Park opens this Saturday, May 11, with a 12-race program attracting a total of 117 entries.
Topping the day’s card is the $75,000 Decathlon
Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward, which features a field of eight,
including E. Paul Robsham Stables’
A six-furlong dash, the Decathlon is the first of
this year’s stakes events, which includes 16 graded stakes. As always,
the centerpiece of Monmouth’s summer
will be the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational, which has its
46th running on Sunday, July 28. Monmouth’s Grade 1 turf
race, the $500,000 United Nations Stakes, will be the highlight of the
Fourth of July weekend when it’s renewed on
Saturday, July 6.
Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. and first post is set
for 12:50 p.m. every day except Haskell Day, when gates will open at
10:00 a.m. and first post will be
Travelin Man, a 5-year-old by Trippi from the Gone
West mare West Side Dancer, captured his last outing, the Sir Shackleton
Stakes at Gulfstream on March
30. The Todd Pletcher trainee has won 5 of his 13 outings.
Thirteen-time Monmouth riding champion Joe Bravo has the call.