OCEANPORT, N.J. - Monmouth Park will offer record purses of $1 million a day and a shorter season when the 50-day summer meet begins Saturday.
The schedule through Labor Day features daily purses that triple the $331,000 paid out last year. The $1 million a day in purse money will be the highest in North America and the most paid out over an extended meet at Monmouth.
The higher purses were achieved by a drastic reduction in racing dates. The 141 days raced last year at Monmouth and the Meadowlands have been compressed into 71 days, all at Monmouth. The Meadowlands will not host thoroughbred racing this year.