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December 14, 1994 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
International Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc., the parent company of Garden State Park, has exercised its option to purchase Freehold (N.J.) Raceway. The option was taken last March when ITB chairman Bob Brennan announced a proposed mega-deal that included the purchase of the state's three other race tracks - the Meadowlands, Monmouth Park and Atlantic City. The proposed deal included casinos at Garden State Park and the Meadowlands. That mega-deal remains on indefinite hold. "We've notified the (New Jersey Racing)
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December 15, 1994 | By Alison Fitzgerald, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Robert E. Brennan, the controversial financier and self-annointed savior of the casino and racetrack industries in the state, has bought Freehold Raceway, the nation's oldest harness-racing track, for $23 million dollars. Brennan, who owns International Thoroughbred Breeders Inc., doesn't want to stop there. He says his offer to turn the Meadowlands Sports Complex into a gambling mecca that combines horse racing and floating casinos still stands. ITB, which owns Garden State Park, bought the options for Freehold and Atlantic City Racecourse in March as part of a "comprehensive casino gambling and racetrack rehabilitation plan for the entire state of New Jersey," Brennan said.
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February 21, 1991 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Saturday racing at Garden State Park will shift from nights to afternoons starting March 9, state officials said yesterday. The New Jersey State Horse Racing Commission approved the new hours by a 6-0 vote. Chairman Dennis Dowd abstained because of a conflict of interest; Dowd became president of Freehold Raceway in Freehold, N.J., earlier this week. The commission also gave Garden State permission to simulcast a series of major Saturday races from around the country.
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December 12, 1992 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Inclement weather forced the cancellation of racing cards at Philadelphia Park and at all three of New Jersey's operating race tracks. Track officals anticipate a resumption of racing at Philadelphia Park this afternoon, while Garden State Park will try to get in the final program of its harness racing season tonight. Garden State track president Arthur Winkler cited dangerous area road conditions, as well as concern over the safety of the racing oval, in ordering the closing at his venue.
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October 22, 1998 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
International Thoroughbred Breeders (ITB) Inc.'s board of directors met yesterday in Cherry Hill without deciding the fate of Freehold Raceway and Garden State Park. ITB weighed offers for the two tracks, including one from a subsidiary of Greenwood Racing Inc., the owners of rival Philadelphia Park. An ITB official said last night that it's unlikely anything will be determined before the November elections. The subsidiary, Greenwood New Jersey, reached an agreement with ITB on July 2 to purchase Freehold, a harness track in central New Jersey, for $45 million plus contingencies, and to lease Garden State in Cherry Hill for $100,000 annually.
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February 9, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
Philadelphia Park canceled yesterday's racing card because of the winter storm that dumped snow, sleet and freezing rain on the region. Racing is next scheduled for Friday. Garden State Park in Cherry Hill was not scheduled to race yesterday. The Meadowlands called off live racing and simulcasting last night because of the storm. The 11-race card was rescheduled for next Tuesday night. Freehold Raceway canceled yesterday's harness racing program. Racing also was canceled at Aqueduct, but a horse-virus watch continued, with no new cases of equine rhino-pneumonitis reported.
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May 31, 2007 | By Craig Donnelly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Hal Handel, chief executive officer at Philadelphia Park since 1998, began this week to oversee the company's holdings and interests in New Jersey. Joe Wilson, previously vice president of operations at the Bensalem track, will be chief operating officer at the track and its six off-track betting operations and phone-bet systems. Track president Bob Green said yesterday Handel's move was a case of "restructuring" to focus on the current development of off-track facilities, Atlantic City Race Course, Freehold Raceway, account wagering, and the possible future inclusion of slot machines at New Jersey's tracks.
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March 22, 1994 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
One year ago, International Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc., the parent company of Garden State Park, was set to sell the track and get out of the racing business. ITB eventually decided to keep the track and continue racing. Now, the Daily News has learned, ITB is ready to announce a megadeal that has the potential to give the company control of every race track in New Jersey. The details are unclear at this point and company officials were unavailable for comment yesterday. But, apparently, ITB is ready to take options to purchase the Meadowlands, Monmouth Park, Atlantic City Race Course and Freehold Raceway.
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March 22, 1986 | By Don Clippinger, Inquirer Staff Writer
Garden State Park officials said yesterday that they were ending weeknight simulcasts of harness races from Meadowlands Racetrack. Last night's card of live thoroughbred races and simultaneous harness simulcasts closed out the 1 1/2-week experiment. However, the Saturday-night harness simulcasts will continue at least through April 5, a spokesman said. The Cherry Hill track now is running its live thoroughbred cards on Saturday afternoon. Track officials will decide next week whether to extend the Saturday- afternoon live cards and the harness simulcasts on those evenings, the spokesman said.
