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Brennan to stay at Yonkers through 2010

November 18, 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.

“Knowing that with the fall meet, the purses could not even remotely match the Yonkers purses, so I just decided to stay there until the end of the year. I hope something positive happens back at the Meadowlands so I can go back there," said Brennan. "Nothing against Yonkers because I also like Yonkers a whole lot, but the Meadowlands is my home track. I like a mile track and I just love the Meadowlands, which is where it’s at.”
The year 2010 has been a career one for Brennan, who is closing in on the 600-win plateau. He currently ranks fourth on the North American win list with 573 victories and he also stands second on the earnings list, with his nearly $12 million in purses almost $3 million more than he ever before amassed in a single year.

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.”

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