In an effort to increase field sizes and maintain purse levels, Monmouth Park officials are planning to reduce the number of live racing days for 2017.
According to the Asbury Park Press, Monmouth plans to run 50 days this year, with an additional six days of turf races planned for this fall at the Meadowlands. If the reduction in dates is approved, the total of 56 days would be down from 71 run between Monmouth and the Meadowlands last year.
Monmouth officials plan to eliminate any four-day race weeks, and will not race on July 4 (which falls on a Tuesday this year).
“What we're trying to focus on is keeping the racing as strong as it can be and keep ourselves relevant, because we do have a lot of good stuff happening this year that's really exciting,'' said Bob Kulina, president of Darby Development LLC., which operates Monmouth for the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horseman's Association.
Read more in the Asbury Park Press
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