The Haskell Invitational Stakes is one of the most prestigious races on the horse racing calendar.
It comes after the Triple Crown series and before the all-important Breeders’ Cup. The Haskell represents the perfect bridge between two major stakes race for 3-year-old thoroughbreds midsummer.
Named after the first president and chairman of the Monmouth Park Jockey Club, the Haskell Invitational will offer up a $1.75 million prize purse in 2019 with the winner taking home $1 million.
The Haskell Invitational Stakes is a 1 1/8-miles race on a dirt track; it has been a stakes’ race since 2006. Event coordinators moved it up eight days this year to make sure NBC would be able to broadcast it. Its traditional schedule is the final Sunday in July. This year the race will be run on Sunday, July 20.
While we still have plenty of time to analyze and break down the field for this race, we took a look at the Haskell Invitational to provide our New Jersey sports betting fans with an idea of what to expect.
Here is a look at how you can bet on this year’s Haskell Invitational Stakes at Monmouth.
How to bet on the Haskell Invitational
One of the best parts of watching the Haskell Invitational Stakes is getting a little bit of money on the race. Let’s take a closer look at how and where you can do so in New Jersey.
If you’re looking to bet on the Haskell Invitational and you can’t be there in person, your best bet is to place your bets online. You can do so at TVG.
To be able to place your bets on the site, you’ll have to be within New Jersey state lines and have a TVG account.
It’s a quick process; you simply enter your basic information, deposit money into your account and then you’ll be able to bet on the Haskell Invitational.
Betting at the teller
The other option for placing bets on the Haskell Invitational Stakes would be betting on the race in-person. There are several places you can do so, starting at Monmouth Park.
Of course, the ideal scenario is to go to the Haskell Invitational and place your bets on-site. If you’re not able to make it, you can still place your wagers at two other properties.
The Meadowlands Racetrack or Borgata Casino’s race book will take simulcast bets on the Haskell Invitational.
Whether you plan to bet online or in-person, there are plenty of options for tapping horse betting action.
Is it legal to bet on the Haskell Invitational in NJ?
Yes, it is legal to bet on the Haskell Invitational in New Jersey. Monmouth Park, Meadowlands Racetrack and Borgata’s race book will take your bets.
As far as the online options are concerned, your best bet is TVG.
Different types of bets
Calculating the odds
One of the most important things you need to know when betting on the Haskell Invitational is how to calculate the odds.
The first thing you’ll see is a list of horses competing in the race with numbers next to their names. Those numbers are the odds.
Let’s start with an example that you may see:
- Seabiscuit: -150
- Big Brown: +500
- Charleston: +3000
Haskell Invitational odds
Calculating the odds isn’t difficult. What you’ll first want to note is the sign in front of the odds. If it is a plus symbol, which indicates you could win the exact amount that follows the symbol for every $100 you risk. If it’s a minus sign, that means you’ll have to bet that amount to win $100.
For example, with Big Brown’s +500 odds to win, that means for every $100 you risk, you would win $500 if Big Brown won the race. Of course, you can bet less. For example, a $20 bet would net you $100.
On the other hand, if you’re betting on Seabiscuit, you’d have to bet $150 to win $100. As you can see, the payout is significantly different.
The reason for that is the favorite – the horse who’s expected to win – will not pay out as much as the underdog, who is not likely to win.
When you’re looking at the odds on the board, keep in mind that the smaller the number, the bigger the favorite. From above, we see that Seabiscuit has the lowest figure as -150 is a negative number and is smaller than the other two.
Going in the opposite direction, the higher the number, the more likely that horse is an underdog. In this case, Charleston is the biggest underdog on the board, and that’s why he’ll offer the biggest payout if he happens to win the race.
Odds to win
Now that you understand how the odds work, we can move on to the different types of bets that are available. Let’s start with the obvious ones.
The most straightforward approach to betting on the Haskell Invitational is betting on a horse to win. Sportsbooks will list each horse’s odds to win in their primary odds section for the race.
All you need to do is predict which horse you think will win, decide how much you want to wager on the horse, and then place your bet.
If your horse finishes in any other place but first, you lose. However, if your horse wins the race, then you win.
Odds to place
In addition to betting on a horse to win outright, you can also wager on one or more horses to place, which gives you a wider margin of victory.
The place bet means the horse you bet on can either finish first or second, and you win your bet. As long as the horse you select either wins the race or is the runner-up, you will win the wager.
