Haskell Day

Sunday July 31, 2011: Monmouth Park

C C's Pal, ridden by Jesus Castanon, sets the pace in the Lady's Secret Stakes, a mile and one sixteenth on the dirt for fillies and mares.
Quiet Giant and Julien Leparoux win the Lady's Secret. C C's Pal kept the lead until the final turn, but finished last.
Violon Sacre, Ryan Curatolo up, warms up for the Oceanport Stakes.
Yummy With Butter, Paco Lopez up, passes Sayif (left, with Channing Hill) approaching the finish to win the Grade III Oceanport Stakes, one and one sixteenth miles on the turf.
Irrefutable, Martin Garcia up, takes part in the post parade for the six-furlong Teddy Drone Stakes.
Paco Lopez rides Force Freeze to victory in the Teddy Drone.
C.S. Silk, the 7/2 morning line favorite, joins the post parade for the Grade III Matchmaker Stakes.
Also competing in the one and one-eighth mile turf race for fillies and mares three and older is Ravi's Song, Corey Lanerie up.
Romacaca, ridden by E.T. Baird, wins the Matchmaker Stakes. Ravi's Song was second. Both mares, as well as third-place finisher Perfect Shirl, earned a stallion season from Taylor Made Stallion in addition to a piece of the purse money.
C.S. Silk is led off the track after being eased up late in the race. In June the Dale Romans trainee won the Grade I Just A Game Stakes at Belmont.

Eight three-year-olds, including Astrology (yellow silks), prepare to compete in the Grade I Haskell Invitational. This was a "win and you're in" race, the victor to be guaranteed a place in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Concealed Identity, a son of Smarty Jones who is blind in his right eye, comes into the race after a 2nd-place finish in the Grade III Pegasus, also at Monmouth.
Preakness victor Shackleford, favored to win the Haskell, is again ridden by Jesus Castanon.

The race begins: from left, Astrology, J J's Lucky Train, Ruler On Ice, Concealed Identiy, Shackleford, Pants On Fire, Coil and Joe Vann.
Joe Vann goes quickly to the lead, followed closely by Shackleford.
J J's Lucky Train, Paco Lopez up, races toward the first turn.
Coil (left), who stayed at the back of the field for most of the race, battles Shackleford for the lead in mid-stretch.

Coil, ridden by Martin Garcia, gets past Shackleford just before the finish line.
Jesus Castanon urges Shackleford on but Coil prevails by a neck.
Coil, trained by Bob Baffert, gives the California-based trainer his fifth Haskell victory.
Martin Garcia wins his second consecutive Haskell. Last year his mount was Lookin at Lucky, also trained by Bob Baffert.
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