According to John Brennan of The Record, the deals for the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park were finalized last night at the Meadowlands in a nine hour bargaining session. The Star Ledger had highlighted the Monmouth deal having been completed. I imagine an announcement from the Governor's Office will be forthcoming. I had reported earlier that the final piece in the Monmouth Park lease had been resolved. Turns out a deal had to be completed for both tracks yesterday as the Governor's aides told all parties if a deal was not reached last night, both tracks would have been shut down.
The only downside in the deal is standardbred interests had to make further concessions to get the approval of thoroughbred horsemen. What the concession(s) is remains to be seen. However, the good thing is that short of the formalities, the Meadowlands survival is a done deal.
Perhaps for harness racing fans, the best news other than the Meadowlands surviving is at least one trainer is likely to be participating in their final Meadowlands meet as Jeff Gural has indicated he will take advantage of his ability to ban individuals from the Meadowlands as it will no longer be publicly operated.
Additional details will be forthcoming.