Hades Headed Towards Haskell

Hades | Ryan Thompson

D J Stable and Robert Cotran's Hades (Awesome Slew) is recovering from a small setback, but is being programmed for a pair of starts at Monmouth Park over the coming months, including the GI NYRA Bets Haskell S. July 20.

Upset winner of the GIII Holy Bull S., defeating Domestic Product (Practical Joke) and champion Fierceness (City of Light), Hades was a well-beaten fifth in the GI Curlin Florida Derby and was last seen finishing seventh in the GIII Stonestreet Lexington S. at Keeneland Apr. 13.

“We found he had a little minor problem that we had to correct and give him a little time. I'd like to be in the Preakness but we're doing the right thing,” said trainer Joe Orseno, who won the second leg of the Triple Crown back in 2000 with Red Bullet (Unbridled).

If all goes according to plan, Hades would contest the Listed Pegasus S. June 15 and a positive outcome there could lead to a star in the Haskell five weeks later, with the GI Travers S. a longer-term possibility.

“I'm getting him ready for the prep to the Haskell and if he handles that there's a chance he'll show up at Saratoga,” Orseno said.

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