117 Entered for Monmouth Opening Card May 12

117 Entered for Monmouth Opening Card May 12
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Congressional Page, who won the Decathlon Stakes in 2010, is among the entries in this year's version on opening day at Monmouth.

Monmouth Park opens this Saturday, May 12, with a 12-race program attracting a total of 117 entries.

Topping Saturday’s card is the $75,000 Decathlon Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward, which attracted nine entrants -- all previous stakes winners.

The six-furlong Decathlon is the first of Monmouth’s stakes events, which includes 17 graded races. Centerpiece of Monmouth’s summer as always will be the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I), which has its 45th running on July 29.             

First post is set for 12:50 p.m. every day except Haskell Day, when first post will be at noon. There will also be twilight racing on the last four Thursdays in August, when first post will be 4 p.m.

Among those entered in Saturday’s Decathlon is the 2010 winner, Congressional Page, who will break from post 3 for trainer Michael Trombetta.  Local runners will book-end the field as Wildcat Brief, for conditioner Ben Perkins Jr., has drawn the fence, while Zero Rate Policy, trained by Terri Pompay, will come from post 9. The Decathlon will go as race 10 on the card with an estimated post time of 5:18 p.m. EDT.

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