East Rutherford, NJ — Business was brisk at The Meadowlands as the 2019 racing calendar year kicked off last weekend (Jan. 4-5) at the mile oval with bettors pushing a little more than $5.6 million through the windows over the course of the two-card race week.
Wagering was almost identical on the pair of 13-race programs, with $2,831,028 bet on Friday before $2,856,661 in action was taken Saturday. The average handle per race was a strong $218,757.
The 50-cent Pick-4, the track’s signature bet, took in $106,836 in wagers Friday before Saturday saw $92,512 in action. For those handicappers sharp enough to use 27-1 shot Whittaker in Saturday’s 11th race, the Pick-4 returned a handsome $4,393. The first three legs of the wager were taken by 5-1, 8-1 and 6-5 shots, respectively.
Twenty-cent Jackpot Super High-Five players have a pair of carryovers to shoot for Friday night, as the fifth race will begin with $22,265 in the hat while race 13 will have $26,504 to start.
‘Orange’ Crushes, ‘Hornet’ Stings: Andy Miller, aka ‘The Orange Crush’, was the man on Saturday (Jan. 5) night, driving six winners on the program. Yannick ‘The Green Hornet’ Gingras won five times over the course of the weekend.
NFL Fan? Go To The Big M: For National Football League playoffs lovers who love to bet the games, the Meadowlands is the place to be.
The track’s FanDuel Sports Book will offer action on all of this weekend’s divisional round with the first game kicking off Saturday (Jan. 12) at 4:35 p.m. with the Indianapolis Colts traveling to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs. Then, at 8:15 p.m., the Los Angeles Rams host the Dallas Cowboys.
On Sunday (Jan. 13) at 1:05 p.m., the Los Angeles Chargers travel to New England to play the Patriots while the late game (4:40 p.m.) has the New Orleans Saints hosting the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Skip Lunch, Go To Pink: On Friday (Jan. 11), a sumptuous Italian-themed buffet will be available in the Meadowlands’ Pink restaurant during the live race card. The buffet is $29.95 and features all classic Italian dishes. Reservations can be made by calling 201-THE-BIGM.
WHHC Kickoff: On Saturday (Jan. 12), the Meadowlands will host the first 2019 contest of the World Harness Handicapping Championship, with four spots to the April 13 WHHC final on the line.
The competition, which is presented by DerbyWars.com, has a cost of $400 ($200 entry fee/$200 bankroll). Interested patrons should check-in at the Clubhouse Main Entrance (across from the Players Club Desk). The entry fee comes with a live racing program and food voucher and walk-up entries are welcome with unlimited entries per person. Contestants should sign up between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The rules: Players must bet a minimum of 10 Meadowlands races with a $20 minimum (no maximum bet per race). Win, Place, Show or WPS wagers only. One horse per race.
Click here to take a look at the contest brochure.