After four career starts, and four impressive wins, undefeated Jack Christopher has earned a large number of awards.
Chad Brown, his coach, four-time Eclipse winner, said: “He’s special.
So special that on July 20, when four 1st graders won out of eight 3-year-olds participating in the $1 million TVG.com Haskell Stakes (G1) program at Monmouth ParkJack Christopher is the one to be pegged at 3-2.
On July 23, on New Jersey’s biggest race day, he’ll face a field that also includes Runhappy Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Taiba 7-5 light streamer (track 2), coached by 9-time Haskell-winning coach Bob Baffert, Arkansas Derby (G1) winner Cyberknife (Lessons 1, 6-1), White Abarrio (post 6, 5-1), winner of the Florida Curlin Derby presented by Hill ‘n’ Dale Ranch in Xalapa (G1), Howl time (Lessons 4, 10-1), Benevengo (Lesson 8, 20-1), Willard once (Lesson 3, 30-1), and King of Hollywood (Lessons 5, 30-1).
In the fixed odds bets that will be available at Monmouth, the initial prices for Jack Christopher and Taiba are quite different with Jack Christopher being even and Taiba being 5-2.
However, for all the excellence Jack Christopher will bring to the Jersey Shore for a 1/8 mile stake on Saturday, he’s exiting post 7 when faced with the kind of question Haskell’s favorite classic picture — or the person who started it — answered .
He scored his four starts by a superb combined margin of more than 25 lengths for his ownership group of Jim Bakke, Gerald Isbister, Coolmore Stud and Peter Brant, but the son of Munnings have never raced beyond a mile or participated in a two-turn race.
Jack Christopher may have the speed numbers to match those of previous Haskell-winning candidates, such as American pharoah , Maximum security , Big brown Rachel Alexandra, and Point Given, but his lack of a roadmap added an element of drama to Haskell that is rarely, if ever, associated with the favorite for the race.
In the case of the aforementioned former Haskell winners, they have mastered two turns in a scene no less formidable than a tier 1 stake or Triple Crown race.
Meanwhile, Jack Christopher will come out to perform on June 11 in the seven-card Woody Stephens Bet presented by Mohegan Sun (G1), which he won by 10 lengths in the 1:21.18 final. Thoro-graph took the pony out of Half of us mare Rushin No Blushin has a speed of minus 4 for his performance in Stephens. That matches the number it gives Flight route , the undefeated 4-year-old who topped both the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Top 10 poll and the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) poll. Jack Christopher was purchased by Bradley Weisbord and Liz Crow on behalf of Bakke and Isbister for $135,000 from Paramount Sales at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling Sale.
However, that performance does not necessarily answer the question of how Jack Christopher will handle the challenge of going from seven tongs to nine? Will he dominate in about two turns like he was in sprints and miles in one turn?
Or will a talented horse with the body and pedigree of a sprinter/sprinter find Haskell’s ninth and final coat a shade beyond his range?
The answers will be provided on Saturday, during a televised episode on CNBC (5-6 p.m. ET), though Brown believes Jack Christopher will handle the longer challenge while facing other opponents. Classy player, most of them have enough speed to generate fast fractions and early speed pressure for him.
“I think this is the right time and place to do it,” said Brown, whose fleet has never been second-worst on any call from the opening quarter onwards in four departures. mine. “It’s going to be a tough race with some real snake horses in it but I believe he can handle it.”
Even contacts trying to entice Jack Christopher know that the mystery of how the foal raised by Castleton Lyons and Kilboy Estate reacts to the second turn is key to the outcome.
Saffie Joseph Jr., White Abarrio’s coach, said: “Jack Christopher is clearly the fastest 3-year-old, but he’s gone two laps and we’ll see what happens. “If he’s as good at two turns as he is at one, we’re all in trouble.”
Jack Christopher won the Champagne Stakes (G1) with a score of 2 in his second start but was later disqualified from the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile presented by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1) when a shin problem was discovered. . Subsequent surgery to fit a screw into his left shin took him to the side long enough to knock him off the Triple Crown trail. Brown brought the flying pony back into the races by winning the Pat Day Mile presented by LG&E and KU (G2) at the Kentucky Derby Day and Woody Stephens.
