Untapable to face 8 boys in GI Haskell Invitational Stakes – Post Positions, Picks, M/L Odds, Free Past Performances

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“Untapable ” – will meet the boys this Sunday in the $1,000,000, GI William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes at Monmouth Park!

This Sunday, July 27th Monmouth Park offers up its premiere graded stakes race day of its summer meeting that will be capped off by the $1,000,000, GI William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes, for 3yo’s only, going 1 1/8 mile over the Monmouth Park main track!

Free Past Performances, – Brisnet

Free Past Performances - DRF

BC_Challenge_LogoThe GI Haskell will also double as a “Win and You’re In” Challenge race for this year’s $5,000,000 GI Breeders’ Cup Classic tilt set for Nov 1st out at Santa Anita Park, once again!

Untapable , at 2/1, brings her 4 graded race winning streak into this Sunday’s race which includes her most recent wins in the GI Mother Goose and GI Kentucky Oaks where she was the truly dominate winner in both outings. She’ll test herself against the boys here as the lone 3yo filly in this race bringing a big kick finish to this 2-turn tilt. Look for her to be a heavy post time favorite as she’s looking to have a Rachel Alexandra moment here on Sunday!

Wildcat Red, at 10/1, winner of the GII Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream last winter, then lost the GI Florida Derby in the final jump to an up the rail Constitution back in late March. He then had a very poor finish in the GI Kentucky Derby coming next to last but rebounded to the winner’s circle again in the Quality Road Stakes at G/P last out. 1 1/8 mile is the max for this one and he loves it up front early too!

What would a GI Haskell be without a Bob Baffert entry, as Bayern, at 5/2, will ship in from the left coast for this GI event. After just an awful GI Preakness appearance 2 back he snapped right back with a win in the 7f GII Woody Stevens Stakes on Belmont Stakes day running off to a powerful 7 1/2 lengths win in a snappy winning time of 1:20.75. He too looks to be an early table setter but we are just not sure of his staying power at 2-turns!

Social Inclusion, at 8/1, has been 3rd 3 times in the row now in the GI Wood, GI Preakness and last out in that same GII Woody Stevens this year. He is looking for a break through performances here but may only find a home on the board here. Not an early speed type here as he appears to be a picking up the piece type mostly!

Albano , at 6/1, is one you might remember from the Fairgrounds Derby Trail this winter where he seemed to be in the middle of all those big graded event there this year. He is the winner of the GIII Pegasus Stakes prep here last out winning by more than 6 lengths. Tends to like to go early and should have no trouble at this distance, either! He should find a home in one your exotics, too!

Irish You Well, at 12/1, 3rd in the GIII Peter Pan and 3rd in the GIII Illinois Derby this year, won the other Haskell prep race here at Monmouth Park this season in the Long Branch Stakes by a holding on 1/2 length. He has been up closer on the early pace of late but that might not be the best strategy here on Sunday! He could be a nice super filler at the right price!

Just Call Kenny, at 10/1, was a coming 2nd in that same Long Branch Stakes here last time but had to settle for 2nd best that day. Looks like the extra distance here might be to his advantage here but this is some pretty tall company he is running in here on Sunday. Another super filler at a good price!

Medal Count, at 8/1, winner of the GIII Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland this spring then got caught late in the GI Bluegrass Stakes settling for 2nd behind the late charging Dance With Fate. He then finished a first tier 8th in the GI Kentucky Derby after being shuffled back early on. He did however come a solid 3rd in the GI Belmont Stakes last out just a little more than a length off of Tonalist but 3/4 length closer to the line than Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome! Tends to like to go early too and for us he is a true dark horse here on Sunday!

Encryption, at 20/1, 2nd in the GIII Pegasus Stakes here 2 back then a decent 3rd in the that same Long Branch Stakes last out is bringing graded and track experience to his 5th lifetime outing! Likes it up front early too but he’ll find a big crowd there is Sunday!

So, lots and lots of early speed here for this year’s GI Haskell Invitational Stakes so look for the survivor of the that early speed duel to come home 1st as this doesn’t appear to be a closers race to us!

Post Time for Race #12 – 5:44 pm EDT

PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L Odds
imagesHPRI77LW Encryption (KY) 3/C L P Lopez 118 K J Breen 20/1
2 Bayern (KY) 3/C L M Garcia 118 B Baffert 5/2
3 Albano (KY) 3/C L K D Clark 118 J L Jones 6/1
4 Irish You Well (KY) 3/C L J Lezcano 118 W M Catalano 12/1
5 Just Call Kenny (VA) 3/C L J Bravo 118 P B McBurney 10/1
6_a Social Inclusion (KY) 3/C L E S Prado 118 M J Azpurua 8/1
7 Untapable (KY) 3/F L R Napravnik 115 S M Asmussen 2/1
8 Wildcat Red (FL) 3/C L L Saez 118 J Garoffalo 10/1
9 Medal Count (KY) 3/C L R Albarado 118 D L Romans 8/1

Picks are – 2,3,7,8 exacta box with the 4,6, or 9 added to the back-end of a dime super!

Tonalist to take on 6 in GII Jim Dandy Stakes – Post Positions, Picks, M/L Odds, Free Past Performances

Tonalist - in this year's GIII Peter Pan Stakes winner's circle

Tonalist – in this year’s GIII Peter Pan Stakes winner’s circle

A good group of 7, 3yo’s was drawn for this year’s $600,000, GII Jim Dandy Stakes, for 3yo’s only, going 1 1/8 mile over the historic Saratoga main this Saturday that will include the 2014 GI Belmont Stakes winner, Tonalist!

