A private 90-minute meeting between Freehold Raceway officials and New Jersey-licensed horsemen was held at Freehold Wednesday afternoon to discuss the incident last Friday that occurred when the starting gate slid sideways on a rain-soaked surface and turned back toward the horses seconds after letting the horses loose at the start of the fifth race, which resulted in several drivers being taken to the hospital. Cat Manzi, the most seriously injured with a punctured lung and multiple rib fractures, was the last driver to be released on Wednesday.
A story in Thursday's Asbury Park Press quoted Standardbred Owners Association of New Jersey president Tom Luchento as saying, 'I personally would like to see the track redone. I'm a horseman who has raced on a lot of tracks, and I get feedback, and every time it rains this track gets bad. Really bad. I'm echoing what my horsemen have been saying."
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