Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said on Saturday morning that
Pegasus Stakes winner LeBernardin might make his next start in the Grade 1 $1
million Haskell Invitational and that there is also the possibility that Count
Fleet and Withers Stakes winner Alpha, who finished 12th in the
Kentucky Derby, could run instead.
are among the 29 three-year-olds invited for 45th renewal of the
Haskell on Sunday, July 29. The event will be contested at 1 1/8 mile on
Monmouth’s main track.
to split them up,” said McLaughlin when reached by phone at Belmont Park.
“Both of them are doing great and there is a chance one will run. Le Bernardin
really likes the track at Monmouth and his last race there was impressive.”
Stable’s LeBernardin captured the Grade 3 $100,000 Pegasus Stakes here last
time out as he won the final prep race for the Haskell by a neck with Mike
Luzzi in the irons. Unraced as a 2-year-old, the Kentucky-bred son of
Bernardini has won three of his five starts this year.
Alpha both worked great this morning at Belmont
and both of them are doing great right now,” McLaughlin said.
blazed five furlongs in 58.88 for the fastest breeze of 23 horses at the
distance and Le Bernardin traveled four furlongs in 49.37.