Haskell Invitational 2020

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Authentic has won the Haskell Invitational 2020, followed by a close-second Ny Traffic.

The Haskell Invitational Stakes stands alongside the Triple Crown events as one of the major yearly horse races for sophomores. The 2020 renewal will run at its usual home of Monmouth Park in New Jersey on Saturday, July 18. The Haskell entries are expected to contain a mix of those who competed in the Belmont Stakes as well as some newcomers on the Kentucky Derby trail.

Haskell Entries 2020

Here are the Haskell Entries 2020 and their morning line odds as of July 16. Please note that odds are subject to change.

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Past Performances: 2nd place in Belmont Stakes after winning twice out of three starts. First place in a maiden special-weight outing in March and in Gulfstream's Unbridled Stakes. Dr Post is right under Ny Traffic in the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with 60 points.
Past Performances: 2nd place in Belmont Stakes after winning twice out of three starts. First place in a maiden special-weight outing in March and in Gulfstream's Unbridled Stakes. Dr Post is right under Ny Traffic in the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with 60 points.
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Past Performances: 3rd place on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with 100 points. 2nd place in Santa Anita Derby (G1) in June, 1st place in the San Felipe Stakes (G2) in March 1st place in Sham Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita in January.
Past Performances: 3rd place on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with 100 points. 2nd place in Santa Anita Derby (G1) in June, 1st place in the San Felipe Stakes (G2) in March 1st place in Sham Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita in January.
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Past Performances: Finished in Second after Sole Volante and before Shivaree at a 1-mile Allowance race at Gulfstream Park in June.
Past Performances: Finished in Second after Sole Volante and before Shivaree at a 1-mile Allowance race at Gulfstream Park in June.
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Past Performances: Long distances seem to be an issue for this colt, who usually starts fast but easily loses his speed.
Past Performances: Long distances seem to be an issue for this colt, who usually starts fast but easily loses his speed.
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Past Performances : Finished 11th in his first graded stakes, the Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds back in February.
Past Performances : Finished 11th in his first graded stakes, the Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds back in February.
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Past Performances: This horse has 4 wins under his belt in listed stakes races at Laurel Park and Delaware Park. His last race was the Ohio Derby (G3), where he finished in 6th place.
Past Performances: This horse has 4 wins under his belt in listed stakes races at Laurel Park and Delaware Park. His last race was the Ohio Derby (G3), where he finished in 6th place.
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Past Performances: Ny Traffic already proved himself in the road to the Kentucky Derby by earning 70 points. He finished second in the Matt Winn (G3) and Louisiana Derby (G2), and third in Risen Star (G2).
Past Performances: Ny Traffic already proved himself in the road to the Kentucky Derby by earning 70 points. He finished second in the Matt Winn (G3) and Louisiana Derby (G2), and third in Risen Star (G2).
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Haskell Picks

Based on the probable Haskell entries, it would be a big surprise if Bob Baffert’s San Felipe Stakes winner Authentic didn’t get back on track.

Beaten in the Santa Anita Derby, he is fitter now and should be on the road to the Kentucky Derby. Authentic didn’t give his true running last time but remains the sophomore with most potential aside from Tiz The Law.

Belmont Stakes runner-up Dr Post of Todd Pletcher’s barn has improved so much and would be a pick for many. He had to race on the outer in New York and if given a better post position should be right there with a shot in the Haskell Invitational.

Dr Post was well in advance of Sole Volante in the Belmont, but the tables could be turned next time. Haskell picks should be based on potential as much as form and that’s what brings him into play. Patrick Biancone’s gelding was terrific at Gulfstream in June and may yet be a Grade I horse.

Their main competition is the New York-bred NY Traffic, who is currently number 8 on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with 70 points. He has yet to finish first in a a graded stakes race and this could definitely be the opportunity.

Whoever is the favorite for the 2020 Haskell Stakes, it’s sure to be an important step for Kentucky Derby horses as well as being a major event in its own right.

Haskell Invitational Betting


Haskell odds will be available near post time and there are a few places to find them. TVG are at the forefront of Haskell betting and offer a cool $200 risk-free bet for new customers.

As well as TVG, AmWager also offer a bonus of 10% for every eligible dollar waged.

BetAmerica are the other go-to guys for online horse betting in the States. Haskell odds will be available there too as we creep towards July 18.

Whatever your flavor, shop around for odds on the Haskell Invitational to make sure you get the best odds and the biggest bonus. Betting this race is part of the magic but always do your best to get great value!

