Winning sequence returns $762.10; Opulent Yankee upsets Wind of the North
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 3, 2017) – A rare Pick Five carryover at the Meadowlands proved to be a horseplayer's delight as more than $170,000 in new money was wagered into the sequence. With the carryover of $25,497, there was virtually zero percent takeout, a highly unusual situation that tilts the advantage squarely in the hands of the player.
The sequence proved to be fairly formful with two favorites, two second choices, and a 5/1 fourth choice prevailing. The 50-cent winning ticket returned $762.10.
In the featured sixth race featuring upper-level trotters, Opulent Yankee went to the front and never looked back, winning for the second week in a row in 1:55.2. Crosbys Clam Bake chased the winner from the pocket and finished second.
Heavily favored Wind of the North raced from well off the pace and closed to be third, eight lengths behind the winner.
Lucas Wallin, the 24-year-old native of Sweden, won his first career race as a trainer when Appomattox won the tenth race by open lengths with Corey Callahan. Wallin previously worked for Ake Svanstedt before opening his own stable last fall. Appomattox was just the seventh starter sent out by Wallin.
Jim Marohn, Jr. continued his season-long hot streak with three wins to extend his narrow lead over Brett Miller as leading driver this year. Miller and Corey Callahan each had driving doubles.
Total handle was $2,628,028 on the 11-race card.