Linda Dougherty

  • Delaware Park Ties Bonuses to Field Size

    Even with daily average purses of $260,000, Delaware Park has often found it difficult this year to fill races, or often had races that filled but were decimated by scratches. So the track devised a bonus scheme based on the size of race fields.

  • SEC Targets Former Owner of Garden State Park

    International Thoroughbred Breeders, which sold Garden State Park in New Jersey to a real estate development company in November for $30 million, is bracing for a civil action and a probe of "certain current and former officers" by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Absolute Auction Set for Garden State Park

    "You've read racing history...perhaps you've seen racing history...now you can own a part of America's finest horse racing history!" reads the brochure that is being distributed by Ken Geyer Auctioneers. The auction<br>will begin June 22 at 6 p.m. and run through June 26.

  • With Garden Gone, Bettors Play Waiting Game

    Now that live racing and simulcasting has ended permanently at Garden State Park, Pennwood Racing, which owns nearly 10 acres of land at the site, must wait for off-track betting legislation to pass in New Jersey, and gain regulatory approval from Cherry Hill Township, before it begins construction on a planned off-track wagering parlor.

  • Atlantic City: Don't Count on Extended 2002 Meet

    Despite talk to the contrary, Atlantic City Race Course, which will conclude its 10-day, all-turf meet Tuesday afternoon, doesn't plan a longer meet for 2002, track president and general manager James Murphy said. In addition, talk of an imminent sale is just a rumor.

  • Purse Supplements of $18 Million a Go in Jersey

    New Jersey acting Gov. Donald DiFrancesco signed into law Tuesday<br>a bill to allocate $18 million to the state's racing industry from the general fund. Of that amount, $11.7 million will go to boost Thoroughbred purses, and $6.3 million will go toward Standardbred purses.

  • Jersey Purse Supplements Await Signature

    A bill that would pump $11.7 million into the New Jersey Thoroughbred racing industry passed the state Assembly Thursday by a vote of 70-3 and has gone to ccting Gov. Donald DiFrancesco's desk to be signed into law. The money would be used for purses at Monmouth Park and Meadowlands this year.

  • Delaware Park: Improvements, Newcomers, and ... Money

    New faces and capital improvements will be evident at Delaware Park when the Stanton racetrack kicks off its 140-day meet April 7. Lured by $38.5 million in stakes and overnight purses for a daily average of $260,000, trainer D. Wayne Lukas will send 40 horses to Delaware Park for the first time, while Northern California trainers Lonnie Arteburn and Brent Sumja will also make their first trip. Each trainer will be represented by 30 horses.

  • Jersey Purse Supplements Considered by Committee

    Lawmakers in New Jersey were to consider a bill Monday that would give<br>the horse racing industry an $18-million purse boost this year. The Senate Budget and Appropriations committee is expected to pass the<br>measure, according to Barbara DeMarco Reiche, lobbyist for the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.

  • Bill To Aid Jersey Racing Approved by Senate Panel

    A bill that would give $18 million to New Jersey's racing industry for purses this year unanimously passed a state Senate committee today. The bill appropriates $11.7 million to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and $6.3 million to the New Jersey Standardbred Breeders and Owners' Association.

  • Purses, Account Wagering Bills on Track in New Jersey

    A bill which would appropriate $18 million to purses at New Jersey racetracks is scheduled to go before a Senate committee on Thursday, where it is expected to pass, according to a Barbara DeMarco-Reiche, lobbyist for the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, Inc. The monies would boost purses at the upcoming Monmouth Park meet, as well as the fall Meadowlands meet, to nearly $300,000 per day.

  • Philly Park Hikes Pennsylvania Derby Purse By 66%

    Officials at Philadelphia Park announced Monday that the purse for its marquee event, the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. III), would be increased from $300,000 to $500,000 for its 23rd renewal, set for Labor Day, September 3. The purse boost makes the 1-1/8 mile Pennsylvania Derby the richest race in the history of Pennsylvania horse racing.

  • Pennsylvania to Have State-Bred Stakes Day

    The racing program on June 2 at Philadelphia Park will be devoted to Pennsylvania-breds. The afternoon will feature five $50,000 stakes, a $30,000 stakes, and four starter handicap events. The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association hopes the program lays the groundwork for even bigger state-bred days in coming years.

  • Jersey Legislation Said to be in Pipeline

    Racetracks and Thoroughbred horsemen in New Jersey have been battling for more than a year over details in legislation that would authorize account and off-track wagering in New Jersey. Apparently, there has been a meeting of the minds, and if so, a bill could be passed by this spring. Protection of live racing dates is among the major issues.

  • Veteran Racing Official Don Levine Dies

    Don Levine, 72, the chief state steward at Philadelphia Park, died on Saturday at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia after a long illness. Levine had last officiated at the Bensalem, Pa. oval on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

  • Garden State Park Reapplies For 13 Dates in 2001

    Garden State Park has reapplied to the New Jersey Racing Commission for 13 Thoroughbred racing dates in 2001, two weeks after its initial application for a six-day stand was rejected at the NJRC's November 21 meeting in Trenton.

  • Lengthy Meeting Yields No Compromise in Jersey

    After an eight-hour meeting in the Trenton offices of the N. J. Racing Commission Wednesday, no real progress was made towards the resolution of several issues that have divided horsemen and track operators concerning future legislation that could bring off-track and account wagering to New Jersey.

  • James Murphy, Atlantic City president, said track had filed an amended request for 10 race dates in 2001.

    Atlantic City Submits Revised Dates Request to Jersey Commission

    Moving quickly after the New Jersey Racing Commission rejected its original application for an eight-day stand, Atlantic City Racecourse re-applied Wednesday for ten 2001 dates, according to track president James J. Murphy. In the unprecedented and unexpected move Tuesday, the commission also rejected the 2001 dates application of Atlantic City Racecourse, but did approve the dates of the two New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority racetracks, Monmouth Park and Meadowlands.

  • Jersey Commission Meeting Could Be Contentious

    Tuesday's meeting of the New Jersey Racing Commission in Trenton, at which the 2001 dates requests of state racetracks will be considered, is expected to be well-attended and perhaps contentious, according to Barbara DeMarco-Reiche, lobbyist for the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.

  • Philly Park Stall Requests Exceed Supply

    With Meadowlands set to close its barn area with the conclusion of its meet on November 18, thus eliminating winter racetrack stabling for New Jersey-based outfits, and Delaware Park about to conclude its 148-day season, the racing office at Philadelphia Park has been inundated with stall applications, of which it can only accommodate a small fraction.

  • No Plans to Close Monmouth Stable Area Early

    Robert J. Kulina, vice president of Thoroughbred racing for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, said a recent report that the NJSEA was intending to close the Monmouth Park stable area Sept. 22--a week earlier than planned--was false.