The field for Monmouth
Park’s signature event, the
$1,000,000 William Hill Haskell Invitational, continues to take shape
with Preakness winner Oxbow, Wood Memorial winner
Derby runner-up Golden Soul and Easy Goer Stakes winner Power Broker all pointing to the mile and an eighth Grade 1 on July 28.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who sent out
fellow Hall of Famer Serena’s Song to take 1995 Haskell, will be back
with Oxbow, who enters the Haskell
off a runner-up effort in the Belmont Stakes on June 8. The Calumet
Farm color-bearer has earned over $1 million in his 12 race career.
Verrazano, who entered the Kentucky Derby a perfect
four-for-four, enters the Haskell off an impressive front-running score
in the Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes
here on June 16. The colt by More Than Ready has won five of his six
starts, all with Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez in the irons.
Trainer Dallas Stewart will be represented by his
first Haskell starter with his expected entrant Golden Soul. The
Charles Fipke-homebred was a hard-charging
second to Orb in the Kentucky Derby and will be making his first start
since the Belmont Stakes.
Power Broker will be looking to give trainer Bob
Baffert an unprecedented fourth in a row and seventh overall victory in
the Haskell. A gate to wire winner
of the Easy Goer last out, Power Broker, who broke his maiden last fall
in the Grade 1 Front Runner at Santa Anita, rides a two race win streak
into the Haskell.
Others considering the Haskell for their next start include
Long Branch winner Micromanage, Swaps winner Chief Havoc and Preakness third place finisher Mylute.
Select seats for the William Hill Haskell are still available and can be purchased on-line at monmouthpark.com, by calling 732-571-5563, or visiting the reserved seat ticket booth at the track on live race days.
A 14-race card is anticipated for Haskell Day, with gates opening at 10 a.m. – first post at noon.
JOES VS. JOCKS MINI GOLF FESTIVAL TO KICK-OFF HASKELL WEEKEND
Monmouth Park will host the first-ever Joes vs.
Jocks Mini Golf Festival sponsored by Monmouth Medical Center’s “Roll
Out The Ribbons” campaign on Friday,
July 26 at the new Bluegrass Mini Golf course. The event will serve as
the kickoff to William Hill Haskell Weekend and help raise money and
awareness for the 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, a
live band and much more.
As part of the festival, 36 foursomes will have the opportunity to play 18 holes of mini golf with members of the
Park jockey colony as well as other racing
personalities. Each foursome costs $100 and also includes unlimited
mini golf the rest of the night, 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
Park jockey Joe Bravo. “I look forward to helping kick off Haskell weekend and being able to play golf with some of the great
Park fans. It’s nice to see Monmouth
Park come up with such an exciting new event for such a great cause.”
For “walk-up” golfers, wristbands for unlimited mini
golf with family and friends will be sold for $20 for adults, $15 for
children 12 and under.
Three food trucks will be in attendance for the Joes vs. Jocks Mini Golf Festival:
Shore staple Max’s Hot Dogs, Pizza Vita – home of award-winning Neapolitan pizza – and Kona Ice Italian Ice.
The festival’s music will be performed live by the
Rachel Allan Band, courtesy of Rockin’ Country Thunder 106.3FM.
Thunder106 will also broadcast live from
the event with multiple games and giveaways throughout the night.
will also be on-site at the event raising money and awareness for their
summer-long “Roll Out The Ribbons” campaign. More information on that
cause can be found at rollouttheribbons.com.
Those interested in purchasing one of the 36
foursomes to play 18 holes of mini golf with Monmouth jockeys and other
racing personalities can find the entry
form at monmouthpark.com. For more information, call
Brian Skirka at 732-571-6595 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLASSIC CAR SHOW ROLLS INTO
PARK THIS SUNDAY
The annual classic car show rolls into
Park this Sunday, July 14th.
With over 100 cars from days gone by on display, the classic car show
will complement a full slate of live Thoroughbred racing, which gets
underway at 12:50 p.m.
In addition, family fun day will be in full force
with clowns, pony rides, face painters, bounce houses and more to
entertain the kids.