The Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City will be sponsoring the 2011, GI, for $1 million, with the new title of the Resorts Haskell Invitational scheduled for July 31, Monmouth Park officials announced today!
Resorts co-owner and president Dennis Gomes said in a statement released today that, “The Haskell is one of horse racing’s most prestigious events, and we are excited to be the new hosting sponsor”. He also added that, “It’s a natural fit to have two of New Jersey’s premier gaming and entertainment destinations combine for what is sure to be one of the most exciting races of the year.”
Dennis Gomes and developer Morris Bailey purchased Resorts in 2010 with plans to revitalize Atlantic City’s first casino property. Bailey also recently ended a long and arduous negotiation to lease Monmouth Park from the New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority.
Monmouth vice president and general manager Bob Kulina said today that “Monmouth is honored to attach the Resorts name to our greatest race”. He later added that, “With five champions having run in the last four editions, the Haskell has become a key stepping stone on the path to year-end Eclipse honors.”
Those Eclipse Award champions he is referring to are, Curlin 3rd in 2007, Big Brown 1st in 2008, Rachel Alexandra 1st and Summerbird 2nd in 2009 and 2010 Haskell winner and 3yo male Eclipse Award winner Lookin at Lucky!
Oh and Curlin, Big Brown, Rachel Alexandra and Lookin at Lucky all won the Preakness Stakes in those same years too.
Following that same logic, Shackleford should rule in 2011, just a thought!
Monmouth Park officials said in a recent release they’re expecting a field of at least eight, top-flight 3yo’s for this year’s Haskell renewal.
See Our Haskell Probables posting on whose coming for this year’s edition!