From NorthJersey.com, another sobering look at thoroughbred horse betting today:
On the TV screen above a row of betting windows, a horse named Phat Boy gallops in the mud of a faraway racetrack. Across the room, a man in a gray sweat shirt that proclaims "Elmwood Park Football" exhorts another horse on another TV screen in another part of America to "come on … come on … come on … aw … come … on."
This is what constitutes life now at The Meadowlands Racetrack — a daily mingling of a few hundred bettors who show up to gaze and sometimes shout at almost 100 TV screens with horse races from almost every corner of the nation. Beyond a wall of windows, the Meadowlands track is empty of horses or jockeys, as real racing takes a hiatus until May, then returning with a reduced schedule because of less revenue and fewer fans.
For the rest of the story: http://www.northjersey.com/sports/119582024_Racetrack_s_fading_away.html