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Haskell Invitational to Anchor Record $12.1Million in Stakes Purses for 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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Oceanport, N.J. – With the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 1, leading the way, Monmouth Park will offer a record $12.1 million in stakes purses for the 2010 racing season, which gets underway on Saturday, May 22.  A total of 90 stakes races are on the calendar, 16 graded and 74 overnight events.

            In addition to the record stakes schedule, Monmouth Park will offer record purses in 2010.  In what’s being called the “Million Dollar Meet”, Monmouth will race primarily on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day - a calendar that spans 50 live racing days.  Overnight purses, when coupled with stakes events, are expected to be $1 million for those live programs, with stakes races starting at $100,000.  By comparison, stakes at Monmouth Park in 2009 started at $60,000 with a total of $9,170,000 paid in stakes purses.

            “What we’re offering this year is a new approach to racing,” said Bob Kulina, vice president and general manager of Monmouth Park.  “This stakes schedule, along with our new race meet, is certainly attracting the interest of new horsemen from across the country.

            “Our goal is to deliver the public what they’ve asked for - quality, competitive racing with big fields.  We believe this new schedule should help us achieve that goal.”

Returning for the third time to the stakes calendar is the $250,000 Monmouth Stakes, which will carry a Grade 3 status for the first time when it’s renewed on June 12.  The turf test, which serves as a prep for the Grade 1 $750,000 United Nations on July 3, was captured by champion Big Brown in it’s inaugural running and last year saw fan-favorite Presious Passion go wire-to-wire.

Other notable changes include the addition of the Grade 3 $200,000 Pegasus Stakes for 3-year-olds.  Set for June 19, the mile and a sixteenth Pegasus will be run six weeks before the mile and an eighth Haskell.  Also added to the schedule is the $300,000, Grade 2, Monmouth Cup (formerly the Meadowlands Cup), to be run on Oct. 9, for 3-year-olds and up.

The 2010 racing meet spans 71 days, beginning with the May 22nd-23rd weekend.  The racetrack will then offer live programs on May 29, May 30 and Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day).  Following the Memorial Day card Monmouth will be open for live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6.  In addition, the track will host live racing on Monday, July 5 (4th of July Holiday).  A fall meet will get underway on Saturday, Sept. 11, and run through Sunday, Nov. 21.  Racing in the fall will take place on Saturdays and Sundays.

The entire 2010 stakes schedule is:

 

 

Run Date                         Race Name                                                 Purse                  Division              Distance

Saturday, May 22             The Decathlon Stakes                                  $100,000             3 & Up                 Six Furlongs

Saturday, May 22             The Elkwood Stakes                                    $100,000             3 & Up                 One Mile & One Sixteenth (Turf)

Sunday, May 23               The Spend A Buck Stakes                           $100,000             3 Yo's                  One Mile & Seventy Yards

Saturday, May 29             The John J. Reilly (HCP) (NJB)                  $100,000             3 & Up                 Six Furlongs

Saturday, May 29             The Lamplighter Stakes                               $100,000             3 Yo's                  One Mile & One Sixteenth (Turf)

Sunday, May 30               The Monmouth Beach Stakes                      $100,000             F/M 3 & Up          One Mile & Seventy Yards

Sunday, May 30               The Little Silver Stakes                                 $100,000             F 3 Yo's               One Mile (Turf)

Monday, May 31               The Just Smashing Stakes                           $100,000             F 3 Yo's               Six Furlongs

Monday, May 31              The Eatontown Stakes  G  III                  $150,000             F/M 3 & Up          One Mile & One Sixteenth (Turf)

Saturday, June 5               The Wolf Hill Stakes                                     $100,000             3 & Up                 Five & One Half Furlongs (Turf)

Saturday, June 5               The Red Cross Stakes                                $100,000             F/M 3 & Up          Six Furlongs

Sunday, June 6                 The Rumson Stakes                                    $100,000             3 Yo's                  Six Furlongs

Saturday, June 12          The Monmouth Stakes G III                    $250,000             3 & Up                 One Mile & One Eighth (Turf)

Saturday, June 12             The Longfellow Stakes                                 $100,000             3 & Up                 Six Furlongs

Saturday, June 12             The Skip Away Stakes                                 $100,000             3 & Up                 One Mile & One Sixteenth

Sunday, June 13               The Open Mind (HCP) (NJ Bred)               $100,000             F/M 3 & Up          Six Furlongs

Sunday, June 13               The Candy Éclair Stakes                             $100,000             F/M 3 & Up          Five & One Half Furlongs (Turf)

