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Big payoffs continue at Meadowlands

February 01, 2018
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It was another good 48 hours for Meadowlands' players last weekend (Jan. 26-27) as big pools led to big payouts over the two racing programs.
The Saturday night 13-race card saw a 2018-high total handle of $2,790,201 ($214,630 per race) pushed through the windows, highlighted by the track's signature Pick 4 wager, which had a pool that topped $100,000 for the first time this year.

"Going into the 2018 season," said track chief operating officer and general manager Jason Settlemoir, "our goals were getting the Pick 5 pools back to $50,000 and the Pick 4 pools back to $75,000. Last weekend, both Pick 5 pools surpassed $56,000 while the Pick 4s clocked in at $85,000 and $101,000, respectively. Our 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five carryover heading into Friday is at $84,000. These large pools are obviously attracting all types of night-time players to the Meadowlands' signal."

The highlights:

· The Pick 5 (Races 3 through 7), which is a wager with a 50-cent base, paid over $12,000 both nights

· Despite the fact that the "jackpot" was not hit, the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five still returned $3,778 to Friday winners and $5,259 for those who had the correct combination Saturday

· Friday's Pick 4 pool was $85,775, meaning that the average pool size for the wager over the weekend was $93,871

· Saturday night's 20-Cent Survivor Pick 10 saw $19,196 in wagers, and the one lucky patron that hit it walked away with $16,312

"The new tax laws are helping the horse player immensely, which, of course, helps the Meadowlands," said Settlemoir. "Friday night, one of the Pick 5 winners was in Chicago. The cost of the ticket was $54. Last year, there would have been over $3,000 withheld under the old tax laws. This year, the winner got the entire $12,000. This keeps more money in the horse-player's pocket and that is one of the reasons – along with the 15 percent takeout and bigger payouts – that you see these pools getting huge again at the Meadowlands."

Free program pages for the 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/.

"Meadowlands Harness Live" returns from a one-week hiatus this Friday, when the one-hour presentation will be seen on SportsNet New York (SNY) beginning at 9 p.m. The program will showcase three live races, including the payoff leg of the Pick 5 as well as the first two legs of the Pick 4.

Big M odds maker and program analyst Dave Brower will be back in the host's chair, alongside Brower offering color commentary will be Dave Little, the former long-time racing writer at the New York Daily News. Communicators Hall of Famer Bob "Hollywood" Heyden will be in his usual role, giving out handicapping tips and conducting interviews. (Meadowlands)
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