Breeders’ Cup

Hence ‘In Great Shape’ After Iowa Derby Victory, Headed To Haskell

Hence will go for back-to-back graded stakes wins and look to give trainer Steve Asmussen his second victory in the Grade 1, $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational on July 30, the 50th renewal of Monmouth Park’s marquee event. The 3-year-old colt by Street Boss sat last along the backstretch before storming home on the outside […]

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McCraken Set For A Big Effort In Betfair.com Haskell

Multiple graded stakes winner McCraken continues to gear up for his run in the 50th renewal of the $1 million, Grade 1 betfair.com Haskell Invitational on Sunday, July 30. “He’s been doing really well and I couldn’t be happier with how he’s doing,” said trainer Ian Wilkes. “We’ll have him work one more time at […]

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Del Mar: Unique Bella Back Jogging, Targeting Fall Campaign

The talented Unique Bella, who had been sidelined since early March due to sore shins, has resumed jogging at Del Mar with an eye toward a fall campaign, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form. The Jerry Hollendorfer trainee has not raced since capturing the G3 Santa Ysabel Stakes March 4. In that race, […]

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Battle Of Midway ‘Doing Really Well,’ Signed On For Haskell

Nearly three decades since winning Monmouth Park’s biggest race, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will look to do it again when he sends Battle of Midway toOceanport, New Jersey for the July 30, betfair.com Haskell Invitational. Third in this year’s Kentucky Derby, Battle of Midway comes into the Grade 1 Haskell off a four and a quarter length score in the Grade 3 Affirmed […]

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Gun Runner In ‘Phenomenal’ Form Approaching Whitney

Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner continues to impress trainer Steve Asmussen in his morning workouts, reports drf.com. The 4-year-old son of Candy Ride breezed five furlongs in 1:01 over Saratoga’s Oklahoma Training Track on Sunday, going in company with stablemate and Kentucky Derby runner-up Lookin at Lee. “He’s a very impressive horse who […]

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Irish War Cry ‘Really Hasn’t Missed A Beat’ In Preparations For Haskell

Isabelle de Tomaso’s multiple Grade 2-winning homebred Irish War Cry continued preparations for his next start with a six-furlong breeze at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md. Sunday morning. Both Irish War Cry and his workmate, 5-year-old Grade 1 turf winner Ascend, went the distance in 1:14 over Fair Hill’s dirt track. “I was very pleased with […]

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Classic Empire ‘Hasn’t Been As Aggressive,’ Will Skip Haskell Invitational

Juvenile champion Classic Empire has officially been taken out of consideration for the July 30 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, trainer Mark Casse told drf.com. The 3-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile was scratched out of the Belmont Stakes with an abscess, and seems to have not fully recovered from the hoof ailment. Classic Empire recently […]

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McCraken ‘Doing Tremendous’ In Preparation For Haskell

Janis Whitham’s McCraken recorded a bullet workout over the Churchill main track on Thursday, preparing for the July 30 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. The 3-year-old son of Ghostzapper covered five furlongs in 1:00.40 under regular rider Brian Hernandez, Jr. According to drf.com, trainer Ian Wilkes has been extremely pleased with McCraken’s progress since his Matt […]

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Girvin Remains On Target For Haskell Invitational

With less than three weeks remaining until Monmouth Park’s marquee event, the Grade 1, $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational on July 30, another top 3-year-old has confirmed their next run will be at the Jersey Shore. Multiple graded stakes winner Girvin will head to the starting gate against another top notch field of runners in […]

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Classic Empire On Target For Haskell Despite ‘Unorthodox’ Breeze

Champion Classic Empire remains on course for the G1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park July 30 after breezing at Churchill Downs Monday morning. The Daily Racing Form reports that clockers at Churchill Downs had not assigned an official time for the colt, mostly likely because of the ‘unorthodox’ nature of the breeze. Trainer Mark Casse told the Form that […]

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