– Monmouth Park concluded its 2012 meet on Sunday,
Oct. 7, with an increase in attendance and declines in on-track and total
the uncertainty that surrounded this meet from the beginning, I’m happy we were
able to conduct a 2012 racing season,” said Dennis Drazin, advisor to the New
Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NJTHA) and Darby Development LLC,
operator of Monmouth Park Racetrack.
“Back in April it didn’t look like there would be a 2012 Monmouth meet
and to be able to maintain the purse levels we did and increase the number of
visitors to the racetrack, I would say our season was a success.”
For the 65-day
meet, which ran from May 12 through Oct. 7, the average attendance was 8,403, a
10.9% increase over last year’s average of 7,574. On-track wagering came in at $30,617,780 for
an average of $471,043. Last season, the
Oceanport racetrack showed on-track average handle of $490,999. Average daily all-source wagering on Monmouth
in 2012 was $4,060,335, a 13.5% decrease over the $4,695,424 averaged during
the 71 days in 2011.
what we knew coming into this meet, we anticipated a drop in our handle
numbers,” Drazin said. “This was our
first meet at the helm and it should provide a good starting point to build on
in the future.”
On May 4,
2012 the NJTHA entered into an agreement with the New Jersey Sports &
Exposition Authority (NJSEA) to lease Monmouth Park
for five years, with a horsemen’s option for three 10-year extensions. The NJSEA had operated Monmouth Park
now put a punctuation mark at the end of the era of uncertainty and will move
forward with our plans to revitalize Monmouth
Park,” Drazin said. “Expanded gaming opportunities, new family
entertainment and continued world-class Thoroughbred racing will be the
cornerstones of our future. No idea will
be too small and no goal too big to reach.
We’re committed to our fans, the racetrack, the community and our
horsemen to build a Monmouth Park which provides entertainment at the Jersey Shore
that is second-to-none.”
opening the 2012 racing season, the NJTHA installed four large-screen video
boards at the racetrack and welcomed a new on-track caterer. In addition, just last week, Bluegrass
miniature golf, located at the north-end of the Monmouth Park
property, opened for business.
projects were the results of vision and hard work by all interested parties,”
added Drazin. “But it’s really just the
tip of the iceberg of what the future holds here. Not only are we excited about the opportunity
to operate Monmouth
Park, but more
importantly committed to continuing the tradition of Thoroughbred racing while
building a more vibrant entertainment destination for locals and Shore-goers,
meet-end honors were Elvis Trujillo, who piloted 110 winners during the
meet. It was Trujillo’s third overall title and second in a
row following his victories in 2009 and 2011.
Jane Cibelli, who made Monmouth
Park history last year by
becoming the first female to win the training championship, successfully
defended her title, winning 30 races this year.
Patricia Generazio, whose charges visited the winner’s circle 17 times,
was the meet’s leading owner.
Thoroughbred racing in New Jersey shifts north
to the Meadowlands in East Rutherford for
eight all-turf cards beginning on Friday, Oct. 12. Racing at The Big M will be Fridays and
Saturdays through Nov. 3, with a first post of 2:15 p.m.