this saturday, Monmouth Park She will be hosting her signature event, Million Dollars TVG.com Haskell stakes. Meydan will travel some of the country’s best 3-year-olds 1 mile on the main dirt track, including runner-up at Preakness classesAnd the midnight bourbon, And the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve Descriptive Mandaloun.
This year’s Haskell is part of the “Win While You” Breeders’ Cup Challenge series. The Haskell winner will get a paid place at the starting gate for Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic at From the sea On November 6.
Here, we’ll look at some fun facts to get ready for Haskell for this year.
1. The race was known as the Monmouth Invitational Handicap from its inception in 1968 until 1981. That year, it was renamed in honor of Amory L. Haskell, the first president and chief of the new Monmouth Park, which reopened in 1946 after being closed since the 1890s. It has been a driving force in making the track one of the finest on the East Coast.
2. The first edition of the Monmouth Invitational was held on August 3, 1968, in front of 39,042 fans. Balustrade won the race in a shock 33-1, long prevailing over the eventual winner at Travers Chompion. The purse for this race was $75,000, or about $580,000 in today’s money.
3. Dust Commander was the first Kentucky Derby winner to race at the Monmouth Invitational, and he did so in 1970. After being knocked out at 8-1, he finished third behind favorite Twice Worthy, who set a then-record of 1:48⅖.
4. Only four horses have won both the Kentucky Derby and the Haskell: Emblem of War in 2002, Big Brown in 2008, American pharaoh In 2015 and A native In 2020. Authentic won the derby after Haskell, as the derby was held in September due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
5. Hold Pattern won the Monmouth Invitational in 1974 by a narrow margin. On his next start, he won the Travers Stakes at Saratoga, becoming the first horse to complete the Haskell-Travers double. This feat has since been accomplished by six other horses: Wajima in 1975, Wise Times in 1986, Forty Nine in 1988, Holy bull In 1994, Coronado Quest in 1998, and certain point in 2001.
6. In 1975, Wajima won the Monmouth Invitational with his neck as 3-5 best. Later that year, he became the first horse to win the Monmouth Invitational and Eclipse Award when he was voted as the 3-year-old champ.
7. In 1979, Coastal became the first horse to win the Triple Crown and Monmouth Invitational event. Less than two months after the denial Amazing show The Triple Crown at Belmont Stakes, won the race as the favorite 1-5 by three lengths on a muddy track.
8. Since Coastal, four Belmont and Haskell horses have won: Bet twice in 1987, Touch Gold in 1997, Point Geffen in 2001, and American Pharaoh in 2015.
9. Delegated Testamony was the first horse to complete the Preakness-Haskell double, and he did so in 1983. Since then, Point Given in 2001, War Emblem in 2002, Big Brown in 2008, Rachel Alexandra In 2009, Lookin at Lucky in 2010, American Pharoah in 2015, and The Exaggerator in 2016 did just that as well.
10. The Skip Trial pulled off the biggest upset in Haskell history in 1985. Spend a Buck, the dominant race winner at the Kentucky Derby, was the 3-5 favorite before 31,386 fans expected to see a coronation. Skip the trial, at 35.50-1, was rolled by the favorite in the stretch and won by 3 lengths.
11. 1987 Haskell is credited with putting racing on the map as a prime destination for 3-year-olds. That year’s race attracted the Kentucky Derby and Prekness winner gray, the Belmont winner Bet Twice, and the seven-time winner Lost Code. The three engaged in a long battle that lived up to all expectations. The bet prevailed twice with a neck, winning in a time of 1:47 to equal a betting record. This mark, shared with the 1976 winner Majestic Prince, remains in place until 2021.
12. The biggest minute in Haskell history occurred in 1990. Wrestles Con won by 10-1 while Baron de Vaux finished second with a score of 26-1. The $2 price set it back exactly $395.
13. Serena song She became the first filly to win the Haskell title in 1995. The future Hall of Famer beat Pyramid Peak by three quarters as the favorite 3-2. Her victory marked Haskell’s only victory so far for her Hall of Famer coach Wayne Lucas.
14. Rachel Alexandra, in 2009, is the only other filly to have won the Haskell Award. She worked her way up to winning six lengths as part of a history-making season that culminated in the Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year.
15th. The race was a handicap event, meaning every horse was assigned a weight in the field, from 1968 to 2005, with the exception of 1988. In 2006, the race became an equal weights race for good.
16. Until 2020, Haskell was an invite, which means the horse must be invited for a run. There were no nomination or initiation fees as a result. Starting in 2020, the race turned into a regular stake race with nomination and start fees. This year, Haskell’s nomination fee is $500. Entry costs an additional $6000 and $6000 to get started.
17. Verrazano holds the record for the largest profit margin in Haskell’s history. He won the 2013 edition by 9 lengths. Holding a Pattern in 1974, Forty Niner in 1988, Girvin in 2017, and Authentic in 2020 all share the record for the shortest profit margin. All of them were victorious by the nose.
18. Craig PerrettAnd the Martin Garcia, And the Mike Smith He won more Haskells than any other knight. Perret won with Thanks to Tony in 1981, Bet Twice in 1987, and Lost Mountain in 1991. Garcia won aboard Lookin at Lucky in 2010, Coil in 2011, and Bayern in 2014. Smith won with Holy Bull in 1994, Coronado’s Quest in 1998, and Originals in 2020.
19. Veteran Monmouth Joe Bravo He competed in Haskell more than any other jockey. He’s ridden in Haskell 16 times, winning with Lion Heart in 2004.
20. The biggest field in Haskell history came in 1971, when he raced 12 horses. The smallest field in racing history is five horses, and it has happened six times, most recently in 2002.
21. When Triple Crown-winning American Pharoah raced at Haskell in 2015, he drew a crowd of 60,983, the largest in racing history. Beat by 2 lengths in hand.
22. Last year’s Haskell Day Card set the record for the largest handle in Haskell Day history. Despite the limited crowd on the track due to COVID-19 restrictions, $20,479,392 was wagered into the 14-race program.
23. Unlike most major races, Haskell has been held on Sundays for much of its history. The Sunday race was held in New Jersey for the first time in 1991, and Haskell moved to Sunday in 1992. He remained there until 2019, when it was moved back to Saturday.
24. Twenty-six Haskell winners were Bay, more than any other color. Eleven of them were chestnut, 11 were dark bay or brown, and four were gray or gray.