The initial condition sheet for the Meadowlands upcoming race meet has been released. From a quick look at the condition sheet, it appears purses have been cut when compared to the start of the 2009 race meet. For example, last January the invitational trot went for $35,000; this year it will be contested for $32,000. Horses racing for a $25,000 tag will be racing for $14,400 as compared to $16,000 in 2009. For the initial five racing programs, $15,000 is the bottom claiming price and non-winners of 6,000 in last 6 starts the bottom conditioned class.
Whether the purse cuts are a barometer of things to come for this meet or just a precaution due to the economic climate remains to be seen. However, the Meadowlands is taking some steps to improve things for the fans and gamblers. By the end of January, the Meadowlands expects their website to have a 'community' feature for fans. The Meadowlands will be adding hi-def television cameras and their pre-card television show will feature interviews with individuals discussing their entries for the evening and the show will allow fans to ask questions via-email. While the Meadowlands may be going through hard time, they are doing their best to make their racing product as desirable as possible and attract their share of the simulcast market by taking advantage of the technology available.