Led by the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 28, Monmouth Park has announced a total stakes schedule of $6 million, including 16 graded events worth $3.45 million, for the 2013 racing season in Oceanport, N.J.
Among notable changes to the calendar are the return of the $150,000 Salvator Mile (gr. III) for 3-year-olds July 6 and a shift of the $200,000 Monmouth Cup (gr. II), which will now be run Haskell Day.
The $200,000 Molly Pitcher (gr. II), which was contested on Haskell Day for the first time in 2012, will once again be renewed on that card, which now features five graded stakes events with the Taylor Made Matchmaker (gr. IIIT) and the $150,000 Oceanport (gr. IIIT) on the undercard as well.
The $100,000 Red Bank Stakes (gr. III), on July 4 last year, will lead off this season's graded stakes schedule May 18. Opening day for the 2013 racing season is set for May 11.
The $500,000 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) will be run July 6, while the $200,000 Monmouth Stakes (gr. IIT) is scheduled for June 9.
Other key graded events on the calendar include the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) June 16; the $100,000 Eatontown (gr. IIIT) June 29; the July 4 $100,000 Jersey Shore (gr. III); the $100,000 Monmouth Cup Stakes (gr. III) July 28; the $150,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 18; the $100,000 Cliff Hanger (gr. IIIT) Aug. 25; and the $100,000 Sapling Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 1