One of the biggest major graded horse races of the summer season leading up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic in the fall is the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. This year’s event on Sunday, July 31 is shaping up to be a good one with a strong field of contenders listed as probable.
Haskell Invitational Betting- Top Three Horses To Use In A Trifecta Play
<p>Last year’s Haskell featured Triple Crown winner American Pharoah on <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/" title="Compare Live Odds From The Best Sportbook">betting odds</a> as the favorite and he did not disappoint in a convincing win. Leading the way in this year’s field of top three-year-olds is Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist. After breaking down all the contenders lining up to win the 2016 Haskell Invitational, the following are my top three horses to use in a trifecta play when placing yourr bets at preffered <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-sites/" title="Online Sports Betting Sites Rating Guide">sportsbook</a>.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Haskell Invitational- Monmouth Park</strong><br />The Haskell Invitational is a Grade 1 stakes race for three-year old thoroughbreds with a total prize purse of $1 million. This race will be contested on the dirt track at Monmouth over a distance of 1 1/8 miles.</p><p>Right now there are seven horses listed as probable or possible for Sunday’s main attraction at Monmouth led by<strong> Nyquist</strong> as the likely morning line favorite when the post positions for the race are released later this week. I would have to agree that this three-year old Kentucky-bred colt remains the class of this field. Trained by Doug O’Neill, he has not raced since his third-place finish in this year’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico to end a run at a Triple Crown, but the added rest could be a good thing.</p><p>Prior to that he had won every event he entered including the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile as a two-year old and the Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park before his triumphant run at Churchill Downs in early May. Nyquist is currently ranked No. 7 by Horse Racing Nation with a rating of 8.68.</p><p>One three-year old that is very familiar with competing against Nyquist is trainer Steve Asmussen’s <strong>Gun Runner</strong>. He closed out his juvenile campaign finishing out of the money in fourth place of the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill. This followed two victories in non-stakes events to start his racing career and he quickly got back to his winning ways with a victory in the Grade 2 Risen Star at Fair Grounds in his first race this year as a three-year old. His biggest claim to fame is a third-place run in the Kentucky Derby behind Nyquist and Exaggerator.</p><p>After skipping both the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, Gun Runner made it five victories in seven tries with a win in the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill on June 18 over a distance of 1 1/16 miles. His HRN rank stands at No. 15 with an 8.45 rating.</p><p>While he may not be considered the third-best horse in this field, I am going with trainer Bob Baffert’s <strong>American Freedom</strong> my choice to fill the show position on Sunday afternoon at Monmouth. This three-year old Kentucky-bred colt never raced as a juvenile, but he has made up for lost time with three victories in four races this year. Against a strong field in the Grade 3 Pat Day Mile he faded to sixth in his major stakes race debut, but he immediately showed some promise as a top three-year old with a victory in the non-graded Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico on May 16.</p><p>The main reason I am high on his chances to finish in the money in the Haskell is his recent victory on July 1 at Prairie Meadows in the Grade 3 Iowa Derby over a distance of 1 1/16 miles. These past two victories have earned American Freedom a respectable HRN rating of 7.76 making it a valuable <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/more-sports/" title="Follow SBR Experts For Free Picks">betting pick</a> and I believe that his best racing days are still to come.</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>If you need further assistance on how to read odd <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/how-to-bet-on-sports/how-to-read-odds/" target="_blank" title="Betting Odds Explained">Click Here</a></strong></p>