New Meadowlands Racetrack Chairman Jeff Gural (center) cut the grand opening ribbon at Winners Bayonne, the new sports bar and wagering facility, on Tuesday, July 17. Joining him left to right are: jockey Chuck C. Lopez, Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith, McLoone’s Bayonne Grille owner Tim McLoone, harness driver Brian Sears and Gallo Blue Chip, the richest standardbred racehorse of all time.
The grand opening of Winners Bayonne brought together celebrities from both sides of the racing world on Tuesday, July 17. Holding Gallo Blue Chip, the richest standardbred racehorse of all time, are Chuck C. Lopez, one of the all-time leading riders at the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park, and Brian Sears, six-time leading driver at the Meadowlands. They are joined by Gallo Blue Chip’s caretaker, Sharon Galligan. Gallo Blue Chip won more than $4 million in purses during his career.
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Eat. Drink. Bet. Those three words are all under the same roof at Winners Bayonne, which opened to the public on Tuesday, July 17. The sports bar with action is open daily at 11 a.m. Go to WinnersBayonne.com for wagering and dining information.
About Winners Bayonne
A sports bar with action, the 25,000 square-foot venue boasts two large simulcast areas, a VIP room and a 38-seat bar and full-service restaurant operated by McLoone’s. With more than 150 television screens, the facility aims to please horseplayers and sports fans alike.
Winners Bayonne is the first off-track wagering facility to be built and operated by Jeff Gural’s New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC. Built on a vacant lot on Route 440, the venue is an $18 million new construction that brings 100 jobs and an estimated $200,000 in property taxes to the city of Bayonne.
McLoone’s Bayonne Grille marks restaurateur Tim McLoone’s second venture into the off-track wagering business, with Favorites at Woodbridge being the first. The partnership is a natural one for the Jersey Shore musician. His family has been involved in horseracing for decades and, in fact, his father had at one time headed both Freehold Raceway in New Jersey, as well as the now-defunct Bowie Racecourse in Maryland.
SOSH Architects of Atlantic City, NJ designed Winners Bayonne. LP Ciminelli of Buffalo, NY managed construction of the project.
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