Monmouth Kicks Off 61-Day Racing Season On Saturday

Friday, May 10, 2013



Looking as beautiful as ever after cleaning up the damage wrought by Sandy, Monmouth Park will open for its 68th season of Thoroughbred racing on Saturday with a 12-race card that starts at 12:50 p.m.

There will be free grandstand admission and half-price clubhouse admission on Saturday.

The 61-day meeting will run through Sunday, October 6, here in Oceanport. New Jersey horsemen will also run a 10-day meeting, all races on turf, at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J., from Oct. 11-Nov. 2.

Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. each day, and first post time will be 12:50. The only exception is Sunday, July 28, when the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational tops the card. Gates open on Haskell Day at 10 a.m., with post time for the first race set at 12 noon.

During May, Monmouth will offer live racing on Saturday and Sunday until the last week, when a card will be added on Memorial Day Monday (May 28). Three-day-a-week racing starts on Friday, May 31, and continues through June, July and August. There will also be live racing on Thursday, July 4.

After a four-day Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-Sept. 2), Monmouth returns to weekend only racing through Oct. 6.

Grandstand admission is $3 daily, with seniors (55 and up) at $2. Clubhouse admission is $5 ($3 for seniors). On Haskell Day, grandstand admission is $5 and clubhouse admission is $8 ($3 and $5 for seniors). Children 12 and under are always free.

Two new wagers have been added this year. The first is a 10-cent Jersey Shore Six, a pick six wager that is similar to the “Rainbow Six” which proved so popular at Gulfstream Park over the winter. Monmouth will also go “back to the future” by adding a $5 quinella on the last race each day. The quinella – picking the first two horses in any order – was the first exotic wager in New Jersey in the early 1960s.