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Racing At The Jersey Shore

Monmouth Park Becomes a Hurricane Command Center

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth Park has been transformed into a command center for several local, state, and federal agencies that have been working to restore power to the residents of New Jersey. The coastal communities in New Jersey and New York were the most hard hit by Sandy.
 
The grandstand parking lots have been taken over by 750 workers who have come from all over the country to help with the recovery process in New Jersey. In addition utility trucks from power companies in Alabama, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Texas and Virginia are on the job. Those crews woke up today to find few inches of snow on the ground from last night’s nor’easter.
 
There are more than 20 tents in the Monmouth Park parking lots to accommodate shelter, shower, laundry and food for the workers. The tents are also being utilized by the Red Cross, in conjunction with the State of New Jersey, to house families that have been displaced by the storm.
 
Dennis Drazin, who oversees the operation of the racetrack, said, “What we’ve seen here is truly a community, and for that matter, a nation coming together. We have always prided ourselves on being a good neighbor, and Monmouth Park Racetrack is a huge part of Monmouth County and the State of New Jersey.  Anything we can do to give back to those who have been so good to us is truly our pleasure.  No matter how long it takes or whatever we have to do, Monmouth Park will continue to open its doors and provide whatever assistance we can.”
 
At the same time with power restored, Monmouth Park goes about the business of a racetrack. Even though the track has completed its 2012 racing season, simulcast customers had begun to trickle in to enjoy racing from around the country. The television monitors were on in the clubhouse, but many of them were tuned into a weather channel. All of us in New York and New Jersey are trying to return to our regular routines, but at the same time we have gotten into the habit of keeping an eye on the quickly changing weather conditions.
 
  

 

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good for Monmouth Park - truly a good neighbor to those in need!
Kudos to my old stomping grounds!

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In the 70’s I was another one of those kids that went to the track with their fathers, and I immediately became enthralled with the excitement and challenges of handicapping.  And then the charisma and dominance of Secretariat gave me a hero to follow. To this day, I still get emotional when I hear Chic Anderson’s call of the 1973 Belmont, “Secretariat is moving like a tremendous machine”.

 
There have been many great horses run at the shore. In 1976 I watched Majestic Light win the Monmouth Invitational, now the Haskell, in track record time, defeating Honest Pleasure, the big favorite who was in from New York.  This was one of my first big wins at the track.
 
In the 80’s, as a disciple of Andy Beyer, I made my own speed figures because they were not available to the public. Needless to say I visited Monmouth frequently to test out the “figs”.
 
The 90’s allowed me to learn about the backstretch as a part owner of a few claimers that were stabled at Philadelphia Park.  Not a typical owner, I mucked stalls, cooled out the horses, and watched morning works.  Also, I met my wife and discovered that her grandfather bred, owned, and raced thoroughbreds on the West Virginia, Maryland circuit.  Today our office is decorated with winner’s circle pictures and a vast collection of Kentucky Derby glasses.
 
Today’s electronic age makes it so easy to gather information about racing.  I hope you use this blog to learn about Racing at the Jersey Shore.