Jim Edwards, state steward for the New Jersey Racing Commission at Monmouth Park, the Meadowlands, and Atlantic City Race Course since 2004, has been appointed as The Jockey Club steward at the NYRA tracks.
Legislation designed to encourage Atlantic City casinos to offer full-card simulcasts -- or at least protect them at the one casino that still offers wagering on horse races -- was signed into law April 27.
The group that operates Monmouth Park has reached out to the owner of Atlantic City Race Course to discuss leasing or purchasing the facility in southern New Jersey.
Atlantic City Race Course, which was coming off one of its better meets last year and was awarded 2015 dates, will shut down Jan. 16, owner Greenwood ACRA said Jan. 9.
The 2015 Thoroughbred racing season in New Jersey will again begin at Atlantic City Race Course, according to schedules approved Nov. 20 by the New Jersey Racing Commission.
Penn National Gaming Inc. will open a new off-track wagering facility in southern New Jersey July 2. It will be the fifth OTW facility in New Jersey.
Atlantic City Race Course registered an 11.69% increase in average daily pari-mutuel handle during its rain-shortened meet from April 24-29.
Atlantic City Race Course begins its short all-turf racing season April 24 with the customary full fields in six races.
An agenda for the Jan. 15 New Jersey Racing Commission meeting lists the following item for discussion and information: a shutdown of four Atlantic City casino race books.
Though New Jersey Thoroughbred racing has a long way to go from a financial perspective, some racetrack operators and horsemen's representatives appear bullish on the future.
Three New Jersey racetracks will receive the largest share of almost $1 million accrued in the Casino Simulcasting Special Fund in 2012.
Thoroughbred racing dates in New Jersey in 2014 will resemble those awarded for this year, with one shift in the schedule: Monmouth will race 57 days and shift four to New Meadowlands to make for a 14-night all-turf meet.
The 2013 Thoroughbred racing season in New Jersey begins April 25 with the first of six days of all-turf racing at Atlantic City Race Course, which officials said has been upgraded a bit in response to requests from patrons.
There will be 77 Thoroughbred racing dates for 2013 under a schedule approved by the New Jersey Racing Commission Nov. 14. The dates were approved pending a review of the minutes of the meeting by Gov. Chris Christie.
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Atlantic City Race Course wrapped up its six-day turf meet with large crowds and what was said to be the largest crowd at the New Jersey track in 25 years.
Atlantic City Race Course will begin the live Thoroughbred racing season in New Jersey April 27 with the usual full fields for its all-turf program.
Monmouth Park, expected to be under lease to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, proposes to begin its live meet May 12 and offer 75 days of racing, 10 of them all-turf programs at Meadowlands.
A bill authorizing small offtrack betting operations in bars and restaurants, and another measure giving Atlantic City Race Course a larger chunk of revenue from casino race books, passed New Jersey legislative committees.
Though the specifics of the Monmouth Park racing schedule for 2012 are undecided, Atlantic City Race Course will offer the customary six days of all turf racing this spring.
Atlantic City Race Course, which held its six-day Turf Festival of live racing earlier this year but is open year-round for full-card simulcasts, will pass another milestone July 22 when it celebrates its 65th anniversary.
The New Jersey Racing Commission, in what could end up being nothing more than a symbolic gesture, has divvied up $15 million in casino money that would be used for purses in 2012 should Gov. Chris Christie approve.
Atlantic City Race Course announced that 9,822 fans attended its live race program May 1, the track's biggest attendance in more than 10 years.
Eldaafer, winner of the 2010 Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. III), was entered in a $27,000 starter allowance race Saturday, April 30 at Atlantic City Race Course.
A racetrack whose obituary was written more than 10 years ago finds itself in the odd situation of being the most stable track in New Jersey -- for now at least -- as it prepares to open its 65th season April 28.
The muddled picture of New Jersey racing may become somewhat clearer March 18 when the New Jersey Racing Commission considers a request from the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to amend its request for dates.
New Jersey's racing schedule currently consists of six dates at Atlantic City Race Course, but the president of the state's horsemen's group called any discussion of Monmouth Park not running a meet this year premature.
A public-private partnership could lead to redevelopment of Atlantic City Race Course but would include upgrades to the circa-1946 facility and continuation--if not expansion--of live racing at the New Jersey track.
The New Jersey Racing Commission Dec. 22 awarded full racing dates for 2011 and also licensed four off-track wagering facilities for the coming year.
Racing dates for 2011 in New Jersey were awarded Nov. 10 even though they are expected to change under legislation that could be approved by the end of this year.
- By Tom LaMarra
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Atlantic City Race Course is again making a pitch to expand its racing days but says it needs several million dollars a year in additional purse money.
Atlantic City Race Course ended its six-day meet April 24 with encouraging gains in a critical year for Thoroughbred racing in New Jersey.
Thoroughbred breeders and owners in New Jersey hope a new summer format at Monmouth Park is successful, but they also are concerned about whether it will have a long-term positive effect.
A battle over purse supplements for a New Jersey harness track that dates back to 2008 was resolved with the Feb. 6 announcement that purses at Freehold Raceway will increase by almost $5 million over the next year.
A transition committee has submitted a report that recommends statewide consolidation of the New Jersey horse racing industry, shorter Thoroughbred meets at Monmouth Park, and the opening of more off-track betting parlors.
The New Jersey Racing Commission has awarded 2010 racing dates that closely resemble those of this year.
The New Jersey racing scene shifts to Monmouth Park May 9 after kicking off with a six-day Atlantic City Race Course meet at which total handle quadrupled.
The New Jersey Racing Commission granted 2009 racing dates Nov. 19 for Atlantic City Race Course and Freehold Raceway, two tracks that have been involved in conflicts tied to casino-paid purse supplements.
An ugly dispute over purse supplements for a New Jersey harness track could have long-term ramifications as officials devise a plan for the future of horse racing in the Garden State, and it also sheds light on the complications that can arise when racing and gaming are linked.
Issues surrounding a $90-million purse subsidy from Atlantic City casinos continue to plague the New Jersey horseracing industry.
- By Esther Marr
Atlantic City Race Course, which opened April 23 for six days of all-turf racing, will not send out the simulcast signal of its live meet due to a disagreement with the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.
New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine signed legislation April 11 that allows a $90-million purse supplement for New Jersey racetracks to move forward. Now, the racing industry must decide how the money will be divvied up for purses at perhaps four racetracks.
Officials at Atlantic City Race Course said April 2 there are no plans to close the storied New Jersey track, which will continue to offer live Thoroughbred racing and longer meets if it receives a share of a $90-million purse supplement from the state's casinos.
As Atlantic City Race Course prepares for a six-day all-turf meet, from April 23-25 and April 30-May 2, many observers believe it will be the last hurrah for the New Jersey track that opened in 1946.
The New Jersey legislature has approved a deal whereby Atlantic City casinos will pay the horseracing and breeding industry $90 million over three years in return for a guarantee the tracks won't pursue video lottery terminals during the period.
A plan to help New Jersey's struggling horse racing industry while protecting casinos from video gambling machines at racetracks has cleared a hurdle in the state legislature.
With more dates in 2008 and, at this point, no purse subsidy from the state, New Jersey racing is at the crossroads again.
Harold G. "Hal" Handel, chief executive officer for Greenwood Racing, Inc. since 1998, has left his day-to-day duties at Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack and assumed responsibility for Greenwood's New Jersey operations, which include the revitalization of Atlantic City Race Course.
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