Haskell Day

Sunday August 2, 2015: Monmouth Park

Stiffed, Gabriel Saez up, enters the track for the first stakes race of the day, the $100,000 Lady's Secret, for fillies and mares three and upwards.
Got Lucky, ridden by Paco Lopez, wins the Lady's Secret. The four-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy is trained by Todd Pletcher.
The six-furlong Teddy Drone Stakes, with a field of eight, becomes a three-horse contest in the stretch: from left, Stallwalkin' Dude, ridden by Joe Bravo; Wildcat Red with Paco Lopez; Delta Bluesman, Orlando Bocachica up.
The winner, Wildcat Red, is trained by Joseph Garoffalo.
Eight fillies and mares, including Testa Rossi (#6) and Charm City Girl (#3) will contest the Grade III Winstar Matchmaker Stakes, a mile and 1/8 on the turf. The top three finishers will win a stallion season in addition to their share of the $150,000 purse.
Racegoers watch as the Matchmaker contenders circle the walking ring. #1 is Cushion, sired by the Irish-bred Galileo and trained by Christophe Clement.
The field heads to the first turn.
Casual Smile, by Irish-bred Sea The Stars, wins the Matchmaker Stakes by one and 1/4 lengths. Her jockey is Abel Castellano Jr., her trainer Chad Brown.
Next up is the Grade II Monmouth Cup, which comes with a trophy and a purse of $200,000.

Protonico's handlers bring him to the paddock for the Monmouth Cup. The Todd Pletcher-trained colt took part in the post parade but was scratched by veterinarians before loading in the gate.
Pants On Fire is trainer Kelly Breen's entry in the race. Paco Lopez is aboard.

The Monmouth Cup contenders break from the gate: from left, Valid, Pants On Fire, Freestyler, Grasshoppin, Just Call Kenny, and Bradester.
Bradester, in the lead for the entire mile and 1/16 under jockey Corey Lanerie, wins the Monmouth Cup by two and 3/4 lengths. He is trained by Eddie Kenneally.
Old Time Hockey, a son of Smarty Jones, will join six other contenders in the Grade III Oceanport Stakes. He is ridden by Daniel Centeno.
Heart to Heart, a colt by English Channel, leads from gate to wire in the mile and 1/16 turf race, and wins it by one and 1/2 lengths.
The Oceanport Stakes winner, ridden by Victor Espinoza, is trained by Brian Lynch.

The Haskell Invitational

Keen Ice is one of six three-year-olds who will face Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the day's main event, the Grade I Haskell Invitational.
Mr. Jordan (#5) and Upstart (#1) will also run for a share of the $1,750,000 purse.

All eyes, including those of owner Ahmed Zayat and trainer Bob Baffert, are on American Pharoah as he enters the track for the Haskell post parade.

The horses race to the first turn: from left, Dontbetwithbruno, Top Clearance, Keen Ice, Mr. Jordan, Upstart, American Pharoah, Competitive Edge.
Competitive Edge, ridden by Mike Smith, sets the pace.
American Pharoah, with Victor Espinoza, is right behind him, followed by Mr. Jordan and Paco Lopez.

Taking over in the stretch, American Pharoah leaves Competitive Edge behind, while Upstart (2nd from left) and Keen Ice (left) begin to pick up speed.

Ahead at one point by five lengths, Espinoza slows the colt to an easy gallop and wins by two and 1/4 lengths over Keen Ice. Upstart finished third, Competitive Edge fourth.
The colors of Zayat Stables are applied to the jockey statue near the winner's circle.

American Pharoah, said to have a temperament more like a pet than a racehorse, stands calmly as his groom, Eduardo Luna, helps to dress him in the Haskell winner's blanket of flowers.
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