– 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,
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Trujillo rides the colt for the first time, taking over for the injured Rosie
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.
first start outside of Maryland,
Concealed Identity shipped to Monmouth in June and ran a game second to Pants
On Fire in the Pegasus.
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
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.
arrived at Monmouth Monday after shipping from Saratoga, where he drilled a half-mile in :51
1/5 on the training track.
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.