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Day at the races

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by jerseyguy, May 27, 2014.

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  1. jerseyguy

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    We decided to go to Monmouth Park and meet a friend from North Jersey there.
    Monmouth is an old classic track at the Jersey Shore ,home of the Haskell. Very pretty place to spend an afternoon.
    One of the things we love about it is the huge picnic table area that allows you to bring your own food and drink,instead of sitting in the grandstand or clubhouse.
    The gates open at 11:30 and you have to be there then to get a table on a sunday. It reminds me of Wallmart on black friday when all these people charge in to claim a table. So we packed up some subs and beers and water in a couple of small coolers and drove up there.
    Theres a parking lot for the picnic area and a special gate. We got there at 11:25 and the line was unbelievable,no way we're getting a table.
    Mrs JG had a brainstorm,lets walk over to the main entrance.10 minutes later we're in the senior line there with 6 people ahead of us instead of 600.
    We scurried in and scored a table ,you stake your claim by putting your coolers and other crap on the table. You then have to be like a gold miner in the 1800's and defend it against claim jumpers.
    The tables are 4 sided and seat 8 easily. So when people see only two people there ,they ask if they can share the table.The answer is NO unless it's someone we know(this has happened) we tell them we have more people coming (1)which is true. Why dont we share our table like nice people would ,you ask?
    Last year a nice older couple asked us to share and we said sure,plenty of room. Little did we know that they came on a bus trip with a ton of their friends who showed up thinking it was their table and could just move in and push us out. I dont have to tell you how that ended,not well. A lesson learned.
    So our friend showed up(my buddys widdow) and we had a nice afternoon. Even let a gay guy sit and eat his lunch later in the afternoon.( he seemed pretty harmless). So we lost very little knowing we were heading to AC monday afternoon ,said goodby to our friend and headed home ,all in all ,a good day .
     
  2. jamesxnj

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    My first visit to MP was in 1975 so loved this report here on this board..I was a railbird any given Monday/quick stops in the 80's.Thirty minute drive away..Miss the different colored tix and when the Daily Double was the one and only and the Trifecta was $3 for huge payout..
    Lots of good days and lots of bad days/breaks..even had comped clubhouse passes a few years from a racing board member who was a member at the golf club I worked at back then..Sucks they are down to a weekend only calendar..I would be lost if still living in NJ.
    But not for the betting,(Do it online)just the whole MP experience...Buddy of mine is a regular and was sending me pix of the changes same day you were there..
    Sucks the year MP got the Breeder's Cup it rained..Rambling on.but there was nothing better than being there on a rainy monday and you're handicapping the nags and your pix show up on the tote board all lit up with the 'official' sign.
     
  3. jerseyguy

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    Too bad you cant enjoy it anymore. I think the class of horses has dropped off along with some better trainers and jockeys lately. I'm not much of a horse player ,but I dont know how you can pick horses who havent ever finished better than third. Still a great way to spend a nice afternoon.
     
  4. hammie

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    JG, I have always wanted to go to Monmouth Park, thanks for the write up. A few years ago we went to Delaware Park in Wilmington over Memorial Day Weekend. There is a picnic grove under massive old trees and folks brought in coolers. We even brought our kids and picked a few three house dollar box exacta bets for $6, it was fun.

    I used to work near the old Garden State Park in Cherry Hill, an old wooden grandstand and clubhouse. About a year after casino gaming was permitted, this place burned to the ground.

    As for picking horses that finished no better than third, look for the ones that finished fourth or worse! :evillaugh
     
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    We go to Parx a few times a year. They have a nice picnic area. If you're in NJ and near the Woodbridge area, Favorites is a pretty nice OTB type of place with a nice restaurant, bar, cafe and betting areas.

    I had a 1% interest in a pacer horse but the horse was really bad.
     
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