Monmouth Park is set to hold 53 racing days for its 2021 meet, highlighted by the GI TVG.com Haskell S. July 17 and 45 other stakes races. The meet will open Friday, May 28, with the $100,000 Jersey Derby, and will run through Sept. 26. The New Jersey track will offer $6,150,000 in stakes races as it hosts its 76th racing season. A total of 46 black-type events will be contested at Monmouth, including 10 graded stakes and 10 New Jersey-bred stakes.
The $1-million Haskell, won last year by eventual Horse of the Year Authentic (Into Mischief), is traditionally the highlight of Monmouth's racing in New Jersey. Authentic earned the $1-million BetMakers bonanza bonus in 2020 by capturing a trio of races: the Haskell, the GI Kentucky Derby, and the GI Breeders' Cup Classic.
The GI United Nations S. and three other graded races will also be held on the same day as the Haskell. The United Nations, worth $300,000 last year, will get a purse increase to $500,000 for 2021.
A local favorite, the annual New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival, now in its 19th year, will be renewed Aug. 29. Featured on that card is the $125,000 Charles Hesse III H., plus two other stakes events.
Stall applications for the 2021 meet are due by Mar. 31. Visit monmouthpark.com for the entire stakes schedule.