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A Field of Nine Will Run in the 2014 Haskell

A Field of Nine Will Run in the 2014 Haskell
Here is what the connections of the Haskell runners had to say to the draw luncheon.

#1 Encryption (ML 20-1) – Kelly Breen – Paco Lopez – Kelly Train, “He was a big lanky two year-old. We hope that Paco [jockey Lopez] will not chase Bayern. If he can show the talent that he has, then rating is the next big step for him.”

#2 Bayern (ML 5-2) – Bob Baffert – Martin Garcia – Bob Baffert, “Bayern is a speed horse where ever he is. It’s going to be battle for him, his only chance if to be up front.”

#3 Albano (ML 6-1) – Larry Jones – Kerwin Clark - Jockey Kerwin Clark, “I got lucky to ride Albano in his second race. He is a great to ride. He’s very versatile and I have the utmost confidence in him. The last few months he has grown and learned about the racing game.”

#4 Irish You Well (ML 12-1)– Wayne Catalano – Jose Lezcano – Owner Jerry Crawford, “He broke his maiden at Monmouth and we then aimed for the Haskell. He’s versatile and can react to what’s around him. I expect him to be farther back in the Haskell.”

#5 Just Call Kenny (ML 10-1) – Pat McBurney – Joe Bravo – Trainer Pat McBurney, “He’s a big georgeous colt, we have always had high hopes. He’s a dream to work around. This is a very big step to a grade one, but it’s his home track.”

#6 Social Inclusion (ML 8-1) – Manny Azpurua – Edgar Prado – Trainer Manny Azpurua, “He’s doing great, he’s acting a lot quieter and nicer now. Before, he would get a little bit upset,” said his trainer. “We made some mistakes with him. The important thing is that he’s taking in everything quietly now and he’s easier to train. He’s matured.”

#7 Untapable (ML 2-1) – Steve Asmussen – Rosie Napravnik – Trainer Steve Asmussen, “Our first goal was the Kentucky Oaks and now is the right time to give the Haskell a chance. She’s a very talented filly and she is doing extremely well. This is a tall order for her, but we have a lot of faith.”

#8 Wildcat Red (ML 10-1) – Jose Garoffalo – Luiz Saez – Trainer Jose Garoffalo, “You always have a clue when you have a good horse. He can go two turns easily. It was tough to rate him when he was young. Now he is more mature and can go right behind the pace.”

#9 Medal Count (ML 8-1) – Dale Romans – Robbie Albarado – Trainer Dale Romans, “He ran great in the Belmont and proved he can run with the best horses in the nation on the dirt. This horse gets better with the more work he does. He will run well this weekend.” 


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