Handicapper Blog

Posted by Brian Skirka on Thursday, May 10, 2012 3:28 PM

The Monmouth Park Blog continues this week with a look at Opening Day and the rest of the soon-to-start 2012 Monmouth Park season.  Two big changes will await those of you who will make an appearance at the Shore’s Greatest Stretch this year.  The first is four new video boards throughout the track.  Second is a new concessionaire.  With “ability to view races” and “food” two of the bigger aspects of a day at the track, these should be welcome additions.


Event-wise, the May 27 Food Trucks Wars is new.  Close to 30 trucks serving out various types of good food – that sounds good to me.  And of course we have the Crab Cake and BBQ festivals coming back. 


On the track, the Opening Day feature is a good one.  A nine-horse field going six furlongs – and all nine horses are stakes winners.  Can Zero Rate Policy bounce back?  He was ready to blow the roof off the place after his first two races of the winter.  His last two…not so much.  Can Congressional Page bounce back to his 2010 form?  He’s a perfect 3-for-3 at Monmouth Park.  Can Wildcat Brief run them all down in his first start of the year?  What happened to Soaring Stocks last time?  The questions go on and on.  It’s a nice race.


Lastly, you’ll likely notice the length of the blogs will be way down this year.  That’s just a result of circumstance as a lot has changed since we signed off last year.  The two-day-a-week blog is no more.  I’m going to try to post something every Thursday, but I’m also not going to make any promises.  It’s going to be a very busy summer, but I’ll try my best to keep the blog as lively as possible.


Let’s talk Preakness next week.

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Brian Skirka graduated from Rutgers University in 2007 with a degree in journalism. He currently works for Monmouth Park’s marketing and publicity departments and is in his fifth year working at the track. In the past, Brian’s work has also been published on www.thebigm.com and www.ntra.com.