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With Woodbine dark, Big M gets handle bump

February 18, 2011
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The Meadowlands saw its handle climb on Thursday night from the comparable day the previous week. Handle for the 11-race Feb. 17 program totaled $1,889,853 versus $1,634,747 for the previous Thursday card, which featured only 10 races.
 
The fact that Woodbine cancelled its Thursday night program because of track surface problems "definitely helped our total handle. We did see much more money bet through the Woodbine hub that night...as the local bettors up there...turned to something else," said a Meadowlands official.
 
On Thursday, Feb. 10, Woodbine handled $1,466,953 on a 12-race card.
 
 
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