Haskell Day

Sunday July 29, 2012: Monmouth Park

Brujo de Olleros, a four-year-old colt from Brazil, prepares to make his U.S. racing debut in the Majestic Light Stakes, a mile and one-sixteenth on the dirt. He is trained by Graham Motion.
Gourmet Dinner (#6, left) battles Ponzi Scheme in the stretch before beating him by a neck to win the Majestic Light, one of six stakes races held at Monmouth on Haskell Day.
Gourmet Dinner's jockey, Javier Castellano, autographs hats for some fans after the race.
Royal Currier (right), Joe Bravo up, and Travelin Man, with Javier Castellano, race toward the finish in the six-furlong Teddy Drone Stakes.

Royal Currier beats Travelin Man by a nose.
"Jersey Joe" Bravo, a top rider at Monmouth, heads to the winner's circle after the Teddy Drone.
Laughing (#6, outside) and Shimmering Moment match strides as they compete in the grade III Taylor Made Matchmaker Stakes, one mile and an eighth on the turf.

The Irish-bred Laughing, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, wins by a length.
Laughing's victory in the Matchmaker Stakes brings more than money: along with runner-up Shimmering Moment and third-place Island School, she has earned a stallion season from Taylor Made Stallions.
Two young girls whose grandmother owns Derwin's Star join the crowd in the paddock as the mare prepares to compete in the grade II Molly Pitcher.
Javier Castellano, who has the mount on R Gypsy Gold, listens to instructions from trainer Todd Pletcher before the race.
Brushed by a Star and Corey Nakatani win the Molly Pitcher, a mile and one sixteenth on the dirt.
Tune Me In walks in the paddock before the grade III Oceanport Stakes.
Tune Me In, ridden by Paco Lopez, is the victor, having finished half a length ahead of Queen'splatekitten (#5) and Javier Castellano.
Paco Lopez signs a toy horse for a young fan after his Oceanport win.
Haskell Invitational contender Handsome Mike has the same connections as Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another: owner Paul Reddam, trainer Doug O'Neill and jockey Mario Gutierrez.

Dullahan, trained by Dale Romans, was third in the Kentucky Derby and finished off the board in the Belmont Stakes. With jockey Kent Desormeaux he will face five other competitors in this year's Haskell.
Nonios, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, will be ridden by Corey Nakatani.
Paynter, runner-up in the Belmont Stakes under Mike Smith, has a new jockey for the Haskell, Rafael Bejarano.
Shaun Bridgmohan has the mount on Stealcase, who is trained by Mark Casse.
Gemologist sets the pace in the million-dollar contest for three-year-olds, in which horses may compete by invitation only.
Javier Castellano rides Gemologist for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Paynter takes the lead coming out of the far turn and widens it in the stretch.

Paynter and Rafael Bejarano win the Haskell by three and three quarter lengths over runner-up Nonios.
This was the sixth Haskell victory and the third consecutive one for Paynter's trainer, Bob Baffert.
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