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Monmouth releases 2013 stakes schedule

Led by the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 28, Monmouth Park has announced a total stakes schedule of $6 million, including 16 graded events worth $3.45 million for the 2013 racing season.

Among the notable changes to the calendar are the return of the Grade 3 Salvator Mile on July 6 and a shift of the Grade 2 Monmouth Cup, which will now be contested on Haskell Day. The Grade 2 Molly Pitcher, which was contested on Haskell Day for the first time in 2012 will once again be renewed on that day, which now features five graded stakes events.

The Grade 3 Red Bank Stakes, which was contested on July 4 last year, will lead off this seasonís graded stakes schedule when renewed on May 18. Excluded from the 2013 schedule are two Grade 3 turf events, the Violet for fillies and mares and the Boiling Springs for three-year-old fillies.

Opening day for the 2013 racing season is set for May 11.

Not including overnight stakes, the major racing events announced Friday are:

May 18 Red Bank (G3) $100,000 3&up 1mT
June 9 Monmouth (G2) $200,000 3&up 1 1/8mT
June 16 Pegasus (G3) $150,000 3yo 1 1/16m
June 29 Eatontown (G3) $100,000 3&up f/m 1 1/16mT
July 4 Jersey Shore (G3) $100,000 3yo 6f
July 6 United Nations (G1) $500,000 3&up 1 3/8mT
  Salvator Mile (G3) $150,000 3&up 1m
July 7 Long Branch $100,000 3yo 1 1/16m
July 28 Haskell Invitational (G1) $1,000,000 3yo 1 1/8m
  Monmouth Cup (G2) $200,000 3&up 1 1/16m
  Molly Pitcher (G2) $200,000 3&up f/m 1 1/16
  Matchmaker (G3) $150,000 3&up f/m 1 1/8mT
  Oceanport (G3) $150,000 3&up 1 1/16mT
  Teddy Drone $100,000 3&up 6f
August 10 Monmouth Oaks (G3) $100,000 3yo f 1 1/16m
August 18 Philip H. Iselin (G3) $150,000 3&up 1 1/8m
August 25 Cliff Hanger (G3) $100,000 3&up 1 1/16mT
September 1 Sapling (G3) $100,000 2yo 6f
  Sorority $100,000 2yo f 6f

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