A report by The Record has explained how the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, via letter, approached the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority about operating the Meadowlands Racetrack before Jeff Gural came into the mix on December 17, 2010
. The organization now wants to know why it wasn't given the time of day to run the raceway.
The article explains that Michael Drewniak, spokesman for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, said that state officials were "unaware" of such a motion by the NJTHA in December, but that comparing that organization's motion with that of Gural would be “disingenuous and ridiculous.” Drewniak was cited as saying that the NJTHA has not explained how it would maintain and fund live racing at the track.
The article goes on to state that after the deadline for Gural to reach a deal with Local 137 -- the union representing the Meadowlands Racetrack's mutuel tellers -- had passed, the NJTHA sent a second letter explaining that it again wanted to "offer the same $1 bid" to lease the Meadowlands Racetrack and take over operation of the facility.
“The Meadowlands also was a vital part of our circuit until last year,” NJTHA President John Forbes was quoted as saying. “We want to be in the loop with what’s going on there.”
(With files from The Record)
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