Haskell Stakes Betting Guide

The Haskell Stakes is an important race in the season for three-year-olds, as it takes place between the end of the Triple Crown races and the start of the Breeders’ Cup. You can find all the information about the engaging Grade 1 here, as well as a look into the horses that could line up for the renewal in 2021.

Haskell Stakes Event Details

The Haskell Stakes is one of the most important and prestigious Grade 1s of the season for three-year-olds. It offers prize money of $1 million while winning trainers pick up the prestigious Haskell Invitational Trophy. The race takes place at Monmouth Park Racetrack, and the 2021 renewal will be staged on July 18th. This race takes place on a dirt surface and has been a stakes race since 2006.

Haskell Stakes Preview

As we have mentioned, the Haskell Stakes is an important stop on the road for three-year-olds between the final Triple Crown race of the season and the Breeders’ Cup. Below you can find some of the most likely runners that will be lining up for the 2021 renewal of the Haskell Stakes:


  • Essential Quality

  • Medina Spirit

  • Concert Tour

  • Hot Rod Charlie

  • Known Agenda


The top three in the betting will likely be made up for the three main horses that have dominated the markets for the Triple Crown races throughout the season. Essential Quality’s perfect record was ended in the Kentucky Derby, but he remains a leading contender after winning two Grades 1s so far in his career. The most recent of his victories came at Keeneland in the Blue Grass Stakes, as he won by a neck from Highly Motivated. It has been announced that he will miss the Preakness Stakes, so he could come into this with an excellent chance.


By the time that the Haskell Stakes takes place, Medina Spirit could be the winner of an unlikely Triple Crown sweep. The Bob Baffert-trained horse won the Kentucky Derby in a controlled manner and heads to the Preakness Stakes as one of the leading chances. Triple Crown winners have graced the Haskell Stakes in the past, with American Pharoah being the standout winner in 2015.


Concert Tour will also be among the leading contenders for the Haskell Stakes, as he looks to get back on track after losing his perfect record before the Kentucky Derby in the Arkansas Derby. Baffert’s record in this race will be a strong indicator that there will be a strong run from the three-year-old, as he has won six of the last 12 renewals.


Louisiana Derby winners have performed excellently in the Haskell Stakes in the past, with the most recent horse to have achieved wins in both coming in 2017 as Girvin won the Haskell. Hot Rod Charlie was the winner of the Louisiana Derby this season and has already impressed in the Triple Crown races this season, as he finished third behind Medina Spirit in the Kentucky Derby. This three-year-old has all the ability to win a Grade 1 this season.


Florida Derby winners have also achieved success in this race, which means that Known Agenda will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Maximum Security in July. The Todd Pletcher-trained horse was disappointing in the Kentucky Derby but had won two from three starts before that run at Churchill Downs at the start of May.

Haskell Stakes History

The Haskell Stakes was introduced in 1968 and has been run in a variety of different ways throughout its history. For the most part, between 1968 and 2005, it was run as a handicap before it became a stakes race in 2006. It wasn’t until 1981 that the Haskell Stakes became a race for three-year-olds, and entries needed to be invited to take part. The 2015 renewal was one of the most significant in the history of the race, as it saw the prize purse increased to a record $1.75 million due to the involvement of American Pharoah. This year was also the most attended, with 60,983 fans attending Monmouth Race Track.


Winners of the Haskell Stakes have been recognized with awards in the past, as ten previous winners went on to win accolades at the Eclipse Awards. Last year’s winner of the race was Authentic, who gave Bob Baffert a record ninth victory in the Haskell Stakes.

Haskell Stakes Betting Information

The Haskell Stakes is one of the big betting days of the year outside of the Triple Crown races and the Breeders’ Cup. There will be a number of different betting markets available to gamblers to make wagers, and you can learn about the most common below.


  • Win: Gamblers will need to wager their money on the horse that they think will cross the line first in the win market.

  • Place: Place betting is also extremely popular when it comes to the Haskell Stakes. Selections must finish in the top two to get returns from this market.

  • Exacta: Predicting the first two runners to finish is the most difficult betting market when it comes to the Haskell Stakes. Selections must be precise to get the returns.

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