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Haskell Horses Finish Up Their Work For Sunday's $1 Million Race

Posted Saturday, Jul 30, 2016

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With just 24 hours to go until Monmouth Park’s signature event, the Grade 1, $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational, the competitors made their final trips to the track Saturday morning.




  • Nyquist- Reddam Racing LLC’s son of Uncle Mo jogged a mile over the main track with good energy at 7:30 a.m. according to trainer Doug O’Neill.




  • Exaggerator- Big Chief Racing LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC and Rocker O Ranch LLC’s Preakness champ jogged about a mile with a pony this morning at 7:45 a.m.




  • Gun Runner- Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, Three Chimneys Farm and Besilu Stables’ son of Candy Ride galloped a mile earlier than the designated time for Haskell horses (7:30-7:45 a.m.) according to assistant trainer Scott Blasi.




  • American Freedom- Gary and Mary West’s Grade 3 winner was the first one onto the track in the time set aside for Haskell participants only (7:30-7:45 a.m.) and galloped a strong mile and three-eighths at 7:30 a.m. according to assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes.




  • Awesome Slew- Live Oak Plantation’s son of Awesome Again out of Slewfoundmoney galloped a mile and a half over the main track this morning.




  • Sunny Ridge- Dennis Drazin’s Grade 3 winner galloped a mile and a half around 6 a.m. according to trainer Jason Servis.




           The betfair.com Haskell is the final of five graded stakes races on Sunday’s program, which includes Grade 1 winner Bradester returning to defend his title in the Grade 2, $200,000 Monmouth Cup.


           In addition, the 51st running of the Grade 3 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes showcases a full field of 12 fillies and mares going a mile and an eighth on the turf with the top three finishers receiving a breeding season to WinStar stallions Paynter, Haskell winner in 2012, Fed Biz or Take Charge Indy.


           The Grade 3 Molly Pitcher Stakes features Grade 1 winner Birdatthewire, who won the La Brea Stakes in December at Santa Anita and Grade 3 winner Super Majesty, who took the Dogwood Stakes in September at Churchill Downs.


           The return of Winning Cause, victor of the 2014 Grade 3 Cliff Hanger Stakes and the 2015 Grade 3 Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth, headlines this year’s Grade 3 Oceanport Stakes as does the entry of Almasty, who took the Grade 3 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs in November.


The Haskell’s scheduled post time is 5:47 p.m. and will be telecast live on NBC.   


The betfair.com Haskell is a Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” event for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.


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


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