Purses for the four undercard stakes on Haskell Day Aug. 8 at Monmouth Park have been increased to $100,000, Bob Kulina, vice-president of Thoroughbred racing and general manager of Monmouth, announced Sunday. In addition, two stakes have been added for the New Jersey-bred program on Aug. 29 and purses were increased to $100,000 for three scheduled stakes that day. The 14-race program on Aug. 8 will be headed by the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I). Also scheduled is the Oceanport Handicap (gr. III). There are four ungraded stakes on the program – the Teddy Drone Stakes, the Lady's Secret Stakes, the Regret Stakes and the Ocean Place Resort Stakes. All had their purses increased from $85,000 to $100,000.
The New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival Presented by the Malouf Auto Group on Aug. 29 features an all-statebred card. The original schedule called for three stakes races – the Colts Neck Handicap, Jersey Breeders' Turf Highweight and Eleven North Handicap – for which purses have been raised from $85,000 to $100,000. Two more stakes have been added to the card, the $100,000 Jersey Girl Stakes and the $75,000 Pappa Riccio Stakes.