field of 10 three-year-olds was entered for Saturday’s $175,000 Long Branch
Stakes, the final local prep for the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational
on Sunday, July 31.
Cottle and Smart Angle LLP’s Rush Now enters the Long Branch off a 4 ½-length
win in Monmouth’s Spend a Buck Stakes on May 22. The Tiznow colt will break from post position
No. 2 beneath Joe Bravo.
stabled trainer Kelly John Breen, who won last month’s Belmont Stakes (G1) with
Ruler on Ice and Pegasus (G3) with Pants on Fire, will send out a pair of
runners in Saturday’s Long Branch, both owned by George and Lori Hall.
Saint is a Grade 2-placed son of Yes It’s True who exits a third-place finish
in the $400,000 Red Legend Stakes at Charles Town, while Galaxy Kat was a
winner of an entry-level allowance race on June 21 at Parx last out.
Mill House LLC and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, who teamed to win last year’s
Long Branch with eventual Haskell runner-up Trappe Shot, will send out
Rattlesnake Bridge in this year’s running.
3-year-old son of Tapit exits a fourth-place finish two back in Aqueduct’s
Jerome (G2) and most recently was second in a first-level allowance race in New
York on Belmont Stakes Day.
arrived Wednesday (June 29) and worked Saturday (July 2),” said McLaughlin’s
assistant trainer Andrew St. Lawrence. “He’s one happy horse. He’s looking around, taking everything
in. He’s really smart.”
Bridge began his career this winter down at Gulfstream Park where he won his
debut despite racing greenly and then finished second behind reigning
2-year-old champion Uncle Mo in the Timely Writer Stakes.
seemed to have really matured since then,” St. Lawrence said. “His last work was about as professional a
work as you could have. He’s a really
neat horse to have in the barn.”
three weeks out from Monmouth Park’s signature event, Saturday’s Long Branch
winner will hope to follow in the footsteps of Lion Heart in 2004 who remains
the only horse to complete the Long Branch/Haskell Invitational double.