Mike Fagliarone, a former horseman and veteran trackman, has joined the track operations management team at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Fagliarone was assistant manager of Gaitway Farms, a Standardbred training facility located in Englishtown, N.J., where he oversaw the maintenance of the track surface for 15 years. Previously, Fagliarone was a professional driver and trainer of Standardbred racehorses. Fagliarone, a resident of Freehold, N.J., will share the title of track operations supervisor with Dave Ryder, who has been with the track maintenance department since 1977.
John Chevalier has been named Meadowland's assistant vice president for properties and track. Chevalier, who has been with the Meadowlands since 1976, previously held the title of director of properties. Chevalier will oversee the day-to-day operations of the track maintenance department, in addition to the backstretch and site areas. The new appointments were brought about by the retirements of track superintendent Bob Ashelman and track operations supervisor Charles Marthinson Oct. 1. Both Ashelman and Marthinson had been with the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority for more than 20 years. Chevalier and the Meadowlands' track maintenance department recently completed the installation of a new racing surface for the 2005 Thoroughbred meet.