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Haskell Preview Day On June 15 Features Four $150,000 Prep Races As A Prelude To NYRA Bets Haskell Stakes Card

May 07, 2024


Four $150,000 stakes races – three of them Grade 3 events – will again headline Monmouth Park’s Haskell Preview Day on Saturday, June 15, as a prelude to the NYRA Bets Haskell Stakes Day on Saturday, July 20.

The NYRA Bets Pegasus Stakes, the Grade 3 Monmouth Stakes, the Grade 3 Salvator Mile and the Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes will serve as the local preps for the Haskell Stakes Day card.

The $1 million, Grade 1 NYRA Bets Haskell Stakes, the highlight of the 51-day meet, is supported by an undercard featuring the $600,000, Grade 2 United Nations, the $400,000, Grade 3 Monmouth Cup, the $500,000, Grade 3 Molly Pitcher and the $300,000, Grade 3 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes.

Monmouth Park’s 79th season gets underway on Saturday, May 11. Live racing runs through Sunday, Sept. 15.

The 43rd running of Pegasus Stakes, for 3-year-olds at a mile and a sixteenth, is the Shore track’s prep race for the nine-furlong Haskell. The top two finishers in the Pegasus Stakes receive a free entry fee and start fees for the Haskell Stakes.

The Grade 3 Monmouth Stakes, for 3 year olds and up going a mile and an eighth on the turf, is a stepping stone for the United Nations, which is contested at a mile and three-eighths on the grass. The top two finishers in the Monmouth Stakes receive free entry and start fees to the United Nations.

The winner of the 77th edition of the Grade 3 Salvator Mile, for 3 year olds and up, receives free entry and start fees to the Monmouth Cup.

The Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf for fillies and mares, 3 and up, has the added bonus for the winner of free entry and start fees to the WinStar Matchmaker Stakes.

The 2024 Monmouth Park meet will feature 48 stakes races worth $8.05 million.

First race post time on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays is 12:50 p.m. Post time for Friday racing, which begins June 21, is 2 p.m.