As the legislature works out the details, Monmouth Park prepares for the first day of legal Sports Betting in the Garden State. Peter Ackerman Steve Edelson
Two-Year-Old Sports Betting #5 with Paco Lopez riding broke his maiden at first asking in the 1st race at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey on Sunday June 10, 2018 for OwnerBreeder Dennis Drazin. Ryan DenverEQUI-PHOTO
Sports Betting came to Monmouth Park on Sunday.
It really did. Or more accurately, he really did.
While Monmouth Park had hoped to become the first facility in the state to take advantage of the sports betting bill approved by Trenton lawmakers on Thursday, Governor Phil Murphy has yet to sign the bill into law.
But while the Oceanport racetrack’s $2.5-million William Hill Sports Bar remains closed, it was a 2-year-old colt named Sports Betting, owned by Monmouth Park president and CEO Dennis Drazin, making his debut a winning one in the first race on Sunday.
Trained by Jason Servis, situs judi online Sports Betting went off as a heavy favorite and didn’t disappoint in the $36,000 maiden special weight race, leading every step of the way in posted a two-length victory, turing back a challenge by Babbo Babbo Babbo down the stretch.
Ridden by Paco Lopez, Sports Betting is the a Kentucky-bred son of Shanghai Bobby, out of the Smarty Jones mare Smarty Bull.
The hope had been that sports betting, considered an important alternative revenue stream, would make it to the track before the young colt. Drazin was one of the driving forces in New Jersey’s seven-year legal battle that resulted in the Supreme Court of the United States ruling that the law banning sports wagering was unconstitional.
At least on this day, however, there was Sports Betting at Monmouth Park.
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Gov. Phil Murphy speaks at a news conference at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick on Friday.Brent Johnson | NJ Advance Media for NJm
Murphy also brushed aside criticism over how he already announced he would sign a set of gun control bills Wednesday that the state Senate passed Thursday, noting the Assembly already passed them more than a month ago.
He said the sports betting bill was still being altered up until Thursday’s vote.
“Big difference,” Murphy said during the news conference at the Heldrich Hotel. “Those bills that got voted on the Senate yesterday, we had visibility on them from the Assembly for six weeks. We had already kicked the tires.”
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