Haskell Stakes 2024: Who could run in $1 million Monmouth Park race? (2024)

Stephen EdelsonAsbury Park Press

With the Triple Crown races now in the rearview mirror, and Haskell Prep Day a rousing success on June 15, producing the largest single-day handle for a non-Haskell Day or Breeders' Cup card, it's time to sharpen the focus on who could run in the $1 million NYRA Bets Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park on July 20.

While it's uncertain how many contenders will ultimately get loaded into the starting gate shortly after they play Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run, what's clear is that there's a strong contingent of contenders lining up to potentially run in the Grade 1 Jersey Shore fixture, after Geaux Rocket Ride won it a year ago.

It will be the 57th running of the 1 1/8-mile test for 3-year-olds. Here's a look at some of the contenders for the 2024 Haskell Stakes:


Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Juan Hernandez

Owner: Zedan Racing

A possible favorite in the Kentucky Derby were it not for Baffert’s ban by Churchill Downs, Muth was the morning line favorite in the Preakness only to get scratched three days before the race due to a fever. The royally bred colt by 2018 Haskell winner Good Magic cost $2 million as a 2-year-old, and has recouped more than $1.5 million on the track so far, including wins in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby and Grade 2 San Vicente in last two starts, after running second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Baffert will look for his record 10th Haskell win, and the first since Authentic in 2020.


Trainer: Danny Gargan

Jockey: Luis Saez

Owners: West Paces Racing LLC & others.

The Belmont Stakes winner is being pointed to either the Haskell or Grade 2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 27, as a likely stepping-stone to the Travers stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 24. Sitting just off Preakness winner Seize The Grey’s pace in the Belmont, Dornoch rallied for a half-length win at 1 ¼-miles at Saratoga, after finishing 10th in the Kentucky Derby. The colt is by Good Magic, the 2018 Haskell winner, out of a mare by Big Brown, the 2008 champ.


Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Owner: Repole Stable

Has not run since finishing 15th in the Kentucky Derby as the favorite, with McPeek opting to bypass the final two legs of the Triple Crown with an eye on the Haskell. Two starts back the homebred colt rolled to a 13 ½ length victory in the Florida Derby, getting a 110 Beyer Speed Figure that’s best among 3-year-olds this year, and won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by 6 ¼ lengths.


Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Juan Hernandez

Owner: Grandharvi LLC.

The colt by Triple Crown winner Justify cost $750,000 as a 2-year-old, and has shown incredible promise in two West Coast starts, winning the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita on June 9 by 7 ½ lengths. The frontrunner has the speed Baffert likes in his Haskell horses, and going wire-to-wire over the traditionally speed-favoring oval would likely be the goal.


Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

Owners: Repole Stable & St. Elias Stables

Has two wins in three career starts, but showed class in finishing second in the Belmont Stakes behind Dornoch after stalking the leaders throughout. The Constitution colt, a $600,000 purchase as a yearling, picked up a 103 Beyer Speed Figure at Gulfstream the first time he hit the track in March, and got a 101 Beyer in the Belmont.


Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Luis Saez

Owner: Albaugh Family Stables

Cox mentioned the Haskell when Catching Freedom was preparing for the Preakness, where the colt finished third, after running fourth in the Kentucky Derby. Cox has won the Haskell twice in recent years with Mandaloun and Cyberknife, and sent Salute the Stars to run against a tough field last year. Catching Freedom has been competitive in every race including a win in the Louisianan Derby.


Trainer: Philip D’Amato

Jockey: Antonio Fresu

Owner: Eric and Sharon Waller

Emerged as the top West Coast representative at the Kentucky Derby, running a respectable seventh after winning the Grade 3 Sunland Park Derby and Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby to open the year. Came from just off the pace in both those races, and was in good position in the Kentucky Derby but was unable to finish the job at 35-1.


Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Owner: Spendthrift Farm

Earned a spot in the starting gate with a dominating effort in the $150,000 NYRA Bets Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on June 15, drawing off to a 6 ¾ length victory, credited with a career-best 99 Beyer Speed Figure. It was a front-running bounce-back performance for the Vino Rosso colt after a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial on March 8. The last Pegasus winner to come back and take the Haskell was Mandaloun in 2021.


Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Flavien Prat

Owner: Klaravich Stables

Earned free entry into the Haskell by finishing second behind Tuscan Sky in the $150,000 NYRA Bets Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park on June 15, finishing 6 ¾ lengths behind Tuscan Sky but 4 ¼ ahead of graded stakes winner Hades, who beat Domestic Product by two lengths in the Grade 3 Holy Bull in Feb. 3. A victory in the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby remains the career highlight.


Trainer: Joe Orseno

Jockey: Paco Lopez

Owners: DJ Stable LLC & Robert Cotran

Stabled at Monmouth Park, Hades comes off a third-place finish in the $150,000 NYRA Bets Pegasus Stakes on June 15 at Monmouth. That was two months after a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Lexington Stakes, after finishing fifth at the Florida Derby. Numbers wise, the Pegasus was the best race since winning the Grade 3 Holy Bull over Domestic Product and Fierceness on Feb. 3.

