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A MARVELOUS MARCH AT THE MEADOWLANDS

Thursday, April 5, 2018

  The weather may have been good one day and lousy the next, but one thing that was consistent at the Meadowlands during the month of March: the popularity of its product with its faithful following. 

Our per-race handle in March grew to $217,555,” said Jason Settlemoir, the track’s chief operating officer and general manager. “And total handle during the month was up over $1.2 million when compared to the same nine racing nights in 2017, so we are obviously happy about that. Our Pick-4 pool has now gone past $100,000 twice, and with three big Kentucky Derby preps this Saturday, there will be an enormous amount of action in the building both day and night.” 

The nine nights of racing during March saw 107 races, on which total handle reached $23,278,436, good for a nightly total handle average of $2,586,492. 

The Big M’s popular multi-leg wagers saw vigorous March returns, as the Pick-5 averaged a total pool of $75,201 while the track’s signature bet, the Pick-4, saw an average total pot of $92,581. 

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. 

FRIDAY’S FABULOUS FIVE: The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High Five, which will be offered on Friday night’s 10th race, has a carryover worth getting excited about. Those who hang around for the finale will get a shot at the $172,812 pot, which they can walk away with if they are lucky enough to be the only player holding a winning ticket after the result is declared official. 

BIG DAY FOR DERBY HOPEFULS: Of all of the days when Kentucky Derby preps take place, none is bigger than this Saturday, when three events for “Run for the Roses” candidates take place. 

The Wood Memorial from Aqueduct (post time 5:55 p.m.), Blue Grass from Keeneland (6:23 p.m.) and Santa Anita Derby from Santa Anita (7:12 p.m.) will go a long way in helping handicappers determine who they’ll be playing in the Derby. All three preps are on the Meadowlands' simulcast menu for this Saturday. 

Last week, on Florida Derby Day, the action at Gulfstream Park – one of the Big M’s more popular Thoroughbred simulcast tracks – was beyond outrageous, as total handle on the card was almost $50 million, which established a new non-Breeders’ Cup record for the track. The Rainbow 6, which had a mandatory payout, had a total pool of $21.3 million, an all-time North American mark.  

LAST CHANCE!: Two more spots are up for grabs this Saturday in the Meadowlands’ Last Chance Qualifier for the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com. 

The qualifier has a $100 total fee ($50 entry plus a $50 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to place a minimum of five $10 Win wagers on Meadowlands races. Players can register on-site Saturday up until 7:15 pm. 

LIVE RACING: Post time for live racing this Friday and Saturday at the Meadowlands is 7:15 p.m. 

 


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