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Monmouth Initiates Bonus Programs for 2014

Included is participation payouts for owners of horses finishing fifth through last.

In an effort to drive field size and reward horsemen, Monmouth Park has announced participation bonus programs for its 57-day meet that runs from May 10-Sept. 28.

Included in the programs are a $300 trainer bonus for every non-state-bred starterregardless of surfaceand a bonus for owners of horses finishing fifth through last.

"Our primary goal is to give bettors the best possible product," said Bob Kulina, president of Darby Development, operators of Monmouth. "We expect the participation bonuses to have a positive effect on field size and competitiveness, while rewarding horsemen for their support given the increased cost of horse ownership."

Additionally, owners will receive a minimum of $700 for every non-state-bred dirt starter and a minimum of $500 for every open turf runner.

New Jersey-breds will continue to be eligible for a 40% purse bonus when running against open company.

The meet will be highlighted by the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 27.