Ticker
  • Lady Shipman dominates in Saratoga's Coronation Cup.Posted 22 hours ago
  • Stopchargingmaria out-duels Untapable to win the G3 Shuvee.Posted 1 day ago
  • American Pharoah wins the Haskell completely in hand!Posted 1 day ago
  • Heart to Heart takes them wire to wire in the G3 Oceanport.Posted 1 day ago
  • Casual Smile closes from second last to win the G3 Matchmaker Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Bradester snags the G2 Monmouth Cup in front-running fashion.Posted 1 day ago
  • Rachel's Valentina, daughter of champion Rachel Alexandra, wins her debut at the Spa!Posted 2 days ago
  • Beholder wins the G1 Clement L. Hirsch for fun!Posted 2 days ago
  • Texas Red returns to the winner's circle with a Jim Dandy victory over Frosted!Posted 2 days ago
  • Red Rifle squeezes through rivals to win the Bowling Green.Posted 2 days ago

Stealcase or Prospective to Haskell

Prospective wins the Tampa Bay Derby
Owner John C. Oxley’s yellow and blue silks will be represented in the 45th running of the Grade 1 $1 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday, July 29. What remains a question mark is which of his two top 3-year-olds will carry the colors.

Both Prospective, a multiple graded stakes winner who took both the Grade 3 Ohio Derby and Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby, and Stealcase are under consideration.

“We still haven’t decided,” said trainer Mark Casse when reached at Saratoga Race Course as he was leading a horse over for the first race on Saturday. “Mr. Oxley is here and we will talk it over later this afternoon to decide which one will run.”

Prospective, by Malibu Moon out of the Awesome Again mare Spirited Away, was bred in Kentucky by Spendthrift Farm and was purchased out of the Fasig-Tipton 2010 Saratoga yearling sale for $250,000. The dark bay colt has won six of 11 starts and is coming off consecutive wins in the Victoria Park Stakes at Woodbine and the Ohio Derby.

Oxley signed the ticket on Stealcase, by Lawyer Ron out of the Cat Thief mare Steal the Show, for $320,000 when he came through the ring as a 2-year-old at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale in March of 2011. Last out, Stealcase was second in the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs on June 16 despite a troubled trip.

On Friday, Prospective worked at Woodbine and breezed five furlongs in 1:02.80  on the all weather track. Stealcase’s last work was at Saratoga one week ago when he breezed the same distance in 1:01.76 on the dirt.

In other Haskell news, Dullahan, who is a definite starter, blazed over the Churchill Downs strip on Saturday with a bullet work of 59.80 for five furlongs.

Trainer Bob Baffert said on Saturday morning that Belmont Stakes runner-up Paynter will arrive on the grounds “a few days” before the race. Baffert, who has won the Haskell a record five times including the 2010 and 2011 editions, remains undecided if Blueskiesnrainbows will join Paynter on the plane and in the starting gate.  

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories