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MANALAPAN, NJ - March 20, 2014 - Spring is here, and so is harness racing driver Jeff Gregory. Gregory, who suffered a broken left elbow in a racing accident on September 6, 2013 at Freehold Raceway, will make his return to action on Friday morning, March 21, 2014 in qualifying races at the Meadowlands. The East Windsor, NJ resident expects to be back driving in races next week. Gregory's elbow was shattered and required extensive surgery and rehab after the spill. He had a second surgery on February 3, 2014 to have the pins and wires removed. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ       Photo of Jeff Gregory courtesy of Helene Gregory  

MANALAPAN, NJ - February 18, 2014 - The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and Freehold Raceway have agreed to the addition of three Mondays - February 24, March 3 and March 10 - to the Freehold live racing schedule to make up for some of the cards lost to snowstorms this winter. Further decisions, regarding two additional canceled dates, will be addressed in the near future. Details for the draw schedule for the three Mondays will be forthcoming. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ        

MANALAPAN, NJ - February 5, 2014 - February 15, 2014 is the deadline for three-year-old payments for this year's Charles Smith and Helen Smith Trots as well as membership renewals for the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Those who belonged to the SBOANJ in 2013 must renew their membership by February 15 to receive full coverage in 2014. The $60,000 estimated Charles Smith for three-year-old New Jersey-sired trotters is scheduled to take place on September 12 while the filly companion event, the $50,000 Helen Smith, is on September 5, both at Freehold Raceway. The sustaining fee is $200. The Smiths are both sponsored by the SBOANJ. For further information, contact the SBOANJ at 732-462-2357 or by emailing info@sboanj.com. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

