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Monmouth Kicks off New Season May 28

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Updated: May 4, 2021 at 12:27 pm

Monmouth Park will switch to a 12:15 p.m. post time during live racing on Saturdays and Sundays while continuing to offer free parking and admission when the track’s 76th season gets underway Friday, May 28. Post time on Fridays throughout the 53-day meet will be 5 p.m. The lone exception to the new 12:15 post time, as well as to the free parking and admission policy, will be July 17, when the $1 million Haskell Stakes will be contested for the 54th time. Monmouth Park’s live racing schedule runs through Sept. 26.

“With the overwhelming response from horsemen for stall space and fans able to return in greater numbers there’s a renewed sense of optimism and excitement for this meet, especially after the challenges we faced a year ago due to COVID-19,” said Dennis Drazin, Chairman and CEO of Darby Development LLC, operators of Monmouth Park.

Opening weekend will feature four straight days of live racing from Friday through Monday over the Memorial Day weekend May 28. Starting in June, and running through the end of August, live racing will be conducted Friday through Sunday. In a continuation of the policy from a year ago, no outside food or drink will be permitted.

Monmouth Park will offer 46 stakes races worth $6.15 million this year, including 10 graded stakes. There are 10 stakes races restricted to New Jersey-bred horses, with the highlight for state-breds being the 19th annual New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival Aug. 29.

Haskell Day will again feature six stakes races, including the GI United Nations S., which will see a purse boost from $300,000 to $500,000.

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