Record Turn Out for Father's Day at Monmouth Park

Crowd watches Le Bernadin capture $100K Pegasus Stakes

drew a record crowd of 27,532 spectators Sunday, beating last year's turnout by about 500.

“Monmouth Park has certainly stamped itself the place to be on Father’s Day,” said Bob Kulina, president of Darby Development LLC, operators of the racetrack.  “We are thankful for the great crowd that came out to the races and enjoyed a terrific afternoon of family fun and racing.  We can only hope to continue to build on this great success for years to come.”

The previous Father’s Day record of 27,039 was set in 2011.  Prior to 2011, Monmouth Park’s most recent Father’s Day crowds were:  24,262 (2010), 18,802 (2009), 23,058 (2008) and 23,975 (2007).

Highlights from Sunday's 12-race program included Le Bernardin capturing the Grade 3 $100,000 Pegasus Stakes and Inspired posting a front-running score in the $60,000 Fort Monmouth Stakes.

Cougar Paisley June 18, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Cougar Paisley June 18, 2012 at 01:26 PM
What Mr. Kulina isn't telling everybody is that all of those three days of high attendance were riddled with long lines for tellers and food. People cannot place wagers because they cut the mutuel clerks in half this season. The new food concessionaire has no clue on how to serve a racetrack audience. The per capita numbers for handle on Father's Day, Irish Festival, and Food Truck Wars were $39.38, $39.64, and $37.77 respectively. Compare that to this past Friday, June 15th, when a small crowd of 5,028 put an average of $73.28 thru the mutuel windows. It still remains the fact that the regular patrons deliver a better per capita on those non high profile days. Drazin and Kulina just don't get it. Higher attendance doesn't mean more handle, just more headaches for not being able to handle the crowds. Most of the crowd is in the picnic area bringing their own food and drink, yet, they don't bet. It's just a party for them as the horses whiz by. They remain ill-prepared to handle this year's Haskell when you can expect over 40,000 people. They are operating on a shoe-string budget, while having reduced security, mutual clerks, backstretch personnel, food workers, and the like. As long as Kulina can say that the crowds were record setting, he can justify his $300,000 plus salary, on top of his $100,000 plus NJSEA pension check. And the regular guy gets nothing for his loyalty.
Glenn Thompson June 19, 2012 at 03:10 PM
$300,000 I hope you are kidding!!


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