The $1 million TVG.com Haskell Stakes (G1) is Saturday, July 17 at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. The name changed this year from the Haskell Invitational, which was 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 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.
The Grade 1 Haskell headlines the biggest day of racing at Monmouth Park with four Grade 3 races also on the July 17 card.
Haskell Stakes post positions and odds 2021
Haskell Stakes odds will be posted at top US sportsbooks later this year.
Best Haskell Stakes betting sites 2021
Haskell Stakes schedule and race details
- Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021
- Time: 5:45 p.m. ET
- TV: NBC 5-6 p.m. ET
- Tablet, Online, Mobile: NBC Sports App and streamed live on NBCsports.com/live and TVG.com.
- 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 Twinspires, Bet America and TVG, 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.
Haskell contenders 2021
As we get deeper into the spring and summer, we will break down this year’s Haskell contenders here.
Haskell Invitational history
Authentic won the 2020 Haskell with closing odds of 4/5.
The Haskell Invitational (Stakes) has seen the race favorite win almost exactly 50% of its races (27-of-53) including in the last three years. Maximum Security (4/5) held off a bid by Mucho Gusto to win in 2019, and 2018 winner Good Magic (1/2) rolled to a three-length victory as the heavy favorite. The race has been decided by a nose three times including in 2017 when long shot Girvin (9/1) 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 winners have gone on to win 3-year-old divisional championship honors 11 times, including Maximum Security in 2019. Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby, but was disqualified for interference in the stretch.
Haskell Stakes 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 Haskell Invitational.
- 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 2021 Haskell Invitational?
The Haskell Invitational will run on Saturday, July 17, 2020.
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 has maintained a purse of $1 million since 1997.
How much does the winner of the Haskell Invitational get?
The connections of the winner of the Haskell receives $600,000. Runner-up receives $200,000 and third place $100,000 with six places paid.
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. 5:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 17, 2021.
How much are Haskell Invitational tickets?
General admission for the Grandstand is $8, and the Clubhouse is $10. However, the 2020 race will be contested with no fans in the stands due to coronavirus concerns and for the safety of all people and personnel at the track.
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.