Haskell Invitational Stakes

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Haskell Invitational Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport, NJ
  • Inaugural Race: 1968
  • Distance: 1 & 1/8 miles (9 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds, Invitation only
  • 2021 Purse: $1,005,000
  • 2021 Race Date: Saturday, July 17th

2021 Haskell Invitational Stakes Race Results

POSTHORSEJOCKEY / TRAINERWIN / PLACE / SHOW
4DQ-Hot Rod CharlieFlavien Prat / Doug O'Neill$8.20 / $4.00 / $3.20
3MandalounFlorent Geroux / Brad Cox$5.00 / $3.80
1Following SeaJoel Rosario / Todd Pletcher$7.80
2AntigravityDavid Cohen / Jerry Hollendorfer
5Pickin' TimeNik Juarez / Kelly Breen
7BassoIsaac Castillo / Gregory Sacco
6Midnight BourbonPaco Lopez / Steven Asmussen

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $1.00 Exacta (3-1) Paid: $17.50
  • $0.50 Trifecta (3-1-2) Paid: $133.85
  • $0.10 Superfecta (3-1-2-5) Paid: $198.96

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Haskell Invitational Stakes Race History

The Haskell Invitational Stakes is a Grade I race run each summer at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey. The race was named for the former president and chairman of the Monmouth Park Racetrack Amory L. Haskell. Offering a purse of $1,000,000, it is an important race for three-year olds between the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup. In fact, the race is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series, with the winner gaining automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Past winners of the race include a whopping 12 Eclipse Award winners for Champion Three-Year Olds. Five of those winners also captured Horse of the Year honors: Hall of Famer Holy Bull (1994), Point Given (2001), and Rachel Alexandra (2009), Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (2015), and 2020 Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Authentic (2020).

Two horses share the record for the fastest time turned in at 1:47.00: Bet Twice (1987) & (1976). Jockeys Craig Perret, Martin Garcia and Mike E. Smith share a record 3 wins each, while legendary trainer Bob Baffert has racked up a eye-popping (and record) 9 wins, including a 3-peat between 2010 and 2012.

What is the Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park?

The Haskell Invitational was inaugurated in 1968 and is a 1 1/8 mile Grade 1 race run the end of July at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey. The race earned the nickname “War on the Shore” with the track just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and is named in honor of Armory Haskell, who got the pari-mutuel laws in New Jersey changed to permit wagering on horse racing. Haskell raised the money to build Monmouth Park, which opened in 1946, and he served as the President of the Monmouth Park Jockey Club until his death in 1966. 

Since 1997, the race has maintained a purse of $1 million, and the race has grown in importance and interest to become the single biggest day of racing at the Jersey Shore. In 1981, the race was made an invitation-only stakes for 3-year-olds and has been run under allowance weight conditions since 2006. It remains a major race for 3-year-olds held between the U.S. Triple Crown series and the Breeders’ Cup.    

The “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series awards the Haskell Invitational winner automatic entry and a fees-paid berth to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at 1 1/4 miles. The 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships are at Churchill Downs Nov. 2-3, and the Breeders’ Cup provides a $40,000 (U.S.) travel allowance for all starters based outside of North America.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has won the race a record eight times between 2001 and 2015. The fastest winning time in the race is held by two horses that each won in 1:47.00, Bet Twice (1987) and Majestic Light (1976). Verrazano owns the record for largest win margin with his 9 3/4 length victory in the 2013 edition of the race.

The Haskell Invitational has seen the race favorite win 48% of its races and the race has been decided by a nose three times including in 2017 when 9-1 shot Girvin prevailed.  

Haskell Invitational winners have gone on to win 3-year-old division championship honors 10 times. Some of those and other notable winners include: Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh* (2015), Lookin At Lucky (2010), Rachel Alexandra* (2009), Big Brown (2008), War Emblem (2002), Point Given* (2001), Skip Away* (1996), Serena’s Song (1995), Holy Bull* 1994), Forty Niner (1988) and Bet Twice (1987). In addition, those Haskell winners and horses with an * also claimed Horse of the Year honors along with other Haskell Invitational runners that did not win the race, Alysheba, Curlin and Spend a Buck.