Free Past Performances - Brisnet

Free Past Performances – DRF

Tonalist, at 8/5 is the m/l fav for this GII test coming off wins in both the GII Peter Pan and GI Belmont Stakes both at Belmont in his previous 2 outings and with a win here he could begin to challenge California Chrome for that 3yo male HOY honors in January! He is 2 for 2 at this distance lifetime and was up near the early pace in both his wins at Belmont earlier this year!

Wicked Strong ,winner of the GI Wood Memorial last spring at aqueduct has finished 4th twice in both the GI Kentucky Derby and GI Belmont Stakes in his last 2 outs. This one’s a deep closing type so look for him late here on Saturday!

Commanding Curve, was that surprising 2nd in that same GI Kentucky Derby 2 back where at almost 38/1 he probably blew up a blizzard of Derby exacta tickets. He didn’t fare as well in the GI Belmont Stakes last out coming 9th -12 lengths off Tonalist! He to is another deep closing type and the cut back to the 1 1/8 distance should help him improve this time!

Kid Cruz, trained by the darling of the Saratoga backside Linda Rice, comes in off 2 really very 1 1/16 mile wins in the Easy Goer and GIII Dwyer Stakes both at Belmont this spring. Clocked a very nice 1:41 flat in both efforts and was the clear winner in both races showing excellent stretch abilities, as well. Another closer type here but Linda Rice has been pointing him here ever since his ill-advised GI Preakness run – his only lose in his last 5 races! He could be ready to make a statement here!

Ulanbator , was 3rd but back 5 lengths in that same GIII Dwyer Stakes most recently and 2 back was 2nd in the GIII Matt Wynn at Churchill. He has but a maiden win on his resume but is bringing graded experience with him here. Not an early speed type but that might be his best bet here to be in the payouts somewhere!

Cousin Stephen, was 3rd in the GIII Sam F. Davis and a next out 6th in the GII Tampa Bay Derby last winter and more recently had to fight back for the win in a $45k. Parx Alw at a mile on June 16th. He does offer early speed here on Saturday so look for him to maybe lead the early vanguard here on Saturday!

Legend, was a willing 2nd to Kid Cruz, most recently in that same Easy Goer Stakes on Belmont Stakes day over “big sandy” but back 3 1/4 lengths at the line! He has hit the board in all his 2-turn lifetime outings and is a son of Tiznow. He likes to be near the early pace most times as he generally likes to stalk!

Post Time for Race #10 – 6:01 pm EDT

PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L Odds
1 Cousin Stephen (KY) 3/C L J R Velazquez 117 C C Brown 12/1
2 Legend (KY) 3/R L L Saez 117 H J Bond 12/1
3 Ulanbator (KY) 3/C L J R Leparoux 117 I R Wilkes 15/1
4 Tonalist (KY) 3/C L J Rosario 123 C Clement 8/5
5 Kid Cruz (KY) 3/C L I Ortiz, Jr. 119 L Rice 8/1
6 Commanding Curve (KY) 3/R L S Bridgmohan 117 D Stewart 5/1
7 Wicked Strong (KY) 3/C L R Maragh 123 J A Jerkens 2/1

Picks are – 4,5,6,7 exacta box with the 1 or 3 added to the back-end of a dime super!

A Little Bit Sassy leads 6 into GII Lake George Stakes – Post Positions, Picks, M/L Odds, Free Past Performances

A Little Bit Sassy

A Little Bit Sassy – Winning over the Churchill turf!

A Little Bit Sassy, winner of the GIII Regret Stakes at Churchill last out before being dq’d down to 4th for interference in the stretch will lead 6 other 3yo fillies into Wednesday’s $200,000, GII Lakes George Stakes, at 1 1/16 mile over the Saratoga inner turf course!

Free Past Performances,

Post Time for Race #9 – 4:42 pm EDT

PP. Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L Odds
  1. Daring Kathy (FL) 3/F L J R Velazquez 121 D Fawkes 6/1
  2. Daring Dancer (MD) 3/F L A Garcia 123 H G Motion 3/1
  3. Duff One (KY) 3/F L J L Ortiz 115 G C Contessa 20/1
  4. Sweet Acclaim (IRE) 3/F L J Castellano 115 C C Brown 4/1
  5. Speed Seeker (FL) 3/F L J R Leparoux 115 J Scott 8/1
  6. Little Journey (FR) 3/F L J Bravo 115 C C Brown 5/1
  7. A Little Bit Sassy (KY) 3/F   L Saez 121 M R Matz 5/2

Picks are – 2,4,6,7, exacta box, with the 1 or 5 added to the back-end of a dime super!

Tonalist leads list for GII Jim Dandy Stakes this Saturday – Probables with Past Performances


Tonalist – winning this year’s GI Belmont Stakes!

The Saratoga prep race for this year’s GI Travers Stakes next month is this Saturday as the top 3yo’s are coming out of their Post-Belmont hibernation for the $600,000, GII Jim Dandy Stakes, for 3yo’s, going 1 1/8 mile over this historic Saratoga main track this coming Saturday!

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Probables are; Wicked Strong, Tonalist, Kid Cruz, Ulanbator, and Legend.

Over on the possibles list are; Misconnect, Noble Moon, and the early front running  Pablo Del Monte!