FREEHOLD, NJ -- January 31, 2014 - The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association and the horsemen who compete at Freehold Raceway gathered in the winner's circle on Friday, January 31, 2014 to salute outrider Beth Cumberland. After the fourth race on the card, Cumberland was presented with a plaque which read: "Thank you for your exemplary horsemanship on January 10, 2014." Joining her for the presentation were SBOANJ Executive Administrator Leo McNamara and nearly two dozen trainers and drivers. Cumberland has been the outrider at Freehold Raceway since 1999. A former jockey, she also serves as an exercise rider for the stable of thoroughbred trainer Alan Goldberg, based in Colts Neck, NJ. On a daily basis, Cumberland leads post parades and assists drivers with their horses who might not want to go to the gate or turn properly. But every once in a while she and her horse, Jazz, are put to the test by a miscue on the track, as was the case of the multi-horse accident on January 10. "Beth is someone who does her job so well that she often doesn't get acknowledged for the role she plays in the safety of our horsemen," said SBOANJ President Tom Luchento. "We thought we'd take this opportunity to honor her for both her day-to-day work ethic and her extraordinary job of rounding up loose horses after the accident earlier this month." Freehold Raceway will also honor Cumberland for her 15 years of service at the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey's awards banquet on February 9, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in East Windsor, NJ. "Having an outrider of Beth's caliber out on the track is extremely comforting to me as both the director of racing and a harness racing fan," Karen Fagliarone said. "We are extremely lucky and grateful to have her here at Freehold. She is without a doubt one of the best in the business." Cumberland, 46, is from Manchester, NJ and is the mother of 28-year-old Shawna Nicole. She started galloping horses in 1988, rode her first race at the Meadowland in 1989 and picked up her first victory as a jockey in 1990 at Garden State Park. Her career stats include 78 wins, 88 seconds and 109 thirds from 997 starts for earnings of $523,664. Riding spills, broken bones and concussions took their toll, and she decided to hang up her tack, working at various track jobs, including ponying horses and filling in as outrider at Philadelphia Park [now Parx]. In 1999, she was asked to work the summer meet as the outrider at Freehold and never left. While she is still exercising thoroughbreds for Alan Goldberg in the spring, summer and fall, she has filled in the gap in her schedule the last two winters, jogging and training trotters and pacers for Steve Smith and Karen Garland. Cumberland's mount, Jazz, is a striking chestnut thoroughbred with white stockings and blaze, who retired as a racehorse when he was four after some success on the turf. "I thought he was a show horse prospect," explained Cumberland. "But then I realized he was great at outriding and maybe a bit too hot for showing. He's very agile and can reach full speed in three or four steps." by Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ – January 20, 2014 – The $46,500 Super Bowl Final for trotters will highlight the special Wednesday night card at the Meadowlands, before it goes into lockdown mode for the football Super Bowl. Live racing returns Thursday, February 6 while the track will be open for simulcasting through Sunday January 26.  The facility will be totally closed from Monday, January 27 through Monday, February 3. Simulcasting will resume on Tuesday, February 4. New Jersey-sired Time To Quit by Chocolatier brings a four-race winning streak into the Super Bowl Final for three and four-year-olds, the sixth race on the 11-race program on January 22, 2014. The Ron Burke trainee, coupled in the wagering with Cocotier, also by Chocolatier, is rated 2-1 in the morning line and will be handled by Yannick Gingras. This year, Time To Quit won both of his starts, preliminary legs of the Super Bowl. He now has six wins, one second and two thirds from 17 career starts for earnings of $31,330. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - January 16, 2014 - In a 90-minute meeting, mediated by Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey President Tom Luchento, more than 150 horsemen had an opportunity to verbalize their concerns to Freehold management. The meeting, conducted in the Renaissance Room at Freehold Raceway on January 15, was focused on track conditions, medical response and other issues triggered by the horrific spill that occurred in the fifth race on Friday, January 10, 2014. Five drivers - Cat Manzi, Debra Rucker, Vincent Ginsburg, Chris Scicluna and Jim Pantaleano - ended up at area hospitals and a sixth driver, Rick Pantano, was also checked out after the starting gate slide into the field on the first turn. Horses suffered cuts and bruises. Representing Freehold were general manager Howard Bruno, director of racing Karen Fagliarone, starter Robert Blum and track supervisor Michael Fagliarone. "As a result of this meeting, we all seem to agree that there is a need for an independent track expert to review the track surface and the manner in which it is maintained," said Luchento. "We've also called upon Freehold to pay for the replacement of the racing bikes, colors, veterinarian bills and other costs that derived out of this accident. Additionally, the owners of the horses that did not get to race because of the cancellation of the balance of the card on January 10 will be reimbursed $125." All seven of the starters in the fifth race will equally split the $4,300 purse. Some speakers described the freeze-thaw cycle of the afternoon of January 10 as the "perfect storm" for the track conditions to turn dangerous in a short amount of time. Others expressed concern that if they complained or scratched horses on bad weather days, they would face retribution. Both Luchento and Karen Fagliarone assured horsemen that this would not be the case and that it was important for there to be an open dialogue between drivers and the judges. While outrider Beth Cumberland was praised for her quick response to gathering up the loose horses, there were questions about the slow response time for additional ambulances from local hospitals. This was exacerbated by the volume of black ice road accidents in the region, it was explained. Cat Manzi, who suffered multiple broken ribs and a punctured lung, was released from Jersey Shore University Medical Center on Wednesday, January 15. Debbie Rucker, who had internal bleeding in her leg, was discharged the prior day. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ        

MANALAPAN, NJ - January 14, 2014 - Rick Wills of Rick's Saddle Shop and Purina have come to the aid of the six drivers injured in a dramatic spill in the fifth race on January 10 at Freehold Raceway. Approached by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, Wills and Purina responded with a $700 gift certificate, redeemable for Purina Equine Feed, for each of the injured drivers: Cat Manzi, Debra Rucker, Vincent Ginsburg, Chris Scicluna, Jim Pantaleano and Rick Pantano. "The SBOANJ went to Rick for his help, and he and Purina were quick to step up and offer something that will help these horsemen get back on their feet," said SBOANJ President Tom Luchento. "We greatly appreciate their solid effort on behalf of these horsemen. Hopefully, there will be others who will make similar offers." Rick's Saddle Shops are located in Cream Ridge and Englishtown, NJ. The dramatic spill unseated all six drivers when the starting gate car lost control and slid into the field as it entered the first turn. Hall of Famer Manzi and Rucker are still hospitalized. Manzi has multiple broken ribs and a punctured lung while Rucker has a leg injury. The accident will be the subject of a special meeting of horsemen and track management on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 in the Renaissance Room at Freehold Raceway at 4 p.m. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ                

MANALAPAN, NJ - January 14, 2014 - The Breeders Committee of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey has selected Michael Parisi's White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ as the 2013 New Jersey Standardbred Breeder of the Year. White Birch Farm [whitebirchfarmnj.com] will be among the honorees at the 57th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1 p.m. on January 26, 2014 at Charley's Other Brother in Eastampton Township, NJ. This will be the third time in the last 10 years that White Birch Farm, under the management of owner and general manager Michael Parisi, has collected New Jersey Breeder of the Year, having also won in 2004 and 2011. Additionally, White Birch will be honored as the US Harness Writers Association's Breeder of the Year for the second consecutive year at its Dan Patch Awards Banquet on February 23, 2014 at Dover Downs. This year, the 800-acre breeding farm and training center not only enjoyed success with its New Jersey-breds such as Wake Up Peter [Rocknroll Hanover-Lovely Lady; $307,091 in 2013 earnings], I Fought Dalaw [Western Ideal-In For Life; $151,320], Ideal Champ [Western Ideal-Female Champs; $130,185] and In The Clear [Western Ideal-Orchid Island; $52,140] but also produced the two leading contenders for 2013 Horse of the Year -- three-year-old pacing colt Captaintreacherous and three-year-old trotting filly Bee A Magician. Broodmares Beehive [dam of Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown winner Bee A Magician, who banked $1.5 million in 2013] and Worldly Treasure [dam of Meadowlands Pace, North America Cup and Breeders Crown winner and double millionaire Captaintreacherous] help to serve as the foundation of the White Birch success story. The 2013 productivity of White Birch Farm's offspring is exemplified by 152 starters accounting for 418 wins and earnings of $8,657,995. The earnings are third only to Hanover Shoe and Winback which had more than 1,000 starters each. Past champions produced by the farm founded by Joseph and Marie Parisi, were 1996 Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year and Meadowlands Pace winner Hot Lead, 1998 Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year Island Fantasy, 2002 Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year Worldly Beauty, 2005 Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year My Little Dragon and 2006 Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year Darlin's Delight. Previous New Jersey Breeder of the Year winners include Perretti Farms [a two-time winner, 2003 and 2010], Valley High Stables, Southwind Farms, Kentuckiana Farms, Fair Winds Farm, Walnridge Farm and Heritage Hill Farms. For tickets to the awards luncheon [$35 per person], contact the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Markets & Development, Horse Industry, PO Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625 or call at 609-984-4389. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ                

MANALAPAN, NJ - January 12, 2014 - A meeting of horsemen and track management will take place on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 in the Renaissance Room at Freehold Raceway. Freehold General Manager Howard Bruno and Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey President Tom Luchento will be among those addressing track conditions and other matters. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. All interested parties are invited to attend. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ        

MANALAPAN, NJ -- January 11, 2014 -- Freehold Raceway has canceled live harness racing for Saturday, January 11, 2014 due to track conditions. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - January 2, 2014 - On a frigid winter's day, 80-year-old harness driver James R. Porter drove the winner of the third race at Freehold Raceway on Thursday, January 2, 2014 with a horse owned by 80-year-old Eugene Landy. It was the first career win for five-year-old Buenos Aires Lady, who paid $17 to win. The trotting mare covered the mile in 2:03.3 with Porter at the lines, prevailing by a head in a three-way photo. Porter, who turned 80 on November 12, opted to drive the mare himself because he never had problems with her breaking stride during training sessions. In their first start together, they finished second. Thursday's victory was their second outing together. Porter, who hails from Smyrna, DE, has 2,134 career driving victories but this was his first since 2011 and only the fourth time he has taken the lines in the past two years. "I just have to keep talking to her the whole mile," Porter said. "If she doesn't know I'm back there, she gets nervous and runs." Back in the winner's circle at Freehold to celebrate the victory was Eugene Landy of Freehold, NJ who turned 80 on November 6. Buenos Aires Lady, who is by Revenue and out of Fandango Hall, was born at the Landy family's Congress Hill Farm in Monroe Township, NJ. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ      

