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07.27 2014

Haskell Invitational Stakes

Oceanport, NJ Monmouth Park

Bayern went straight to the lead in the $1-million Haskell Invitational on Sunday at Monmouth Park and didn’t look back, winning the 1 1/8-mile race by 7 1/4 lengths.

The plan of attack for the 3-year-old was to go straight for the lead out of the gate, a tactic executed perfectly by jockey Martin Garcia. It wasn’t surprising to see Wildcat Red go with Bayern but even with the speed in the race, Bayern was allowed to set an easy pace up front with Social InclusionAlbano, and Untapable filling the third through fifth spots early on. While it was obvious in the far turn that 7/5 favorite Untapable was in trouble with Rosie Napravanik not getting a response from the filly, Bayern started pulling away as the field turned into the stretch.

In the end, Bayern didn’t have to worry about challengers, opening up lengths on the field and covering the distance in a time of 1:47.40. Albano, who had been in the fourth spot for most of the race, passed everyone else for second while Wildcat Red held on for third.

“When I asked him to go, he just took off,” Garcia said. “My horse was pretty much the best. I think he’s getting more mature and I think we know he can go [the distance of the Breeders’ Cup Classic] and he showed it today.”

Owned by Kaleem Shah, Bayern gave trainer Bob Baffert his seventh victory in the Haskell. The win was the third for Garcia, who also won back-to-back runnings of the race in 2010 and 2011.

Bayern has won four of his six career starts with the Haskelll being his first Grade 1 victory and second graded stakes win overall. Bayern was sent off as the second choice at odds of 4.70-to-1. With his victory in the Haskell, Bayern has earned a spot in the Breeders' Cup Classic due to the race being part of the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" program.

The Haskell Invitational (G1) is a 1 1/8 mile race for 3-year-olds at Monmouth Park Racetrack. The race was created in 1968 to honor former Monmouth Park President and Chairman Amory L. Haskell and was originally open to older horses. In 1981 it was changed to an Invitational for 3-year-olds. The race often serves as a prep for the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Racecourse

Haskell winners have gone on to win divisional championship honors eight times, including three consecutive years from 2008-2010. Trainer Bob Baffert has won the race a record six times while jockey Craig Perret has ridden a record three winners.

Bet Twice (1987) and Majestic Light (1976) have recorded the fastest winning time of 1:47.00. Verrazano owns the record for largest win margin with his 9 3/4 length victory in the 2013 edition of the race. Other notable horses to win the race include Lookin At Lucky, Rachel Alexandra, Big Brown, Holy Bull, Skip Away and Forty Niner.

  • Race Number: 12
  • Date of Race: July 27, 2014
  • Current Purse: $1,000,000
  • Location: Oceanport, NJ
  • Track: Monmouth Park
  • Distance: 1 1/8 miles
  • Surface: Dirt
  • Horse Age: 3-year-olds

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Date 07.27.2014

Race NameHaskell Invitational Stakes

Track Monmouth Park

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