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Darby Development LLC

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Vice President and General Manager

Monmouth Park

President and Chief Executive Officer

Monmouth Park

Vice President of Thoroughbred Racing

New Jersey Sports

Vice President and General Manager

New Jersey Sports

Director of Thoroughbred Racing


Vice President and General Manager and Thoroughbred Racing



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“All the credit for creating the Matchmaker goes to Bob Levy,†said Bob Kulina, president of Darby Development LLC, operators of Monmouth Park. “The race was inaugurated down at Atlantic City and we were happy to take ownership of it more than 15 years ago.

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"We're excited to have Travis join the Monmouth Park team," said Bob Kulina, president of Darby Development LLC, operators of Monmouth Park Racetrack.


Robert Kulina, Monmouth's general manager, said that claiming races for the 50-day meet would bottom out at a price of $5,000, but that those races would offer purses of $30,000. To protect local horsemen, Kulina said, many of the bottom-level races will have conditions attached that restrict entries, for example, to horses that have not started for a claiming price of $12,500 or higher in the past year.

Not only will those restrictions allow local horsemen to compete, but the purse in the race will also reward successful trainers who will be facing far fewer opportunities to race this year while still maintaining the same amount of expenses. In addition, Monmouth plans to pay a portion of purse money back to last place, though the exact amount has yet to be determined, Kulina said.
"We have to give our local guys meaningful money back to at least offset some of their expenses," Kulina said. Purses for the track's stakes have not yet been determined, but Kulina said that Monmouth has no plans to double or triple its stakes purses at the expense of the overnight program. Although several stakes that were previously held at the Meadowlands, such as the Meadowlands Cup and the Pegasus, will be moved to Monmouth this year, purses for the races will likely remain at the same levels as last year, Kulina said, and Monmouth's most high-profile race, the Haskell Invitational for 3-year-olds, will continue to be worth $1 million.
Kulina acknowledged that the restricted races would find little wagering support in the out-of-state market, but he said that Monmouth's plan to offer 12 races each day would give horseplayers ample opportunities to play open races.
"The fact of the matter is that every state has a statebred program, and you have to do things like that," Kulina said.
But Bob Kulina, vice president and general manager of Monmouth, and John Forbes, president of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, beg to differ.
While it came as a shock when Monmouth officials announced March 9 that the track would this year run a reduced 50-day meet from May to September with purses boosted to $1 million per day, Forbes and Kulina claim the move may actually save the local industry, which in its current state cannot begin to compete with neighboring states that benefit from the revenues of casino gaming.
Kulina said the new purse schedule at Monmouth would include bottom level claiming races ranging from $5,000-$30,000; maiden special weight races at $75,000-$90,000; and overnight stakes at $100,000.
Eliminating Meadowlands' fall meet is a one-year experiment, and Kulina said he plans to assess the decision over the summer in order to decide what will happen in the future.
An agreement has been made with New Jersey breeders to run two and a half New Jersey-bred programs a day, with the state-bred maiden special worth $75,000.
"They'll have the corresponding purses, and the New Jersey-breds will get a 20% bonus if they finish 1-2-3 in open races," said Kulina. "This is a wonderful thing for the New Jersey breeders, and I think this is a win-win proposition for everybody. We're making their rewards program whole and they are very happy. They're going to have funding for an out-of-state New Jersey-bred program for the rest of the year. So we think we have most the issues resolved."
Kulina said the goal for Monmouth's 2010 season is to consistently have 8- to 10-horse fields. "We're working on a meaningful payback to horses that finish outside the money," he explained. "We think it's important that owners are rewarded for participation in fields. We're trying to spread some of the money around, not only to the small owners, but to everybody, because it's a very costly game. So we're doing some different things, and we're cautiously optimistic that this is a model that will work. No matter what level the race is, if it's competitive, it's a good race."
Kulina said he realized that by cutting 50% of its race dates, Monmouth will have to increase the handle on its existing races by 50% just to break even on revenue.
Monmouth Park General Manager Robert Kulina said planning for the dramatic change in the summer racing season began following the rain-plagued 2007 Breeders' Cup World Championships with the assistance of Dennis Drazin, former president of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.
"We saw what works; the player wants a better product with full fields," Kulina said.
Kulina said the purse of the Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) for three-year-olds on August 1-the track's signature event-will remain at $1-million.
The Meadowlands Cup (G2) and Pegasus Stakes (G3) will be moved from the Meadowlands to Monmouth. The Violet Stakes (G3) and the Cliff Hanger Stakes (G3), both Meadowlands events, will not be run this year.
Monmouth's backstretch houses 1,600 horses. Kulina is hopeful that many out-of-town outfits will ship to New Jersey to take advantage of the new purse structure.
"Horsemen are free agents and go where the money is," Kulina said. "I expect shippers from Churchill Downs when that meet closes and response in the [Mid-Atlantic] region should be solid."
Kulina said he expects solid wagering numbers on average fields of eight to ten horses per race.
Kulina admitted that handle on Monmouth racing will need to double in order to sustain a $1-million purse level in 2011, when the casino subsidy runs out.
"That's the gamble we're taking. The [simulcast] signal will be stronger, more people will be paying attention to it, and we've made some soft projections," he said.
Sports Authority President and CEO Dennis Robinson, commission member Bob Mulcahy and Monmouth vice president and general manager Bob Kulina all declined to comment on the proposal last night, as did Christie's office.
"Everybody understands the situation and how serious it is," said Bob Kulina, the general manager for thoroughbred racing at Monmouth and Meadowlands.

