The much anticipated return of American Pharoah happens this Sunday in the $1,750,000 Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey.
American Pharoah is the overwhelming ML favorite at 1-5 in his first race since becoming the first Triple Crown champion in 27 years.
Needless to say, this will not be the most formidable field that American Pharoah has competed against. Headlining the rest of the field are Kentucky Derby runner Upstart (6-1) and Grade 1 winner Competitive Edge (8-1).
Trainer Bob Baffert has won the Haskell a record seven times, including four of the last five, and he is confident that his horse is still improving. “I feel confident that he’s going to run a big race,” he said, “And that’s all — as a trainer — we can do is just have them ready and whatever happen, happens.”
Post time for the Haskell Invitational is approximately 5:52 p.m. ET Sunday and will be broadcast on NBC.
Brisnet Daily Selections for the Haskell Invitational
||1/5||History making Triple Crown winner returns as one of TODAY’S BEST BETS!!|
||15/1||Has yet to finish worse than second in six career starts which includes four trips to the winner’s circle. The gray returned from the layoff here last out with a nice effort in the Pegasus S. (G3) in which he stalked the pace early and finished well late to claim the victory by a head while posting a 102 BRIS Speed rating. Trainer Edward Plesa Jr. wins with 16% of his runners next out after winning their start prior and 15% of the graded stakes races he has a runner in. In addition, he wins 15% of route races. Paco Lopez gets the call and he has combined with the conditioner for a 31% win rate over the last 60 days. He wins 15% of the route races he has a mount in.|
||8/1||Visited the winner’s circle in each of his four career starts, two of which came versus graded competition, before putting in a disappointing effort while facing Grade 2 competition at Belmont back in early June when he finished a well beaten sixth. If the bay returns from the layoff ready to roll he can be a player in this spot and trainer Todd Pletcher wins with 25% of his runners returning from layoffs between 46 and 90 days. In addition, he wins with 25% of his runners shipping to another circuit and 21% of the graded stakes races he has a runner in. Mike Smith gets the call and he wins 19% of the route races he has a mount in.|