For the second year in a row, the $1 million Resorts Haskell Invitational will be broadcast nationally as Monmouth Park’s signature race is featured on ABC from 5 to 6 p.m., Sunday, July 31.
This year’s 44th renewal of the Resorts Haskell is expected to feature a showdown between Preakness winner Shackleford and Belmont Stakes victor Ruler on Ice. Others expected for the mile and one eighth contest are Pants on Fire, Astrology, Concealed Identity, J J’s Lucky Train and Coil.
“It’s only fitting that a race as good as this year’s Haskell is shaping up to be is broadcast to a national audience,” said Bill Knauf, assistant vice president and general manager of Monmouth Park. “We’re pleased that so many people will not only see a great race, but also get a taste of historic Monmouth Park.”
The Resorts Haskell Invitational, restricted to 3-year-old horses, was inaugurated in 1968 and has seen more than two-dozen champions compete in the event. Over the past four runnings, the Haskell has produced five year-end champions: Curlin, Big Brown, Rachel Alexandra, Summer Bird and Lookin at Lucky.
The Resorts Haskell is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” race. The Haskell winner will get an automatic berth into the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5.
Limited reserved seats are still available for Resorts Haskell Day and can be purchased by visiting or calling (732-571-5563) the reserved seats ticket booth on the second floor of the Grandstand on live races days (Friday through Sunday) or by logging on to ticketmaster.com.