Haskell 2015 draws record-setting throng of 61K to Monmouth Park
August 2, 2015 - Picnic Time
OCEANPORT — A record-setting throng came out Sunday afternoon for a $1.75 million 2015 William Hill Haskell Invitational.
Officials pronounced that 60,983 were in attendance, creation it a largest throng in a 145-year-old racetrack’s history. The prior singular day assemblage record, 53,638, was set on Haskell Day on Aug. 3, 2013.
In expectation of Triple Crown-winner American Pharoah’s first-place finish in this year’s Haskell, fans starting backing adult outward a front gate of Monmouth Park during midnight. At 9 a.m., when a gates opened, there was a insane lurch for a tables in a ubiquitous acknowledgment cruise area.
Some of those who attended a competition on Sunday came to see one of American Pharoah’s final races of his career. The racer became a initial Triple Crown leader in scarcely 4 decades in June. Other spectators, however, came out to for a environment.
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Shannon Sullivan, of Chatham, considers herself a “regular” during Monmouth Park, though currently is special.
“I’m here during Monmouth Park weekly,” she said. “I customarily come on Saturday though we figured given it’s a Haskell, I’ll come on a Sunday.”
Sullivan pronounced she loves a “free roam” sourroundings Monmouth Park has. It’s far-reaching open, she said, and there’s so most to do. For Sullivan, who got to a park during noon, conference live song supposing by New Jersey-based nation stone hire Thunder 106 was a treat.
“I’m here for all of it, not only a races,” Sullivan said, holding adult her Thunder 106 t-shirt.
Lawrence McKeon and is 5-year-old son come to a Haskell each year. “It’s a family tradition,” he said, emphatically.
McKeon pronounced he hasn’t missed a Haskell competition given his son was innate and that he suspicion a throng wasn’t too overbearing.
“I approaching it to be most worse, though it’s not shoulder to shoulder,” he said. “It’s great, we couldn’t ask for a improved day.”
For Neptune City proprietor Gail Carton, this was her second outing to Monmouth Park in 3 days — a initial was on Friday when American Pharoah was denounced to a public for a initial time in Oceanport.
“Well, we suppose he’s already in a story books, so when we move a equine of that size to a area, we wish to see it,” Carton said.
Carton pronounced she didn’t intend on fixation a bet, gambling isn’t what drew her to a park.
“I came to see this equine race,” she said. “I was going to watch it on TV though we said, ‘It’s not that large of a deal, we don’t mind a feverishness or crowds.'”
While a bulk of a throng had been in place given noon, with each in. of a cruise areas covered, fans like Carton were still trickling into a park only a integrate races before a 12th. Carton pronounced she gathering right adult to a park, but any issues. But she pronounced that didn’t meant a throng wasn’t a record-breaking one.
“This is substantially a biggest day Monmouth Park has seen,” she said.