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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Too Much of a Good Thing?

One thing I love is when a racetrack has a major stakes and they put on an all-star racing card full of stakes races.  North American Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Hambletonian Day, Super Sunday (this year at Pocono Downs) and the various Super Nights for state-bred horses are race cards which harness racing fans look forward to.

This Saturday is Adios Day at The Meadows and they have their version of what they think is an all-star card.  I cringe when I see this 18 race card.  It starts good  nice overnight races, the Adios, and two divisions of the Adioo Volo for 3yo pacers of each sex.  Then it goes down hill with eight races for two year olds including three divisions of the Arden Downs for 2yo filly pacers and five divisions of the Arden Downs for 2yo colt and gelding pacers.

 Eight races for two year olds.  The only thing which would make this worse is if the races were for 2yo trotters.  If there is a savings grace, I can turn off the simulcast after race 13 as the last five races are for 2yos.

To be fair, in the old days there used to be doubleheaders on Adios day so they could have split up these eight races over two race cards.  Unfortunately, with only one race card, they are forced to race all these races on Saturday afternoon (the last two racing days had other divisions of the Arden Downs).  Just the same, what could have been a great afternoon of racing becomes a so-so card.  Somehow, they need to change their scheduling even if the race some of these stakes over two days.

Well, the good thing is by shutting off the Meadows signal early, it gives me enough time to get read for the Hambletonian Oaks eliminations and other elimination races on the Meadowlands card.

Speaking of  the Meadowlands, horseplayers who bet the $100,000 guaranteed late Pick-4 on Hambletonian Day will b entitled to a  20% bonus on their winning Pick-4 tickets provided the tickets are purchased using TVG or 4NJBETS.

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