The New Jersey Racing Commission Sept. 17 approved regulations to conduct, for the first time, out of competition testing for EPO (Epogen) and TCO2 testing in Thoroughbred racehorses competing at the four New Jersey racetracks.
Final preparations for the Oct. 26-27 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Monmouth Park are under way.
It appears as though Viva Pataca will not become the first Hong Kong-based runner to compete in the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Smokey Stover, one of the top-rated sprinters in the country, will test his affinity for the Monmouth Park racing strip, site of the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), when he faces four foes in the $100,000 Icecapade Stakes Sept. 1.
Officials at Monmouth Park said Aug. 28 that "due to great demand," additional tickets are available for the Saturday, Oct. 27, Breeders' Cup World Championships.
A $3.4-million stakes schedule, highlighted by the $500,000 Meadowlands Breeders' Cup (gr. II) on Oct. 5, will be offered during Meadowlands' 41-date Thoroughbred meet that begins Sept. 3.
Hal Handel, a longtime executive with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and Greenwood Racing, is the new executive vice president and COO of the New York Racing Association.
Master Command may have been at a level over his head when he ran a well-beaten sixth in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs June 16. If that was the case, the 5-year-old son of A.P. Indy looks to be on the opposite end of the spectrum for the $300,000 Philip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Monmouth Park Aug. 18.
- By Dan Liebman
To help ensure the proper design and execution of temporary facilities such as bleachers, tents, mutuels, and concessions, Monmouth Park hired the well-known firm HOK Sport, which in turn also brought onboard M Group Scenic Studios, to prepare for the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Under a confident ride from Garrett Gomez, Any Given Saturday moved past pace-setting Cable Boy, then caught Hard Spun in mid-stretch and pulled away for a decisive 4 1/2-length victory in the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.
Atoned, a $165,000 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. 2-year-old sale purchase owned by Cot Campbell's Dogwood Stable, became the first winner for sire Repent when he won a maiden special weight test at Monmouth Park Aug. 3.
In separate incidents, two horses fell during the running of the second race at Monmouth Park Aug. 3. One jockey was injured, and a horse was euthanized.
TVG will offer exclusive, live on-site coverage of the $1-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park Aug. 5.
A field of seven is shaping up for the $1-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park Aug. 5. The race, presented by Vonage, is for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles.
The 10-cent superfectas that have become popular at North American racetracks will make their Breeders' Cup World Championships debut at Monmouth Park Oct. 26-27.
The economic impact of Monmouth Park hosting the Oct. 26-27 Breeders' Cup World Championships is estimated to be $57.6 million, according to a study released by the Center for Urban Policy Research at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.
Though Breeders' Cup this year will add a second championship day of racing, post positions for all 11 Breeders' Cup World Championships races will be drawn on one day.
Ticket applications for the 2007 Breeders' Cup World Championships must be received at Monmouth Park by June 6 to be included in a random drawing that will determine the order in which tickets applications will be processed.
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.
TVG has partnered with Comcast Cable to make the network available to its digital cable subscribers throughout New Jersey.
TVG has reached agreement with Comcast Cable to make the network available to its digital cable subscribers throughout New Jersey, it was announced May 17.
Monmouth Park, home of this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships, begins its live racing season Saturday with top local sprinters squaring off in the Decathlon Stakes.
TVG announced that it will welcome its newest exclusive racetrack partner, Monmouth Park, with live on-track coverage of the 2007 racing season's opening weekend from the Jersey Shore racetrack.
Multiple graded stakes winner Wild Gams has been named New Jersey-bred Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly for 2006. Bred and owned by New Farm, the daughter of Forest Wildcat is trained by Ben Perkins, Jr.
Off-track wagering in New Jersey will officially launch March 30 when "Favorites in Vineland" opens it doors.
Discontinuation of the New Jersey Futurity, which dates to 1946, is symptomatic of problems in the state's racing and breeding industry.
