Throwing back to their decision last August, Monmouth Park officials have again banned horses which ship out to race at Suffolk Downs from returning to the Monmouth stable area. According to bloodhorse.com, about 65 horses were shipped from Monmouth to Suffolk during the four race days in August 2016, and horsemen were charged a fine of $1000 for each horse run at Suffolk and returned to Monmouth. In the end, an anonymous donor paid the fines (stipulating that the money be spent on aftercare).
This year, the problem continues to be a lack of horses to fill all the races in the area. Approximately 1000 horses are stabled on Monmouth's 1600-capacity backside, and it already struggles to fill three cards a week. When Suffolk runs a day with nearly double the purse money Monmouth is able to offer, horsemen are inclined to take advantage of that money rather than run at their “home” track.
“There are just not enough horses. There is a lack of inventory everywhere. We're fighting over minutia when the issue is the big picture in the industry,” said Monmouth president Bob Kulina.
Read more at bloodhorse.com.
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