08/01/2010 6:49PM

Monmouth: Haskell Recap


Lookin at Lucky, as expected by some, reestablished himself as the best 3-year-old in the country with a strong victory in today's Haskell. The top 2-year-old of 2009 has not finished off the board in his career aside from his 6th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, where he endured a horrendous trip. No such problems here, as he sat in ideal position behind battling speeds before making a sharp move to the lead into the turn and drawing off into the lane. No big surprise from this corner, as his form suggested he was best on paper, and he proved it on the racetrack.

The surprise, for me, came from Trappe Shot. I wasn't impressed by his Long Branch win, as that was not a stellar field, but his backers were correct in their assertion that he was a horse to be dealt with in the Haskell. He ran a big race for 2nd, especially considering his inexperience and the strength of this field, and he showed today that he belongs with the top sophomores in the country. All that said, I still stink he was overbet.

They just announced the attendance as 40,904, and though the hat giveaway means a lot of spinners are to be factored into that figure it's a fairly legitimate number, as it was a big crowd. Thankfully, the rain held off, for the most part, and the handle figures, while yet to be released, had to be strong.