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Shackleford to Breeze Sunday at Churchill, Ship Tuesday

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Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge’s Shackleford, who bested Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom when upsetting this year’s Preakness Stakes (G1) at 12-1, is scheduled to work at Churchill Downs on Sunday before vanning up to Monmouth Park Tuesday morning, trainer Dale Romans said. 

            Sunday’s breeze will be the final serious work for the 3-year-old colt by Forestry who will gallop up to Sunday’s Grade 1, $1 million Resorts Haskell Invitational after arriving at Monmouth. 

            “He really seems to have held his flesh very well following the Triple Crown,” Romans said.  “He’s been training great recently and everything is a go for the Haskell.  We’re very happy with how he is doing.” 

            Earlier this year, Shackleford burst onto the 3-year-old scene by finishing an ultra-game second behind Dialed In in the Florida Derby (G1) at 68-1.  He followed up that effort with a fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (G1) after setting the pace. 

            Two weeks later, Shackleford sat just off a blistering pace set by Flashpoint in the Preakness en route to a victory over Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. 

            “I think the cutback in distance (from the 1 ½-mile Belmont Stakes) will help him,” Romans said.  “Monmouth is a track that can sometimes be conducive to speed, but he doesn’t have to be on the lead.  He’s shown the ability to sit just off the pace in the past.” 

            Last year, Romans saddled his first Haskell starter when Preakness runner-up First Dude finished third in Monmouth Park’s premier event. 

            Shackleford is expected to face a Resorts Haskell field that includes Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Ruler On Ice and Pegasus (G3) winner Pants On Fire from the barn of Kelly John Breen, Preakness third-place finisher Astrology, Affirmed (G3) winner Coil, Pegasus runner-up Concealed Identity, and Bay Shore (G3) winner J J’s Lucky Train. 

            Tickets for the Resorts Haskell can be purchased by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com or through Monmouth Park’s reserved seat booth (732-571-5563) located on the second floor of the Grandstand.