Trappe Shot

Trappe Shot

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Trappe Shot, 'Uptown' Prepare for Haskell

Two colts worked July 26 in preparation for the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth.

Trappe Shot  and Uptowncharlybrown  worked in New York the morning of July 26 in preparation for the $1 million IZOD Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park Aug. 1.

The Haskell, at 1 1/8 miles, is the first major 3-year-old race in the United States since the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in early June. It’s expected to attract many of the top 3-year-olds in training.

Mill House LLC’s Trappe Shot, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, worked four furlongs in :48 on the main track at Saratoga, while Fantasy Lane Stable’s Uptowncharlybrown, also trained by McLaughlin, worked five furlongs in :59 4/5 at Belmont Park.

McLaughlin told Monmouth officials the colts most likely will ship to New Jersey the day before the Haskell, though that depends on the temperature. The East Coast has been locked in a heat wave.

Meanwhile, trainer Dale Romans said Donald Dizney’s First Dude  is training well for the Haskell. First Dude, in his last two starts, finished second in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and third in the Belmont Stakes.

“He was doing great before the Belmont, and he’s doing just as well heading into this race,” Romans said. “We’ll be running against the best 3-year-olds in the country in this race, but to be the best, you have to beat the best.”

Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Super Saver  and Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky  are expected for the Haskell.