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In a photo provided by Equi-Photo, Mandaloun, near rail, with Florent Geroux riding, and Hot Rod Charlie, with Flavien Prat riding, compete in the $1 million Haskell Invitational horse race Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. WFMZ AllentownMandaloun takes controversial Haskell at Monmouth on DQ

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Hot Rod Charlie disqualified for interference, Mandaloun declared winner of Haskell Stakes. OCEANPORT, N.J. — Jockey Florent Geroux was the first to admit there are better ways to win than the way he and Mandaloun won the $1 million TVG.com Haskell Stakes Saturday at Monmouth Park. USA TODAYHot Rod Charlie disqualified for interference, Mandaloun declared winner of Haskell Stakes

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Mandaloun takes controversial Haskell at Monmouth on DQ

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The bigger the race, the bigger the controversy. When all is said and done though, the Brad Cox-trained colt may have two Grade 1 wins. 

Mandaloun got the first Saturday when the son of Into Mischief was awarded the $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park after apparent winner Hot Rod Charlie veered in the stretch and caused Midnight Bourbon and his jockey to take a scary fall.

The Haskell win also gave Mandaloun a spot in the Breeders Cup Classic at Del Mar in California early November.

“I hope the horse is OK. I hope the rider is OK,” Cox said about Midnight Bourbon and jockey Paco Lopez. “Somebody watching the race said he might get put up. Watching the replay on the head-on, it looked like there would be a reversal.”

Dr. Angelo Chinnici , Monmouth Park medical director, said Lopez had a soft tissue injury to his right knee and ankle and did not require further treatment.

“My horse kicked me in the knee," Lopez said. “I felt pain in my tendon there, and I couldn’t move my leg for about 10 minutes, but I am fine now I can bend my knee again. I think I would have won that race.”

Jockey Flavien Prat, who rode Hot Rod Charlie, apologized the Lopez after the race.

The track stewards immediately flashed the inquiry sign after the race and they didn't need long to place Hot Rod Charlie, the 4-5 favorite coming off a second-place finish in the Belmont Stakes, last for interference.

It put Mandaloun again was in the middle of a disputed finish.

It's been two months since the the Juddemonte Farms owned-and-bred colt finished second behind Medina Spirit in the Derby, the opening leg of the Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Medina Spirit subsequently tested positive for the presence of an anti-inflammatory steroid after the race and the state commission had not made a decision on whether the colt will be disqualified, awarding the Derby then to Mandaloun.

A 3-year-old son of Into Mischief, Mandaloun ran a spectacular race Saturday. He hugged the rail behind Midnight Bourbon and Following Sea for the first half of the 1 1/8-mile race. On the turn for home after Following Sea fell back, Mandaloun and jockey Florent Geroux joined the leaders with a move along the rail. 

Roughly halfway down the stretch, Hot Rod Charlie veered to the left and Midnight Bourbon was closed off, The colt, the Preakness runner-up, clipped heels with Hot Rod Charlie and went down.

Mandaloun and Hot Rod Charlie waged a furious head-bobbling battle to the wire and Hot Rod Charlie finished a nose in front. 

“Honestly I didn’t know what happened until I came back and looked at the TV," Geroux said. "It is not the best way to win, but Mandaloun ran a winning race and deserves this.”

Cox said Mandaloun would go to Saratoga for a rest.

Mandaloun paid $8.20, $4 and $3.20 as the 3-1 second choice. Following Sea was elevated to second and paid $5 and $3.80, while Antigravity was $7.80 to show.

In additon to the Haskell, the card also included four other Graded stakes races, and jockey Joel Rosario dominated the three Grade 3 stakes.

The 36-year-old native of the Dominican Republic won the Matchmaker Stakes on the turf with Chad Brown's Great Island ($10.80). He captured $300,000 Monmouth Cup with Dr Post ($7.20) and the $250,000 Molly Pitcher Cup with Graceful Princess ($31), both trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher.

Brown also won a Grade 1 stakes when Tribhuvan scored a front-running victory in the $500,000 United Nations Stakes on the turf. 

For the second straight year highly regarded Arklow finished off the board. The 7-year-old horse took a bad step on the backstretch and almost fell before recovering. 

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Mandaloun wins Haskell after Hot Rod Charlie DQ'd

Horse Racing Nation 18 July, 2021 - 09:01am

The Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Stakes was expected to be a match-up between the second-place finishers from the three Triple Crown races and the least experienced horse in the field of seven, Following Sea. Early on, that is exactly what happened.

However, the stretch run was far from expected when Hot Rod Charlie was making a closing move while racing four paths wide at the quarter pole. He took the lead with a furlong remaining under urging from jockey Flavien Prat. But then Hot Rod Charlie shifted paths in front of Midnight Bourbon, causing the Steve Asmussen runner to stumble badly and unseat jockey Paco Lopez.

Meanwhile, down the stretch, Kentucky Derby runner up Mandaloun had found room between horses turning for home while avoiding the incident between Hot Rod Charlie and Midnight Bourbon.

