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Photo: Keeneland/Coady Photography
As the 47th running of the Grade 1 William Hill Haskell Invitational draws near trainers are getting their runners into top form for Monmouth Park’s summer centerpiece. Trainer Dale Romans and Medal Count are no exception.

A 3-year-old colt by Dynaformer out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Brisquette, Medal Count is a Grade 3 winner of the Transylvania Stakes and has placed in multiple graded stakes events, including a third place finish in his last race, the Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 7, final leg of the Triple Crown.

“I thought he put in a really solid effort in the Belmont,” Romans said. “He showed he belongs with the best of them. He’s always been a very good horse and he’s starting to just get better and better. He came out in great shape. It seems like nothing bothers him. He’s just a good solid race horse.”

Medal Count has been working regularly since the Belmont, and posted a work this morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for Monmouth’s big race.

“I’m at Saratoga but my assistant down there said he did everything perfect,” Romans said. “He’s one of those horses that you just don’t realize he’s even in the barn because everything’s great. It’s great to have a horse like that.”

A Spendthrift Farm LLC color-bearer, Medal Count breezed five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 this morning over Churchill’s main track, third best of 25 at that distance today. Medal Count also breezed on July 12, working the same distance that day in 1:01 3/5. As his horse has been working well, Romans says that there isn’t much left to do before next Sunday.

“We’re not going to do a whole lot with him,” Romans said. “We just need to get him shipped up. We don’t have the logistics of that planned out but we’re planning to get him up there around midweek.”

Jockey Robby Albarado will return aboard Medal Count in the William Hill Haskell, as he and anticipated runners Untapable, Social Inclusion, Just Call Kenny, Albano, Encryption, Wildcat Red, Irish You Well, and Bayern travel a mile and an eighth in search of the race’s $1 Million purse.  

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.


The Pat McBurney trained Just Call Kenny took to the track this morning in preparation for next Sunday’s Grade 1 William Hill Haskell Invitational, the centerpiece of Monmouth Park’s racing season.

“Clockers caught him at 1:14 for six furlongs,” McBurney said. “It was a great breeze. We were going to school him in the paddock today but after the breeze we thought we’d wait until Friday. He’ll school in the first colt race.”

A 3-year-old colt by Jump Start out of Green Jeans, Just Call Kenny is coming off of a solid second place finish in his last outing, the Long Branch Stakes on July 5. Since that race he has posted two works, this morning’s and another six furlong breeze on July 13, when he traversed the distance in 1:16 4/5.

“He’s doing great,” said McBurney. “We’re looking forward to a big effort in the Haskell.”




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