With announcing details regarding the 2013 racing season at Pocono Downs, track Vice-President Dale Rapson has announced preferences for overnight races will be in this order: PA Sired Horses; Horses stabled on the grounds at Pocono Downs; horses stabled in Pennsylvania.
It's bad enough they are essentially trying to have a closed shop at Pocono Downs, but now they are seeking to seriously injury the training stable industry in New Jersey by forcing horses who would races at various tracks to now stable in Pennsylvania if they want to race at Pocono Downs.
As of now, no details regarding Harrah's Philadelphia preferences for 2013 have been announced but one has to wonder if New Jersey racing interests are going to respond to this shot across the bow. At a minimum, the Meadowlands should implement a similar preference rule to penalize Pennsylvania horsemen as Pocono's preference rules were implemented with the support of the PHHA.
How about preferences for NJ sired horses; NJ-Owned and NY sired or owned horses; horses stabled in New Jersey assuming New York doesn't attempt to draw away New Jersey stabled horses? If Pennsylvania horsemen are attempting to close their track to New Jersey horses, it only makes sense for New Jersey to retaliate.
Closed tracks benefits no one in the long run, but there is only so many attacks the New Jersey racing industry can take before responding. I believe the line in the sand has now been crossed. Sometimes you need to take a stand.