Haskell Invitational Stakes

The Haskell Invitational is an American Grade I race for thoroughbred horses. From 1968 through 2005, with the exception of 1988, the race was a Handicap. In 1988 and since 2006, it has been a Stakes.

Haskell Invitational Stakes
Grade I race
LocationMonmouth Park Racetrack
Oceanport, New Jersey, U.S.
Inaugurated1968
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Websitewww.monmouthpark.com/haskell/
Race information
Distance1 18 miles (9 furlongs)
SurfaceDirt
Trackleft-handed
QualificationThree-year-olds – invitation only
Weight122 lbs. Non-winners of a triple crown race allowed 2 lbs; Non-winners of a Grade I at a mile or over in the same calendar year allowed 4 lbs
Purse$1,010,000[1]
BonusesThe owner and trainer of any Triple Crown race victor which starts in the Haskell receives a $25,000 bonus per Triple Crown race victory. A $10,000 trainer's bonus is awarded for each horse starting in the Haskell that is a Grade 1 winner and has not won a leg of the Triple Crown.

In 1968, the board of directors of Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey, honored its former president and chairman Amory L. Haskell (1893–1966) with the Amory L. Haskell Handicap, a race for older horses. In 1981, the race was made an invitation-only stakes for 3-year-olds at ​1 18 miles. It has been run under allowance weight conditions beginning with the 2006 running.

A major race for three-year-olds in between the U.S. Triple Crown series and the Breeders' Cup, it currently offers a purse of US$1,000,000 and awards one of the most prestigious trophies in U.S. thoroughbred racing in the Haskell Invitational Trophy.

HistoryEdit

In 1968, Monmouth Park inaugurated the Amory L. Haskell Handicap to honor its former president, Amory L. Haskell. In 1981, the race became an invitational handicap for three-year-olds. In 2006, the race was changed from a handicap to allowance weight conditions.[2]

In 1997, the purse for the race was increased to $1,000,000 and has since remained at that level with two exceptions.[1] In 2002, the purse was increased to $1,500,000 due to the presence of War Emblem, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. In 2015, the purse was increased to $1,750,000 as it featured American Pharoah in his first race since winning the Triple Crown.[3] The 2015 running attracted a record New Jersey crowd of 60,983.[2]

Ten winners of the Haskell Invitational have gone on to win championship honors at the Eclipse Awards as best three-year-old colt or filly. Four have also been named horse of the year in the year they won the Haskell. They are:[2]

  • Champion three-year-old colts: Wajima (1975), Holy Bull (1994), Skip Away (1996), Point Given (2001), War Emblem (2002), Big Brown (2008), Lookin at Lucky (2010), American Pharoah (2015)
  • Champion three-year-old fillies: Serena's Song (1995), Rachel Alexandra (2009)
  • Horses of the Year: Holy Bull (1994), Point Given (2001), Rachel Alexandra (2009), American Pharoah (2015)

Race name transitionEdit

1968−1980 Monmouth Invitational Handicap
1981−1987 Haskell Invitational Handicap
1988     Haskell Invitational Stakes
1989−1995 Haskell Invitational Handicap
1996−1998 Buick Haskell Invitational Handicap
1999−2005 Haskell Invitational Handicap
2006−2009 Haskell Invitational Stakes
2010     Izod Haskell Invitational Stakes
2011・2012 Haskell Invitational Stakes
2013−2015 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes
2016−2018 betfair.com Haskell Invitational Stakes [1]

RecordsEdit

Stakes record

Largest winning margin

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 9 – Bob Baffert (2001, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2020)

