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A SOLID APRIL FOR BIG M’S PICK-4 AND PICK-10

Thursday, May 3, 2018

 The temperatures may have been unseasonably cold, but wagering on the Meadowlands’ popular multi-leg bets was hot during April, with the track’s signature Pick-4 and 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 leading the way. 

“Our Pick-4 pool averaged $97,768 during April,” said Jason Settlemoir, the track's chief operating officer and general manager. “And three times during the course of the month, the pool topped $100,000. 

“Our Survivor Pick-10 has hit its stride, with the pools surpassing $20,000 on each of the final three race cards of the month, which included an all-time high of $25,788 on April 21. In addition, for the month, the average Survivor pool was $22,959.” 

Wagering on the Pick-5 averaged $56,132 per pool while the total wager per race for the month was $223,029, approximately $5,000 more per race than the corresponding eight race cards from the year before. 

CARRYOVER CARRIES ON: This Friday’s ninth and final race will be one of big interest for players as the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five has a monstrous carryover pool of $208,090. 

  

Derby Day at the Big M 

  

The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby is the marquee simulcast event at the Meadowlands on Saturday. There will be a big crowd on hand at the Big M, so plan to be there early. 

Some things to know: 

·         Gates open at 9:30 a.m. 

·         Post time for the first of 14 races at Churchill Downs is 10:30 a.m. 

·         Post time for the Kentucky Derby (Race 12) is 6:50 p.m. 

·         Justify has been installed as the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the “Run for the Roses” for trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith 

·         The Big M’s Victory sports bar will offer a Derby-themed buffet for $49.95 starting at 11:30 a.m. Call 201-THE-BIG-M for reservations 

·         There will be a $1,000 Derby Hat Contest. The wearer of the most outrageous lid will walk away with the $500 first prize. Sign up between 2 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. Judging takes place in the Meadowlands winner’s circle at 5 p.m. 

  

Championship Meeting starts up 

  

After the Derby, the Meadowlands live harness card gets underway at 7:15 p.m. with a superb 11-race program that features the return of 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover, who heads a bulky field of 12 in the $182,500 Arthur J. Memorial for trotters at a mile and an eighth. 

The Cutler is the first in a long line of stakes events during the course of the Big M’s Championship Meet, which includes the July 14, $650,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace as well as the August 4, $1 million Hambletonian. 

 


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