Monmouth Park

Monmouth Park Condition Book and Stall Apps Available

The first condition book for Monmouth Park's 2020 racing season, which begins May 2, and stall applications are available online and in the racing office. The Oceanport oval opens for stabling Apr. 11 and training begins Apr. 15. The meet runs through Sept. 27 and is highlighted by the July 18 GI Haskell Invitational S. Once again, all trainers will receive a $300 starter bonus with all owners guaranteed $500 per runner. In addition, trainers stabled at Monmouth will be covered by a blanket worker's compensation policy, provided by the...

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McLaughlin Opts Out of NY

Kiaran McLaughlin, who has been a fixture on the New York racing scene for over three decades, confirmed to the TDN Thursday he will not be returning to his usual New York training base at Belmont Park this spring. McLaughlin, who is one of several New York-based horsemen who have been investigated by both the New York Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Labor, was fined $304,646 last November by the state Department of Labor for what was reported as a 'violation of minimum wage requirements'. An investigation...

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Haskell Slated for July 18

Monmouth Park will hold the $1-million GI TVG.com Haskell Invitational July 18 during its 75th race meet, which is scheduled to begin on Saturday, May 2. A total of 63 stakes (12 graded and 11 restricted to New Jersey-breds) worth $7.3 million will be held over the Jersey Shore oval's 56 days of live racing. The 2020 Haskell card will feature six stakes races, two of which have received $100,000 purse increases--the now $300,000 GIII Monmouth Cup and the $250,000 GIII Molly Pitcher S. The GIII Iselin S., part of...

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Monmouth To Offer Fixed-Odds Betting in 2020

Darby Development LLC., the operator of Monmouth Park, has entered into a 10-year agreement with the Australian firm BetMakers in which BetMakers will manage and distribute fixed-odds betting on Monmouth's races, starting at this year's meet. For now, the agreement covers only Monmouth's races and New Jersey customers, but there is the potential for other jurisdictions to take fixed-odds betting on Monmouth's races and for other tracks to reach separate agreements with BetMakers to offer fixed odds betting on their races. BetMakers CEO Todd Buckingham predicted that fixed-odds wagering will...

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Maximum Security Stretches Legs at MTH, Next Start Up in Air

Gary and Mary West's Maximum Security (New Year's Day), last-out winner of the TVG.com Haskell Invitational S. at Monmouth Park July 20, breezed a leisurely half-mile in :54 flat Wednesday morning as he works toward a yet-to-be determined next start which could come in either the GI Runhappy Travers S. at Saratoga Aug. 24 or in the GI Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Sept. 21. "I just want to make sure he is 100%," trainer Jason Servis told the Monmouth press office. "He's still not there yet." Servis said a decision...

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Second Annual Million Dollar Pa Day at the Races Saturday

The second annual Million Dollar Pennsylvania Day at the Races-a day to honor the breeding program in the Commonwealth-will be held at Parx Racing this Saturday. The loaded 12-race card features five $100,000 stakes races for Pennsylvania-breds-Dr. Teresa Garofalo Memorial S.; Mrs. Penny S.; Roanoke S.; Banjo Picker Sprint S.; and Marshall Jenney H. Monongahela (K One King), an impressive last out winner of the GIII Philip H. Iselin S. at Monmouth Park June 22, is the 2-5 morning-line favorite in the Roanoke. He is also entered in Saturday's GI...

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Monmouth to Hold Fan Appreciation Day

Monmouth Park will host a fan appreciation day Aug. 17 with free admission, free parking and food specials. The day's card will be headlined by the GIII Monmouth Oaks, which is expected to feature champion Jaywalk (Cross Traffic). "Haskell Day was obviously not what we wanted it to be or expected it to be this year, and we want our fans to know that we truly appreciate their patience during a difficult day as well as their continued support of Monmouth Park," said Dennis Drazin, Chairman and CEO of Darby...

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Euphoria, Uncertainty for Racing as Sports Betting Era Dawns

America's gambling landscape underwent a seismic shift on Monday when the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) struck down a federal law barring wagering on team sports, opening the legislative floodgates for individual states to pursue legal sports betting as they wish. The landmark May 14 ruling is generally viewed as favorable within the U.S. horse racing industry because racetracks--at least at first--are viewed as likely to land some of the initial sports betting licenses under the logic that they are already regulated entities set up for the purpose...

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American Pharoah Schools at Monmouth

It was a bit of an unusual scene on the Monmouth Park backside just before 7:00 a.m. as a crowd began to form outside of trainer Kelly Breen’s Barn 12. Onlookers leaned around each other and ducked under rails to try and get a glimpse of the great American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) being saddled for his morning gallop. At 7:20 a.m., with 10 minutes to go until the Triple Crown winner was expected to enter the track, the rail and trackside viewing stands were already lined with media and...

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‘Pharoah’ Draws Four in Haskell

Zayat Stables’s American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) drew post four in what will be his first start since his historic sweep of the Triple Crown in Sunday’s GI Willliam Hill Haskell Invtiational S., which is a "Win and You’re In" event for the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Oct. 31. Monmouth Park’s oddsmaker Brad Thomas has installed the champion as the 1-5 morning-line favorite in this field of eight. "He’s holding his form and that’s the whole key after all he’s been through," said Hall of Famer Bob Baffert,...

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Haskell Purse Increased to $1.75 Million

Just minutes before Triple Crown hero American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) arrived at Monmouth Park, the Oceanport, N.J. oval announced a $750,000 purse increase to Sunday’s GI William Hill Haskell Invitational S., which was previously worth $1 million. "The Haskell has been called the fourth jewel of the Triple Crown," said Bob Kulina, president of Darby Development LLC, operators of Monmouth Park Racetrack. "With the Derby purse at $2 million and the Preakness and Belmont going to $1.5 million, it’s only fitting that we join in that mix for our...

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