Monmouth Park in New Jersey hosts a big day of stakes races on Saturday.
Seven 3-year-olds line up in the Grade 1 Haskell over 1 1/8 miles. The race looks between the first two in the betting.
Favorite Authentic is the only graded stakes winner in the field. He won the Grade 2 San Felipe at Santa Anita in March. Last month he finished second over this trip to the very good Honor A. P. in the Santa Anita Derby.
Doctor Post, the second favorite, finished a good second to Tiz the Law in the Belmont Stakes on June 20. That was over a one-turn 1 1/8 miles. The Haskell is over two turns.
Restrictions at the current Saratoga meeting prohibit jockeys riding there from riding elsewhere. Monmouth-based Joe Bravo takes the mount on Doctor Post. This is no bad thing, as they don’t call him ‘Jersey Joe’ for nothing.
Mike Smith comes in from California for the mount on Authentic.
It’s hard to look past these two. Ny Traffic, second in the Grade 3 Matt Winn at Churchill Downs last time, looks likely to be in the frame.
GRADE 1 UNITED NATIONS IS MONMOUTH CO-FEATURE
Also on the Monmouth card is the Grade 1 United Nations, contested over 1 3/8 miles on the turf. Arklow, breaking from the rail, heads the betting. However, he has been running without much success in graded stakes. His last win came in October in the Grade 1 Turf Classic at Belmont.
Second favorite Standard Deviation’s last win came here at Monmouth in the ungraded Jersey Derby over 1 1/16 miles last August.
Four horses in the field of nine are coming out of Belmont’s Tiller Stakes over this trip on June 4. Corelli ran seventh, Standard Deviation sixth, and Current filled the fifth spot. The winner, Paret, is the selection here. He breaks from the outside. He showed speed in his last two runs. There’s not a lot of speed in here, and if he gets an easy lead he should prevail.