Day At The Track

Gural feud continues

11:01 PM 24 Jun 2016 NZST
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Jeff Gural
Jeff Gural

In a letter to the Vernon Downs harness racing horsemen Jeff Gural has hit out at the horsemen and Joe Faraldo for stoppnig his horses from competing at his own track.

Here is a copy of the letter;

21st June 2016

To Vernon Downs horsemen,

As you probably know, once again Joe Faraldo was able to kill legislation allowing me to race my horses at Vernon and Tioga in accordance with the harness racing contract.

You should be aware that the language in the contract specifically allows the horsemen to revoke this privilege in the event that they think it is being abused.

This is very unfair to me and to the three trainers that I employ who are stabled at Vernon and now have to ship my horses a minimum of two hours in order to race in overnights.

To be honest, I have been treated like shit by the horsemen at Vernon since I bought the place out of bankruptcy and I am going to give it one more try when the legislature reconvenes in January.

Since Vernon is no longer profitable, as a result of the opening of Yellow Brick Road by the Oneidas and will probably be even less profitable when Lago opens, it does not make sense for me to keep it open if I cannot at least race my horses there.

Hopefully you cab speak to Mr Papa and encourage him to tell Joe Faraldo to stop opposing the legislation.

If not, you will join me in not being able to race at Vernon as I do not intend to keep it open if it loses money and I cannot race.


Jeffrey Gural

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