Review of Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 29

Race 12 . Haskell Invitational ( Grade I). For three-year-old at 1 1/8 miles on dirt. Purse $1,000,000.

Haskell Invitational is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race for a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Lone Sailor Joe Bravo Tom Amoss 5/1
2 Navy Commander Angel Arroyo Robert Reid Jr. 12/1
3 Roaming Union Albin Jimenez Kelly Breen 10/1
4 Core Beliefs Flavien Prat Peter Eurton 4/1
5 Bravazo Luis Saez D. Wayne Lukas 3/1
6 Good Magic Joe Ortiz Chad Brown 6/5
7 Golden Brown Jairo Rendon Pat McBurney 15/1


Lone Sailor ran second in his last out to Core Beliefs in the Ohio Derby. He hung near the wire and finished second.  He appears to have the talent to be competitive in this field but needs to have a complete outing to have a chance of being on the board.

Navy Commander earned his Haskell invitation by winning Monmouth’s July 7th Long Branch Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. He set soft fractions on the front end that day. Haskell Invitational in his first graded stakes race. The competition maybe above his ability to capture a spot on the board.

Roaming Union has one win. His racing record is for 11 starts is 1-3-2 with earnings of $104,550.  Roaming Union will be running over his home track in the  Haskell. He was second in the 17 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park  on June 17th going 1 1/16 miles. He likes to sit close to the leaders and try to out duel them down the lane. He should be running late but in this field his ability may allow him to finish sixth or seventh.

Core Beliefs won the Ohio Derby( Grade III) at Thistledown on June 23rd. He ran third in the Peter Pan Stakes ( Grade III) at Belmont Park on May 12th. His only Grade I race was the Santa Anita Derby , he finished 9 1/2 lengths behind Justify. Core Beliefs has shown early speed in previous races. He could be the one setting the pace. He has the talent to find earn a spot on the board.

Bravazo proved during the Triple Crown races that he can run in the slop.  He ran sixth in the Derby in the slop and then followed that effort with a second in the Preakness over the slop. Raining weather on Sunday definitely increases his chances of winning. He should be sitting close to leaders down the backstretch. He will try to catch the lead pack through the stretch. He should finish in the top four.

Good Magic has four starts in 2018. He ran fourth in the Preakness, second in the Derby , won the Blue Grass Stakes and was third in the Fountain of Youth Stakes. In 2017 he won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.  His career racing record for seven starts is 2-3-1 with earnings of $2,345,000. Good Magic should record his third career graded stakes win by winning the Haskell.

Golden Brown won his last race the Kent Stakes (Grade III) at Delaware Park on July 14th going 1 1/8 miles on turf. Golden Brown has three wins this year with earnings in 2018 of $200,000. He likes to sit behind the leaders and provide pressure around the final turn. He might not have the talent to out run Good Magic, but he might have enough to be part of the exacta.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Good Magic
  • Golden Brown
  • Core Beliefs

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