The Grade 1 Haskell Invitational takes place on Sunday, July 29th at Monmouth Park and will not feature triple Crown winner Justify. However, without him, there are still some quality horses entered into this race. Let’s look at each horse by the post-selection. This race will be televised on NBC with estimated post time at 5:57 PM ET. This has a $1 Million purse and is a “Win and You’re In” spot for the November Breeders’ Cup Classic.
- Lone Sailor– The odds to win come in at 5/1 odds. The last time this horse lost was in the Louisiana Derby to Core Beliefs. He was ahead in that race and hung around but was nosed out at the end. It may have been his best race. Another thing is Lone Sailor may not have a pace to run early and fall back.
- Navy Commander– The son of Poseidon’s Warrior, he has his odds at 12/1 to win. On July 7, he was the winner of the Long Beach Stakes and now is in the graded stakes for the first time. The field is likely too tough for this horse.
- Roaming Union– This horse isn’t a winner. It took seven tries before he broke his maiden. In four different graded stakes, he hasn’t crossed the line ahead of the pack. In the Pegasus Stakes on June 17 he lost by a neck on his home track. At 10/1, we can’t see this one in the money.
- Core Beliefs– At 4/1 odds, this son of Quality Road has a decent chance to finish first. He won the Ohio Derby b a nose and has gone to the West Coast and done well. This is grade 1 and that really put this horse to the test. Early speed is expected and could lead most of the race if not all of it.
- Bravazo– We haven’t seen this horse since he was stuck in traffic back at the Belmont Stakes. This horse ran all three legs of the triple crown without finishing in the money. At 3/1 odds, this horse could surprise lots of bettors.
- Good Magic– at 6/5 odds to win, this son of Curlin is the horse to beat. There is no doubt that trainer Chad Brown has put this horse through all of the right steps to get her. A win at the Haskell Invitational will give it three graded stakes wins.
- Golden Brown– The largest longshot in this race enters with 15/1 odds to win. This might be a good value bet as it has only finished out of the exacta once. This horse will be the leader early with a fast pace before fading. This horse is a local and knows the track so don’t sleep on that information.
Our Thoughts: Let’s be honest today and just day that Good Magic is the leader. However, when I am betting this race I will look for better value. With that in mind, I am putting my money on Core Beliefs for the very slight upset. The longshot Golden Brown will get a piece of my money to finish in the money.
1. Core Beliefs
2. Good Magic
3. Lone Sailor
You can bet on this event at your local Legal US sportsbook or racebook.