This gives you a wider margin of victory as now your horse can finish in either of the top two spots. However, your payout is smaller compared to solely picking the horse to win.
Odds to show
Betting on a horse to “show” is similar to betting on a horse to place.
The difference here is when you bet on a horse to show, you are betting on that horse to finish first, second or third. As long as the horse finishes in the top three, you will win the wager.
Again, similar for the odds to place, the payout here will be even smaller than odds to win the race outright. That’s because you have a greater chance of winning this bet.
One of the fun things with betting on horses are exotic bets, which are a series of bets. You need multiple events to go right, and if everything does, you can really hit the jackpot.
An exacta is one of those exotic bets. What it requires is for you to predict the horses who will finish first and second accurately.
You need to identify which horse will win the race and which horse will place second at the time that you place the bet. If either horse finishes in a different spot, you lose.
The upside is that if you do make an accurate prediction and win your bet, your payout is a lot higher than just picking one horse to win the race.
The trifecta wager is a lot like the exacta, but it has more risks and more reward.
In this case, you are picking the top three horses to finish in that exact order rather than just the top-two finishers. To win this bet, you need to select the outright winner, the runner-up and the third-place finisher in the correct order.
The addition of a third horse on top of what you would bet in an exacta means the payout for the trifecta win is bigger than any other wager listed in this column.
Given how the previous three types of exotics have gone, you can probably guess what a superfecta is: It’s when you pick the horses to finish first, second, third and fourth, in the right order.
When betting on horses, this is arguably your biggest payout if you hit this bet. Of course, it’s tough to pull that off, though.
Another type of wager that you should know about is the quinella, which offers a slight variation of the exacta wager.
A quinella requires that you pick the horses who will finish the race first and second.
The difference between a quinella and an exacta is that you don’t have to predict the correct order the horses will finish; as long as you have the two horses who are in the top two, you win your bet.
Across the board
This might seem a bit tricky to follow, but once you play this bet a couple of times, you’ll understand.
What this bet represents are three equal wins, place and show bets.
So, if you pick a horse and he wins the race, you win all three bets because he’s won, placed and showed. If your horse finishes second, you win the place and show bets. If the horse finishes third, you win just the show bet.
This is a bet that allows you to bet on one horse in all three at once.
When you’re placing your bets, there will be two specific races that are part of the “daily double.”
What you have to do to win this bet is pick one horse in each race and both horses have to win. If either horse you’ve chosen doesn’t win the race, you’ve lost your daily double.
Another option for bettors is the “pick 3,” “pick 4,” “pick 5″ or “pick 6.”
These bets follow the same concept as the daily double, but instead of just two races, you have to correctly pick the winner of each race according to how many are in your pick.
In other words, a “pick 4” means you have to pick the winner in four consecutive races.
The “pick 6” is the biggest bet that you can make in this regard.
Naturally, this is a risky bet and one that’s hard to hit. However, if you pull this off, this is one of the highest paying bets of the different horse bet types. It’s up there with the superfecta.
The last 10 winners at the Haskell Stakes
- 2018: Good Magic
- 2017: Girvin
- 2016: Exaggerator
- 2015: American Pharoah
- 2014: Bayern
- 2013: Verrazano
- 2012: Paynter
- 2011: Coil
- 2010: Lookin At Lucky
- 2009: Rachel Alexandra
How the race runs
The Haskell Invitational is run at the Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, NJ.
The track is a dirt surface and welcomes 3-year-olds to run 1 1/8 miles.
Horses who are fast out of the gate and can take an early lead tend to have the advantage on this track. That skill is crucial as Monmouth is widely regarded as a track that favors speed over any other element.
Weather isn’t usually a factor at Monmouth Park as the race is traditionally run in late July or early August. In the case that there are heavy rains, it tends to take a toll on the track and slow down the faster horses.
How to watch the Haskell Invite on TV
NBC will carry the national broadcast for this race in 2019.
A deal has been reached to keep this race on NBC each year for the foreseeable future.
As was the case in past years, the race usually runs at some point between 5-6 p.m. EST.
History of the Monmouth Haskell
The Haskell Invitational dates back to 1968 when Monmouth Park featured the Amory L. Haskell Handicap to honor its former president Amory L. Haskell. It wasn’t until 13 years later in 1981 when the race became an invitational for 3-year-old horses.
