With a star-studded field expected to compete in the $1,000,000
William Hill Haskell on July 28, few reserved seats remain to catch the
horse race in New Jersey. Among the likely competitors for the 46th renewal of the shore classic are Preakness winner Oxbow, Wood Memorial winner
Derby runner-up Golden Soul, and the Bob Baffert trained Power Broker.
Pricing for reserved seats ranges from $10 for grandstand balcony seats to $17 for reserved clubhouse seating.
price of admission on Haskell Day, which is not included in the
reserved seat price, is $5 to the grandstand and $8 to the clubhouse.
over 55 can enter at a discounted price of $3 and $5, respectively, and
as always, children 12-years-old and under are free. Fans will also
receive a commemorative Haskell hat with paid admission to the park
while supplies last.
Haskell Tickets can be purchased by calling 732-571-5563, or by visiting the reserved seat booth (2nd floor of the Grandstand) on any live racing
day. In addition, fans can pre-purchase Haskell seats directly through monmouthpark.com.
LIBERTY GOES FOR FIRST STAKES WIN IN JUST SMASHING
Trainer Pat McBurney is sending his filly Lucky
Liberty into Sunday’s Just Smashing Stakes for her first try against
stakes company. In her last race, Lucky
Liberty prevailed over the field in a six furlong optional claiming
event at Monmouth (July 7) when she bested fellow Just Smashing
competitor Indian Spell by a half length at the wire. McBurney believes
that Lucky Liberty’s performance that day showed that
she was ready to attempt tougher competition.
“She bounced out of her last win pretty good,” said
McBurney, “so we figured we’d take a shot in a stakes race and get some
black type behind her name.”
and a strong field of fillies and mares will sprint six furlongs along
the main track on Sunday. She will have to best stakes winner Ju Ju
Eyeballs, who is coming off of her fourth straight
win, and Blueeyesintherein, a Grade 3 stakes winner, in order to claim
the winner’s share of the $60,000 purse. Despite the tough competition,
McBurney thinks that the race could set up just right for Lucky Liberty.
looks like there’s a good three or four horses with speed,” McBurney
said, “and she just naturally stalks horses in all her sprint races,
so were hoping for a nice hot pace up front and they’ll hopefully come
back to us.”
A 3-year-old daughter of Proud Citizen, Lucky
Liberty has never finished out of the money in five races at Monmouth,
where she has been stabled since May.“She started her career here last year as a 2-year-old, and she really seems to like it here,” McBurney said.
Jockey Angel Serpa will be aboard Lucky Liberty for the first time as she breaks from post five on Sunday.
JOES VS. JOCKS MINI GOLF FESTIVAL TO KICK-OFF HASKELL WEEKEND
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.