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2019 Monmouth Park Meet To See 61 Days, $7.1 Million Stakes Schedule

February 07, 2019

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Oceanport, N.J. – Led by the Grade 1, $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational, Monmouth Park is set to offer $7.1 million in stakes races when the track kicks off its 74th year of racing on Saturday, May 4.
In addition to anchoring a card featuring six-stakes races, the Haskell will also see a new day when it’s renewed for the 52nd time on Saturday, July 20, shifting from its previous Sunday constant. In total, Monmouth will race 61 days in 2019, up from 52 last year.

“This year will be a game-changer for Monmouth Park and for racing in the State of New Jersey,” said Dennis Drazin, Chairman and CEO of Darby Development LLC, operators of Monmouth Park. “For too long we have seen our neighbors enjoy casino-fueled purses placing New Jersey at a competitive disadvantage. With a $100 million purse subsidy over the next five years, half of which is dedicated to Monmouth, awaiting the signature of Governor Murphy, we can now start to close that gap and move Monmouth Park to a more even playing field.

“This is a terrific opportunity and we will shepherd these monies in a manner that creates a superior betting product with fuller, more competitive fields. To that end, beginning in 2019, we will offer an enhanced stakes schedule, substantial increases to our purse structure and more race dates, all the while keeping intact the owner and trainer guarantees we offered last year and expanding those into the state-bred program. In addition, we will continue to offer free worker’s compensation for trainers stabled at Monmouth Park and will pay a forty-percent bonus to New Jersey-bred horses who compete in open company.

“All in, we’re looking at approximately $500,000 per day this year; and, overall, we are confident that this is a winning formula.”

That formula will once again include bundled stakes days, which proved wildly popular when they debuted at Monmouth last year. Led by the stakes-studded Haskell card on July 20, a quartet of stakes races will be offered on May 25, June 22, Sept. 1 and Sept. 28, the last providing the championship day for the MATCH Series, which is back after a successful return last year.

The 17th annual New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival, with three stakes events, will be renewed on Aug. 25, as a total of 11 NJ-bred stakes races are on tap this season.

In total 64 stakes, 12 of them graded, will be offered this year, starting with the $100,000 Cliff Hanger on Opening Day. All stakes races will carry a minimum purse of $75,000.

Stall applications, which are due by March 15, are now available on-line at www.monmouthpark.com or in hard copy format in the Monmouth Park racing office.

The entire 2019 stakes schedule is:

Run Date

Stakes Name

Purse

Division

Distance

4-May-19

Cliff Hanger StakesListed

$100,000

3 and up1 mile (Turf)

11-May-19

Serena’s Song Stakes

$75,000

F & M 3 and up1 mile 70 yards

12-May-19

Long Branch Stakes

$75,000

3 YO1 mile 70 yards

18-May-19

Politely Stakes

$75,000

F & M 3 and up5 1/2 furlongs (Turf)

19-May-19

Get Serious Stakes

$75,000

3 and up5 1/2 furlongs (Turf)

25-May-19

Monmouth StakesG2

$200,000 

3 and up1 1/8 miles (Turf)

25-May-19

Salvator MileG3

$150,000 

3 and up1 mile

25-May-19

Boiling Springs Stakes 

$75,000 

3 YO Fillies1 1/16 miles (Turf)

25-May-19

John J. Reilly HandicapNJ Breds

$75,000 

3 and up6 furlongs

26-May-19

Miss Liberty Stakes

$75,000

F & M 3 and up1 1/16 miles (Turf)

27-May-19

Hystericalady Stakes

$75,000

3 YO Fillies6 furlongs

1-Jun-18

Tale of the Cat Stakes

$75,000

3 YO1 1/16 miles (Turf)

2-Jun-18

Lookin At Lucky Stakes

$75,000

3 YO6 furlongs

8-Jun-19

Unbridled Elaine Stakes

$75,000

F & M 3 and up5 furlongs (Turf)

9-Jun-19

Smart N Classy HandicapNJ Breds

$75,000

F & M 3 and up1 mile

15-Jun-19

Honey Bee Stakes

$75,000

3 YO Fillies5 1/2 furlongs (Turf)

16-Jun-19

betfair.com Pegasus StakesListed

$150,000

3 YO1 1/16 miles

22-Jun-19

United Nations Stakes G1

$300,000 

3 and up1 3/8 miles (Turf)

22-Jun-19

Philip H. Iselin StakesG3

$150,000 

3 and up1 1/16 miles

22-Jun-19

Eatontown StakesG3

$150,000 

F & M 3 and up1 1/16 miles (Turf)

