Haskell Stakes Odds, Field & Betting Prediction

The headline contest of the whole weekend is the G1 Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday, in which Kentucky Derby winner Mage returns to the track against quality opposition including fellow G1 winner Tapit Trice, the unbeaten Arabian Knight, progressive stakes-winner Geaux Rocket Ride and the much-touted stakes debutant Extra Anejo.

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Haskell Stakes

G1, $1,000,000, 1m 1f dirt, 3yo, 5.45pm ET

This is where it starts. The hunt for the best three-year-old colt in the US takes on new energy in the Haskell, the seven-figure highlight of a stakes-heavy card at Monmouth Park on Saturday and a win-and-in for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. It’s a race packed with big names and tall reputations but also a race in which every horse has something to prove.

Take 2023 G1 Kentucky Derby winner Mage (3-1), who excelled off a sizzling pace at Churchill Downs but couldn’t handle a dawdle when a dull third in the 2023 G1 Preakness at Pimlico. His Derby victory, when Tapit Trice (3-1) was beaten more than nine lengths into seventh, indicates that he’s one of the divisional leaders, but his trainer has stated that this race is just a prep for next month’s Travers, opening the door to the notion that Mage will not be wound tight today.

Tapit Trice then went on to run a fine third in the 2023 G1 Belmont Stakes over a mile and a half, keeping on to be a length and three-quarters back at the wire, but has a bad habit of starting slowly. He overcame that flaw when a narrow winner of the mile-eighth 2023 G1 Blue Grass at Keeneland but this is a stronger race, although the return to that distance may be a positive.

There’s plenty of push behind the unbeaten Arabian Knight (5-2), not least because trainer Bob Baffert has won the Haskell a record nine times, but he’s been on the bench since late January, and his romping gate-to-wire win in the 2023 G3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park came on a sloppy track against horses who would be wild longshots here.

Improvement looks highly likely, though, which is also the case for fellow west-coast shipper Geaux Rocket Ride (9-2), who returned from a three-month layoff with a dominant victory in a mile-sixteenth stakes at Santa Anita. He likes to go forward and his runner-up spot in the 2023 G2 San Felipe, splitting Practical Move and Skinner, reads well here, but this is his first start outside California.

Stakes debutant Extra Anejo (5-1) has always been considered a potential top-notcher, but there’s no hiding place here and his recent allowance win over a mile at Ellis Park, cantering over weak opposition, leaves him a long way off the required class standard as he stretches out for the first time. He can do better but he really needs to.

Brad Cox has won this the last two years but both those winners had already done a lot more than his Salute The Stars (8-1), who made his stakes breakthrough here over a mile-sixteenth when getting up late to win by a neck, with Howgreatisnate (20-1) two and a quarter lengths further back in third. Experience of the track is a plus but it’s a huge step up, while Awesome Strong (30-1) looks well out of his depth.

2023 Haskell Stakes Odds & Betting Prediction

HorseJockeyHorse Racing Odds by Jazzsports
Geaux Rocket RideMike E. Smith+450
Awesome StrongJose A. Batista+3000
Salute the StarsJoel Rosario+800
MageJavier Castellano+300
Tapit TriceLuis Saez+300
HowgreatisnatePaco Lopez+2000
Extra AnejoTyler Gaffalione+500
Arabian KnightJohn R. Velazquez+250

Plenty with a good chance, but TAPIT TRICE will appreciate the cutback, has already won at this level, and has less to prove than most of his rivals.

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