Record crowd celebrates Father’s Day at Monmouth Park
A record Father’s Day crowd of 27,532 was on-hand at Monmouth Park on Sunday, as a 12-race program of Thoroughbred racing and Family Fun Day activities were in full force.
“Monmouth Park has certainly stamped itself the place to be on Father’s Day,” said Bob Kulina, president of Darby Development LLC, operators of the racetrack. “We are thankful for the great crowd that came out to the races and enjoyed a terrific afternoon of family fun and racing. We can only hope to continue to build on this great success for years to come.”
The previous Father’s Day record of 27,039 was set in 2011. Prior to 2011, Monmouth Park’s most recent Father’s Day crowds were: 24,262 (2010), 18,802 (2009), 23,058 (2008) and 23,975 (2007).
Sunday’s record comes on the heels of two big weekend days this meet. May 27 saw 23,020 in attendance (Food Truck Wars), while 16,236 were on-hand for the June 10th program (Irish Festival Day).
In addition to live racing, all dads accompanied by a child received free Grandstand admission to the track. All admissions received an entry blank to win tickets to local, professional sporting events.
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Friday, June 22 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:45 p.m. The 2012 racing season runs through Sunday, Oct. 7.