• ZATT's Star of the Week, is ... Winx!Posted 1 day ago
  • Elektrum (5-2) gets up in the final jump to win the Grade 3 Dowager at Keeneland.Posted 1 day ago
  • Roca Rojo (4-1) storms home to romp in Belmont's Athenia.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lightstream (2-1) rolls late to pass Malibu Stacy for the Raven Run win.Posted 2 days ago
  • Royal Posse (5-2) likes the off going and upsets Governor Malibu in the Empire Classic.Posted 2 days ago
  • Bar of Gold (4-5) wins the Empire Distaff by a country mile.Posted 2 days ago
  • Pat On The Back (20-1) puts them to sleep in a sloppy Sleepy Hollow.Posted 2 days ago
  • 2001 Kentucky Derby winner, Monarchos has passed away at the age of 18.Posted 2 days ago
  • Winx absolutely dominant in winning a second Cox Plate.Posted 2 days ago
  • Quidura (7-2) scores another graded stakes win at Keeneland for Graham Motion.Posted 3 days ago
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Racing At The Jersey Shore
Posted Sunday, July 31, 2016
With his usual big closing move, Exaggerator won the Haskell Invitational (G1) over a sloppy Monmouth Park track.
Posted Monday, July 11, 2016
Two-Year-Old Champion and Kentucky Derby winner, Nyquist, is confirmed to be making his next start in the $1,000,000 betfair.com Haskell Invitational.
Posted Wednesday, August 19, 2015
What will history say about American Pharoah when his racing career is over in 10 weeks?
Posted Thursday, July 23, 2015
If you are hoping to maximize your chances to see American Pharoah during his visit to New Jersey for the Haskell Invitational, here is the Triple Crown winner’s schedule for that week.
Posted Monday, July 20, 2015
The Haskell is a race that has been kind to heavy favorites with plenty of easy victories, some of them by very big margins.
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.
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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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