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11 Meadowlands drivers sign letter of support

May 24, 2011
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Ten horsemen who drive regularly at the Meadowlands have written an open letter to the harness racing community thanking Jeff Gural and others for their work to secure the future of harness racing at the Meadowlands, and pledging their participation at the track. The letter follows:
 
Dear Members of the Harness Racing Community:
We wanted to express our appreciation to Governor Christie, his staff, Dennis Robinson, his staff at the NJSEA, along with Jeff Gural, Mike Gulotta, Tom Luchento, Leo McNamara and their support team for working together to prevent the closure of the Meadowlands.
 
A strong Meadowlands Racetrack is vital to the long-term stability and prosperity of the entire harness racing industry and we are committed to helping the new ownership group make this exciting new endeavor a success.
 
Although purses may be slightly higher elsewhere, we want to make it clear that the Meadowlands has been our home and will continue to be our home base on a nightly basis while plans progress to build a new grandstand and to find ways to attract new and younger fans to our great sport.
 
Jeff has made it clear that when asked by owners and trainers to appear at other tracks to drive in their major stakes, we are encouraged to do so.  He believes by everyone in the industry working together to support each other in showcasing our best horses and drivers we can all benefit.
 
We recognize the major financial commitment that Jeff and his partners are making to revitalize the Meadowlands and are pleased to offer our support and hope others will follow.  A strong Meadowlands is good for everyone.
 
Thank you.
John Campbell
Brian Sears
Tim Tetrick
Andy Miller
Ron Pierce
David Miller
Mike Lachance
Jim Meittinis
Simon Allard
Steve Smith
Yannick Gingras
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