Monmouth Park

Monmouth Seeks New Partner to Keep Exchange Wagering Alive in New Jersey

In the wake of last week's news that Betfair intends to pull the plug on its exchange wagering platform in New Jersey on Oct. 1, Dennis Drazin, the chairman and chief executive of Darby Development LLC, which operates Monmouth Park, told the New Jersey Racing Commission Sept. 16 that his track is actively seeking another partner to continue the bettor-versus-bettor style of wager-matching that is popular in other parts of the world but hasn't quite caught on in America. "Although they want out of business, we do not," Drazin said....

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Betfair to Pull Plug on NJ Betting Exchange

Beginning Oct. 1, Betfair will no longer accept exchange wagers from its New Jersey customers, ending a brief and unsuccessful experiment in the U.S. for a form of wagering that couldn't overcome a number of obstacles that stood in its way of success. Founded in 2000, Betfair introduced exchange wagering in the U.K., where it proved to be wildly popular. A betting exchange is a marketplace where customers set their own odds on a horse. If someone accepts those odds, the bets are matched. This also allows customers to act...

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Mischievous Dream Lands Sorority in Dramatic Fashion for Into Mischief

The stellar weekend for Spendthrift Farm stalwart Into Mischief continued with a new stakes winner in Monmouth's Sorority S. Monday. Unveiled against New York-breds sprinting at Saratoga, Mischievous Dream closed to win by a length July 19, but could only manage fourth after a wide trip over course and distance in the Bolton Landing S. there Aug. 19. Stepped up to a mile for the first time, the third choice sidled over to the rail and settled in midpack in the full field behind splits of :23.20 and :48.37. Catching...

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Griffin Takes the Mic at Monmouth

Chris Griffin will call the races for the remainder of the Monmouth Park meeting as regular announcer Frank Mirahmadi returns to California Sept. 12 to call the upcoming Santa Anita meeting. The Monmouth meet concludes Sept. 27 and will be followed by a nine-day Meadowlands-at-Monmouth meet in October. Griffin, 39, most recently served as the track announcer at Sam Houston Race Park. "It's a huge opportunity. I'm excited," said Griffin. "I'm looking forward to getting back into the booth and calling races. This has been a strange year, as everyone...

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Letter to the Editor: The Good People in the Game

At a time when there's so much negative news in the Thoroughbred industry (and sadly, the entire world it seems) some of the good people in the game merit a few words. On August 29th, veteran rider Jose Ferrer celebrated his 4500th career victory on our filly Tracy Ann's Legacy (Shackleford) at Monmouth Park. The video from that win is priceless; you can hear Jose's wife, Steffi and their two kids screaming and cheering as she comes down the stretch seven lengths in front. Seeing Jose's face as he brings...

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Monmouth Park’s Dennis Drazin Issues Statement Supporting Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act

Darby Development CEO and Monmouth Park Operator Dennis Drazin issued the following statement Friday regarding the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act: As Chairman and CEO of Monmouth Park Racetrack and as counsel and advisor to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NJTHA), I am pleased to announce Monmouth Park's support for the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act. I had the opportunity to listen carefully to the press conference at Keeneland where Senator Mitch McConnell announced his support for this historic legislation designed to improve the integrity and safety...

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Monmouth to Expand Indoor Dining

The easing of restrictions on indoor dining throughout New Jersey beginning Friday, Sept. 4, Monmouth Park will expand its indoor dining on a limited capacity, pending N.J. Racing Commission approval. The expanded dining venues will include: 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% of the indoor dining area, as per Gov. Phil Murphy's Executive...

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No Bug, No Problem for Ferrin Peterson

When Ferrin Peterson came to Monmouth to ride this spring, she expected that she would have nine months as an apprentice rider to get her feet under her. And if she hadn't been so good, she would have. Last weekend at Monmouth, Peterson not only lost her bug after winning her 40th race Saturday, but went on to have the most successful weekend of any rider at the track, with four wins, five seconds and five thirds. Three of those wins came without the seven-pound allowance with which she had...

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2020 Renewals of the Smart N Fancy, Eatontown Officially Downgraded

The American Graded Stakes Committee has ruled that the Aug. 27 Smart N Fancy S. at Saratoga and Monmouth Park's GIII Eatontown S., contested Aug. 29, will remain downgraded for 2020 after both events were taken off the turf and moved to the main tracks last week. The Smart N Fancy was automatically downgraded to a non-listed black-type, while the Eatontown became a listed race after its removal from the turf. All races that are originally scheduled for the turf but subsequently moved to the dirt are automatically downgraded, however,...

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Ketner Sweeps NJ Thoroughbred Festival Card

Dr. Mark Ketner was celebrating a rare feat at the conclusion of Monmouth's New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival Sunday--the Colts Neck-based vet foaled all 10 winners on the card. "It was pretty crazy," Ketner said. "We have kind of an unusual practice. I have a farm practice with a racetrack practice based here in Monmouth County. Most of the Jersey-breds are foaled here in Monmouth County, and we've just been lucky enough to have some of the same farms for many years--they're all good farms and they're all right here." Highlights...

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New Jersey Budget Proposal Cuts Out Racing Subsidy

A $32.4-billion budget proposal announced Tuesday by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy does not include a $20-million annual subsidy that has been split between the state's Thoroughbred and harness industries. The story was first reported by the website njonlinegambling.com. The subsidy was signed into law in 2019 as a way to help New Jersey's struggling tracks, the only tracks in the region that did not benefit from revenues from casinos. The bill called for $100 million in subsidies to be paid out over five years but also had a provision...

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Meadowlands-at-Monmouth Meet Added to Racing Schedule for October

A nine-day Meadowlands-at-Monmouth Park meet will be added to the Thoroughbred racing calendar starting on Preakness Day, Saturday, Oct. 3, pending regulatory approval. Live racing will be held Oct. 3 and 4 at Monmouth Park and then every Wednesday and Saturday for the remainder of the month. There will also be a special Columbus Day holiday program Monday, Oct. 12. The Meadowlands-at-Monmouth meet will feature a stakes schedule totaling $900,000, highlighted by the GIII Monmouth S. at 1 1/8 miles on the turf Oct. 10. First race post time throughout...

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