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Test Your Haskell IQ

The 45th running of the $1,000,000 Haskell Invitational will be contested at Monmouth Park on July 29th, 2012.  The headliners in this year’s field are expected to be Bodemeister who finished second in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and Dullahan who finished third in the Derby.
 
In what ways will the 2012 three year-olds become part of the history of the Haskell? Let’s measure your Haskell IQ by answering these ten trivia questions.
 
1) The Haskell was originally a race for older horses, but in 1981 the name was switched to the track’s top race for three year-olds.  What was this three year-old race called before it became the Haskell?
 
2) The first Haskell hat was given away in what year?
 
3) Which trainer has won the most Haskells?
 
4) Which jockey has won the most Haskells?
 
5) Name the fillies that have won the Haskell.
 
6) Four Haskell winners have sired a Haskell winner. Can you name the father and son winners?
 
7) The stakes record time is held by two Haskell winners, name them.
 
8) Which Haskell victor had the greatest winning margin?
 
9) Which breeder has won the most Haskells?
 
10) There is only one letter in the alphabet that has not been represented as the first letter of a Haskell horse. What letter is missing from the list?
 
Since you have been working so hard, let’s take a break from your IQ test and go back to 2006 and watch Todd Pletcher's first Haskell victory.
 
 
Please post your answers to the following few questions in the comment section.
 
Have you ever been to the Haskell? I so, what was the first Haskell that you attended? Will you be there this summer?
 
Who is your favorite Haskell winner?
 
 
Here are the answers to the Haskell IQ test.  How did you do?
 
1) The Monmouth Invitational
2) The first hat was given away in 1988 – Don’t you miss that style?  Brian Zipse probably still has that one.
3) Bob Baffert has won five.
4) Craig Perret rode three winners.
5) Serena’s Song 1995 and Rachel Alexandra 2009
6) Point Given and Coil, Majestic Light and Wavering Monarch, Skip Trial and Skip Away, and Forty Niner and Coronado’s Quest
7) Majestic Light and Bet Twice in 1:47
8) Bluegrass Cat by seven lengths in 2006
9) Claiborne Farm has produced three winners
10) No Haskell runner has a Q name. Yes, there was Xchanger in 2007, Yonder in 1990, and Zen in 1976 

 

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Have been to too many to count...have a full collection of Haskell Hats. Hoping they may be worth something one day : )
  • forego139 · Hey Lisa I sure in your vast collection you have some duplicate's, how about giving one away to a racing fan in California, and of course the racing fan is me · 741 days ago
I remember celebrating in the winner's circle with Sonny and Carolyn Hines after Skip Away won the Breeder's Cup Classic at Hollywood Park The Home Of Champions.
Skip Away.
The Brown one, the product of WINSTROL, not breeding or condtioning
My Favorite was Big Brown. It was great to see him back after his only loss.
Forty Niner: potential was never fully realized
I did ... some of those early ones were UGLY ;-)
My first Haskell was 1976 and my favorite to this day is still Majestic Light. I will definitely be there this year. Hey Brian, did you have one of those 1988 Hats?
Favorite Haskell winner...Skip Away, of course. Local faves, Sonny & Carolyn Hine's very talented grey.
1) The Monmouth Invitational 2) I'll take a shot and say '85 3 ) Bob Baffert 4) Craig Perret 5) Rachel Alexandra & Serrena's Song 6) Majestic Light-Wavering Monarch, Skip Trial-Skip Away, ??? 7) Majestic Light & Bet Twice 8) Majestic Light 9) I don't know 10) X *-Many times. My first was 1980, when the J-bred, Thanks to Tony shocked Amber Pass and Superbity. It would have been sooner, but NJ had a rule about no children at the track in those days. I will not be there this year. *-Rachel Alexandra is my favorite Haskell winner.

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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.
 
Today’s electronic age makes it so easy to gather information about racing.  I hope you use this blog to learn about Racing at the Jersey Shore.