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Your guide to the Haskell Invitational Stakes at Monmouth Park.
The Haskell Invitational Stakes is one of the premier races on the horse racing calendar.
Occurring between the end of the Triple Crown season and the Breeders’ Cup, it is open to 3-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run over a distance of 1.125 of a mile at Monmouth Park, New Jersey.
In 2020, the 52nd renewal of the Haskell Invitational Stakes will be Saturday, July 18, a week later from its traditional Sunday slot. This decision was made to ensure that national television coverage of the race on NBC could be assured in coming years.
This page gives you a complete rundown of the Invitational that is organized in the following sections:
Being an Invitational race, there are no formal qualification criteria.
The race organizers aim to put together the strongest field possible. The timing of the race is perfect, as it sits nicely between the end of the Triple Crown series and the start of the Breeders’ Cup.
This being the case, the race has historically attracted the best 3-year-old horses from across the country.
To add an extra incentive for the best horses, trainers and owners to enter the race, there are two bonuses:
Non-winners of a Triple Crown race will receive a 2-pound allowance in the Haskell, while non-winners of a Grade I race will receive a 4-pound allowance.
This race is part of the “win and you’re in” qualification for the Breeders’ Cup. The winner of the Haskell Invitational Stakes is invited to take part in the Breeders’ Cup Classic race, the highlight event of that series.
There is nothing like being part of the packed crowd at Monmouth Park for the Haskell Invitational Stakes, which is the easiest betting option.
Enjoy the live action and place a wager at the track, then watch the action unfold as you aim to secure the best view of the finish line.
If you live too far away from Monmouth Park to attend, you could head to a local racetrack for simulcast betting. Watch the action on the screen in the company of other racing fans and hope you’ve made the right choice.
The other option for betting on the Haskell Invitational Stakes is off-track betting (OTB) sites that are available in several states.
You’ll find a range of betting options available for the race. Here’s a rundown of the most popular:
When placing an exacta (2x), trifecta (6x) or superfecta (24x), you can “box” the wagers. Here your selections can finish in any order. The numbers in the brackets signify how many times you’ll need to multiply your stakes to place these wagers.
Here are the payouts in 2018. Note that these payouts were relatively low, as Good Magic entered the race as strong favorite, while the first four in the race were also the first four in the betting. In 2017, the superfecta payout was a much more enticing $941.10.
|1st. Good Magic||$3.00||$2.40||$2.10|
|3rd. Lone Sailor||$2.60|
If you’re looking for the right website for placing a bet on the Haskell Invitational Stakes, check out the following three industry leaders.
These sites are regulated, legal and cover most states:
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Monmouth Park is one of the oldest racetracks in the country having first opened its doors in 1870. However, despite good attendance at the track, legislation barred pari-mutuel betting in its home state and New Jersey saw the track close down. The Army later built Fort Monmouth on the site.
More than 50 years later, another law passed allowing for state regulation of horse racing. Amory L. Haskell led the charge for this law change, and this would eventually lead to the new Monmouth Park opening on June 19, 1946.
The racetrack today plays host to both turf and dirt tracks. The turf track on the inside has a circumference of seven furlongs, while the outer dirt track has a circumference of 1 mile.
New Jersey plays host to some of the biggest races on the calendar.
In 2007, Monmouth Park was the host of the Breeders’ Cup.
Events included the showcase Breeders’ Cup Classic and Breeders’ Cup turf races. The Breeders’ Cup changes location from year to year, so racing fans in New Jersey will be hoping for a return to Monmouth Park soon.
As well as the Haskell Invitational Stakes, Monmouth Park plays host to several big races throughout the year. The United Nations Stakes is a Grade I event on the turf, with a prize fund of $300,000, a race that first ran in 1953. Grade II events at the track include the Molly Pitcher Stakes and the Monmouth Cup.
In recent years, New Jersey would play host to the Tony Gatto Dream Big Stakes until the closure of Atlantic City racetrack. The Meadowlands Racetrack is the site of some of the best trotting and harness racing in the country.
The first running of the race came in 1968 when the board of directors of Monmouth Park decided to honor its former president Haskell with a race named after him.
The early events took place under handicap conditions. The inaugural winner was Balustrade, ridden by Eric Walsh and trained by Morris H. Dixon.
In 1981, the race became an invitational for 3-year-olds and the same format remains to this day. Over the years, Haskell has attracted some of the best thoroughbreds on the planet.
In 2015, American Pharoah headed to Monmouth Park for the Haskell Invitational Stakes after winning the famed Triple Crown. Such was his considered superiority; he went off at incredible odds of 1:9, he was considered unbeatable. American Pharoah duly went on to win the race with ease, justifying those tiny odds.
Other notable winners include War Emblem, who added the Haskell Invitational to his wins at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2002.
