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Horses Arrive For 2011 Monmouth Meet; Opening Day Set For May 14

Posted Monday, Apr 18, 2011

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OCEANPORT, N.J. – Carrying a trio of horses from the Gregg Sacco barn, the first van rolled through the Monmouth Park stable gate at 6:25 am, officially kicking off the training season for the 2011 meet.


“It’s good to be home,” said Sacco, a third generation horsemen who captured 20 races last season at Monmouth.  “We’ll have a full barn again this year and hope to duplicate last year’s success.”


Among those returning to the Sacco barn in 2011 is Unbridled Essence, winner of last year’s Grade 3 Matchmaker Stakes on Haskell Day.


“I’m sure she’ll be glad to be back here,” Sacco said.  “She just doesn’t like Florida, for whatever reason.


“We’ll have a good mix of horses this year – stakes runners, 2-year-olds, allowance horses.  I’m just glad to be back and look forward to another great year at Monmouth.”


Other early arrivals on Monday included horses from the Henry Carroll barn as well as a string from the Chuck Spina camp.


As always, Monmouth’s stable area will be at capacity as 1,600 horses will call the Oceanport backstretch their home.


The 2011 racing season gets underway on Saturday, May 14.  As always, the meet will be highlighted by the $1 million Haskell Invitational, set for Sunday, July 31.  Other graded stakes highlights include the United Nations Stakes on July 2, the Iselin on Aug. 20, and the Molly Pitcher on Aug. 28.

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- 4/30/2011 12:42:28 PM -

Opening Day, right around the corner and my favorite day of the year! It will be good to renew old acquaintances & friendships too. Guys like Greg Sacco, Mike Curci, Brad Thomas & Paul Schumann to name a few. And of course, Sophia Mangalee.
Mike Romagnola
Monmouth Park 'Father of The Year 2010'

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