Classified System on the Way Out? - The classified system being used at the Meadowlands was supposed to be used for a year and then be evaluated. As part of that process, the SBOANJ commissioned a survey regarding the use of the ABC system. Based on the results of the survey, it looks like the classified system will be on the way out as most trainers who responded claimed the classified system was not working for them for various reasons. The survey lists some of those reasons.
Vernon Downs on the Ropes - Earlier I had made comments which may have suggested Vernon Downs would be closing shortly. Truth is it appears Jeff Gural will wait until the Tyre casino opens and evaluate the impact. If Vernon can support itself, he would be willing to keep it open but if it loses money, it will be history.