October 6, 1991 |
The thoroughbreds tend to grab the glory - sometimes even during the harness racing season at Garden State Park - thanks to the magic of simulcast racing. But those who love the slower pace of harness racing say the ancient sport just doesn't get the respect it deserves. Subtlety is the key, they say. And whatever the sport, a winning ticket is what counts.
June 5, 1990 |
An Atlanta development firm wants to turn part of the Garden State Park race track into a "town center" of diverse shops, "not just another strip mall," the company president told a group of residents at a meeting yesterday. New Market Development Co. Ltd., the prospective buyer of the 56-acre site, met with potential Cherry Hill neighbors to describe company plans for the land that now serves as the track's overflow parking lot. The financially troubled track has been eager to sell the Route 70 site for more than a year, and last week New Market agreed to buy the land if the township approved its proposed 500,000-square-foot retail center.
February 12, 1987 |
Garden State Park, the Cherry Hill race track that lost $19 million during its first two years, opens its third thoroughbred season tonight amid hopes that an austerity plan, a measure of whimsy and an infusion of non-racing activities will nudge the track into the black. And to bolster that prospect, about 70 area business and political leaders agreed yesterday to press the New Jersey Transit Authority to add a Garden State Park stop to the so-called Gambler's Express, the train that is to whisk passengers between Philadelphia and Atlantic City beginning in 1989.
June 28, 1987 |
The state's evaluation of a proposal to add a second Cherry Hill stop to the Philadelphia-to-Atlantic City train line will not be finished until late this summer, about three months behind the originally scheduled completion date. A task force of Cherry Hill-area business people and local officials recommended this spring that the New Jersey Transit Authority build a station at Garden State Park race track to help improve the beleaguered track's economic fortunes. Although reluctant to spend the estimated $10 million such a station would cost, the transit authority agreed to study the proposal.
January 20, 1986 |
In the closed society of the backstretch, small tragedies are cause for generous expressions of sympathy. But when there is a catastrophe, such as the fire yesterday that killed at least 45 horses at Belmont Park race track, grooms, trainers and others who work on the backstretch feel a common loss. "Around the race track, it's like a part of your world going up, your life and all you strive for," said Maureen Mitchell, a groom who works for trainer Gene Martello. "It doesn't have to be a million-dollar horse.
May 25, 1990 |
Two proposals that backers say are crucial to the health of race-track gambling in New Jersey - Sunday racing and simulcasting of races to casinos - are out of the gate and rounding the first turn in the legislature. A key Assembly panel yesterday approved a measure to put a question on the Nov. 6 ballot asking voters whether they would change the state constitution to permit gamblers in Atlantic City to watch horse races on giant screens inside casinos and wager on them. The measure now goes to the full Assembly.
June 1, 1987 |
Penn National Race Course faces a loss of approximately $25,000 after judges inadvertently placed a horse who had finished 10th in second place after Saturday night's final race at the Grantville, Pa., track. The error occurred when Candy's Bullet, a 37-1 long shot, won the 10th race by a half-length and paid $77 to win. Finishing in a dead heat for second were Bold Exuberance and Bold Change. However, the placing judges said that the tie was between Bold Exuberance and Path of Fire, who in fact had finished 10th.
August 12, 1987 |
The signs were hard to miss. Hanging across each of the main entrances to Garden State Park race track were huge red, white, blue and orange billboards proclaiming the track as the site for the New Jersey State Fair, a 10-day event that ended Sunday. A lesser known fact: Cherry Hill High School East held its senior prom at Garden State Park this year. Moorestown Friends held its prom there last year. What's more, the track this year has been the scene of countless weddings, bar mitzvahs, theme dances, product exhibits and other indoor and outdoor events that have nothing to do with horses.
May 15, 1993 |
Jerry Bailey was minutes removed from what had to be the biggest moment of his life. He waved his whip when Sea Hero hit the wire first in the Kentucky Derby. He calmly analyzed the winning move he made at the top of the stretch. He answered all the questions. Still, something was missing. Bailey, one of America's great riders, had nobody to celebrate his first Derby victory with. His wife, Suzee, and 5-month old son, Justin, were back in New York, watching and waiting for him to return.
May 23, 1990 |
An Atlanta developer has agreed to buy a part of the parking area of the Garden State Park race track in Cherry Hill and plans to build a large shopping center on the site. International Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. of East Windsor, N.J., said it had agreed to sell 56 acres of its 285-acre race-track site to New Market Development Co. Ltd. of Atlanta for about $20 million. ITB also has an option to buy part of the project. New Market plans to develop a 550,000-square-foot shopping center on the land, which fronts on Route 70, just east of Cornell Avenue.