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Breeders' Cup 2017

Monmouth Park Barn Notes - June 6

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Nastar Medallist is slated to run for trainer and owner Pernel Bagwandeen, who is hoping that his $5,000 investment this January continues to pay dividends in Saturday’s $60,000 Fort Monmouth Stakes at Monmouth Park. Nastar Medallist is coming off of a solid effort on the grass at Pimlico in her last outing, where she was beaten a length and a quarter in a $100,000 stakes event.

“She ran really well in her last three tries on grass,” said Bagwandeen, who has been training horses since 2007. “She can run on both but she prefers the turf.”

Since being claimed for $5,000 in January of this year, Nastar Meadallist boasts a pair of wins and a second, including a gate to wire win at Pimlico (April 28) two back. Nastar Medallist is scheduled to travel 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf on Saturday providing that the expected heavy rains Friday do not push the race onto the main track.   

“We’ll run her on or off,” the trainer said. “But we’re looking to catch the turf on Saturday.”

One person who hopes that the contest is moved to the dirt is trainer Gregg Sacco, who goes into the race with main track only entry Ima Jersey Girl. The New Jersey-bred mare is slated to run her first race back at Monmouth since winning the mile and a sixteenth Jersey Girl Handicap last September.

“She’s coming off a layoff but she’s doing well,” said Sacco. “She’s really versatile, she’s better long but I think she has a really good chance on the dirt in this race.”

Sacco believes that the outside post will play to Ima Jersey Girl’s advantage Saturday.

“It’ll help that she won’t have to worry about getting mud kicked up in her face,” Sacco said. “I think she’ll be able to sit right off the pace and settle in.”

Pedro Cotto Jr. is set to ride Nastar Medallist while Chris Decarlo gets the call on Ima Jersey Girl in the Fort Monmouth Stakes, which goes as race 9 on an 11-race card.  





Irish flags will be flying high at Monmouth Park for the 43rd annual Irish Festival on Sunday. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a traditional Irish mass in the Monmouth Café. 

Throughout the day fans can enjoy Ceili and Irish step dancing, a pipe and drum competition, food and craft vendors, live Irish music, and a human horse race where runners will bolt out of the starting gate and race on the track to raise money for charity. There will be plenty of opportunities for family fun as patrons with children can bring them to the Irish Festival’s Kid’s Zone and to Monmouth Park’s family fun day in the picnic area. 

Patrons wearing kilts will receive free admission to the festival. Gates open early at 10 a.m.




Monmouth Park officially entered the “app age” on May 11 (Opening Day) when the racetrack launched its mobile wagering platform.  Since then, then demand from patrons has seen steady growth as everyone continues to jump aboard the wagering information superhighway.

“Monmouth Park’s mobile wagering platform has taken off in nearly the first month of usage with more and more players opting for this easy option every live race day,” said Bill Knauf, vice president of business operations at the racetrack.  “It has what everyone is looking for – convenience and simplicity.”

The mechanics of mobile wagering are simple.  At the start of the day, the patron fills out a slip to choose a pin number.  That slip, and whatever deposit the patron chooses, is given to a mutuel clerk, who will then issue a ticket with that day’s account number and balance.

Patrons then log on to the wi-fi network (MP_Wifi) on their mobile device.  Once online, they log onto the wagering site (mp-bets.com).  At the prompts, they key in their account number and pin number.  After they have accessed the site, they can continue to wager with any funds on deposit for that day only and withdrawal any balance at the end of the day.






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