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Old 10-06-2017, 06:35 PM   #1
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Monmouth Park- Kulina to Retire

Monmouth announced his retirement earlier today.

http://www.monmouthpark.com/News.aspx?id=11425
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Curious to see what the future will be now. I might go back
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Curious to see what the future will be now. I might go back
I have no comments on the past few years that Bob was at the helm. I wish him a happy retirement.
My big concern here is the reduction of racing days to where the meet resembles a state fair. NJ bred breeding is at an all time low and the competition from surrounding tracks as well as the whole Navarro situation has hurt the track significantly. Maybe sports wagering gets its due and the track manages to pull a rabbit out of a hat.
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Good riddance. Kulina gets 194K in pension money a year from the state. (Monmouth Park was owned and operated by the state under his tenure before the NJTHA took over) And in addition he was getting an ungodly salary from the Darby Development the manager of MP-a salary ultimately paid by the horsemen. He has had no vision forward for the track. This year, Kulina was opposed to twilight racing, he said no to racing on 4th of July when it was on a weekday, he wasn’t in favor of next year’s racing schedule, just to name a few of the issues. The entire NJTHA board voiced to Drazin that it wanted him out, he was holding the track back. Goodbye Bobby. Baffert is going to miss you and the suitcases of money you gave as `appearance fees` for him and his horses.
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Good riddance. Kulina gets 194K in pension money a year from the state. (Monmouth Park was owned and operated by the state under his tenure before the NJTHA took over) And in addition he was getting an ungodly salary from the Darby Development the manager of MP-a salary ultimately paid by the horsemen. He has had no vision forward for the track. This year, Kulina was opposed to twilight racing, he said no to racing on 4th of July when it was on a weekday, he wasn’t in favor of next year’s racing schedule, just to name a few of the issues. The entire NJTHA board voiced to Drazin that it wanted him out, he was holding the track back. Goodbye Bobby. Baffert is going to miss you and the suitcases of money you gave as `appearance fees` for him and his horses.
I don't have any ill will toward the guy but Bluto you are absolutely right the guy either had zero vision or was just collecting a paycheck. In addition to the points you raise, look at what happened with William Hill Room. Completely unused before, now it has become a focal point even before there is any sports betting.

Part of Monmouth's appeal has to be as a more multifaceted entertainment venue, with racing at its core. Things like the BC party and other events at Wm Hill are part of that vision, but Kulina either lacked the vision or wherewithal to make meaningful change.
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I don't have any ill will toward the guy but Bluto you are absolutely right the guy either had zero vision or was just collecting a paycheck. In addition to the points you raise, look at what happened with William Hill Room. Completely unused before, now it has become a focal point even before there is any sports betting.

Part of Monmouth's appeal has to be as a more multifaceted entertainment venue, with racing at its core. Things like the BC party and other events at Wm Hill are part of that vision, but Kulina either lacked the vision or wherewithal to make meaningful change.
I strongly believe after 2007 he became complacent in his job. He walked around the track like he was better than anyone he talked to. In my 15 plus years of racing there he was the only one associated with the racing office who acted like this. I am also disappointed that the horseman agreed to any form of compensation to him that wasnt based on achieving certain goals. Get someone in there that is young and energetic enough with the BS.
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