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2016 HASKELL INVITATIONAL

HERE COMES EXAGGERATOR

PARK PRESS 2016 HASKELL INVITATIONAL HERE COMES EXAGGERATOR PETER ACKERMAN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Exaggerator, with jockey

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Exaggerator, with jockey Kent Desormeaux, won the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Sunday.

Haskell Invitational win places Preakness victor in line to challenge for No. 1 horse in the world

victor in line to challenge for No. 1 horse in the world STEPHEN EDELSON COMMENTARY OCEANPORT

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OCEANPORT - Exaggerator left the rest of the 3-year-old division behind him in the sloppy wake Sun- day when he ran down the leaders, including Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, impressively in the $1 mil- lion betfair.com Haskell Invitational.

Now there’s a new target. Yup. You guessed it. None other than California Chrome. Because with the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita set to be Exaggerator’s final race of the year, his performance at Monmouth Park places him right at the top of the list of potential challengers for the No. 1 horse in the world. “I think the horse is going to be ready for the challenge by then,” said jockey Kent Desormeaux

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after their 1 1 2 length win over American Freedom. And why not Exaggerator? With Creator and Destin, the top two finishers in the Belmont Stakes, getting outrun by a maiden in the Jim Dandy Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga. And Beholder suffered a stunning loss in the Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar. So while the Travers Stakes at Saratoga is up

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the Travers Stakes at Saratoga is up See HASKELL, Page 5A PETER ACKERMAN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Crowds braved

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Crowds braved the rain at the 2016 Haskell Day at Monmouth Park in Oceanport.

rain at the 2016 Haskell Day at Monmouth Park in Oceanport. Developer’s beard awaits zoners’ OK

Developer’s beard awaits zoners’ OK

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RED BANK - He’s acknowledged that his wife isn’t too happy about it and that he may end up looking like Rip Van Winkle, but Ray Rapcavage has pledged not to shave his beard until the borough approves his con- tentious residential project slated for downtown. The plan calls for 16 market-rate, three-bedroom condos — each about 2,800 square feet — and two 1,000-square-foot carriage houses that would be af- fordable units. Rapcavage, owner of RayRap Realty,

wants to build on property he owns bound by Harding Road, Clay Street and Hudson Avenue, just west of Broad Street. Rapcavage slowly is reintroducing the project to Red Bank town officials after an earlier proposal for the site was rejected in December by the borough’s zoning board. That plan was for 22 units; the board decided it was too dense. Erik Yngstrom, a zoning board member, said the

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Investigator had filed lawsuit earlier this year

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TOMS RIVER - A detective in the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office who alleged in an April lawsuit he was retaliated against for speaking out against official corruption has now been fired from his post, according to county officials. Investigator Steven Mecka was terminated effec- tive July 2, following an administrative disciplinary hearing, said Keith J. Goetting, director of Ocean Coun- ty Government Employee Relations. The reason was not disclosed. Goetting said the decision to terminate Mecka was made by Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato. The director referred all questions about the dismissal to the prosecutor, who was not available for comment Thursday. Mecka, 41, had served as a detective in the Prosecu- tor’s Office since March 22, 2004. He received a total annual salary of $104,340 at the time of his dismissal, according to county records.

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dismissal, according to county records. See FIRED, Page 4A AUSTIN BOGUES/STAFF PHOTO Christian Fuscarino outside of
dismissal, according to county records. See FIRED, Page 4A AUSTIN BOGUES/STAFF PHOTO Christian Fuscarino outside of

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Christian Fuscarino outside of the new Garden State Equality office in Asbury Park.

Garden State Equality moving to Asbury Park

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ASBURY PARK - Inside the office space with dark, hardwood floors and rainbow-colored banners hanging in the front glass sit a few fold-up chairs, a desk, a com- puter and a very friendly dog named Jack. But soon, Christian Fuscarino of Belmar hopes it will be filled with volunteers eager to help advance the ef- forts of Garden State Equality. Formed in 2004, it’s the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group. Fuscarino, the group’s new executive director, said the new office space in Asbury Park would be crucial to broadening access to the organization across the state. Since the beginning of July, Fuscarino and two other full-time staffers have slowly moved operations into their new office at 1408 Main St. from their current headquarters in Essex County. Ahead of the group’s Asbury Park opening today, Fuscarino, 26, sat with the Press to share his thoughts on the move and ways to advance civil rights for the

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26, sat with the Press to share his thoughts on the move and ways to advance