The first Grade 1 (G1) race of the second half of the season for 3-year-olds is the $1 million TVG.com Haskell Invitational Stakes July 20 at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. Established in 1968 as the Monmouth Invitational Handicap for older horses, the Haskell Invitational has been a stakes race for 3-year-olds since 2006 and is the premier race held at Monmouth Park – known as The Shore’s Greatest Stretch.
Nicknamed the “War on the Shore”, the Haskell Invitational is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, and the winner receives an automatic fees paid entry into the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at 1 ¼ miles in November.
Best Haskell Stakes betting sites 2019
Haskell Invitational post positions and odds 2019
The Haskell post position draw took place Wednesday, July 17 at noon ET. The race will have seven starters, with Maximum Security opening as an 8/5 favorite on the outside post.
|Post||Horse||Opening Odds||Current Odds||Last Race|
|1||King For A Day||5/2||5/2||1st in Pegasus Stakes (G3)|
|2||Joevia||10/1||10/1||3rd in Belmont Stakes (G1)|
|3||Spun To Run||15/1||15/1||3rd in MSW|
|4||Bethlehem Road||20/1||20/1||4th in Ohio Derby (G3)|
|5||Mucho Gusto||2/1||2/1||1st in Affirmed Stakes (G3)|
|6||Everfast||10/1||10/1||7th in Belmont Stakes (G1)|
|7||Maximum Security||8/5||8/5||2nd in Pegasus Stakes (G3)|
Haskell contenders 2019
The Haskell Invitational has seen the race favorite win nearly 50% of its races including in 2018 when Good Magic rolled to a three-length victory as the heavy 1/2 favorite. The race has been decided by a nose three times including in 2017 when 9-1 longshot Girvin prevailed.
Here is the 2019 field and insight on the 3-year-olds looking to capture a major Grade 1 race.
- King For A Day (5/2) has three wins in five starts including 2-for-2 this year as a 3-year-old. Notably, King For A Day won the recent Pegasus Stakes, outfinishing the Haskell favorite Maximum Security by a length. Trainer Todd Pletcher, a three-time winner of the Haskell, has been patient with this well-bred colt and turns to his go-to-jockey John Velazquez to win again.
- Joevia (10/1) finished a surprising 3rd in the 1.5 mile Belmont Stakes last time out at long odds (21/1). He was running on the lead for a mile and a quarter before fading in the deep stretch. Still, less than two lengths behind the winner, and Jose Lezcana stays aboard at this preferred 1 1/8 mile distance. Joevia won his previous race going a mile and sixteenth against a small field at Monmouth, and also has a pair of runner-up finishes versus weaker fields earlier this year. More speed up front in the Haskell will put pressure on Joevia to reserve some early speed.
- Spun to Run (15/1) is the longshot in the Haskell and takes a major class jump after winning his last two races at Parx. Off a four-month layoff, Spun won’t be able to run with these even with top local-based jockey Paco Lopez urging him on.
- Bethlehem Road (20/1) is the biggest longshot in the field despite three wins in four starts. He finished 4th in his recent race stepping up in class to the Grade 3 Ohio Derby. He’ll be on the front end with jockey Luis Rodriguez Castro in the irons, but not likely when they turn for home.
- Mucho Gusto (2/1) is a top challenger for trainer Bob Baffert, who has won the Haskell eight times and finished second another four times. Joe Talamo rides again after being aboard in his last two Grade 3 race wins. One of those was a two-length win over top stablemate Roadster. Mucho Gusto also won the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis in February, and is training well at Santa Anita in prep for this cross country affair. His pace-pressing style should have him in perfect position to pounce in the stretch run.
- Everfast (10/1) has raced 12 times with just one win for trainer Dale Romans and only a pair of seconds this year running against the best in the 3-year-old division. He’s the closer in the field and showed that ability in finishing 2nd in the Preakness Stakes, but that was with top jock Joel Rosario aboard. Everfast was out of it in the Florida Derby, Fountain of Youth and Belmont Stakes, and only a potential in-the-money finish should be expected as Julien Leparoux takes the mount.
- Maximum Security (8/5) finished second in the Pegasus last time out which followed his DQ in the Kentucky Derby after crossing the finish line first. He won his other four races for trainer Jason Servis, who has a way of defying the labs with his feed bucket. Maximum Security may be the fastest horse in the field, but he’s not the best horse and a favorite that can be beat as proven last time out by King For A Day. Plenty of speed pushing the pace to challenge jockey Luis Saez to get his horse to break well from the outside and get into position. Fade the favorite.
