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.
|Grade I race|
|Location||Monmouth Park Racetrack|
Oceanport, New Jersey, U.S.
|Race type||Thoroughbred – Flat racing|
|Distance||1 1⁄8 miles (9 furlongs)|
|Qualification||Three-year-olds – invitation only|
|Weight||122 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|
|Bonuses||The 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 1⁄8 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.
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.
In 1997, the purse for the race was increased to $1,000,000 and has since remained at that level with two exceptions. 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. The 2015 running attracted a record New Jersey crowd of 60,983.
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:
- 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 
Largest winning margin
- 9 3/4 lengths – Verrazano (2013)
Most wins by a jockey:
Most wins by a trainer:
- 9 – Bob Baffert (2001, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2020)
A ‡ designates a filly.