Haskell Stakes 2024: Who could run in $1 million Monmouth Park race? (2024)


Haskell Stakes 2024: Who could run in $1 million Monmouth Park race? ›

The complete order of finish in the Haskell after Geaux Rocket Ride, Mage, and Arabian Knight was Extra Anejo, Tapit Trice, Howgreatisnate, Salute the Stars, and Awesome Strong. Geaux Rocket Ride paid $27.40 to win.

Who won the Haskell at Monmouth Park? ›

The complete order of finish in the Haskell after Geaux Rocket Ride, Mage, and Arabian Knight was Extra Anejo, Tapit Trice, Howgreatisnate, Salute the Stars, and Awesome Strong. Geaux Rocket Ride paid $27.40 to win.

What is the last race a horse must win to become an American Triple Crown winner? ›

The Triple Crown refers, collectively, to the three most prestigious American horse races: the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, and the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, N.Y. on Long Island. In order to claim a Triple Crown title, the same horse must win all three races.

What day is the Haskell at Monmouth Park? ›

July 20, 2024 from 11:00am to 07:00pm

On the track, the country's best 3-year-olds converge on Monmouth Park for the $1,000,000 Haskell Stakes. The day also features five additional stakes races highlighted by the Grade 2 United Nations.

How long is the Haskell race? ›

The Haskell Stakes is a Grade I American Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds run over a distance of 11⁄8 miles on the dirt held annually in July at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey.

What was the payout for the Haskell? ›

Since 1997, the race has maintained a purse of $1 million (or more), and the race has grown in importance and interest to become the single biggest day of racing at the Jersey Shore. In 1981, the race was made an invitation-only stakes for 3-year-olds and has been run under allowance weight conditions since 2006.

Who are the past Haskell winners? ›

Past winners include Forty Niner (1988), Holy Bull (1994), filly Serena's Song (1995), Skip Away (1996), Touch Gold (1997), Point Given (2001), War Emblem (2002), Big Brown (2008), filly Rachel Alexandra (2009), Lookin At Lucky (2010), Bayern (2014), Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (2015), Good Magic (2016), and ...

Has a filly ever won the Triple Crown? ›

Eight fillies won the NYRA Triple Tiara between 1968 and 1993. Gelded colts may run in any of the three races today, but they were prohibited from entering the Belmont between 1919 and 1957. Geldings have won each of the individual races, but like fillies, no gelding has ever won the Triple Crown.

Who was the last Triple Crown horse? ›

There have been just 13 Triple Crown winners in horse racing history, with the first one coming over 100 years ago. Sir Barton was the first to claim the Triple Crown title all the way back in 1919, while Justify was the most recent to do so in 2018. Here's a full look at the 13 Triple Crown winners: Sir Barton, 1919.

What was Secretariat's nickname? ›

Eddie Sweat was the Groom that looked after Secretariat's daily needs and Jim Gaffney and Charlie Davis were Secretariat's exercise riders. It was Jim Gaffney that nicknamed Secretariat, "Big Red".

What is the dress code for Monmouth Park racetrack? ›

In the Grandstand, shirts must be worn at all times. In the Clubhouse, proper attire is required: no swim wear, sweats, tank tops or abbreviated wear. There is a Country-Club Casual dress code in the Parterres and Winner's Circle Terrace Suites. Dress jeans and Golf shorts are permitted.

What is the biggest race at Monmouth race track? ›

Haskell Day is the Shore's Biggest Party and Summer's Biggest Race.

What is the attendance at Monmouth racetrack? ›

That resulted in an overall increase of 16.81 percent in wagering on Monmouth Park races, from $175,961,376 in 2018 to $205,545,841 in 2019. In addition, total attendance was 545,767, which bested last year's attendance figure of 465,244.

What is the Haskell Prize? ›

The Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals was founded to encourage student journalism on architecture, planning, and related subjects and to foster regard for intelligent criticism among future professionals.

What day is the Haskell 2024? ›

The $1,000,000 NYRA Bets Haskell Stakes will take place Saturday, July 20, 2024.

How to bet on the Haskell? ›

Types of bets for the Haskell Stakes

Win: The most popular and straightforward wager. Place your bet and hope your chosen horse crosses the finish line first. Place: With a place bet, your chosen horse must finish first or second. Show: With a show bet, your pick must finish anywhere within the top three.

Who won at Monmouth? ›

While the British had escaped, the Americans claimed victory in the Battle of Monmouth and Washington was lauded for his bravery. Lafayette later recalled, in regards to Washington's service at Monmouth that, "I thought then as now I had never beheld so superb a man." Mary Stockwell, Ph. D.

Who won the Grand National in 1911? ›

The race was won by the 20:1 shot Glenside, a broken winded one eyed horse, ridden by Jack Anthony. He went into the lead after Caubeen and Rathnally collided after Becher's Brook, as the only horse that wasn't remounted, and went on to a twenty length victory.

Who won the ark horse race? ›

The 2023 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was won by Ace Impact from Westover and Onesto.

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