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December 9, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
THE FUTURE of horse racing at Monmouth Park is in jeopardy as negotiations to transfer ownership of the Jersey Shore track to private management have broken down. The dispute threatens to derail Gov. Chris Christie's plan to privatize both Monmouth and the Meadowlands Racetrack. The sticking point is a permit to run thoroughbred dates at the Meadowlands, even though all thoroughbred racing in New Jersey has been consolidated at Monmouth. The permit was given to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association in June as part of a deal in which the horsemen agreed to cut the racing schedule in half to 71 days for a 5-year period.
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July 11, 2007 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Kentucky Derby runner-up Hard Spun worked out this week at Delaware Park and is being pointed toward the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 5. Preakness Stakes winner Curlin also is a likely Haskell starter. Jockey Mario Pino is back on the mount after being replaced for the Belmont, where Hard Spun finished fourth. Pino was replaced after a third-place finish in the Preakness. Hard Spun breezed five furlongs in one minute and one-fifth second on Monday.
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August 4, 1996 | By Jay Searcy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If you want to watch the 3-year-old horse of the year for 1996 run Sunday, where do you turn? To Saratoga, where the winners of the Preakness (Louis Quatorze) and Belmont Stakes (Editor's Note) clash in the $150,000 Jim Dandy Stakes? Or to Monmouth Park, where the Preakness and Belmont runner-up (Skip Away) takes on seven rivals in the $750,000 Haskell Invitational? Most of the top candidates in the 3-year-old division will be running at one place or the other Sunday, and what happens will go a long way toward determining the 1996 champion.
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June 13, 2005 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The next stop for Afleet Alex could be the Jersey Shore. Unless trainer Tim Ritchey decides that running on the sand should be his next training technique, the Belmont Stakes champion won't feel the ocean breeze. But nearby Monmouth Park in Oceanport is his "most likely" next destination. Going home to Delaware Park isn't in the cards right now. The morning after Afleet Alex ran the fastest closing quarter-mile of the Belmont Stakes (24 2/5 seconds) since 1969, after his seven-length victory gave him two of the three legs of the Triple Crown, Ritchey reiterated that the colt would ease up on his training for a while, but he isn't off the racing trail.
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May 13, 2011 | Associated Press
TRENTON - The Meadowlands and Monmouth Park racetracks will be turned to private operators who will run them without state purse subsidies under agreements announced Thursday night by Gov. Christie. Christie said the new operators would take control of the tracks June 1 and assume the costs associated with running live racing at the venues. The operators also will be responsible for simulcast wagering at the tracks, operation and development of offtrack wagering facilities, and continued operation of the state's account wagering system.
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September 11, 2015 | By the Inquirer Staff
Heart to Heart and Divine Oath head the field for the $200,000 President's Cup, a 11/8-mile grass stakes race Saturday at Parx. Heart to Heart, trained by Brian Lynch and owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and Robert Masiello, has gone wire-to-wire in three Grade III races since last September. He also won the Grade III Oceanport at Monmouth on Aug. 2 Divine Oath, trained by Graham Motion, won the Grade III American Derby last year at Arlington Park. He last raced in the Grade I United Nations at Monmouth Park on July 5, finishing last.
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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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July 10, 1994 | By Jay Searcy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As streams of Saturday bettors made their way from distant parking lots into Monmouth Park, three veteran race-track barkers, standing side by side behind white-and-green sales booths, crowed like roosters for attention: "Get yourself a winner heah. " "The double. Here it is - Bailey's. " "New York, Jack's, Lawton, all cards. Get 'em heah. " They are race-track touts, relics from another era, leftover Damon Runyon characters with a flair for fast talk, fast action, fast bucks and, by their account at least, fast horses.
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July 3, 1992 | By Craig Donnelly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Garden State Park and Delaware Park will offer full-card simulcasts from Laurel Race Course in Maryland beginning today. A bill recently passed in New Jersey allows full-card simulcasting from out-of-state racing cards, and Garden State Park will be the first to take advantage of the new legislation. Rich Orbann, general manager at Garden State, said that, pending racing commission approval, Arlington International Race Course would be added to the simulcast menu on "dark" days at Monmouth Park, which the Garden also simulcasts.
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May 20, 1998 | By Craig Donnelly, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Monmouth Park will offer the first of 77 programs Saturday with an extensive stakes program headed by the $1 million Buick Haskell Invitational set for Aug. 9. The Oceanport, N.J., track will operate Wednesdays through Sundays with a 1 p.m. first post daily. The only exception will be next week, when the track will be open on Monday and then be dark until May 29. Juan Serey will be back seeking his fourth consecutive training title. Several other strong outfits - such as those of John Dowd, Ed Broome, Danny Lopez, Roger Attfield, Norman Pointer, Elliott Walden, John Scanlan, Cristophe Clement, and Joe Pierce Jr. - also will be represented in large numbers.