In 2006, the race changed from a handicap to allowance weight conditions.
The purse for this race, which is currently up to $1.75 million, first reached $1 million in 1997.
Ten winners of the Haskell Invitational went on to win championship honors at the Eclipse Awards as the best 3-year-old colt or filly.
Four horses have also been named the Horse of the Year in the same year that they won the Haskell Invitational.
In addition to the $1 million payout to the winner, there are a variety of bonuses that are paid out based on specific criteria.
For example, the owner and trainer of any Triple Crown race victor who starts at the Haskell will receive a $25,000 bonus for every Triple Crown race victory.
Meanwhile, a $10,000 trainer’s bonus is awarded for each horse starting in the Haskell who is a Grade 1 winner and has not won a leg of the Triple Crown.
The massive payouts and bonuses are a significant factor in the overall prestige of the actual event.
The list of champion 3-year-old colts includes:
- Wajima (1975)
- Holy Bull (1994)
- Skip Away (1996)
- Point Given (2001)
- War Emblem (2002)
- Big Brown (2008)
- Lookin At Lucky (2010)
- American Pharoah (2015)
The list of champion 3-year-old fillies includes:
- Serena’s Song (1995)
- Rachel Alexandra (2009)
Lastly, the list of horses who won the Haskell and went on to win the Horse of the Year award the same year were:
- Holy Bull (1994)
- Point Given (2001)
- Rachel Alexandra (2009)
- American Pharoah (2015)
The largest winning margin at the Haskell Invitational is 9.75 lengths, which was set by Verrazano back in 2013.
Craig Perret and Martin Garcia are tied for the most wins by a jockey in this race with three each to their names. Meanwhile, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert owns the record for most wins by a trainer with eight, including most recently in 2014 and 2015.
Maximum Security at the 2019 Haskell Stakes
Based on what we have seen so far this year, it should be no surprise that Gary and Mary West’s Maximum Security is the betting favorite to win this race.
Maximum Security appeared to win the Kentucky Derby earlier this year when he placed first past the finish line. However, he was disqualified to 17th on a questionable interference call that many in the horse racing community felt shouldn’t have happened.
Following a three-way split of this year’s Triple Crown races, the three-year-old division appears to be wide open heading into the Haskell Stakes. Maximum Security should be motivated to earn a measure of redemption at another significant event.
Can Maximum Security double down and place first again in Oceanport come July? Or will another 3-year-old surprise and steal the spotlight?
Haskell Invitational Stakes FAQ
When is the 2019 Haskell?
The 2019 Haskell Invitational is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 20. The race typically happens around the end of July or in early August every year.
How many horses run in the race?
The number of horses depends on several factors.
For example, only seven horses were entered in last year’s edition of the Haskell Invitational.
Racing fans expect the number of horses to be the same for this year’s race, but it could be more. It depends on who qualifies/earns an invite, who is healthy, and who feels they have a chance to win the race.
How much does the Haskell winner receive?
The first-place prize for the Haskell Invitational Stakes is $1 million. The total purse for this race is $1.75 million.
What kind of race is it?
The Haskell Invitational is a Grade 1 flat stakes race for thoroughbred horses.
Once a handicap, the Haskell Invitational has been a stakes race every single year since 2006. That means it’ll welcome some of the best horses in the world to compete in this race.
When is post time?
The post time for the 2019 Haskell Invitational is at 5:47 p.m. EST on Saturday, July 20.
How much are tickets to the Haskell Invitational?
Ticket pricing for the 2019 Haskell Invitational starts at $73 if you want to watch from the grandstand balcony. The cost goes up to $179 if you would like to sit in the 300 Club level.
There are still plenty of tickets available for purchase online if you want to attend this year’s Haskell Invitational.
How long does the Haskell Invitational last?
While there is plenty of anticipation leading up to the actual race, the Haskell Invitational isn’t a long race.
The last five editions of the Haskell Invitational were from 1:47 to 1:50 in time length. Keep in mind, there will be other races throughout the day, but each race is usually about two minutes or less.
Who was the fastest horse to win the Haskell?
The record winning time for the Haskell Invitational is 1:47:00; a mark hit twice before.
Majestic Light initially set this record with his incredible run back in 1976.
Bet Twice went on to match the time with a 1:47:00 when he won the 1987 edition of the race. That time still stands as the record to this day.