While wagering in general remained strong at the Meadowlands last weekend (Jan. 12-13), players were especially fired up when it came time to play the track's popular Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers.
The Friday Pick 5 had a pool that swelled to $253,772, with interest in the wager piqued due to a $28,786 carryover from the prior race card. The five-bagger has a 50-cent base bet and a low takeout of 15 percent (which the carryover is not subject to). The Pick 5 saw three winning favorites but the payoff was still a handsome $2,820.
The next night saw the bettors pour $45,432 into the Pick 5 pool, and those who had a winning ticket cashed $9,653, as only one post-time public choice visited the winner's circle.
"We are extremely happy with our multi-race wagers," said track chief operating officer and general manager Jason Settlemoir. "The Pick 4 pools have exploded, averaging over $80,000 the last two weekends, compared to $64,000 the previous four Fridays and Saturdays. Of course, we were thrilled with our Friday Pick 5 carryover. The players response to these low takeout wagers has been enthusiastic, to say the least."
While not a multi-race bet, there figures to be plenty of interest in the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five when racing resumes Friday night. That wager, which requires one to be a single-ticket holder of the top five finishers in the evening's last race, sports a carryover of $68,553.
Some other wagering notes from last weekend:
· The Early Daily Double pools averaged over $33,500
· Friday night's fourth race saw an Exacta pool of $87,142 and a Trifecta of $60,214
· Total wagering over the weekend was $5.25 million, or better than $2.6 million per night
Free program pages for the Meadowlands Pick 4, courtesy of Track Master, are available on the Meadowlands' website (http://www.playmeadowlands.com/) and on the handicapping section athttp://www.ustrotting.com/.
The winter post time of 6:35 p.m. has been extended. The 40-minutes-earlier-than-usual starting time will now continue until Saturday, March 17. Post time will change to 7:15 p.m. on Friday, March 23. Harness racing continues at the Meadowlands on Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, Aug. 4. (Meadowlands)