Meadowlands Pace Night handle tops $5 million
July 19, 2020
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The wagering on Meadowlands Pace Night Saturday at The Meadowlands got off to a fast start and just kept on rolling all night long.
When all the money was counted, a total of $5,051,261 was wagered on the 13-race program, by far the most in the industry this year and most on a Pace Night card since 2008, when betting was $5,371,055. This year’s total represented an increase of 25 percent over 2019 when total action was $4,044,303.
The play on Saturday was hot and heavy from the start, as $419,581 was wagered in the first race, which included $130,539 in the 20-cent Pick-5 pool, a 2020 Big M best.
The track offered a $100,000 guaranteed pool on the Early 50-cent Pick-4 in Race 6, and wagering blew past that number, as another seasonal best – $191,288 – was poured into the pot.
The 11th race offered a mandatory payout on the 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five, and $133,578 in “new money” was added to the carryover of $65,089 to create a total pool of $198,667. Those who held tickets bearing the winning combination of 4-2-11-3-1 cashed in for $3,765.32.
Not surprisingly, the Meadowlands Pace took the most action of any single race on the card, with a total of $645,423 bet, the largest total since the 2013 Pace, when $662,159 was pushed through the windows. (Meadowlands)