According to The Record, the lease for Jeff Gural to takeover the Meadowlands should be completed within days. The last of the negotiations should be completed today with the final lease agreement prepared and ready to be signed on Monday.
As suspected, the teller dispute is a non-issue. An orientation this month was held where many tellers signed an agreement to take a 20% pay cut. The only outstanding issue with them is health benefits which will be addressed once the suit of two tellers against their own union is resolved.
This will be another late year to definitely confirm racing begining January 6. According to the article, the NJRC must approve racing to begin at their December 20 meeting.
The Illinois Legislature's veto session has ended without moving forward on a gaming bill. This means once again, racing will begin another year without the prospect of slots. I would not be surprised to see some of these horses and drivers making a move to New Jersey, especially after the Pennsylvania tracks reopening.