Wednesday, October 03 2012


OCEANPORT, N.J. - When Double Desert and No Questions each won a race on successive Saturdays in late September at Monmouth Park, there might have been an angel riding on the withers of the $5,000 claimers. Double Desert is a Hope Haskell Jones homebred and No Questions is owned and trained by Jimmy Iselin.

The names Haskell and Iselin are the most prominent in the illustrious history of the track. Amory L. Haskell was instrumental in once again getting pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing legalized in New Jersey, and then in the construction of the modern racetrack. Appointed president and chairman of Monmouth Park Jockey Club in 1945, Haskell was at the helm of the organization until his death in 1966. Philip H. Iselin also played a key role in launching the track and was appointed treasurer in 1946. He succeeded Haskell in 1966 and was the president and chairman of the board until he passed away 10 years later.

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