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Big M sets Belmont record

June 06, 2004
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A Meadowlands daytime crowd of 10,388 turned out to watch and wager more than $1 million on the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Both the attendance and the wagering were records for a Belmont Stakes Day at the Meadowlands.



The $1,038,997 in common pool Belmont Stakes wagers represented a 37.5 percent increase over last year. Monmouth Park's crowd of 15,308 contributed $602,136 for a combined New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority total of $1,641,133, a 36 percent increase over 2003. Another $118,683 was wagered at Meadowlands and Monmouth into a separate pool for the Belmont Stakes.



"We're very pleased with the response to the Belmont Stakes simulcast," said Senior Vice President/Racing Bruce Garland. "This is a tribute to the drawing power of a great horse, Smarty Jones. We hope he'll start his next winning streak at Monmouth Park in the Haskell on August 8."



The Meadowlands offered a unique daily double, pairing the Belmont Stakes with the first race at the Meadowlands. A total of $21,037 was bet on that daily double which produced a $351.20 payoff for the 4-2 combination.



On the full Belmont card, the Meadowlands ($1,773,531) and Monmouth Park ($1,267,489) wagered more than $3 million.



The Meadowlands' afternoon total (through 6:15 p.m.) was $2,564,536 compared to $2,232,266 in 2003, an increase of nearly 15 percent.
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