The Haskell Stakes

It would be remiss of the Daily Racing Blog not to mention a big racing event in New Jersey this weekend.  The $1 million dollar, Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth Park is traditionally the marquee event at the Jersey Shore racetrack.

This 52nd running of the Haskell shapes up to be a very competitive race with several compelling story-lines, the most prominent among them being the disqualified Kentucky Derby 1st place finisher MAXIMUM SECURITY.

The 1 1/8-mile Haskell is also a crucial race on the Road to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.  The Winning horse on Saturday receives a fees-paid, automatic berth to the November 2nd Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park.

The race will be broadcast nationally on NBC during a one-hour program starting at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.  Post time is scheduled for 5:45 p.m.

Here then a brief look at the field:

1.  KING FOR A DAY  (5-2)

Jockey:  John Velazquez

Trainer:  Todd Pletcher

Career record: 5 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

Career earnings: $210,550

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 107

2.  JOEVIA  (10-1)

Jockey:  Jose Lezcano

Trainer:  Greg Sacco

Career record: 6 starts – 2 wins – 2 seconds – 1 third

Career earnings: $281,600

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 102

 

3.  SPUN TO RUN  (15-1)

Jockey:  Paco Lopez

Trainer:  Juan Guerrero

Career record: 6 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 2 thirds

Career earnings: $82,620

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 99

 

4.  BETHLEHEM ROAD  (20-1)

Jockey:  Luis Rodriguez Castro

Trainer:  Dee Curry

Career record: 4 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Career earnings: $124,300

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 100

5.  MUCHO GUSTO (2-1)

Jockey:  Joe Talamo

Trainer:  Bob Baffert

Career record: 7 starts – 5 wins – 1 second – 1 third

Career earnings: $430,800

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 106

6.  EVERFAST (10-1)

Jockey:  Julien Leparoux

Trainer:  Dale Romans

Career record: 12 starts – 1 win – 2 seconds – 1 third

Career earnings: $499,805

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 105

7.  MAXIMUM SECURITY  (8-5)

Jockey:  Luis Saez

Trainer:  Jason Servis

Career record: 6 starts – 4 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Career earnings: $679,400

Top Equibase Speed Figure: 111

On Friday The Daily Racing Blog will make its choices on the Haskell as well as Saturday’s feature race at Saratoga– The Coaching Club American Oaks.

 

 

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