Thoroughbred and Standardbred interests have been bickering for years in New Jersey. But on May 15, the two breeds shared the stage at Meadowlands in a successful promotion.
The first two races of the program were for Thoroughbreds on the turf. The regular harness program followed. The same schedule was planned for May 16.
Luc Ouellette, who currently tops the driver standings at the East Rutherford track, posed with jockey Joe Bravo, an eight-time Big M champ, for a photo to mark the event.
"We were pleased to see the interest on the part of both the Thoroughbred and Standardbred horsemen," said Bruce Garland, senior executive vice president of racing for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. "The wagering was comparable to our first two races last week, which is pretty good, considering the early starting time (of 6:35 p.m.)"
In a wagering rarity, a Thoroughbred-Standardbred daily double was offered. The pool was $11,488, and the payoff for a $2 bet was $200. Total handle on the two Thoroughbred races was $338,376.