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15% Takeout Highlights Meadowlands Meet; 14-Day All-Turf Racing Kicks Off Sept. 28

September 27, 2016

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The Thoroughbreds are back in East Rutherford for 14 all-turf racing cards beginning Wednesday, Sept. 28 as the Meadowlands will now feature the lowest takeout in the country with a 15% rate applied to all wagers. 

            “It’s an exciting experiment that has produced quite a bit of positive feedback,” said Dennis Drazin, advisor to Darby Development LLC, operators of the Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet.  “Fans are always looking for a lower takeout and at 15% across all wagers we are delivering.”   

            A total of 67 horses are entered for the Big M’s opening night with 68 in for Thursday.  There will be six-race programs each live day which goes Wednesday through Saturday for the first two weeks after which a Thursday through Saturday schedule will be offered from Oct. 13 –

15.  The final three cards will be Oct. 17 – 19.  Post time will be 7 p.m. nightly, with the exception of the final three days, which will have a post of 1:10 p.m.

            All races will be televised on TVG with expert handicapper and on-air personality Tom Cassidy offering on-track insight and analysis into the racing program.

            The Meadowlands will also feature exchange wagering, which launched to great success earlier this year as New Jersey became the first in the nation to offer this new and innovative betting platform.

            A full slate of activities and dining options will be available throughout the Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet, including the return of the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales on Oct. 15.   

            Trotters will be serving a buffet on all live race days with Pink open on Saturday nights.  In addition, the Victory Sports Bar will be open race days as will the Victory Roof Top Terrace, weather permitting. 

            There’s free parking, free admission and free seating, both inside and out at the Meadowlands.  Live programs will be $2, simulcast books $4.  Valet parking will be offered for $5. 

            For more information visit or or call 732-222-5100 or 201-843-2446.