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Dullahan Commits to the Haskell

Trainer Dale Romans has indicated that he and the owners from 
Donegal Racing want to give Dullahan one more try on a dirt surface, even after his disappointing seventh place finish in the Belmont Stakes, and the Haskell is their choice of races.  The winner of the Blue Grass Stakes (G1) just had an impressive workout at Churchill Downs of four furlongs in :47.80 with a six furlong gallop out in 1:14.20. The Haskell fits well for Dullahan as Romans may have his eye on the August 18th Secretariat (G1) on the turf at Arlington Park.  Last summer Shackleford finished second in the Haskell for Romans.
Michael Matz was at Monmouth Park on Saturday for Somali Lemonade’s third place finish in the Boiling Springs (G3) and at that time he was still leaning towards the Haskell for Union Rags over the Jim Dandy (G2). “I will have to make a decision,” said Matz. “I would imagine, though, that if you are trying to be the 3-year-old champion, you have to run in the grade one races and that would be the Haskell.”
On the other hand Todd Pletcher announced that he is now leaning towards the Jim Dandy for Gemologist, “The Jim Dandy is our target at the moment, unless something happens and we switch gears for the Haskell.”
Here is a list of the six stakes races on the Haskell undercard.
$100,000 - Majestic Light - 3YO & up – a mile and a sixteenth
$100,000 – Teddy Drone – 3YO & up – six furlongs
$100,000 – Regret – 3YO & up F/M – six furlongs
$150,000 – Matchmaker (G3) - 3YO & up F/M – nine furlongs (turf)
$150,000 – Oceanport (G3) – 3YO & up - a mile and a sixteenth (turf)
$200,000 – Molly Pitcher (G2) – 3YO & up F/M - a mile and a sixteenth
During the month leading up to the July 29th race let’s go back and enjoy some of the most memorable performances in the Haskell.
In 1994 Holy Bull won the Haskell with a relentless wire-to-wire run. On his way to that year’s Horse of the Year title Holy Bull took down the Florida Derby, Blue Grass, Met Mile, Dwyer, Travers, and the Woodward. Monmouth Park based trainer Jimmy Croll inherited Holy Bull when his owner, Rachel Carpenter of Pelican Stable. passed away just before he won his first maiden two year-old race. Holy Bull won 13 of his 16 career starts and $2,481,760. Enjoy the video of the 1994 Haskell.


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3rd in the derby..not horrible... just not his best surface.
even though i've been only been watching horse racing for about 8 months now, i'm still not sure if this is dullahan can win this one, since he horrible on dirt. I think Union Rags will take this one.
I'll wager this one winds up doing much better on grassy footing.
these big late movers often look better than they are when the pace up front falls apart. People mistake a postional move against a dying pace as a really effective move time wise.
gonna be great to watch these top horsers race in the haskell
Matz photo looks like it was taken in the clubhouse at Saratoga
I'm excited to watch him race on dirt again. His Derby suggests there is potential there, so give him another shot. This is one reason I like Romans, if he sees potential in his horses, he gives them the shot to succeed. Although I do hope there is a 3yr old turf showdown with Silver Max, Summer Front, and Dullahan in the future
At least run him on synthetic tracks since he has proven on the surface.
I agree, they need to move this horse to the turf if they want any chance of taking down graded stakes races.
He's Horrible on dirt, just saying.
Sure wish they would point Dullahan towards the American Derby or Virginia Derby instead...he just strikes me as being a potentially really nice turf colt...
Horses that fit the style of turfers have a characteristic running style where their final fraction velocity is usually equal to or great than their 2nd ...This horse and his prominence on artificial surfaces screams out TURF TURF
There are always exceptions.
When they double they usually falter in one of the races. By the way Caleb's Posse wouldn't run better on Turf, so not all closers!
Yes, Dullahan LIKE ALL CLOSERS would run better on turf and polytrack and Tapeta(?), but he is not incapable on dirt, he is like Einstein and will be able to win big races on all surfaces.
Dullahan, and I will REPEAT what I discovered long ago, has a turf profile. A water skier woud look reidiculous on ice skates too.
The reason he isn't winning on dirt is not because he isn't good enough.
MANY colts go in the Haskell Travers double
Horrible doesn't place you 3rd in the Derby
I thought Union Rags was going to the Travers. I can't see him running in both the Haskell and the Travers.

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In the 70’s I was another one of those kids that went to the track with their fathers, and I immediately became enthralled with the excitement and challenges of handicapping.  And then the charisma and dominance of Secretariat gave me a hero to follow. To this day, I still get emotional when I hear Chic Anderson’s call of the 1973 Belmont, “Secretariat is moving like a tremendous machine”.

There have been many great horses run at the shore. In 1976 I watched Majestic Light win the Monmouth Invitational, now the Haskell, in track record time, defeating Honest Pleasure, the big favorite who was in from New York.  This was one of my first big wins at the track.
In the 80’s, as a disciple of Andy Beyer, I made my own speed figures because they were not available to the public. Needless to say I visited Monmouth frequently to test out the “figs”.
The 90’s allowed me to learn about the backstretch as a part owner of a few claimers that were stabled at Philadelphia Park.  Not a typical owner, I mucked stalls, cooled out the horses, and watched morning works.  Also, I met my wife and discovered that her grandfather bred, owned, and raced thoroughbreds on the West Virginia, Maryland circuit.  Today our office is decorated with winner’s circle pictures and a vast collection of Kentucky Derby glasses.
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