Bethlehem Road's connections to 'take a chance' at the Haskell

Tom Luicci/Monmouth Park
July 14, 2019 10:02am
Bethlehem Road's connections to 'take a chance' at the Haskell

The field for the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational has grown to eight with the late addition of Parx-based Bethlehem Road, who is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Ohio Derby (G3) on June 22.

The current probables for Saturday's race at Monmouth Park are Maximum Security, Joevia, King for a Day, Mucho Gusto, Everfast, Spun to Run, Chilly in Charge and Bethlehem Road.

Dee Curry trains Bethlehem Road, a son of Quality Road-Alydarla by Henny Hughes, who won his first three career starts before the Ohio Derby.

“We were thinking about the ($500,000) West Virginia Derby (G3, Aug. 3 at Mountaineer) or the ($100,000) Curlin at Saratoga (on July 26),” Curry said. “All of the races we were looking at were a mile and an eighth.

“I’m at Parx. I’m right next door to Monmouth Park. That might be a plus. I don’t have to go that far. I can keep him home until race day. I think that will be a benefit.”

Curry would be the fourth female trainer to have a Haskell starter, joining Nancy Alberts (second with Magic Weisner in 2002), Cynthia Reese (fourth with Devil’s Honor in 1996) and Linda Rice (sixth with Arcadia Falls in 1989).

Bethlehem Road turned in a two-mile maintenance gallop Saturday morning, Curry said.

“I was disappointed in the Ohio Derby because he got bumped hard four times during that race,” Curry said. “The fourth time he got bumped the jockey (Luis A. Rodriguez Castro) said he just seemed to take a deep breath and say, `That’s it. I’m done.’

“He has never been bumped the way he was bumped that race. So we’re going to give him a shot in the Haskell. We have nothing to lose.”

Curry said owners Don Ameche III and Griffin Investments “are excited about being invited to the Haskell and the opportunity it presents.”

“I’m a small trainer,” she said. “I don’t get these kinds of opportunities with a horse that fits in this type of race very often. Sometimes you have to take a chance.”

Castro will have the mount aboard Bethlehem Road, Curry said.


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