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.





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Wednesday, April 22 2009


BREEN, RYAN BRING TOUCH OF MONMOUTH TO KENTUCKY DERBY WITH WEST SIDE BERNIE


OCEANPORT, N.J. – Two trainers who will be stabled at Monmouth for the 2009 meeting that opens on May 9, will be very busy on the Saturday before when they saddle starters in the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby.

Kelly Breen, who sends out West Side Bernie, and Derek Ryan, who trains Musket Man, have been Monmouth regulars for many years, and will be participating in their first Derby.





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Monday, April 06 2009


HORSES ARRIVE FOR 2009 MONMOUTH PARK SEASON


Oceanport, N.J. * Heavy rains were no deterrent for the return of Thoroughbreds to Monmouth Park as the Shore racetrack opened its stable area on Monday in preparation for the 2009 season, set to get underway on May 9.

Among the first to arrive were horses for trainers Russell Cash, Frank Costa and Pat Marrotta.

“As always the stable area will meet its maximum capacity of 1,600 horses,” said Bob Kulina, vice president of racing and general manager of Monmouth Park. “We’ll have a great mix of familiar faces and newcomers in the trainer ranks, which should ensure great competitive racing, at all levels, throughout the meet.”





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Tuesday, February 17 2009


HASKELL TOPS 2009 MONMOUTH PARK STAKES WORTH $4.7 MILLION


OCEANPORT, N.J. – With the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2, leading the way, Monmouth Park will offer $4.7 million in stakes purses this year. Bolstered by an agreement signed with horsemen in 2008, Monmouth Park will see a $500,000 increase in stakes purses, or roughly 12%.

“This year’s stakes schedule should once again ensure that Monmouth Park continues to bring the best horses from across the country to the Jersey Shore,” said Bob Kulina, vice president and general manager of Monmouth Park. “We bucked the national trend in seeing an increase in overall handle last year at Monmouth and the stakes schedule we’re putting forth this year will hopefully allow us to continue that momentum.”





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Friday, February 13 2009


FANS TO CHOOSE COLOR FOR 2009 HASKELL HAT


OCEANPORT, N.J. – For over 20 years the traditional Haskell hat giveaway at Monmouth Park has been a fan favorite and this year the track has added a new twist to this Shore collectible. For the first time ever, the fans will decide the color of this year’s hat. By becoming Monmouth Park’s newest friend on Facebook, or visiting http://www.monmouthpark.com, fans can view the four choices and cast their vote for their favorite color cap - red, blue, gray or orange.





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Tuesday, November 11 2008


LUCKY JAMES EASY WINNER OF MONDAY FEATURE AT THE BIG M


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. * After stalking the early pacesetters Eddie Broome’s Lucky James engaged the frontrunners around the turn and powered past his rivals at the top of the stretch before drawing off to a 5 ½ length win in the $51,000 allowance feature at the Meadowlands on Monday afternoon.

Trained by his owner and ridden by C. H. Marquez Jr., Lucky James covered the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:10 4/5 and returned $5, $3.80 and $2.10 as the second choice in the field of six colts and geldings.





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Tuesday, October 28 2008


SOLAR FLARE SHINES BRIGHT IN MONDAY FEATURE AT THE BIG M


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. * Fox Hill Farms’ Solar Flare sat patiently off the early pace before taking command around the far turn and holding all rivals safe at bay in winning the $47,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at the Meadowlands on Monday afternoon.

Ridden by Terry Thompson, Solar Flare covered the mile and a sixteenth over a fast main track in 1:45 flat and returned $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10 as the odds-on choice in the field of five older colts and geldings. It was 2 ½ lengths back to Saratoga Lulaby, who completed a $6.20 exacta and returned $2.40 and $2.20. Dragon Fi, who finished another length and a half back in third, paid $2.60 to show.





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