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Meet the Monmouth Park Jockeys

Monmouth Park Lawn Jockeys
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire

 

Horse Racing Nation is offering its friends and fans an opportunity to meet and hang out with the Monmouth Park jockeys on July 26th, the Friday before the Haskell Invitational. HRN has purchased a foursome in the Joes vs. Jocks mini golf Festival, which will happen at the new Bluegrass mini golf course at the track. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Permanently Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

 
Taking place from 6pm-10pm after the races, the Joes vs. Jocks Mini Golf Festival will feature mini golf, food trucks, and a live band.
 
As part of the festival, 36 foursomes will have the opportunity to play 18 holes of mini golf with members of the Monmouth Park jockey colony as well as other racing personalities.  Each foursome will receive a VIP gift bag, commemorative scorecard, souvenir ball, and prizes to the top finishers.
 
 
“On behalf of the Monmouth Park jockey colony, I’m very excited to be a part of this first-time event,” said 13-time leading Monmouth Park jockey Joe Bravo.  “I look forward to helping kick off Haskell weekend and being able to play golf with some of the great Monmouth Park fans.  It’s nice to see Monmouth Park come up with such an exciting new event for such a great cause.”
 
Three food trucks will be in attendance for the Joes vs. Jocks Mini Golf Festival:  Jersey Shore staple Max’s Hot Dogs, Pizza Vita – home of award-winning Neapolitan pizza – and Kona Ice Italian Ice. 
 
Max's Hot Dog is also known as a good luck charm for trainer Bob Baffert, who has insisted on having Max’s for lunch each year before the running of the Haskell. Of course it has worked, as Baffert has won the past three in a row with Lookin At Lucky, Coil, and Paynter.
 
If you are interested in being a guest of Horse Racing Nation at this event please leave contact information in the comment section for Twitter, e-mail, or Facebook. Winners will be chosen at random. Entry deadline will be a week before Joes vs. Jocks on Friday, July 19th, at midnight.

 

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I'm interested in attending. @RutgersKev on twitter.
Yes, Brian, I will be there and the real jocks, like "Jersey Joe" Bravo. Good food, racing people, Haskell weekend, it's got to be fun!
Just to be clear, Matt ... Winning fans will be playing with the actual jockeys and not the Monmouht Park lawn jockeys, right? ;-)

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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.