Elsewhere on the Internet, people were talking about today's qualifiers at the Meadowlands; in particular the finale, which features Sweet Lou, Mel Mara, Romantic Moment, and others when the topic came up that all which is missing are two drivers.
No doubt, the two drivers being referenced were George Brennan and Brian Sears. With regards to these two, I say good bye. Don't get me wrong, I harbor no bad feelings to these two drivers who have decided to do what they feel is in their best interest financially. Ideally, it would have been nice if they stayed at the Meadowlands during this period of rebuilding, but it is not for me to criticize them for doing what they felt they needed to do
That being said, I don't know why people are stilling pining for them. It may have been for all the right reasons but they have jilted the Meadowlands and by extension you the gambler. What's the sense of continuing to mourn those who have deserted you? Look at the positives. With the departure of Brennan and Sears, would Corey Callahan have had the opportunity to shine this year? Would some out of the out of state drivers had their chance to ply their trade in New Jersey?
Look at it this way, when the Meadowlands opened up back in 1976, what would have happened if all the Yonkers/Roosevelt drivers uprooted themselves and jumped over to the Meadowlands? Would some young upstarts by the names of Campbell, Remmen, O'Donnell, Paisley, Waples, Wing, and Wright have had the opportunity to come to New Jersey? Some of these drivers made a name for themselves at the Meadowlands, others were not so fortunate and went back from where they came from but they had the chance. The fact is change is good.
As in love, there is a time to stop mourning and to start looking at your new prospects. That time is now.
I was talking to a trainer who races in the New York area and I asked if they had any Meadowlands horses. The trainer responded while they admire what is going on at the Meadowlands, they are reluctant to race in ten horse fields. To translate, race at Yonkers, you need to beat three horses to pick up a check; race at the Meadowlands, you need to beat five.
In the ideal world, purse earnings would be aligned with the horseplayers' interests; if a gambler can't collect on the horse's finish, the horse's connections shouldn't earn a check. But then there is reality. If trainers aren't going to race at the Meadowlands because it is 40% harder to earn a check, maybe it is time to recognize market forces and change the purse distribution to make it as attractive or more to race there. If the Meadowlands and other mile tracks are in competition with other tracks for horses, maybe purse money needs to be paid to all finishers or through seventh place so once again, horsemen need to only beat three others to make money.