East Rutherford, NJ --- Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment played host to JerseyFest on this, the night of the New Jersey Sires Stakes finals. The crowd was large and the atmosphere electric, with attendance estimated to be in excess of 14,000.
|Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment played host to JerseyFest, with attendance estimated to be in excess of 14,000.|
This year the event included a competition between 17 food trucks competing for prizes and recognition, as well as vendors and artisans from all over the Garden State on-site sampling and selling their wares. The weather finally cooperated with a pleasant, dry evening.
The festival began around 5 p.m. Saturday evening and the track apron and outfield park filled quickly. A portion of the crowd crept into the grandstand as the evening wore on with many drawn to the racing by the visual displayed on the high definition infield video screen. The design of the new grandstand nicely integrates the racing with events held outside with the track and horses in close proximity to the fans.
An added attraction was the appearance by Victor Espinosa, the jockey set to ride California Chrome in his date with destiny next week in the Belmont Stakes as he tries to be the first winner of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing since 1978.
Espinosa greeted fans and signed autographs, joined in a winner's circle ceremony that included WNBC sportscaster Bruce Beck and spoke with Sam McKee about the upcoming race.