Could time be running out on Atlantic City's monopoly in New Jersey? According to The Record, politicians on both sides of the aisle are starting to see Atlantic City's situation as being hopeless and unless Atlantic City starts showing some positive results and soon, the pro-AC sentiment within the legislature may begin to crumble.
Of course this doesn't mean it's time to start building the slot parlor in the Meadowlands; far from it. First of all the Governor and Senate President need to evolve on the issues; especially the President as he decides which bills get posted for a vote in the state Senate.
The assumption has always been a new casino would come to the Meadowlands and as of now it is the leading candidate. However Monmouth Park has been quietly lobbying for a casino as well. A casino in an entertainment district makes perfect sense, but who is to say the Essex County delegation which holds significant sway in the legislature won't seek casino gaming in Newark? Any new gaming in New Jersey requires a constitutional amendment and the more possible locations listed in a new constitutional amendment, the harder it will be to get an amendment through the referendum process
Meanwhile, on the racing front last evening, it was a hot sultry night at the Meadowlands and it resulted in the tying of the all-time world record for the fastest mile ever raced in the sport with Warrawee Needy pacing a 1:46.4 mile in his elimination of the William R. Haughton Memorial.
Here is a case where racing at four is helping a horse for last year was not the year people thought Warrawee Needy had the potential for. This race will help him greatly at stud. The same may be said for Sweet Lou who won his elimination of the Haughton as well.
As for the final next week, can a new world record be set? It isn't likely as this heat wave is due to break by then.
The Meadowlands Pace elimination was contested last night as well with Sunshine Beach winning in 1:48. The field for the Meadowlands Final with early driver assignments (changes will be made) and morning line is:
1 Odds On Equuleus (Campbell, 4-1)
2 Sunshine Beach (Brennan, 3-1)
3 Resistance Futile (Pierce,20-1)
4 Twilight Bonfire (TBD, 8-1)
5 Captaintreacherous (Tetrick, 6-5)
6 Sir Cary's Z Tam (P. Lachance, 30-1)
7 Johny Rock (A. Miller, 20-1)
8 Beach Memories (D. Miller, 5-1)
9 Wake Up Peter (Pierce, 10-1)
10 Rockin Amadeus (Gingras,15-1)
For those interested, here is a replay of the RUS events at Hanover and Saratoga Raceways last evening.