Monmouth Park Racetrack is one of the big draws for Monmouth County. With the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, its closure was expected, but the question that loomed for a long time was when would it reopen again? Well, it looks as though it’s going to happen on Thursday, July 2.
Attention Racing Fans! Due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Monmouth Park racing season will resume this Friday with the following protocols: 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐝𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐄 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐝𝐚𝐲 (not including TVG.com Haskell Day July 18 – Haskell ticketing details will be announced in the coming days). Gates will open at 11am daily. All fans must enter through either the main Grandstand or Clubhouse entrances. Advanced tickets are not required. Prior to entry, all in attendance will receive a health check consisting of a temperature check and brief health questionnaire. Masks are required to enter. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐧𝐨 𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐨𝐫 𝐛𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐝 𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎 𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧. Valet parking will not be available. 𝐏𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐬 𝟓𝐩𝐦.(12:50pm on September 4 Kentucky Oaks Day) and weekend racing will commence at 12:50pm.
Monmouth Park will re-open for simulcast wagering and sports betting at the William Hill Sports Book on Thursday, July 2, after Gov. Phil Murphy gave approval for the track to do so on Monday as part of state’s Stage 2 loosening of restrictions to slow the spread of Covid-19.
Monmouth Park, which opens for its 75th season of live racing on Friday, July 3, will be permitted to operate at 25 percent capacity starting July 2. Additional details are forthcoming.
Monmouth Park has been closed to fans since March 16, when restrictions were put into place to slow the spread of the virus.
“We’re grateful for Gov. Murphy’s leadership throughout this pandemic and look forward to getting back to some semblance of business as usual in these times of a new normal,” said Dennis Drazin, Chairman and CEO of Darby Development LLC, operators of the racetrack. “We know our fans are as eager to return to Monmouth Park as we are to have them back.”
The 37-day live Monmouth Park meet will run from Friday, July 3, through Sunday, Sept. 27. Post time on Fridays will be 5 p.m. (except for Sept. 4 when it will be 12:50 p.m.). Saturday and Sunday post times will be 12:50 p.m., except Haskell Day on July 18, when the first race goes at noon.