Monmouth Park Pari-Mutuel Wagering | Press Release - Sportech [cached]

Robert Kulina, President & CEO of Monmouth Park, said: "We have had a strong working relationship with Sportech Racing for many years and have been very satisfied with the level of service and commitment they have shown for racing in New Jersey.


"Both meets saw gains in on-track and total handle and that's something we can build on for next year," said Robert Kulina, vice president of Thoroughbred racing for the NSJEA.

"Bob Kulina, Kathy Francis [senior vice president sales, marketing and communications] and I will make our report to George Zoffinger [president and chief executive officer]."
"The benefits of the Breeders' Cup in the Garden State are nearly immeasurable," said Robert Kulina, vice president of Thoroughbred racing and general manager of Monmouth Park.
"In an effort to ensure the highest possible overnight purses, we've dropped a few graded stakes from this year's Meadowlands schedule," said Bob Kulina, vice president of Thoroughbred racing for the New Jersey Sports andExposition Authority.
Robert Kulina, Monmouth's vice president and general manager told the Bloodhorse, "(Sean) Greely has definitely been let go.
In addition Kulina stated, "I'm going to be much more active in the racing department this year than I have in the last decade". Kulina confirmed that he has written the first condition book and is overseeing the allotment of stall space. And also stated that that two consultants have been hired that will help him devote more time to the racing department. One consultant is a veteran racing executive who will likely be named in the next few days. Contrary to several published reports, Kulina said the consultants will not be his immediate superiors. It has been reported that Kulina will take on the responsibility of filling racing cards and other associated duties, while the two new hires will concentrate on day-to-day management duties.
"We have a limited amount of dollars," said Monmouth Park General Manager Robert Kulina. "NYRA came up with a big bonus for their Triple Tiara and Delaware Park made their Oaks a half-million dollars."
The Triple Tiara consists of a trio of Grade 1 races: the $300,000 Mother Goose on June 28 and the $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks on July 19, both at Belmont Park, and the $750,000 Alabama Stakes on August 16 at Saratoga Race Course. Any filly who can sweep the series would get a $2-million bonus.
"We made a decision that we wanted to make every effort to maintain the United Nations Handicap as a Grade 1 race,'' Kulina said.
"We don't operate in a vacuum and there are only so many good horses to go around," Kulina said. "Delaware has chosen the Delaware Handicap and the Delaware Oaks and we have chosen the Haskell and the [United Nations].
"Historically, the U.N. has been one of the great races and we felt the purse increase will preserve it as one of the premier turf races in the country," said Bob Kulina, vice president of Thoroughbred racing for Monmouth.
Monmouth vice president Bob Kulina said the $300,000 per day in purses for the traditional Monmouth meet would be at the same level as in 2001, when the track broke records for both attendance and total handle.
"I was just stunned--just shocked--to receive the warning," said Robert Kulina, vice president and general manager of Monmouth Park in New Jersey.
Kulina said he always felt pressure trying to assemble a good field for the Haskell, which in 2001 carried a $1.2-million purse and in 2002 a $1-million purse, but the warning letter just "magnifies" the pressure for 2003.
All graded stakes at Monmouth received warning letters, Kulina said.
Thoroughbred Times is reporting that Robert Kulina, vice president of Thoroughbred racing for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, will be honored for "Distinguished Service to Thoroughbred Racing" at the 67th New Jersey Sports Writers Association Banquet on Sunday.
Kulina began his long association with New Jersey racing in 1972 when he joined the racing office at Monmouth Park. He became the track's racing secretary in 1977 before becoming director of Thoroughbred racing at the Meadowlands in 1985. Kulina stepped into his current position with the sports authority, in which he oversees Thoroughbred racing at both tracks, in 1991.

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