Lookin At Lucky won the 2010 Haskell.

Lookin At Lucky won the 2010 Haskell.

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Resorts to Sponsor Haskell Invitational

Resorts Casino Hotel will sponsor this year's Haskell Invitational.

Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City will sponsor this year’s running of the $1 million Resorts Haskell Invitational scheduled for July 31, officials said.

“The Haskell is one of horse racing’s most prestigious events, and we are excited to have the new Resorts as the host sponsor,” Resorts co-owner and president Dennis Gomes said in a statement. “It’s a natural fit to have two of New Jersey’s premier gaming and entertainment destinations combine for what is sure to be one of the most exciting races of the year.”

Gomes and New York real estate developer Morris Bailey purchased Resorts in 2010 with plans to revitalize the property. Bailey recently concluded negotiations to lease Monmouth Park from the New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority.

“Monmouth is honored to attach the Resorts name to our greatest race,” Monmouth vice president and general manager Bob Kulina said. “With five champions having run in the last four editions, the Haskell has become a key stepping stone on the path to year-end Eclipse honors.”

Monmouth officials said July 14 they’re expecting a field of at least eight for the Haskell.