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June 10, 2016 | Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
THE AFLEET Alex entourage had swelled to a small city by the 2005 Belmont Stakes. A large tent was rented that Saturday at Belmont Park to congregate, entertain and simply revel in the moment. There will be a Cathryn Sophia tent right by the Belmont Park paddock this Saturday. The Kentucky Oaks winner is running in the Acorn Stakes on the Belmont undercard and owner Chuck Zacney is bringing 120 people with him. "I had a chance to see her work out last Wednesday," Zacney said.
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September 11, 2015 | By the Inquirer Staff
Heart to Heart and Divine Oath head the field for the $200,000 President's Cup, a 11/8-mile grass stakes race Saturday at Parx. Heart to Heart, trained by Brian Lynch and owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and Robert Masiello, has gone wire-to-wire in three Grade III races since last September. He also won the Grade III Oceanport at Monmouth on Aug. 2 Divine Oath, trained by Graham Motion, won the Grade III American Derby last year at Arlington Park. He last raced in the Grade I United Nations at Monmouth Park on July 5, finishing last.
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September 9, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
ANY LIST of the best jockeys to ride regularly at Keystone/Philadelphia Park /Parx Racing would include Tony Black, Rick Wilson and Stewart Elliott, who combined to win 15,000 career races. As good as each was, none won the track's riding title four consecutive years. Nobody had ever done it - until Kendrick Carmouche from 2008-11. It almost certainly would have been five had he not chosen to ride the summer of 2012 at Monmouth Park. Carmouche had no more Parx worlds to conquer, so he tried Monmouth, the winter meet at Gulfstream Park, and this year the New York circuit - Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga.
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August 28, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - It was the lingering question that never needed to be asked. What would a Triple Crown winner mean to horse racing? After American Pharoah proved it was possible to win the elusive crown, the good feelings from that day at Belmont Park have lingered all through the summer. And the players are responding by showing up and betting big at the windows. Through 28 days, the Saratoga meeting is up 13.5 percent in handle over 2014 and attendance is up 14.3 percent, with the biggest event of the meeting tomorrow on Travers Day when the cause of all this excitement runs in the track's most important race.
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August 25, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
TRIPLE CROWN winner American Pharoah was somehow even more dazzling when he won the Aug. 2 Haskell Invitational than he was in winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont Stakes. It was an encore worthy of a horse who has transcended the sport. It was very clear the series had taken nothing out of American Pharoah that day at Monmouth Park. The colt ran really fast and made it all look so easy. Since that moment, trainer Bob Baffert has been looking for reasons not to run in Saturday's Travers Stakes at Saratoga.
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August 4, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
OCEANPORT, N.J. - Final margins tell some of the story in horse racing. Your eyes tell a far better story. Every set of eyes at Monmouth Park locked in on the Triple Crown winner from the time he left the starting gate in the Haskell Invitational a few minutes before 6 p.m. yesterday. There was never an anxious moment. The history books will say American Pharoah won by 2 1/4 lengths. All of the eyes knew he could have won by many more. Winning by a giant margin was unnecessary.
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July 31, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The jet took off from Ontario International Airport in Southern California on Wednesday at 5:02 a.m. Pacific time. It made a stop in Lexington, Ky., a natural horse hub, where it dropped off nine of its 12 equine passengers. The three remaining thoroughbreds continued on to Atlantic City International Airport, landing at 2:09 p.m. Two of the horses, Smiling John and Sir Macho, had to wait for the third to get off first. When the side door of the jet popped up, there was American Pharoah, in his flying stall, ears up, looking out the door.
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July 31, 2015
A WEEK AFTER the Belmont Stakes, Bob Baffert joked about his "celebrity" status following a few days back home in California. "I went back to anonymity," he said. "Walked up to Chipotle the other day and nobody knew who I was. My time is just about up. " Two weeks ago, the trainer of the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 said he missed the attention. "I'm going through Triple Crown blues now," he said. "I want a fourth leg. " Well, the quiet time is over. Baffert can go back to being a celebrity.
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June 17, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
PENNSYLVANIA DERBY Day 2014 was the biggest in Parx Racing/Philadelphia Park/Keystone history when a Kentucky Derby winner ran there for the first time after winning the Derby. The 2015 Pa. Derby will be way bigger, if Triple Crown winner American Pharoah makes his final pre-Breeders' Cup start at Parx on Sept. 19. Sam Elliott, Parx's director of racing, was at Churchill Downs Saturday morning and, after training hours, spent 45 minutes huddled with American Pharoah's trainer Bob Baffert in his Barn 33 office.
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