Resorts Casino Hotel Haskell Day was a long one for Kiaran
McLaughlin’s assistant trainer Andrew St. Lawrence.
Nearly six hours after saddling Cornerstone to a last-to-first
win in Sunday’s third race, St. Lawrence sent out Mata Keranjang to capture the
Haskell Day finale. In between, the
McLaughlin-trained Breathless Storm captured the Jersey Derby.
“It was a pretty fun day,” St. Lawrence said. “Now we have to figure out where all this
horses go from here.”
For now, the next major objective for Breathless Storm is
the $250,000 Kent Stakes (G3) at Delaware Park on Sept. 24.
“He’s a pretty neat horse,” St. Lawrence said. “He seems to have come out of the race better
than he went into it.”
St. Lawrence says his horse’s position in the race surprised
him a little bit, though.
“He was more forwardly-placed than he had been in his
races,” St. Lawrence said. “But if you
watch the race and you look at him, he had his ears pricked the entire
time. He was relaxed and just galloping
along. And if you look at the times of
the race, he ran each fraction quicker than the one before.”
Mata Keranjang, who captured Sunday’s Race 14 and is the
last horse to beat Breathless Storm, appears headed to the $150,000 Cliffhanger
(G3) at Monmouth Park on Sept. 4.
Darley Stable’s Cornerstone, who now owns a 3-1-0 record in
four Monmouth Park starts after defeating Joey P. in Sunday’s third race, may
take the jump up to stakes company next time out as well.
“He might be an interesting horse for the Icecapade on
September 5,” St. Lawrence said. “I
didn’t think we were going to catch Joey P. Sunday but Channing [jockey Hill]
really gave him a great, patient ride.
You feel bad a little bit beating Joey P. at Monmouth Park, especially
on Haskell Day, but Cornerstone just seems to love this track.”