Friday, July 19, 2013
With the opening of Saratoga and Del Mar this weekend, any regular follower of the game knows that the Monmouth Park is not in the spotlight. Nonetheless, the Saturday feature is a stakes race loaded with history: the Jersey Derby.
Race sound familiar? The Jersey Derby was once a prominent fixture on the spring-summer schedule, contested mainly at 9-to-10 furlongs on the dirt at a number of tracks across the Garden State. The race was last held as a graded stakes in 2004, but you don’t need to turn back the pages of history too much further to find that the Jersey Derby has one of the richest traditions of any stakes race on the Monmouth Park calendar.