Happy days are here again and it has nothing to do with the Breeders Crown (though that is a pretty good thing; something I have been waiting for all week).
No, Happy Days are here with the opening of the casino at Aqueduct Racetrack today. New York patrons can take the subway to the casino. How is that for convenience? Yes, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway will get hurt somewhat, but the best thing about the Aqueduct casino opening is it will put another nail in Atlantic City's coffin. When the eventual conversion to a full casino takes place in New York, it may be enough to throw Atlantic City's coffin into the ground.
Anything which will make New Jersey Politicians realize the folly of keeping a casino out of the Meadowlands is a good thing. Perhaps, if the politicians get hit in the face enough with a glove they will realize the folly of their ways. Want to try to keep Atlantic City as a destination resort, knock your socks off, but to keep convenience gambling out of the Meadowlands is pure stupidity. Not only stupid, but expensive as New York's budget gets fattened up at the expense of the New Jersey state budget. They are even laughing at New Jersey in Las Vegas at New Jersey's stupidity.
So yes, the opening of the Aqueduct casino today is a good thing. May it prosper and inflict maximum damage to Atlantic City. Maybe then, common sense will come to New Jersey.