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Monmouth Park Racetrack

Monmouth Park Racetrack is located in Oceanport, New Jersey. First opening in 1870, Monmouth Park is currently owned by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA). The venue is known affectionately as The Shore’s Greatest Stretch and hosts concerts, music festivals, and other forms of family friendly entertainment.

The backstretch not only houses approximately 1,600 horses in 38 barns, but also serves as a small community for the horsemen and track employees. Located in the center of the backstretch is an area called “The Quadrangle.” Here we find the Frenchman’s Kitchen, where the motto is “Eat your betting money, but never your eating money.”

The horse racing track’s grandstand is capable of seating 13,000, while the clubhouse can seat 5,000 people. The track offers a free wagering seminar daily at noon. Monmouth also offers its “Dawn Patrol,” a popular tour that occurs on Thursday and Friday mornings from June to August. The two-hour tour includes a tram ride, horse-training session, visit with jockeys and a discussion of the track’s history.

Monmouth also offers Family Day on Sundays. With clowns, face painting, pony rides, and other activities, children can enjoy the day at the races. Monmouth offers a wide array of dining options, including: The Salvator Bar and Grill, The Dining Terrace, Lady’s Secret Café, Paddock Sports Bar, Monmouth Café, The Clubhouse, Turf Club and the Rivalry Room.

Monmouth Park Racetrack played host to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships of thoroughbred horse racing on October 26th and 27th, 2007. The 11-race event concluded with the 24th running of the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, where Curlin reigned supreme.

2017 Monmouth Park Race Schedule

The racing season for Monmouth Park runs from mid-May through to the beginning of September. Purses for the top stakes races range from $60,000 to $1,000,000. The marquee races at Monmouth are the Haskell Invitational and the United Nations Stakes.

Haskell Invitational HandicapBoiling Springs StakesDecathlon Stakes
United Nations StakesCliff Hanger StakesOceanport Stakes
Molly Pitcher StakesMonmouth OaksMatchmaker Stakes
Monmouth CupMonmouth StakesPegasus Stakes

There are no more races for the 2016 season, with dates for their spring and summer meets set to be released in the near future.

Monmouth Park Racetrack Information

The Shore’s Greatest Stretch includes two tracks.

Main track (dirt): 1 mile, oval
Width of track: 100 feet
Composition: 12 inches of aggregate sand drainage and 12 inches of crushed traprock screenings. The cushion is five inches of Racetrack B Mix, composed of 83-percent sand and 17-percent loam.

Turf course: 7 furlongs with two chutes – one for five and a half-furlong races, and the other for 1 1/16-mile and 1 1/8-mile races
Length of stretch from last turn to finish line: 990 feet
Width of horse racing track: 90 feet wide its entire circumference, with the chutes each 100 feet wide
Banking: 2 percent on the straightaways and 5 percent on the turns
Composition: Mixture of four kinds of bluegrass and Manhattan 2 rye grass

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