. Free program pages are available at www.playmeadowlands.com and www.ustrotting.com.
Twenty-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five players have a pair of carryovers to shoot for Friday night, as the fifth race will begin with $22,265 in the hat while Race 13 will have $26,504 to start.
Andy Miller, aka ‘The Orange Crush’, was the man on Saturday (Jan. 5) night, driving six winners on the program. Yannick ‘The Green Hornet’ Gingras won five times over the course of the weekend. (Meadowlands)