I also don't understand the complaint about the drivers. Many of the top drivers have remained loyal to the Meadowlands but of course, there are those who will go where the money is. Is this the fault of management? People complaining how the drivers leave for the big money events elsewhere; that has always happened even when the Meadowlands was the top dog when it came to overnight purses. Yes, there are unfamiliar drivers at the Meadowlands, isn't that what happened each year when the Meadowlands first began operating when racing secretary Joe DeFrank used to comb tracks to get some of their top drivers to come to the Meadowlands? Some made it, some didn't. This is not a new phenomenon. Personally, I look at it as an opportunity for better payoffs. Here is a chart of the drivers with the highest ROIs.
All the other drivers have a negative ROI.
Let's take a look at the drivers who have a UDR of at least .200 and ten starts or more:
Out of the seventeen drivers with a UDR of .200 or better with at least ten starts, five of the drivers (Daryl Bier, Tony Hall, Bret Holland, Mark Lancaster, and Dan Noble) can be considered 'newcomers'. The point is some of these 'non-Meadowlands' drivers make things interesting for the horseplayer, and potentially profitable. Also, while the cast of drivers has changed, this is nothing new for the Meadowlands.
There is no sense worrying about the past; the future is what counts. Embrace the current product for what it is and look ahead. The new grandstand, the new ideas to get more people in the track, and a crack team working on getting the betting handle up. The handle didn't get to the level it is overnight, it is going to take time to build it up once again.
There is loyalty to the Meadowlands by at least one driver. Tonight Yannick Gingras will be driving in the first two races at Yonkers Raceway in NYSS events but instead of deciding to spend the night at Yonkers to take advantage of the more lucrative purses at the Westchester oval, he is making the infamous Yonkers-East Rutherford commute to resume driving at the Meadowlands card starting with their fifth race.