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Race Summary

The rich race for 3-year-olds started life in 1968 as the Monmouth Invitational Handicap, and the first running kicked off the event with a pari-mutuel bang. T.R. Trout’s Balustrade, a 33-1 chance, held off the late charge of the 20-1 Chompion in the stretch to score by three-quarters of a length. Balustrade, trained by Morris Dixon and ridden by Eric Walsh, paid $68.20 to win. Chompion paid $19.60 to place, but unfortunately for lovers of gimmick bets, there were no exactas on the Haskell until 1979. Funny Fellow was third, and Iron Ruler, the 2-1 favorite, ran fourth. The horse who ran ninth in the Invitational didn’t distinguish himself that warm afternoon of August 3, but Exclusive Native went on to fame and glory as the sire of Affirmed, Triple Crown champion of 1978.

1stBalustradeEric Walsh T R Trout
2ndChompionMike Miceli C V Whitney
3rdFunny FellowRon Turcotte Wheatley Stable
4thIron RulerRay Broussard October House Farm
5thSir BeauChris Rogers R A Dufour
6thSan RoqueCharlie Burr Lazy F Ranch
7thPrince DonChuck Baltazar Hobeau Farm
8thPrimo RichardJacinto Vasquez A J Ostriker
9thExclusive NativeManuel Ycaza Harbor View Farm
10thJig TimeJesse Davidson Cragwood Stable

Complete Results Race Chart

1Balustrade Eric WalshT R Trout
10Jig TimeJesse DavidsonCragwood Stable
2ChompionMike MiceliC V Whitney
3Funny FellowRon TurcotteWheatley Stable
4Iron RulerRay BroussardOctober House Farm
5Sir BeauChris RogersR A Dufour
6San RoqueCharlie BurrLazy F Ranch
7Prince DonChuck BaltazarHobeau Farm
8Primo RichardJacinto VasquezA J Ostriker
9Exclusive NativeManuel YcazaHarbor View Farm