Haskell Contenders Work at Monmouth Park
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 7/6/2009 12:05:32 PM
Last Updated: 7/6/2009 1:59:02 PM

Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird with exercise rider Leo Atempa, works out July 6 at Monmouth Park.
Photo: Bill Denver / Equi-Photo

Two leading contenders for the $1-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park Aug. 2 worked five-eighths of a mile over a fast track at the New Jersey oval the morning of July 6.

Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird was timed in 1:04 2/5 for his five-furlong breeze, with Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Papa Clem   getting the same distance in 1:03 2/5.

The Haskell will be the first start for Summer Bird since the Birdstone   colt won the June 6 Belmont for owners Kalarikkal K. and Vilasini D. Jayaraman and trainer Tim Ice.

Papa Clem, a son of Smart Strike   trained by Gary Stute for Bo Hirsch, has not raced since his sixth-place finish in the May 16 BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

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