Triple Crown Contenders Lining Up for Haskell
The field for Monmouth Park’s signature event, the $1,000,000 William Hill Haskell Invitational, continues to take shape with Preakness winner Oxbow, Wood Memorial winner Verrazano, Kentucky Derby runner-up Golden Soul and Easy Goer Stakes winner Power Broker all pointing to the mile and an eighth Grade 1 on July 28.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who sent out fellow Hall of Famer Serena’s Song to take 1995 Haskell, will be back with Oxbow, who enters the Haskell off a runner-up effort in the Belmont Stakes on June 8. The Calumet Farm color-bearer has earned over $1 million in his 12 race career.
Verrazano, who entered the Kentucky Derby a perfect four-for-four, enters the Haskell off an impressive front-running score in the Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes here on June 16. The colt by More Than Ready has won five of his six starts, all with Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez in the irons.
Trainer Dallas Stewart will be represented by his first Haskell starter with his expected entrant Golden Soul. The Charles Fipke-homebred was a hard-charging second to Orb in the Kentucky Derby and will be making his first start since the Belmont Stakes.
Power Broker will be looking to give trainer Bob Baffert an unprecedented fourth in a row and seventh overall victory in the Haskell. A gate to wire winner of the Easy Goer last out, Power Broker, who broke his maiden last fall in the Grade 1 Front Runner at Santa Anita, rides a two race win streak into the Haskell.
Others considering the Haskell for their next start include Long Branch winner Micromanage, Swaps winner Chief Havoc and Preakness third place finisher Mylute.
Select seats for the William Hill Haskell are still available and can be purchased on-line at www.monmouthpark.com, by calling 732-571-5563, or visiting the reserved seat ticket booth at the track on live race days.
A 14-race card is anticipated for Haskell Day, with gates opening at 10 a.m. – first post at noon.