Meadowlands tops $3 million in handle 10th time
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When it comes to the magic $3-million handle mark, Saturday night, June 8, at the Meadowlands was a perfect 10.
Wagering at the industry’s handle leader went past the $3-million mark for the 10th time in 2019, as after betting from all sources were tallied, the $3,205,559 pushed through the windows represented the third-highest single-card total of the year.
Wagering got a big boost from the 50-cent Pick-5, which had a carryover for only the third time at the meeting. A total of $177,835 in ‘new’ money was put in play, creating a total pool of $208,763.
Favorites failed in every leg of the wager, which was to the benefit of two shrewd handicappers – one wagering into the Elite Turf Club hub and the other in the Catskills – in a big way, as the two tickets with the correct combination of 5-2-6-2-6 were worth $72,149. Those who went 4-for-5 collected the consolation payout of $371.
Much of why the Big M is so popular with bettors are its big fields and low percentage of winning favorites (currently, Meadowlands chalks score 38 percent of the time). Unpredictability was all that anyone could count on Saturday, as post-time choices lost the first eight races on the program before the last five hit the winner’s circle.
The 50-cent Pick-4 pool was a predictably enticing $107,357, but after driver Corey Callahan won each race during the sequence – at odds of 7-2, 2-5, 4-5 and 4-5 – the payoff was a mere $27.65.
Callahan was red-hot last weekend, winning three times on Friday before hitting victory lane six more times Saturday.
The fifth race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five pot continues to swell, as players will have a carryover of $102,608 to shoot for Friday night.
Also on Friday will be the next edition of the 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4. Last week, those who included a $30 winner in the first leg of the bet and went on to cash, collected $452. Those who played $1 tickets walked away with $2,263 of the total pool of $50,776.
Free program pages for the Friday night 20-Cent Can-Am Pick-4 (along with expert selections) as well as the 50-Cent Pick-4 (Friday and Saturday) are available by going to www.ustrotting.com and www.playmeadowlands.com. Both bets have a low 15 percent takeout. (Meadowlands)