The representatives of eight prospective lessees of Monmouth Park were on hand Thursday to submit $25,000 deposit checks in the hopes of becoming the new operator of the Oceanport, N.J., track.\r\nThe New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority is taking applications on a five-year lease for Monmouth in response to Gov. Chris Christie&rsquo;s directive for the state to get out of the horse racing business and eliminate state subsidies for the industry. The lease includes an off-track wagering facility in Woodbridge, licenses to build four more off-track facilities, and a 50-percent share in the Sports Authority&rsquo;s share from on-line and telephone wagering.\r\n&ldquo;This shows there are a lot of high-end people interested in operating Monmouth Park as a racetrack, not a slots track,&rdquo; said Bob Kulina, longtime general manager at Monmouth. &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s fair to say that whoever negotiates the winning deal has Thoroughbred racing interests.&rdquo;\r\nMonmouth announced that the following paid the refundable $25,000 at the mandatory meeting: BetFair, the owner of Television Games Network; Ocala Meadows, headed by Frank Stronach of MI Developments; Greenwood Racing, owners of Parx Racing, Atlantic City Race Course and a half-owner of the Freehold harness track; John Brunetti, owner of Hialeah Park and a former Monmouth Park shareholder before the track was purchased by the state in 1986; Mike Musto, representing the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen&rsquo;s Association; The Angelo Gordon Co. investment group; Morris Bailey, the owner of Resorts casino in Atlantci City and a horse breeder and owner; and Bernard Dowd, a local businessman, horse breeder, and owner.\r\nMonmouth Park ran a 50-day Elite Meet last year, with purses averaging about $1 million per day, thanks to a subsidy from the state&rsquo;s casino interests which has now expired. The Elite Meet was followed by a 21-day meet which offered a lower purse structure. Monmouth has been approved to hold a 141-day meet this year, even though that figure could be reduced. Kulina said Thursday he expects purses will average less than $200,000 per card this year if the track were to race all 141 days.\r\nOther parties that attended the conference but didn&rsquo;t submit the $25,000 fee can still do so before a March 31 deadline. The new lessee is expected to be revealed shortly thereafter with the lease scheduled to go into effect June 1.