Saturday, June 19          The Pegasus Stakes G III                        $200,000             3 Yo's                  One Mile & One Sixteenth

Sunday, June 20               The Bernie Dowd (HCP) (NJB)                  $100,000             3 & Up                 One Mile & Seventy Yards

Sunday, June 20               The Anderson Fowler Stakes                      $100,000             3 Yo's                  Five & One Half Furlongs (Turf)

Saturday, June 26             The Lighthouse Stakes                                $100,000             F/M 3 & Up          One Mile & One Sixteenth

Saturday, June 26          The Boiling Springs Stakes  G  III         $150,000             F 3 Yo's               One Mile & One Sixteenth (Turf)

Sunday, June 27               The Blue Sparkler Stakes                            $100,000             F/M 3 & Up          Six Furlongs

Sunday, June 27               The Crank It Up Stakes                               $100,000             F 3 Yo's               Five & One Half Furlongs (Turf)

Saturday, July 3             The United Nations Stakes G I               $750,000             3 & Up                 One Mile & Three Eighths (Turf)

Saturday, July 3             The Salvator Mile  G III                            $250,000             3 & Up                 One Mile

Sunday, July 4                  The Miss Liberty Stakes                               $100,000             F/M 3 & Up          One Mile & One Sixteenth (Turf)

Sunday, July 4                The Jersey Shore Stakes G III *              $200,000             3 Yo's                  Six Furlongs

Monday, July 5                 The Mr. Prospector Stakes                          $100,000             3 & Up                 Six Furlongs

Monday, July 5                 The Choice Stakes                                      $100,000             3 Yo's                  One Mile & One Eighth (Turf)

Saturday, July 10              The Battlefield Stakes                                   $100,000             3 & Up                 One Mile (Turf)

Saturday, July 10           The Long Branch Stakes                         $175,000             3 Yo's                  One Mile & One Sixteenth

Sunday, July 11                The  John Mcsorley Stakes                         $100,000             3 & Up                 Five & One Half Furlongs (Turf)

Sunday, July 11                The Spruce Fir (HCP) (NJ Bred)                $100,000             F/M 3 & Up          One Mile & Seventy Yards

Saturday, July 17              The Klassy Briefcase Stakes                        $100,000             F/M 3 & Up          Five & One Half Furlongs (Turf)

Saturday, July 17              The Serena's Song Stakes                          $100,000             F 3 Yo's               One Mile & Seventy Yards

Sunday, July 18                The Dearly Precious Stakes                        $100,000             F 3 Yo's               Six Furlongs

Saturday, July 24              The Desert Vixen Stakes                             $100,000             F 3 Yo's               One Mile & One Sixteenth (Turf)

Sunday, July 25                The Tyro Stakes                                          $100,000             2 Yo's                  Five & One Half Furlongs

Saturday, July 31              The Mongo Queen Stakes                           $100,000             F 3 Yo's               Five & One Half Furlongs (Turf)

Sunday, August 1          The Oceanport Stakes G III                     $200,000             3 & Up                 One Mile & One Sixteenth (Turf)

Sunday, August 1          The Teddy Drone Stakes                         $150,000             3 & Up                 Six Furlongs

Sunday, August 1          The Majestic Light                                    $150,000             3 & Up                 One Mile & One Sixteenth

Sunday, August 1          The Taylor Made Matchmaker Stakes G III          $200,000             F/M 3 & Up          One Mile & One Eighth (Turf)

Sunday, August 1          The Ladys Secret Stakes                         $150,000             F/M 3 & Up          One Mile & One Sixteenth

Sunday, August 1          The Regret Stakes                                    $150,000             F/M 3 & Up          Six Furlongs

Sunday, August 1          The Haskell Invitational G  I                    $1,000,000          3 Yo's                  One Mile & One Eighth

Sunday, August 1          The Jersey Derby Stakes                         $150,000             3 Yo's                  One Mile & One Sixteenth (Turf)

Saturday, August 7            The My Frenchman Stakes                         $100,000             3 & Up                 Five & One Half Furlongs (Turf)

Saturday, August 7            The Colleen Stakes                                     $100,000             F 2 Yo's               Five & One Half Furlongs

Sunday, August 8              The Select Stakes                                        $100,000             3 Yo's                  Six Furlongs

Saturday, August 14      The Monmouth Oaks  G  III *                   $200,000             F 3 Yo's               One Mile & One Sixteenth

Saturday, August 14          The Continental Mile Stakes                         $100,000             2 Yo's                  One Mile (Turf)

