– A total of 29 invites have gone out for the $1 million Haskell Invitational,
centerpiece of the racing season at Monmouth Park, to be renewed for the
45th time on Sunday, July 29.
Headlining the group of 3-year-olds likely
to contest the mile and an eighth Haskell is Bodemeister, winner of the Grade 1
Arkansas Derby and runner-up in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The speedy
son of Empire Maker is conditioned by Bob Baffert, who has captured a record
five Haskells throughout his career, including the last two editions with Lookin
at Lucky in 2010 and Coil last year.
Also likely for this year’s Haskell is
Dullahan, victor of the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes and third in this year’s
Kentucky Derby. Dullahan is trained by Dale Romans, who finished second in last
year’s Haskell with Shackleford.
In addition to the Grade 1 Haskell on July
29, that day’s racing card includes three other graded stakes: $200,000 Grade 2
Molly Pitcher; $150,000 Grade 3 Oceanport; and, Grade 3 $150,000 Taylor Made
Matchmaker. The day also features the $100,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes, $100,000
Regret Stakes, $100,000 Teddy Drone Stakes and $100,000 Majestic Light
The entire list of invites, to date, for
this year’s Haskell is:
Battle Hardened Macho
Blueskiesnrainbows My Adonis
Bodemeister Neck ‘n
Gift Rousing Sermon
Diva Teeth of the Dog
Mike Tiger Walk
Hansen Went the Day
Why was the Queens plate winner Straits of Dover not invited?