Bet on Haskell Invitational Handicap
Stakes: Grade I for 3-year-old thoroughbreds and fillies
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
The Haskell Invitational Handicap is named for the first president and chairman of the Monmouth Park Jockey Club who served two decades until his death in 1966. It is a major race for three year olds in between the Triple Crown series and the Breeders' Cup, it currently offers a purse of $1,000,000 USD
The track on the Jersey Shore has had more ups and downs than the stock market since opening on July 4, 1870. By 1890, it was completely rebuilt. But the following year, Monmouth's meeting was moved to Jerome Park in New York because of repressive legislation against gambling. Then the track was shuttered for more than half a century.
It wasn't until 1980 that the present-day Haskell Invitational Handicap became a fixture for three-year-olds and Monmouth Park officially dates the race back to 1968.
Amory L. Haskell, vice president in charge of General Motors' export division after serving in the Navy during World War I, led a successful fight in 1939 to legalize pari-mutuel wagering in New Jersey. Although World War II delayed construction of a new facility, it opened in 1946.
In 1968, Monmouth directors honored his memory with the Haskell Handicap for older horses. In 1981, the race was made an invitation-only stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles with a purse of $200,000.
Graded Stakes Races
Gulfstream Park: Fred Hooper ,$150,000 ,4&up ,8f Dirt
Gulfstream Park: Inside Information Stakes ,$200,000 ,4&up f/m ,7f Dirt
Gulfstream Park: La Prevoyante ,$200,000 ,4&up f/m ,12f Turf
Gulfstream Park: Pegasus World Cup Invitational ,$3,000k e ,4&up ,9f Dirt
Gulfstream Park: Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational ,$1,000k e ,4&up ,9.5f Turf
Gulfstream Park: W.L. McKnight ,$200,000 ,4&up ,12f Turf
Santa Anita: Palos Verdes Stakes ,$200,000 ,4&up ,6f Dirt
Japan Racing Association: Tokai Stakes ,$1,103,000 ,4&up ,9f Dirt
Japan Racing Association: American Jockey Club Cup ,$1,247,000 ,4&up ,11f Turf
Sam Houston: John B. Connally Turf ,$200,000 ,4&up ,12f Turf
Sam Houston: Houston Ladies Classic ,$300,000 ,4&up f/m ,8.5f Dirt
Aqueduct: Withers Stakes ,$250,000 ,3yo ,9f Dirt
Santa Anita: Robert B. Lewis Stakes ,$100,000 ,3yo ,8.5f Dirt
Santa Anita: San Marcos Stakes ,$200,000 ,4&up ,10f Turf
Santa Anita: San Pasqual Stakes ,$200,000 ,4&up ,9f Dirt
Japan Racing Association: Silk Road Stakes ,$785,000 ,4&up ,6f Turf
Japan Racing Association: Negishi Stakes ,$759,000 ,4&up ,7f Dirt
Gulfstream Park: Sweetest Chant Stakes ,$100,000 ,3yo f ,8f Turf
Gulfstream Park: Swale Stakes ,$150,000 ,3yo ,7f Dirt
Gulfstream Park: Holy Bull Stakes ,$350,000 ,3yo ,8.5f Dirt