The Monmouth Park stable area will open at 6 a.m. Monday and training will get underway Tuesday morning, track CEO Dennis Drazin said Saturday morning.
Only trainers and essential personnel, like assistant trainers, hot walkers, groomsmen and exercise riders, will be allowed in the stable area. No owners or spectators will be allowed, Drazin said.
The approval by the New Jersey Racing Commission for the stable area to open comes on the heels of the announcement Friday by Gov. Phil Murphy that live racing in the state can resume on June 5 with no fans in attendance.
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Monmouth, which is in Oceanport and is the state’s lone throughbred track, is set to begin its meet July 3.
The $1 million Haskell Stakes, Monmouth’s signature race, is set for July 18.
Drazin said earlier this week, Monmouth has received 2,500 applications for 1,600 available stalls.
Monmouth’s horse population could benefit by the conclusion of Tampa Bay Downs meet on Saturday. Traditionally, trainers who run horses in the winter and spring at Tampa ship their horses at Monmouth.
The absence of racing currently at Pennsylvania tracks like Parx in Bensalem, Pa. outside of Philadelphia and Penn National in Grantville, Pa. also could help Monmouth’s horse population.
The Meadowlands, in East Rutherford, which is one of the state’s two standardbred tracks along with Freehold Raceway in Western Monmouth County, will resume its meet on June 5 at 7:15 p.m.
Qualifying races at the Meadowlands took place Saturday morning and Friday morning at Gaitway Farms, Manalapan.
Freehold Raceway is scheduled to begin its meet Aug. 28, according to its Web Site.
Live racing in the state had been suspended since mid-March due to an Executive Order issued by Murphy that closed all tracks in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.