Authentic (inside) just held off Ny Traffic to win the 2020 Haskell. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO

Saturday’s racing slate is topped by the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park, the feature of the Monmouth meet. The Haskell is supported by a bevy of other graded races, among them the Grade 1 United Nations.

This year’s Haskell is one of the more intriguing editions of the storied event. While no Triple Crown race winners are here, the horses that filled out the exacta in all three events are, along with the talented youngster Following Sea.

We asked a couple of our experts for their picks:

G3 Matchmaker

In this nine-furlong turf test, graded winner Always Shopping will try to snap a three-race losing streak, while the lightly raced Great Island hopes to become the third horse out of the G3 Gallorette at Pimlico to win next out. Grade 1 winner Juliet Foxtrot is favored.

Nick HahnTed Black
Win#5 Juliet Foxtrot#1 Always Shopping
Place#6 Nay Lady Nay#5 Juliet Foxtrot
Show#1 Always Shopping#3 Counterparty Risk

Grade 3 Monmouth Cup

Ny Traffic, second a nose to Authentic in last year’s Haskell, returns to the Jersey Shore for his third start of the season, having just run second in the G3 Slavator Mile over the strip. One of his key rivals here is Dr Post, who was third in last year’s Haskell.

Nick HahnTed Black
Win#4 Ny Traffic#5 Dr Post
Place#7 Bankit#7 Bankit
Show#5 Dr Post#4 Ny Traffic

Grade 3 Molly Pitcher

The top trio from the Grade 2 Ruffian May 2 — Vault, Water White, and Our Super Freak — all renew acquaintances in this spot, but the morning line favorite in here is Mrs. Danvers, a Grade 3 winner as a sophomore. In this wide-open contest, just about any of these could win, and one of the longest shots on the board, Bank Sting, arrives on a four-race win streak.

Nick HahnTed Black
Win#3 Vault#3 Vault
Place#2 Mrs. Danvers#7 Water White
Show#7 Water White#2 Mrs. Danvers

Grade 1 United Nations

Morning line favorite Arklow won the G3 Louisville last out to secure a graded stakes victory for the fifth consecutive year, a remarkable feat, and he’s closing in on $3 million in earnings. One key rival here, the speedy Tribhuvan, conjures up images of another Monmouth favorite, two-time UN winner Presious Passion, with his fast early-hang in there late style. He was second in the G1 Manhattan last out.

Nick HahnTed Black
Win#1 Arklow#1 Arklow
Place#8 Master Piece#10 Tribhuvan
Show#10 Tribhuvan#8 Master Piece

Grade 1 Haskell

Kentucky Derby runner-up Mandaloun, Preakness runner-up Midnight Bourbon, and Belmont runner-up Hot Rod Charlie square off in today’s Haskell, each in search of his first Grade 1 victory. One relative newcomer they’ll have to contend with is the Todd Pletcher-trained Following Sea, who’s won two straight in commanding fashion but will try stakes company and two turns for the first time here.

Nick HahnTed Black
Win#3 Mandaloun#4 Hot Rod Charlie
Place#4 Hot Rod Charlie#3 Mandaloun
Show#1 Following Sea#6 Midnight Bourbon