22-Jun-19

Lady’s Secret StakesListed

$100,000 

F & M 3 and up1 1/16 miles

23-Jun-19

Dan Horn HandicapNJ Breds

$75,000

3 and up1 1/16 miles (Turf)

29-Jun-19

Friendly Lover HandicapNJ Breds

$75,000

3 and up6 furlongs

30-Jun-19

Open Mind Stakes

$75,000

3 YO Fillies1 1/16 miles (Turf)

6-Jul-19

Irish War Cry HandicapNJ Breds

$75,000

3 and up1 mile (Turf)

7-Jul-19

Jersey Girl HandicapNJ Breds

$75,000

F & M 3 and up1 mile (Turf)

13-Jul-19

My Frenchman Stakes

$75,000

3 YO5 1/2 furlongs (Turf)

14-Jul-19

Blue Sparkler Stakes

$75,000

3 YO Fillies5 1/2 furlongs (Turf)

20-Jul-19

betfair.com Haskell InvitationalG1

$1,000,000 

3 YO1 1/8 miles

20-Jul-19

Monmouth CupG3

$200,000 

3 and up1 1/8 miles

20-Jul-19

Molly Pitcher StakesG3

$150,000 

F & M 3 and up1 1/16 miles

20-Jul-19

WinStar Matchmaker StakesG3

$150,000 

F & M 3 and up1 1/8 miles (Turf)

20-Jul-19

Oceanport StakesG3

$150,000 

3 and up1 1/16 miles (Turf)

20-Jul-19

Wolf Hill Stakes 

$75,000 

3 and up5 1/2 furlongs (Turf)

21-Jul-19

Spruce Fir HandicapNJ Breds

$75,000

F & M 3 and up6 furlongs

27-Jul-19

Frisk Me Now Stakes

$75,000

3 YO1 mile (Turf)

28-Jul-19

Just Jenda Stakes

$75,000

3 YO Fillies1 mile (Turf)

3-Aug-19

Tyro Stakes

$75,000

2 YO5 furlongs (Turf)

4-Aug-18

Colleen Stakes

$75,000

2 YO Fillies5 furlongs (Turf)

10-Aug-19

Incredible Revenge Stakes

$75,000

F & M 3 and up5 1/2 furlongs (Turf)

11-Aug-19

Jersey Shore Stakes

$75,000

3 YO6 furlongs

17-Aug-19

Monmouth OaksG3

$150,000 

3 YO Fillies1 1/16 miles

18-Aug-19

Jersey Derby

$75,000

3 YO1 1/16 miles (Turf)

24-Aug-19

Unbridled Essence Stakes

$75,000

F & M 3 and up1 1/2 miles (Turf)

25-Aug-19

Charles Hesse III HandicapNJ Breds

$100,000

3 and up1 1/16 miles

25-Aug-19

NJ Breeders HandicapNJ Breds

$75,000

3 and up6 furlongs

25-Aug-19

Eleven North HandicapNJ Breds

$75,000

F & M 3 and up6 furlongs

31-Aug-19

Presious Passion Stakes

$75,000

3 and up1 1/2 miles (Turf)

1-Sep-19

Red Bank StakesG3

$150,000 

3 and up1 mile (Turf)

1-Sep-19

Sapling Stakes 

$100,000 

2 YO1 mile

1-Sep-19

Sorority Stakes 

$100,000 

2 YO Fillies1 mile (Turf)

1-Sep-19

Safely Kept Stakes 

$75,000 

F & M 3 and up5 furlongs (Turf)

2-Sep-19

Bodacious Tatas Stakes

$75,000

F & M 3 and up1 mile 70 yards

7-Sep-19

Decathlon Stakes

$75,000

3 YO5 1/2 furlongs

8-Sep-19

Miss Woodford Stakes

$75,000

3 YO Fillies5 1/2 furlongs

14-Sep-19

Joey P. HandicapNJ Breds

$75,000

3 and up5 furlongs (Turf)

15-Sep-19

Good Magic Mile Stakes

$75,000

3 and up1 mile

21-Sep-19

Smoke Glacken Stakes

$75,000

2 YO6 furlongs

22-Sep-19

Hollywood Wildcat Stakes

$75,000

2 YO Fillies6 furlongs

28-Sep-19

Violet StakesListed

$100,000 

F & M 3 and up1 1/16 miles (Turf)

28-Sep-19

Rainbow Heir Stakes 

$100,000 

3 and up5 1/2 furlongs (Turf)

28-Sep-19

Mr. Prospector Stakes 

$100,000 

3 and up6 furlongs

28-Sep-19

Regret Stakes 

$100,000 

F & M 3 and up6 furlongs

29-Sep-19

Monmouth Marathon Stakes

$75,000

3 and up1 1/2 miles