07/09/2014 11:24AM

Haskell Invitational field coming together

Barbara D. Livingston
Bayern, who won the Woody Stephens by 7 1/2 lengths, is listed among the probables for the July 27 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

While owner Ron Winchell and trainer Steve Asmussen contemplate whether to run their star filly, Untapable, against the boys July 27 in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational or stay within their division and point to the Coaching Club American Oaks, the field for the $1 million Haskell is beginning to come into focus.

As of Wednesday morning, Monmouth Park stakes coordinator Dan Dufford had six probables for the 1 1/8-mile race, including Bayern, runaway winner of the seven-furlong Woody Stephens Stakes on Belmont Stakes Day.

Bayern, based in California with trainer Bob Baffert, won the Stephens by 7 1/2 lengths and earned a 107 Beyer Speed Figure. He has had two works since that race, including five furlongs in 59.80 seconds on the Fourth of July.

Others pointing to the Haskell include:

– Albano earned a 100 Beyer for his 6 1/2-length romp June 15 in the Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth. He worked five furlongs Monday at Delaware Park.

“We’re planning on the Haskell,” trainer Larry Jones said. “We know he likes the track.”

This winter at Fair Grounds, Albano won the six-furlong Sugar Bowl Stakes and was second around two turns in both the Lecomte Stakes and the Risen Star Stakes. He finished fifth in the Louisiana Derby but was placed fourth by the stewards after being bumped nearing the far turn.

– The Fountain of Youth Stakes winner and Florida Derby runner-up Wildcat Red tuned up for the Haskell with a 10 1/4-length romp June 28 in the $90,000 Quality Road Stakes at Gulfstream Park. He is based in Florida with trainer Jose Garoffalo.

– Social Inclusion has not worked since finishing third to Bayern in the Woody Stephens, but his owners have indicated to the Monmouth racing office they plan on coming for the Haskell.

– The top two finishers from last weekend’s $105,000 Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth – Irish You Well and Just Call Kenny – are considered probable for the Haskell, while the third-place finisher Encryption also is a possibility.

Irish You Well earned a 98 Beyer for trainer Wayne Catalano by holding off Just Call Kenny by a half-length in the 1 1/16-mile Long Branch. Just Call Kenny, trained by Patrick McBurney, was making his first start since winning the Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream Park in January. Encryption, trained by Kelly Breen, finished 2 1/2 lengths behind Just Call Kenny.

Scott More than 1 year ago
I go to Monmouth every weekend havrn't missed a Haskell in 15 years. Baffert rocks it. However Bayern is a sprint horse as proven in the record setting last race. He would lose the Haskell on the wire or by more
Christopher Clark More than 1 year ago
it's a good thing your spectator...
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Yes. Baffert seems to do well in the Haskell and not so much in the Travers. That being said... Hoppertunity will be tough tough tough in the Travers.
Cold More than 1 year ago
Mr. Ronald ie social inclusion.....the colt is a sprinter and could possibly be top tier if managed properly...Stick w. races 7/8 mile or less and switch trainers to Baffert or Mandella and point for the BC sprint....Thats way to go
Edward Nelson More than 1 year ago
Such wisdom. Do we owe you any money for reading this?
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
Monmouth seems to take one step forward but two steps back. Had my attention last Sunday with a nice card but this weekend seems inconsistent. Maybe need to cut Friday out and fill weekends if you gta run 12.
JeanK More than 1 year ago
call me crazy or Just Call Kernny!
David Abel More than 1 year ago
A "classic" field, no. A competitive one, yes. Although there is no serious star power (as of now) this field is quite competitive and you could see a solid betting race. Personally, I'd have to go with Bayern, only cause Baffert doesn't ship to the Haskell and lose, but Social Inclusion and at least one of the local horses will also take money. Hopefully there is a field of at least 8. There hasn't been many big fields that I can recall as of late.
Ron Rios More than 1 year ago
agree, rather see a better betting race then a 1/9 shot in the field, I wish DRF and TVG would focus on solid betting races instead of horses that win in short fields at 1/9 like princess of sylmar will do tomorrow, everybody goes crazy but forget to mention it does nothing for the bettor...
Lefty More than 1 year ago
Bayern and Social Inclusion should be pointing towards the Kings Bishop! Midnight Hawk who is NOT pointed in the Haskell should give the Kings Bishop a swing as well!
Michael Infurna More than 1 year ago
Horrendous race for $1 million dollars!! If Untapable does not run, its like a Alw 3X. Thank God Monmouth gives out free hats to make this worthwhile!!
Boyd More than 1 year ago
The Haskell already. Time flies
Edward Nelson More than 1 year ago
Ton of speed in the race. Even so I still see bayern winning this race. Baffert owns this race. Untappable or not, bayern takes it.