Giant Pick 5 pool expected Friday at Big M
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When the second week of racing at the Meadowlands’ Fall Meeting begins Friday there will be plenty of big-green buzz as a giant pool figures to be up for grabs in the track’s 50-cent Pick-5 that kicks off with the first race at 7:15 p.m.
Last Saturday (Oct. 12), longshots ruled at the mile oval, as six times on the 13-race program, winner’s odds were at least 13-1. During the Pick-5 sequence, two 30-1 shots reigned supreme and no one cashed a winning ticket on the wager (those who correctly selected four winners walked away with $2,324.80), creating a carryover of $20,922.81.
That has led to this Friday’s anticipated pot of gold, where, instead of the usual $25,000 guaranteed pool, the Pick-5 will offer a $75,000 promise, in partnership with the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering initiative.
The last time the Pick-5 sported a carryover ($30,928), the result was a total pool of $208,763 on June 8, and those holding winning tickets after some shrewd selections walked away with better than $72,000.
In total this weekend, the Big M will offer $200,000 in guaranteed money: $100,000 on both the 50-cent Pick-4 and 50-cent Pick-5 during this Friday’s and Saturday’s programs. As always, both wagers offer a low 15 percent takeout and free program pages for the multi-leg puzzles are available – courtesy of TrackMaster – at both ustrotting.com and playmeadowlands.com.
The Friday program at the Big M features four divisions of the fifth leg of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds. The four big-money finals – with purses totaling more than $700,000 – take place on Nov. 2. (Meadowlands)