Hambletonian day card offers betting opportunities
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Harness racing’s greatest day will offer some of its best wagering opportunities on Saturday when the $1 million, 94th edition of the Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters serves as the marquee event on a 16-race star-studded, stakes-laden extravaganza that gets underway at a special early post time of noon.
“If you are hosting the greatest program in harness racing, it has to be the greatest program for the horseplayers as well,” said Meadowlands’ chief operating officer and general manager Jason Settlemoir. “And with a plethora of low-takeout wagers along with carryovers and the biggest pools of the year, the Meadowlands has created enormous value for the horseplayer to wager on racing’s greatest stars on our biggest day.”
There will be six wagers on the program that could bring huge payoffs that will offer a low 15 percent takeout:
· 20-Cent Survivor Pick-6 (Race 1)
· 50-Cent Pick-5 (Races 3-7) with a guaranteed pool of $50,000
· 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five (Race 7), which has a carryover of $7,000 and will have an estimated pool of $25,000
· 50-Cent Pick-4 (Races 8-11) with a guaranteed pool of $100,000
· 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five (Race 11), which has a carryover of $53,000 and an estimated pool of $150,000
· 50-Cent Pick-4 (Races 13-16) with a guaranteed pool of $50,000
The two Super High-Fives will not be offered on Friday night’s program. Both will be on the menu and paid out on Hambletonian Day.
“The 11th race on the card is the Hambletonian Oaks,” said Settlemoir. “And that $500,000 event will offer a $53,000 carryover on the Super High-Five. We will pay out more than the amount wagered to the winners if the final pool is under $400,000 given the carryover and the takeout. From a betting standpoint, that is the greatest value wager at any racetrack on Saturday and will bring added interest from racing fans around the world to wager on the Hambletonian program.”
In addition to the award-winning live in-house simulcast show that the Big M will send out all day long to outlets around the country and the world, the CBS Sports Network will present a live 90-minute telecast beginning at 4 p.m. with host Gary Seibel, the Communicators Hall of Famer and track announcer at Cal-Expo, and co-host Dave Brower, the lead TV personality at the Big M and author of the handicapping book “Harnessing Winners”.
CBSSN will televise three live races during its broadcast:
· $280,000 John Cashman Memorial for free-for-all trotters (4:10 p.m. post time)
· $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old trotting fillies (4:40 p.m.)
· $1,000,000 Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters (5:14 p.m.)
For those not coming out to the track, free live streaming will be available on the Meadowlands Facebook Live page. It will also be available on the Roberts Television Network (rtn.tv), which is not a free service.
For those who want an expert opinion on the Friday and Saturday race cards, go to playmeadowlands.com for track oddsmaker and analyst Brower’s race reviews. (Meadowlands)