Led by the $1-million TVG.com GI Haskell S., Monmouth Park is set to offer $8.135 million in stakes races when the track kicks off its 77th season Saturday, May 7.
This year's race meet, which runs through Sept. 17, will feature 50 total stakes, 10 graded events, and nine stakes restricted to New Jersey-bred horses.
Several stakes will see purse boosts in 2022, including the GI United Nations, which goes from $500,000 to $600,000 and is now double its purse from just two years ago; the GIII Monmouth Cup going from $300,000 to $400,000; the GIII Molly Pitcher going from $250,000 to $400,000; and, the GIII WinStar Matchmaker, moving from $150,000 to $200,000. All of those races, along with the $100,000 Wolf Hill Stakes, will be run on Haskell Day.
In preparation for the July 23rd Haskell program, Monmouth will offer a “Haskell Preview Day” with four stakes events Saturday, June 18–TVG.com Pegasus, GIII Monmouth, GIII Salvator Mile and GIII Eatontown.
The 20th annual New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival, with three stakes events, will be renewed on Aug. 28, with the $125,000 Charles Hesse III Handicap headlining that card.
The meet will conclude Sept. 17 with the third running of the $500,000 Nownownow S. for 2-year-olds going a mile on turf.
Stall applications, which are due by March 16, are now available online at www.monmouthpark.com or in hard copy format in the Monmouth Park racing office.