Friday, December 30, 2011
Pena's Out and Here Come the Judges
Not commenting on the merits of Pena's exclusion, but if the Meadowlands is denied the right to exclude trainers and drivers, the Meadowlands is in for a rough time. The NJRC seems to be reluctant to deny licenses to individuals like some other states, most likely because they have no heart for court fights and let's face it, if Al Capone applied for a license, New Jersey courts would say he must be allowed to continue to bootleg booze as it would deny him a right to make a living. It seems New Jersey courts fail to realize a harness license in the State is a privilege and not a right.
According to Harness Racing Update, a couple of drivers are considering a move to the Meadowlands, coming over from Yonkers. Both Billy Dobson and Jim Pantaleano are looking to make the move back over the river if given support of the trainers. Expect other drivers to take up residence..
Over at the Standardbred Press Release board, drivers give their opinion about the new banking on the backstretch.
Anyone planning to go to Vincennes for the Prix d'Amerique? Not only is it a big racing weekend, but there is a major sale of race horses there as well. Here is the link to the online catalogue; it it should be interesting for those interested in how things are done elsewhere. Knowledge of French is helpful. Just be aware horses born in the same year all have their names beginning with the same letter in France.