“We were scheduled to run two runs in the Breeders’ Cup last year, so it’s all about timing and here we are,” Brown said.
Taiba, Cyberknife and White Abarrio all ran in the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) with little success.
Gold Square’s Cyberknife won the Arkansas Derby (G1) for coach Brad Cox but then lost in Run for the Roses when he chased at lightning speed and missed in 18.
The Gunman The foal bred by Ken and Sarah Ramsey is back with a tipping win over Howling Time on June 12 Matt Winn Stakes in preparation for Haskell, which has special meaning for its owner Al Gold, who spent about five decades racing at Monmouth.
Cox said: “The Derby didn’t take him as long as I thought it would. He got through it in good shape and it involved a lot of galloping. That helped. Very helpful,” Cox said. “He’s been a leading figure in his career last time, so he’s doing really well.”
Out of the Flower Alley’s Awesome Flower mare was purchased for $400,000 by Joe Hardoon at the Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearlings Showcase.
Zedan Racing Stable’s Taiba will reunite with Baffert in Haskell. Another son of Gun Runner, he rocked his debut on March 5 at Santa Anita . Park but was later transferred to coach Tim Yakteen’s cage when Baffert faced a 90-day suspension for Medina Spirit’s drug offences during the 2021 Kentucky Derby. Taiba won the Santa Anita Derby. for Yakteen but then finished 12th in the Kentucky Derby.
He returned to Baffert after ending his suspension earlier this month and has been training intensely for his first appearance in more than two months.
“I don’t think about records,” Baffert said, referring to his nine-game Haskell record. “I think about the really great horses we’ve sent there and I hope this guy is the same breed. He’s so talented and gentle but I feel like he’s doing a great job. well We still don’t know much about him because he came from a girl race to 1st grade and got thrown in the field 20 horses, so he is still learning We still don’t know the style what is his way of running.”
Raised by Bruce Ryan, Taiba was purchased by agent Gary Young for $1.7 million from the Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds consignment at The Gulfstream Sale, 2-year-olds recruited by Fasig-Tipton in the batch. sell training.
La Milagrosa Stable’s C2 Racing Stable and White Abarrio took home wins at the Holy Bull Stakes (G3) and Florida Derby but finished 16th in the May 7 Commission Race. Since then, he has finished second by long distance in the Ohio Derby (G3).
The son of Race day rallied from Thursday to win the 1/8 mile Florida Derby and could benefit most if a speedfight occurs.
“It looks like there’s a lot of speed in the race and he can be tactical. He can fire if they go fast and close if they go slow,” said Joseph. “We’ll let the race develop and hope for the best.”
The White Abarrio was bred by Spendthrift Farm and sold to Carlos Perez for $40,000 from the Nice and Easy Thoroughbreds consignment at Ocala Breeders’ Sales March Selling 2-year-olds in training.
The howling hour of the Albaugh family barn (Not this time ) will be looking for his first wager win since taking part in Street Sense Stakes in October for coach Dale Romans.
Wasabi Ventures Stables’ Benevengo (Gormley ), coached by Jesus Cruz, earned the right to claim the June 24 stipend option at Monmouth after finishing fourth in the May 14 Long Branch Stakes competition at the New Jersey track.
One Time Willard and King of Hollywood are the last-minute entrants who will be the lasting snaps.
Barrister Breeding’s One Time Willard (Micro management ) will enter an open bet for the first time and will soon be a third in the July 15th allowable options tournament at Monmouth for New Jersey crossbreeds.
Monmouth Stud and Pinnacle Racing’s King of Hollywood (Palace Malice ), a former debt collector, ranked seventh in TVG.com Pegasus Stakes, Monmouth prepares for Haskell.
The full list of open fixed odds from BetMakers are: Jack Christopher 1-1, Taiba 5-2, Cyberknife 6-1, White Abarrio 7-1, Benevengo 11-1, Howling Time 12-1, One Time Willard 100-1, and King of Hollywood 100-1.