Horsepower, extracted from naturally speedy horses, hastens many technologies essential to our advancement as a species, including automobiles, trains, and My Little Pony nightlights. Experience horsepower in its most literal form with today's Groupon: for $15, you get clubhouse admission, one clubhouse box-seat ticket, valet parking, a $10 concession voucher, an official track program, and $5 off at the gift shop at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport (a $36 total value). The track opens for the season on May 14, 2011; race to redeem your Groupon, as it expires June 30.
Thrilling equine enthusiasts since 1870, Monmouth Park continues to excite present-day patrons with steed-barrier-trouncing races that run rain or shine. Clubhouse box seats––accessible only through faithful reproduction of the club's secret hoofshake––afford seat warmers a lengthy view of the stretch, and grumbling bellies can engage in the festivities with an excursion to one of several dining options, including the Dining Terrace, offering an à la carte menu of crab cakes, pasta, and more. For stallion superfans, the Monmouth Park gift shop carries an assortment of T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and signed sugar cubes from your favorite horses. Gates to the park open at 11:30 a.m., with the first race kicking off at 12:50 p.m., and races typically end between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., depending on the number of races that day.
Monmouth Park Race Track
On June 19, 1946, a veritable herd of racing fans—18,724 of them, in fact—galloped through the turnstiles at Monmouth Park Race Track. It was a gathering fit for a historic return, and indeed it was: 53 years separated that moment from the last time the track had hosted a race. Originally opened in 1870 in an effort to increase summer trade, Monmouth Park was immediately popular, earning the moniker “Newmarket of America," a reference to the famed course in England. Yet in 1894, the state of New Jersey banned wagering on horses, effectively ending the facility's operations. In the 1940s, though, a man named Amory M. Haskell lobbied to have that law reversed. Today, the track honors its legislative savior by hosting the annual $1 million Haskell Invitational, the richest Invitational in America. The1 1/8-mile race limited to standout 3-year-olds in a race “Where Champions Prove Their Greatness”.
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