In New Jersey, the 30 day qualifying rule is going the way of the dodo bird. Up to now, stakes horses were allowed up to 45 days between starts before having to re-qualify (something I don't agree with), but overnight horses were still subjected to the 30 day rule. But now, the NJRC has passed an emergency rule to allow a 45 day rule for overnight horses through the end of the year and are looking to pass a permanent rule to allow the 45 day rule to become the norm in New Jersey.
This is due to the limited racing schedule in New Jersey and with limited racing, there are only so many races you can get in each week. Hence, the possibility of going two or three weeks between starts is possible. If you decide not to enter the week after you race which is more likely with cheaper horses, a horse can find itself on the wrong side of the 30 day rule.
Ironic, with the Meadowlands having been known to have problems to fill their races, the need to go to the 45 day rule for overnight horses exists. However, this rule change is more in anticipation for the upcoming Freehold race meet. Still you may ask with the other tracks having problems getting full fields, why can't these horses get raced? There is no problem in getting the better horses raced, the problem has always been with the cheaper classes. The sad fact is with racinos all around New Jersey, Freehold is going to be the local home for cheaper racing stock from New Jersey and surrounding states. Like it or not, it is part of the changing face of standardbred racing in New Jersey; it does not bode well for Freehold with respect to handle. It is not a question of racing stock becoming cheaper at Freehold; it is a question of how low does it go.