Monmouth Park Meet to Run 71 Days

New Jersey track is being leased to Morris Bailey, effective June 1.

Monmouth Park announced that the current meet that began May 14 will run for 71 days, concluding  Nov. 6.

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which owns the track, recently entered into an agreement in which Morris Bailey will lease Monmouth Park, effective June 1.

It had been widely reported that Monmouth would race 71 days of Thoroughbred racing this year and the announcement made it official.

Throughout May, Monmouth will race Saturdays and Sundays, plus Monday, May 30, Memorial Day. From June through August, Monmouth will have live cards Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays each week, plus Monday, July 4.

After running a four-day Labor Day weekend schedule (Sept. 2 through Sept. 5), the track will offer racing on Saturdays and Sundays in September and October.  A Columbus Day holiday card is scheduled for Mon., Oct. 10.

Three cards in November will close out the 2011 season, with racing on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Nov. 4 through Nov. 6.

First post time every day during the meeting will be 12:50 p.m., with gates opening at 11:30 a.m.  The only exception will be Sunday, July 31, which features the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I). Post time on Haskell Day is 12 noon, with gates opening at 10 a.m.