09/29/2014 1:05PM

Monmouth meet closes with across-the-board gains

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The Monmouth Park meeting that concluded Sunday showed gains in attendance, ontrack handle, and all-sources handle, according to figures released by the track Monday.

Average attendance at the 57-day meet was 9,296, an increase of 3.4 percent over 2013, when 61 days of racing were held. Ontrack betting at the meet averaged $538,540 per day, 5.6 percent higher than the $510,106 wagered daily last year.

Average daily all-sources handle on the Monmouth races was $4.59 million, an increase of 3.5 percent over the 2013 average of $4.4 million.

The Monmouth figures are bolstered each year by Haskell Day. This year’s announced Haskell attendance was 35,983, and $15,952,611 was wagered.

“Last year, we thought we had turned the corner, and this year’s successes have put us on firmer ground as we continue to build a better racing program and entertainment destination that is second to none,” said Dennis Drazin, adviser to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Darby Development LLC, operators of the racetrack.

Ongoing projects at Monmouth include the construction of a restaurant near the track’s miniature golf course and the 2015 completion of a 7,500-seat amphitheater. A new offtrack betting parlor is scheduled to open soon in Hillsborough, N.J.

Paco Lopez won his third Monmouth riding title. Lopez dominated the meet with 120 wins, more than double the 58 of runner-up Gabriel Saez. Lopez set a Monmouth record by winning seven races on May 17. He came back to have another seven-win day June 6.

Jorge Navarro won his second straight training title with 43 wins. White Wabbit Wacing was the leading owner with 24 wins.

The most notable equine performances of the meet belonged to Bayern, who won the Haskell by more than seven lengths; Main Sequence, who defeated Twilight Eclipse by a neck in the United Nations; and Itsmyluckyday, who won the Salvator Mile and then went on to win the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga.

C.Richard Waller More than 1 year ago
Thats great.Good job by the horsemen and Dennis. And maybe some day some gaming at MP.
mikey More than 1 year ago
They are already platting a lot of games.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure but I think they cut back to three days is that true?
mikey More than 1 year ago
Last few weeks 2 They run at the meadowlands on turf.Some of the trotters are faster.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
A lot of tracks should be taken notice
Michael Infurna More than 1 year ago
If there were an average of 9200+ people there per day, 1/2 of them must have been ghosts!!
Daniel More than 1 year ago
That's not a fair statement... I was there most weekends and they averaged well over 10k on Saturdays and Sundays. So if Fridays were lighter and it drove down the average to 9200, completely realistic. I'd say most Saturdays there were 12K-15K people there throughout the grounds and the picnic area.
johnd More than 1 year ago
Was at Monmouth for more than half the racing dates and the average of 9200 seems accurate. Most Saturdays and Sunday had between 12,000 to 15,000 so even if Fridays averaged only 5,000 the 9,200 is realistic. Oh, by the way, how many times were YOU at Monmouth this past summer?
mikey More than 1 year ago
5000 of the 9200 were in the picnic area betting 20 bucks for the day.Racing is so bad Jersey Joe rides less than ever.Other than Paco and 2 others it's a bunch of has beens.
gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
...An then the MP riders go to GP and wipe there butts with the NY riders.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
Seems a bit cruel - if some folks only bet $20. isn't that their choice. A nice day a few wagers sounds like my dad and uncle.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Yes thaks great but tracks cannot survive on those kind of bettors.
Rosemarie Cola More than 1 year ago
NJ Strong, Monmouth Park Strong !!!! .
Adam Strominger More than 1 year ago
Get sports betting;Place will be hopping on the weekends