N.J. – Monmouth Park Racetrack
was reported in fine shape following two days of cancellations as a result of
Hurricane Irene, which passed over the 65-year-old facility.
extremely lucky,” said Bob Kulina, vice president and general manager of
Monmouth. “A couple of downed trees and
some branches, but that’s it. Our
preparations and the great work of the staff here led to little damage to our
property and the safety of everyone that calls Monmouth Park
preparations included setting up the Monmouth Park Grandstand as a shelter for
backstretch workers. Anyone who resided
in barns one through six were forced to evacuate in advance of the storm, while
all other backstretch residents were under a voluntary evacuation.
detention barn was to be used for horses whose stalls may have flooded, but no
horse had to be moved as a result of Irene.
addition, the movement of over 100 umbrella tables that dot the picnic area, as
well as hundreds of televisions being covered or moved helped to minimize or
eliminate potential damage.
250 plus backstretch workers that came over to the Grandstand,” Kulina
said. “The food that would have fed the
groups here on Saturday was instead used to feed those who weathered the storm
in the Grandstand.
“I truly couldn’t be more pleased
with the effort put forth by everyone here at Monmouth. From security to the caterers, everyone
stepped up in advance of a situation that could have been far worse. Yes we were lucky, but just as important, we
As previously planned, the
racetrack was closed for training on Monday morning to ensure that all debris
was removed. Training will resume on
Monmouth Park opened as scheduled
for simulcasting on Monday with live racing to continue as planned on Friday,
Sept. 2 for a four-day holiday weekend.
Gates will open at 11:30 a.m., with first post set for 12:50 p.m.
The 2011 racing season runs through
Sunday, Nov. 6.