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August 25, 2007


Hal Handel is no longer employed by Greenwood Racing/Philadelphia Park! Handel is now at NYRA (New York Racing Association - Belmont, Saratoga and Aqueduct Racetracks in NY). Could this mean the end of ACRC? Handel was the main force and driving an initiative to tear down and rebuild a new grandstand at ACRC. He was going to oversee ACRC and Greenwood's operations in NJ. Handel proposed running races at ACRC for 20 days a year, up from the current 4 days a year.



August 18, 2007

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August 10, 2007

Press of Atlantic City Article

Man out to save race course guilty of trespass


By MICHELLE J. LEE Staff Writer, (609) 272-7256

Published: Friday, August 10, 2007


A horse racing fan who plastered signs near the Atlantic City Race Course on the Black Horse Pike last spring lost his trespassing battle in Hamilton Township court.

Judge H. Robert Switzer found Eric Kalet, 34, of Egg Harbor Township, guilty of criminal trespassing on the race course property. Switzer ruled Thursday that Kalet must pay a total of $208 in fines and court fees.

Switzer said he declined to give the maximum penalty, 30 days in jail and a $500 fine, because it was Kalet's first offense.

The signs direct people to visit www.saveacrc.com, which Kalet set up in 2005 to drum up interest in the 61-year-old race track.

While Kalet received a warning from the race course officials about his signs last year, Kalet said he was careful to avoid private property when he posted the signs again in April. Kalet and his attorney, Robert Herman, also argued that the case was an attempt to stifle freedom of speech.

Switzer said trespassing was the main issue. The signs scattered in public spaces were fine, but the problematic sign that got Kalet in trouble was posted in front of a brick fence that leads to the race course parking lot, he said.

Switzer also said racetrack officials testified that the signs caused some confusion among visitors. Kalet runs the Web site independently and is not connected with the racetrack owner, Greenwood Racing.

Maureen Gallagher Bugdon, president of the Atlantic City Race Course, could not be reached for comment.

Township Prosecutor Robert J. Pinizzotto said the evidence was pretty simple from the state's perspective. “Mr. Kalet was advised not to continue with his behavior and he acknowledged it. (Yet) he engaged in that behavior again this year,” Pinizzotto said.

Kalet said he was disappointed by the outcome and he plans to appeal the decision in state Supreme Court. He will also continue maintaining his Internet site.

Kalet, who is running for a seat on the Egg Harbor Township Committee, was unsure how the trespassing charge will impact his campaign. “Once we go through the appeals process, we'll take it from there,” he said.


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Racetrack proponent holding the wrong ticket


By MICHELLE J. LEE Staff Writer, (609) 272-7256

Published: Thursday, August 9, 2007


A horse racing enthusiast will learn his fate today when he shows up in Hamilton Township municipal court to face a trespassing charge for posting promotional signs near the Atlantic City Race Course.

Eric Kalet, 34, of Egg Harbor Township, runs www.saveacrc.com, a Web site devoted to promoting and reviving the 61-year-old race course off the Black Horse Pike. Kalet started the Web site in 2005 and plastered signs all over the Hamilton Mall, the Black Horse Pike and surrounding woodlands pushing his interest in revamping the race course.

But it was a Web site sign on Leipzig Avenue, near the race course, that got Kalet in trouble in late April. He received his defiant trespassing charge, a misdemeanor, in the mail.

If guilty, Kalet could face 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. The case will be decided by Judge H. Robert Switzer.

Maureen Gallagher Bugdon, president of the Atlantic City Race Course, declined to comment. Gallagher Bugdon, who serves as vice chairwoman of the Hamilton Township Republican Committee, said the case has nothing to do with politics.

Township Prosecutor Robert J. Pinizzotto could not be reached Wednesday.

Kalet said he is innocent. He said that last year he inadvertently posted some signs on the race course property and he was careful to avoid the same mistake this year.

“Like I said, it's kind of ridiculous. How could I trespass if I didn’t go onto the property? … I didn’t step one foot in the fenced area,” Kalet said.

Kalet's attorney, Robert Herman, said the case boils down to freedom of speech.

“He has the right to express his view,” Herman said. “The country is founded on individuals' rights to express their view and encourage discussion. This one obviously involved land use and, in this area, it’s one of the greatest topics of public discussion, especially in high-growth areas in the Pinelands jurisdiction.”

Complicating matters, Kalet, a Democrat, is running for Egg Harbor Township committee this November. If he is found guilty, Kalet was concerned he might not be able to continue his campaign.

“We'll have to cross that bridge when and if I come to it,” he said.

Marc Ginsberg, the chairman of the Egg Harbor Township Democratic Committee, said he has other candidates lined up in case Kalet has to step down.

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Jan 29, 2007




Barbaro winning the Kentucky Derby, May 6, 2006

Photo - credit www.churchilldowns.com

We will miss you Barbaro!

Thank you for everything you did for Barbaro:

Mr. and Mrs. Jackson, Dr. Dean Richardson, the New Bolton Center,

Trainer Michael Matz and Jockey Edgar Prado.




9/21/06 - Eric's in the news again!  Read the latest on ACRC here.

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Our Mission

Over 60 years ago, John B. Kelly realized a dream to establish a thoroughbred race track near the resort town of Atlantic City. With the help of celebrities such as Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra, Atlantic City Race Course became the place to be seen at. By the late 1970's the addition of the casinos on the boardwalk meant a slow but sure death for the racecourse. Despite the good intentions and efforts of its owners, Atlantic City Race Course could not operate profitably as attendance and handle dropped off year by year. In 2001, the track was sold to the owners of Philadelphia Park and is now essentially a simulcast facility on over 250 acres of land. At Calais Entertainment we seek to restore, revitalize and return the sport of kings to the Atlantic City region. In essence we sincerely believe that John Kelly's dream "is still alive." At Calais Entertainment, we have the ideas that will propel horse racing back to the top and ensure its profitability for years to come.

Company Profile

Calais Entertainment was founded in January 2005 as the brainchild of Eric Kalet. Eric has been a fan of horse racing since 1991 and has always dreamed of owning a racetrack, some racehorses and an all access pass to Belmont Park!!

Eric with the jockey statue of Holy Bull at Monmouth Park,  2005.

Contact Information - Calais Entertainment

Eric Kalet - Chairman, Calais Entertainment


Telephone 609.954.9263



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