Attendance and betting soared for opening day at Monmouth Park May 22.
The track is running a 50-day meet offering a record $50 million in
purses this summer through Labor Day. The season got off to a fast
start as 17,903 turned out for the opener, a 74% increase over 2009.
That figure included New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
The total handle was $9,357,444, more than doubling the $4,279,438 wagered on last year’s opener.