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Nyquist, Exaggerator, Creator Top List of 30 Invited to Haskell Invitational on July 31

July 06, 2016

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Oceanport, N.J. – A total of 30 invites have gone out for the $1 million Haskell Invitational, centerpiece of the racing season at Monmouth Park, to be renewed for the 49th time on Sunday, July 31. 

            Leading the way are the three horses that captured this year’s Triple Crown races:  Nyquist (Kentucky Derby), Exaggerator (Preakness Stakes) and Creator (Belmont Stakes), coupled with a trio from the Bob Baffert barn (American Freedom, Arrogate and Cupid) as the Hall of Fame trainer looks to add on to his already record eight Haskell wins. 

            The Grade 1 Haskell, which last year saw Triple Crown winner American Pharoah wow a record crowd of more than 60,000, is contested at a mile and eighth.  Throughout its history, equine participants in the Haskell have won 39 Triple Crown races, nine Horse of the Year trophies and seven Breeders’ Cup Classics. 

            Betfair, the operator of the world’s most popular exchange wagering platform, is a first-time sponsor of the Haskell and has recently launched exchange wagering in New Jersey, making it the first state in the US where residents can wager on racing on the international exchange platform. 

            In addition to the Grade 1 Haskell on July 31, that day’s racing card includes four other graded stakes:  Grade 2, $200,000 Monmouth Cup; Grade 3, $150,000 Oceanport; Grade 3, $100,000 Molly Pitcher; and, Grade 3, $100,000 WinStar Matchmaker.   

            The entire list of invites, to date, for this year’s Haskell is: 

                        Adventist                                Dalmore                                  My Man Sam

                        American Freedom                 Destin                                      Nyquist

                        Arrogate                                  Donegal Moon                        Shagaf

                        Awesome Slew                       Economic Model                     Songbird

                        Awesome Speed                     Exaggerator                             Stradivari

                        Brody’s Cause                        Gift Box                                   Suddenbreakingnews

                        Cherry Wine                           Governor Malibu                     Sunny Ridge

                        Connect                                  Gun Runner                              Swipe

                        Creator                                    Mo Tom                                   Thatlookonyerface

                         Cupid                                      Mohaymen                              Tom’s Ready