Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Trainer Larry Jones, who has been winning Monmouth stakes on a regular basis the past two years, said Sunday that the $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1) on Aug. 2 is the main objective this summer for Vinery Stables and Fox Hill Farm’s Friesan Fire.

“That’s the number one target, the Haskell,” said Jones, who saddled Hard Spun to a runner-up performance in the 2007 Haskell. “You’ll be seeing a lot of us at Monmouth this summer.”

A 3-year-old colt by A.P. Indy, Friesan Fire started the favorite in the Kentucky Derby, but grabbed a quarter at the break and never ran his race. In the Preakness, he again had trouble at the start and failed to fire.

Jones, whose stable is based at Delaware, will again be a frequent Monmouth visitor this season. Last year, he won the Grade 3 Philip H. Iselin Stakes with Honest Man and the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks with Maren’s Meadow. This season so far, Jones has shipped in On the Menu to take the Just Smashing Stakes, and Solar Flare to win the Frisk Me Now Stakes.

He said Maren’s Meadow will be pointed for the $300,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes (G2) here on Aug. 30, and that either Honest Man or Solar Flare will be pointed for the $300,000 Iselin on Aug. 22. He said there was a chance both could go in that mile and an eighth event.


Following Monday’s Memorial Day card, live racing will return to Monmouth Park on Friday, May 29. The track will conduct live racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week before picking up the regular schedule of Wednesday through Sunday racing beginning on June 3. First post daily is 12:50 p.m.

As always, the racetrack is open seven days a week for live racing from across the country and around the globe.

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