Big Brown also competed in 2008 after winning the Kentucky Derby/Preakness Stakes double. This champion 3-year-old won the Haskell in style with a late surge down the home straight.
|2018||Good Magic||Jose Ortiz||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:50.0|
|2017||Girvin||Robby Albarado||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.4|
|2016||Exaggerator||Kent J. Desormeaux||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.7|
|2015||American Pharoah||Victor Espinoza||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.0|
|2014||Bayern||Martin Garcia||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:47.8|
|2013||Verrazano||John Velazquez||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:50.7|
|2012||Paynter||Rafael Bejarano||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.7|
|2011||Coil||Martin Garcia||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.1|
|2010||Lookin at Lucky||Martin Garcia||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:49.4|
|2009||Rachel Alexandra ‡||Calvin Borel||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:47.2|
|2008||Big Brown||Kent Desormeaux||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.3|
|2007||Any Given Saturday||Garrett Gomez||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.4|
|2006||Bluegrass Cat||John Velazquez||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.9|
|2005||Roman Ruler||Jerry Bailey||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:49.9|
|2004||Lion Heart||Joe Bravo||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.8|
|2003||Peace Rules||Edgar Prado||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:49.2|
|2002||War Emblem||Victor Espinoza||1 1 ⁄ 8||1.49.6|
|2001||Point Given||Gary Stevens||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.2|
|2000||Dixie Union||Alex Solis||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:49.6|
|1999||Menifee||Pat Day||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:50.0|
|1998||Coronado's Quest||Mike E. Smith||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.0|
|1997||Touch Gold||Chris McCarron||1 1 ⁄ 8||1.47.60|
|1996||Skip Away||Jose A. Santos||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:47.6|
|1995||Serena's Song ‡||Gary Stevens||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.8|
|1994||Holy Bull||Mike E. Smith||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.2|
|1993||Kissin Kris||Jose A. Santos||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:49.4|
|1992||Technology||Jerry Bailey||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.6|
|1991||Lost Mountain||Craig Perret||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.0|
|1990||Restless Con||Timothy T. Doocy||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:49.2|
|1989||King Glorious||Chris McCarron||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:49.8|
|1988||Forty Niner||Laffit Pincay, Jr.||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:47.6|
|1987||Bet Twice||Craig Perret||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:47.0|
|1986||Wise Times||Chris DeCarlo||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.6|
|1985||Skip Trial||Jean-Luc Samyn||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.6|
|1984||Big Pistol||Garth Patterson||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:47.8|
|1983||Deputed Testamony||Herb McCauley||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:49.2|
|1982||Wavering Monarch||Randy Romero||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:47.8|
|1981||Five Star Flight||Craig Perret||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.4|
|1980||Thanks To Tony||Carlos Lopez, Sr.||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:49.4|
|1979||Coastal||Ruben Hernandez||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.8|
|1978||Delta Flag||Dan Nied||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:53.2|
|1977||Affiliate||Miguel A. Rivera||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:50.6|
|1976||Majestic Light||Sandy Hawley||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:47.0|
|1975||Wajima||Braulio Baeza||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:49.6|
|1974||Holding Pattern||Mike Miceli||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:49.8|
|1973||Our Native||Miguel A. Rivera||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.6|
|1972||Freetex||Michael Hole||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:50.0|
|1971||West Coast Scout||Larry Adams||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.0|
|1970||Twice Worthy||John Ruane||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:48.4|
|1969||Al Hattab||Ray Broussard||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:50.2|
|1968||Balustrade||Eric Walsh||1 1 ⁄ 8||01:50.0|
Here is a rundown of all the facts and figures you’ll need as we head toward the 2020 Haskell Invitational Stakes.
The race has a guaranteed total purse of more than $1 million (that rises by a quarter of a million dollars for any Triple Crown race winning entrant).
The winner of this race will also pick up the famous Haskell Invitation trophy. This trophy features three golden thoroughbreds in a race to the line, the Monmouth Park arches, flag poles and the wooden base complete with an inscription showing the winning connections.
Also, the winner will have a guaranteed entry into the Breeders’ Cup Classic Race.
In 1976, Majestic Light, ridden by Sandy Hawley won the Haskell Invitational in a time of 1:47, the fastest running of the race ever.
This time was met 11 years later by Bet Twice, ridden by Craig Perret. The last horse to dip under the 1:48 mark was Triple Crown-winning American Pharoah in 2015, with a time of 1:47.95.
In 2013, Verrazano romped home by an incredible 9.75 lengths. Verrazano came into the home stretch with two rivals just a length behind but pulled away for a win.
Craig Perret was the winning jockey in 1981, 1987 and 1991 giving him three wins in the race. This feat was equaled by Martin Garcia, with wins in 2010, 2011 and 2014.
Bob Baffert is the most successful trainer in the history of the race with an incredible eight wins. All of these wins came between 2001 and 2015 (2001, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015).
Don’t be surprised if Baffert adds to his tally in 2020.
Yes, on two occasions.
The first filly to win was Serena’s Song, ridden by Gary Stevens in 1995. The brilliant Rachel Alexandra followed up her win at the Preakness Stakes by winning the Haskell Invitational with Calvin Borel on board in 2009.
There is little doubt that the Haskell Invitational Stakes is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar.
The race attracts a stellar field on an annual basis. Many of the stars of the Triple Crown series will once again come head-to-head at Monmouth Park.
Over the years, legends such as American Pharoah, War Emblem, Big Brown and Rachel Alexandra have graced the racetrack with their presence.
This year’s run promises to be no different. Expect drama, excitement and some of the best horses in the land on July 18.