Monmouth Park commences May 12

3/8/2012 12:19:38 PM

"We're taking what we know worked in the past and coupling it with some new and innovative ideas," said John Forbes, president of the NJTHA. "It will no longer be business as usual at Monmouth Park. We will not shy from new ideas and events that we hope prove popular with fans and horsemen alike. Our 2012 schedule is the first step in ensuring Monmouth Park's prominence within the racing industry as we strive to enhance our simulcast appeal, develop a more fan-friendly atmosphere and provide all patrons with world-class thoroughbred racing."

Home of the $1 million Haskell Invitational, Monmouth will race 65 days with an additional 10 programs at the Meadowlands for all-turf cards. There will also be four twilight sessions on Thursdays in August, with a first post of 4 p.m. (ET).

"We're excited that the horsemen will control their own destiny and look forward to working with them to build a long-term, sustainable racing industry in the Garden State," stated Dennis Drazin and Bob Kulina, executives with Monmouth Park's new management company.

Thoroughbred racing at the Meadowlands will be May 4 and 5, and Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 12 through Nov. 3.