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
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
Park for trainer Larry Jones this morning. “Everything’s good,” Jones said of his entrant, who will ship to
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.”
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
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