Harnessracing.com has learned that a settlement agreement has been reached between the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) and Bulletproof Enterprises that allows horses owned by Bulletproof and other entities associated with the family of David Brooks, including his brother, Jeffrey, to now compete at the Meadowlands and Freehold.
NJRC executive director Frank Zanzuccki told harnessracing.com in an email that as a result of an agreement reached Friday, July 23, “a stay of the reciprocity suspension will be issued allowing said horses to compete. We expect this will be completed later (Tuesday) or (early Wednesday).”
The NJRC had suspended all the Brooks family-related horses, including the large stable of Bulletproof Enterprises, in reciprocity with the Ontario Racing Commission. David Brooks is currently standing trial in New York State on alleged fraud charges, which ultimately led to the ORC and NJRC suspension. The Brooks entities had also been similarly suspended in other jurisdictions, including New York and Ohio, but the sanctions had previously been lifted. The ORC suspension remains in place.
Last Saturday, Bulletproof had three horses qualify at the Meadowlands for trainer Paul Reid, including Not Enough, the runner-up in voting for last year’s 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year. Bulletproof has one horse entered on Wednesday’s pari-mutuel card at the Meadowlands as well as three on Thursday night’s program.