Racing Reporter Crosses Over to the Meadowlands

Former Daily News staffer Dave Little starts this weekend.

For a time, Dave Little’s horse racing column in the New York Daily News was titled “Play a Little.” Perhaps his new place of employ can make use of “Bet a Little.”

After exiting the paper last fall, reporter-editor Little starts this weekend as the new morning-line oddsmaker and track handicapper at New Jersey’s Meadowlands race track. From the announcement:

“I enjoyed my many years in the newspaper industry, but was looking for a change,” said Little. “To get the chance to work at the Meadowlands, and take on the challenge that comes with morning-line oddsmaking, is something I am looking forward to.”

Noted Meadowlands CEO and GM Jason M. Settlemoir: “Adding a talent at the Meadowlands the likes of Dave Little is a huge benefit. Dave has been around harness racing forever and adding his level of expertise will only enhance our already strong racing product.”

Little’s years with the Daily News date all the way back to the 1990s. Here’s how he set the scene in a Jan. 20, 1995 column titled “Milestone for Moiseyev:”

Everything looked routine. Jack Moiseyev guiding a 3-5 shot to a safe win in a race at the Meadowlands. But when he guided For the Children to a decisive score during Wednesday night’s third leg of the Trendsetter Series, Moiseyev had accomplished something special. He became the eighth driver in the history of the sport to reach the 6,000-win plateau. What made his feat even more impressive was that he is the second youngest of the eight to reach the milestone. Moiseyev is 34. Walter Case Jr. was 31 when he did it. “My grandfather Max is 93 years old,” Moiseyev said, “and has been an owner for a long time. My dad is around 60 and still training. He had a big stable at Freehold in the late ’70s and I drove for the first time when I was 17. I then drove regularly when I was 19 or 20.”

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