Thursday, December 8, 2022

Last weekend (Dec. 2-3) at The Meadowlands, bettors were treated to some big payouts after playing the track’s popular multi-leg bets, which always have a low 15 percent takeout.

“On Saturday, we had two 20-cent base bets pay over $10,000,” said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. “Our racing was excellent, betting pools and field sizes were large, which led to total handle pushing past the $3-million mark. Our job now is to keep the positive momentum in New Jersey going.”

On Saturday’s card, the 20-cent Pick-5 (races one through five) returned $10,969 before the 20-cent Pick-6 (races eight through 13) came back $10,328.

After seeing nightly handle increase for a fourth consecutive month of November, December appears to be going in the right direction as well.

During 2021, the first Friday and Saturday in December saw total handles of $1,844,882 and $2,121,764, respectively. Last weekend, those numbers were up in a big way, at $2,611,294 and $3,115,292, respectively.

Some other handsome payoffs from last weekend were Friday’s 20-cent Pick-6 ($1,554) before some more nice payouts on Saturday, which included the fifth race 10-cent Superfecta ($1,525), 20-cent Survivor Pick-7 ($7,711 where it took just four out of seven correct to cash in) and 12th race 10-cent Superfecta ($1,651).

THE SCHEDULE: Racing at The Meadowlands will be conducted on a Friday-Saturday basis through the end of the year, with a first-race post time of 6:20 p.m. There are two exceptions on the schedule, as there will be no live action on Dec. 23-24.

Every live racing night, the “Racing from The Meadowlands” pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m. Join Dave Little and Jessica Otten, who will have news, notes and previews of the upcoming card.

DINE AROUND THE WORLD: Come to The Meadowlands on Saturday (Dec. 10) and have a spectacular meal when you’ll be taken “Around the World” for just $54.95 per person.

Enjoy beef empanadas, carved prime rib, roasted leg of lamb and many other delicious favorites while wagering on the best harness racing in the world.

Call 201-THE-BIGM for reservations.

GET ON TWITTER: Everything Meadowlands is available by going on Twitter. You can check in with the Big M team for early changes, racing information and staff selections by going to @themeadowlands or #playbigm.

On race nights, stay in touch with Otten (@JessicaOtten1), Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover) and Edison Hatter (@Edison_1999_).

FREE PROGRAMS: Free past performances for every race for every Meadowlands program are available 48 hours before a given card. To access the no-cost official program pages, go to

LOW TAKEOUT, BIG POOLS: The Meadowlands offers plenty of value to the bettor with six wagers nightly that offer low 15 percent take outs, plus two that offer a guaranteed pool of $50,000. They are:

  • Race 1: 20-cent Pick-5
  • Race 3: 20-cent Survivor Pick-7
  • Race 6: 50-cent Pick-4 ($50,000 guaranteed pool)
  • Race 8: 20-cent Pick-6
  • Race 10: 50-cent Pick-4 ($50,000 guaranteed pool)
  • Race 14: 10-cent Hi-5

INSIDEHARNESS.COM: Marty Marsh’s provides bettors with insights from trainers and drivers on many Meadowlands races every night.

All one needs to do is go to the website and sign up to access the inside dope.

SCRATCH AND WIN: Grab your opportunity to win some big green in The Big M’s “Scratch & Win” promotion.

The Meadowlands and the New Jersey Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association are continuing their 2022 partnership encouraging fans to attend live racing for a chance to cash in during the four-week promotion.

Racetrack mailing list and Players Club members all received a postcard with four opportunities to win up to $20,000. Last Saturday was the first Scratch & Win date with Dec. 10, 17 and 31 the next redemption dates.

Over $12,000 was given away on promotion night one.

Fans that did not receive a Scratch & Win mailer can still pick one up at the Players Club desk on any Saturday.

“We knew this promotion would be a winning one,” said Settlemoir. “We can still drive people to the racetrack with worthwhile promotions and events that appeal to both the die-hard and casual racing fans.”

BRING JOY, BRING A TOY: Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the track to give a child in need some happiness this holiday season, and if you do, you’ll get a $5 betting voucher.

The Big M’s “Toys for Tots” drive began Nov. 22 and runs through Friday (Dec. 9). On Friday, former New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa will be on hand from 7-9 p.m. spreading holiday cheer. Justin Walters from PIX-11 will serve as master of ceremonies.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The Meadowlands is the place to be to ring in 2023. On Saturday, Dec. 31, it’s Fan Appreciation Night. Head over to the Café, Rooftop Terrace or Backyard for $1 concession items (hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, soda). The discount prices are available from 6-11 p.m. The Café will also offer Bud/Bud Light drafts for $2 each.

Buffet dining is available for $64.95 and includes a complimentary champagne toast. Call 201-THE-BIGM for reservations.

Ten minutes after the conclusion of the card, stay for a fabulous fireworks show.

FABULOUS FANDUEL: The Meadowlands is the top harness venue in the world. The FanDuel Sportsbook, which is located inside the grandstand at the mile oval, is also No. 1 on a global scale, when it comes to sports betting.

Come on out for football Sundays and enjoy the $12 wing bar. Fans can also play trivia as they watch – and wager – on NFL action with tellers or self-service betting terminals. The action can be viewed all day on massive TV screens.

Sunday Trivia runs through Dec. 25 with host Marc Malusis in the Lounge.

Sundays are great, but the NFL gets underway on Thursday (Dec. 8) as the Las Vegas Raiders travel to Los Angeles where they are a 6½-point favorite against the Rams in an 8:15 p.m. kickoff. The game has an under/over of 43½.

On the local Sunday (Dec. 11) front, the New York Jets are a 9½-point underdog when they visit the Buffalo Bills in a 1 p.m. start. The under/over on the game is 43½.

In another 1 p.m. kickoff, the New York Giants are a 6½-point underdog when they host the high-flying Philadelphia Eagles in a game that has an under/over of 45½.

WORLD CUP QUARTERS: The 2022 World Cup is in the quarterfinal stage, and soccer (or futbol, if you prefer) fans can get all their action in the FanDuel Sportsbook.

Quarterfinals begin Friday, odds reflect teams to qualify for the next round:

  • 10 a.m., Croatia (+510) vs. Brazil (-750)
  • 2 p.m., Netherlands (+126) vs. Argentina (-152)

These are Saturday’s matchups:

  • 10 a.m., Morocco (+300) vs. Portugal (-390)
  • 2 p.m., England (+102) vs. France (-124)

The overall favorite to win the tournament is Brazil, who are +175.

The World Cup runs through Dec. 18 when the championship match takes place.

Whatever the sport, for the latest odds, go to

Sportsbook hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-1 a.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-2 a.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m.-midnight.