121 Horses Entered for Saturday's 12-Race Monmouth Opener

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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Monmouth Park opens this Saturday, May 10, with a 12-race program attracting a total of 121 entries.

            Topping the day’s card is the $75,000 Decathlon Stakes for 3-year-olds and upward, which features a full field of 11, including graded stakes winner Candyman E and the likely favorite, Ribo Bobo, who won 10 of 11 starts last year and is two for three in 2014.

            A six-furlong dash, the Decathlon is the first of this year’s stakes events, which includes 17 graded stakes.  As always, the centerpiece of Monmouth’s summer season will be the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational, which has its 47th running on Sunday, July 27.  Part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series:  Win and You’re In, the Haskell will be televised live on NBC.

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 Sunday, July 6.  The U.N. will be televised live on Fox Sports 1, as part of the Jockey Club Tour on Fox.

            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 12 noon.

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