Racing to the wire, Mandaloun was on the inside of Hot Rod Charlie and they battled heads apart for the final sixteenth of a mile. At the finish, they were a nose apart with the photo favoring Hot Rod Charlie. But the stewards very quickly put up the inquiry sign.

The decision did not take long when considering the importance of the Haskell. Hot Rod Charlie was disqualified and placed last because Midnight Bourbon did not finish the race.

Midnight Bourbon seemed no worse for the wear as he gathered himself after the stumble and ran down the rest of the stretch.

Immediately after the race owner Ron Winchell said, “It looks like he walked off alright. He just tripped over the heels of the horse that came over on him. It’s bad luck in racing. It happens.”

Lopez was eventually able to get up and walk into the ambulance and was taken to the track first-aid station with what was reported to be soft-tissue injuries in his knee and ankle.

“I’m good man. I am fine. I am just going to ice it up,” Lopez said.  “My horse kicked me in the knee. I felt pain in my tendon there, and I couldn’t move my leg for about 10 minutes, but I am fine now I can bend my knee again. I think I would have won that race, I had my horse in the right position to win. I was fighting back, but my horse had a lot of run left, so I think I could have won that race.”

For his part Prat said, “I am really proud of (Hot Rod Charlie’s) effort. He just clipped my heels. That’s it.”

Prat did apologize to Lopez after the race, to which Lopez calmly responded, “It happens man.”

Ultimately the stewards acted and Florent Geroux became the victorious rider. It was the first win for Mandaloun since the Risen Star (G2) on the Kentucky Derby trail at Fair Grounds in February.

“I had my sights on Hot Rod Charlie,” Geroux said. “When Hot Rod Charlie tipped out I decided to go inside. It was a very hard battle. Hot Rod Charlie was going to win by a neck and right at the end my horse came back and made it really close. Unfortunately for Hot Rod Charlie he came in and Midnight Bourbon clipped his heels and he got disqualified. I feel bad for the connections of Hot Rod Charlie because he ran a hard race and Flavien Prat is a good friend of mine. I kind of feel bad for him. Honestly, I didn’t know what happened until I came back and looked at the TV. It is not the best way to win, but Mandaloun ran a winning race and deserves this.”

Mandaloun joins Essential Quality as 3-year-olds in the barn of his trainer Brad Cox with coveted Grade 1 victories.

“We got a really good trip. I thought it was a lot like our Kentucky Derby trip,” Cox said. “He was saving ground. Florent did a good job of getting on the outside of Following Sea. Turning for home I thought we had a big shot at winning the race. I thought we ran a winning race. Didn’t have our nose down at the wire but all and all it worked out. I’m proud of the effort and the performance. He’s always been a good colt, he has always been highly thought of. He deserves a Grade 1 victory. He’s a Grade 1 horse and I’m glad it worked out today.

In the end Mandaloun notched his fifth win from eight career starts with earnings of $1,651,252. In addition, he got a “Win and You’re In” spot in the starting gate for the Breeders’ Cup Classic which is worth $150,000.

Mandaloun was the 3.10-1 second choice behind the 4-5 favorite Hot Rod Charlie. Mandaloun paid $8.20 to win. The early pacesetter Following Sea ended up as the second-place finisher more than 18-lengths behind the winner. At 56-1 Antigravity was the official third-place finisher.

Looking ahead to the rest of the year for his 3-year-olds, Cox said, “Both (Essential Quality and Mandaloun) have obviously been campaigned since last fall and all of 2021. We’re going to ship Mandaloun up to Saratoga and let him catch his breath. We’ll catch our breath. Myself and Garrett (O’Rourke, Juddmonte General Manager) will come up with a game plan in the near future. No need to make a decision now.”

Controversy at N.J. million-dollar Haskell Stakes: Mandaloun wins

NJ.com 18 July, 2021 - 09:01am

Trouble seems to follow Kentucky Derby runner-up Mandaloun on the racetrack.

The bigger the race, the bigger the controversy. When all is said and done though, the Brad Cox-trained colt may have two Grade 1 wins.

Mandaloun got the first Saturday when the son of Into Mischief was awarded the $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park after apparent winner Hot Rod Charlie veered in the stretch and caused Midnight Bourbon and his jockey to take a scary fall.

The Haskell win also gave Mandaloun a spot in the Breeders Cup Classic at Del Mar in California early November.

“I hope the horse is OK. I hope the rider is OK,” Cox said about Midnight Bourbon and jockey Paco Lopez. “Somebody watching the race said he might get put up. Watching the replay on the head-on, it looked like there would be a reversal.”

Midnight Bourbon recovered from a tumble to the track and ran off uninjured, the on-call vet at the Jersey Shore track said. Lopez was put on board and removed to the track’s medical office in an ambulance.

Dr. Angelo Chinnici , Monmouth Park medical director, said Lopez had a soft tissue injury to his right knee and ankle and did not require further treatment.

