A big meet, solid promotion, one of the best tracks in terms of raw takeout score, and management that seems to give a hoot; because they have to with no slots.
Welcome to Monmouth 2010.
So far in 2010, the meet looks to have grabbed the imagination (and dollars) of horseplayers.
In addition, one of the lowest takeout (and best) bets in the land - the 15% pick 5, had a blockbuster day yesterday. "Bob Kulina was astonished when he found out the pool for Sunday's Pick 5 at Monmouth Park reached a staggering $806,172."
Some tracks out there rely on slots, or seem to not put the necessary work in to gather momentum and build a customer base. Monmouth has started this meet by saying they will work on full fields, promote their low take bets, and offer a bettable product - as well, they will shout such things from the rooftops. Horseplayers seem to be responding and we hope it continues.
Good for Monmouth!
It's not Horseplayer heaven but it's a step in the right direction.
If this "experiment" is successful,
next year would be a perfect time to conduct a meet with significantly lower WPS - exacta and trifecta takeout rates.
The casino subsidies will not be available and Monmouth Park's goals should focus on pulling this new rabbit out of the hat in 2011.
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