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2013 Haskell Preview

Power Broker wins at Churchill Downs on 5-10-13.
Photo: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer


Nine days is all that separates us from New Jersey's signature race, and this year's $1,000,000 William Hill Haskell Invitational is shaping up as a good one...


1. Power Broker 5-1 (Pulpit-Shop Again, by Wild Again) Bob Baffert – Yes, I know, I hang on to my winterbook Kentucky Derby selections like a puppy with a chew toy, but in Power Broker, I truly believe that we still have a horse with his best yet to come. The son of Pulpit broke his maiden in the Grade 1 Front Runner Stakes at Santa Anita last fall before running into a brutal trip in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. After not being ready to run until well into the spring, his connections threw him immediately into the deep end of the pool in the Santa Anita Derby. It may have been too much too soon, but it showed how much his Hall of Fame trainer thinks of him. Since them he easily handled an allowance field, before rolling in the Easy Goer Stakes on Belmont Day, in a race that has since shaped up to be a bit of a key race. Now fully healthy and prepared, the Haskell should finally be Power Broker's time to shine. And oh, by the way, if he does win, it will be Haskell #7 for his trainer, Bob Baffert. 
2. Micromanage 8-1 (Medaglia d'Oro-Catnip, by Flying Paster) Todd Pletcher – Speaking of the Easy Goer, Micromanage was a solid second that day after encountering a little traffic coming out of the turn. Another late developer, the Todd Pletcher charge sandwiched that effort with two wins at Monmouth Park, including an impressive score in the Long Branch Stakes. Pushed out to the parking lot on the first turn that day, he persevered and rallied strongly against a track bias, to overpower his competition to the tune of a going away 4 ½ length score. Granted the competition will be exponentially tougher next Sunday, but the colt so well thought of after an impressive debut last summer at Saratoga looks to be finally coming into his own, and if the favorites trouble each other too much early, he is the one I like to pick up the pieces.

3. Oxbow 2-1 (Awesome Again-Tizamazing, by Cee's Tizzy) D. Wayne Lukas – A smashing winner of the LeComte early in the year, Oxbow has danced every dance. Rebounding quite nicely from a sixth place finish in the Kentucky Derby, the son of Awesome Again led them all on a merry chase to win the Preakness, before demonstrating his true grit in an admirable and gutsy second place Belmont Stakes performance. After attacking a fast pace early, the D. Wayne Lukas charge proved what kind of colt he is by fighting tooth and nail all the way to hold the runner-up position. It's not easy to pick against a horse with the depth of character that Oxbow clearly has, but coming out of a grueling Triple Crown might be just dulling enough to see one of the newer shooters take his measure this time. 
4. Verrazano 2-1 (More Than Ready-Enchanted Rock, by Giant's Causeway) Todd Pletcher – This will be the Pletcher runner the bettors prefer. With only a 14th place finish in the Derby standing between him and a perfect 6-for-6 career record, it's really hard to know just how good he really is. If you feel like the Churchill race should be thrown out because of track, trip, or general run for the roses craziness, then by all means, Verrazano might be the horse to beat in the Haskell. If, however, you feel that was his only real test to show his true colors, you would tend to throw him out in against this bunch. I fall somewhere in between the two, but despite being fresh with a nice win over the track, I am willing to take a stand against him at his expected low odds.
5. Golden Soul 10-1 (Perfect Soul-Hollywood Gold, by Mr. Prospector) Dallas Stewart – He shocked many when he rallied strongly on the inside to go from 15th to 2nd in the final half-mile at Churchill Downs at odds of 34-1. With a big performance in the Kentucky Derby under his belt, the good looking homebred son of Perfect Soul attempted to parlay that into another big performance in the Belmont Stakes. It was not to be, as his come-from-behind ways pretty much hit a brick wall early in the stretch of the 12 furlong test. Given a shorter trip of nine furlongs in the Haskell the relatively lightly raced colt might have more punch to his late run. Having said that, and despite his solid works at Churchill of late, I think he is more of a threat to close into the bottom spots of the superfecta, rather than winning the Haskell.

6. Mylute 9-2 (Midnight Lute-Stage Stop, by Valid Expectations) Thomas Amoss – One of many from the first crop of Midnight Lute that can run, Mylute did nothing but impress with solid performances in the Louisiana Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness in succession. In fact, his last race was probably his best, as he rallied bravely into Oxbow's slow Preakness splits, and while the other closers had little to no late punch, Mylute kept coming to get into the Preakness picture at the wire. It may have only netted a third place finish, but it was further proof that he belongs in the discussion with the elite of the division. The nine furlongs of the Haskell should be to his liking, and like Micromanage, if the Haskell pace falls apart at all, he has a real shot to be picking up the pieces. 


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so before you go on your rants about palace malice,do not for one second think i will be devastated.i do not root.i await opportunities to score.the concept behind playing is to identify your key horse.then you combine him with your use horses.as i said,due to the demographics of this race. the key will be Mylute with the 2.3.5 as the use horses.naturally,if i had my druthers. i want palace off the board.not because you like him,i will leave petty arguments like you to promote.i want him out because he will be the horse with the lowest odds.
are you keeping count of the posts raf.i know how obsessed you are with me.you talk about posts.since you memorize them.it seems you always come into my threads.i never follow you to yours.for a comedian,you have to have new material to be competetive.i am sure you abide by that theory.why dont you apply that thought process here.come out with some new routines.like i said.this is fun and games to me .obsessive stalkers as yourself take it seriously.by the way i need your handicapping expertise on a race at the spa tommorrow,in race #10.how does the high priced claaimer .the #5 horse look.your expertise will be greatly appreciated
This site used to be WAY, WAY more enjoyable........................................................................... until Tmallios went on his man period. (Yes, Jmac, I went there, just like you did on the other thread! :P)
What a jerk. Too bad he's not "out"....
ohh i have just been cursed at by a minor.young whatever you are.you need to wash your mouth with soap. you sap,you think talk like that bothers me
sullivan,quoting frank gorshin in the original series batman. why is mylute and probably 95% of all race horses on lasix how does it affect their breathing condition
mmm, tried to be nice but you're a bitch. oh well
i am a law abiding citizen,i do not corrupt the youth with sports that involve gambling.also an answer would be above the realm of your comprehension.i think you would need to stay at a holiday inn for a week to grasp it.
mallios, why is Vyjack on lasix? How does it affect his breathing condition?
smack,smack,smack lmao.
About 5 or 6 posts since claiming to be "out"... lmao.
false statement was that i was out.now i am out
unless it is in black and white.one with a lack of true knowledge will ever understand or see a positive rider. my apologies as i made a false statement.
unless it is in black and white.one with a lack of true knowledge will ever understand or see a positive rider. my apologies as i made a false statement.
unless it is in black and white.one with a lack of true knowledge will ever understand or see a positive rider. my apologies as i made a false statement.
the only one to date who has shown to be a claimer is your knowledge of the game.like i quoted jim rome in the other thread. i am out
Verrazano, Oxbow and Power Broker will blow that claimer, Vyjack, of his feet. I'm not quite sure why having Paco Lopez on helps, as it doesn't make Vyjack any better a quality gelding than prior. I haven't handicapped this race yet, nor will I have time right now in New York. I still know Verrazano and Oxbow outclass these colts by a MARGIN.
VZ and will just watch and enjoy.
like i said earlier. having paco lopez up will help.he knows the track like he knows the back of his hand.
This should be won by a stalker. Vyjack can go back to his front runner game and lay off the lead. This is a tough one. Strange year, it seems like the 3yos haven't started

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