John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms will team with Monmouth Park to sponsor the track’s biggest race for fillies and mares, the $250,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 28.
The Hill ‘n’ Dale Molly Pitcher will be renewed for the 66th time this year. For the first time it will feature stallion seasons for the top three finishers. This year’s stallions are Roman Ruler, Midnight Lute , and Zensational. All stand at Hill ‘n’ Dale, which is located near Lexington.
“Hill ‘n’ Dale is proud to enhance the Molly Pitcher with seasons to our stallions,” said Sikura. “This race is an important fixture on the American racing calendar, and we want to do our part to help promote great racing at Monmouth Park.”
Roman Ruler, winner of the 2005 Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth, stands for $15,000. He is the sire of 2011 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Ruler On Ice. Midnight Lute, who stands for $17,500, is a two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) including the 2007 edition at Monmouth Park. Zensational, whose fee is $22,500, is the only horse to win three consecutive grade I sprint stakes. He entered stud in 2010.
Twelve American champions and three Hall of Fame members have contested the Hill ‘n’ Dale Molly Pitcher, a traditional feature at Monmouth since the racetrack reopened in 1946. In addition, six Breeders’ Cup winners have participated in the race.