Monmouth Park’s first-ever Joes vs. Jocks Mini Golf
Festival proved to be a smashing success raising $5,000 for the
Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund while attracting over 300 people to
the track’s new Bluegrass Mini Golf Course.
Held Friday, July 26 from 6-10pm, the inaugural
event served as the official kickoff to William Hill Haskell weekend and
featured a night of mini golf with
members of the Monmouth
Park jockey colony and other track personalities, along with food trucks and a live band.
“I could not be happier with how the festival turned out,” said Brian Skirka,
Park’s marketing manager and event
coordinator. “To have such a tremendous response from our jockeys and
to have it be so well received by our fans was truly something special.
We were able to raise a lot of money for a great cause
and hopefully have created a new Haskell weekend tradition.”
Among the jockeys who participated in the event were
13-time Monmouth Park leading rider Joe Bravo, 3-time riding champ
Elvis Trujillo and 2010 top jock
“On behalf of the
Monmouth Park jockeys, I’d like to thank
Park for putting on such a great event,”
Bravo said. “To see so many of the best fans in racing come out to
support a great cause was tremendous. This was the perfect start to
what turned out to be a phenomenal Haskell weekend.”
WICKED TUNE SEEKS FOURTH STRAIGHT IN MY FRENCHMAN
Wicked Tune is coming off of his third straight win
after only four starts since moving to the barn of trainer Jane Cibelli.
He will look to continue his
success for owner Patricia Generazio as he fights for the winner’s
share of the $60,000 purse in Saturday’s My Frenchman Stakes at
“I train for the Generazio’s, who have a lot of horses,” said Cibelli, “and the reason I got the horse is because I was going to
Tampa and Gulfstream. Bruce (former trainer Alexander) stayed up here last winter, so the horse came to me.”
A 6-year old horse by Concorde’s Tune out of Pretty
Wicked, Wicked Tune won by an impressive four lengths in his last outing
in an optional claiming event
at Delaware Park (July 15), stepping five furlongs in :57 3/5 on turf
rated as good. He has trained well for Cibelli leading up to this
Saturday’s 5 ½ furlongs grass sprint, posting a sharp four furlong
breeze in :48 1/5 along Monmouth’s turf course on July
Cibelli believes that the strategy is clear for the
My Frenchman, a race Wicked Tune lost by a neck in 2011, but says that
the added distance is the true
obstacle in the race. “Coming
out of the one hole he’s obviously the speed. He’s fast,” Cibelli said.
“The problem is going to be the 5 1/2 rather than the 5/8ths.
Five furlongs is a better distance for him so he’s going to have to be
patient. It’s going to be a rider’s race. He’s not going to come from
off the pace coming out of the one hole, but he’s going to have to watch
his fractions and save a little for the extra
Elvis Trujillo has the mount on Wicked Tune for the
My Frenchman, which will go as race 11 on Saturday’s 12-race card at
HORSE PLAYER WORLD SERIES HANDICAPPING CONTEST SATURDAY AT MONMOUTH
Park will host a handicapping
contest as players bet for an estimated grand prize of $4,000 and an all
expense paid trip to the Orleans Casino in
Las Vegas for a seat at the 2014 Horse Player World Series on March 27 – 29.
Contestants will make win, place, and/or show bets on at least 10 races on the
Monmouth Park and
cards, and the contestant with the highest bankroll at the end of the
day will earn the grand prize. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the
top 10 finishers.
who wish to compete can register between 11:30 am and 2:00 pm at tables
inside the grandstand and clubhouse entrances, where they will
need to bring $100; $40 as an entry fee and $60 for their tournament
bankroll. For more information fans can visit www.monmouthpark.com or contact Brian Skirka at firstname.lastname@example.org.