Handle, Attendance Gain at Monmouth Park Summer Meet

Handle, Attendance Gain at Monmouth Park Summer Meet
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Monmouth Park

Monmouth Park, which will host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, concluded its 75-day summer meet Sept. 2 with solid gains in attendance and handle.

The New Jersey track reported total attendance of 672,790, with the average daily attendance of 8,971 representing a 5.6% gain over last year’s 8,497.

Total mutuel handle on Monmouth races from all sources totaled $232,265,187, an average of $3,096,869, which was an increase of 5.1% over last year. Total handle at the track, which includes simulcasting and live wagering, was $94,649,198, an average of $1,261,989 per day, an increase of 5.2% over last year.

“The entire meet was a wire-to-wire winner,” said Dennis Dowd, senior vice president of racing for the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority. “It should provide us with plenty of momentum as we prepare for the Breeders’ Cup in October. The numbers we saw this season at Monmouth Park are a true testament not only to the economic importance of this facility to the state of New Jersey, but to all the fans who continue to enjoy great racing at the Jersey Shore.”

Monmouth closed earlier than usual this year in order to prepare for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships that will be run there during the special four-day meeting Oct. 24-27.

Jockey Joe Bravo notched a record 13th title (and fifth in a row), with 110 wins, 20 more than Eddie Castro. Mario Madrid was top apprentice with 20 wins.

Todd Pletcher took his first Monmouth training title with 33 winners, narrowly defeating Bruce Levine and Jason Servis.

Peter Kazamias was the leading owner with 13 winners. Kevin Sleeter’s Talkin About Love, who became the first New Jersey-bred filly of the modern era to win the Monmouth Oaks, was the top performer of the meet as she won all five of her starts here.

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