Haskell Stakes Betting Guide

Odds, Analysis And Picks For 2020

The $1 million TVG.com Haskell Stakes (G1) is July 18 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 Nov. 7 at Keeneland.

The Grade 1 Haskell headlines the biggest day of racing at Monmouth Park with four Grade 3 races also on the July 18 card.

Haskell Stakes post positions and odds 2020

PostHorseOpening OddsCurrent OddsLast Race
Dr Post5/25/22nd in Belmont Stakes (G1)
2Authentic4/54/52nd in Santa Anita Derby (G1)
3Jesus' Team15/115/12nd in June 10 Allowance race at Gulfstream
4Ancient Warrior20/120/1 3rd in June 14 Allowance race at Churchill Downs
5Fame to Famous30/130/14th in July 4 Allowance race at Monmouth
6Lebda20/120/16th in June 27 Ohio Derby (G3)
7Ny Traffic7/27/22nd in Matt Winn (G2)

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Haskell Stakes schedule and race details

  • Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020
  • 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)

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Haskell contenders 2020

Here is some analysis and insight on top contenders for the 2020 Haskell. In addition to Kentucky Derby qualifying points, the winner also earns a fees-paid entry to the $6 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 7 at Keeneland. Watch the Haskell closely, as this year’s race has at least four colts that will run in the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby. This year’s Haskell was added to the Road to the Kentucky Derby series and awards qualifying points to the top-4 finishers (100-40-20-10).

  1. Authentic – An imposing colt and son of super sire Into Mischief trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Drayden Van Dyke (Mike Smith – jockey change). Authentic won his first three races including a pair of graded stakes earlier this year as the controlling speed up front. But he finished second in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby June 6 when Honor A.P. turned the tables on him from their 1-2 finish in the San Felipe (G2) in March. A career-best 113 Equibase speed figure in Sham Stakes (G3) win in January. Authentic has the most Derby points in this Haskell field, but questions remain about distance capability. Authentic’s breeding is geared toward sprints and miles, and when he stretched out to 1 1/8 miles in the Santa Anita Derby, he lost ground in the stretch and was beaten by nearly three lengths as the 1/2 favorite.
  2. Dr Post – Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. (Joe Bravo – jockey change). Dr Post is EPO trainer Pletcher’s first colt in this race since 2015. The fast-improving son of 4-time Grade 1 winner Quality Road (also trained by Pletcher) seems like a good fit. Dr Post rallied after a wide trip in his first graded stakes try to finish second in the Belmont Stakes (G1) June 20. Dr Post has improved his Equibase speed figure each race and came in at 107 in the Belmont Stakes as he ran gamely in defeat and gained ground through fast finishing fractions.
  3. Ny Traffic – Trained by Saffie Joseph, Jr. and ridden by Paco Lopez. Barbados native Saffie won his first Grade 1 race last Sept. in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby. He’s taking another big swing in the Haskell despite options to run in the Blue Grass (G2), Indiana Derby (G3) or Ohio Derby (G3) in late June. Ny Traffic has yet to win a stakes race, but did post his best Equibase speed figures in two most recent races finishing runner-up in both the 1 3/16 mile Grade 2 Louisiana Derby (99 ESF) as a 28-1 longshot and Grade 3 Matt Winn (98 ESP) where he finished just in front of Pneumatic.

These horses withdrew from consideration a week before the Haskell:

  • Pneumatic – Trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr. Pneumatic has improved his Equibase speed figures in all four starts. He won his first two races and then finished third in the Matt Winn (G3) in his first stakes race. With some defections of top horses in the Belmont Stakes, Asmussen and the ownership group decided to try the Belmont Stakes (G1). Pneumatic posted a career-best 101 speed figure but finished a well-beaten fourth and lost ground in the stretch for the second straight race. He was still in front of shorter-priced horses Tap It to Win and Sole Volante despite running very wide into the turn and entering the stretch. Could be hitting his best stride, but not sure he can get this distance pressing the pace to win against a quality group.
  • Shivaree – Trained by Ralph Nicks and ridden by Emisael Jaramillo. Shivaree has run in a field-high 11 races and hit triple-digit Equibase speed figures three times including a career-best 107 when finishing second in the Florida Derby (G1) at 80/1 odds. He tuned up for the Haskell with a third place finish in a 1-mile Allowance race last month at Gulfstream. Shivaree lost the lead in the stretch to last-to-first winner Sole Volante.
  • Sole Volante – Trained by Patrick Biancone and ridden by Luca Panici. After winning that 1-mile Allowance Race June 10, French trainer Biancone decided to run Sole Volante back 10 days later in the Belmont Stakes (G1). The gelding finished sixth more than 15 lengths behind the winner Tiz the Law and never fired. Sole Volante does have four triple-digit speed figures and a graded stakes win in the Sam F. Davis (G3). He’s a deep closer who will need plenty of pace to make it a race that benefits his running style.
  • Tap It to Win – Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by John Velazquez. Tap It to Win has failed to hit the board in three stakes races including fifth last time out in the Belmont Stakes (G1) when he was the buzz horse and bet down to 5/1. Tap It to Win ran on the lead through the first three quarter miles before fading badly in the Belmont. The colt had surgery late last year for a damaged sesamoid, and returned to the track to win a pair of Allowance races hitting a 108 ESF the race before the Belmont. Tap It to Win is bred to go longer and can carry it better with rest and a more comfortable pace as the Belmont was very fast through three quarters and a mile.
  • Ete Indien – Trained by Patrick Biancone and ridden by Florent Geroux, Ete Indien started his career on turf. This season his career took off on dirt starting with a clear runner-up finish in the Holy Bull (G3) behind Kentucky Derby favorite Tiz the Law while posting a career-best 113 Equibase speed figure. He then won the Fountain of Youth (G2) by more than 8-lengths and finished third in the Florida Derby (G1) five lengths behind Tiz the Law. His recent Allowance race going 1-mile was a disappointment finishing fourth as the 3/5 favorite. He’ll try to run to the lead again but his pedigree and Florida Derby result at this same 1 1/8 mile distance suggests he won’t hold up against this quality field.

Haskell Invitational history

The Haskell Invitational (Stakes) has seen the race favorite win exactly 50% of its races (26-of-52) including in the last two years. Maximum Security (4/5) held off a bid by Mucho Gusto to win last year, 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 longshot 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 2020 Haskell Invitational?

The Haskell Invitational will run on Saturday, July 18, 2020.

How many horses run in the Haskell?

The field is limited to a maximum of 14 horses, and 8 will run in the 2020 race.

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 18, 2020.

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.