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Monmouth Park To Expand Indoor Dining Areas Starting Friday; Limited Number Of Derby Day Picnic Party Packages Remain

September 03, 2020

A limited number of Kentucky Derby Day Picnic Party food and drink packages remain available for Saturday, Sept. 5, as Monmouth Park combines a day of live racing with simulcasting of the entire Kentucky Derby program from Churchill Downs.

In addition, with the easing of restrictions on indoor dining throughout the state beginning Friday, Monmouth Park will now have the following locations open for indoor dining on a limited capacity, pending N.J. Racing Commission approval: The William Hill Sports Bar, the first floor grandstand in front of the video board, the Patio Terrace Teletheater and available reserved group rooms.

Dining areas will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Capacity for indoor dining will be restricted to 25 percent of the indoor dining area, as per Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 183. Masks are required for entry to the racetrack and social distancing guidelines will be in effect. Outside food and drink are not permitted.

Gates open on Friday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m., with simulcasting of the Kentucky Oaks card on Friday. First race post time for live racing Friday through Monday during the holiday weekend will be 12:50 p.m.

Parking and admission remain free.

Cost for the Derby Day Picnic Party package is $37.50 per person. It includes all-you-can-eat food and soft drink service from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and access to the front side picnic area seating. The menu consists of pasta salad, hot dogs (with chili, cheese and/or sauerkraut), cheeseburgers, BBQ chicken on the bone, chocolate chip cookies, watermelon, bottled water and assorted coke products.

Tickets can be purchased in advance on line at

If any Derby Day Picnic Party packages remain they will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday.

Monmouth Park is also offering guaranteed entry on Kentucky Derby Day for $10, which includes a $10 food voucher that patrons will receive upon entry. Guaranteed entry tickets are also available on line at

Free general admission on Kentucky Derby Day will be permitted on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited in accordance with state regulations for capacity restrictions.

Monmouth Park’s Kentucky Derby Day festivities will include a Derby Day Best Dressed contest. The fan selected with the best coordination of outfit, mask, hat, and accessories will be declared the winner and will receive a $100 Kentucky Derby wager.

Mint Juleps, the traditional Kentucky Derby drink, will be offered throughout the facility as well and will be served in a commemorative Kentucky Derby 146 glass.

The Monmouth Park Gift Shop, located in the Grandstand, will also be selling Kentucky Derby 146 glasses, t-shirts and other Derby-related items.

The live racing card on Saturday will be headlined by the Grade 3 Red Bank Stakes for 3-year-olds-and-up at a mile on the turf.

Scheduled post time for the Kentucky Derby is 7:02 p.m.