Sunday, August 15            The Incredible Revenge Stakes                  $100,000             F/M 3 & Up          Five & One Half Furlongs (Turf)

Saturday, August 21      The Philip H. Iselin Stakes  G  III *         $300,000             3 & Up                 One Mile & One Eighth

Saturday, August 21          The Omnibus Stakes                                    $100,000             F/M 3 & Up          One Mile & Three Eighths (Turf)

Sunday, August 22            The Colts Neck (HCP) (NJB)                      $100,000             3 & Up                 Six Furlongs

Sunday, August 22            The Trenton Stakes                                     $100,000             F/M 3 & Up          Six Furlongs

Saturday, August 28          The Restoration Stakes                                $100,000             3 Yo's                  One Mile & One Eighth (Turf)

Saturday, August 28          The Miss Woodford Stakes                          $100,000             F 3 Yo's               Six Furlongs

Sunday, August 29        The Molly Pitcher Stakes  G  II *             $300,000             F/M 3 & Up          One Mile & One Sixteenth

Sunday, August 29            The Junior Champion Stakes                       $100,000             F 2 Yo's               One Mile (Turf)

Saturday, September 4     The Twin Lights Stakes                                $100,000             F 3 Yo's               One Mile & One Eighth  (Turf)

Saturday, September 4  The Sapling Stakes  G  III                       $150,000             2 Yo's                  Six Furlongs

Sunday, September 5    The Red Bank Stakes  G  III *                  $200,000             3 & Up                 One Mile (Turf)

Sunday, September 5       The Icecapade Stakes                                 $100,000             3 & Up                 Six Furlongs

Monday, September 6       The Gilded Time Stakes                               $100,000             3 Yo's                  Five & One Half Furlongs (Turf)

Monday, September 6    The Sorority Stakes                                 $100,000             F 2 Yo's               Six Furlongs

Saturday, September 11   The Revidere Stakes                                   $60,000               F/M 3 & Up          One Mile & One Sixteenth (Turf)

Sunday, September 12     The Formal Gold Stakes                              $60,000               3 & Up                 One Mile & One Sixteenth

Saturday, September 18   The Charles Hesse (HCP) (NJB)                $100,000             3 & Up                 One Mile & One Sixteenth

Saturday, September 18   The Jersey Breeder's  (HCP) (NJB)           $100,000             3 & Up                 Six Furlongs

Saturday, September 18   The Jersey Girl (HCP) (NJ Bred)                $100,000             F/M 3 & Up          One Mile & One Sixteenth

Saturday, September 18   The Eleven North (HCP) (NJ Bred)            $100,000             F/M 3 & Up          Six Furlongs

Sunday, September 19     The Politely Stakes                                      $60,000               F/M 3 & Up          One Mile & One Sixteenth

Sunday, September 26  The Monmouth Park N.A.T.C Futurity    $200,000 Est      2 Yo's                  Six Furlongs

Sunday, September 26  The Monmouth Park N.A.T.C. Futurity   $200,000 Est      F 2 Yo's               Six Furlongs

Saturday, October 2          The Princeton Stakes                                   $60,000               F 3 Yo's               Six Furlongs

Saturday, October 9          The Eillo Stakes                                           $60,000               3 & Up                 Six Furlongs

Saturday, October 9       The Monmouth Cup GII                           $300,000             3 & Up                 One Mile & One Eighth

Saturday, October 16        The College Of New Jersey Stakes             $60,000               F/M 3 & Up          Six Furlongs

Saturday, October 23        The Seton Hall University Stakes                 $60,000               2 Yo's                  One Mile 

Sunday, October 24          The Monmouth University Stakes                $60,000               F 2 Yo's               One Mile 

Saturday, October 30        The Big Brown Stakes                                 $60,000               3 Yo's                  One Mile & One Sixteenth

Sunday, October 31          The Witches' Brew                                       $60,000               F 3 Yo's               One Mile & Seventy Yards

Saturday, November 6      The Rutgers Stakes                                     $60,000               3 Yo's                  Six Furlongs

Saturday, November 13    The Jersey Juvenile (NJ Bred)                   $60,000               2 Yo's                  Six Furlongs

Saturday, November 13    The Jersey Juvenile (NJ Bred)                   $60,000               F 2 Yo's               Six Furlongs

Saturday, November 20    The Frisk Me Now Stakes                           $60,000               3 & Up                 One Mile & Seventy Yards

Sunday, November 21      The Honey Bee Stakes                               $60,000               F/M 3 & Up          One Mile