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!