May 19, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard Lone Sailor returns to the paddock after the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Sunday at Monmouth Park is the Haskell Invitational, one of horse racing’s premier summer events. It will feature several horses who ran in Triple Crown races and is the biggest date on Monmouth Park’s calendar.
Yours truly will be in attendance and will give updates live from the track. If you’re interested in betting the race, here are the horses I’m interested in heading into the $1 million Haskell Invitational.
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LONE SAILOR (PP1)
Lone Sailor was a late addition to the Haskell field and is one of the top contenders. He ran eighth in the Kentucky Derby and fifth in the Preakness, but most recently was narrowly beaten in the Grade 3 Ohio Derby. Joe Bravo, who has won a record 13 Monmouth Park riding titles, will be aboard. The encouraging thing about Lone Sailor is that he is not afraid to take on tough competition, as he has done so since breaking his maiden at Saratoga last year.
Bravazo comes out of D. Wayne Lukas’ barn and has Luis Saez along for the ride. Bravazo ran in all three Triple Crown races and finished a very close second to Justify in the Preakness. He certainly has the connections and has shown that when he’s on he can absolutely compete with the top horses in the world. The issue with Bravazo is his inconsistency. He is kind of a boom-or-bust bet. He could win this race going away or he could finish fifth.
GOOD MAGIC (PP6)
The son of Curlin is the most accomplished horse in this field. He was second in the Kentucky Derby to eventual Triple Crown winner Justify. He finished fourth in the Preakness and won the Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. He has Chad Brown and Jose Ortiz training and riding, respectively, and the distance should be no problem here at only nine furlongs. If everything goes well for Good Magic, this should clearly be his day.
- Win: Good Magic
- Exacta: Good Magic/Lone Sailor (Box)
- Trifecta: Good Magic/Lone Sailor/Bravazo (Box)
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