A field of nine will assemble in this Saturday’s 11th race, the $100,000 Long Branch Stakes, Monmouth Park’s last major prep for the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational, which is slated for Sunday, July 27.
Among the nine looking to stamp their ticket into the Haskell are stakes winners Meadowood, Just Call Kenny and Tiz’naz as well as graded stakes placed runners Encryption and Irish You Well. Add to that local entrants Wise Child and All Tied Up, who are both winners over the Monmouth main track this year.
At a mile and a sixteenth, the Long Branch will headline Saturday’s 12-race program.
The field, from the rail out, is:
- Encryption, trainer Kelly John Breen, jockey Paco Lopez
- Irish You Well, trainer Wayne Catalano, jockey Orlando Bocachica
- Pass the Coffee, trainer Nick Zito, jockey Joe Bravo
- Misconnect, trainer Todd Pletcher, jockey Joe Bravo
- Meadowood, trainer Derek Ryan, jockey Abel Castellano, Jr.
- Wise Child, trainer John J. Tammaro III, jockey Abel Castellano, Jr.
- Just Call Kenny, trainer Pat McBurney, jockey Julian Pimentel
- All Tied Up, trainer Todd Pletcher, jockey Gabriel Saez
- Tiz’Naz, trainer John Servis, jockey Stewart Elliott