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There is $1 million dollars on the table and a massive trophy that will be the envy of every barn across the country for the horse who can run faster than the others in the 2013 Haskell Invitational Stakes, and some of this year's finest 3-year-olds booked tickets to Monmouth Park for the chance this Saturday. Expected starters - at the moment - are Oxbow, Verrazano, Golden Soul, Micromanage, and Power Broker. Pick of the Litter is a maybe as is 2012 Canadian Horse of the Year Uncaptured.

Probable favorite and Preakness winner Oxbow has been working well at Saratoga while another possible favorite, Verrazano, high off his win in the Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth a few weeks ago, is already settled into the Monmouth Park vibe. 

In the Long Branch Stakes (also at Monmouth), Micromanage, who was all over the track according to his jockey, “Jersey” Joe Bravo, and “fanned out into the parking lot” on the first turn, put in a yeoman's run to the finish line and surprised everyone. Golden Soul also is “ready to rock and roll” according to trainer Dallas Stewart and should be well rested coming into this race. Trainer Bob Baffert is very familiar with having his picture taken with the extravagant trophy in the winner's circle - he's won six times - and hoping that Power Broker is his ticket to number seven.

As always, it’s anyone’s race!

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Jen Ferguson

Jen Ferguson is an artist whose interest in depicting racehorses and track life goes back to early childhood, when she was obsessed with drawing horses and jockeys out of Blood-Horse magazines she got from her uncle, who owned and raced Thoroughbreds. In fact, her first childhood drawings were of racehorses.

In 2009, she published a book of drawings and stories based on expeditions to Aqueduct titled “Railbirds: My Life at the Track.” Jen spent last August working on drawings at Saratoga Race Course and plans to return for the 2013 meet. She currently works in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she draws regularly at Aqueduct and Belmont Park. If you see her sketching at the track, say hello!

More of Jen’s work plus her racetrack sketchbook in progress can be seen at jenferguson.com

Image Description

Jen Ferguson

Jen Ferguson is an artist whose interest in depicting racehorses and track life goes back to early childhood, when she was obsessed with drawing horses and jockeys out of Blood-Horse magazines she got from her uncle, who owned and raced Thoroughbreds. In fact, her first childhood drawings were of racehorses.

In 2009, she published a book of drawings and stories based on expeditions to Aqueduct titled “Railbirds: My Life at the Track.” Jen spent last August working on drawings at Saratoga Race Course and plans to return for the 2013 meet. She currently works in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she draws regularly at Aqueduct and Belmont Park. If you see her sketching at the track, say hello!

More of Jen’s work plus her racetrack sketchbook in progress can be seen at jenferguson.com

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