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 21, 2013 -- I Luv The Nitelife, one of the top pacers of the year, has been named 2013 Secretary of Agriculture's Trophy winner as New Jersey Standardbred of the Year as selected by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. I Luv The Nitelife will be among the honorees at the 57th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1 p.m. on January 26, 2014 at Charley's Other Brother in Eastampton Township, NJ. The daughter of the late New Jersey super stallion Rocknroll Hanover out of Lisjune had a nearly flawless campaign in 2013 on the back of a stellar two-year-old season in 2012. I Luv The Nitelife, trained by Chris Ryder and driven in most of her starts by Tim Tetrick, has already won national divisional honors as Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year for 2013. And she is a contender for Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year, both of which will be announced in late February. In 2013, I Luv The Nitelife compiled a record of 13 wins, one second and one third from 15 starts, banking $1,253,757. Added to her two-year-old season, she possesses a lifetime record of 17 wins, five seconds and two thirds from 25 starts. Her career earnings sit at $1,943,287. The bay mare, foaled on April 23, 2010, was bred by Mike Gulotta's MJG Racing Stables of Annadale, NJ and Louis A. Willinger of Louisville, KY. She carried the name Hard Rock Deo when Floridians Richard and Joanne Young paid $60,000 for Hip No. 39 at the Lexington Selected Sale. "I recently have been naming my horses from songs from the 1960s and 1970s," explained Richard Young of Boca Raton, FL. "Nitelife's brother was named I'm the Pied Piper. I guess I just like the song." Young was drawn to the filly because he had owned her Western Ideal half-brother, a foal of 2009. "He had shown talent and was injured before he made it to the races," Young noted. "I Luv The Nitelife was a bigger, stronger individual than her brother and so it made sense to try the family again." The Youngs have a small stable, not more than five most years. They will be going into 2014 with three yearlings, one three-year-old and I Luv The Nitelife, who fractured her right knee and had surgery. "The operation was a success, and, with luck, she should be back in training May 1," Young said. "She will recuperate at Deo Volente Farms, where she was foaled. As long as she recovers as expected, we will attempt to race her in 2014. If things don't work out, we will breed her." Young and Ryder have been an owner-trainer team for several years. Among their success stories was Put On A Show, another daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, who won multiple stakes and banked more than $2.4 million. "One could say I'm quite involved or more involved than most," Young noted. "I don't believe in getting into any business with knowing what you are getting into, and so I've made a point of learning as much about it as I can. [After] conferring with Chris, I generally map out their schedules and decide which races I'd like to race in, always, of course, asking Chris if they are up to the task. "Nitelife trained down nicely, [and] Chris had evaluated her as stakes caliber," he recalled. "He did not say she was another Put On A Show, but then again how could he say that? Put On A Show trained down like the best filly on the planet. "I was a little disappointed in her first race [at two] as I guess I was expecting something more," he noted. "In retrospect, she did all she was supposed to do. When the half goes in a minute and then comes home in 55, and it's your first start against others who had been racing, I shouldn't have expected any more [she finished fourth]. She never missed the board again. "She continued to improve, and it was her third start that showed us she belonged as a stakes filly," he added. "She finished third, but she showed she was tough. She started winning then and broke the world record in her fifth start [1:50.1 in a prelim leg of the She's A Great Lady at Mohawk]." On May 4, 2013, I Luv The Nitelife won her season's debut in a New Jersey Sire Stakes leg at the Meadowlands, finished third two weeks later in the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final and then reeled off 12 straight victories, including the finals of the Fan Hanover, Lynch, Mistletoe Shalee, Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey, Valley Forge, Simcoe, Jugette and Breeders Crown. Her 1:48.4 mile in the Valley Forge at Pocono was a world record clocking. Two weeks after finishing second by a head in the American National at Balmoral Park on November 9, she turned in a sharp qualifier in preparation for the Nadia Lobell at the Meadowlands on November 23, 2013. The Tuesday before that anticipated start, the knee fracture was discovered. Besides racing, the Youngs are involved with a charity called A Spring of Hope. "My daughter Brittany just graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, suma cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and hopes to attend either Stanford or Berkeley for her PhD in cultural anthropology," he explained. "She founded A Spring of Hope [www.aspringofhope.org] when she was 14, and I'm confident it will forever be a part of her life. "The charity is involved in providing water to schools in South Africa and follows that up with education on how to grow crops and be self-sustaining," he noted. "Joanne and Brittany spend a great deal of their time supporting the charity, and I help when I can." For tickets to the awards luncheon [$35 per person], contact the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Markets & Development, Horse Industry, PO Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625 or call at 609-984-4389. I Luv The Nitelife Rocknroll Hanover - Lisjune by Camluck Breeder: MJG Racing Stables, Annandale, NJ & Louis A. WIllinger, Louisville, KY Owners: Richard P. Young, Boca Raton, FL & Joanne Young, Coconut Creek, FL Trainer: Chris Ryder Driver: Tim Tetrick [among others] 2013 Races: 15 13-1-1 Purses: $1,253,757 [Lifetime: $1,943,287] Mark: 1:48.4 at Pocono 2013 Stakes Wins: Breeders Crown, Jugette, Simcoe, Valley Forge, Miss New Jersey, Mistletoe Shalee, Lynch & Fan Hanover by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ        

