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New 3,800-Square Infield Video Board To Debut When Monmouth Park Opens May 7

April 28, 2022

A new state-of-the-art infield video board featuring nearly 3,800 square feet of digital LED and offering new camera angles for horses will debut when Monmouth Park’s 77th season of Thoroughbred racing gets underway on Saturday, May 7.

Part of the partnership between BetMakers Technology Group and Monmouth Park, the video board was built by Big Screen Video of Australia.

“This is another step in our ongoing commitment to enhance the fan experience,” said Dennis Drazin, Chairman and CEO of Darby Development, LLC, operator of Monmouth Park. “We appreciate the commitment by BetMakers Technology Group to racing at Monmouth Park and we know our fans are going to enjoy the technological capabilities the video board has to offer.”

Situated in front of the iconic tote board that was part of the Monmouth Park landscape for decades, the new video board will feature three sections.

The main screen measures 94.16 feet by 25.92 feet and will be bracketed by side screens measuring 37.8 feet by 17.64 feet.

Those screens will display live racing, the in-house handicapping segments, pool information and both pari-mutuel odds and Fixed Odds, as well as other graphics. New horse camera angles will also be available.

Monmouth Park’s 62-day meet starts with an eight-race card on May 7 as the prelude to the Kentucky Derby that evening. First race post time for the Monmouth Park card that day is 2 p.m.

A total of 52 stakes – 10 graded events – worth $8.305 million will highlight the meet, topped by the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Stakes on Saturday, July 23. Several stakes races will see a significant boost in purses this summer, including the Grade 1 United Nations, which goes from $500,000 to $600,000; the Grade 3 Monmouth Cup (from $300,000 to $400,000); the Grade 3 Molly Pitcher (from $250,000 to $400,000) and the Grade 3 Matchmaker (from $150,000 to $200,000).
All of those races, as well as the $100,000 Wolf Hill Stakes, will be on the Haskell Day undercard.