Seven Set for Haskell
By Margaret Ransom
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Haskell Invitational (GI), an important summer stop for sophomores, many of which are exiting a grueling Triple Crown campaign. Once run as a handicap, the 1 1/8-mile Monmouth Park feature was switched to stakes conditions in 2006 and, in 2015, Triple Crown hero American Pharoah took home the trophy before going on to earn the Horse of the Year title. Other Horse of the Year honorees who have won the Haskell are Holy Bull (1994), Point Given (2001) and the filly Rachel Alexandra (2009).
This year, seven will line up for the $1 million event and, while none took home any of the three jewels of the Triple Crown, most have had top-notch careers so far and look to add to their resumes before likely moving on to the next big event for sophomores, the Aug. 26 Mid-Summer Derby known as the Travers Stakes (GI) at Saratoga.
The bad weather that’s been hanging around the Oceanport, New Jersey, area over the last few days is expected to clear out by Sunday’s race and the day’s highs are expected to reach into the upper 70s with humidity holding steady at about 50 percent all day. The track should be dry by post tome for this race, which has been set at 5:47 p.m. ET.
Isabelle de Tomaso, who is the daughter of Amory Haskell in whose name this special event was created, will be represented by her homebred — Wood Memorial Stakes (GI) winner Irish War Cry. The New Jersey-bred son of Curlin, who… (more)