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BIG M THE PLACE TO BET MULTI-RACE

Thursday, January 18, 2018

 While wagering in general remained strong at the Meadowlands last weekend (Jan. 12-13), players were especially fired up when it came time to play the track’s popular Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers.

The Friday Pick 5 had a pool that swelled to $253,772, with interest in the wager piqued due to a $28,786 carryover from the prior race card. The five-bagger has a 50-cent base bet and a low takeout of 15 percent (which the carryover is not subject to). The Pick 5 saw three winning favorites but the payoff was still a handsome $2,820.

The next night saw the bettors pour $45,432 into the Pick 5 pool, and those who had a winning ticket cashed $9,653, as only one post-time public choice visited the winner’s circle.

“We are extremely happy with our multi-race wagers,” said track chief operating officer and general manager Jason Settlemoir. “The Pick 4 pools have exploded, averaging over $80,000 the last two weekends, compared to $64,000 the previous four Fridays and Saturdays. Of course, we were thrilled with our Friday Pick 5 carryover. The players response to these low takeout wagers has been enthusiastic, to say the least.”

While not a multi-race bet, there figures to be plenty of interest in the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five when racing resumes Friday night. That wager, which requires one to be a single-ticket holder of the top five finishers in the evening’s last race, sports a carryover of $68,553.

Some other wagering notes from last weekend: 

·         The Early Daily Double pools averaged over $33,500

·         Friday night’s fourth race saw an Exacta pool of $87,142 and a Trifecta of $60,214

·         Total wagering over the weekend was $5.25 million, or better than $2.6 million per night

Free program pages for the Meadowlands Pick 4, courtesy of Track Master, are available on the Meadowlands’ website (www.playmeadowlands.com) and on the handicapping section at www.ustrotting.com.

EARLY POST TIME EXTENDED: The winter post time of 6:35 p.m. has been extended. The 40-minutes-earlier-than-usual starting time will now continue until Saturday, March 17. Post time will change to 7:15 p.m. on Friday, March 23. Harness racing continues at the Meadowlands on Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, August 4.

 


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