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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Saturday Tidbits

The United States Trotting Association's annual meeting opens up tomorrow and will be available for live streaming video from their website both on Sunday and Monday.  I have been told there may be fireworks at the Board of Directors meetings, but I wouldn't expect it to happen during the general sessions available to live streaming; I would expect any disagreements to be aired in private.

It looks like New York State  is on their way towards a constitutional amendment referendum to allow seven casinos in the state.  While track operators are in favor of this bill, the amendment as discussed does not specify the casinos will be at racetracks and the Governor is in favor for a bidding contest.  when asked specifically about slots being at the racetracks, Governor Cuomo was quoted as saying "We haven’t had any discussions about where, who, how — so I don’t think there should be any assumptions."  The bill has to pass once again in 2013 before it can go to the voters.  One thing for certain is if limiting it to seven licenses and them being regionally distributed, two tracks (including thoroughbred) will be unhappy.  If up for competitive bidding, a lot more may be on the outside looking in.

Dan Noble Heading to the Meadowlands - Albeit for a few weekend initially, last year's dash winning driver takes the opportunity to give the Meadowlands a whirl while the Levy series is underway.  A win-win situation.  Noble gets the opportunity to get experience on the Meadowlands mile oval and the Meadowlands gets a new talented driver for a a chance to consider joining the driving colony on a regular basis.

As you may recall, last weekend was the Polar Mare Plunge, benefiting "Wells for Ghana".  Harness racing's own "compassionate firework" Heather Moffitt and friend were going to hit the 41 degree water in support of the charity.  Never to do things half way, Heather recorded the event and added some tongue in cheek humor to it.

Of course, if you didn't pledge for this year's Polar Mare Plunge, you can still make a donation by going to the Wells for Ghana website.
Ironic:  Chabad of Orange County, supported the Harness Racing Museum by holding its Purim Party there.  Now we are not trying to give a religious lesson here, but here is an organization whose members, are not about to be seen at any racetrack soon, yet they were able to support the museum by renting it for a party.  However, many people who earn their living in harness racing can't seem to be bothered to spend $35 a year to become a member of the museum which honors their industry.  How Ironic is that?

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