Haskell Invitations Out, Triple Crown Champion, Justify Is Not On The List

Justify wins the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of Thoroughbred Racing's Triple Crown with Mike Smith aboard. Credits: Zoe Metz | NYRA
Monomoy Girl wins her third straight Grade 1 stake in the $700,000, Grade 1 Acorn on Belmont Stakes Day, June 9, 2018. Credits: Dave Alcosser | NYRA
Red Ruby wins The grade 3 Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park on July 6, 2018. Credits: Hoofprints, Inc.
Good Magic #6, ridden by Jose Ortiz, heads down the stretch on the way to winning the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile race at Del Mar Racing Club on Nov.r 4, 2017 in Del Mar, Calif. Credits: Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup

OCEANPORT, N.J. — Forty-four 3-year-olds were extended invitations to the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday, July 29, at Monmouth Park. Triple Crown winner, Justify is not on the list.

On July 10, Justify’s connections announced that the colt’s training was put on hold with Trainer Bob Baffert saying there was intermittent swelling in one ankle.

That leaves juvenile champion Good Magic heading the list of potential starters in the Grade 1 race.

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Trained by Chad Brown, Good Magic was the runner-up in the Kentucky Derby. Last year he burst onto the national scene when he captured the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile breaking his maiden in that Grade 1 event en route to his Eclipse Award.

Brown will be seeking his first victory in the Haskell Invitational, the track’s showcase event that is contested at a mile and an eighth.

There are fillies on the list. Monomoy Girl is one of the 42 invitees. She is four for four this year including winning the Kentucky Oaks in May and then the Acorn in early June. Wonder Gadot, who was second in the Kentucky Oaks also made the cut. On June 30, she won the Queen’s Plate. There is also Red Ruby, who won the Delaware Oaks on July 7 and the Black Eyed Susan in May.

The list of horses that were extended invitations today by Director of Racing/Racing Secretary John F. Heims, in alphabetical order, is:

  • American Lincoln
  • Ax Man
  • Blended Citizen
  • Bolt d’Oro
  • Bravazo
  • Catholic Boy
  • Combatant
  • Core Beliefs
  • Diamond King
  • Draft Pick
  • Enticed
  • Firenze Fire
  • Flameaway
  • Fort Peck
  • Free Drop Billy
  • Good Magic
  • Gronkowski
  • High North
  • Hofburg
  • Instilled Regard
  • Kanthaka
  • King Zachary
  • Lionite
  • Lone Sailor
  • Mendelssohn
  • Mr. Freeze
  • Monomy Girl
  • My Boy Jack
  • Navy Commander
  • Prince Lucky
  • Promises Fulfilled
  • Quip
  • Red Ruby
  • Roaming Union
  • Rugbyman
  • Seven Trumpets
  • Sporting Chance
  • Still Having Fun
  • Supreme Aura
  • Telekinesis
  • Tenfold
  • Vino Rosso
  • Wonder Gadot
  • World of Trouble

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