Thursday, May 07, 2009

102 Horses Entered for Saturday’s 11-Race Monmouth Opener

Monmouth Park opens this Saturday, May 9, with an 11-race program attracting a total of 102 entries. The 94-day meeting will run through Sept. 27.

Topping Saturday’s card is the $70,000 Decathlon Stakes for three year olds and upward, which attracted eight starters, including Gerry Sleeter’s Who’s the Cowboy, winner of stakes races at Monmouth in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

The six-furlong Decathlon is the first of 83 stakes races to be run at the meeting, including 13 graded events. Centerpiece of Monmouth’s summer as always will be the $1 million Haskell Invitational, which has its 42nd running on Sunday, Aug. 2. Monmouth’s Grade 1 turf race, the $750,000 United Nations Stakes, will highlight Fourth of July weekend when it is renewed for the 56th time on Saturday, July 4.

Monmouth will offer racing on Saturday and Sunday for the first two weekends in May before running on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend. The track comes back with live racing on Friday, May 29 through Sunday May 31, before picking up the regular schedule of racing Wednesday through Sunday, beginning on June 3.

Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. and first post is set for 12:50 p.m. every day except Haskell Day, Aug. 2, when the gates open at 10 a.m. and first post will be 12 noon.

Who’s the Cowboy, a 7-year-old gelding by Intensity, has not run since Oct. 3, 2008, when second in the Eillo Stakes at the Meadowlands. Last season, he won the Icecapade and Colts Neck, both at Monmouth.

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