11/21/2014 3:12PM

Monmouth trims eight days from 2015 schedule


Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., plans to run eight fewer live racing dates in 2015 under a schedule approved on Thursday by the New Jersey Racing Commission.

The schedule calls for Monmouth to run 49 live race cards, down from 57 this year, with racing on a Saturday and Sunday schedule from May 9 until the end of June. After that, Monmouth plans to run on a Friday through Sunday schedule until closing day, on Sept. 7, Labor Day.

Thoroughbred racing will also take place on weekends throughout the rest of September and through October at the New Meadowlands, under a lease by the horsemen-led company that operates Monmouth. The schedule calls for all turf racing.

This year, New Meadowlands had plans to run 14 live Thoroughbred racing dates, but inclement weather caused the cancellation of six of the programs.

Atlantic City Race Course was approved for six live race dates, to be run April 23-26 and April 28-29. The abbreviated meet will feature only turf racing, as it has in the recent past.

mikey More than 1 year ago
This is a crime.Only 4 people care if one of the best tracks to visit can stay open.Monmouth is hurting just as racing is.Looks like no slots no smaller tracks.They need sports betting like we need water to stay alive.
Victor Gelsi More than 1 year ago
I always liked Monmouth Park. A pain to get to from the parkway on the weekend in the summer, but to me it is worth it,The paddock reminds me of the old Gulfstream one, but don't get me started on how they ruined that once great racetrack.
Bob More than 1 year ago
They could schedule 80 fewer racing dates in 2015 and it nobody would notice or care! Monmouth is just another tired, worn out racing venue that cards one boring, meaningless racing dates after another. With New Jersey apparently invoking the "Mandatory Scratch Rule" that was first instituted in California and then perfected to a fine art at the NYRA tracks, the fields at Monmouth rarely consist of more than half a dozen horses and half of those are maiden races with two out of six horses going post-ward at less than 2-1 odds. The racing industry, like Hollywood and so many other consumer oriented industries in the U.S., just can't seem to grasp the idea that "less is more." The attitude seems to be that if we can make any money at all by engaging in the business then we must be able to make even more if we flood the market with too much product.
gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
Forget about horse racing for a second. NJ is the next Detroit. People are leaving this state in droves. The ones that stay wish they could leave too. MP is a great facility. We know what the racing can be like in Oceanport. Hopefully they can hold on long enough to get an added revenue source but by then they may not have enough J breds to fill any race cards. Hey, Gov. Christie how much longer are you gonna let Del, Pa, and NY stomp all over AC and the Race Tracks?
mikey More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best tracks in the USA to go with your family.You feel safe and can picnic have fun with the kids.The racing has gotten a bit weak so what.Hope they get sports betting and come back to the glory days.