Betfair, operator of the world's most popular exchange wagering platform, has become title sponsor of New Jersey's most prestigious race, the $1 Million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.
When Monmouth Park begins a new season of racing Saturday, May 14, fans will notice a few new items around the racetrack, including a banner for Zayat Stables' American Pharoah, this year's inductee into the Oceanport, N.J. track's Hall of Champions.
For the first time exchange wagering will be available in the U.S. when Betfair U.S. launches a platform for New Jersey residents May 10.
Some 3-year-olds who have shown potential will take aim at a breakthrough victory in the Gotham Stakes March 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack but the promise of those 3-year-olds will be tested by Sunny Ridge.
The Triple Crown grind goes against Jason Servis' preference for giving his horses ample recovery time, and even though he's running the Withers (gr. III) winner in the Gotham, a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) run is no sure thing.
- By Frank Angst
I enjoyed catching up with owner-breeder Dennis Drazin last week for a Winner's Circle feature in the Feb. 13 Blood-Horse magazine. read blog
This week we take a closer look at Sunny Ridge, winner of the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) on Jan. 30 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Sunny Ridge would not be denied his first graded stakes win Saturday, Jan. 30 as he outlasted Vorticity to win the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The New Jersey Racing Commission has issued an exchange wagering license to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority through its agent Betfair US and manager Darby Development.
Monmouth Park officials said given the intense competition for gambling dollars and horses in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, the numbers from its just-completed 2015 race meet held up fairly well versus last year.
Sunny Ridge, a member of Holy Bull's final crop, went four-wide into the stretch and cruised unchallenged to victory in the $100,000 Sapling Stakes for 2-year-olds Sept. 6 at Monmouth Park.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled, by a 2-1 vote, that New Jersey's 2014 law authorizing sports betting at casinos and racetracks is illegal. An appeal, however, is planned.
Monmouth Park officials want Triple Crown winner American Pharoah back at the Oceanport, N.J. track and are working to entice his connections with a $1 million race in September, the Asbury Park Press reports.
The New Jersey State Senate honored Monmouth Park and the racetrack's recent success in hosting Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, who captured the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) on Aug. 2.
American Pharoah's dominating victory in the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) paced Monmouth Park in New Jersey to a record-breaking day.
When the racing spotlight falls on Monmouth Park this weekend, Dennis Drazin, who has helped guide the track in recent years, is confident fans who attend and watch on national television will see a top track.
Monmouth Park officials said July 30 that they reached out to other tracks to try to create a post-Triple Crown three-race series that would have carried a bonus.
- By Claire Novak
- Thoroughbred Racing, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Owner Ahmed Zayat has decided the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on Aug. 2 will be the Triple Crown winner's first start after a historic 5 1/2-length triumph in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Monmouth Park reported strong gains in pari-mutuel handle and record attendance for its three-day Memorial Day weekend May 23-25.
As Monmouth Park prepares for its upcoming season, Dennis Drazin, who advises the track operators, said during May 5 luncheon the New Jersey facility is operating in the black.
The group that operates Monmouth Park has reached out to the owner of Atlantic City Race Course to discuss leasing or purchasing the facility in southern New Jersey.
Sports betting at Monmouth Park will have to await another day in court following a decision Nov. 21 by the United States District Court granting an injunction stopping the Oceanport racetrack from taking such wagers.
A temporary restraining order requested by professional sports leagues has put New Jersey's plans to allow sports betting on hold. The state had planned to begin taking wagers Oct. 26.
Monmouth Park is to begin offering and accepting wagers on sporting contests and athletic events Oct. 26 at the New Jersey racetrack.
While the issue of sports wagering in New Jersey is still tied up in court, Monmouth Park is staying ahead of the curve in case it is approved by forming a group to provide oversight.
Officials at Monmouth Park broke ground the morning of Oct. 8 on a new 7,500-seat amphitheater, set to debut in 2015.
Monmouth Park reported increases in on-track and export pari-mutuel handle, as well as attendance, for its 57-day meet that ended Sept. 28.
Despite a United States Supreme Court decision not to hear the state of New Jersey's appeal of a ban on sports betting, Monmouth Park officials said June 27 they intend to take bets on sports in September.
Popular gelding Ribo Bobo continued his remarkable rise from the claiming ranks May 10 in capturing the $79,000 Decathlon Stakes, Monmouth Park's opening-day feature, by a comfortable 1 1/2 lengths.
Monmouth Park will begin its 2014 meet May 10 with a new race and sports bar and additions to its picnic and paddock areas.
Though New Jersey Thoroughbred racing has a long way to go from a financial perspective, some racetrack operators and horsemen's representatives appear bullish on the future.
Monmouth Park concluded its 61-day racing season Oct. 6 with across-the-board gains in attendance, on-track wagering, and simulcast handle.
Racing at Monmouth Park returns May 11 in Oceanport, N.J., with a 12-race program attracting a total of 117 entries.
The sports betting company William Hill has teamed with Monmouth Park in a long-term agreement to become the Oceanport, N.J., racetrack's exclusive sports betting provider.
Monmouth Park registered gains in average daily attendance but declines in pari-mutuel handle for its 65-day meet, officials said Oct. 7, closing day of the meet.
Monmouth Park, expected to be under lease to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, proposes to begin its live meet May 12 and offer 75 days of racing, 10 of them all-turf programs at Meadowlands.
Horsemen and state officials in New Jersey have reportedly reached agreement on dates and purses for the 2012 Monmouth Park meet, ending the question of whether the track would be open next year and under what circumstances.
Sunrise Smarty took all the heat up front and still had just enough to hang on for a half-length win in the $100,000 Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. III) on Thanksgiving at Aqueduct.
Despite political and financial uncertainty, New Jersey officials expect Monmouth Park to offer a similar schedule in 2011 and already are discussing ways to improve upon this year's Elite Summer Meet.
Northeast Regional Report: Dennis Drazin fights for horse racing in New Jersey. Read More
Dennis Drazin, a longtime Thoroughbred owner and breeder who has served as president of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, has been confirmed as a member of the New Jersey Racing Commission.
New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine signed an executive order March 5 creating a commission to study the state's horse racing industry and develop solutions for its long-term viability. The casino industry, which for years has subsidized horse racing in the state, will be involved in preparing the blueprint.
Jockeys who ride regularly in New Jersey could begin receiving an annual grant of $150,000 to help pay for health insurance if a deal is finalized during a December meeting between the New Jersey Racing Commission and the Jockeys' Guild.
- By Esther Marr
Atlantic City Race Course, which opened April 23 for six days of all-turf racing, will not send out the simulcast signal of its live meet due to a disagreement with the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.
As Atlantic City Race Course prepares for a six-day all-turf meet, from April 23-25 and April 30-May 2, many observers believe it will be the last hurrah for the New Jersey track that opened in 1946.
A proposal to use 80 acres from the soon-to-be-shuttered Fort Monmouth property in Oceanport, N.J., for a training and winter stabling facility has been made by Dennis Drazin, president of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, to borough officials.
With more dates in 2008 and, at this point, no purse subsidy from the state, New Jersey racing is at the crossroads again.
Two weeks before the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Monmouth Park, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine said he would support financial assistance for the state's horse racing and breeding industries.
The New Jersey Racing Commission and New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association made official March 31 a legal settlement that allows the state racing industry to proceed with plans to host the 2007 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Monmouth Park.
Racing officials have expressed little hope a conflict between regulators and horsemen can be resolved in time to salvage the plan for Monmouth Park to become the first New Jersey racetrack to host a Breeders' Cup.
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