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Haskell Field Continues to Take Shape


The $1 million, Grade 1 William Hill Haskell Invitational is just 18 days away and the field for this year’s 47th renewal of New Jersey’s top Thoroughbred race continues to take shape.

Among those considering a start in the mile and an eighth Haskell is the Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Untapable, who has taken her last four by open lengths and would be making her first start against the boys.  Owned by Ron Winchell and trained by Steven Asmussen, who sent out the filly Rachel Alexandra to win the 2009 Haskell, Untapable would enter Monmouth Park’s top race off a dominating 9 ¼ length win in the Grade 1 Mother Goose on June 28.

Trainer Bob Baffert is looking to add to his already record six Haskell wins, this year with the colt Bayern.  A winner of three of six starts, Bayern was last seen drawing away from his rivals in the Woody Stephens (G2) at Belmont on June 7, winning by an impressive 7 ½ lengths.

Also setting their sights on this year’s Haskell is Wildcat Red, winner of the Fountain of Youth (G2) and runner-up in this year’s Florida Derby (G1).  In his most recent start, the Jose Garoffalo-trainee was a better than 10-length winner of the Quality Road Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Social Inclusion, third in the Wood Memorial (G1), Preakness Stakes (G1) and Woody Stephens is also considering the Haskell, as is Medal Count, most recently third in the Belmont Stakes and winner of this year’s Transylvania Stakes (G3) at Keeneland.

Add to that, Albano, winner of the Pegasus (G3) here on June 15 and Irish You Well and Just Call Kenny, winner and runner-up, respectively, of last Saturday’s Long Branch Stakes over the Monmouth dirt.

The William Hill Haskell will be televised live on NBC and is part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Series, with the victor getting an automatic berth to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.

Haskell Tickets can be purchased by calling 732-571-5563732-571-5563, or by visiting the reserved seat booth (2nd floor of the Grandstand) on any live racing day. In addition, fans can pre-purchase Haskell seats directly through monmouthpark.com or ticketmaster.com.




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A few weeks ago I was kind of scratching my head at who may enter and I was worried about the field size but with or without Untapable this is turning out to be a solid and entertaining bunch. I know I am excited. Monmouth is a speed favoring track and I would give the edge to horses on or just off the lead but the Haskell has played pretty fair considering the track. Many off the pace runners have won, even in recent years ie. Coil, Lookin At Lucky, Bluegrass Cat, Roman Ruler, Menifee, Point Given, Dixie Union. I would agree dead closers do not fair well, Rock Hard Ten, Dullahan, Golden Soul, Ice Box,Afleet Again all finished off the board, almost last. Paynter, War Emblem, Peace Rules, Lion Hart are the recent winners to lead at every call. When it comes down to it, regardless of running style the best horse usually wins this race. I think the winner over the last 10 years or so has been atleast the favorite or co-favorite in the wagering.
Sounds like a race which could set up for Medal Count, but it rarely seems like the pace falls apart in stakes at Monmouth.

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