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Haskell Runners Continue Preparations

As the 47th running of the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational is just hours away, trainers are making final preparations with their entrants at Monmouth Park. The following highlights what the nation’s top 3-year-olds are doing to get ready for Sunday’s Grade 1 mile and an eighth event.

 

·         Encryption “galloped his regular gallop” Friday morning according to trainer Kelly Breen. He also said that his graded stakes placed runner is “doing good, everything is good.”

 

·         Trained by six-time Haskell winner Bob Baffert, Bayern set to the track for a one mile gallop this morning in Oceanport after shipping in from California on Thursday. “He took to the surface and got over the track good,” said assistant Jim Barnes. “We’ll school him before the first race today and all systems are go.”

 

·         Albano, winner of Monmouth’s Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes, galloped a mile at his home base of Delaware Park for trainer Larry Jones this morning. “Everything’s good,” Jones said of his entrant, who will ship to Monmouth Park on race day and also school in the paddock before the big race.

 

·         Donegal Racing’s Irish You Well continued his preparations with a gallop over the Monmouth strip on Friday morning and will school in the paddock before Sunday’s race. The Wayne Catalano-trained runner will try for his first graded stakes victory in the Haskell after an impressive win in his last outing, Monmouth’s own Long Branch Stakes.


Second place finisher in Monmouth’s Long Branch Stakes, Just Call Kenny had a two mile jog this morning along the fast track in Oceanport. Trainer Pat McBurney also said that his horse walked in the paddock, got a bath, and walked the shed row. “Everything’s great,” McBurney said. “He had a good morning.”

 

·         Social Inclusion jogged one mile then galloped out one and a half miles Friday morning at Monmouth for trainer Manny Azpurua. The 85-year-old conditioner said he is undecided as to whether he will school his charge in the paddock. “It’s a long walk from the barn to the paddock and back,” said Azpurua, “and my horse is doing good right now and I want to keep him quiet.”

 

·         The filly Untapable arrived at Monmouth on Thursday morning from trainer Steve Asmussen’s stable at Saratoga and tack walked under the shed row Friday morning in Oceanport. She also schooled in the paddock before Friday’s second race. The nation’s undisputed top 3-year-old filly and emphatic winner of the Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Mother Goose (G1), Untapable will gallop a mile or a mile and a half Saturday morning according to assistant trainer Darren Fleming.

 

·         Wildcat Red galloped a mile and an eighth Friday morning in Oceanport in preparation for Sunday’s Haskell. Trainer Jose Garoffalo said that it was “easy” and “without much effort.” “He looks happy here,” said Garoffalo of the winner of the Fountain of Youth (G2) and runner up in the Florida Derby (G1). Wildcat Red also schooled in the gate Friday morning in Oceanport and with the horses for the day’s second race.


Trainer Dale Romans said that his entrant, Medal Count galloped a mile and a half and is “doing fine.” Romans has not decided whether he will school the third place Belmont Stakes finisher, saying “it depends on the climate. We’ll make that decision tomorrow (Saturday).” 

 


 

 

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