Upsets galore at The Meadowlands
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It was a parade of longshots at The Meadowlands on Friday night. The centerpiece of which was a shocking 90-1 upset in the third race. That win by Esteemed Members and driver Mike Pollio ensured a Pick 5 carryover into the Saturday program of $24,815.69. The last time a Pick 5 carried over into a Saturday program at The Meadowlands, it resulted in a pool of over $128,000 and that carryover was less than the carryover being offered into this Saturday’s program.
The win by Esteemed Members also played a big role in their being only one winning ticket in the Early Pick 4, which returned $39,951.70 for a $1 play. In addition a combination of 39-1 winner Canary Island (placed first via disqualification) and 24-1 winner Twin B Spike Man sparked a Late Pick 4 payout of $60,527.20 for a $1 minimum, again revealing just one winning ticket in the entire pool.
The featured race on the program was the A-2/A-1/FFA Handicap for Filly and Mare Pacers. Lorrie Please made it back to back victories for the combination of Doug Lewis and Corey Callahan at the Free For All Handicap Level, pacing the mile in 1:50.4. The win was one of three on the night for driver Corey Callahan.
The Meadowlands eclipsed $3 million in handle once again Friday night, with a total handle of $3,040,178, which reflects a 6-percent increase from the same Friday one year ago. On-track handle was also up 7-percent.
Racing resumes Saturday night, with first post time of 7:15 P.M., featuring a $24,815.69 Pick 5 Carryover which kicks off the program in race 1.