7/31/15, "Want to see American Pharoah at Monmouth Park? Here's what you need to know,
" AP, Oceanport, NJ, via 7online.com
"American Pharoah took an easy tour of the track at Monmouth Park on
, another step toward the $1.75 million Haskell
The Triple Crown winner is the overwhelming 1-5
favorite in a field of eight 3-year-olds for the race, which will be
American Pharoah's first since he swept
the Kentucky Derby, Preakness
and Belmont Stakes and became the 12th Triple Crown winner and first in
American Pharoah will leave from the No. 4 post
following Thursday's draw and be ridden by Victor Espinoza. He is owned
by Ahmed Zayat of Teaneck, New Jersey, and trained by Bob Baffert
winner in seven of eight career starts with more than $4 million in
earnings, American Pharoah is not taking on the most formidable field.
Upstart, who ran 18th in the Kentucky Derby in his last start, is the
second choice at 6-1, and will be ridden by Monmouth favorite Joe Bravo.
colt was taken for a slow, one-mile jog on his first trip over the
surface for Sunday's race. American Pharoah stepped out on the track
shortly after 7:30 a.m. and hugged the outer fence down the backstretch
and grandstand rail, where fans gathered to snap cellphone shots.
at the barn, he alertly posed for photos after receiving a bath on the
warm morning under the supervision of Jimmy Barnes, Bob Baffert's
"He had a very high energy level this
morning," Barnes said. "We couldn't be happier. The first day, we
usually do something very light and we gave him a good look at the
Barnes said American Pharoah would have a more vigorous gallop Friday morning.
"He's a very well-mannered horse," Barnes said. "It makes it very easy to travel with him and experience new places."
if you want to see American Pharoah run the Haskell Invitational at
Monmouth Park, the New Jersey Department of Transportation and New
Jersey Transit have announced plans to help move a record number of
attendees expected to turn out to see the Triple Crown winner this
Sunday, August 2.
"With record crowds expected to come out to see
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah at the Haskell Invitational this
weekend, NJDOT and NJ TRANSIT
have developed a plan to move people in
and out of Monmouth Park as safely and efficiently as possible," NJDOT
Commissioner and NJ Transit Chairman Jamie Fox said. "We are adding
additional trains dedicated to fans departing after the race, and
implementing traffic management plans with local law enforcement to keep
traffic moving on Route 36 to the Garden State Parkway."
36 is the primary access route to Shore destinations in Long Branch and
With the large crowds expected for the Haskell, Route
36 and neighboring roads are expected to be congested and have
delays, particularly Sunday evening after the race. Motorists should
plan extra time for arriving and departing Monmouth Park.
addition to our regularly scheduled trains stopping at Monmouth Park, NJ
Transit plans to operate unscheduled trains to help facilitate the
movement of people safely out of the park," Executive Director Veronique
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assist fans getting to and from the event, every local NJ Transit train
on Sunday will stop at the Monmouth Park Station. After the race, four
additional trains will be dedicated to fans departing Monmouth Park
heading toward Newark, and one additional train will be dedicated to
fans heading south toward Bay Head
. After the regularly scheduled 6:09
p.m. northbound train leaves, the additional trains will be moved
into the station one at a time. Once a train is full, it will depart and
the next train will be moved into the station. The extra train heading
southbound is expected to depart after the regularly scheduled 6:34 p.m.
If capacity allows, the Summer Shore Express trains
heading to New York Penn Station also will stop at Monmouth Park.
However, if the Express train picks up passengers at Monmouth Park, it
will become a local train making stops at each station.
are advised to purchase roundtrip tickets in advance because there are
no ticket vending machines at the Monmouth Park Station,
and they should
be prepared for longer than average wait times. In addition, NJ
TRANSIT customers should be aware that the Monmouth Park Station is not
ADA accessible, and no open containers of alcohol will be permitted on
In order to ease congestion
for motorists leaving the event, NJDOT will close one through lane of
Route 36 westbound and the right-turn lane onto Oceanport Avenue
north to keep traffic departing Monmouth Park moving freely onto Route
36 westbound toward the Garden State Parkway in an effort to minimize
delays. NJDOT will be working with local law enforcement, which will be
manually controlling traffic signals before and after the race, to help
keep traffic flowing and to minimize congestion.
signs will notify motorists
of the exercise while it is underway.
Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT's traffic information website 511nj.org
for real-time trAvenuel information.
are advised that Oceanport Avenue between Port Au Peck Avenue and
the Main Gate of Monmouth Park will be closed to all vehicle traffic
from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Detours will be in place, but it is advised to
plan alternate routes to avoid the large pedestrian flow, and additional
vehicle traffic in and out of Monmouth Park.
Motorists will also
encounter delays on Port Au Peck Avenue near the New Jersey Transit
Railway line and the Picnic Area entrance to Monmouth Park. This area of
Port Au Peck Avenue is subject to closure anytime between 7 a.m. and
Heavy traffic congestion will occur on surrounding
roadways from 8am, due to the inbound flow of traffic into the Track.
This heavy inbound flow should last most of the day into mid afternoon.
4 p.m. Port Au Peck Avenue will be closed to all traffic from Myrtle
to Oceanport Avenue. Detours will be in place to direct
motorists to utilize Asbury Avenue and Bridgewaters Drive for
Note: The posted speed limit on Asbury and Bridgewaters Drive is 25mph. This speed limit will be strictly enforced.
vehicles on roadways near Monmouth Park will be prohibited. No Parking
signs will be posted on those roadways around Monmouth Park. Vehicles
parked illegally will be ticketed and towed.
running of the Haskell Race at 5:50pm, a heavy outbound flow of
pedestrian and vehicle traffic
will enter surrounding roadways causing
heavy traffic buildups in the area.
During this outbound flow the following roadways will be closed:
Oceanport Avenue between the Main Gate of Monmouth Park and Port Au Peck Avenue.
Oceanport Avenue northbound from the West Long Branch Line to the Main Gate of Monmouth Park. Port Au Peck Avenue between Oceanport Avenue and Myrtle Avenue (near the New Jersey Transit Rail line.)
Port Au Peck Avenue eastbound from Oceanport Avenue to East Main Street
Eatontown Blvd southbound between Wolf Hill Avenue/Port Au Peck Avenue and Crescent Place.
Street between Oceanport Avenue and Wolf Hill Avenue. (Residents will
be allowed to enter Main Street to travel to their residences).
East Main Street southbound from Lake Drive to Port Au Peck Avenue.
that will experience heavy traffic flow will be Port Au Peck Avenue
from Myrtle Avenue to Eatontown Boulevard
(County Rt 537), Eatontown
Boulevard from State Highway 36 to Wyckoff Road/Broad Street in
Eatontown, Main Street, Monmouth Road (State Hwy 71), and Oceanport
Avenue near the Racetrack, and Oceanport Avenue from Port Au Peck Avenue
to the Little Silver Line.
Drivers travelling on State Highway
36 will experience heavy traffic flow from Monmouth Park westbound to
the Garden State Parkway. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes
and plan for extra time when traveeling in the area."
|Arrival 7/31/15 Atlantic City airport, ap|
First image, "American Pharoah is at Monmouth Park
Second image, 7/31/15, "Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrives at the Atlantic City airport en route to the Haskell Invitational. AP,
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