- David Grening in the Form reports that the main track at Aqueduct needs repairs that NYRA can't afford.
"Without that [slot] revenue stream here, we are in Chapter 11 protection, and he's [track superintendent John Passero] talking about overhauling the track," [Bill] Nader said. "Right now, it's up to him and his staff to really keep the track in the best possible condition and hope we don't get hit with 3 1/2 inches of rain."Think things are gettin a little tense there? Racing was cancelled on Thursday after a day-long rain the day before that caused problems that Passero attributed to the cushion, and that would cost $3 million to replace. Perhaps the state can give it to them out of the $9 million they got from Yonkers for being serial polluters.
The racing at Old Hilltop, which was supposed to start on Nov 4, and then Nov 11; but a check of the USTA website shows only a 4 horse qualifer scheduled for Friday. Perhaps that's a dry run in preparation to finally resume the racing that is required by law.
Jerry Bossert of the NY Daily News says that NYRA needs money for a new roof at the Big A too. There were more garbage cans collecting water than there were fans at the track. For the record, that would mean that there were at least 1,239 garbage cans.