Monmouth Park announces 56-day sked for 2020
King for a Day with Joe Bravo riding upset Maximum Security and Luis Saez to win the 2019 $150,000 tvg.com Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO
Led by the Grade 1, $1 million TVG.com Haskell Invitational, Monmouth Park is set to offer $7.3 million in stakes races when the track kicks off its diamond anniversary season on Saturday, May 2.
This year’s 75th race meet will feature 63 total stakes, 12 graded events, and 11 stakes restricted to New Jersey-bred horses.
Last year’s Haskell Day program saw two champions in the winner’s circle with Maximum Security winning the main event and Midnight Bisou cruising under the line in the Molly Pitcher. That card will again feature six stakes races in 2020, two with a $100,000 purse boost, as the Grade 3 Monmouth Cup and the Grade 3 Molly Pitcher go to $300,000 and $250,000, respectively.
Other races getting a purse bump are the Grade 3 Iselin, now at $200,000, as well as the Miss Liberty, Jersey Derby and Jersey Shore, each to be contested for $100,000.
The 18th annual New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival, with three stakes events, will be renewed on Aug. 30, with the $100,000 Charles Hesse III Handicap headlining that card.
Monmouth Park’s MATCH Day will be Sept. 12 with five stakes totaling $500,000 playing their part in the Mid-Atlantic Championships.
Stall applications, which are due by March 15, are now available on-line at www.monmouthpark.com or in hard copy format in the Monmouth Park racing office.
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Monmouth Park will host twilight racing on Fridays and switch to a 12:15 first post for Saturdays and Sundays in the meet which begins May 28.
Two vans of horses trained by Chuck Spina were the first to arrive at Monmouth Park May 1 in preparation for the 2021 season.
The Jockeys’ Guild today decried a New Jersey court decision allowing the state’s tough riding crop regulation to go into effect.
New Jersey-bred Horologist made her first start since last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff a winning one in the Top Flight Invitational at Aqueduct.
Multiple graded stakes winner Horologist has earned the title of New Jersey-bred Horse of the Year.
Monmouth Park will kick off its 53-day 2021 schedule May 28, with the meet highlighted by the July 17 card featuring the Grade 1 Haskell and United Nations.