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Monmouth: 'Million Dollar Meet' Details

Monmouth Park's "Million Dollar Meet," one in which the track will award $50 million in purses over a reduced 50 days of racing, gets underway on Saturday -- and the entire thoroughbred racing industry will be watching.

The innovative approach, designed to increase attendance and handle in a sport that has been in steady decline in both areas, is expected to turn the national spotlight on the Shore track this summer.

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Jersey racing is in deep trouble and there is little doubt that this experiment, though noble, can't be maintained.
It's official, eh? Monmouth has set the new standard and the results are spilling over onto other tracks hurt by the 30 year, trickle down economics depression. I find myself chomping at the bit, waiting for the Friday PPs. Their contest is a blast to boot! Bravo to who ever had this idea. Brilliant! :)
Just finished handicapping the opening day card from Monmouth. Love the full fields and competitive races.
Sharp post, arazi...
I'm working on the card now. I love these open claimers!! Big purses!!! Full fields!!!
Today (Wed, May 19) was the perfect example of what's wrong with this stupid Monmouth meet. The only tracks to bet today before 4pm ET were Belmont and Delaware, and it was wet and off the turf in NY. I don't need another track to bet on Saturday when there are 15 tracks running. But to have only two daytime East Coast tracks on Wednesday, that's bad for racing. If Wednesday is going to be a "non-racing day" just like Mon and Tues... that is not good for racing.
If the creates full fields of decent quality horses, that has to be good for horse players though it doesn't seem sustainable by any means. Would rather see even four days of racing a week and Million Dollar Saturdays. Arlington Park tried something like this several years ago and ended up with fewer days of racing and really small fields by the end of the meet.
At least they are trying something related to HORSE racing and not these tired old gimmicks to fill the seats. I would be worried about Woodbine where MSW purses are over $60,000.
Am I the only one that is neither amused or interested in the "Million Dollar Meet"? It seems pointless in so many ways. 1) Cutting back to 3 days a week is not great for fans or anyone in the business. 2) Overpaying for races makes no sense. The business will grow, but not that much, and it will prove to the state that racing does not deserve all this casino money. 3) Since it's only temporary, why negatively impact the other nearby tracks, like Saratoga? Don't get me wrong, I'd like to see less racing and higher quality. I'd love to see Monmouth run Fri/Sat/Sun and Calder run Tues/Wed/Thurs all with good quality and full fields. That would be an improvement and we'd get quality races 6 days a week. But I don't see that happening any time soon.

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