Haskell Day

Sunday July 28, 2013: Monmouth Park

Minakshi (#3), Angel Serpa up, leads as seven fillies and mares three years old and upward race toward the first turn in the grade III Matchmaker Stakes, one and 1/8 miles on the turf at Monmouth Park.
Starstruck, with Rosie Napravnik, takes over in the stretch, winning by one and 1/4 lengths.
Trainer Larry Jones greets the four-year-old Irish-bred Starstruck as she returns to be unsaddled.
Mares and fillies including Joyful Victory (top, with trainer Larry Jones) and Winiliscious walk in the paddock before the grade II Molly Pitcher, one and 1/16 miles on the dirt.

Joyful Victory (#6) and Rosie Napravnik quickly head to the front of the five-horse field . . .
. . . and are greeted with applause as they enter the winner's circle.
Gary Stevens has the mount on the favorite in the grade II Monmouth Cup, Take Charge Indy.
Take Charge Indy gains the lead and keeps it for the first half of the race, before taking a bad step and being pulled up by Stevens.

Pants on Fire, ridden by Paco Lopez, wins the Monmouth Stakes by a length and three quarters.
Geeky Gorgeous, a 2009 New Jersey-bred filly, wins the six-furlong Regret Stakes.

Jockey "Jersey Joe" Bravo heads to the winner's circle aboard Geeky Gorgeous.
Silver Max, Robby Albarado up, wins the grade III Oceanport Stakes on the Monmouth turf.

Silver Max is trained by Dale Romans (in jacket and tie).
Haskell Invitational contenders arrive at the paddock. Vyjack, owned by Pick Six Racing, is trained by Rudy Rodriquez.

Pick of the Litter is the longest shot in the seven-horse field. Dale Romans trains him for Crossed Sabres Farm.
Golden Soul, trained by Dallas Stewart, was second in the Kentucky Derby. Charles Fipke owns the colt.
Power Broker, owned by Gary and Mary West, is trained by Bob Baffert.

Oxbow won this year's Preakness Stakes for Calumet Farm and trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
Repole Stable's Micromanage is one of two Haskell entrants trained by Todd Pletcher.
The seven three-year-olds and their jockeys race in the Haskell Invitational, one and 1/8 miles on the dirt.
Oxbow, ridden by Gary Stevens, sets the pace.

John Velazquez looks back at the rest of the field as Verrazano increases his lead in the stretch.
Verrazano wins the Haskell by nine and 3/4 lengths.
Todd Pletcher watches as Velazquez and Verrazano return. Pletcher's other trainee, Micromanage, finished third; Power Broker was second.

Bryan Sullivan, co-owner of Verrazano, embraces Velazquez after the win.
Verrazano leaves the winner's circle.
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