Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah is led off the van by Assistant Trainer Jim Barnes at the Monmouth Park Barn Area on Wednesday afternoon July 29, 2015 in Oceanport, N.J. American Pharoah, who arrived from California, will be the heavy favorite in Sunday's Grade 1 Haskell Invitational.  Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO.

A Purse Bump And a “Phan Phestival” at Monmouth Park

About 10 minutes before American Pharoah arrived at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, NJ on Wednesday afternoon, the track announced that the purse for Sunday’s William Hill Haskell Invitational would be increased from $1 million to $1.75 million. While it’s not unusual for purse incentives to be added to big races to attract top horses, those…

Better than a day at the beach

7:00 am, Saturday morning. It’s Memorial Day weekend, and it’s gorgeous. I meet up with Jessica Chapel of Railbird and Raceday 360; we stock up on bagels, coffee, and water; we jump in the car, and head south: Garden State Parkway, Jersey Shore, here we come. A perusal of the car will yield no sunscreen,…