01/14/2005 1:00AM

Monmouth boosts nine stakes purses


Twenty races worth $100,000 or more, including 14 graded events, head the 2005 stakes schedule released Friday by Monmouth Park.

The graded stakes, highlighted by the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 7, are worth $3.8 million of the $4.45 million in purses allocated to the track's major races. Additional overnight stakes will be announced later, bringing total stakes purses to more than $8 million.

According to Robert Kulina, Monmouth's vice president and general manager, overnight purses are expected to be set at a track-record $325,000 for the meet that runs from May 14 through Sept. 25.

Nine stakes, including the Grade 3 Philip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap, received purse boosts of $50,000 apiece. The Iselin, won last year by Ghostzapper, will now be worth $250,000.

The other eight stakes, whose value increased to $150,000 each, are the Red Bank Handicap, the Eatontown Handicap, the Jersey Shore BC, the Long Branch BC, the Salvator Mile Handicap, the Oceanport, the Matchmaker, and the Sapling.

The Grade 3 Boiling Springs Handicap, formerly a fixture at The Meadowlands, has been moved from September to May 29.

2005 Monmouth Park stakes schedule

Sat.May 28Red Bank HCP (G3)3YO & Up1 Mile (T)150,000
Sun.May 29Boiling Springs Stakes (G3)3YO F1 1/16 Miles (T)150,000
Mon.May 30Jersey Derby3YO1 1/16 Miles (T)100,000
Sat.July 2United Nations (G1)3 YO & Up1 3/8 Miles (T)750,000
Sun.July 3Eatontown HCP (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 Miles (T)150,000
Mon.July 4Jersey Shore BC Stakes (G3)3YO6 Furlongs150,000
Sat.July 9Molly Pitcher BC HCP (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 Miles300,000
Sat.July 16Long Branch BC Stakes (G3)3YO1 1/16 Miles150,000
Sun.July 24Salvator Mile HCP (G3)3YO & Up1 Mile150,000
Sun.Aug. 7Haskell Invitational (G1)3YO1 1/8 Miles1,000,000
Sun.Aug. 7Oceanport Stakes (G3)3YO & Up1 1/16 Miles (T)150,000
Sun.Aug. 7Matchmaker Stakes (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 Miles (T)150,000
Sun.Aug. 7Regret StakesF&M, 3YO & Up6 Furlongs100,000
Sun.Aug. 7Teddy Drone Stakes3YO & Up6 Furlongs100,000
Sun.Aug. 7Lady's Secret StakesF&M 3YO & Up1 1/16 Miles100,000
Sun.Aug. 7Lamplighter Stakes3YO1 Mile (T)100,000
Sun.Aug. 14Monmouth BC Oaks (G3)3YO F1 1/16 Mile200,000
Sat.Aug. 20Sapling (G3)2YO6 Furlongs150,000
Sun.Aug. 28Iselin B/C HCP (G3)3YO & Up1 1/8 Miles250,000
Sat.Sept. 3Sorority2YO F6 Furlongs100,000