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.

The 2009 design incorporates the silks of the 2008 Haskell champion, Big Brown, who raced in the colors of IEAH Stable. Those colors feature red and white with blue stars. The 2009 Haskell Hat has a blue star with the classic Monmouth gates and the words “2009 Haskell” inside that star. It will mark the fifth year that the colors of the previous year’s winner were used in the design.

Voting for this year’s hat will run through Feb. 25 with a winner announced shortly thereafter.

The 42nd renewal of the $1 million Haskell is set for Sunday, August 2, 2009. All paid admissions will receive the Haskell hat. The 2009 Monmouth Park racing season gets underway on Saturday, May 9, and runs through September 27.