Meadowlands fights for survival

August 02, 2010 02:00PM

A trotter at Meadowlands

While “Aqueduct” is the name on the tip of every person’s tongue these days when it comes to the great horse race debate, New Jersey’s Meadowlands Racetrack could face closure after nearly 35 years, according to the New York Times. A state budget report suggested that funds would be better utilized for state casinos. The East Rutherford track features harness races, along with the occasional car show or Amish band. But while proponents of the plan — which has recommended restarting the stalled Xanadu development — say that casinos are the wave of the future, Meadowlands devotees see it differently. George Anthony, a trainer and announcer, is one of many claiming that, with the proper funds and with slot machines installed, Meadlowlands could rival even the most popular area gambling venues. “We can be the number one casino in the United States, and we’re being overlooked for political reasons,” Anthony said. [NYT]