Oceanport, N.J. -- Monmouth Park opens this Saturday, May 14, with an
11-race program attracting a total of 89 entries.
Topping Saturday’s card is
the $75,000 Decathlon Stakes for three year olds and upward, which attracted
seven entrants, including Ben Perkins Sr.’s Wildcat Brief, a stakes winner last
summer at Monmouth
The six furlong Decathlon is the
first of this year’s stakes events, which includes 15 graded races. Centerpiece of Monmouth’s summer as always
will be the $1 million Haskell Invitational, which has its 44th
running on Sunday, July 31.
Monmouth’s Grade 1 turf race,
the $750,000 United Nations Stakes, will highlight Fourth of July weekend when
it is renewed for the 58th time on Saturday, July 2.
Gates will open at 11:30 a.m.
and first post is set for 12:50 p.m. every day except Haskell Day, July 31,
when the gates open at 10 a.m. and first post will be 12 noon.
Wildcat Brief, a 5-year-old
by Forest Wildcat, enters the Decathlon off six months rest. Following his win in the Icecapade at
Monmouth on Sept. 5, 2010, he went on to finish third in the Grade 1 Vosburgh
at Belmont and
then fifth in the Grade 3 Bold Ruler on Oct. 30. Jockey C. H. Marquez Jr. has the call on
Wildcat Brief, who is trained by the owner’s son, Ben Perkins Jr.