Sunday, November 26, 2023

HEFTY HANDLE: All-source wagering on the 14-race program totaled $3,691,553, the most at The Big M since Hambletonian Day, when $7.8 million was pushed through the windows.

On the corresponding card from a year ago, the handle was $3,398,962, so betting was up 8.6 percent over that program.

“Even with a pair of short [five-horse] fields, we managed to have a great night at the windows,” said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. “All of us at The Meadowlands appreciate the support we get from our fan base, as well as our horsemen, who always put on a great show.”

Wagering has now gone past the $3-million mark 54 times during 2023 from 78 programs.

A LITTLE MORE: Andy McCarthy and Dexter Dunn led the driver colony with three winners apiece. … Noel Daley, Jenn Bongiorno, Nancy Takter and Ake Svanstedt all trained a pair to victory lane. … Punters will have a pair of carryovers to shoot for when racing resumes. The 20-cent Pick-8 will begin with $8,180 in the hat while the 20-cent Pick-6 will start with $13,662 in the pot. … Bart Dalious recorded his first-ever Meadowlands win after guiding Good Deal to victory in the 13th race. … Racing resumes Friday at 6:20 p.m.