2016 Haskell Invitational Preview

July 28, 2016 - garden totes

The richest competition in New Jersey, a G1 $1,000,000 Haskell Invitational, serves as a concentration of this piece.  The competition gives a winner, should it want, a mark in a Breeders’ Cup Classic as a “Win and You’re In” race.  Wagering use Betfair serves as this race’s pretension sponsor.

The competition memorializes Amory L. Haskell (1893-1966), a businessman and GM executive.  Haskell was one of executive total in a post WWII-rebirth of Monmouth Park and legalization of parimutuel wagering in a Garden State.   Haskell was on Monmouth’s initial Board of Directors until his passing.  In 1968, a Haskell Handicap was combined for comparison runners – that competition is now a Iselin Handicap.  His name was placed on this competition in 1981.

The G1 betfair.com Haskell Invitational stands corresponding with a Triple Crown and a Travers as a many chosen of sophomore races.  Eight horses have won a Haskell and been named champion three-year-old male:   Wajima (1975), Holy Bull (1994), Skip Away (1996), Dixie Union (2000), Point Given (2001), War Emblem (2002), Big Brown (2008), American Pharoah (2015).  In addition, it’s seen 3 winners be crowned Horse of a Year as a three-year-old:   Point Given, Rachel Alexandra (also a champion three-year-old filly) (2009), American Pharoah.  As a Haskell is a Win and You’re In to a Breeders’ Cup Classic, it’s seen a final dual winners –  Bayern (2014) and American Pharoah – take this competition and a BC Classic that fall.

NBC will publish a G1 Haskell, scheduled for Sunday Jul 31, in a live module to atmosphere from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm ET.  HRRN will yield live radio coverage from Monmouth in a module to atmosphere from 4;00 pm to 6:00 pm ET.  Monmouth has a giveaway live video stream on a site, to tide Monmouth any and each live competition day.

American Pharoah is an in-hand leader of a 2015 Haskell Invitational.  He’d turn a initial and so distant usually sophomore to win a Haskell, Breeders’ Cup Classic, and Horse of a Year. Video pleasantness Youtube.

The Picks Ponderings group also looks during a Saturday movement from Saratoga.  Four stakes, headlined by a G1 Vanderbilt Handicap are picked and pondered.

Monmouth Park — Race 12 — Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Stakes– One and one-eighth miles on Dirt — post time 5:47 pm ET

Sometimes races with brief fields have easy-to-decode pre-race scenarios – a G2 Bowling Green on territory yesterday is an example.  This year’s Haskell is a wily event – as 4 runners offer as a focal indicate of this race.  Three have identical regulating styles.  It might make clarity to call on a angle of “one of these things is not like a other” – a closer EXAGGERATOR.  But while a Preakness was in a slop, EXAGGERATOR needs a satisfactory lane someone to make a gait honest and pressured on a front end.  Monmouth typically doesn’t play good to closers, and this space takes a mount opposite EXAGGERATOR for that reason, though regulating him in a reduce spots of exactas and trifectas is a good defensive play.

GUN RUNNER is a descent play in this spot.  While NYQUIST will make an bid to get a lead, GUN RUNNER showed an affinity for dire in New Orleans though took a lead and led during each call final out in a G3 Matt Winn.  GUN RUNNER was a 1-10 favorite final time for good reason: he was a male among boys there.  In this spot, we demeanour to Florent Geroux – in a red and white Winchell silks – to take his curtain back  and have a ideal two-wide position to take over.  The meditative is that NYQUIST sends and AMERICAN FREEDOM also sends – with Geroux given a choice to lift a Steve Asmussen trainee back.  If NYQUIST breaks badly or everybody gets allergic to a lead, GUN RUNNER can quarrel his approach around, as that’s how a Kentucky Derby played out.  A brazen form with some-more gears, GUN RUNNER should also offer a block cost on a tote.  The rail-drawn NYQUIST is a hazard to go wire-to-wire in this competition and looms a clever contender.  As Monmouth form and Gulfstream form overlap, he brings a reciprocal march advantage by his Florida Derby win all while confronting face gait vigour on a engine.  NYQUIST can take behind and inherit, too.  The Derby leader dismissed uninformed early in a year in a G2 San Vicente, as he got ouchy before a Belmont.  Bob Baffert has won a Haskell 8 times given 2001 and anything he puts on a craft deserves a look.  AMERICAN FREEDOM went gate-to-wire final time in a G3 Iowa Derby and scored a diversion feat dual behind in a Sir Barton Stakes on Preakness Day.  If a Triple Crown forms miss their starch he creates clarity in this bunch, though AMERICAN FREEDOM doesn’t have a gears of GUN RUNNER and carrying Bejerano on a speed curtain is a dicey proposition: he was excellent with CUPID in a Indiana Derby though there are headscratching moments too.

 

Selections:

#4 GUN RUNNER (4/1)

#1 NYQUIST (6/5)

#5 AMERICAN FREEDOM (3/1)

Longshot:  The longshot to watch has been deserted – like a lass competition during Arlington in a face of a continue delay.

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