Here is my plan for reviving the New Jersey breeding industry.
- Modify the program which has some races designated with a 25% bonus for New Jersey Owned and Sired, (sometimes preferred) to become a program for New Jersey Sired or Foaled. This way, breeding farms which have open space due to artificial insemination could induce mares which are bred to other states stallions to reside in New Jersey making up some of the business loss. Realistically, New Jersey horsemen will be unwilling to eliminate the New Jersey owned condition so they would continue to be included with a 15% bonus paid to them.
- Introduce a new program for New Jersey sired horses with a 50% bonus for maidens through non-winners of three races. This will allow racing opportunities for those owners with not ready or never ready for stakes time a chance to recoup part of their investment. Meaning races at the Meadowlands would go for the following purses for NJ Sired horses: Maidens (or nw1cd), would race for $11,250 (instead of $7,500); nw2cd would race for $13,500 (instead of $9,000) and nw3cd would race for $18,750 instead of $12,500). At Freehold, these horses would race for similar incentives.
- For lack of a better term, replace the NJ Green Acres races at Freehold and have a New Jersey Sires Stakes Silver division for those horses who are a step bellow the better New Jersey bred stakes horses to give them a chance to earn decent money as a two, three or four year old campaign). For those that did not quite make the big time, the New Jerseys Sires Stakes would have a four year old program.
- For the top tier NJ Sired, rename the NJSS to the NJSS Gold division for two and three year olds and add a division for four year olds to reflect Mr. Gural's intention to limit open stakes races for horses sired by five year olds and up; leaving opportunities for the four year olds to earn big money.
- More stakes races for NJ Sired horses, again not only for the top horses, but races designed for the second stringers.
Inquiring minds have to ask why does Tioga Downs easily come to a 5 year agreement with their horsemen, yet it is almost impossible to come to a deal with Vernon Downs horsemen? What makes it even harder to understand this is many of the horsemen race at both tracks. The only conclusion I have can come to is the leadership of the Vernon Horsemen needs to be replaced.
Jeff Gural spoke last night at the Meadowlands. For those who missed it, here is the interview (it is in two parts):
Jeff Gural Interview Part 1
Jeff Gural Interview Part 2