07/22/2004 11:00PM

Lion Heart to tote 121 in Haskell


Lion Heart picked up five pounds off his hard-fought win in the Long Branch Stakes when Monmouth Park's racing secretary, Mike Dempsey, released the weights Friday for the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 8.

Lion Heart, who, carrying 116 pounds, scored his first win of the year by a head over My Snookie's Boy in the Grade 3 Long Branch, is the expected starting highweight at 121.

Rock Hard Ten and Tapit are next at 120.

Rock Hard Ten finished second in the Preakness to Smarty Jones and most recently won the Grade 2 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park. His trainer, Jason Orman, has expressed interest in the Haskell.

The Nick Zito-trained duo of Birdstone (123 pounds) and The Cliff's Edge (122) topped the scale for the 1 1/8 miles stakes for 3-year-olds. Neither, though, is expected for the premier event of the Monmouth season.

Other possible starters and their weight assignments:

Boomzeeboom, Eddington and Pollard's Vision, 118; Courageous Act and Royal Assault, 117; My Snookie's Boy and Wimplestiltskin, 116.