Winners Bayonne now open for business

11:45 PM 17 Jul 2012 NZST
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See PHOTO CAPTION Two giants of the Meadowlands, jockey
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Two giants of the Meadowlands, jockey - Chuck C. Lopez & driver Brian Sears holding Gallo Blue Chip.
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A sports bar with harness racing action, the 25,000 square-foot venue boasts two large simulcast areas, a VIP room and a 38-seat bar and full-service restaurant operated by McLoone's. With more than 150 television screens, the facility aims to please horseplayers and sports fans alike.

Winners Bayonneis the first off-track wagering facility to be built and operated by Jeff Gural's New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC.

Located at 400 Route 440 North, the venue is an $18 million new construction that brings 100 jobs and an estimated $200,000 in property taxes to the city ofBayonne.

McLoone's Bayonne Grille marks restaurateur Tim McLoone's second venture into the off-track wagering business, with Favorites at Woodbridge being the first.

The partnership is a natural one for theJerseyShoremusician.His family has been involved in horseracing for decades and, in fact, his father had at one time headed both Freehold Raceway inNew Jersey, as well as the now-defunct Bowie Racecourse in Maryland.

SOSH Architects of Atlantic City, NJ designed Winners Bayonne. LP Ciminelli of Buffalo, NY managed construction of the project.

JEFF GURAL PHOTO CAPTION:

New Meadowlands Racetrack Chairman Jeff Gural (center) cuts the grand opening ribbon at Winners Bayonne, the new sports bar and wagering facility, on Tuesday, July 17. Joining him left to right are: jockey Chuck C. Lopez, Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith, McLoone's Bayonne Grille owner Tim McLoone, harness driver Brian Sears and Gallo Blue Chip, the richest standardbred racehorse of all time.

by Amy SILVER

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