Lookin At Lucky solidified his position at the top of the division in the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap-G1, sweeping home by an effortless 4 lengths and securing California-based Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s record fourth win in Monmouth Park’s signature race. Unfazed by the inside post, the 2-year-old champion and Preakness-winning colt recorded his fifth Grade 1 victory.
- Less than two weeks before Haskell Invitational Day at Monmouth Park, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie put the state’s Thoroughbred and Standardbred tracks in play by endorsing a commission report that Monmouth and Meadowlands should be sold or closed.
“The bottom line is that the [racing] industry has to be able to sustain itself,” said Christie. “I want the industry to continue in New Jersey, but I do not have the money to be subsidizing failure.”
- A look at the multi-faceted career of Maryland trainer Katy Voss included her deep family history that included horses and politics in the state; her service to the boards of both the state breeders’ and horsemen’s associations; a training career that started in the days when women on the backstretch were still relatively scarce; and as operator with longtime partner Bob Manfuso of Chanceland Farm in West Friendship, Md.
- The late Allaire duPont’s Woodstock Farm in Chesapeake City, Md., found renewed purpose as headquarters for MidAtlantic Horse Rescue. Founded in 2002 by Bev Strauss and duPont’s granddaughter Ginny Suarez, MAHR started at Great House Farm, Ginny duPont’s childhood home, adjacent to Woodstock. As the rescue grew, a $100,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals helped support relocating to the larger facility.
In 2013, MAHR moved its base of operations to Green Pastures Equine Sanctuary in Warwick, Md., permanently.
- Rachel Alexandra returned to Monmouth Park, the scene of her Haskell victory the year before, to capture the Lady’s Secret Stakes in a hand ride by 3 lengths on a sweltering day. It was the fourth start of the season, and second win, for the 2009 Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly. The 3-year-old fillies Blind Luck and Havre de Grace put on an epic battle in Delaware Park’s Grade 2 Delaware Oaks and in the nail-biting finish it was Blind Luck by a nose. Becoming known for her tight finishes, Blind Luck, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, won her sixth graded stakes.
Blind Luck was crowned champion 3-year-old filly of 2010 and Havre de Grace went on to take the honor of Horse of the Year and champion older mare in 2011.