As the clock struck 6:18
a.m., the first horses rolled through the stable gate as Monmouth Park’s
backstretch opened in anticipation for the 2014 race meet, which gets underway
on Saturday, May 10.
The first through the gates were a pair of full-sisters,
The Slipper Fits and Trish’s Wish, trained by Henry Carroll. Both by Smoke Glacken from the Beau Genius
mare Naught Naught, the grey sisters were bedded down in barn 38, part of the
Elkwood Section of the stable area.
Also arriving on the first day were horses for trainers
John Mazza and Chuck Spina, both venerable trainers who have spent decades
conditioning Thoroughbreds at Monmouth Park.
“I look forward to this day all year,” said Spina, who
will have 16 head in his barn. “There’s
no other place I’d rather be. Monmouth Park is home and it’s always good to be
Post time for the 2014 season is set for 12:50 p.m. The meet will once again be highlighted by
the Grade 1, $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational on Sunday, July 27. Other
graded stakes highlights include the United Nations and Salvator Mile on July
6; the Monmouth Stakes on June 8; and, the Molly Pitcher and Monmouth Cup,
which are part of five graded stakes to be contested on the Haskell Day
For more information, visit Monmouth Park
online at www.monmouthpark.com.