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 18, 2013 - Registration is due by December 31, 2013 for stallions which will be based in New Jersey in 2014. The stallion application and other information regarding eligibility are available at www.sboanj.com or by contacting the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey at 732-462-2357. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ        

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 17, 2013 - Driver Eric Abbatiello and trainer Vincent Fusco Jr. wrapped up meet titles when Freehold Raceway wrapped up its 2013 season on Saturday, December 14, 2013. "I believe this is the third consecutive driving title for me at Freehold," said Abbatiello. "I appreciate the opportunities given to me by the trainers at Freehold." Abbatiello held a five-win margin over Jim Pantaleano for the combined January to May and August to December meet. "My own stable did well this year and a special thanks to my loyal owners," he noted. Abbatiello's stable produced 15 wins from 91 starters for earnings of $87,118. "Freehold is where I grew up, so it makes it that much more special," he added. Abbatiello, who received a degree in philosophy and business from Catholic University, switched from stockbroker and financial planner to harness horseman in 1999. But that was no surprise given his roots. His father, Carmine, and his uncle, Anthony, are both Hall of Fame horsemen. Abbatiello finished the year with 173 wins at Freehold, holding off Jim Pantaleano with 168 wins. Rounding out the driving Top 5 were Steve Smith, Cat Manzi and Vincent Ginsburg. Name  Starts  W P S UDR ITM% Earnings Abbatiello, Eric 956 173 153 132 0.316 48% $743,984 Pantaleano, James 832 168 124 101 0.325 47% $708,351 Smith, Stephen 824 119 102 141 0.270 44% $628,563 Manzi, Catello 511 115 73 65 0.347 50% $448,372 Ginsburg, Vincent 788 90 108 99 0.232 38% $466,075 Topping the trainer standings was Vincent Fusco Jr. with 65 wins, more than twice Nick Surick with 32 wins.  Fusco’s stable earned nearly $236,000 thanks, in part, to an in-the-money percentage of 56 percent.   Name  Starts  W P S UDR ITM% Earnings Fusco, Vincent Jr  278 65 45 47 0.380 56% $235,908 Surick, Nick  113 32 21 12 0.422 58% $130,949 Garland, Karen  181 31 19 34 0.292 46% $142,946 Mackenzie, William  140 26 27 20 0.340 52% $142,653 Scamporino, Frank Jr  128 23 24 12 0.315 46% $119,480   Live racing returns to Freehold Raceway on January 2, 2014. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ            

