It was another big Saturday night (April 7) at the Meadowlands, as for the third time this year, wagering surpassed the magic $3 million mark at the industry’s handle leader.
Betting was consistent throughout the 12-race card, with only one race failing to reach the $200,000 mark. The third race saw the biggest pool of the night, $319,684, while the eighth was a close second, at $318,041.
The total handle for the card was $3,036,706, which works out to an average of $253,058 per race.
The other two $3 million nights came on March 3, when betting was a 2018-high $3.45 million, and on March 24, when $3.08 million was pushed through the windows.
Burke The Big Man: Ron Burke was the big man on campus for the night, training four winners on the program, including two victories in pacing series action.
Burke’s Windsong Leo was the recipient of a perfect pocket trip from driver Jim Marohn Jr. on the way to taking the first leg of the Whata Baron for horses and geldings who were non-winners of six races.
The 6-year-old gelded son of Jereme’s Jet won by three-quarters of a length over Barimah A, completed the mile in a lifetime-best 1:50.2 and paid $5.00 to win as the public choice.
Betterhaveanother ($4.80 as the second choice) scored for Burke in the second division of the first leg of the Burning Point for fillies and mares (also non-winners of six) with Brett Miller at the controls. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight held off 6-5 favorite Valuable Art by a head in 1:51.3.
Apple Bottom Jeans ($5.20 as the second choice) took the opening division of the Burning Point with Delaware regular Victor Kirby driving. The 5-year-old daughter of Mr Apples, trained by Kevin Switzer, was 2-1/2 lengths clear of Stormtracker at the finish in a lifetime-best equaling 1:50.3. Even-money choice Windsun Glory was fourth.
A Little More: When Rockinwiththebest scored in the third race at odds of 33-1, the stage was set for a giant 50-cent Pick-5 payoff. The bet spans races three through seven, and when the dust cleared, those holding winning tickets walked away with a cool $21,359.40. Leading driver Marohn and Andrew McCarthy both drove three winners on the card. Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m. (Meadowlands)