Oceanport, N.J. – The
2-year-olds will headline the racing action this weekend at Monmouth Park as
the racetrack plays host to the Sapling and Sorority Stakes complemented by the
BBQ and Craft Beer Festival, a 3-day event running through Labor Day on Monday.
The $100,000 Sapling Stakes, to be contested at a mile,
has drawn a field of seven, all going farther than they ever have over the main
Leading the list of Sapling entrants is multiple graded
stakes placed runner Tip Tap Tapizar, who goes for trainer Steven Asmussen, a
five-time winner of the Sapling. After
breaking his maiden by better than three lengths at Churchill Downs on June 11,
the colt by Tapizar was third in Churchill’s Bashford Manor (G3) and third in
the Saratoga Special (G2) last out on Aug. 14.
Paco Lopez, the runaway leader in Monmouth jockey
standings, has the call on Tip Tap Tapizar.
The duo will break from post four.
The young fillies will get their turn to shine the next
day with the six furlong $100,000 Sorority Stakes, which will have it’s 62nd
renewal on Monday. Asmussen, who will be
looking for his first Sorority win, is back with Made Me Shiver, a runaway
debut winner at Churchill this spring before finishing fourth most recently in Saratoga’s Schuylerville
(G3) as the favorite.
Antonio Gallardo is slated to pilot Made Me Shiver on Monday.
And while the top 2-year-olds won’t take to the track
until Sunday and Monday, Monmouth
Park is certainly the
place to be for all three days of the Labor Day weekend. An 11-race card is on tap for Saturday as is
Day 1 of the three-day BBQ and Craft Beer Festival, featuring over 40 breweries
and 70 beers.
For $10 fans 21 and over can enjoy ten 2 ounce samples of
their favorites in a commemorative mini-Pilsner glass.
In addition, the best in the BBQ biz will be on-hand
featuring their culinary treats, including Chop Shop BBQ, Local Smoke BBQ, One Big
Party BBQ and Surf BBQ, who will be joined by crowd favorites Enzo’s Pizza,
Dark Side of the Moo, El Lechon de Negron and Jack’s Goal Line Stand, to name
but a few.
Gates open all three days at 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50
p.m. The Festival runs from 11:30 a.m.
to 5:30 p.m.
For more information visit www.monmouthpark.com.