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Countdown to the Cup: Three, two, one...Phht

Countdown to the Cup: Three, two, one...Phht

A story about Rachel Alexandra seems out of place in a column about the Breeders' Cup, but who cares. That's between Jess Jackson and the Breeders' Cup decision makers. Even though there will be no launching of the Rachel rocket on Nov. 7, it's still fun to "count down" to the imaginary blast off.

Mine That Bird Takes to the 'Country Roads'

Mine That Bird Takes to the 'Country Roads'

While America's 3-year-old sweetheart Rachel Alexandra is frolicking at the Jersey Shore Aug. 2 in the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, and a deep, well-matched group of colts gather in the Adirondacks for the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, the winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! brands (gr. I) for the first time in history will be out in the Appalachians, showing off in front of the Mountaineer Park crowd in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II).

Mine That Bird in West Virginia Derby Work

Mine That Bird in West Virginia Derby Work

Mine That Bird breezed through a four-furlong workout at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort on July 27. The track's clockers recorded a time of :49 4/5 as the Kentucky Derby winner continued his preparations for Aug. 1, $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II).

Atomic Rain to Take on 'Rachel' in Haskell

Atomic Rain to Take on 'Rachel' in Haskell

Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Stable, the new owner of Atomic Rain, has officially decided to take on Preakness Stakes (gr. I)-winning filly Rachel Alexandra and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird in the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park Aug. 2.

Godolphin Purchases Atomic Rain

Godolphin Purchases Atomic Rain

The Godolphin shopping spree continued July 21 with the purchase of Long Branch Stakes winner Atomic Rain from George and Lori Hall. There are no immediate plans for the son of Smart Strike, who had been pointing for the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 2.

Summer Bird Drills Six Furlongs at Monmouth

Summer Bird Drills Six Furlongs at Monmouth

Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird, expected to take on Preakness (gr. I) champion Rachel Alexandra in the Aug. 2 Haskell Invitational (gr. I), worked 1:13 4/5 for six furlongs at Monmouth Park July 19 as he continues to prepare for the $1 million event.

Papa Clem to Monmouth for Haskell

Papa Clem to Monmouth for Haskell

Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Papa Clem, who finished fourth, beaten a head for second, in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, is scheduled to arrive at Monmouth Park June 30 to prepare for the $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 2.

Summer Bird to Skip Weekend Breeze

Summer Bird to Skip Weekend Breeze

Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird will not breeze this weekend as originally planned in preparation for the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on Aug. 2, according to trainer Tim Ice.

That Handicapping Show: July 31 (Video)

That Handicapping Show: July 31 (Video)

Hosted by Jason Shandler and Tom LaMarra, "That Handicapping Show" is a weekly video show dedicated to horse players. This week, Jason and Tom take a look at the West Virginia Derby. Plus, picks from Cary Fotias of Equiform.

Big Brown to Run for ReRun in Haskell

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Big Brown to Run for ReRun in Haskell

ReRun announced that owners IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr. will have Big Brown participate in the organization's "Running for ReRun" charity at the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park Aug. 3.

Dutrow Back in the Flow

Dutrow Back in the Flow

Dutrow speaks. Following a brief hiatus, in which he remained pretty much cloistered within the walls of his Aqueduct domain, Rick Dutrow finally has ended his vow of virtual silence and made his voice once again heard via an NTRA teleconference Tuesday.

Big Brown in Sharp Work for Haskell

Big Brown in Sharp Work for Haskell

Big Brown continues to step it up in the mornings, working five furlongs in :59 1/5 at Aqueduct Sunday in company with True Dancer. It was the colt's fourth work since the Belmont Stakes, with each one a big improvement over the previous one.

Big Brown Heads List of Haskell Invitees

Big Brown Heads List of Haskell Invitees

A total of 33 horses have been invited to the 41st running of Monmouth Park's $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I), with Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Big Brown expected to head the field in the 1 1/8-mile event Aug. 3.

Monmouth Offers Triple Crown Bonuses

Monmouth Offers Triple Crown Bonuses

The centerpiece of Monmouth's meeting each year is the $1 million Haskell Invitational Presented by Vonage (gr. I), which has a bonus scheme tied into the Triple Crown races.

Any Given Saturday Romps in Haskell

Any Given Saturday Romps in Haskell

Under a confident ride from Garrett Gomez, Any Given Saturday moved past pace-setting Cable Boy, then caught Hard Spun in mid-stretch and pulled away for a decisive 4 1/2-length victory in the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.

Colic Knocks Speedy Stormello Out of Haskell

Colic Knocks Speedy Stormello Out of Haskell

Sunday's $1-million Haskell Invitational Presented by Vonage (gr. I) lost one of its starters when California invader Stormello developed colic soon after arriving at Monmouth Park Friday night. The son of Stormy Atlantic was taken to Mid Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, N.J., about 70 miles away.

Curlin the Star of Aug. 5 Haskell

Curlin the Star of Aug. 5 Haskell

During the post position draw for the Aug. 5 running of the $1-million Haskell Invitational (gr. 1), Steve Asmussen was asked if Curlin was the best horse he has ever trained. A master of understatement, Asmussen flatly replied: "I think that would be very reasonable."

Cable Boy Issues Warning With Sizzling Haskell Work

If anyone is planning on being anywhere near the lead in the $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 5, they better think twice before taking on Cable Boy, the undefeated local hero who tore up the Monmouth track Friday, working five furlongs between races in :57 1/5.

Street Sense Blazes 5 Furlongs in :57 2/5 at Churchill

Street Sense Blazes 5 Furlongs in :57 2/5 at Churchill

James Tafel's Street Sense, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), turned a few heads at Churchill Downs Thursday morning, breezing five furlongs in a bullet :57 2/5, in preparation for his return in either the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) or grade II Jim Dandy Stakes, the more likely spot of the two.

Curlin, Hard Spun Turn in Sharp Works for Haskell

Curlin, Hard Spun Turn in Sharp Works for Haskell

The second season for 3-year-olds began on July 4, with the emphatic victory by Any Given Saturday in the Dwyer Stakes (gr. II), and judging from the works turned in by Curlin and Hard Spun on Monday, as well as Street Sense's work on Sunday, the heavy hitters from the Triple Crown are all primed and ready for their respective returns.

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