Blue skies and balmy temperatures greeted a new era at Monmouth Park May 12 when the track opened its 67th season of Thoroughbred racing with increases in attendance and wagering over last year.
Uncertainty concerning live racing dates and average daily purse levels continue to swirl around the upcoming Monmouth Park season following the March 18 agenda meeting of New Jersey Racing Commission.
Longtime horse racing publicist Steven Schwartz died the morning of Nov. 20 at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune following complications from surgery. He was 64.
Reduced racing days results in record gains at Monmouth Park's "elite summer meet."
With nearly half of Monmouth Park's $50 million unique summer meet over, the Oceanport, N.J. track reports attendance, wagering and field size all continue to show double-digit or better gains over last year.
The radically altered new format for New Jersey racing will kick off May 22 with the 50-day race meet at Monmouth Park, it was announced March 15.
A new all-sources handle of $30,370,671 was established for Monmouth Park during the Oct. 26 running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, the track has reported.
John Petrini's homebred Joey P. rolled to a track-record victory in the $60,000 Decathlon Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday as 13,066 fans gave a rousing welcome back to Thoroughbred racing at the Jersey Shore.
Work is in full swing on more than $30 million of renovations and improvements to Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., as the shore oval prepares not only for its 62nd season of racing, but to host the Breeders' Cup World Championships set for Oct. 27.
Christopher M. McErlean is resigning as vice president of racing operations with New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority to join Penn National Gaming Inc., as vice president of racing next month.
The Meadowlands and Monmouth Park, both operated by the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, were awarded a combined 280 racing dates in 2007.
Four Monmouth Park-based horses with fevers who had blood tested were determined to be positive for the respiratory version of Equine Herpes Virus, it was learned late Wednesday afternoon.
Monmouth Park closed out its 2006 racing season Sept. 24 with declines in handle and attendance while paying the highest purses in track history.
Jockey Jose Lezcano, second in the Monmouth Park jockey standings, was taken to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch on Wednesday after being unseated by his mount Hermosillo during the running of the ninth race at the Oceanport, N.J., track.
Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands will be open for live and simulcast racing through the last live Thoroughbred race at Monmouth on July 4.
After eight months of work, officials announced Friday that the new Monmouth Park turf will be ready to go in time for its scheduled debut on June 24.
The Meadowlands and Monmouth Park will host a combined 280 racing dates in 2006.
The Meadowlands and Monmouth Park, the racing properties of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, have applied for 141 Thoroughbred dates for the 2004 racing season.
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