04/22/2014 10:56AM

Atlantic City meet opens Thursday with big fields

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Sixty-four horses have been entered in the six races on the opening card at Atlantic City Race Course in New Jersey on Thursday, an indication that the all-turf meet still resonates with horsemen.

As it has for the past decade, Atlantic City will run six live cards this year, starting with four consecutive cards Thursday through Sunday. The track will take a one-day break before returning to live racing Tuesday and Wednesday next week. First post each day is 3:30 p.m. Eastern, with six turf races scheduled for each card on a one-mile course.

The all-turf cards have proven to be a strong draw among horsemen on the East Coast over the years, and 2014 is no different. The races have already been drawn for the first four cards, with 67 horses entered for Friday, 72 on Saturday, and 68 on Sunday, for an average over the first four days of 11.3 horses per race, a figure that is tops in the nation.

Using revenue from year-round simulcasting for purses, Atlantic City has carved out a small niche on the annual racing calendar with its abbreviated meet. Parking and admission are free again this year.

The lone stakes race during the meet is the closing-day Tony Gatto Dream Big Stakes, a five-furlong turf sprint with a purse of $50,000-added.

Most of the races offered at the meet are starter allowances and maiden special weights offering purses in the range of $15,000 to $27,000. The draw for horsemen is the lure of the turf after a winter without grass racing in the Northeast.

Jim Burke More than 1 year ago
will ny otb's on long island carry AC races?
Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
jim i just checked my old nassau acct and no ac for you,however i checked my nyra1 act and they are accepting ac for the next 6 cards, so i guess belmont is closenough or open a nyra 1 acct.
Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
great week of racing here,i live here and look forward to the 5 cards coming up,drop the wife off at macys and enjoy a few hours at the track. albeit a dartboard,lots of dirt horses trying the turf,there are a lot of interesting betting ops. i drove by yesterday and it seems after racing it will become a full time flea market,ugh. a shame what gaming has done to racing down here, the only place to bet on horses is at the borgota or here at ac track. all casinos have stopped simulcasting
Henry Bee More than 1 year ago
Anyone know of a trainer named Frank Santucci? He used to train horses at AC.
Denise More than 1 year ago
Yes! Can i help you?
Denise More than 1 year ago
You can email me: Santuccid@yahoo.com
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
I cannot get a hold of trying to handicap full fields with only dirt form on turf. Good luck. Play roulette while your down there.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Ah, come on, it's a handicapper's dream, and the payoffs for the astute, hard working cappers, are better than double zeros, anytime!
Shawn Dyer More than 1 year ago
Be nice if they could get with the times and offer pick 3 and pick 4.
Dave Mckenna More than 1 year ago
I can remember when Joe Bravo was the leading rider at only 11 percent winners, BUT CARL FIORENTINO won over 25 % Summer of '89
Beenthere Donethat More than 1 year ago
Margarine in 1:07 4/5, Double Booked on the Turf, Art Madrid sneaking over from Pha, those were good days.
Beenthere Donethat More than 1 year ago
Bravo was just a baby bug boy back then as I remember.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Jorge Velasquez win some of his first races in the US there...
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Carl "The Hack" Fiorentino, cool guy..wicked left handed whip
Beenthere Donethat More than 1 year ago
Boy, Do I miss the days of full time AC racing. That's back when Jersey was a racing machine. I do not understand how or why it got from there to where we are now. I believe they run this small meet at AC in order to fulfill a requirement to keep their simulcasting area open.
Walt Gekko More than 1 year ago
That is the case.
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
I would love to see a longer meet there myself. However, what if Christmas came everyday? We would soon tire of Christmas. It would take the meaning out of Christmas. The short meet keeps us wanting more. It is something to look forward to.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
If it wasn't for simulcasting back in the early-mid 1980s, AC was on the verge of closing back then...
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I can recall in about '76 a lowly Asst Starter asked why ACRC didn't hook up with the still yet to arrive Resorts Casino to offer a live TV feed from the track and take Horse action. The answer? "You'll never see that happen."
edb More than 1 year ago
Always a fun time. Very old school and have to love six turf races daily with big fields.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Still alotta magic left in that place...
Richard Kennedy More than 1 year ago
I have fond memories of running horses there, Carl Fiorentino and Joe Bravo won on my filly "TRULY EXPLOSIVE." It was a beautiful track, it felt "Major League." A shame they don't have more race dates, and that "Garden State" closed.