Haskell Invitational Stakes Past Winners

YearWinnerJockey / TrainerDistance / Time
2021MandalounKazushi Kimura / Mark E. Casse1 1/8 M / 1:47.38
2020AuthenticMike E. Smith / Bob Baffert1 1⁄8 M / 1:50.45
2019Maximum SecurityLuis Saez / Jason Servis1 1⁄8 M / 1:47.56
2018Good MagicJosé Ortiz / Chad Brown1 1⁄8 M / 1:50.01
2017GirvinRobby Albarado / Joe Sharp1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.35
2016ExaggeratorKent J. Desormeaux / J. Keith Desormeaux1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.70
2015American PharoahVictor Espinoza / Bob Baffert1 1⁄8 M / 1:47.95
2014BayernMartin Garcia / Bob Baffert1 1⁄8 M / 1:47.82
2013VerrazanoJohn Velazquez / Todd Pletcher1 1⁄8 M / 1:50.68
2012PaynterRafael Bejarano / Bob Baffert1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.67
2011CoilMartin Garcia / Bob Baffert1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.10
2010Lookin at LuckyMartin Garcia / Bob Baffert1 1⁄8 M / 1:49.40
2009Rachel AlexandraCalvin Borel / Steve Asmussen1 1⁄8 M / 1:47.21
2008Big BrownKent Desormeaux / Richard E. Dutrow Jr.1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.31
2007Any Given SaturdayGarrett Gomez / Todd Pletcher1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.35
2006Bluegrass CatJohn Velazquez / Todd Pletcher1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.85
2005Roman RulerJerry Bailey / Bob Baffert1 1⁄8 M / 1:49.88
2004Lion HeartJoe Bravo / Patrick L. Biancone1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.80
2003Peace RulesEdgar Prado / Robert J. Frankel1 1⁄8 M / 1:49.20
2002War EmblemVictor Espinoza / Bob Baffert1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.20
2001Point GivenGary Stevens / Bob Baffert1 1⁄8 M / 1:49.60
2000Dixie UnionAlex Solis / Richard Mandella1 1⁄8 M / 1:50.00
1999MenifeePat Day / W. Elliott Walden1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.00
1998Coronado's QuestMike E. Smith / C. R. McGaughey III1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.60
1997Touch GoldChris McCarron / David Hofmans1 1⁄8 M / 1:47.60
1996Skip AwayJosé Santos / Sonny Hine1 1⁄8 M / 1:47.60
1995Serena's SongGary Stevens / D. Wayne Lukas1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.80
1994Holy BullMike E. Smith / Warren A. Croll Jr.1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.20
1993Kissin KrisJosé Santos / David R. Bell1 1⁄8 M / 1:49.40
1992TechnologyJerry Bailey / Sonny Hine1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.60
1991Lost MountainCraig Perret / Thomas Bohannan1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.00
1990Restless ConTimothy T. Doocy / Duane Offield1 1⁄8 M / 1:49.20
1989King GloriousChris McCarron / Jerry Hollendorfer1 1⁄8 M / 1:49.80
1988Forty NinerLaffit Pincay Jr. / Woody Stephens1 1⁄8 M / 1:47.60
1987Bet TwiceCraig Perret / Warren A. Croll Jr.1 1⁄8 M / 1:47.00
1986Wise TimesChris DeCarlo / Philip A. Gleaves1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.60
1985Skip TrialJean-Luc Samyn / Sonny Hine1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.60
1984Big PistolGarth Patterson / Lynn S. Whiting1 1⁄8 M / 1:47.80
1983Deputed TestamonyHerb McCauley / J. William Boniface1 1⁄8 M / 1:49.20
1982Wavering MonarchRandy Romero / George R. Arnold1 1⁄8 M / 1:47.80
1981Five Star FlightCraig Perret / Ben W. Perkins Sr.1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.40
1980Thanks To TonyCarlos Lopez Sr. / Reynoldo H. Nobles1 1⁄8 M / 1:49.40
