Monmouth Park to open thoroughbred meet Friday with fans

With the opening of the thoroughbred season at Monmouth Park days away, chief executive Dennis Drazin knows the odds are against the track making a profit. The coronavirus pandemic has idled the New Jersey shore track for two months while officials in the hard-hit state waited for the health risks to subside. The track reduced the scheduled 56-day meet to 37 dates. The wait ends Friday. Monmouth Park is starting off with an unexpected daily double. It will have both racing and people in attendance, a rarity at major horse racing tracks around the country. The highlight of the meet will be the running of the Haskell for 3-year-olds on July 17. Some horses use the 1 1/8 mile race as a prep for the Kentucky Derby.