Meadowlands Wraps 2015 Meet with Large Gain in Handle; Ferrer, Ness Capture Big M Turf Titles

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

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East Rutherford, N.J. – The all-turf Monmouth-at-Meadowlands Thoroughbred meet wrapped up on Oct. 31, with the 10-day stand showing a gain of 19% in total handle.

With six-race cards offered on each live date, the average 2015 total handle came in at $1,235,552 compared to $1,038,747 in 2014, when eight six-race cards were contested.  When comparing the numbers to 2013, the gain is 25% when an average of $988,547 was wagered across nine six-race cards.

“Cleary, the momentum is on our side,” said Dennis Drazin, advisor to Darby Development LLC, operators of the Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet.  “We’re thankful to all the horsemen that continue to support this meet and to the fans who have truly embraced it.  We’ll look to build on this success and continue to offer full competitive fields next year and in the years to come.”

Leading rider went to Jose Ferrer, who booted home eight winners.  Represented by Steve Worsley, the 51-year-old Ferrer has a long history with the Big M, becoming the first jockey to pilot five winners on a single Meadowlands card when he was just 19 years old. 

Top conditioner was Jamie Ness, who sent out four winners over the 10 days.

Thoroughbred racing returns to New Jersey next spring at Monmouth Park.  As always, Monmouth Park, Woodbridge and Hillsborough OTWs are open seven days a week for simulcasting from across the country and around the globe.