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
(Miles)
Time
Gr.
2020 Authentic Mike E. Smith Bob Baffert Spendthrift Farm LLC, MyRacehorse Stable, Madaket Stables LLC, Starlight Racing 1 18 1:50.45 I
2019 Maximum Security Luis Saez Jason Servis Gary & Mary West 1 18 1:47.56 I
2018 Good Magic José Ortiz Chad Brown e Five Racing & Stonestreet Stables 1 18 1:50.01 I
2017 Girvin Robby Albarado Joe Sharp Brad Grady 1 18 1:48.35 I
2016 Exaggerator Kent J. Desormeaux J. Keith Desormeaux Big Chief Racing & Rocker O Ranch et al. 1 18 1:48.70 I
2015 American Pharoah Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert Zayat Stables, LLC 1 18 1:47.95 I
2014 Bayern Martin Garcia Bob Baffert Kaleem Shah, Inc. 1 18 1:47.82 I
2013 Verrazano John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Let's Go Stable, Michael Tabor, Susan Magnier 1 18 1:50.68 I
2012 Paynter Rafael Bejarano Bob Baffert Zayat Stables 1 18 1:48.67 I
2011 Coil Martin Garcia Bob Baffert Michael Pegram, Karl Watson & Paul Weitman 1 18 1:48.10 I
2010 Lookin at Lucky Martin Garcia Bob Baffert Michael Pegram, Karl Watson & Paul Weitman 1 18 1:49.40 I
2009 Rachel Alexandra Calvin Borel Steve Asmussen Stonestreet Stables & Harold McCormick 1 18 1:47.21 I
2008 Big Brown Kent Desormeaux Richard E. Dutrow Jr. IEAH Stables & Paul Pompa Jr. 1 18 1:48.31 I
2007 Any Given Saturday Garrett Gomez Todd Pletcher WinStar Farm & Padua Stables 1 18 1:48.35 I
2006 Bluegrass Cat John Velazquez Todd Pletcher WinStar Farm 1 18 1:48.85 I
2005 Roman Ruler Jerry Bailey Bob Baffert Fog City Stable 1 18 1:49.88 I
2004 Lion Heart Joe Bravo Patrick L. Biancone Derrick Smith & Michael Tabor 1 18 1:48.80 I
2003 Peace Rules Edgar Prado Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 1 18 1:49.20 I
2002 War Emblem Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert The Thoroughbred Corp. 1 18 1:48.20 I
2001 Point Given Gary Stevens Bob Baffert The Thoroughbred Corp. 1 18 1:49.60 I
2000 Dixie Union Alex Solis Richard Mandella Diamond A Racing 1 18 1:50.00 I
1999 Menifee Pat Day W. Elliott Walden Arthur B. Hancock III & James Stone 1 18 1:48.00 I
1998 Coronado's Quest Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Stuart S. Janney III & Stonerside Stable 1 18 1:48.60 I
1997 Touch Gold Chris McCarron David Hofmans Frank Stronach 1 18 1:47.60 I
1996 Skip Away José Santos Sonny Hine Carolyn Hine 1 18 1:47.60 I
1995 Serena's Song Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas Robert & Beverly Lewis 1 18 1:48.80 I
1994 Holy Bull Mike E. Smith Warren A. Croll Jr. Warren A. Croll Jr. 1 18 1:48.20 I
1993 Kissin Kris José Santos David R. Bell John A. Franks 1 18 1:49.40 I
1992 Technology Jerry Bailey Sonny Hine Scott Savin & Classic Partners 1 18 1:48.60 I
1991 Lost Mountain Craig Perret Thomas Bohannan Loblolly Stable 1 18 1:48.00 I
1990 Restless Con Timothy T. Doocy Duane Offield Chambers & Rago 1 18 1:49.20 I
1989 King Glorious Chris McCarron Jerry Hollendorfer Four M Stable & Halo Farms 1 18 1:49.80 I
1988 Forty Niner Laffit Pincay Jr. Woody Stephens Claiborne Farm 1 18 1:47.60 I
1987 Bet Twice Craig Perret Warren A. Croll Jr. Cisley Stable & Blanche Levy 1 18 1:47.00 I
1986 Wise Times Chris DeCarlo Philip A. Gleaves Russell L. Reineman Stables 1 18 1:48.60 I
1985 Skip Trial Jean-Luc Samyn Sonny Hine Zelda Cohen 1 18 1:48.60 I
1984 Big Pistol Garth Patterson Lynn S. Whiting W. Cal Partee 1 18 1:47.80 I
1983 Deputed Testamony Herb McCauley J. William Boniface Bonita Farm 1 18 1:49.20 I
1982 Wavering Monarch Randy Romero George R. Arnold Glencrest Farm 1 18 1:47.80 I
1981 Five Star Flight Craig Perret Ben W. Perkins Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Arnold A. Wilcox 1 18 1:48.40 I
1980 Thanks To Tony Carlos Lopez Sr. Reynoldo H. Nobles Sui Generis Stables 1 18 1:49.40 I
1979 Coastal Ruben Hernandez David A. Whiteley William Haggin Perry 1 18 1:48.80 I
1978 Delta Flag Dan Nied Lawrence W. Jennings Dogwood Stable 1 18 1:53.20 I
1977 Affiliate Miguel A. Rivera Laz Barrera Harbor View Farm 1 18 1:50.60 I
1976 Majestic Light Sandy Hawley John W. Russell Ogden Phipps 1 18 1:47.00 I
1975 Wajima Braulio Baeza Stephen A. DiMauro East-West Stable 1 18 1:49.60 I
1974 Holding Pattern Mike Miceli Jerome Sarner Jr. John Gerbas & Bob Schleicher 1 18 1:49.80 I
1973 Our Native Miguel A. Rivera William J. Resseguet Elizabeth Pritchard 1 18 1:48.60 I
1972 Freetex Michael Hole William T. Raymond Middletown Stable (Joseph & William Stavola) 1 18 1:50.00
1971 West Coast Scout Larry Adams Mervin Marks Oxford Stable 1 18 1:48.00
1970 Twice Worthy John Ruane James P. Conway Saddle Rock Farm (Al Lippe) 1 18 1:48.40
1969 Al Hattab Ray Broussard Warren A. Croll Jr. Pelican Stable (Rachel Carpenter) 1 18 1:50.20
1968 Balustrade Eric Walsh Morris H. Dixon Thaddeus R. Trout 1 18 1:50.00

A designates a filly.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Graded Stakes Profile – Haskell Invitational". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Haskell Invitational History" (PDF). www.monmouthpark.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  3. ^ http://www.monmouthpark.com/News.aspx?id=9617

External linksEdit

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