The New Jersey legislature has sent to the Governor for his signature legislation which will allow a licensed racing association to conduct parimutuel wagering on Atlantic City's beaches with each day of racing there coming at the expense of a race date where they are licensed to conduct racing.
My question is where were the standardbred lobbyists for within this bill an amendment was approved to allow a thoroughbred track to also get a special permit to conduct wagering on a steeplechase meet conducted in the state, no doubt the prestigious meet at Far Hills. Not that I have an objection with wagering on the steeplechase races, but why didn't anyone from the standardbred side attempt to get approval for a standardbred meet which could be conducted at a training facility such as Gaitway? Wouldn't it be nice if sometime in late August between the Meadowlands closing and Freehold opened if a two day meet could have been held at Gaitway? Not that anyone would have to apply for such a license right away but it would have been nice to have something in the back pocket if it was wanted later.
Two $10,000 divisions of RUS racing takes place on Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in early activity with the first division scheduled for a 6:10pm start and the second division set for 6:20pm.