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Shackleford, Coil, Breen Pair Gallop at Monmouth as Field Assembles for Sunday's Resorts Casino Hotel Haskell Invitational

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OCEANPORT, N.J. – The field for Sunday’s $1 million Resorts Casino Hotel Haskell Invitational (G1) is assembling on the grounds at Monmouth Park. With the arrival late Thursday of Coil, all but two of the eight 3-year-olds in the Haskell are now here. The field for the 44th running of the mile and an eighth Haskell Invitational, in post position order, with jockey and morning line odds, follows:

 

            COIL (Post 1, Martin Garcia, 3-1) – The son of 2001 Haskell winner Point Given arrived at Monmouth on Thursday afternoon after a flight from California.

            Coil, who will be making his debut on a dirt surface after five career starts on synthetic tracks in California, got his first look at Monmouth Friday morning as he galloped a mile around the main track, and schooled in the paddock with the field for the day’s second race.

            The colt will try to give trainer Bob Baffert his fifth victory in the Haskell. The trainer scored a record fourth win in the race last year with 3-year-old champion Lookin At Lucky, ridden by Garcia. Baffert won his first Haskell with Point Given, and followed with War Emblem (2002) and Roman Ruler (2005).

 

            JOE VANN (Post 2, Joe Bravo, 15-1) – The Todd Pletcher-trained colt, who won the Illinois Derby in April, has been training at Saratoga for Todd Pletcher.

            Joe Vann is scheduled to ship to Monmouth from the Spa early on Sunday morning.

            Pletcher will be after his third Haskell winner. He won back-to-back runnings in 2006-2007 with Bluegrass Cat and Any Given Saturday. Joe Bravo will be after a second Haskell win. He won the 2004 running aboard Lion Heart.

 

            PANTS ON FIRE (Post 3, Elvis Trujillo, 4-1) – One of two Haskell entrants owned by George and Lori Hall and trained by Kelly Breen, the homebred Jump Start colt was out on the track at 5:45 Friday morning for gallop once around the main oval.

            Pants On Fire, who won the Louisiana Derby (G2) in March, captured the Pegasus Stakes (G3) here on June 18, and tuned up for the Haskell with a sharp half-mile work in :47 3/5 here last Sunday.

            Elvis Trujillo rides the colt for the first time, taking over for the injured Rosie Napravnik.

 

            CONCEALED IDENTITY (Post 4, Chris DeCarlo, 12-1) – The son of Smarty Jones, who beat Haskell rival Ruler On Ice in the Federico Tesio Stakes in May, continues to train at Eddie Gaudet’s base in Bowie, Md. He will ship to Monmouth early Sunday morning from Maryland.

            In his first start outside of Maryland, Concealed Identity shipped to Monmouth in June and ran a game second to Pants On Fire in the Pegasus.

            Jockey Chris DeCarlo will be looking for a second Haskell victory. He won the 1986 running aboard Wise Times, his first Haskell mount.

 

            SHACKLEFORD (Post 5, Jesus Castanon, 5-2) – The Preakness winner and morning line favorite for the Haskell galloped a mile and a half on the main track here this morning under the watchful eye of trainer Dale Romans. He is scheduled to school in the paddock during the races on Saturday, Romans said.

            The son of Forestry (third in the 1999 Haskell) is the only Haskell starter who competed in all three legs of the Triple Crown this spring. Shackleford was fourth in the Kentucky Derby and fifth in the Belmont Stakes, but won the Preakness by a half-length over Derby winner Animal Kingdom.

 

            RULER ON ICE (Post 6, Jose Valdivia Jr., 4-1) – The Kelly Breen-trained winner of the Belmont Stakes was out on the track at 5:30 a.m. Friday for a one-mile gallop around the oval.

            The son of Haskell winner Roman Ruler has not started since winning the final jewel in the Triple Crown on June 11, but has turned in several solid works at Monmouth to get ready for the Haskell. He breezed in company with Pants On Fire last Sunday, getting a half-mile in :47 3/5.

 

            J J’S LUCKY TRAIN (Post 7, Paco Lopez, 20-1) – The colt by Silver Train had a strong gallop around the main track Friday morning and was asked for speed the last half-mile, trainer Bill Anderson said. He was slated to school in the paddock with Friday’s sixth race field.

            That will complete preparations for J J’s Lucky Train, who has won two of three starts at Monmouth and took the Bay Shore Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct in April.

             

            ASTROLOGY (Post 8, Julien Leparoux, 9-2) – The Steve Asmussen-trained colt, who finished third in the Preakness, galloped a mile around the Monmouth main track Friday morning and stood in the gate. He was scheduled to school in the paddock before Friday’s sixth race.

            Astrology arrived at Monmouth Monday after shipping from Saratoga, where he drilled a half-mile in :51 1/5 on the training track.

            Asmussen will be looking for his second Haskell victory. He took his first score in the Grade 1 event in 2009, when Rachel Alexandra won Monmouth’s main event en route to Horse of the Year honors.


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