Should sports betting or casino gambling come to the Meadowlands, New Meadowlands LLC has selected a dance partner as Hard Rock International has entered into an equity partnership with New Meadowlands Racetrack which extends into any new forms of gaming to come to the East Rutherford, NJ racetrack. In addition to gaming, this position includes hotel and restaurant development.
While this is clearly, this is a partnership based on the assumption alternative gaming will come to the Meadowlands, it is possible the partnership may jointly stage concerts on dark days in the interim.
Speaking of the Meadowlands, how did the Meadowlands winter meet do? Handle went up roughly 32.5% for the winter meet, accounting for 25% of all standardbred racing in the United States. Will the Meadowlands be able to keep up such figures? That is questionable with more tracks being open; the Pennsylvania tracks on their own has taken a hit on the field size at the Meadowlands and the last two Saturdays, the $3 million mark has been missed; something which was occurring with regularity this year.
At Monticello Raceway, today's third race had an interesting finish. Safe Sex finished ahead of Welcome Lover for the win. As one person noted to me, Safe Sex raced uncovered (going wire to wire). How much did this hunch exacta pay? $14.00.
For the first time in years, the Dexter Cup at Freehold doesn't require eliminations. The race will be contested as a single dash on May 4 at Freehold Raceway.
Try, try, and try again goes Penn National Gaming. They have gone to the OSRC regarding their plans for indoor seating available for harness racing at their proposed track in Dayton, Ohio. Their current proposal does not add any additional seats indoors, but a promise if the demand dictates it, they would add another thousand seats enclosed over two phases. The OSRC will consider the proposal but without a firm definition as to what dictates demand, the chances any new indoors seating is slim.