At the New Meadowlands, Size Does Matter
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ, December 6, 2013—No matter the catchphrase of the moment, size matters.
The conventional measures usually are summed it up in one of two ways: Bigger Is Better or Less Is More. However, there’s another phrase that might capture the essence of a thing in a third way: Just Right.
And that probably is the most apt description of the New Meadowlands, as it is commonly known. It's amazing what can be done these days for what has become the paltry sum of $92 million.
The New Meadowlands is an example of how less is more works in terms of entertainment, excitement. and utility. Whatever measure horseplayers bring to their wagering experience, chances are they will feel right at home.
The Weekend That Was
SOUTH OZONE PARK, NY, November 30, 2013—For racing fans, those stationed at Churchill Downs with the rest tethered to their video monitors, it was anything but a Black Friday.
Put another way, Will Take Charge and Game On Dude set the bar pretty high for the Cigar horses and all those babies, the ones in New York and Kentucky.
Interesting how Thanksgiving weekend has become a player in the special events section that racetracks everywhere have acknowledged, turning good races into top class events. This is one thing that works—big time.
And, so, in the final strides Will take Charge did to Game On Dude what Mucho Macho Man did to him four weeks earlier; a photo finish that didn’t deserve a loser.
Indeed, the Clark was going to be a tough act to follow, but with so many actors on the final big racing stage of 2013, it just had to happen. So which was the more impressive?
Was it the fact that there was a three-horse battle in the Demoiselle stretch with the issue still in doubt with a furlong to go?
Was it Wedding Toast holding off Toasting, when she appeared beaten with less than a sixteenth left in the Comely, giving Javier Castellano his fourth win on the day?
Maybe it was the Bill Mott frequent flyer magic show--from Santa Anita to Payson Park to South Ozone Park with the 7 year old Flat Out, a dual Jockey Club Gold Cup winner that now boasts a worthy 3-2-1 slate in six starts at a mile?
But if you’re a Kentucky Derby fan then it had to be Honor Code snatching victory from defeat’s jaws with two Remsen jumps left, giving Castellano his fifth and Shug McGaughey a leg up on a second straight Derby score.