Barn Notes

With Sandy Damage Repaired, Monmouth Park Adds Improvements For 2013 Racing Season

Posted Tuesday, May 7, 2013



Like everywhere else on the New Jersey Shore, the first order of business in the new year for Monmouth Park was to repair the damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy last October. 

          With that $5.7 million project now complete, the Oceanport track is putting the finishing touches on some new projects that will greet visitors when Monmouth opens for its 68th season of Thoroughbred racing on Saturday, May 11. 

Tom Newman, a veteran Monmouth employee who took over as the track’s Director of Operations this year, said that additions to the amenities this year include two new bars, one in the grandstand and one in the picnic area. 

“We built a bar on the grandstand apron,” Newman said. “It faces the racetrack, and it will have a deck for better viewing.  

“We also added a bar in the picnic area,” he said. “It will offer draft beer only.” 

Another new development this year is a fire suppression system (sprinklers) in the clubhouse and parterre boxes. This is Phase 2 of the project that started with refitting the grandstand fire suppression system. 

Those fans who visit Monmouth’s extensive and popular picnic area will also see a new tent that replaces the big top destroyed by the storm. 

Because of flooding in the stable area during the storm, nine barns had to be completely rebuilt (Barns 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,30). In addition, the stall office building, which also houses the New Jersey Racing Commission backstretch office, was completely rebuilt, as was the stablegate guard shack. 

“Of course,” Newman said with a smile, “everything got painted again. Everything gets painted every year. Plus we added some new signage and painted the new Monmouth logo in key areas.” 


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