Harness Racing Update reports the fate of the Meadowlands lies in the hands of the teller union as the final and best offer by Jeff Gural will be voted upon by the tellers' union next week. From what I gather, the union leadership is putting the offer to vote without a recommendation to approve or reject the offer.
It is hard to predict how the vote will go. Many of the tellers don't depend on this job as their only source of income. Being a part time job, some tellers use this job as a second income so depending on their economic situation, they may have the freedom to reject the offer. Also, the same union (Sports Arenea Employees Local 137 AFL-CIO) includes guest services employees (ushers) and those that work in concessions. So depending on how bad they need this job (or not) and/or their senority which may determine if they stay employed (or not), it will decide their vote. For anyone to predict how this vote will go is fool hardy. So while the fate of the Meadowlands will not be determined this week, it should be resolved sometime in the early part of next week.
As Gural has indicated there will be no second chance. Horsemen need to decide where they will be racing the rest of the year. Sure, a lot of these trainers will remain at their farms and can ship to Yonkers, Chester, or Pocono, but there are those trainers that will need to find stalls at other racetracks and deadlines for stall applications are coming due. I feel less certain that the Meadowlands will be saved than I did a couple of weeks ago. Here is one case where I will be very happy to be wrong.
Why Bother Department: Yesterday was opening day at Thunder Ridge Raceway. Even these days, there is usually interest in opening day. "Usually" is the key word. Total WPS handle on the five races? $40.00. It probably makes Prairie Meadows, a track which will likely be kicking the standardbreds out after this year, seem like a major league harness track. Why do they race? So they are able to offer simulcasting.
You may be wondering how May June Character, the horse we talked about yesterday made out at Thunder Ridge Raceway. He finished first but was disqaulified and placed third.