So the first trainers comments are posted on the Meadowlands website and my initial thought? What the heck was all the stink about?
You can debate the worthiness of these comments but how much time did it take trainer's to come up with comments such as:
Trainer: New addition to Team Miller; had a solid qualifier.
Trainer: Raced OK last start; needs encouragement. Has ability to win.
Trainer: Swam every day this week
Trainer: Trained well Wednesday morning, first trip for the new stable.
Trainer: Trained well earlier in week. Prefers big track; sometimes hard to manage.
Trainer: Scoped sick last week; expect to be better.
Of course, there are those who say when a trainer note is negative, what is going to happen when the horse wins? It will happen, after all these animals are living, breathing, animals and with the luck, anyone can win (they may need a LOT of luck). This is why they call it gambling. These comments are merely another tool in your handicapping quiver. It is up to you to decide if these comments are worthwhile paying attention to or not and how much weight you will give them. I for one am glad to see them.
Right now the comments are only on the top two choices in each race and all horses in the fifth race. Also, while the comments will be shown on the Meadowlands feed, the only other place you will see them are in the Meadowlands program and on their website where they post the race analysis
Will they last? I don't know, time will tell. While brought into being out of anger, it may turn out to be a good idea. The one thing I can say with certainty it sure can't hurt to try.
Balmoral Park and Maywood Park go on the auction block this month and if I had to guess, they will be purchased by non-racing entities. In November, the track advisers attempted to get interested parties to bid on the property but no one was interested, hence the open auction. With no racing dates and the forever on the horizon alternate gaming prospect still on the horizon, the chances are the property will be redeveloped or at best, purchased by someone willing to hold on to the property in the unlikely chance the horizon finally arrives. Just don't hold your breath someone really interested in racing ends up buying the property.