A summation of racing realities
Whereas The Meadowlands Racetrack was anointed the capital
for North American Harness Racing from inception on Wednesday
September 1st 1976.
Whereas The Meadowlands escalated to world capital for
Harness Racing upon it’s acquisition of the Hambletonian
Whereas The Meadowlands Thoroughbred program has never
been more than a secondary product unable to impact the
powerful NYRA tracks across the Hudson River.
Whereas The Meadowlands Standardbred product virtually
devoured the existing standardbred tracks across that same
river due in part to the brilliant program created by Sonny
Werblin Bob Quigley and Joe DeFrank and the expansive one
mile track which offered traditional half mile track fans
a glamorous and innovative new way to enjoy a great sport.
Whereas that same one mile racetrack was hardly innovative
for thoroughbred racing and in fact more confining than
the mile and one half track at Belmont and mile and one
eighth track at Aqueduct nor was the modest introductory
program a remote threat to the powerful Fall Championship
programs entrenched in New York.
Therefore it was The Meadowlands Standardbred product that
truly captured the imagination of the densely populated
metropolitan areas instantly catapulting the State of New
Jersey to the pre-eminent position amongst harness racing
Whereas the open spaces in and around the Cream Ridge-Allentown
area evolved into prime New Jersey horse country given the
location of a number of breeding and boarding farms and
training centers needed to meet the increasing need for
Whereas horse farms also evolved in other open spaced New
Jersey locations, those located in the Cream Ridge area
so replicated that of the famed Kentucky blue grass region
that it mandated the area’s identity as New Jersey’s
Whereas so many champions were born and raised in New Jersey’s
horse country that recognized farms from other states had
no choice but to locate satellite farms in New Jersey..
Whereas New Jersey’s resident breeding program evolved
into the enviable standard by which to measure all other
sire stake programs.
Whereas the scope of the New Jersey Standardbred Racing
Program is so much more than just the sire stakes also comprising
such venues as The SBOA New Jersey Classic and Miss New
Jersey, The Lou Babics, The Harold Dancer, The Charles Smith,
The Helen Smith, New Jersey futurities, Green Acres program,
early and late closing programs and the season long overnight
program for New Jersey owned or sired horses.
Whereas the spring editions of The New Jersey Sires Stakes
serve as prime STEPPING STONES to traditional Meadowlands
classics as The Hambletonian, Woodrow Wilson,. Mistletoe
Shalee, Woodrow Wilson, Sweetheart, Meadowlands Pace, Merrie
Annabelle, Peter Haughton Memorial etc it gives New Jersey
sired horses an additional leg up to the most coveted stake
events in the harness industry.
Whereas the Breeders Cup appearance at Monmouth Park later
this year will be indeed a classic spectacle and a great
honor for the State of New Jersey, the fundamental reality
is that the odds of any those thoroughbred starters being
bred, foaled or raised in New Jersey are rather remote.
Whereas the Haskell Memorial at Monmouth Park is the traditional
highlight of the thoroughbred season in New Jersey, chances
are that not one of the Haskell starters will be bred, foaled
or raised in the State of New Jersey.
Whereas the Breeders Crown an annual fixture at the Meadowlands
ALWAYS includes a substantial number of starters bred, foaled
or raised in the State New Jersey.
Whereas The Hambletonian at The Meadowlands is the traditional
highlight of the New Jersey Standardbred season always includes
substantial numbers of starters bred foaled and raised in
Whereas a healthy New Jersey standardbred breeding industry
not only maintains and increases vital green acreage but
ensures that the world focused Hambletonian and Breeders
Crown events will always feature substantial numbers of
Whereas The Meadowlands Racetrack has always been the engine
that drives the entire New Jersey Sports Complex the majority
of the input provided has stemmed from the standardbred
Whereas a healthy standardbred breeding industry remains
a vital source of employment and revenue for local workers,
vendors and independent contractors significantly enhancing
the economic climate for the state of New Jersey.
Therefore a leveling of the playing field with neighboring
states like New York and Pennsylvania via location of slots
at appropriate New Jersey racetracks will ensure New Jersey’s
position as the pre-eminent racing and breeding state remains