CHESTER, PA – From tables and tables loaded with memorabilia to eight Hall of Fame inductees in the crowd, it was a fitting evening of “catching-up” and remembering the “old times” at Harrah’s Philadelphia Friday evening for the Garden State Park Reunion Night.
Hosted by Harrah’s Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association as part of their Summer Series of Racing and Remembering, hundreds of race fans came out to the track and were treated to an evening of live harness racing, live music, mechanical bull rides, outdoor BBQ and terrific memorabilia show and contest with hundreds of pieces on display.
“I enjoyed reconnecting with people from Garden State that I had not seen in some time,” said Hall of Famer John Campbell, now President and CEO of the Hambletonian Society. “I particularly enjoyed the memorabilia and the race replays that were running on the big TV. It brought back great memories of all the tremendous horses and top-notch races that Garden State hosted over the years.”
Campbell was one of eight inductees of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame that were in attendance, meeting fans, employees and horsemen and women that all worked, raced or wagered on the harness meets at Garden State Park.
Other Hall of Famers in attendance included Cat Manzi, Ron Gurfein, Marvin Bachrad, Leon Zimmerman, Moira Fanning, Jerry Connors and Steve Wolf.
Missing from the lineup was another Hall of Famer, Robert “Bob” Quigley, the former President of Garden State Park, who could not make the trip from Florida due to hip replacement surgery.
“If not for my surgery,” Quigley said. “I would have been at Harrah’s for the Garden State Park Reunion Night. I send my deepest regards and well-wishes to everyone who made it out. So many great people, employees and horsemen and women I would love to have seen again. I hope everyone had a great time.”
Conducting interviews throughout the night was Steve Ross, the former advertising and promotions manager. Other…