Standardbred Canada in reporting on the agreement to revamp the New Jersey thoroughbred schedule by eliminating the thoroughbred meet from the Meadowlands and moving it to Monmouth Park where less days would be raced. Their headline for the story? More Harness Dates for the Meadowlands. Apparently, additional harness dates at the Meadowlands is the payoff for the SBOANJ agreeing to provide financial support for the Monmouth Park meet.
They still don't get it. While removing the runners from the Meadowlands calendar allows more flexibility in scheduling the Meadowlands standardbred meet, the last thing we need for long term survival is more racing dates. All more racing dates provides is a diluted racing product, diluted purses, diluted wagering, and more product in a market which requires less. When you have twelve racetracks racing at one time, you have a predatory situation, where each track is attempting to pull wagering dollars from a common wagering pool. Rather than having a number of successful tracks left standing, we will end up with two or three tracks. For those complaining we will lose a significant number of people employed in standardbred racing, how many people do you think will be employed in the industry if we have only two or three racetracks remaining?
Until horsemen accept economic reality, harness racing is going to continue the downward spiral, making any recovery even tougher. It is time for horsemen to look at the big picture instead of just their own neighborhood.