Report: Monmouth Purses Have Gone Unpaid Since July 3, Lab Delays Blamed

The Asbury Park Press reported late Monday that horsemen and owners at Monmouth Park are still awaiting purse payouts from six weeks ago. According to the report, the track has only paid out purses from its opening day card on July 3, leaving $7 million so far unreleased.

According to Monmouth Park ownership, the problem is testing delays at Truesdail Laboratories, which is contracted by the New Jersey Racing Commission to do drug testing for the state. Without test results, purses cannot be released and trainers claiming horses are also left hanging, since a claim can be voided based on test results. Horsemen have told the Paulick Report that trainers who have had horses claimed off them have also not received that money.

Horsemen in the state had already taken a hit, since the track reduced its planned number of race days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, many of them who rely on purse money can’t pay their bills.

Truesdail has made headlines in racing trade publications this year for losing its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accreditation for horse racing labs, triggering the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) to suspend its lab accreditation. As a result, states whose regulations require them to use an RMTC-accredited lab were required to use an alternative lab at Truesdail’s expense.

The New Jersey Racing Commission declined comment for the story. Dennis Drazin, chairman and CEO of Monmouth Park operating group Darby Development, told Asbury Park Press he is considering a lawsuit against Truesdail over the delays.

Read more at the Asbury Park Press

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