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Haskell Purse Increased To US$1.75M
Meanwhile, Monmouth Park Racetrack has announced that the Gr1 Haskell Invitational will receive a prize money boost of US$750,000 to US$1.75 million for the 48th running of the race on Sunday, reports horseracingnation.com. "The Haskell has been called the fourth jewel of the Triple Crown," said Bob Kulina, president of Darby Development LLC, operators of Monmouth Park Racetrack. "With the Derby purse at US$2 million and the Preakness and Belmont going to US$1.5 million, it's only fitting that we join in that mix for our race, which has proven itself the next logical step for 3-year-olds following the Triple Crown." The prize money increase makes the Haskell the richest non-Breeders' Cup horse race ever run in New Jersey and recognises the significance of a Triple Crown winner running at Monmouth Park. "We've all waited a long time to see a Triple Crown-winning horse and we're thankful to the Zayat family and trainer Bob Baffert for choosing to showcase their champion at Monmouth Park," Kulina added. "It will be a historic day for horse racing, Monmouth Park and the State of New Jersey."