A Standardbred horsemen's group in New Jersey said it has dropped a lawsuit against the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and TVG after the parties resolved their differences regarding interstate wagering on Meadowlands harness races.
Headed by the $1-million Haskell Invitational presented by Vonage (gr. I) Aug. 5, Monmouth Park will offer $4.4 million in stakes for the 2007 meet that includes the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Trainer Robert J. Durso passed away at his home in Hallandale, Fla., on Wednesday morning following a short illness. The trainer of multiple graded winner Frisk Me Now was 68 years old.
The head of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which operates Monmouth Park and Meadowlands, plans to retire from the post after five years on the job.
Pennwood Racing plans to open the first off-track wagering facility in New Jersey in early March. The Turf Club on Delsea Drive is located in Vineland in the southern portion of the state.
Grey Goose Vodka has signed on as the name-in-title sponsor of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) under a multi-year agreement.
A judge has denied a request for a restraining order but granted a show-cause order in connection with a lawsuit filed by the Standardbred Owners and Breeders Association of New Jersey against the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and TVG.
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey has started legal action in connection with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority's contract awarding TVG exclusive rights to the harness signal from Meadowlands.
TVG will begin offering daily coverage of racing from the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as the premier harness meet at Meadowlands in New Jersey.
Six years after off-track wagering was legalized in New Jersey, the first OTW facility is set to open mid-February in Vineland, with two more to follow in mid to late 2007.
- By Tom LaMarra
Breeders' Cup officials visited Monmouth Park in New Jersey for a tour Nov. 28, but they said it wasn't because the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority-operated racetrack was in danger of losing the 2007 Breeders' Cup World Championships as published reports had suggested.
Atlantic City Racetrack, which has conducted only short, four-day meets in recent years, is poised to run a 20-day meet in 2008, as requested Nov.15 at a New Jersey Racing Commission meeting in Trenton, N.J.
Citing "significant decreases" in revenue from both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing in the last five years, as well as increased health insurance costs, president and chief executive officer George Zoffinger has recommended to the board of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority it reduce its workforce by up to 40 positions.
Though Breeders' Cup officials believe Churchill Downs is a premier host site for the World Championships, the rebuilt clubhouse at the Kentucky racetrack has created a problem providing quality seating for guests of Breeders' Cup.
The Breeders' Cup simulcast helped trigger a record day for New Jersey Account Wagering and increased wagering at both Meadowlands and Monmouth Park.
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Health has issued a quarantine at the Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Clinic in Ringoes, Hunterdon County, after a horse recovering from surgery there tested positive for the equine herpes virus.
Unbridled Jet, a grade II stakes-placed son of Unbridled, has been purchased by Jerry Sleeter for stallion duty at Sleeter Farms near Clementon, N.J.
Despite having to limit fields to horses stabled only at Monmouth Park due to four confirmed cases of the equine herpesvirus and a subsequent decline in total handle, New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority officials are planning to finish the meet at Meadowlands on Nov. 11 as scheduled.
Four Monmouth Park-based horses with fevers who had blood tested were determined to be positive for the respiratory version of Equine Herpes Virus, it was learned late Wednesday afternoon.
A suspected case of the equine herpesvirus in the stable area at Monmouth Park has forced the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which owns and operates the Oceanport track and Meadowlands in East Rutherford, to impose strict limitations on the shipment of horses.
Fastness is moving to Greenfields Farm in Colts Neck, N.J., for the 2007 season.
Monmouth Park closed out its 2006 racing season Sept. 24 with declines in handle and attendance while paying the highest purses in track history.
Representatives from every sector of New Jersey's horse industry, as well as politicians from nearly every portion of the state, came together Wednesday to explore issues and help find solutions for the future of the industry during the first "New Jersey Horse Industry Symposium" at Monmouth Park.
The New Jersey chapter of ReRun will host its fifth All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show Sept. 23 at the New Jersey Horse Park in Allentown, N.J.
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