$4,311,546, that's what was bet on the Meadowlands on last night, the first time the Meadowlands handled $4 million or more on a non-Hambletonian race card since the 2010. Of course, it would be better if more of the money came through the windows at the Meadowlands, but you can't help but be happy for the team at the Meadowlands whose hard work is being paid off. It's a shame there are only six more days to the current meet remaining.
On the downside, the Meadowlands judges were force to scratch Smilin Eli due to a question as to who was really training the horse. The horse was reported to have spent a night at an unlicensed training facility which is a violation of racing rules and more importantly, the base of operations for a trainer who is not allowed to race in New Jersey. It may be an unfortunate coincidence, but the racing commission needs to verify who is actually training the horse. We'll see how quick Smilin Eli gets off the judges list and if additional sanctions are forthcoming.
Being it was the first time I had been to the Meadowlands in quite a while, I got my first taste of seeing delayed post times are institutionalized late. Nothing more annoying than seeing the time until post time is 12 minutes on the board, yet the timers around the track says 16 minutes. If there is any good which comes out of this, it is the fact I can see how long it really was until post time. I really do wish someone would explain to me what the difference is of having a race go off at post time and having a race go off constantly 4 minutes late. Gamblers who are going to bet at the last minute will bet at either post time or four minutes after post time, its how you train them.
Some people are sorry to see the Meadowlands old grandstand replaced by a new grandstand. If you were at the Meadowlands last night you will see why it is time for the old gray lady to be replaced. On the grandstand level, you could have gone bowling and there is a good chance no one would have been hit by the bowling ball. This despite a decent size crowd. In a smaller facility, it would have looked like a busy happening place instead of what it looked like on th grandstand level last night; a graveyard no on wants to be seen at.
The Taylor Swift concert was scheduled for the same day as the Meadowlands Pace, likely scaring people away. We left earlier to get to the track because of the concert as the warnings suggested but a normal 25 minute drive still took almost two hours with all the traffic backed up on surrounding highways. A sane person would have had the good sense to turn around and go home but fortunately, my pilot (my wife) knew sane doesn't describe me so she endured the traffic and we made it into the track with three (I mean seven) minutes until the first race.
The point I am trying to make in a long circuitous way is whether a mistake or not, should there in the future be a competing concert or other high-volume event taking place at the Meadowlands scheduled to start at the same time as the races, may I suggest either starting the racing program at later at 8:00pm or earlier at 5:00 or 6:00pm?
Finally, yes, count me as a Captaintreacherous believer. Last night's airing out of the Captain which gave him a dominating win in the Meadowlands Pace has finally won me over. Oh, I knew he was good, very good in fact, but I was not ready to call him a monster until last night's performance.
Of course, my joining the legions of Captaintreacherous believers may not be such a
good thing as I have been called KOD (kiss of death, figuratively) on more than one occasion; television shows have been known to jump the shark once I start watching them. Here's hoping the Captain keeps rolling on.
While we are at it, it is a shame we don't have fan clubs for horses like they do elsewhere? When I think of Captaintreacherous, I think of an Errol Flynn-type buccaneer from the old Pirate movies. Wouldn't it be cool if there was a pirate mascot who showed up wherever the Captain was? Just a little something extra to add color to the evening.