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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sacrebleu! No Prix D' Amerique in New Jersey

New Jersey racing fans who are used to wagering on the Prix D' Amerique at the Meadowlands or through 4NJBETS appear to be out of luck this year. 4NJBETS is still being run by the NJSEA and since the Meadowlands is now leased by a new operator, decisions on what is carried on 4NJBETS is made at Monmouth Park at least until a new operator is found for Monmouth Park.

It shouldn't come to anyone's surprise that a person at Monmouth Park likely knows nothing about the Prix D' Amerique so it appears it will not be carried this year within New Jersey as the people at Monmouth probably didn't even know about it when it came to setting up the schedule.

Well if decisions are goint to continue to be made at Monmouth Park, about what will be carried on the NJ simulcast and ADW network, we'll chalk up this year's lack of the Prix D' Amerique as victim of the transition or perhaps being it is rare that an American horse races in the Prix, it could be a money loser so that is why it's not being carried. The question is come May will there be Elitlopp coverage if an American horse races in it? Will there be coverage of the Gold Cup and Saucer which actually did better than the second string thoroughbred tracks last year on the ADW? Most important of all, will there be racing from the Delaware County Fair, home of the Little Brown Jug in September? To standardbred horseplayers, these are important questions.

If there is no one at Monmouth with the knowledge of what harness races are big to harness fans, it is the responsibility of Meadowland management to educate those responsible for setting up the schedule for their ADW. If 4NJBETS can't adequetely provide service to the New Jersey standardbred player, then it is time for the state to legally allow New Jersey residents to set up accounts with other ADWs so they can wager on the races they want.

I would suggest those outside of New Jersey who wish to wager on the Prix D' Amerique, check with your ADW to see if they will be offering wagering on it. There typically needs to be a hub location to establish the North American pool. I assume the Meadowlands was the hub in the past? Did anyone else take over the hub responsibilities?

1 comment:

Scott Sinsel (Atlanta GA) said... will be carrying the Prix with wagering directly into French pools