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Bluegrass Winner Brody's Cause Pointed Toward betfair.com Haskell

Posted Thursday, Jul 14, 2016

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Brody’s Cause plans to take on Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist in his first start off the Triple Crown trail in the Grade 1, $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational on Sunday, July 31 at Monmouth Park.

            “He’s been doing good since the Belmont,” said trainer Dale Romans, who conditions the horse for Albaugh Family Stable. “He will ship up from Churchill a few days before the race.”

            The 3-year-old colt by Giant’s Causeway out of the Sahm mare Sweet Breanna is exiting two of the three Triple Crown races, finishing seventh in the Kentucky Derby and sixth in the Belmont Stakes, his most recent start.

            Brody’s Cause’s greatest victory came in his final prep race for the Kentucky Derby in the Grade 1 Toyota Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland on April 9, where he sat way off the early pace before storming four-wide on the far turn and taking the lead at the eighth pole, holding off late-finishing My Man Sam and stable mate Cherry Wine to win by a length and three quarters.

            Brody’s Cause is a two-time Grade 1 winner, having powered home a length victor over a muddy track at Keeneland in last year’s Breeders Futurity on Oct. 3.  He followed that up with a third over the same track to Haskell rival Nyquist in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

            Brody’s Cause has worked twice since the Belmont, both at Churchill Downs. His latest bullet came on July 9, where he went five furlongs in 1:00 1/5, the fastest of the 25 horses that went the distance on that day.

            Last year’s Haskell saw Triple Crown winner American Pharoah take the New Jersey’s richest horse race en route to being named Horse of the Year.

            The betfair.com Haskell Invitational is a Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” event for the Breeders’ Cup Classic division and will be telecast live on NBC.

            Gates will open early on Haskell Day at 10 a.m. with first race scheduled for 12 noon. 

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