Harness Racing

Private Eye hired at The Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - In an effort to upgrade the racing integrity at his racetracks, Jeff Gural has engaged a private investigator.

The private investigator will cover the three tracks that Gural owns, Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs.

"It has always been one of my top priorities to provide a racing product whose integrity the betting public can be proud of," Gural said in a statement. "I feel that this step is a significant one in achieving that goal at The Meadowlands Racetrack as well as Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. I look forward to working with our field investigator to support the world class, integrity driven racing product the betting public wants and deserves."

Under Gural's application to operate The Meadowlands, horsemen and trainers must allow Meadowlands Racetrack officers, agents or representatives unobstructed access to their facilities.

"Our goal is to provide an integrity driven racing product at the three tracks as we continue to ensure the health and welfare of our equine athletes both on and off the track," Gural continued in the statement. "I am personally disappointed that so far we have not been able to come up with a program where a small portion of slots money is used for testing and marketing purposes, so I will make this important first step, as for me anything less than a level playing field is unacceptable. Anyone who feels as I do and who would be interested in sharing the cost of this new integrity program at the Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs, should contact Jason M. Settlemoir."

11/29 11:39:25 ET