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New Deal Appears to Save Racing at Monmouth Park

The latest information shows that the New Jersey Horsemen and Morris Bailey have come together with a new plan that will allow racing to continue at Monmouth Park in 2012. The Asbury Park Press posted a report on December 10th, at 9:28pm on app.com

New efforts are being made to save a deal to put state-owned Monmouth Park into the hands of private management, with tight deadlines looming over the parties...the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has since aligned with Bailey to make a new pitch to close the deal...James G. Aaron, an Ocean Township attorney and former board member of the New Jersey Racing Commission, said, “I can’t say when a deal is going to take place, but it will happen. The horsemen want it, and the governor is twisting every arm he can to get a deal. I think Gov. Christie wants a deal done because then he can say he did everything possible to save the industry.”

Let's keep our fingers crossed that this deal will work.

 

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I see that as of this morning Morris Bailey has pulled his line of credit out of the Monmouth lease which leaves the state three options close the track, have the NJ Sports Authoritynrun the track next year, or try and find another investor. Not looking good. For entire article go to standardbred owners of new jersey website.
Thanks for all the info., Buckpasser! I agree the bottom line is that there is way too much to lose, both politically and financially, for NJ and the Big Man!
If anyone wants to read exactly what is going in these deals and the legislation involved go to the Standardbred Owners of New Jersey website for their article on the matter. It lays out all the complexities of these two deals and why if goes down, the other track is collateral damage. Christie is trying to get this done ASAP because the Meadowlands will open in January
Also Gural is going forward with the Meadowlands deal, but if Monmouth went down there would be no simulcasting at Meadowlands or at the OTB in Bayonne which Gural is working on. If Monmouth was not saved because of the interconnections between the two deals both tracks close. Christie wants to run for president which why he is aligning himself with Atlantic City.
Thank goodness. I think Christie now realizes that he can not let Meadowlands and Monmouth go down. Also the referendum to allow sports betting happened and the legislation to change the federal law is going forward. Also Ron Dancer, Stanley Dancers son is introducing a bill to allow slots at the tracks. Christie is changing his mind as are the Atlantic City reps because Of Ny slots since money is not coming down to nj
This could be great news for a great racetrack!
Christie might have changed his mind after seeing how well the slots are doing in NY
Christie might have changed his mind after seeing how well the slots are doing in NY

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In the 70’s I was another one of those kids that went to the track with their fathers, and I immediately became enthralled with the excitement and challenges of handicapping.  And then the charisma and dominance of Secretariat gave me a hero to follow. To this day, I still get emotional when I hear Chic Anderson’s call of the 1973 Belmont, “Secretariat is moving like a tremendous machine”.

 
There have been many great horses run at the shore. In 1976 I watched Majestic Light win the Monmouth Invitational, now the Haskell, in track record time, defeating Honest Pleasure, the big favorite who was in from New York.  This was one of my first big wins at the track.
 
In the 80’s, as a disciple of Andy Beyer, I made my own speed figures because they were not available to the public. Needless to say I visited Monmouth frequently to test out the “figs”.
 
The 90’s allowed me to learn about the backstretch as a part owner of a few claimers that were stabled at Philadelphia Park.  Not a typical owner, I mucked stalls, cooled out the horses, and watched morning works.  Also, I met my wife and discovered that her grandfather bred, owned, and raced thoroughbreds on the West Virginia, Maryland circuit.  Today our office is decorated with winner’s circle pictures and a vast collection of Kentucky Derby glasses.
 
Today’s electronic age makes it so easy to gather information about racing.  I hope you use this blog to learn about Racing at the Jersey Shore.
 

 

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