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Haskell Invitational 2020

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The 53rd annual running of the Haskell Stakes (G1) is set to kick off at Monmouth Park in Oceanfront, New Jersey on Saturday, July 18.

The Haskell Stakes, formally an invitational, is the only Road to the Breeders’ Cup World Championship qualifying race that will run during the July 18-19 weekend with the added 2020 value of being a Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race. The race offers 100 points to the winner towards a start in the Ketucky Derby on the first weekend in September due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The winner of the Haskell will automatically earn an entry into this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic.

The 2016 Haskell Invitational Stakes was won by Exaggerator, who defeated a field of five other top horses that included 2016 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Nyquist. This year’s Haskell also looks to attract some of the top three-year-olds racing today, including McCracken, Belmont Stakes runner-up Irish War Cry, Practical Joke, and Battle of the Midway, who finished third in this year’s Kentucky Derby.

 

The Haskell Contenders & Morning Line Odds

The Haskell Odds

PP Horse Name ML Odds
1 Dr. Post 5-2
2 Authentic 4-5
3 Jesus' Team 15-1
4 Ancient Warrior 20-1
5 Fame to Famous 30-1
6 Lebda 20-1
7 NY Traffic 7-2

The Haskell Connections

PP Horse Name Trainer Jockey
1 Dr. Post Todd Pletcher Joe Bravo
2 Authentic Bob Baffert Mike Smith
3 Jesus' Team Jose Francisco D'Angelo Nik Juarez
4 Ancient Warrior Jerry Hollendorfer Trevor McCarthy
5 Fame to Famous John McAllen Jose Ferrer
6 Lebda Claudio Gonzalez Alex Cintron
7 NY Traffic Saffie Joseph, Jr. Paco Lopez

 

Top-5 Bets in Haskell Stakes

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    • $400,000 Guaranteed 50-cent Pick 4 (Races 9-12)
    • $100,000 Guaranteed 50-cent Pick 5 (Races 10-14)

The 2020 Haskell Invitational will once again be the highlight of Monmouth Park’s summer meet, and feature some of the best three-year-old colts challenging each other over a distance of 1 1/8th miles. This race has featured some of the best horse’s of their grade winning including Exaggerator, Rachel Alexandra, American Pharoah and Bayern in recebt years. Those last two went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic the same year they scored in the Haskell Stakes. So whomever wins the 2020 renewal is sure to gain some much needed momentum heading in to the world championships.

You won’t the be the only one laying something on the line in the 2020 Haskell either. This is a part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” series, meaning that whomever wins at Monmouth’s marquee race will book a berth in to the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland.

Here’s a look at the top-five horses to bet on.

  1. Dr. Post
  2. Authentic
  3. NY Traffic
  4. Lebda
  5. Ancient Warrior

Handicapper Vance Hanson mentions:
...one of trainer Bob Baffert's top 3-year-olds to Monmouth Park as the Hall of Fame conditioner will look to add his record eight Haskell victories with 4-5 morning line favorite Authentic in the 1 1/8-mile test.... Read the full Haskell preview here.

Racing Analyst James Scully says:
...A five-time Kentucky Derby victor, Baffert has won the Haskell a record eight times. The 1 1/8-mile race has been added to the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, awarding points on a 100-40-20-10 scale toward a berth in the Sept. 4 classic.... Read the full advance here.

 

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.

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