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Haskell Results

As one of the top three-year-old’s races around, Haskell results reverberate around the racing world. Some winners such as Holy Bull, Point Given, War Emblem and Bayern are racing royalty and even over the past five years, we’ve seen some awesome Haskell Stakes performances:

2019 – Maximum Security

A brilliant performance from the New Year’s Day colt landed the $600,000 first prize. Disqualified in the Kentucky Derby, this was perfect compensation winning by 1¼ lengths ahead of subsequent Pegasus winner Mucho Gusto. Maximum Security was sent off a strong favorite at $3.60 for the win.

2018 – Good Magic

The reigning Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Blue Grass Stakes winner was sent off at a confident $3.00 for the win. The equally top-class Bravazo gave chase, but couldn’t get to Chad Brown’s excellent three-length winner. Lone Sailor was back in third place.

2017 – Girvin

This was one of the more shocking Haskell results, Joe Sharp saddling Girvin to score at win odds of $20.40. There was no fluke about this last-to-first run round the outside, though he didn’t win again at the top level.

2016 – Exaggerator

Another huge win for the Desormeaux family with this son of Curlin. At a final payout of $7.20, Exaggerator swooped to beat the likes of Nyquist and American Freedom to add to his Santa Anita Derby and Preakness Stakes wins.

2015 – American Pharoah

Having just become America’s 12th Triple Crown winner, the amazing American Pharoah did it again. In the process, the amazing colt became Bob Baffert’s fifth winner of the Haskell Invitational Stakes in six years! Having put the race to bed in the lane, American Pharoah was eased down to score at a $2.20 payout

As well as being one of the easiest ever Haskell picks, American Pharoah was a true marvel. This colt swept the Rebel, Arkansas Derby, Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2015.

Haskell Payouts

The full payouts for the 2019 Haskell Invitational were:

Post & HorseWinPlaceShow
7. Maximum Security$3.60$2.60$2.20
5. Mucho Gusto$3.40$2.80
3. Spun To run$5.60
WagerTypeWinning HorsesPayout
$1.00Exacta7-56.00
$0.50Trifecta7-5-322.60
$0.10Superfecta7-5-3-618.57

About the Haskell Invitational Stakes

As most times the sophomores don’t meet the top-class horses at this distance until the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the Haskell stands alongside the Triple Crown races as one of the most important events of the year for three-year-olds.

The race is a Grade I and Haskell entries are by invitation only with just 14 starters in the gate. Rising from the former Amory L. Haskell Handicap, it became an invitational handicap in 1981. From 2006, the Haskell as we know it changed to an allowance conditions race.

With a minimum $1 million purse and crowds of over 50,000 in attendance, Haskell betting is furious. Four previous Haskell winners have been named horse of the year and ten have won at the Eclipse Awards.

While this is the big race of the meet, Saturday at Monmouth is Ladies Day with many attendees looking to make a whole weekend of it.

Watch the Haskell Live

Even if we can’t be there in person, watching the Haskell live is an absolute must. Main TV network NBC will carry live coverage of the event, while streaming is also available. The NBC Sports App and NBC Sports Live will also be available to stream the race.

Further online streaming is available via TVG who will show the Haskell live via their website. Post time for the first race of the day is 12PM Eastern Time.

Haskell at Monmouth Park

Monmouth Park, which is situated in Oceanport, New Jersey, has been open for near enough 150 years. As a handicap, the Haskell has been staged here since 1968 before it became a top sophomore race in 1981.

Still a handicap at that stage, the race became a Grade I conditions event in 2006 with Haskell entries by invitation only, something that strengthened its reputation as one of the major events on the calendar.

While the Haskell Invitational is the undisputed number one, other huge events are staged at the New Jersey track. The Monmouth Cup, Molly Pitcher Stakes and the United Nations Stakes all draw mass attention too.

One fun fact about Monmouth is that you can take a train direct to the track via the New Jersey Transit.

The Road to the Kentucky Derby

As it takes part in July, the Haskell Invitational isn’t usually part of the official Road to the Kentucky Derby. This year, things are a little different.

Given that the 2020 Kentucky Derby has been postponed until September 5, more races were needed to hand out points to potential Derby runners and this one is right at the top of the list.

Points for the top four finishers (100-40-20-10) will be handed out, the winner basically guaranteed a place at Churchill Downs. The way this year has played out, the Haskell now sits as the penultimate 100-point race and so is hugely important. Only the Travers Stakes at Saratoga on August 8 is still to come at that level.

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