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NJ Tbed horsemen won't oppose Gural's deal

December 15, 2011

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John Forbes, president of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, was quoted Thursday afternoon on northjersey.com that his group does not have any opposition to Jeff Gural's continuing quest to lease the Meadowlands Racetrack. The statement came two days after real estate executive Morris Bailey announced he was withdrawing from his lease agreement of Monmouth Park Thoroughbred racetrack and Gov. Chris Christie stated he was considering closing the site if a lease agreement could not be reached in seven days.
New Jersey Standardbred Breeders and Association (SBOANJ) president Tom Luchento also noted the Thoroughbred horsemen's position to northjersey.com, and SBOANJ executive administrator Leo McNamara told harnessracing.com earlier Thursday the same, that the Thoroughbred horsemen had promised they would not oppose racing at the Meadowlands nor the simulcasting of out-of-state Thoroughbred races. McNamara also told harnessracing.com that he was confident Gural would sign his lease agreement in the coming days, and that the track will open as scheduled on Jan. 6.
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