Friday, July 31, 2015

The Haskell Invitational

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Talk now is, where should he go next? My vote is only Grade 1 races should be considered. Let the money follow the horse, which it will. Baffert says unbelievably, he is getting better. He obviously loves his job. In the words of Penny Chenery, "LET HIM RUN"!

Post race press coverage:
There's American Pharoah, and then, everybody else
Dazzling Haskell adds to burgeoning legacy
How did American Pharoah come out of the race? He cleaned his feed tub!
BloodHorse - Frank Angst
Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah Finishes First at the Haskell ...
American Pharoah Wins Haskell Invitational
In-Depth-New York Times-16 hours ago

 American Pharoah highest rated in the world by TimeForm
 Mark Milligan, Timeform’s handicapper for American racing, commented: “The thing with American Pharoah is that he makes everything look so easy. His high cruising speed and exceptional stride set him apart from his peers, and it probably isn’t going overboard to say he has a touch of the Frankel’s about him. I wouldn’t be at all surprised were he to finish the year having surpassed Cigar’s 138, and become Timeform’s most highly rated North American horse ever.”

Among US horses this century, Wise Dan (2012 and 2013), Point Given (2001) and Curlin (2008) all achieved annual ratings of 134. The fillies Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra earned ratings of 131 and 130 respectively in 2009 and would have received an additional sex allowance when competing against males.

 What's going on with American Pharoah after Haskell


For most fans of horse racing, American Pharoah has brought some good news for a change to a sport that seems to be beleaguered with negative press. It is refreshing to browse the racing news each day and find that American Pharoah seems to be everywhere, spreading his own brand of sunshine and happiness. We all are well aware of the shortcomings of the sport, but for at least a little while, we can bask in the glow of having lived to see the 12th Triple Crown winner in history.

Lots of good racing over the next few days, including a Grade 1 race at Del Mar on Saturday, the Clement Hirsch will see BEHOLDER and WARREN'S VENEDA square off in the G1 Clement Hirsch; FROSTED, COMPETITIVE EDGE and TEXAS RED will meet in the G2 Jim Dandy; UNTAPPABLE, STOPCHARGINGMARIA, and TIZ WINDY in the G3 Shuvee.  And, of course, on Sunday, the return of AMERICAN PHAROAH in the G1 Haskell Invitational. For more details on racing in the U.S. as well as racing across the pond at Glorious Goodwood, see the UPI racing preview below.

Yesterday, Friday, July 31, American Pharoah gallops at Monmouth Park, video courtesy of Monmouth Park and TDN:  Video of American Pharoah gallop at Monmouth Park, 7-31-15

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Full NBC coverage of the Haskell Invitational on Sunday begins at 5:00 p.m. EDT

NBC coverage leading up to Sunday's Haskell - video - several videos

UPI Weekend Racing Preview - click here
Who could ask for more in a weekend of racing: Triple Crown champ American Pharoah returns, Solow at Glorious Goodwood, five graded stakes at Saratoga and another at Del Mar.  Oh, wait. There IS more. Lots more. The $750,000 West Virginia Derby highlights an eight-stakes card at Mountaineer. Beholder and Untapable, the top fillies of 2013 and 2014, are both in action. Woodbine has graded stakes action and Arlington has state-bred stakes as the International Festival of Racing looms just two weeks hence.
And in Canada, there will be no Triple Crown winner, eh?  Read more at source

NBC Sports analyst Laffit Pincay III takes a look back
NBC Sports covers American Pharoah arrival at Monmouth Park

American Pharoah - Courtesy Sarah K. Andrew

Steve Haskin: The Day the Haskell Came of Age

1987 Haskell Invitational - Bet Twice & Alysheba - Video
2009 Haskell - Rachel Alexandra - A filly for the ages

Haskell purse increased to $1.75 Million as American Pharoah arrives
Triple Crown Winners - Their second act - Jay Privman looks at Secretariat

American Pharoah arrives at Monmouth for the Haskell
American Pharoah installed as the 1-5 favorite in the Haskell
Monmouth's Pharoah Phan Phestival has something for everyone
Monmouth New Jersey racing enjoy spotlight

Arlington Park grandstand burned to the ground,
July 31, 1985 - Photo:

The day and night that Arlington died
Thirty years ago today, July 31, marks an amazing episode in the annals of horse racing. It was the day and night that Arlington Park, the scene of historic races by the likes of John Henry, Citation, Secreariat, Whirlaway, Native Dancer, and scores of others, as well as the home of the first 7-figure purse for a single race, was turned into a fiery rubble. What followed over the next three weeks was nothing short of a miracle and a true example of American ingenuity and can-do spirit.


