After what it is probably fair to say was a challenging Facebook Live for organizers of the Post Position draw for the Haskell on Saturday, we now know that seven horses have declared for the Grade I Haskell Invitational Stakes at Monmouth Park in the race for the $1,000,000 purse.
With a ‘Win and You’re In’ berth for the Breeders’ Cup Classic at stake along with Kentucky Derby Points up for grabs. Not only does this race come with prestige but it also has plenty of money and opportunities down the line on offer to the winner.
Authentic will be the horse people will probably be the most familiar with. Bob Baffert’s three-year-old has seen his stock dip following being outrun at the Santa Anita Derby by Honor A.P. a couple of months back. Yet winner of the Sham and San Felipe is still very much in the minds of bettors as they look towards the Kentucky Derby in the fall with Authentic an 11/1 shot in the last Futures Pool.
A victory here would be Baffert’s ninth in this prestigious race with his last winner being some horse named American Pharoah in 2016, you may have heard of him. Authentic opens up as a ⅘ favorite on the Morning Line.
Dr Post has plenty of supporters and coming home second behind Tiz the Law at the Belmont was worth more than enough qualifying points to get Todd Pletcher’s horse into the Run for the Roses. Winning this Grade I however would really put him into the spotlight as he hovers in the middle of the pack odds wise ahead of the Derby. In that last Futures Pool he was a 20/1 shot. For Saturday the ML has him at 5/2. Ny Traffic is the other short price at 7/2.
Lebda is one to keep an eye on. Despite a really abject performance in the Ohio Derby in late June, plenty of punters have liked the look of him and taking on a quality field and that real step up in class will finally show everyone whether he’s for real or not. The Linemakers certainly don’t believe he’s a contender having been priced up at 20/1.
Ete Indien however was removed from consideration for this race following a minor setback. He won’t be seen in the starting gate now until the Derby itself which trainer Patrick Biancone still intends to run in.
Our in-house handicapper will be back later in the week with his full preview of the race and we’ll put up the Morning Line Odds when available.
The Odds for the 2020 Haskell Invitational Stakes are below: