gsp may 4 2001
IHace fauns bid farewell to (Sardemi Stafle Pact Wistful memories, last live races draw crowd By EILEEN SMITH Courier-Post Courier-Post Courier-Post Staff CHERRY HILL On the last day of racing racing at Garden State Park, the salvation the beleaguered beleaguered track had been waiting for finally arrived throngs of cheering, betting fans. But the show of nostalgia nostalgia came too late for Garden Garden State, which will be torn down to make way for townhouses, stores and offices. "I'm going down with the ship," said security guard Charlotte Mader of Bellmawr, who choked back tears as the filly Peg Rushton galloped across the finish line in the final final race. More than 4,000 fans four times the average attendance attendance applauded in the stands. Thursday afternoon, afternoon, the regular crowd of elderly men was joined by the fans Garden State wooed unsuccessfully unsuccessfully for years families, young adults and women of all ages. "All the old-timers old-timers old-timers are here, of course," said Manny Manny Kagle of Philadelphia, 83. "Today is the day our Social Security checks arrive arrive in the mail." The end of live racing Photos by JOSE F. MORENOCourier-Post MORENOCourier-Post MORENOCourier-Post Nick Santagata enters the winner's circle aboard Peg Rushton, winner of the last race in the long, Illustrious history of Garden State Park. A large crowd (above) turned out Thursday to say goodbye to the landmark track. was similarly routine. There was no fanfare and no ceremony beyond the presentation of a crystal bowl to Peg Rushton's beaming owners as a dozen dozen fans squeezed into the official photograph. Simulcasting contin- contin- See FAREWELL, Page 7A More coverage on Pages 6A-7A 6A-7A 6A-7A Last bets placed at Garden State. Track CEO Orbann moves Peg Rushton wins final race. Timeline of track's history. Auction set for park items. Photo display of last race day. 4 -1 -1 M MM , gfr. $jt .1- .1- iA V,. on. Garden State Park Racing to the finish ERPosTon1ine.com Visit our Web site for track photos from the past. MULTIMEDIA Log on to watch a video of the last race and to get a 360-degree 360-degree 360-degree iPIX view of the track.