Toyota Blue Grass Stakes winner and Kentucky Derby third
place finisher Dullahan remains right on schedule to start next in the Grade 1 $1
million Haskell Invitational.
“He’s doing great,” said trainer Dale Romans when reached by
phone at his base at Churchill Downs on Friday morning. “He’s going to work
tomorrow and everything is good. He’ll ship in to Monmouth next week but I’m
not sure yet on what day.”
The 45th edition of the Haskell will be contested
over Monmouth Park’s main track at 1 1/8 miles on Sunday, July 29. While the
field is still taking shape and post positions won’t be drawn until the Thursday
before the race, Romans expects a big effort from Dullahan no matter whom his
“He’s going to be very live in there,” said Romans, who
added that he anticipates arriving in New Jersey on the day before the Haskell
to saddle the Donegal Racing color bearer.
Dullahan last raced in the Belmont Stakes on June 9 but
didn’t have the best of trips and disappointed as the 2-1 favorite. Regular
rider Kent Desormeaux was not in the irons that day and Romans confirmed on
Friday that the Hall of Fame jockey and Dullahan will be reunited in the
Haskell. Desormeaux was aboard for both of Dullahan’s Grade 1 wins, which
include the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity along with the Blue Grass, both on
Dullahan, named for a headless harbinger of death in Irish
fairy lore, has been breezing over the Churchill Downs strip since the Belmont
and shows a solid pattern of works.