Louisiana Derby winner Kingsbarns and recent Long Branch Stakes winner Howgreatisnate head a field of eight 3-year-olds for Saturday’s Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park – one of four stakes races on Haskell Preview Day.
The 14-race card features the Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes, the Grade 3 Salvator Mile and the Grade 3 Monmouth Stakes, with multiple Grade 1-winner Tribhuvan headlining that field.
The $150,000 Pegasus Stakes, at a mile and a sixteenth, serves as the local prep for the Grade 1, $1 million TVG.com Haskell Stakes on July 22.
The field from the rail out for the Pegasus Stakes (with trainer and jockey): Classic Catch (Todd Pletcher, Paco Lopez); Moreau (Andrew McKeever, Florent Geroux); No Confession (John McAllen, Pedro Cotto, Jr.); Salute the Stars (Brad Cox, Joel Rosario); Alternate Reality (Chris Englehart, Jacqueline Davis); Subrogate (Jorge Duarte, Jevian Toledo); Howgreatisnate (Elizabeth Dobles, Jairo Rendon) and Kingsbarns (Todd Pletcher, Luis Saez).
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The 52nd running of the Eatontown Stakes, at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf for fillies and mares, 3 and up, drew a field of eight as well. The Eatontown Stakes, which carries a purse of $150,000, serves as the prep for the Grade 3, $300,000 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes on the Haskell undercard.
That Eatontown Stakes field from the rail out is as follows: Surprisingly (Shug McGaughey, Paco Lopez); Vergara (Graham Motion, Jorge Ruiz); Consumer Spending (Chad Brown, Samy Camacho); Scotish Star (Todd Pletcher, Luis Saez); Spirit and Glory (Robert Falcone, Jr., Nik Juarez); Malavath (Christophe Clement, Joel Rosario); Katies a Lady (Darien Rodriguez, Jorge A. Vargas, Jr.) and Gina Romantic (Chad Brown, Florent Geroux).
Salvatore Mile Draws 10
The 76th running of the Salvator Mile, with a purse of $150,000, attracted a field of 10. The Salvator Mile is the prep for the Grade 3 $400,000 Monmouth Cup on the Haskell day undercard.
The field for the Salvator Mile for 3 year olds and up from the rail out: Petulante (Victor Barboza, Jr., Luis Saez); Ridin With Biden (Butch Reid, Paco Lopez); Empty Tomb (Robert Falcone, Jr., Samy Camacho); Far Mo Power (Louis Linder, Dexter Haddock); Bourbon Calling (Antonio Arriaga, Jorge A. Vargas, Jr.); Octane (Carlos David, Jairo Rendon); Trademark (Vicki Oliver, Joel Rosario); Nimitz Class (Bruce Kravets, Jevian Toledo); Artorius (Chad Brown, Florent Geroux) and Bourbonic (Todd Pletcher, Jose Ferrer).
Tribhuvan, who won the Grade 1 United Nations at Monmouth Park in 2021, will likely try to repeat in that race as a 7-year-old, making his seasonal debut in the $150,000 Grade 3 Monmouth Stakes at a mile and an eighth on the turf. The Monmouth Stakes is the prep for the United Nations.
Tribhuvan, who also won the Grade 1 Manhattan Stakes at Belmont Park in 2022, has not raced since Aug. 27. He was fourth in the United Nations a year ago.
The six-horse field for the Monmouth Stakes from the rail out: Tribhuvan (Chad Brown, Florent Geroux); Never Explain (Shug McGaughey, Luis Saez); Speaking Scout (Graham Motion, Jorge Ruiz); Dynadrive (Thomas Morley, Nik Juarez); Commandeer (James Toner, Paco Lopez) and Catnip (Michael Stidham, Joel Rosario).
First race post time is 12:40 p.m. The four stakes races on the card will go as races 10 through 13, starting with the Pegasus Stakes.