In With the 'New' as Monmouth Readies for May 10 Opener

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Bookmark and Share



As Monmouth Park prepares to usher in its 69th season of racing on Saturday, May 10, there’s certainly plenty of “new” being added to the grand dame of the Jersey Shore. 

            Foremost among the new is a concert arena, to be located adjacent to the picnic area, with ground-breaking set to commence this summer.  This 7,500-seat venue is slated for an opening in 2015. 

            “It’s just yet another crowd-pleasing entertainment destination to complement the racetrack,” said Dennis Drazin, advisor to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Darby Development LLC, operators of Monmouth Park.  “We are continuing with a grand plan to make Monmouth Park Racetrack a multi-faceted entertainment destination.  This concert arena, coupled with plans for a new restaurant, is another step toward our long-term goals.” 

            While ground-breaking for the new restaurant, located between the mini-golf course and the new concert venue, is set to begin in a matter of weeks, the doors for the new William Hill Race & Sports Bar are set to swing open this Saturday.  Located on the first floor of the Grandstand, this state-of-the-art room features over 100 flat screen HD televisions, a 40-foot granite top bar as well as contest kiosks, where fans can make free sports plays for prizes. 

            “When sports wagering comes to New Jersey, we will be ready on day one,” Drazin said.  “We’re proud to have partnered with one of the world’s leaders in sports betting and look forward to a long partnership that proves beneficial to both of us, and more importantly to the horsemen and people of New Jersey.” 

            Also new for the 2014 season is the Frozen Furlong drink stand in the picnic area and a Tex-Mex concession stand near the paddock.  The Frozen Furlong will feature beverages for adults and children and will be host to the $5 daily lunch special. 

            And high-above all these new ground-level features will be Travis Stone, who takes the helm in the announcer’s booth on opening day.  Stone, currently the announcer at Louisiana Downs, replaces Triple Crown announcer Larry Collmus, who had been at Monmouth the past 20 seasons. 

            And while all this is happening on-track, about 60 miles up the road a new off-track betting parlor in Hillsborough is nearing completion with an expected opening in the coming months. 

            Add to all this trainer and starter bonuses, 50-cent trifectas, a new Daktronics video board on Route 36 and Oceanport Avenue and an enhanced marketing and promotion calendar. 

            “We believe this is just the tip of the iceberg,” Drazin said.  “With the likelihood of exchange wagering coming this summer and other new revenue streams that we continue to bring to Oceanport, we are confident in a strong and secure future for Monmouth Park.” 

            Monmouth Park’s 2014 meet runs from Saturday, May 10 through Sunday, September 28.