The 2021 TVG.com Haskell Stakes (G1) has drawn a field of seven. Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Mandaloun will face Belmont Stakes (G1) runner-up Hot Rod Charlie, as well as newcomer Following Sea and graded stakes winner Midnight Bourbon. Fans and bettors alike should not miss this clash of titans in the 3-year-old division, which could be the highlight of the summer.
Haskell Stakes Odds
The 2021 Haskell Stakes field was drawn on July 14. Although Haskell Stakes live odds are expected to fluctuate up until post time, here are the morning-line odds in post-position order.
Hot Rod Charlie
Expect the current odds to change significantly as the race gets closer. A horse that is a low price early might drift up, depending on the live odds that are adjusted thanks to pari-mutuel wagering.
New Jersey’s Monmouth Park is a popular Thoroughbred venue famed as much for its horticultural beauty as for its racing.
The $1 million TVG.com Haskell is run at Monmouth every year which to this day attracts Triple Crown alumni and Breeders’ Cup candidates, especially those potentially heading to the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).
A traditional venue being almost 150 years old, Monmouth Park sits less than four miles from Monmouth Beach and is a less than 90-minute drive from New York City, which opens up the park to a huge fan base of potential horseplayers and day trippers.
Back in 1870, Monmouth Park opened for Thoroughbred racing but, having suffered financial difficulties, was forced to close within three years. However by 1882, the track was back in business again. By 1997 Monmouth had reached new heights with that year’s Haskell day drawing a crowd of over 39,000 who between them wagered almost $10 million on the day.
Today, Monmouth Park remains one of the most popular race tracks in the entire country, something befitting its near 150-year history. The Haskell is one of two premier summer races that all horsemen aim for, and that all fans want to attend.
Haskell Stakes Prep Results
The local prep race for the Haskell has been the Long Branch Stakes, but it has not been run since 2019. The TVG.com Pegasus Stakes was won by Haskell entrant Mandaloun in a battle with Weyburn.
Otherwise, the prep races are the Triple Crown races, won this year by Medina Spirit, Rombauer, and Essential Quality. Runner-ups have a strong likelihood of running well in the Haskell this year: Hot Rod Charlie and Mandaloun.
Haskell Stakes Contenders
Following Sea: Following Sea is the third betting choice on the morning line for the Haskell. He has won two of three career starts, including an allowance race win on June 3 at Belmont Park.
Mandaloun: He crossed the finish line second in the Kentucky Derby, but may eventually be elevated to first if Medina Spirit is disqualified due to a medication positive. The son of Into Mischief won the local prep here and earlier this year captured the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes for trainer Brad Cox.
Hot Rod Charlie: Many believe that his runner-up effort in the Belmont Stakes was as impressive as that of race winner Essential Quality, as Hot Rod Charlie set a blistering pace and hung around until the final strides. Doug O’Neill trains the California-based runner.
Pickin’ Time: The son of Stay Thirsty won two stakes races last year, including the Nashua Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct, but hasn’t won since. He was seventh in the local Jersey Derby here on May 28. Kelly Breen trains.
Midnight Bourbon: Midnight Bourbon ran well in the Preakness Stakes (G1), finishing second behind Rombauer and outlasting Medina Spirit after tracking the pace in second. He has not run since but has been training for this spot. Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen trains the colt for Winchell Thoroughbreds.
Basso: He broke his maiden at Monmouth by eight lengths last year, but has not won since. It will be a huge upset if this son of Cairo Prince can win this race for trainer Greg Sacco.
Antigravity: This son of First Samurai has won two races in a row for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, both at Monmouth Park, and has hit the top three in eight of his 12 career starts. He will be stepping into stakes company for the first time.
Haskell Stakes Past Winners Past Performances
The Kentucky Derby is a huge stepping-stone to the TVG.com Haskell Stakes. Authentic, Maximum Security, American Pharoah, Big Brown, and War Emblem are some of the horses who won the Haskell and crossed the finish line first in the Derby. The Preakness Stakes is also productive, with Preakness winners Point Given, Rachel Alexandra, Lookin At Lucky, and Exaggerator coming back to win the Haskell. 1997 Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold, 2017 juvenile champion Good Magic, and 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern also count the Haskell Stakes on their resumes.
Post Time for the Haskell Stakes
The TVG.com Haskell Stakes has a scheduled post time of 5:47 pm ET.
Haskell Stakes Undercard
The Haskell Stakes is the biggest day of the Monmouth Park meeting, and the card also includes some valuable undercard stakes. Six stakes in total highlight the card, including the Grade 1, $500,000 United Nations, the $300,000 Monmouth Cup (G3), the $250,000 Molly Pitcher (G3), the $150,000 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes (G3), and the $75,000 Wolf Hill Stakes. These races usually draw some of the best horses in training, but this year there is a question on who will ride because Monmouth Park has enacted new strict rules for jockeys, including a lack of whips, that has turned many trainers away from the track.
Q: When is the Haskell Stakes?
A: Saturday, July 17, 2021, at 5:47 p.m. ET.
Q: Where is the Haskell Stakes?
A: It takes place at Monmouth Park in New Jersey.
Q: Which trainer has the most wins in the Haskell Stakes?
A: Bob Baffert has won the race nine times.
Q: Who is the favorite for this year’s Haskell Stakes?
A: Hot Rod Charlie (6-5 on the morning line)
Q: Who is the winningest Haskell jockey?
A: Craig Perret, Martin Garcia, and Mike Smith won the race three times. The latter two are still active.
Q: Who won the Haskell Stakes in 2020?
A: Authentic, under Mike Smith for trainer Bob Baffert