from the Meadowlands Media Relations Department
East Rutherford, NJ — At the request of the New Jersey Racing Commission, The Meadowlands has submitted a revised 2019 live racing schedule application comprised of 76 dates with the addition of eight racing dates in September.
Monmouth Park has submitted an application for 20 Fall Thoroughbred dates at The Meadowlands, racing Friday and Saturday from Oct. 4 through Dec. 7.
The Meadowlands, in conjunction with the SBOA of NJ, continues to make every effort to secure a purse subsidy for 2019. If that purse subsidy should become a reality, The Meadowlands would add $1 million from the sports betting proceeds and will attempt to work with the management and horsemen of Monmouth Park with the ultimate goal 83 live harness racing dates and the preservation of the fall stakes program.
With the subsidy at the discussed level of $20 million with $6 million of that directed to Meadowlands purses plus the $1 million from sports betting we should be able to increase overnight purses by 75 percent beginning in January as well as maintaining all of the existing stakes that we raced in 2018.
- Meadowlands to apply for 68 live racing dates for 2019 (Thursday, October 11, 2018)
The Meadowlands will apply for 68 live racing dates for the 2019 season by the Oct. 15 request for dates deadline of the New Jersey Racing Commission.
- SBOANJ response to Meadowlands 2019 dates (Thursday, October 11, 2018)
Contrary to our ongoing dialogue with the Meadowlands, we were not given any notice and were as much surprised as anyone to read their release indicating that they were putting in for a 68 day meet with a significant reduction of added-money events.