Monmouth Park Jockey Club

Monmouth Park Jockey Club
Item# 655gr

Was: $18.95



Stock Certificate, issued/canceled
Columbian Bank Note Company
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Horse Racing’s Haskell Invitational Handicap (“The Haskell”) was named to honor Amory Lawrence Haskell. Haskell made his impact on the world of horse racing shortly after World War II, when his lobbying for an amendment to the New Jersey State Constitution helped lead to the approval of a referendum legalizing pari-mutuel wagering for thoroughbred and standardbred racing. Haskell then organized a group of prominent New Jersey residents to build a modern thoroughbred racetrack in Monmouth County. Appointed president and chairman of Monmouth Park Jockey Club in 1945, he guided the organization through its opening in 1946 and continued at the helm until his death on April 12, 1966. In 1968, the Monmouth Park Directors honored his memory with the Amory L. Haskell Handicap, a race for older horses. In 1981, the Haskell name was transferred to a mile and an eighth invitational for the nation’s top three-year-olds – which is now the richest invitational event in North America.

The track was also the sight of the first sporting event to be broadcast in color on television - The Molly Pitcher Handicap. The 1 1/16-mile race for thoroughbred horses was run July 14, 1951 at this Oceanport club. The race was won by a horse named Marta and was broadcast by the Columbia Broadcasting System.

In 2003, the horses were led onto the track accompanied by Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run.” Race organizers and the state of New Jersey plan to have this famous song become a traditional part of the Haskell Invitational. Edmund A Gann’s Peace Rules won the race in front of a record crowd.NJ-New Jersey Sports and Related Horse Racing Sports Scene Horse Racing Scene

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