Haskell Invitational schedule and race details
The Haskell Stakes was moved up eight days this year from its traditional spot on the last Sunday in July so it can be broadcast on NBC.
- Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019
- Time: 5:47 p.m. ET
- TV: NBC 5-6 p.m. ET
- Tablet, Online, Mobile: NBC Sports App and streamed live on NBCsports.com/live and fuboTV
- Track & Location: Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey
- Distance: 1 1/8 miles (9 furlongs)
- Surface: Dirt
- Horses: 3-Year-Old Thoroughbreds by Invitation only
- Track Record: Bet Twice (1987) and Majestic Light (1976) in 1:47.00
- Largest Margin of Victory: Verrazano (9 3/4 lengths in 2013)
Fans can wager legally at racetracks, simulcast centers such as Off Track Betting (OTB) Centers, and on advanced deposit wagering platforms such as TVG, BetAmerica and TwinSpires, where bettors in 31 states can legally bet on horse races from their mobile devices and web browsers. You can also wager on horse racing legally in the state of Nevada at the hundreds of casinos with race and sportsbooks.
DraftKings Sportsbook in New Jersey also has odds on each of the Haskell Day races.
Haskell Invitational history
The Haskell Stakes has seen the race favorite win 49% of its races including in 2018 by Good Magic (1-2). The Haskell has been decided by a nose three times including in 2017 when 9-1 shot Girvin prevailed.
The first 3-year-old classic winner to also win the Haskell was Coastal in 1979. He won that year’s Belmont Stakes.
In 1987, Bet Twice – the Belmont Stakes winner – beat Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Alysheba in one of the most fantastic finishes in the race’s history.Bet Twice shares the stakes record time of 1:47 with Majestic Light, the 1976 winner.
Racing Hall of Famer Craig Perret rode three Haskell winners: Bet Twice (1987), Forty Niner (1988), and Lost Mountain (1991), the most by any jockey.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has won the Haskell a record eight times starting in 2001 and most recently in 2015.
While many tried (including Alysheba, referenced above), the first Kentucky Derby winner to also win the Haskell was War Emblem in 2002. Big Brown became the second in 2008. In 2015 American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner to run in and win the Haskell.
In 1995, Serena’s Song became the first filly winner of the Haskell. Rachel Alexandra became the second in 2009.
Haskell Invitational winners have gone on to win 3-year-old divisional championship honors 10 times.
Haskell Invitational bet types
In addition to the traditional “straight” wagers (Win, Place, Show), fans can also attempt to cash big in the various “exotic” pools. Exacta (first two), Trifecta (first three) and Superfecta (first four) wagering are all offered, and cashing a ticket in any of these pools can produce a bigger payday.
- Win: Bet on the horse you think you will win the Belmont Stakes.
- Place: Get paid the place price if your horse finishes first or second.
- Show: A show bet pays the least, but you win and get paid the show price if your horse finishes first, second or third.
- Exacta: Predict the first two horses in the correct order.
- Trifecta: Predict the first three horses in the correct order.
- Superfecta: Predict the first four horses in the correct order.
The Haskell Invitational Stakes betting odds are finally determined by the pari-mutuel system at the track which means your potential payout depends on how much money is in the pool overall, divided by how many bets are placed. The odds will fluctuate in the build-up to the race and never more so than in the final few moments before post time.
Haskell Invitational FAQs
When is the 2019 Haskell Invitational?
The Haskell Invitational will run on Saturday, July 20, 2019.
How many horses run in the Haskell?
The field is limited to a maximum of 14 horses.
What is the Haskell Invitational Purse?
The Haskell Stakes has maintained a purse of $1 million since 1997.
How much does the winner of the Haskell Invitational get?
The winner of the Haskell receives $600,000.
What kind of race is the Haskell Invitational?
The Haskell is a Grade 1 stakes race and has run under allowance weight conditions since 2006
When is post time for the Haskell Invitational?
Post time is approx. 5:47 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 20, 2019.
How much are Haskell Invitational tickets?
General admission for the Grandstand is $8, and the Clubhouse is $10.
How long does the Haskell Invitational last?
Less than 2 minutes. In fact, the winning horse typically wins the race in less than one minute, fifty seconds.
Who was the fastest horse to win the Haskell Invitational?
Bet Twice (1987) and Majestic Light (1976) both won in 1:47.00.