Long Branch (gr. III) winner Truth Rules will miss the $1-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 3 due to a fever, and will be replaced by Coal Play, trainer Nick Zito said Wednesday
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 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.
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.
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, who won the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) by 4 1/2 lengths, has been retired and will stand at Darley for $40,000 in 2008, it was announced Nov. 7.
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.
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.
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."
A field of seven is shaping up for the $1-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park Aug. 5. The race, presented by Vonage, is for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles.
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.
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.
Trainer Steve Asmussen had his corps of 3-year-old colts ready for action, working Curlin, Tiz Wonderful, Zanjero, and Forty Grams over the Oklahoma training track Tuesday for their upcoming stakes engagements.
Juddmonte Farms' First Defence punched his ticket for the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Saturday, leading every step to win the $150,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup for 3-year-olds by 2 1/4 lengths at Monmouth Park.
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.
TVG announced that it will welcome its newest exclusive racetrack partner, Monmouth Park, with live on-track coverage of the 2007 racing season's opening weekend from the Jersey Shore racetrack.
Even-money favorite Bluegrass Cat, winless since taking the Sam F. Davis in February, demolished the field in Sunday's $1,030,000 Haskell Invitational with devastating late burst.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said there's a "90% chance" West Point Thoroughbreds' Flashy Bull would compete in the $1-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park instead of the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort. Both races at 1 1/8 miles are scheduled for Aug. 6.
Praying for Cash ran his way into the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Saturday with a game victory in the $150,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Monmouth Park.
The $1-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) and a new turf course set to debut in June highlight Monmouth Park's 2006 stakes schedule, which features total purses of $4.75 million spread out over 21 stakes races. The track will offer 14 graded events.
Just 12 hours after posting a 1 1/2-length win in the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, Roman Ruler was on a van headed for Saratoga as trainer Bob Baffert weighs his options with his now grade I winning colt.
Trainer Bob Baffert firmly believes that Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler is one of the most gifted horses in the country. On Sunday, the colt will try to prove him right when he takes on seven opponents in Saturday's $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I).
Trainer Patrick Biancone confirmed Monday that Chekhov, runner-up last out in the Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park, will return to the Jersey Shore Sunday for the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I).
Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler, winner of the Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) in his last start, worked seven furlongs in 1:24 at Del Mar Tuesday in preparation for the $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth Park on Aug. 7.
Char-Mari Stable's favored Park Avenue Ball proved he could be successful going two turns when he ran away from seven rivals for a 6 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park Saturday.
Afleet Alex, the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) champion, recorded his first official workout in more than a month Sunday morning when he breezed five furlongs over Belmont Park's fast main track in 1:00 4/5.
The 2005 classic season is in the books, but it took its toll, producing one of the longest casualty lists in memory. But, now it is time for the second season to get under way, and although many of the early season stars will be missing, there is still Afleet Alex and a few new stars in the making.
Rockport Harbor, who finished sixth in Saturday's Lexington Stakes (gr. II) as the 3-5 favorite, emerged from the race in "great physical condition" but will no longer be pointed toward the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) or other two legs of the Triple Crown, according to owner Rick Porter.
The 2005 Monmouth Park stakes schedule features $4.45 million in purses, highlighted by the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on Aug. 7.
Spurred by the largest single-day mutuel handle in the track's history, Monmouth Park showed across-the-board gains in betting and attendance for the 87-day 2004 meeting that came to a close Sunday.
Rock Hard Ten, who finished sixth in last Sunday's Haskell Invitational (gr. I) as the favorite, will finally be going home on Sunday.
Lion Heart shipped in Sunday morning, won the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on Sunday evening, and by Sunday night he was on his way home to Saratoga.
Smarty Jones' retirement left the door open for a new 3-year-old division leader and Lion Heart busted through, winning the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) in fine fashion at Monmouth Park Sunday.
Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Tapit, who was on target to make the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on Aug. 8, will not start in the Oceanport, N.J. race after all, trainer Michael Dickinson reported Saturday.
Mercedes Stable's and Madeleine Paulson's Rock Hard Ten, runner-up to Smarty Jones in the Preakness Stakes, turned a swift and visually impressive five furlongs Saturday morning in a final tuneup for next Saturday's Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park in New Jersey.
Lion Heart put in an impressive five-furlong workout Friday morning over the Saratoga main track in :58 2/5 handily in preparation for the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park on Aug. 8.
Lion Heart leads a field of seven expected for the $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), going 1 1/8-miles on Aug. 8 at Monmouth Park. The Patrick Biancone-trained Lion Heart will carry a top weight of 121 pounds.
A field of eight, topped by grade I winner Lion Heart, is shaping up for the $1-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I), going 1 1/8 miles on Aug. 8 at Monmouth Park.
Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapit, winner of the Wood Memorial (gr. I), may make his next start in the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth on Aug. 8, racing manager David Fiske said Tuesday.
Lion Heart seemed ideally placed for his first win of 2004 in Saturday's $100,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup (gr. III), but the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up needed everything he had to prevail as the 3-10 choice by a head over stubborn My Snookie's Boy at Monmouth Park.
Lion Heart, who ran second to Smarty Jones in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is expected to top the field for the $100,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth on Saturday, July 17.
Purses for the four undercard stakes on Haskell Day Aug. 8 at Monmouth Park have been increased to $100,000, Bob Kulina, vice-president of Thoroughbred racing and general manager of Monmouth, announced Sunday.
Three competitors from last year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) will meet on television Sunday when TVG screens the New Orleans Handicap from the Fair Grounds.
Led by the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap on Sunday, August 8, Thoroughbreds will compete for $3.35 million in graded stakes when Monmouth Park opens its 72-day season Saturday, May 29.
There are so many possible scenarios in this weekend's big stakes, the Haskell, Whitney, and Jim Dandy, handicappers should be plenty busy over the next few days.
A field of seven 3-year-olds is expected for Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, topped by Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide.
Saratoga Notebook: Albarado on Sky Mesa; Favorites Rule; No Decision on Congrats; Sackatoga Stable Grows
Jockey Robby Albarado has picked up the mount on Sky Mesa for the Haskell Invitational and trainer Shug McGaughey is undecided on whether to run Congrats in the Haskell or the Jiim Dandy. Also, favorites are having a good Spa meet, Kissin Saint may make his next start on grass, Sackatoga Stable has expanded, and the Dogwood Dominion Award goes to a backstretch "community leader."
Jose Santos, the rider of Funny Cide, feels the presence of several speed horses in Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational will favor the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.
Saratoga Notebook: Funny Cide Beats Rain; Wild and Wicked in Haskell; Whitney Ace Medaglia d'Oro Drills; Zito Fired Up
Fearing a wet track for Monday's scheduled breeze, trainer Barclay Tagg worked Kentucky Derby (gr.I) and Preakness (gr.I) winner Funny Cide early Sunday morning at Saratoga Race Course.
Trainer Kenny McPeek said Sunday morning that his unbeaten Ohio Derby (gr.II) winner Wild and Wicked will run in the Haskell Invitational (gr.I) instead of the Jim Dandy (gr.II) at Saratoga.
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