Monmouth Park in Oceanport, NJ, announced a wallet increase and additional dates in September.

Monmouth Park in Oceanport, NJ, will be increasing wallets across the board starting July 17 and adding three live racing days on Fridays in September, Race Secretary and Race Director John Heims announced on Saturday.

The price increases will go into effect on the day of the $ 1 million Haskell Stakes, the flagship race on the track.

The nowownow stakes for 2-year-olds who walk a mile on the turf will generate the biggest cash win, rising from $ 150,000 to $ 500,000. Named after the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner at Monmouth Park, the second edition of the Nownownow Stakes will be Closing Day on Sunday September 26th.

Maiden Special Weight Races and Allowances races will see a 20 percent increase in wallet, with races over $ 12,500 a 10 percent increase and those claiming $ 12,500 or less a 5 percent increase.

The purses for all non-state-bred stakes races, which are currently $ 75,000, will increase to $ 100,000, while the Jersey-bred stakes races, which are now $ 75,000, will increase to $ 85,000 become.

“We are grateful to Governor Philip Murphy and the Senate leadership and State Assembly who continue to support racing in New Jersey,” said Dennis Drazin, chairman and CEO of Darby Development LLC, the operators of Monmouth Park. “An additional allocation has been made and signed into law, and since the rain prevented us from writing more races in the early stages of the meeting, we have $ 5.5 million to spend on wallets to help run the Monmouth Park Support product.

“We believe it was important to make the announcement at this point so that the riders can plan the balance of the meeting. We are of the opinion that these increases will further strengthen the already quality product. “

Several other stakes races also have their wallets increased. The Sapling Stakes (Sunday September 5) and Sorority Stakes (Monday September 6), which can be found on Monmouth Park’s racing calendar for 2-year-olds, will each receive a price increase from $ 100,000 to $ 200,000 .

The Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks on July 31st will now be valued at $ 250,000, an increase of $ 50,000. The Grade 3 Iselin missions on August 21st will see the same increase from $ 200,000 to $ 250,000.

The original Monmouth Park schedule called for live races on Saturdays and Sundays only for the last three weekends in September. Friday day passes will now be added to these weekends.

Monmouth Park will host live racing Friday through Monday over Labor Day weekend September 3-6.

After a year-long hiatus due to COVID-19, the Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meeting will return in October with nine live whole blood cards. These all-turf programs in East Rutherford will also see a substantial increase in the wallet. The price structure for this meeting will be announced when the race dates are set.