Haskell Stakes

After Eventful Campaign, Mandaloun Returns at Fair Grounds

Mandaloun (Into Mischief) finished second in the GI Kentucky Derby and will be declared the winner if Medina Spirit (Protonico) is ever disqualified for a betamethasone positive. He didn't cross the wire first in the GI Haskell S. either, but was awarded the win after the stewards disqualified Hot Rod Charlie (Oxbow) for interference. It pays to be both lucky and good. But a page has been turned and Mandaloun will kick off his 4-year-old season Saturday at the Fair Grounds in the GIII Louisiana S., the first step in...

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Midnight Bourbon Tunes Up for Runhappy Travers

Winchell Thoroughbreds' Midnight Bourbon (Tiznow), who most recently clipped heels and nearly fell to the track in the stretch run of the July 17 GI Betfair.com Haskell S. at Monmouth Park, tuned up for an expected start in next Saturday's GI Runhappy Travers S. with a four-furlong work in :49.77 (17/68) over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Sunday. "He's a very impressive horse," trainer Steve Asmussen said. "I think we're obviously very fortunate that he came out of the mishap in the Haskell in good shape and he's training...

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Flavien Prat Suspended Seven Days for Haskell Ride

The Monmouth Park stewards have handed jockey Flavien Prat a seven-day suspension for his ride aboard Hot Rod Charlie (Oxbow) in the July 17 GI TVG.com Haskell S. The ruling was issued Sunday, three days after the stewards granted Prat a hearing. The suspension runs from Sept. 7 through Sept. 13. The timing may not be a coincidence, as the suspension starts the day after the Del Mar meet closes. California racing then shift to Los Alamitos, where Prat doesn't normally ride on a regular basis. It will, however, keep...

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Monmouth Stewards Hold Hearing for Prat, Ruling Expected Sunday

Over a teleconference, the Monmouth Park stewards held a hearing with jockey Flavien Prat Thursday morning concerning his ride aboard Hot Rod Charlie (Oxbow) in the GI Haskell S. run July 17. The stewards called for a hearing after disqualifying Hot Rod Charlie from first place. In a tight finish, Hot Rod Charlie may have come over on Midnight Bourbon (Tiznow), who was in third at the time. Midnight Bourbon fell, tossing his jockey, Paco Lopez. Neither Lopez nor Midnight Bourbon was seriously injured. According to a Monmouth Park spokesman,...

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Trainer Doug O'Neill Joins the TDN Writers' Room

Trainer Doug O'Neill joins the TDN Writers' Room following the disqualification of his horse, Hot Rod Charlie, in the Haskell Stakes to give his take on both the controversial race and the new whip ban at Monmouth Park.

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NJ Commission Won't Commit to Request for Whip Rule Clarification

The accident and disqualification of the winner in last Saturday's GI TVG.com Haskell S. at Monmouth Park has rocketed to the top of racing's recent controversies, chiefly because of the polarizing role that New Jersey's newly implemented anti-whipping role may or may not have played in the stretch-run spill. Since the start of the 2021 meet at Monmouth, whipping a Thoroughbred has been strictly prohibited, except for the express purpose of ensuring the immediate safety of the horse or rider. As three horses battled for the lead in the stretch...

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BetMakers, Monmouth Offer $1-Million Bonus to Haskell Winner

BetMakers Technology Group, in partnership with Monmouth Park, will sponsor a $1-million bonus to a horse that sweeps this year's GI TVG.com Haskell S., GI Runhappy Travers S. and the GI Breeders' Cup Classic. Authentic (Into Mischief) earned the inaugural bonus, which, due to the pandemic, included the Haskell, GI Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic. "We're thrilled to sponsor the BetMakers Bonanza again after the enormous effort by Authentic last year," said Dallas Baker, BetMakers' New Jersey-based Head of International Operations. "We're fully committed to supporting the U.S. racing...

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Shifman Honored with Handleman Award

Matt Shifman, senior writer and assistant editor at Horse Racing Nation, has been named the winner of the 2021 Bill Handleman Award for outstanding coverage of last year's GI TVG.Com Haskell S. The award is named in memory of the late Bill Handleman, one of New Jersey's preeminent sportswriters who wrote for the Asbury Park Press for nearly three decades. Handleman, a fixture at Monmouth Park and a passionate chronicler of the sport, died in June of 2010 at the age of 62. The Handleman award, first presented in 2012,...

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Derby Up Next for Authentic

Authentic (Into Mischief) exited his win in Saturday's GI TVG.com Haskell S. at Monmouth Park in fine shape and will now train up to the Sept. 5 GI Kentucky Derby, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Sunday. The colt pulled away to a clear advantage in the stretch of the Haskell before holding on to a last-gasp victory over Ny Traffic (Cross Traffic). "We're going to work on him a little until then [the Derby]," Baffert said. "I was pretty proud of him. He ran well. I might have to put a...

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Monmouth Offers Haskell at Home

Monmouth Park will share the TVG.com Haskell Day July 18 experience with racing fans across the country through "Haskell @ Home." Information on the TVG.com Haskell field, fashion advice, do-it-yourself food and drink recipes, and much more can all be found here. By using #HaskellatHome and #HaskellBestDressed on Facebook and Instagram, fans are encouraged to dress to impress and to show off their Haskell @ Home festivities for the chance to have their picture featured on Monmouth Park's social media as well as the NBC Haskell broadcast that will run...

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Haskell Draw to be Streamed Live on Facebook

The post position draw for Saturday's GI Haskell S. will be streamed via Facebook Live on Monmouth Park's Facebook page. The draw, which will take place in the Breeders' Cup Garden on the Clubhouse side of the racetrack, will be held Wednesday at noon. The $1-million Haskell offers points towards the Sept. 5 GI Kentucky Derby and is also a "Win and You're In"race for the GI Breeders' Cup Classic. BetMakers, in partnership with Monmouth Park, is offering a $1-million bonus to the connections of any horse that wins the...

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Authentic, Dr Post Among Haskell Probables

Dr Post (Quality Road), runner-up in the June 20 GI Belmont S., and June 6 GI Santa Anita Derby runner-up Authentic (Into Mischief) are among nine 3-year-olds possible for the July 18 GI Haskell S. at Monmouth Park, with an additional two sophomore runners possible, according to director of racing and racing secretary John Heims and stakes coordinator Lynn T. Ott. This year's edition of the nine-furlong race provides points toward the Sept. 5 GI Kentucky Derby in addition to serving as a "Win and You're In" reward for the...

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