From a Monmouth Park release
The filly Untapable has drawn post seven in a field of nine for Sunday’s Grade 1, $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. Made the 2-1 favorite on the morning line by track oddsmaker Brad Thomas, Untapable will race against the boys in search of her fifth straight graded stakes victory. In her last two outings she won convincingly in both the Kentucky Oaks (G1) by 4 ½ lengths, and the Mother Goose (G1) by just over nine lengths.
“I think it’s an excellent draw considering the field,” said Steve Asmussen who trains the filly for Winchell Thoroughbreds. “With the performance she gave in the Kentucky Oaks and how she’s trained since we felt that this was the right time to give the Haskell a chance. We’ve had a great year with her so far. We’re very pleased that she could continue to give more of the same as far as just being a nice talented filly that’s doing extremely well.”
A close second choice on the line at 5-2 is Bayern, winner of the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes and third place finisher in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby. Bayern will break from post-two in the Haskell for trainer Bob Baffert, who will go for an unprecedented seventh Haskell victory on Sunday.
“The Haskell is basically an addition to the Classics,” said Baffert. “It’s so important to win, and it’s very exciting. I really enjoy when I have a horse that’s good enough to run in the Haskell.”
Third choice on the line at 6-1 is Albano, winner of the Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park, who will break out of post-three for conditioner Larry Jones.
The others entered in the 47th running of the William Hill Haskell Invitational are Encryption, runner-up in the Grade 2 Pegasus Stakes, Post 1, Paco Lopez, 20-1; Irish You Well, winner of the Long Branch Stakes, Post 4, Jose Lezcano, 12-1; Just Call Kenny, winner of the Spectacular Bid Stakes and second in the Long Branch, Post 5, Joe Bravo, 10-1; Social Inclusion, who has placed in multiple graded stakes including a third place finish in the Preakness (G1), Post 6, Edgar Prado, 8-1; Wildcat Red, Kentucky Derby (G1) runner and winner of the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, Post 8, Luis Saez, 10-1; and Medal Count, winner of the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes and third place finisher in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, Post 9, Robby Albarado, 8-1.
|1||Encryption||Kelly Breen||Paco Lopez||20-1|
|2||Bayern||Bob Baffert||Martin Garcia||5-2|
|3||Albano||J. Larry Jones||Kerwin Clark||6-1|
|4||Irish You Well||Wayne Catalano||Jose Lezcano||12-1|
|5||Just Call Kenny||Pat McBurney||Joe Bravo||10-1|
|6||Social Inclusion||Manuel Azpurua||Edgar Prado||8-1|
|7||Untapable||Steve Asmussen||Rosie Napravnik||2-1|
|8||Wildcat Red||Jose Garoffalo||Luis Saez||10-1|
|9||Medal Count||Dale Romans||Robby Albarado||8-1|