A field of 10, including a quartet of Grade or Group 1 winners, will assemble at Monmouth Park this Saturday for the Grade 1, $750,000 United Nations Stakes. The U.N., one of the most anticipated events of the summer season, will go as race 11 on the 12-race program.
Among those entered in the U.N. is last year’s winner Chinchon; Chilean-sensation Belle Watling; Breeders’ Cup winner Eldaafer; and, Grade 1 winner Teaks North, who captured the U.N. prep, the Grade 3 Monmouth Stakes, on June 12.
Inaugurated at Atlantic City Racecourse in 1953, the U.N. moved to Monmouth Park in 1999. The mile and three-eighths turf race has seen 20 champions and six Breeders’ Cup winners compete in the event.
The United Nations Stakes is part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” series of races. Saturday’s U.N. winner will receive an automatic berth into the $3 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs.
The full field, including rider assignments, for the 58th running of the United Nations Stakes is:
1.Bourbon Bay (Alan Garcia)
2.Teaks North (Eddie Castro)
3.Eldaafer (Paco Lopez)
4.a - Pulsion (Channing Hill)
5.Sleepless Knight (Jose Lezcano)
6.Bold Hawk (Elvis Trujillo)
7.Stacelita (Joe Bravo)
8.a - Belle Watling (Edgar Prado)
9.General Perfect (Shannon Uske)
10.Chinchon (Garrett Gomez)
a – Pulsion and Belle Watling race as an entry, both trained by Patrick Biancone