The purse for the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 2 has been increased by $750,000, Monmouth Park announced July 29.
Trainer Bob Baffert will relish allowing American Pharoah dictate any plans between the Aug. 2 Haskell at Monmouth Park and the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland.
American Pharoah's final workout for the William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) appeared intentionally easy July 28 at Del Mar, with the Triple Crown champion recording a :48 4/5 breeze underneath overcast skies.
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With a week remaining until the William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, the field continues to take shape as Top Clearance joins the list horses likely to take on American Pharoah.
Hebbronville had to take the long way around, but was still able to make the grade in the $100,000 Jersey Shore Stakes (gr. III) July 25 at Monmouth Park.
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah looked primed and ready at Del Mar the morning of July 23, wowing a large group of spectators with a six-furlong work in 1:11 flat.
Monmouth Park reports that Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is scheduled to arrive at the Oceanport, N.J. track July 29, as he prepares to start in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 2.
Seven sophomore sprinters, including multiple stakes winners W V Jetsetter and Bluegrass Singer, will face off July 25 in the $100,000 Jersey Shore Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park going six furlongs.
Jockey Trevor McCarthy was transported to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J. after his mount Calypso Run clipped heels and unseated the 21-year-old journeyman in Monmouth Park's 10th race July 19.
An unusual flash thunderstorm at Del Mar caused no delay of American Pharoah's first workout in San Diego County July 18, as the Triple Crown champion recorded a six-furlong breeze in 1:11 2/5 over the seaside oval.
War Story is gearing up for his first start for trainer Jeffrey Radosevich next month in the William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I), where he will bid for his first stakes win against Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
As anticipation builds for the running of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Haskell Invitational (gr. I), the connections of Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) winner Mr. Jordan have declared their intent to face the champ.
Grade I winner and New York-based stallion Dublin gained his first winner July 12, when 2-year-old colt Dr Blarney scored by 3 1/2 lengths in his debut in the first race at Monmouth Park.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah logged his final summer workout at Santa Anita Park July 12 before he'll relocate to trainer Bob Baffert's barn at Del Mar. The Zayat Stables colt breezed five furlongs in :59 1/5.
After finishing second in his two most recent stakes tries, Stanford took care of business Saturday, July 11 to win the $100,000 Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Monmouth Park is planning a "Pharoah Phan Phestival," featuring three days of events and activities to culminate with American Pharoah's planned run in the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 2.
After finishing second in three straight races, including a runner-up finish in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II), Stanford will try to secure his first stakes victory July 11 in the Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Runner-up in last year's Salvator Mile (gr. III), Joseph Sutton's Bradester would not be denied in this year's edition July 5 at Monmouth Park.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Big Blue Kitten surged late to win his second edition of the $500,000 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) July 5 at Monmouth Park.
- By Claire Novak
- Thoroughbred Racing, Breeders' Cup, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Owner Ahmed Zayat has decided the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on Aug. 2 will be the Triple Crown winner's first start after a historic 5 1/2-length triumph in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Champion Main Sequence takes on talented grade I-winning rivals such as Slumber, Twilight Eclipse, 2013 United Nations victor Big Blue Kitten, and Imagining when seeking to defend his title in the United Nations (gr. IT).
Race Day, winner of the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) and Razorback Handicap (gr. III) in consecutive graded scores, is the 123-pound highweight for the $150,000 Salvator Mile (gr. III) July 5 at Monmouth Park.
The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 will make a return visit to Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. July 5, with a telecast highlighted by live coverage of the $500,000 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT).
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Hit The Board Stables' I'm Already Sexy held off favored Kenzadargent after a stretch duel for a half-length triumph in the June 27 Eatontown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park.
An easy drive down the road for New York horsemen, Monmouth Park offers expanded options -- specifically the chance for several turf fillies to try a step up in the $100,000 Eatontown Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 27.
The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 will kick off its summer schedule July 5 with live coverage of the United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) from Monmouth Park in New Jersey.
Mr. Jordan claimed his first graded score with a head victory over Tekton in the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) June 21 at Monmouth Park.
Stakes winners Bodhisattva and Mr. Jordan head a field of eight 3-year-olds in the Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) June 21 at Monmouth Park as the post-Triple Crown season for sophomores begins.
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Team Valor and Gary Barber's Triple Threat stormed home on the far outside in the lane and won a late duel with Middleburg to take the $205,000 Monmouth Handicap (gr. IIT) June 7 at Monmouth Park.
Several older runners looking to recapture past form, including Slim Shadey, Lochte, and Slumber, will try the Monmouth Park turf June 7 in the Monmouth Stakes.
Atlantic City's monopoly on casino gambling began to crumble June 1 as lawmakers introduced a bill that would let voters decide whether to allow three new casinos in northern New Jersey.
The connections of Carpe Diem, who was being pointed to the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), have decided not to enter the two-time grade I winner in the 1 1/2-mile classic.
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Monmouth Park reported strong gains in pari-mutuel handle and record attendance for its three-day Memorial Day weekend May 23-25.
Main Sequence, champion older male and turf male of 2014, will return to Monmouth Park and defend last year's win in the $500,000 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) in his next start.
Jockey Joe Bravo guided in his 5,000th career winner May 23 when Boss Man won the sixth race at Monmouth Park.
Three-time leading Monmouth Park jockey Elvis Trujillo will be headed back to the New Jersey track May 30, relocating from Southern California, where he's been riding full-time for about a year.
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A field of established turf runners will compete in the Red Bank Stakes, but most are seeking a reversal of recent form in stakes company as they compete over the one-mile distance.
As Monmouth Park prepares for its upcoming season, Dennis Drazin, who advises the track operators, said during May 5 luncheon the New Jersey facility is operating in the black.
Robert Kulina has been a fixture at Monmouth Park since 1972, shortly after graduating from the University of Charleston in West Virginia, but in late 2011 the 65-year-old thought he was out of a job. Download Now
Monmouth Park Racetrack has announced the formation of a marketing partnership with Fantasy Sports Network, which will assist in the launch of a paid Monmouth Park daily fantasy game featuring professional sporting events.
Monmouth Park Racetrack has announced that Frank Mirahmadi will become its new track announcer when the 2015 racing season kicks off on Saturday, May 9.
Led by the Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 2, Monmouth Park announced a graded stakes schedule worth $3.5 million for 2015. In addition, the popular bonus programs for owners and trainers will return.
The group that operates Monmouth Park has reached out to the owner of Atlantic City Race Course to discuss leasing or purchasing the facility in southern New Jersey.
Sports betting at Monmouth Park will have to await another day in court following a decision Nov. 21 by the United States District Court granting an injunction stopping the Oceanport racetrack from taking such wagers.
The 2015 Thoroughbred racing season in New Jersey will again begin at Atlantic City Race Course, according to schedules approved Nov. 20 by the New Jersey Racing Commission.
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