Linda Dougherty

Pennsylvania Track Plan Could Draw Opposition

The former president of Pocono Downs has a plan to bring Standardbred racing back to the Delaware Valley, but some view his proposal as an attempt to cash in on slot machines should the Pennsylvania legislature approve such a measure.

Greenwood, Centaur Suitors for Maryland Track

At its general membership meeting Aug. 13, the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association discussed two unsolicited proposals for the purchase of Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland from two racing corporations, one of which is Greenwood Racing. But the harness track apparently isn't for sale.

Racetrack Slots Seem Good Bet in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania horsemen and racetracks may eventually be the beneficiaries of slot-machine revenue given the fact all three candidates in the state's race for governor have indicated to various degrees that they support alternative gambling.

Jersey Horsemen Close to Reaching Agreement

After nearly 20 hours of negotiations over the past several days, New Jersey's Thoroughbred horsemen are close to striking a deal with racetrack officials and with representatives of the standardbred industry on a multi-issue package which includes dates, simulcasting revenue splits, and purses.

Jersey Governor Proposes to Cut Authority's Subsidy

New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey presented his 2003 budget in a March 26 speech before state legislators, and among his cost-cutting proposals is a reduction in the operating subsidy for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which oversees Monmouth Park and Meadowlands, by more than half.

Greenwood Exec Gagliano Headed to Magna

Jim Gagliano, executive vice president and general manager at Philadelphia Park, will leave that post Feb. 22 to take a job with Magna Entertainment. Gagliano will head Magna's off-track betting operations.

Jersey Carnage: Supplement Gone, Dates in Jeopardy

An expected purse supplement of $6 million for the New Jersey horse racing industry from the state legislature won't be forthcoming as expected, Gov. Jim McGreevey said Feb. 12. That has raised the question as to whether Monmouth Park and Meadowlands can support even 120 days of Thoroughbred racing, 21 less than required by law.

Jersey Senator 'Disappointed' With Commission Action

New Jersey Sen. Martha Bark, who was the co-sponsor of the bill that eventually was signed into law as the Off-Track and Phone Wagering Act, said she is "tremendously disappointed" that the state racing commission reduced the number of live Thoroughbred dates at Monmouth Park and Meadowlands this year from 141 as mandated in the law to 120.

Faced With State Cuts, New Jersey Reduces Live Race Dates

Although 141 dates for Thoroughbred racing in 2002 were approved by the New Jersey Racing Commission in December, the fact that a purse supplement from the legislature had been severely reduced and, in fact, may be eliminated from the state budget forced the commission to reduce the dates allocation to 120.

Jersey Purse Supplements Go Down to Wire

The New Jersey Assembly tabled a bill Thursday that would have provided $18.2 million to the horse racing industry, including $11.7 million for the Thoroughbred industry. The measure, which passed the Senate and two Assembly subcommittees in December, is expected to come up for a vote Monday, the final day of the session.

Millionaire Jostle Back in Training

Multiple grade 1-winner and millionaire Jostle, who was purchased by Pete Whittman at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale for $1.7 million, has been placed back in training at Churchill Downs under Elliott Walden's care.

New Jersey Racing Schedule in Turmoil Again

A deal thought to have been struck between horsemen and racetrack management for 2002-2003 racing dates in the Garden State fell apart Dec. 20 during a sometimes-contentious New Jersey Racing Commission meeting. One racing official said the "climate of pettiness" is threatening live racing in the state.

Horsemen Pay Last Respects to Camac

Trainer Bob Camac and his wife Maryann, who were slain Dec. 6 at their farm in Oldmans Township, N. J., were laid to rest in New Castle, De. after a memorial service at Trinity United Methodist Church in Pennsville, N. J. Friday. The couple, who had been married 31 years, were paid their last respects by a gathering of more than 500 people, including trainers, jockeys, owners, jockey agents and racetrack management.

Suspect in Camac Case moved to Psychiatric Facility

Wade M. Russell, who is accused in the slaying of his stepfather, trainer Bob Camac, and his mother, Maryann Camac, at their farm in Oldmans Township, N. J. last Thursday, was moved from the Salem County Correctional Facility to a the Ann Kline Forensic Psychiatric Facility in West Trenton Wednesday.

Horsemen: Deal Struck on Jersey Racing Dates

After more than a week of meetings, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association have reached a compromise on 2002 racing dates, a horsemen's representative said Tuesday.

Report: Man Charged in Camac's Death Threatens Suicide

The man accused of killing trainer Bob Camac and his wife at their Salem County, N. J. farm last Thursday was being evaluated as to whether he should be transferred from the county jail to a mental health facility after authorities said he was threatening to kill himself, it was reported Tuesday by Today's Sunbeam, a local newspaper.

Police Probe Possible Double Homicide at Jersey Horse Farm

A man and a woman were found dead at Camac Thoroughbred Horse Farm, owned by trainer Robert Camac, in rural Salem County, N. J. early Thursday, and while State Police haven't positively identified the bodies, a spokesman for the Salem County prosecutor's office said that both victims lived there, and were found on the rear porch of the farmhouse.  Camac, 61, didn't show up at Barn 13 at Philadelphia Park Thursday, leading to strong speculation that the two victims were indeed he and his wife, Maryann.

Philly Park Now Offers Internet Betting

Customers of the Philadelphia Park Phonebet system can now use the Internet to make wagers. Greenwood Racing, which owns the Pennsylvania racetrack, has unveiled "Phonebet.com," a Web site for computerized betting. Users can watch live odds, the live race feed, and make bets simply by using their mouse.

Mid-Atlantic Horsmen Scramble For Stalls

The next few weeks will be critical for many Mid-Atlantic horsemen as they seek to secure racetrack stabling for the winter. In New Jersey, The Meadowlands concludes its meet Nov. 10 and plans to close its backstretch on Nov. 22, leaving no stabling in the state, while Delaware Park ends on Nov. 4 and will close its backstretch one month later. In addition, the Maryland Jockey Club intends to close Pimlico for the winter, while Hialeah's backstretch also will be closed. That leaves few options for horsemen that don't have the stock to race in New York or at Gulfstream Park.

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