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Monmouth Park, a Girl Named Rhonda and Cespedes top the Weekend Trends

Haskell, Rousey, Cespedes, Pharoah

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It’s Monday morning, and I’m just getting a chance to take in all that’s been trending in sports this weekend.  Normally, I am right there watching the tweets, but this weekend I put my phone down, except for when I decided to take a photo.  It was just too nice out, and there was so much going on over at Monmouth Park, which is where I spent my time this weekend.

The Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was said to be a sure bet this weekend and the beautiful horse won the 2015 William Hill Haskell Invitational which took place on Sunday evening, easily.  There were more than 60,000 fans in attendance this weekend, and along with catching a glimpse of America’s favorite, there was lots to do.  Live music, Philly cheesesteaks, and cold drinks were on tap, and anyone who is everyone seemed to be taking in the festivities.   People were lined up early on Sunday, and many stayed throughout the day to try their luck.  Among those people were some of top athletes, movie stars, and musicians who make their home in New Jersey.

Besides talking about American Pharoah, many who were hanging out in the crowds were a buzz about the Ultimate Fight Championship’s biggest star, Rhonda Rousey.  It had taken Rhonda just 34 seconds to defeat her opponent, Bethe Correia, in a bout that took place in Correia’s home country of Brazil.  Rhonda’s victory helped to solidify her place in a league of her own, making her record 12-0.

In other news, the MLB trade deadline dust was settling.  One of the major trades that might impact local teams is the one involving Yoenis Cespedes landing a gig with the New York Mets.  While the Mets added a heavy hitter to their roster, the Yankees were somewhat silent this year and did not make any major moves.  This was a clear indication, and was later confirmed by their general manager Brian Cashman that the Yankees have faith in their current roster.  Considering the Yankees are doing a lot better than many had projected, and are sitting on top in the AL East, some fans seem to think a good thing that they did not upset their current positioning.  Others are suggesting that the Yankees could have done something to further secure a spot in the playoffs.

Both of New York’s MLB teams are ‘neck and neck’ in their divisions, and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.  Did someone say, a ‘Subway Series’ is on deck?  It could happen, but there’s still lots more baseball to play.  One thing’s for sure, whether you’re planning to hang out at Monmouth Park, and/or catch one of the local teams on the diamond, it’s bound to be an amazing race in the ‘Tri-State’ area all summer long!



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Michelle has been a sports writer and analyst for many years. Now, as host of Neutral Court, sponsored by In The Zone, Michelle brings a new sports topic to the debate floor with each episode.
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