$1 Million Haskell Invitational Tops 2020 Stakes Schedule At Monmouth Park

Led by the Grade 1, $1 million TVG.com Haskell Invitational, Monmouth Park is set to offer $7.3 million in stakes races when the track kicks off its diamond anniversary season on Saturday, May 2. This year’s 75th race meet will feature 63 total stakes, 12 graded events, and 11 stakes restricted to New Jersey-bred horses. […]

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Spun To Run Leads All The Way In Dirt Mile; Omaha Beach Second

Robert P. Donaldson’s Parx-based Spun To Run grabbed the lead at the start and never relinquished it on Saturday, winning the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at odds of 9-1. Fan-favorite Omaha Beach, the even-money choice in the race, rallied from well of the pace but couldn’t catch the winner, finishing second by 2 […]

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Maximum Security Back On Work Tab, Targeting Oct. 26 Bold Ruler Stakes

A colic episode precluded Maximum Security from entering the starting gate for the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby last month, but the 3-year-old son of New Year’s Day appears to be recovering nicely as he graced the Monmouth Park work tab on Saturday morning. Clocked in 52.80 seconds for a half, Maximum Security actually breezed an […]

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Local Hope Spun To Run Takes On ‘Wide Open’ Field In Pennsylvania Derby

Robert Donaldson’s Spun to Run will make his second Grade 1 start in Saturday’s $1 million Pennsylvania Derby for Parx Racing-based trainer Juan Carlos Guerrero. The Hard Spun colt won the Smarty Jones at Parx Sept. 2 by a head after a stretch battle with Grey Magician. The Smarty Jones was the first graded stakes […]

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Five Stakes Wins Net Luis Saez Jockey Of The Week Title

With five stakes wins, including a redeeming victory aboard Maximum Security in the Haskell, Luis Saez was voted Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for July 15-21, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than […]

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Maximum Security Rejoins Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings In Seventh Position

Gary and Mary West’s Maximum Security, winner of Saturday’s $1 million TVG.com Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park, has moved back into the Top 10 in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings poll, grabbing the No. 7 position. The 3-year-old son of New Year’s Day scored a 1 ¼-length win over Mucho Gusto in the […]

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Maximum Security The Only 3-Year-Old In NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

After withstanding oppressive heat and surviving an inquiry to prevail in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Stakes at Monmouth Park on July 20, Maximum Security gained another leg up on his sophomore male counterparts by working his way into this week’s NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. Trained by Jason Servis, Maximum Security was making his second […]

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Servis: If Not For Derby DQ, Maximum Security A ‘Slam Dunk For 3-Year-Old Champion’

On the morning after Maximum Security’s triumph in the prestigious Grade 1, $1 million TVG.com Haskell Invitational, trainer Jason Servis was still processing the range of emotions he’s experienced with the Gary and Mary West homebred during a campaign in which the colt was disqualified after crossing the wire first in the controversy-filled Kentucky Derby. […]

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Haskell Day Decisions Cost Monmouth Over 35 Percent Decline In Handle

The mid-day decision made by Monmouth Park officials to abbreviate and push back Saturday’s races produced a dramatic impact on handle and attendance. Announced figures for the Haskell card were $8,556,664 in handle and 25,173 fans through the turnstiles. Compared to last year’s Haskell card, the handle decreased by 36.1 percent. The announced attendance figure, […]

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