1979CoastalRuben Hernandez / David A. Whiteley1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.80
1978Delta FlagDan Nied / Lawrence W. Jennings1 1⁄8 M / 1:53.20
1977AffiliateMiguel A. Rivera / Laz Barrera1 1⁄8 M / 1:50.60
1976Majestic LightSandy Hawley / John W. Russell1 1⁄8 M / 1:47.00
1975WajimaBraulio Baeza / Stephen A. DiMauro1 1⁄8 M / 1:49.60
1974Holding PatternMike Miceli / Jerome Sarner Jr.1 1⁄8 M / 1:49.80
1973Our NativeMiguel A. Rivera / William J. Resseguet1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.60
1972FreetexMichael Hole / William T. Raymond1 1⁄8 M / 1:50.00
1971West Coast ScoutLarry Adams / Mervin Marks1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.00
1970Twice WorthyJohn Ruane / James P. Conway1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.40
1969Al HattabRay Broussard / Warren A. Croll Jr.1 1⁄8 M / 1:50.20
1968BalustradeEric Walsh / Morris H. Dixon1 1⁄8 M / 1:50.00
1967StupendousEddie Belmonte / Edward A. Neloy1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.20
1966StaunchnessErnest Cardone / Victor J. Nickerson1 1⁄8 M / 1:50.20
1965KelsoIsmael Valenzuela / Carl Hanford1 1⁄8 M / 1:49.80
1964Gun BowWalter Blum / Edward A. Neloy1 1⁄8 M / 1:49.20
1963KelsoIsmael Valenzuela / Carl Hanford1 1⁄8 M / 1:50.40
1962Carry BackJohnny Sellers / Jack A. Price1 1⁄8 M / 1:50.00
1961KelsoEddie Arcaro / Carl Hanford1 1⁄8 M / 1:48.00
1960WarheadMike Sorrentino / Kay Erik Jensen1 1⁄8 M / 1:51.00
1959PlionManuel Ycaza / Tom Jolley1 1⁄8 M / 1:53.00
1958CohoesJohn Ruane / John M. Gaver Sr.1 1⁄8 M / 1:51.60
1957KingmakerBobby Ussery / Frank I. Wright1 1⁄8 M / 1:52.80
1956DedicateWilliam Boland / G. Carey Winfrey1 1⁄8 M / 1:49.80
1955First AidHedley Woodhouse / J. Elliott Burch1 1⁄8 M / 1:51.60
1954Social OutcastEric Guerin / William C. Winfrey1 1⁄4 M / 2:04.40
1953Tom FoolTed Atkinson / John M. Gaver Sr.1 1⁄4 M / 2:05.40
1952CounterpointDave Gorman / Sylvester Veitch1 1⁄4 M / 2:05.60
1951One HitterTed Atkinson / John M. Gaver Sr.1 1⁄4 M / 2:05.00
1950PietNick Combest / R. Emmett Potts1 1⁄4 M / 2:06.60
1949Round ViewSebastian Perez / Hollie Hughes1 1⁄4 M / 2:06.60
1948GalloretteArnold Kirkland / Edward A. Christmas1 1⁄4 M / 2:05.20
1947Rico MonteRuperto Donoso / Horatio Luro1 1⁄4 M / 2:02.60
1946StymieBasil James / Hirsch Jacobs1 1⁄4 M / 2:07.40
1945TrymenowHerb Lindberg / Oscar White1 1⁄4 M / 2:02.20
1944Devil DiverEddie Arcaro / John M. Gaver Sr.1 1⁄4 M / 2:02.00
1943BolingbrokeHerb Lindberg / Walter Burrows1 1⁄4 M / 2:02.00
1942Swing and SwayDon Meade / John M. Gaver Sr.1 1⁄4 M / 2:05.40
1941FenelonJames Stout / James Fitzsimmons1 1⁄4 M / 2:06.40
1940ChalledonGeorge Woolf / Louis Schaefer1 1⁄4 M / 2:03.20
1939Eight ThirtyHarry Richards / Bert Mulholland1 1⁄4 M / 2:06.20
1938War AdmiralWayne D. Wright / George Conway1 1⁄4 M / 2:03.80
1937EsposaNick Wall / Matthew P. Brady1 1⁄4 M / 2:05.20
1936DiscoveryJohn Bejshak / Bud Stotler1 1⁄4 M / 2:06.80
1935DiscoveryJohn Bejshak / Bud Stotler1 1⁄4 M / 2:04.80
1934DiscoveryDon Meade / Bud Stotler1 1⁄4 M / 2:07.80
1933Caesar's GhostDominick Bellizzi / Jack J. Connors1 1⁄4 M / 2:10.80
1932EquipoiseRaymond Workman / Thomas J. Healey1 1⁄4 M / 2:05.60
1931St. BrideauxLinus McAtee / James G. Rowe Jr.1 1⁄4 M / 2:05.00
1930WhichoneRaymond Workman / Thomas J. Healey1 1⁄4 M / 2:04.00
1929BateauEddie Ambrose / Scott P. Harlan1 1⁄4 M / 2:09.40
1928Black MariaLaverne Fator / William H. Karrick1 1⁄4 M / 2:06.00

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