Category: Monmouth Park

2018 Haskell Invitational Preview

In news that surprised virtually no one, Justify has been retired — making the question of which sophomore will rise to the top during the second half of the season a pressing as well as interesting one. The first of the summer’s top races for the sophomore dirt route set happens this Sunday, and it’s... Read more »

2017 Haskell Invitational Preview

The breather after the Triple Crown season is over.  The first of the summer’s top races for the sophomore dirt route set happens this Sunday, and it’s also the marquee race for the entire Monmouth Park meet: the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Haskell Invitational Stakes.  In addition to the biggest share of that seven-figure purse, the... Read more »

2016 Haskell Invitational Preview

The richest race in New Jersey, the G1 $1,000,000 Haskell Invitational, serves as the focus of this piece.  The race gives its winner, should it want, a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic as a “Win and You’re In” race.  Wagering service Betfair serves as this race’s title sponsor. The race memorializes Amory L. Haskell... Read more »

2016 United Nations Stakes Preview

Most of the week we focus on the Iowa Festival of Racing, with previews of stakes action at Prairie Meadows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  However, the grass division gets their day in the sun with the Grade I United Nations Stakes. The United Nations Stakes has been run since 1953.  Inaugurated at Atlantic City... Read more »

2015 Haskell Invitational Preview

This year’s edition of the Haskell boasts a $1,750,000 purse, up from $1,000,000 last year, as well as a Win And You’re In bid into the Breeders’ Cup Classic.  The purse increase was announced just Wednesday afternoon, less than twenty-four hours after the entry box closed.  The gambit to find runners willing to take on... Read more »

2015 United Nations Stakes and Salvator Mile Preview

The Sunday card at Monmouth features the Grade I United Nations Stakes, a Win And You’re In race for the Breeders’ Cup turf, as well as the Grade III Salvator Mile.  However, that is just one part of a blockbuster weekend of racing around the country.  Locally, the Arlington stakes season gets underway on July... Read more »