Everyone was afraid of the Meadowlands closing and fearful about what would happen and now that it is saved, Sears is ready to bolt. I understand the money is better at Yonkers, but if all the name drivers bolted, the chance for the Meadowlands to claw its way back to prominence becomes much harder.
I can understand Sears has reached the point where he is comfortable and can be selective. He indicated wintering at Pompano is a possibility in the future, I can understand his not wanting to drive anything less than a $10,000 claimer for fear of injury; many drivers after enough spills will swear of trotters. I can understand a driver who wants to race for the money. But when they are quoted as saying,
I want to say how much I appreciate what Jeff Gural has done for this business and I want him to be successful.
and then bails out, I would say, to be polite, the person is being less than sincere. All I can say is I hope Gural is keeping track of who is supporting the Meadowlands and who isn't. After all, payback is a, well you know what I mean.
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A new harness racing blog, called Opening Quarter has been started. This blog features primarily Australian harness racing but on occasion will discuss foreign racing news. The most recent entry has a link to the Victorian Cup video feed where you can watch the entire racing program starting at 1:45am EST on Saturday morning. Welcome to the blogosphere Jimmy, there are not enough harness racing blogs so there is always room for another one.