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September 4, 1998 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Greenwood New Jersey Inc., which had reached an agreement to purchase Freehold Raceway and lease Garden State Park, has not yet closed on the deal, New Jersey officials said yesterday. Greenwood, a subsidiary of Greenwood Racing Inc., which operates Philadelphia Park and five off-track facilities in Pennsylvania, agreed in July to take control of the tracks in a $45 million deal with International Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. (ITB). According to details of the agreement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the closing could have taken place anytime between yesterday and Dec. 31. "We have not been notified of any closing," said Dan Hennigan, a spokesman for the New Jersey Bureau of Gaming Enforcement.
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January 19, 2013 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
Plans are under way to turn a former restaurant in Gloucester Township into New Jersey's fifth free-standing offtrack wagering operation. A lease was signed this week for the building at 1300 Blackwood-Clementon Rd. that had housed the Stone Grille, Chris McErlean, vice president of racing for Penn National Gaming Inc., said Thursday. The site, which would have a restaurant and bar, would be known as Favorites at Gloucester Township. It shares a name with three other OTWs now open in the state.
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February 27, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
A winter storm that rolled through the Northeast caused several sports events to be canceled or postponed. Live racing was canceled at Aqueduct Racetrack through today, when the facility will be open for simulcasting. Yonkers Raceway also was closed yesterday, although the harness track plans to resume racing tonight. Freehold Raceway and the Meadowlands in New Jersey canceled their harness racing cards for the second straight day. Simulcasting was also canceled at the Meadowlands.
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March 30, 2009 | FOR THE INQUIRER
Whitney Richards would be happy to find success on the racetrack similar to her achievements on the lacrosse field. So far, she's off to a good start. Richards, a 23-year-old harness-racing trainer from Southampton, Burlington County, got her first win Feb. 10 when Art's Coco triumphed by a neck at Yonkers Raceway at odds of 22-1. Two days later at Freehold Raceway, Richards won again, this time with DG's Grandslam by 10 lengths at odds of 20-1. Michael Marx Jr. drove both horses.
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May 31, 2007 | By Craig Donnelly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Hal Handel, chief executive officer at Philadelphia Park since 1998, began this week to oversee the company's holdings and interests in New Jersey. Joe Wilson, previously vice president of operations at the Bensalem track, will be chief operating officer at the track and its six off-track betting operations and phone-bet systems. Track president Bob Green said yesterday Handel's move was a case of "restructuring" to focus on the current development of off-track facilities, Atlantic City Race Course, Freehold Raceway, account wagering, and the possible future inclusion of slot machines at New Jersey's tracks.
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October 22, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Eric Musselman, in his first season as coach of the Sacramento Kings, was arrested on a drunken-driving charge early yesterday, hours after his team's exhibition win over the Utah Jazz. He was released at dawn without bail from Sacramento County Main Jail in California, the sheriff's department said. He was cited for misdemeanor driving under the influence. Musselman's Mercedes was pulled over at 2:15 a.m. about 1 1/2 miles from the state Capitol after his car was seen making a right turn from the left lane and cutting off another vehicle, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Evan Williams said.
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July 9, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Monmouth Park reopened at 11:30 a.m. yesterday after the New Jersey Legislature passed a $30.9 billion budget. The track in Oceanport, N.J., missed two days of live thoroughbred racing during the shutdown, while the Meadowlands Racetrack, which also is operated by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, lost four live harness-racing dates. The state's two other tracks, Freehold Raceway and Atlantic City Race Course, were not conducting live meets, but they lost revenue from simulcasting.
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July 2, 2006 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
A state appellate court judge in East Rutherford, N.J., issued an order last night that will allow thoroughbred and harness racing in the state to temporarily continue despite Gov. Corzine's executive order closing state government. Judge Stephen Skillman issued the temporary stay after hearing a motion filed by the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association. The state racing commission was told to file its response by 2:30 p.m. today, and the matter then will be considered by the full three-judge panel.
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April 4, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
New Jersey State Police have arrested four people, including a leading harness driver at Meadowlands Racetrack, and charged them with offenses ranging from drug possession to fixing races. The arrests followed an 18-month investigation into suspected illegal performance enhancement of race horses and came after searches Friday in Freehold, East Windsor and Millstone Township, state police said. Eric Ledford, 35, of Monroe Township, was arrested at the Meadowlands and charged with conspiracy to fix a race.
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September 9, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Stanley Dancer, a record-setting harness driver who was the king of the sport's marquee races, died yesterday at 78. He had been in declining health for several years and died at his home in Pompano Beach, Fla. In a career that spanned 50 years, Dancer was the only horseman - thoroughbred or standardbred - to drive and train three Triple Crown winners. He drove winners in 23 Triple Crown races, a record that held for 20 years. For his career, he won 3,781 races and had total earnings of more than $28 million.
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September 8, 2004 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
A horse trainer pleaded guilty yesterday in Mount Holly, N.J., in a case involving the doping of a horse scheduled to run at Freehold Raceway, according to the state Attorney General's Office. Daniel P. Sheddan, 26, of Bordentown, pleaded guilty in Burlington County Superior Court to rigging a publicly exhibited contest and possession of an illegal performance-enhancing drug. Sheddan faces a maximum of 18 months in prison on the rigging charge and five years on the drug possession charge.
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