outside of new york and its nearby states..is there any interest in racing at yonkers on a national scale...such as that offered by the big m?
Stride, In all fairness not too long ago, Yonkers was the #2 track and by that I mean since Roosevelt closed. Yonkers took over all the Roosevelt dates and a respectable part of their stakes races like the International, the Messenger, the Levy and their sire stakes races. Yonkers was racing eight ten race cards a week with a Tuesday doubleheader. During the summer stakes seasons it was routine for the top drivers to helicopter back and forth between Yonkers and The Big M.
In no special order, NY politics, OTB, The Big M and Yonkers themselves killed Yonkers. Slowly, eight cards a week dwindled down to three when they closed for construction. The $50,000 Opens were down to about $10-$15,000. The International trot was stopped, the Cane Pace and Messenger moved. Crowds of thousands were down to dozens.
If Yonkers gets the money from slots that they expect and the Rooneys do have a true commitment to racing that is needed, Yonkers can and should become a national player again but that is years away.
Can they rival or beat The Big M? Of course they can. The Big M beat Roosevelt and Roosevelt was the Taj Mahal. It comes down to politicians, track management and who does a bad job at the wrong time.
The success of Yonkers will dictate The Big M's next move. Will they work a deal with the AC casinos to add slots or even table games. They are already going to add a huge shopping mall to the Meadowlands Complex. I think there is a lot yet to be played out.