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2017 RACE DATES

MEADOWLANDS - Post Time 7:15pm
March 17 - August 5, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays

September 8 - September 16, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays

November 17 - December 2, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays

December 7 - December 30, 2017
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays

FREEHOLD - Post Time 12:30pm
September 1 - December 9, 2017
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
Special Race Day Monday September 4, 2017

December 28 - December 30, 2017
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays



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"CRIMINAL ELEMENT ... CONDONE BLOOD DOPING"

-- The following letter was originally sent to both the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) and Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) and shared with HRU with permission given by its author to publish it

Dear Mr. Martin, Mr. Zanzuccki and Ms. Clyne,

Due to a scheduling conflict I was unable to attend last Saturday's meeting at the Meadowlands Racetrack. I am an equine veterinarian with the majority of my practice focused on treating standardbred racehorses. I have spent the better part of my life caring for these amazing animals and I hold myself to very high standards of ethics,integrity and professionalism. I am writing on behalf of the silent majority of trainers,owners,veterinarians and horsepeople who have seen the business we love be ravaged by a select few who blatantly violate the rules by using performance enhancing drugs to gain an unfair advantage over their competition.

I am in the trenches calling on the training centers and caring for these animals every day. I know firsthand that there exists a criminal element of trainers,owners and even veterinarians that perform,support or condone blood doping. The use of blood doping agents,specifically modern erythropoietin (EPO) products,represents the single biggest problem plaguing the racing industry today.I would argue that Eprex [Epoetin alfa (rch)] has been the hardest to detect because this next generation drug is less immunogenic hence making conventional testing procedures inadequate. The only way to catch the offenders is through targeted out of competition testing often requiring multiple blood samples to be harvested each day. To complicate things further, I have been told by multiple sources that currently there are no laboratories in the United States that have the technology to test for drugs like Eprex.

I strongly encourage the racing commissions and the ARCI to work together to share information and to move swiftly to obtain the technology to test for drugs like Eprex. I also strongly encourage racing commissions to implement out of competition testing strategies like the one currently being conducted by Brice Cote of the Meadowlands Racetrack.The lifeblood of the racing industry literally hinges in the balance.

-- Mike Ochsner, DVM

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NJSS SOPHOMORE BACK ON FRIDAY AT THE MEADOWLANDS

The second leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for three-year-old trotters and pacers headlines the Friday night card at The Meadowlands leading into the $100,000 final for each of the four sophomore divisions next Friday ...

‘DONNA’ BESTS DAYSON IN GRADUATE AT BIG M

Broadway Donna outlasted Dayson after a stirring stretch duel to capture the first leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands Saturday night ...

ARIANA G DOMINATES IN THE FIRST LEG OF NJSS

Ariana G gave notice Friday night at the Meadowlands that the road to the Hambletonian Oaks goes through her as she crushed seven overmatched foes in a division of the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies by 7¾ lengths in 1:52.2 ...


PHOTOBOMBR HABOVER LOOKS TO PUT HIMSELF IN 3-YEAR-OLD PICTURE

If there is a correlation between looks and speed, trainer Tom Fanning hopes he’s found it with Photobombr Hanover ...

GRADUATE TROT IS SATURDAY'S MEADOWLANDS FEATURE

The first leg of the Graduate series for four-year-old trotters, a Grand Circuit stake, highlights an intriguing twelve race extravaganza on Saturday at The Meadowlands ...

ARIANA G READY FOR RETURN

Between running their own breeding business together, along with their own separate real estate companies, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld don’t really have time to work themselves into frenzied anticipation for the season debut of their prized female trotter ...


NJSS OPENS FRIDAY AT THE MEADOWLANDS

Friday, May 19 marks the start of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) with a total of six $20,000 divisions for sophomore trotters and pacers ...

MAY JUNE PACESETTER AVAILABLE

The May June issue of the Pacesetter is now available.

MICHAEL LUCHENTO, 59, DIES

Michael Luchento, 59 of Manalapan, passed away at Cranbury Center, Monroe on May 12th, 2017. Born in Jersey City, he was a resident of Parlin, NJ, before settling in Manalapan ...




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