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Friday, March 18, 2011

Free Start Rule Lives?

In today's NJRC meeting, the racing commission has announced they will be post for public comment a proposed rule change for implementing a fair start rule; this after voting down a previous proposal which was submitted.  My understanding for the first proposal's failure was that it did not specify what happened if a horse somehow finished in the money after not reaching the fair start pole.  You would have thought the commissioners would have known what would happen; after all the original proposal was to emulate the Ontario rule.  That being said, I guess legal technicalities need to be followed so it was voted down.  I guess the racing commission found merit in the concept, because it is now back.  Hopefully, it won't take another year plus for it to come to a vote.

In addition, with Freehold hurting, they are cutting some days from their spring meet and adding it to the fall meet; hoping to drop them all together if the law cutting the number of race dates goes into effect.  The meet ends in May instead of June and races on three days a week instead of the four days now.

Tomorrow night is the Four Leaf Clover series.  Who would have thought the Meadowland's racing secretary would have had to make calls to get enough horses to start?  It is a whole new game these days and I don't think I like it.  Chester Downs opens this evening and Pocono Downs raises its curtain on Tuesday evening..

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