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Meadowlands Opening Night Pick 4 Pays Record Amount


Published: January 1, 2010 10:49 pm ET

Last Comment: January 2, 2010 3:12 am ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Long shots lit up the tote board in every leg, producing a record $67,998 Pick 4 payout on Friday, January 1 at Meadowlands Racetrack.

The winning ticket was purchased at Nassau OTB and correctly chose Image Of Dawn [$11.40], Swan Image [$29.40], Leanback Coco [$35.40] and Sams Shuffle [$31.80] to take down the entire pool. The previous payoff record was $55,466 on March 25, 2009.

Offered nightly on Races 6 through 9, the Pick 4 has become a "must bet" at the Meadowlands with its low 15 percent takeout, guaranteed pools [$25,000 Wednesday - Friday and $50,000 Saturday] and high return rate. The Pick Four pool averaged $72,399 per card with an average payoff of $3,113 in 2009. The wager paid more than $1,000 nearly 50 percent of the time and more than $25,000 four times during the 2009 season.

The first $50,000 guaranteed Pick 4 pool of the 2010 Meadowlands Harness Meet is Saturday, January 2. For Meadowlands racing analysts Ken Warkentin and Bob Heyden's Pick Four tickets, click here.

Image Of Dawn Wins New Year's Feature

Meadowlands Racetrack kicked off its 2010 Harness Meet with an unusual twist.

The opening night feature, the "We're Not So Young Anymore" pace, was restricted to horses 10 years old up. The quirky race was the idea of Racing Secretary Peter Koch, who played on the idea that all 10 horses in the field turned 10 or older on January 1, 2010.

Image Of Dawn, who turned 11 on Friday, rallied on the far outside to win the sixth race feature in 1:51.4. Napoleon, also 11, and Extender N, the 13-year-old veteran in the field, finished second and third, respectively. Driven by Daniel Dube, Image Of Dawn paid $11.40 as he posted his 45th career victory. Patrick Lachance of Manalapan, New Jersey owns and trains the millionaire son of Life Sign.

Swan Image got up in time to win the $32,000 Invitational Trot by a nose over Looking Hanover in 1:54.1 for driver David Miller and trainer John Billings III. Owned by Larry Roman of Mt. Vernon, New York, the seven-year-old Balanced Image gelding improved his record to 17 wins in 72 career starts. Lavec Dream shook loose late to finish third.

Native Bride and driver Brian Sears cruised to a 1:51.3 victory in the $32,000 Mares Invitational Pace. A recent addition to trainer Lou Pena's barn, Native Bride posted her second straight win and 22nd overall. Cuz She Can sat a pocket trip to finish second, while Ramona Disomma rallied three-wide around the final turn to grab the show spot.

To view Friday's results, click here.


January 2, 2010 - 3:12 amMeadowlands "destroyed"

Meadowlands "destroyed" Woodbine's new years day handle.DESTROYED

Everything was closed new years day and Woodbine still couldn't attract any new customers!Now Woodbine is going to go head to head with Meadowlands!Good luck.

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