06/01/2012 2:21PM

Monmouth to bid for Breeders' Cup


The operators of Monmouth Park in New Jersey plan to submit a proposal to host the 2013 Breeders’ Cup, the top official at the track said on Friday.

Monmouth will submit the proposal within the next four to seven days, according to Dennis Drazin, the president of a horsemen-owned operating company that reached a deal earlier this year to lease Monmouth from the state. The proposal will ask for Monmouth to be considered for next year’s two-day event, along with events in 2014 and beyond, Drazin said.

The track’s bid for the 2013 event is likely a longshot, in part because the proposal is being submitted at a time when Breeders’ Cup is in the late stages of selecting next year’s host. The leading candidates for the 2013 event are Churchill Downs in Louisville and Santa Anita Park, the Southern California track that is hosting this year’s event. Belmont Park in New York is considered an outsider.

Monmouth has already hosted the Breeders’ Cup once, in 2007, the first year in which the event was expanded to two days, with three races on Friday and eight races on Saturday. Torrential rains fell the entire first day, and heavy rains continued to fall during most of the Saturday card. Attendance on Saturday was 41,781, the second-smallest crowd in the history of the event, and handle for all 11 races was $129.2 million, $3 million less than the handle for eight races a year earlier at Churchill Downs.

Drazin acknowledged that the 2007 event did not produce spectacular numbers, but he said the poor weather was mostly to blame.

“Given the conditions, I think our numbers, still to this day, were terrific,” Drazin said. “New Jersey deserves another chance.”

A spokesman for Breeders’ Cup, Jim Gluckson, said that the organization would not comment on the Monmouth bid or the timetable to name a 2013 host.

“It is our policy not to comment on discussions with potential host venues or announce timetables until the process is completed,” Gluckson said.

Breeders’ Cup typically requires host sites to secure tax holidays for the event, a process that usually entails the adoption of legislation. Passage of the legislation in New Jersey would need the support of Gov. Chris Christie, who pressed for the state to lease Monmouth because of dissatisfaction with the financial performance of the track and his unwillingness to use tax dollars to prop up the track’s operations.

Drazin said that he believed Christie’s administration would not object to the legislation considering the prestige of the Breeders’ Cup.

“I’m confident that we will be able to get some support over the next couple of days that would indicate the governor is behind us,” Drazin said.

Babette Cade More than 1 year ago
Yaaay! Hoping Monmouth gets this. Sick of Santa Anita hosting all the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If this is a world championship event, it should also be held in Europe and Dubai.
Cougar Paisley More than 1 year ago
Really? They couldn't handle a food truck war this past weekend. With 20,000 people, most of them there for the event and not the horse racing, the lines for betting tellers were 20 minutes deep. The lines for the new food concessionaire inside the track were double in time to wait, easy 45 minutes. They ran out of food all over the place. The new operator has only taken over a month ago and it's a disaster already. They expect to lose over 6 million per year going forward and the state had to kick in 4 million just to get this year going. Let's see if they can handle something simple like Father's Day before we have delusions of grandeur.
Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
We all know just how dim the people who run the Breeders' Cup are...but I cannot believe that they'd be dumb enough to revisit Monmouth: a place condemned by none other than Sir Henry Cecil and Mutton Chops himself, John McRirick, as being a dump.
HorseRacingNJ More than 1 year ago
. . . .And we have a Euro to thank for the one dim moment of Breeders Cup 2007. RIP George Washington, you never should have been entered in that race.
Paul Patane More than 1 year ago
Chad your kidding right. Monmouth Park and the Triple Crown in the same sentence. Whats Monmouth Park claim to fame. 5 horse field, Paul Laduka on Tvg.com hyping claiming 8k races, Joe Bravo leading a bunch of towels for jocks. Really. The Haskell every year is a ok race, but cant even compare to the Spa's Grade 1 Travers. Monmouth is Aqueduct, but its 80 degrees instead of 35, and TVG acts like its great racing.
CWineke More than 1 year ago
Well said!
HorseRacingNJ More than 1 year ago
The Haskell is on par with the Travers consistently. May not have the same history, but YOU'RE in denial if you call it AN "ok race". As a fan of racing in NY-NJ, I do believe that Belmont has waited long enough and should be next on the list, however. After that, Monmouth deserves it again too-- great atmosphere, awesome turf course.
Paul Patane More than 1 year ago
How bout we keep giving it to SA, now Monmouth Park, and maybe Lonestar Park again. Ya, that sounds good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Churchill ALWAYS has a larger attendance than SA, it's easier for europeans to ship and the climate is more like Europe's.
Paul Patane More than 1 year ago
Its a crime that a Big Belmont dosent get the BC every 3 to 4 years. The facility is great, can hold 110 thousand large and the 95 & 01 BC were historically great.
Mike Bilinskas More than 1 year ago
wow what a joke that would be .... again.......
Chas Glazer More than 1 year ago
Even though I live 20-minutes away from Santa Anita and have attended the past two BC's held there and will attend this year....I would like to see Belmont get the races in 2013 and become part of three track rotation: Churchill - Belmont - Santa Anita...It is in the best interest for all the sport especially the fans....But, what do I know..I am just a fan...
mrm More than 1 year ago
Are you kidding? The way thing are going in NJ there won't be any racing inthat state in 2013.