Brennan to stay at Yonkers through 2010
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Driver George Brennan won his first-ever Meadowlands dash title in 2010, but the 43 year old has been conspicuous by his absence at the New Jersey track since its fall meet opened Oct. 23. Instead of regularly driving on the Friday-Saturday cards at the Big M, Brennan has opted to compete across the Hudson River at Yonkers Raceway, a track where he stands third in both wins (275) and purse earnings ($4.6 million) in 2010, behind only Jason Bartlett and Cat Manzi, who rank one-two in both categories, respectively.
“I know, it’s a shame,” Brennan told harnessracing.com when asked his thoughts about not competing at the Meadowlands as the reigning driving champion.
Brennan said because of the current state of uncertainty surrounding the future of the Meadowlands, as well as taking a look at the current purse structures at the two tracks, he decided to base himself right now in New York.
In June Brennan reached the 6,000-win mark for his career and a few weeks later he surpassed the $100-million mark in lifetime earnings. Brennan, who stepped into the sulky for an injured John Campbell in 2006 to complete the Trotting Triple Crown with a win with Glidemaster in the Yonkers Trot, notched his second Triple Crown victory this year when he scored with Wishing Stone in the Kentucky Futurity.
“The Meadowlands driving title was great, to go over 6,000 wins and go over $100 million, there were a lot of milestones this year,” he said. “The Futurity was a great win; there were a lot of great wins.”