After a particular race is completed, return here and click on the CARD below for BloodHorse replay and race result.



Time Ordered List of Races / Entries - printable file
Race Index

3:13 ET  AMSTERDAM S G2, SAR, $200,000, 3yo, 6 1/2f  R5   CARD
4:30 ET  West Virginia Governor's S, Mtn Prk, $200,000, 3+, 1 1/16m R7  CARD
5:03 ET  ALFRED G VANDERBILT H G1, SAR, $350,000, 3+, 6f R8   CARD
5:10 ET  WEST VIRGINIA DERBY G2, Mtn Prk, $750,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m  R8   CARD
5:38 ET  ET  BOWLING GREEN H G2, SAR, $250,000, 4+, 1 3/8mT  R9   CARD
6:13 ET  JIM DANDY S G2, SAR, $600,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m  R10   CARD
8:40 ET  CLEMENT HIRSCH S G1, Dlmr, $300,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/16m R8 CARD

More on today's races
Frosted, Texas Red square off in Jim Dandy
Scratches from Jim Dandy are Upstart and Competitive Edge, who will run in the Haskell
Made from Lucky heads to West Virginia Derby
Beholder, Warren's Veneda square off in the Clement Hirsch

12:57 ET  Lady's Secret S, Mth, $100,000, 3+, f&m, 1m 70yds  R4   CARD
2:06 ET  Caress S, SAR, $100,000, 4+, f&m, 5 1/2fT  R3   CARD
3:10 ET  Teddy Drone S, Mth, $100,000, 3+, 6f  R8   CARD
3:47 ET  MATCHMAKER S G3, Mth, $150,000, 3+, 1 1/8mT  R9   CARD
4:25 ET  MONMOUTH CUP G2, Mth, $200,000, 3+, 1 1/16m  R10   CARD
4:40 ET  Seagram Cup S (Can-G3), Woo, $150,000, 3+, 1 1/16m R8 CARD
5:05 ET  OCEANPORT S G3, Mth, $150,000, 3+, 1 1/16mT  R11   CARD
5:52 ET  HASKELL INV'L G1, Mth, $1,750,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m R12  CARD
6:07 ET  SHUVEE H G3, SAR, $200,000, 3+, f&m, 1 1/8m  R10   CARD
7:10 ET  Real Good Deal S (r), Dlmr, $200,000, 3yo, 7f  R5   CARD

More on today's racing
Haskell undercard
Madefromlucky heads West Virginia Derby
Untapable looks for Shuvee relief
Lochte seeks winning for in Oceanport

For a look at the fields in all the races, be sure to check out the printable Time Ordered Races List
Sunday, Monmouth Park, post time: 5:52 p.m. EDT - NBC coverage 5:00 EDT
WILLIAM HILL HASKELL INV'L S.-GI, $1,750,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m
1 Upstart Flatter Bravo Violette Jr. 118            6-1
2 Competitive Edge Super Saver Smith Pletcher 118   8-1
3 Nonna's Boy Distorted Humor N/A Pletcher 118   30-1
4 American Pharoah Pioneerof the Nile Espinoza Baffert 122   1-5
5 Mr. Jordan Kantharos Lopez Plesa Jr. 118   15-1
6 Keen Ice  Curlin Dsrmeaux Romans 118   12-1
7 Top Clearance Majestic Warrior A. Castllno Catalano 118   30-1
8 Dontbetwithbruno  Tiz Wonderful N/A Pletcher 118    30-1



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