Hal's Hope will make his next start in Sunday's $150,000 Salvator Mile Handicap (gr. III). He arrived at Monmouth Tuesday. "He's really doing well," said Barry Rose, son of Harold and Elsie Rose, owners and breeders of Hal's Hope. "He won his last so easily (a one-mile stakes at Calder) that we decided to send him here. He'll go in the Salvator and if everything is OK, we'll stay for the Iselin Handicap (Aug. 26). Roger Velez will be in to ride." Harold and Elsie Rose are expected to arrive Friday night for the weekend's races. Harold turned 90 on June 30 and was given a party at Calder Race Course, his home base.
Trainer Bill Mott has added Stonerside Stable's This Fleet Is Due to the prospective field for Sunday's Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.The race will carry a purse of $1.5 million if Preakness (gr. I) and Belmont (gr. I) winner Point Given starts.This Fleet Is Due made his stakes debut in the Long Branch Stakes, finishing second, 1 1/4 lengths behind Burning Roma, another Haskell probable.This Fleet Is Due breezed five furlongs in :59 1/5 over the main track at Saratoga Tuesday morning, the best work of the day at the distance. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:12."Knowing he has done some running over the Monmouth surface helps," said trainer Bill Mott. "His last race wasn't bad."This Fleet Is Due will arrive Saturday at Monmouth. Pat Day, who won the 1999 Haskell Invitational on Menifee, has the mount.The prospective field also includes Touch Tone, Hero's Tribute, and Jamaican Rum.The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Point Given will arrive at Monmouth Thursday afternoon after a flight from Del Mar to Newark. John Oxley's Hero's Tribute is scheduled to ship to Monmouth Friday.