Located in Oceanside, N.J., Monmouth Park is a thoroughbred horse racetrack. The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority purchased Monmouth Park in 1986 and many of the historic, century-old stakes races were reinstated, with the Monmouth Cup, inaugurated in 1884, renamed the Philip H. Iselin Handicap.
The track is currently operated under a five-year lease as a partnership with Darby Development, LLC. Monmouth Park’s season spans from early May to Labor Day in early September.
Monmouth Park has been a Jersey Shore tradition since 1870. Three buildings have carried the name Monmouth Park in the last 139 years. Monmouth Park’s long and storied history dates back to July 30, 1870 when the track opened, just three miles from Long Branch. The current Monmouth Park structure dates back to 1946.
There is also retail and online and mobile sports betting available through the Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill. For dining and beverage service, there are five restaurants and seven bars on site at Monmouth Park. The track plays host to several festivals throughout the year, including the annual Wine And Win Festival and there’s family fun to be had at Bluegrass Mini Golf.
Although there’s no hotel on site, Monmouth Park partners with the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel, the DoubleTree Tinton Falls-Eatontown and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites of West Long Branch.
Monmouth Park is open seven days a week for sports betting and simulcasting. Players must be 18 years of age to bet on horse racing and 21 years of age to wager on sports betting.
The New Jersey Racing Commission has jurisdiction over New Jersey’s thoroughbred and standardbred permit holders and the authority to regulate racing at the state’s four racetracks.
Major Horse Betting Events at the Venue
The Haskell Invitational is Monmouth Park’s signature event. Plain and simply, the Grade 1, $1,000,000 TVG.com Haskell Stakes is the summer’s biggest race and biggest party. Each July, the nation’s top three-year-olds converge on Monmouth Park for the 1 1/8-mile Haskell. It’s known as the race “Where Champions Prove Their Greatness.” Past winners include four Horses of the Year: Holy Bull (1994), Point Given (2001), Rachel Alexandra (2009), American Pharoah (2015).
Other stakes races at Monmouth Park for three-year-olds include the $200,000 Monmouth Oaks, the $100,000 Jersey Derby, the $150,000 TVG Pegasus Stakes, the $75,000 Boiling Springs Stakes, the $75,000 Blue Sparkler Stakes, the $75,000 My Frenchman Stakes, the $75,000 Tale Of The Cat Stakes and the $75,000 Jersey Shore Stakes.
Stakes races for three-year-olds and up are the $500,000 United Nations Stakes, the $300,000 Monmouth Cup, the $250,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes, the $200,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes, the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes, the $75,000 Politely Stake, the $150,000 Monmouth Stakes, the $100,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes, the $150,000 Salvator Mile, the $75,000 Get Serious Stakes, the $150,000 Eatontown Stakes, the $75,000 Smart N Classy Handicap, the $75,000 Regret Stakes, the $150,000 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes, the $75,000 Wolf Hill Stakes, the $100,000 Oceanport Stakes, the $75,000 Incredible Revenge Stakes, the $75,000 Rainbow Stakes, the $100,000 Miss Liberty Stakes, the $100,000 Red Bank Stakes, the $75,000 Rumson Stakes, the $75,000 Precious Passion Stakes and the $100,000 Violet Stakes.
Stakes races exclusive to New Jersey breds include the $100,000 Eleven North Handicap, the $75,000 Spruce Fir Handicap, the $75,000 John J. Reilly Handicap, the $75,000 Jersey Girl Handicap, the $75,000 Irish War Cry Handicap, the $100,000 Charles Hesse III Handicap, the $100,000 New Jersey Breeders Handicap, the $75,000 Pinot Grigio Handicap and the $75,000 Joey P. Handicap.
Stakes races for two-year-olds are the $100,000 Sapling Stakes, the $100,000 Sorority Stakes, the $75,000 Colleen Stakes, the $75,000 Smoke Glacken Stakes and the $75,000 Tyro Stakes.
In 2007, Monmouth Park played host to the 2007 Breeders’ Cup world championship races.
Bet Types Allowed
Straight wagering options include win, place, show and across the board (win-place-show). Exotic wagering choices featured are daily double, exacta, trifecta, superfecta and a variety of pick wagers including pick-3, pick-4, pick-5 and pick-6.
Monmouth Park Sports Book By William Hill
Located on the first floor of the grandstand, the Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill is open seven days a week. Bettors can watch every big game on one over 100 HDTVs, as well as a 75-foot video wall. Located adjacent to the sportsbook is the William Hill Race & Sports Bar. Hours of operation for the sportsbook are Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday 10 a.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 a.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
The sportsbook made New Jersey sports betting history on June 14, 2018 when Gov. Phil Murphy placed wagers on Germany to win the World Cup and on the New Jersey Devils to win the 2019 Stanley Cup. They were the first legal sports bets ever wagered in New Jersey.
They offer straight bets (moneyline, point spread, total), parlays, props, futures, teasers and round robins. Live in-play wagering is also available. Wagering is offered on basketball, football, baseball, golf, hockey, soccer, tennis, UFC/MMA, tennis, auto racing, boxing, table tennis, Australian Rules, darts, rugby league and union, cricket, lacrosse, snooker, cycling, field hockey, handball, Olympic sports, volleyball and water polo.
Wagers can be made in person at the betting windows, via a self-betting kiosk, or online. Under New Jersey’s sports betting laws, Monmouth Park also provides online sports betting skins to Sugarhouse and TheScore Bet.
Mobile Betting App
There are two options when it comes to Monmouth Park and mobile apps. Horse bettors who want to wager online can download the 4NJBets app.
Both mobile apps are compatible with iOS and Android devices.
Through the Monmouth Park Sportsbook by William Hill Sports Rewards Club, players earn points for each wager that can be exchanged for free play.
Every Saturday and Sunday, Monmouth Park horse players can bet the win-early pick 5 on races 1-5. Monmouth Park bettors can also enter the Survival At The Shore handicapping contest.