TRENTON, NJ - December 12, 2013 - The deadline for registering mares to New Jersey's new Standardbred Development Fund Series is January 15, 2014. Beginning with the foal crop of 2014, the Standardbred Development Fund Series will replace the Green Acres Division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes. The first of the new stakes races will be contested in 2016. "The SDF will be open to the traditional New Jersey-sired horses plus horses whose dam resided in New Jersey for a minimum of 150 consecutive days prior to and including foaling," said Chris Castens, executive director of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, which administers the program. "These events will be open to the eligible foals without regard to the location of the sire. So a horse by a New York or Pennsylvania-based sire would be eligible to the SDF if the broodmare resides in New Jersey for the required number of days and foals in-state. "If the offspring is by a New Jersey-based stallion, no registration is necessary," Castens explained. "However, for matings involving out-of-state stallions and New Jersey-resident mares, a mare nomination form must be submitted along with a fee of $100. And it must be postmarked by January 15, 2014." Subsequent payments to continue eligibility include yearling nominations and sustaining payments during a horse's two- and three-year-old seasons. "The dates of the races will not be established until the fall of 2015," Castens noted. "We expect that races will be held at the Meadowlands and/or Freehold Raceway. Purses will be established by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees at a later date but should at least approximate what is offered in the Green Acres. If there are a large number of participants, I expect the purses will be greater than those of the current Green Acres." The full rules and registration form are available at www.newjerseysirestakes.com For further information, contact Chris Castens at christopher.castens@ag.state.nj.us or by calling 609-292-8830. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ    

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 10, 2013 - Legislation to create Instant Racing at New Jersey's racetracks was released from committee on Monday, December 9, 2013. The action was taken by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee in Committee Room 7 of the State House Annex in Trenton. Among those testifying on behalf of the Senate Bill 2935 was Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey President Tom Luchento. "I urge you to support Senate bill S 2935," Luchento told the committee. "In late 2010, the Governor, following the recommendation of the Hanson report, moved to privatize horse racing in New Jersey. The standardbred industry secured Jeff Gural to take the Meadowlands racetrack off the state's hands. He privatized the track and built a new grandstand, modernizing and upgrading the race experience. That facility opened just two weeks ago to rave reviews. We have, as the Governor asked, taken control of our own destiny. "We are here today to ask your help in completing that plan," he continued. "We still lag behind the surrounding states that have alternative gaming at their tracks. We are not asking for that today but what we are asking for is a new and exciting way to wager on horse races through instant racing machines. We are not asking for anything from the state but rather just a chance to help ourselves. This would also grow the economy and add jobs to New Jersey. The revenue from our game would be put back into the purses and operational overhead to make racing self sufficient. "We have already lost most of the breeding industry in our state, as stallions have moved to better programs in surrounding states, and, this summer, Perretti Farms announced their complete dispersal of horses and the farm will close this December 31," Luchento added. "This pari-mutuel game will give us the chance to revitalize our breeding industry and bring stallions back to New Jersey." Instant [also known as historic] Racing permits the bettor to make wagers on races that have been previously contested. The bettor is provided data about the horses but not the names and dates. In addition to Luchento, testimony was provided by AJ Sabath, on behalf of Jeff Gural; Dennis Drazin, representing Monmouth Park and thoroughbred horsemen; Michael Campbell for the thoroughbred breeders and Louis A. Cella, vice president and CEO of the Oaklawn Jockey Club who is also vice president of RaceTech LLC, which operates the historic/instant racing pari-mutuel racing system which debuted at Oaklawn in January 2000. Cella pointed out that with the additional funds generated by Instant Racing, Oaklawn increased its purse distribution from $140,000 a day in 2000 to $400,000 a day for 2014. Gural's statement pointed out that "Instant Racing will provide a much needed shot adrenaline to our industry by generating a consistent flow of business at the new grandstand and other tracks throughout the state, during a time when the industry is in much need of continued business. Instant Racing offers a possible new path towards a more sustainable future for New Jersey horse racing." The bill, approved unanimously, will need to be amended to assure constitutionality and establish which agency would oversee Instant Racing, said Sentor Jim Whelan, who chairs the committee. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ

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