Monmouth Park Bans Shipping to Suffolk Downs

Monmouth Park Bans Shipping to Suffolk Downs

Postby With Anticipation » Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:50 pm

As Suffolk Downs readies to open for its six days of live racing this year, track officials were hard hit with the news that horses stabled at Monmouth Park will not be allowed to return to the stable area there if they are shipped out to compete in Boston.

Officials of The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, which operates Monmouth under the aegis of Darby Development LLC, called a meeting with the horsemen the morning of June 16 and issued the ban on shippers. Monmouth-based horsemen may request permission to compete in stakes events or races restricted to Massachusetts-breds at Suffolk Downs.

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Re: Monmouth Park Bans Shipping to Suffolk Downs

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:32 pm

We've already seen Santa Anita reduce its days this month, and people have been quick to blame a horse shortage in California.
However, we can see that the East Coast has a similar problem...too many tracks competing for too few racehorses to fill all the cards.
I understand why Monmouth may be concerned that its fields could be decimated during Suffolk's brief meet, but I hate seeing such a punitive approach.
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Postby Miss Woodford » Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:08 am

I'm curious why only Suffolk Downs gets the boot. Surely far more horses ship around to Parx, Penn, Delaware, Laurel and the NYRA tracks? Suffolk meet is just 3 weekends, this seems awfully petty to beat on the little guy.
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Re: Monmouth Park Bans Shipping to Suffolk Downs

Postby Insane Crazy » Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:24 am

Yikes. We're talking 6 days...jeez.

Though, for that exact reason, it's probably way easier to flip Suffolk the bird than any of their other Mid-Atlantic brethren. Way fewer long term consequences.

Monmouth is getting desperate. Sounds like the death knells are looming.
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Postby sweettalk » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:28 am

how many tracks are facing closure now? we're starting to lose tracks at an alarming rate.
edit; inb4 someone says "nuhuh we aren't" - but it sure seems like every track anymore is on its death bed.
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Postby Somnambulist » Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:03 am

Insane Crazy wrote:Monmouth is getting desperate. Sounds like the death knells are looming.


That would make me sad. The downsize of racing is inevitable but it's sad anyway. Out of the tracks that I've been to it's the one my family likes the most.
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Postby Treve » Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:04 am

What I don't get is how there's a shortage of horses when there are twice the amount of TBs born nowadays than 40 years ago. How were tracks getting by then, if the number of horses is all that matters? Is it that people don't want to bet on small fields anymore?
Also I wouldn't be too worried about Monmouth haven't they had near-record handles the last two years during their Haskell days?
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Re: Monmouth Park Bans Shipping to Suffolk Downs

Postby Insane Crazy » Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:15 am

Somnambulist wrote:
Insane Crazy wrote:Monmouth is getting desperate. Sounds like the death knells are looming.


That would make me sad. The downsize of racing is inevitable but it's sad anyway. Out of the tracks that I've been to it's the one my family likes the most.

I agree. I expected more tracks to precede Monmouth. The lack of casino money is really hurting it, though, as far as I can tell.
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Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:15 pm

What I don't get is how there's a shortage of horses when there are twice the amount of TBs born nowadays than 40 years ago. How were tracks getting by then, if the number of horses is all that matters?

I wonder if it has to do with fewer horses being sound enough to race as frequently as they did 40 years ago? If trainers are trying to keep their runners sound, and it's taking longer to heal up than might be ideal for the track's racing program, that could mean that the pool of available, sound runners isn't as large as the number stabled there would first indicate.
Or could it be because we (both the public and the racing industry) aren't as willing to run horses until they can't run anymore, and then discard them with impunity?
Attitudes about animal welfare have changed A LOT in the last 40-50 years. It used to be accepted practice for unwanted horses (and whole herds of Mustangs :( ) to be sold for dog food. The knacker (look it up) was a regular visitor to the backstretch, picking up horses who weren't worth the hay they were fed...in their owner's eyes.
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Postby Tessablue » Sun Jun 18, 2017 1:32 pm

It's only six dates Monmouth, why you gotta do this :(

I hope they figure something out, I love both of these tracks and hate to see this.
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