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Players betting small, hitting big at Big M

October 01, 2020

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Meadowlands fans were seen cashing some big tickets during the month of September, and those who collected used the track’s three smallest based-bet wagers to do it.

The 20-cent Pick 6, offered nightly on races three through eight, returned an average of $4,113 during September, while the 20-cent Pick 5, which can be played both on races one through five and nine through 13, came back $477 for 20 cents and $2,388 for one dollar.

The new non-jackpot 10-cent Pentafectas, offered on races five and 13, have returned an average of $794.

Those five wagers, along with the Big M’s popular 50-cent Pick 4s, which are available on races six through nine and 10 through 13, make up the track’s “Magnificent 7,” wagers which offer a low 15 percent takeout.

“You don’t need a big bankroll to play at the Meadowlands,” said chief operating officer and general manager Jason Settlemoir. “Given the low minimums and low takeout, we have made it possible to play all of these wagers and get a greater return when you win. The action starts with the Early 20-cent Pick 5 on the first race, with multi-race wagers in every race – except the last race – the home of the 10-cent Pentafecta, the ultimate “get out” bet. If our fans can’t stay for the later races, they can wager early and watch the replays at home by going to this website: https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/WQTSC31JXKuL66lhg1HTG?domain=meadowlandseacetrack.com.”

Increasing the September payoffs was a decrease in the percentage of winning favorites, as 36 percent clicked at the Big M over the eight race cards, eight percentage points lower than an average harness facility.

And even though the Kindergarten Classic for 2 year olds, which conducted its opening two legs, did yield some mismatches (chalks won 55 percent of the time), that’s always vital information for bettors who need “singles” to anchor their multi-leg wagers. (Thirty-two percent of public choices scored in overnight events.)

No one at the Big M had heard of Todd McCarthy when the month began, but they sure have now. The 27-year-old younger brother of Andy McCarthy made a huge impact upon his arrival from Australia, topping the driver colony during September with 11 victories. Dexter Dunn was next with 10 followed by Tim Tetrick, who had nine.

Jenn Bongiorno, Tony Alagna and Ron Burke were tops among the trainers with six wins apiece. (Meadowlands)

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