The field for Monmouth
Park’s signature event, the $1,000,000
William Hill Haskell Invitational, continues to take shape with Preakness
winner Oxbow, Wood Memorial winner Verrazano, Kentucky Derby
runner-up Golden Soul and Easy Goer Stakes winner Power Broker all pointing to
the mile and an eighth Grade 1 on July 28.
Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who sent out fellow Hall of Famer Serena’s Song to
take 1995 Haskell, will be back with Oxbow, who enters the Haskell off a
runner-up effort in the Belmont Stakes on June 8. The Calumet Farm color-bearer has earned over
$1 million in his 12 race career.
who entered the Kentucky Derby a perfect four-for-four, enters the Haskell off
an impressive front-running score in the Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes here on June
16. The colt by More Than Ready has won
five of his six starts, all with Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez in the
Dallas Stewart will be represented by his first Haskell starter with his
expected entrant Golden Soul. The
Charles Fipke-homebred was a hard-charging second to Orb in the Kentucky Derby
and will be making his first start since the Belmont Stakes.
Broker will be looking to give trainer Bob Baffert an unprecedented fourth in a
row and seventh overall victory in the Haskell.
A gate to wire winner of the Easy Goer last out, Power Broker, who broke
his maiden last fall in the Grade 1 Front Runner at Santa Anita, rides a two
race win streak into the Haskell.
considering the Haskell for their next start include Long Branch winner Micromanage, Swaps winner
Chief Havoc and Preakness third place finisher Mylute.
seats for the William Hill Haskell are still available and can be purchased
on-line at www.monmouthpark.com, by
calling 732-571-5563, or visiting the reserved seat ticket booth at the track
on live race days.
card is anticipated for Haskell Day, with gates opening at 10 a.m. – first post