Haskell News | Resorts Casino Hotel to sponsor 2011 Haskell Invitational this year

The Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City will be sponsoring the 2011, GI, for $1 million, with the new title of the Resorts Haskell Invitational scheduled for July 31, Monmouth Park officials announced today!

Resorts co-owner and president Dennis Gomes said in a statement released today that, “The Haskell is one of horse racing’s most prestigious events, and we are excited to be the new hosting sponsor”.  He also added that, “It’s a natural fit to have two of  New Jersey’s premier gaming and entertainment destinations combine for what is  sure to be one of the most exciting races of the year.”

Dennis Gomes and developer Morris Bailey purchased Resorts in  2010 with plans to revitalize Atlantic City’s first casino property. Bailey also recently ended a long and arduous negotiation to lease Monmouth Park from the New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority.

Monmouth vice president and general manager Bob Kulina said today that “Monmouth is honored to attach the Resorts name to our greatest race”.  He later added that, “With five champions having run in the last four editions, the Haskell has become a key stepping stone on the path to year-end Eclipse honors.”

Those Eclipse Award champions he is referring to are, Curlin 3rd in 2007, Big Brown 1st in 2008, Rachel Alexandra 1st and Summerbird 2nd in 2009 and 2010 Haskell winner and 3yo male Eclipse Award winner Lookin at Lucky!

Oh and Curlin, Big Brown, Rachel Alexandra and Lookin at Lucky all won the Preakness Stakes in those same years too.

Following that same logic, Shackleford should rule in 2011, just a thought!

Monmouth Park officials said in a recent release they’re expecting a field of at least eight, top-flight 3yo’s for this year’s Haskell renewal.

See Our Haskell Probables posting on whose coming for this year’s edition!


Delaware Handicap has an old-fashioned filly feud

Delaware Handicap has an old-fashioned filly feud.

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The Del-Cap will be one of the best races of 2011 and just what horse racing needs right now – “real rooting interests“!

Here the link back to our editorial on “What’s wrong with Horse Racing” piece that delved into the lack of “real rooting interests” this year!


2011 Resorts Haskell Invitational has 8 Probables with PP’s

Monmouth Park officials said today that they have commitments from the connections of at least 8 top 3yo’s for July 31st, GI, $1,000,000 Haskell Invitational!

Click here for official M/L Odds and Post Positions!

Free Past Performances,

The now 8 are as follows,

Highlighted Names are linked to that horse’s PP’s or Profile!

Preakness winner Shackleford,

Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice,

Louisiana Derby and Pegasus Stakes winner Pants On Fire,

Bob Baffert’s – Coil, late of a big 2nd place finish out on the left coast last weekend in the GII Swaps Stakes,

Concealed Indentity winner of the Tesio Stakes and 2nd in the Pegasus Stakes,

and finally, muliple Grade Stakes runner Astrology looking for his first GI victory!


Add JJ’s Lucky Train the GIII Bayshore winner to this year’s edition!

Updated 7/25

Joe Vann, This year’s GIII Illinois Derby winner and recent 3rd in the GIII Matt Wynn Stakes at Churchill Downs!

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom is out for the rest of the season with a leg injury!

More to come on 2011 Haskell Invitational Probables in the coming weeks ahead, so stay tuned! Post time will be about 5:45 pm on Sunday!

Virginia Derby 2011, Post Positions, Picks, M/L Odds and Past Performances

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We have the 2011 Virginia Derby, Post Positions, Picks, Morning Line Odds and Past Performances for this contest below!

By Post Position #| Horse | Jockey | Morning Line Odds

Race #8 start time is 8:05 PM!    

Free Past Performances here! (may load slowly)

1. Callingahardten (Kent Desormeaux) at 15/1

2. Air Support (Alex Solis) at 6/1

3. Newsdad (Alan Garcia) at 15/1

4. Street Game (Edgar Prado) at 4/1

5. Casino Host (Chris DeCarlo) at 20/1

6. Thirtyfirststreet (Chris Landeros) at 15/1

7.  Banned (Jose Lezcano) at 5/2

8. Crimson China (Julien Leparoux) at 5/1

9. The Waco Kid (Wilmer Galviz) at 30/1

10.  King Congie (John Velazquez) at 8/1

11.   Benergy (Corey Nakatani) at 12/1

12.  Watch Me Go (Luis Garcia) at 15/1

Our Picks are2,4,7, and 8 in Boxed exactas and tri’s and 3,6,10 and 12 mixed in multiple 10-cent supers, if you can find them! This one’s an excellent betting race as all the exotics will probably payout well!

*Note of Caution – this is a 3yo contest and in case you’ve forgotten already all the big 3yo races this year have gone to double-digits/1, long shots. So the trend should still be our friend here! So Teens/1 on top isn’t such a crazy idea in at least 1 of your exotic plays!

Watch Paddy O’Prado come up the rail, in the stretch, to win the 2010 Virginia Derby and go on to earn the 3yo male turf horse of the year, Eclipse Award  last year!