Untapable Going for History in the $1,000,000 Haskell Invitational
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Sat 26/07/2014 - 12:34 EDT
Untapable will try to join an elite club and become only the third filly in history to win the $1 million Grade 1 Haskell Invitational on Sunday at Monmouth Park. She will face a field of eight male rivals in the mile and an eighth contest.
Untapable, installed as the morning line favorite at 2-1, is a perfect four for four on the year and has had back to back victories Grade 1 victories in the Mother Goose and Kentucky Oaks. Trained by Steve Asmussen, the three-year-old daughter of Tapit will have Rosie Napravnik back in the irons and the pair will break from post seven. Only Rachel Alexandra and Serena’s Song have beaten the boys in the Haskell.
Bayern goes for first Grade 1
Second choice at 5-2 is Bayern, the impressive winner of the Woody Stephens (G2) in his most recent outing for trainer Bob Baffert. The sophomore son of Offlee Wild, a $320,000 purchase as a juvenile, will have Martin Garcia aboard replacing Gary Stevens who is currently recovering from knee surgery. Bayern has won three of his six starts and is looking for his first Grade 1.
Wildcat Red a top threat on the lead
Also in the field is Wildcat Red, a longshot at 10-1 on the morning line. Trained by Jose Garoffalo and ridden by Luis Saez, the bay son of Wildcat Heir rebounded sharply off if an eighteenth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby with a daylight victory over East Hall in the Quality Road Stakes. Wildcat Red has won three of his six starts and will be attempting to prove his lone blemish in the Derby was a fluke.
Players trying to look beyond prohibitive favorite Tepin in the September 17 Woodbine Mile will surely have their work cut out for them as the superstar mare tackles seven rivals on the grass.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes Tuesday night from Fort Erie race track, where Sir Dudley Digges will try to take another step toward Canadian racing history.
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, Canada’s most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
A spectacular card of graded stakes action has been assembled for Saturday at Belmont Park and the $1 million Ogden Phipps is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the day. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.