Dunn, Harris win Big M Fall Meet titles
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Dexter Dunn and Andrew Harris were the leading driver and trainer, respectively, at the recently concluded Fall Meeting at the Meadowlands.
Dunn, who was recently named the United States Harness Writers Association’s Driver of the Year, topped all pilots with 47 wins from just 199 starts, good for a gawdy win percentage of 24.
During the 28-night stand, Dunn – who took a handful of programs off – registered three wins on six occasions while scoring four times four times. On Dec. 15, the 30-year-old New Zealand native had his biggest night of the meet by making five winner’s circle visits.
Yannick Gingras finished second in the standings with 37 wins while Andy McCarthy, who scored 12 times last weekend (Dec. 26-28), finished third with 34.
Harris, who teamed with McCarthy to win three times on Dec. 27, finished at the top of the trainer standings with 18 victories. Ron Burke (14) and Nifty Norman (12) rounded out the top three.
The last weekend of racing in 2019 at the Meadowlands (Dec. 26-28) brought vigorous action at the windows.
Meet-high handles were established for a Thursday ($1,872,320), Friday ($2,907,339) and Saturday ($2,913,163) over the three-card span. Total wager for the weekend was $7,692,822, an increase of 26 percent over the weekend before (Dec. 19-21) and 43 percent over the weekend (Dec. 12-14) prior to that.
Last week’s 50-cent Pick-4 was extremely popular, as just over $75,000 was bet on Thursday before Friday and Saturday’s pools combined to total a little more than $200,000, good for an average of $100,000 a night.
Free program pages for the Pick-4 – which carries a $50,000 guaranteed pool on Friday and Saturday as well as a low 15 percent takeout – are always available at playmeadowlands.com and ustrotting.com.
One sharp 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five player hit big last Friday. The holder of the lone ticket bearing the combination 10-6-5-3-9 walked away with $23,262. No doubt that bettor – and many more – are looking forward to this Thursday’s JSH5 in Race 10. That’s when they’ll be betting into a huge carryover of $84,186.
Once again, the Big M will offer big fields this weekend when racing takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
This Thursday (Jan. 2) is the last Thursday of live racing until June 4. (Meadowlands)