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Racing At The Jersey Shore
Posted Monday, July 06, 2015
Plans for the ‘Pharoah Phan Phest’ are underway for American Pharoah’s visit to Monmouth Park and the Haskell Invitational.
Posted Sunday, July 05, 2015
Big Blue Kitten won the United Nations (G1) for the second time by upsetting Champion Main Sequence.
Posted Saturday, July 04, 2015
Brian Zipse and Matt Shifman analyze and handicap Sunday’s United Nations (G1).
Posted Thursday, July 02, 2015
It's official -- American Pharoah will make his next start in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park!
Posted Sunday, July 27, 2014
Bayern, in just his seventh start, won the Haskell (G1) by 7¼ lengths, giving trainer Bob Baffert victory number seven in the Jersey Shore Invitational.
Posted Friday, July 25, 2014
The 2014 Haskell Invitational shapes up as a classic handicapping conundrum: is it a race for the horses that run on the front end or does it favor the stalkers, pace pressers, and closers?
Posted Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Steve Asmussen's filly Untapable and Bob Baffert's Bayern headline a probable field of eight for the 2014 Haskell Invitational.
Posted Wednesday, May 07, 2014
With the meeting set to open on Saturday, May 10, here's what's new at Monmouth Park.
Posted Monday, March 31, 2014
Monmouth Park has announced that Travis Stone will become its new track announcer when the 2014 meet begins on Saturday, May 10. Stone is one of the co-founders of Horse Racing Nation and Derby Wars. Most recently, the announcer at Louisiana Downs, Stone replaces Larry Collmus who served as the voice of Monmouth Park since 1994.
Posted Tuesday, January 21, 2014
New Jersey- bred Exit Stage Left is the undefeated winner of the recent California Derby at Golden Gate Fields.
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Meet Matt Shifman

In the 70’s I was another one of those kids that went to the track with their fathers, and I immediately became enthralled with the excitement and challenges of handicapping.  And then the charisma and dominance of Secretariat gave me a hero to follow. To this day, I still get emotional when I hear Chic Anderson’s call of the 1973 Belmont, “Secretariat is moving like a tremendous machine”.

 
There have been many great horses run at the shore. In 1976 I watched Majestic Light win the Monmouth Invitational, now the Haskell, in track record time, defeating Honest Pleasure, the big favorite who was in from New York.  This was one of my first big wins at the track.
 
In the 80’s, as a disciple of Andy Beyer, I made my own speed figures because they were not available to the public. Needless to say I visited Monmouth frequently to test out the “figs”.
 
The 90’s allowed me to learn about the backstretch as a part owner of a few claimers that were stabled at Philadelphia Park.  Not a typical owner, I mucked stalls, cooled out the horses, and watched morning works.  Also, I met my wife and discovered that her grandfather bred, owned, and raced thoroughbreds on the West Virginia, Maryland circuit.  Today our office is decorated with winner’s circle pictures and a vast collection of Kentucky Derby glasses.
 
Today’s electronic age makes it so easy to gather information about racing.  I hope you use this blog to learn about Racing at the Jersey Shore.
 

 

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