Governor Phil Murphy

Monmouth is Open, but the Virus is Never Far Away

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Marty Kuczynski didn't mind that he had to have his temperature taken before being allowed to get into Monmouth Park Sunday or that he was required to wear a mask. Kuczynski had missed Monmouth Park and he was glad to be back. "We wanted to get out of the house," said Kuczynski, who was accompanied by five family members. "We wanted to do something. We've been quarantining in and trying to keep as safe as we could. Monmouth Park is such a beautiful place and we love...

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Monmouth Attendance Will Be Limited to Fewer Than 3,000

Hoping to allow crowds as large as 15,000 to its live racing days, Monmouth Park management has been given new guidelines by Governor Phil Murphy's office that will cap live attendance at a much smaller number. Dennis Drazin, chairman and CEO of Darby Development LLC., which operates the track, was still crunching the numbers yesterday prior to opening day at the abbreviated meet and going over what he could and could not do, but estimated that the amount of people that would be allowed in the track would be between...

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Monmouth Park Can Open With Fans

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced Monday that, as of July 2, the state's casinos and racetracks can open at 25% capacity. Dennis Drazin, who heads the operations team at Monmouth Park, said that while some details still need to be clarified by Murphy's office, he is of the belief that Monmouth can allow as many as 15,000 people a day at the races. Drazin bases that number on Monmouth being able to accommodate as many as 60,000 fans, roughly the number that attended American Pharoah's GI Haskell Invitational in...

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Horse Racing Gets Green Light in New Jersey

During his daily press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy announced that horse racing in the state can return, spectator-free, as early as next week. Sticking to its original plan, Monmouth Park will conduct its first day of live racing Friday, July 3. "We're incredibly thankful to Governor Murphy for letting us get back to work," said Dennis Drazin, Chairman and CEO of Darby Development, LLC, operators of Monmouth Park. "This is welcome news for horsemen and even better news for New Jerseyans. "The Governor...

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