Thursday, January 4, 2024

Bet a little and win a lot. That’s not just a saying at The Meadowlands.

The proof? How about Friday’s (Dec. 29) card when the 20-cent Pick-5 returned $56,617; the second race 10-cent Superfecta $4,815.13; and second race $2 Trifecta $12,538.00.

While not quite yet the carryover that led to a total pool of over $150,000 on Dec. 23, this Friday’s 20-cent Pick-8 carryover stands at $2,942. By the way, winning tickets sold on the Dec. 23 Pick-8 returned almost $13,000.

DID YOU SAY FREE? Free past performances for every race of every Meadowlands card are available by going to playmeadowlands.com.

THE SKED: Racing will be conducted every Friday and Saturday throughout January with a first-race post time of 6:20 p.m.

THE RETURN OF THE OTTEN SISTERS: Jenna Otten will be back in town this weekend working on the live Big M TV broadcasts.

On Friday, she’ll sit alongside sister Jessica on the Sam McKee Memorial Set before heading to the back paddock on Saturday where she’ll handle interviews, as well as commentary for FanDuel TV.

The live “Racing from The Meadowlands” pregame show kicks off every live racing night at 5:45 p.m.

“X” MARKS THE SPOT: Everything Meadowlands is available by going on X (formerly known as Twitter). You can check in with the Big M team for early changes, racing information and staff selections by going to @themeadowlands or #playbigm.

Stay in touch with The Big M team of Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM) and Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover).

THE GREAT EIGHT: The Meadowlands provides eight opportunities for the player to make a score trying their luck betting in pools with a low 15 percent takeout. The lineup of The Big M’s “Great Eight” is as follows (all wagers – with the exception of the Pick-7 – are carryover eligible):

  • Race 1: 20-cent Pick-5
  • Race 2: 20-cent Survivor Pick-7
  • Race 4: 20-cent Pick-8
  • Race 6: 50-cent Pick-4 ($50,000 guarantee)
  • Race 7: 20-cent High-5
  • Race 8: 20-cent Pick-6
  • Race 10: 50-cent Pick-4 ($50,000 guarantee)
  • Race 11: 20-cent High-5

WITHERITE’S RACE REVIEWS: Race reviews and selections by The Meadowlands’ morning-line odds maker and program analyst James Witherite are available 48 hours before a given race card. To access, simply go to playmeadowlands.com, go to the “handicapping” tab, then click “race reviews”.