Monmouth Park Announces 2016 Thoroughbred Racing Schedule

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$1 Million Haskell Invitational Highlights $4.65 Million Stakes Schedule

New Jersey race fans can see Spring ahead, and Monmouth Park gave them something to look forward to Tuesday with the announcement of their 2016 Thoroughbred racing schedule.

The $1 million Haskell Invitational highlights the schedule on Sunday, July 31. Last year, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s won the Haskell.

The 2016 stakes schedule hosts 16 graded events worth $2.9 million.

But not all is roses for cash-strapped Monmouth Park. The Oceanport track had to cut $1.17 million in purse offerings including $600,000 in graded stakes.

Included in the reduction was the elimination of the Grade II $200,000 Monmouth Stakes, traditionally the prep race for the Grade I United Nations Handicap, which had its purse reduced from $500,000 to $300,000.

The Monmouth Stakes can be put on hiatus for one year without losing its graded status.

Monmouth Park StretchIn addition, four $150,000 events, including the Grade III Salvator Mile, the Grade III Oceanport Stakes, the Grade III Matchmaker Stakes and the Grade III Iselin Stakes, had their purses reduced to $100,000. Eight nongraded stakes, including the $100,000 Teddy Drone, were eliminated.

Covering operating expenses has become increasingly difficult for the New Jersey track. “When we took the track over from the state we had a $9 million loan from the state,” said Dennis Drazin, adviser to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, operators of Monmouth Park. “This year we have to pay back $1.2 million on that loan, plus an escalation of our lease from $1 to $250,000. We pay $1.8 million in taxes to Oceanport. All in all, we had to figure out where we were going to get $4 million.”

The $1 Million Haskell Invitational will highlight the meets biggest day of racing July 31. Track officials note other highlights: the Grade 1 United Nations on July 3; Grade 2 Monmouth Cup and Grade 3 Molly Pitcher on Haskell Day; Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes on June 19; Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks on Aug. 20; and Grade 3 Iselin Stakes on Aug. 27.

The 2016 race meet gets underway on Saturday, May 14.

The entire stakes schedule is:

Run Date Stakes Name Purse Division Distance
14-May-16 Decathlon Stakes Listed $75,000 3 and up 6 furlongs
21-May-16 Majestic Light Stakes Listed $75,000 3 and up 1 mile
28-May-16 John J. Reilly Handicap NJ Breds $60,000 3 and up 6 furlongs
29-May-16 Miss Liberty Stakes Listed $75,000 F&M 3 and up 1 mile (Turf)
30-May-16 Open Mind Handicap NJ Breds $60,000 F & M 3 and up 6 furlongs
4-Jun-16 Crank It Up Stakes $60,000 F 3 YO 5 1/2 (Turf)
5-Jun-16 Red Bank Stakes GIII $100,000 3 and up 1 mile (Turf)
11-Jun-16 Honey Bee Stakes $60,000 F & M 3 and up 5 1/2 (Turf)
12-Jun-16 Select Stakes $60,000 3 YO 5 1/2 (Turf)
18-Jun-16 Dan Horn Handicap NJ Breds $60,000 3 and up 1 mile (Turf)
19-Jun-16 Pegasus Stakes GIII $150,000 3 YO 1 1/16 mile
25-Jun-16 Eatontown Stakes GIII $100,000 F & M 3 and up 1 1/16 mile (Turf)
26-Jun-16 Mr. Prospector Stakes Listed $75,000 3 and up 6 furlongs
2-Jul-16 Salvator Mile GIII $100,000 3 and up 1 mile
3-Jul-16 United Nations Stakes GI $300,000 3 and up 1 3/8 mile (Turf)
4-Jul-16 Lady’s Secret Stakes Listed $100,000 F & M 3 and up 1 m and 70 Yards
9-Jul-16 Long Branch Stakes Listed $100,000 3 YO 1 1/16 mile
10-Jul-16 Wolf Hill Stakes $60,000 3 and up 5 1/2 (Turf)
16-Jul-16 Lamplighter Stakes $60,000 3 YO 1 1/16 (Turf)
17-Jul-16 Miss Woodford Stakes $75,000 F 3 YO 6 furlongs
23-Jul-16 Jersey Shore Stakes GIII $100,000 3 YO 6 furlongs
24-Jul-16 Boiling Springs Stakes GIII $100,000 F 3 YO 1 1/8 mile (Turf)
30-Jul-16 Regret Stakes $75,000 F & M 3 and up 6 furlongs
31-Jul-16 Haskell Invitational GI $1,000,000 3 YO 1 1/8 mile
31-Jul-16 Matchmaker Stakes GIII $100,000 F & M 3 and up 1 1/8 mile (Turf)
31-Jul-16 Monmouth Cup GII $200,000 3 and up 1 1/16 mile
31-Jul-16 Oceanport Stakes GIII $150,000 3 and up 1 1/16 mile (Turf)
31-Jul-16 Molly Pitcher Stakes GIII $100,000 F & M 3 and up 1 1/16 mile
6-Aug-16 Colleen Stakes $60,000 F 2 YO 5 1/2 (Turf)
7-Aug-16 Tyro Stakes $60,000 2 YO 5 1/2 (Turf)
13-Aug-16 My Frenchman Stakes $60,000 3 and up 5 1/2 (Turf)
14-Aug-16 Blue Sparkler Stakes $60,000 F & M 3 and up 5 1/2 (Turf)
20-Aug-16 Monmouth Oaks GIII $100,000 F 3 YO 1 1/16 mile
21-Aug-16 Cliff Hanger Stakes GIII $100,000 3 and up 1 1/8 mile (Turf)
27-Aug-16 Philip H. Iselin Stakes GIII $100,000 3 and up 1 1/8 mile
28-Aug-16 NJ Breeders Handicap NJ Breds $60,000 3 and up 6 furlongs
28-Aug-16 Charles Hesse III Handicap NJ Breds $60,000 3 and up 1 1/16 mile
28-Aug-16 Eleven North Handicap NJ Breds $60,000 F & M 3 and up 6 furlongs
3-Sep-16 Violet Stakes GIII $100,000 F & M 3 and up 1 1/8 (Turf)
4-Sep-16 Sapling Stakes Listed $100,000 2 YO 1 mile
5-Sep-16 Sorority Stakes Listed $100,000 F 2 YO 6 furlongs

 

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