Wiggle It Jiggleit won one of the most exciting Little Brown Jug finals, beating Lost for Words in an epic battle in 1:49.3 racing on the outside the entire mile, losing ground in the stretch and then coming back to nip the second place finisher at the wire.
The Meadowlands will be eliminating Thursday night racing and many if not all of the winter late closing events will be cancelled. The lost Thursday nights will be replaced with weekend racing in September.
The loss of Thursdays may strengthen the weekend cards but it also cuts expenses which is another reason the winter late closing series will be seeing the axe this year. True, these races tended to be poor wagering events which meant offering these late closing events was not a good use of money; money which can be used to support or increase the purses for overnight races.
As for trying to move legs of the Graduate Series to non-Gural tracks in addition to eliminating some 'Grand Circuit-type' races. The reason for this is supposedly due to the Meadowlands hosting the Breeders Crown this coming year and while this is true, conserving purse account funds for overnight races is a benefit of such a move. Unless slots come to the Meadowlands or business improves, one has to wonder if the Meadowlands is slowly becoming like many tracks; racing primarily overnights.