“My horse kicked me in the knee,” Lopez said. “I felt pain in my tendon there, and I couldn’t move my leg for about 10 minutes, but I am fine now I can bend my knee again. I think I would have won that race.”

Jockey Flavien Prat, who rode Hot Rod Charlie, apologized the Lopez after the race.

The track stewards immediately flashed the inquiry sign after the race and they didn’t need long to place Hot Rod Charlie, the 4-5 favorite coming off a second-place finish in the Belmont Stakes, last for interference.

It put Mandaloun again was in the middle of a disputed finish.

It’s been two months since the the Juddemonte Farms owned-and-bred colt finished second behind Medina Spirit in the Derby, the opening leg of the Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Medina Spirit subsequently tested positive for the presence of an anti-inflammatory steroid after the race and the state commission had not made a decision on whether the colt will be disqualified, awarding the Derby then to Mandaloun.

A 3-year-old son of Into Mischief, Mandaloun ran a spectacular race Saturday. He hugged the rail behind Midnight Bourbon and Following Sea for the first half of the 1 1/8-mile race. On the turn for home after Following Sea fell back, Mandaloun and jockey Florent Geroux joined the leaders with a move along the rail.

Roughly halfway down the stretch, Hot Rod Charlie veered to the left and Midnight Bourbon was closed off. The colt, the Preakness runner-up, clipped heels with Hot Rod Charlie and went down.

Mandaloun and Hot Rod Charlie waged a furious head-bobbling battle to the wire and Hot Rod Charlie finished a nose in front.

“Honestly, I didn’t know what happened until I came back and looked at the TV,” Geroux said. “It is not the best way to win, but Mandaloun ran a winning race and deserves this.”

Cox said Mandaloun would go to Saratoga for a rest.

Mandaloun paid $8.20, $4 and $3.20 as the 3-1 second choice. Following Sea was elevated to second and paid $5 and $3.80, while Antigravity was $7.80 to show.

In additon to the Haskell, the card also included four other Graded stakes races, and jockey Joel Rosario dominated the three Grade 3 stakes.

The 36-year-old native of the Dominican Republic won the Matchmaker Stakes on the turf with Chad Brown’s Great Island ($10.80). He captured $300,000 Monmouth Cup with Dr Post ($7.20) and the $250,000 Molly Pitcher Cup with Graceful Princess ($31), both trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher.

Brown also won a Grade 1 stakes when Tribhuvan scored a front-running victory in the $500,000 United Nations Stakes on the turf.

For the second straight year highly regarded Arklow finished off the board. The 7-year-old horse took a bad step on the backstretch and almost fell before recovering.

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Mandaloun wins Haskell after Hot Rod Charlie disqualified for interference

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The bigger the race, the bigger the controversy. When all is said and done though, the Brad Cox-trained colt might have two Grade 1 wins.

Mandaloun got the first Saturday when he was awarded the $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park after apparent winner Hot Rod Charlie veered in the stretch and caused Midnight Bourbon and his jockey to take a scary fall.

The Haskell win also gave Mandaloun a spot in the Breeders Cup Classic at Del Mar in California early November.

Midnight Bourbon recovered from a tumble to the track and ran off uninjured, the on-call vet at the Jersey Shore track said. Lopez was put on board and removed to the track's medical office in an ambulance.

Dr. Angelo Chinnici, Monmouth Park medical director, said Lopez had a soft tissue injury to his right knee and ankle and did not require further treatment.

"My horse kicked me in the knee," Lopez said. "I felt pain in my tendon there, and I couldn't move my leg for about 10 minutes, but I am fine now I can bend my knee again. I think I would have won that race."

Jockey Flavien Prat, who rode Hot Rod Charlie, apologized to Lopez after the race.

The track stewards immediately flashed the inquiry sign after the race and they didn't need long to place Hot Rod Charlie, the 4-5 favorite coming off a second-place finish in the Belmont Stakes, last for interference.

It put Mandaloun again in the middle of a disputed finish.

It has been two months since Mandaloun finished second behind Medina Spirit in the Derby, the opening leg of the Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Medina Spirit subsequently tested positive for the presence of an anti-inflammatory steroid after the race and the state commission had not made a decision on whether the colt will be disqualified, awarding the Derby then to Mandaloun.

A 3-year-old son of Into Mischief who is owned and bred by the Juddemonte Farms, Mandaloun ran a spectacular race Saturday. He hugged the rail behind Midnight Bourbon and Following Sea for the first half of the 1 1/8-mile race. On the turn for home after Following Sea fell back, Mandaloun and jockey Florent Geroux joined the leaders with a move along the rail.

Roughly halfway down the stretch, Hot Rod Charlie veered to the left and Midnight Bourbon was closed off, The colt, the Preakness runner-up, clipped heels with Hot Rod Charlie and went down.

Mandaloun and Hot Rod Charlie waged a furious head-bobbling battle to the wire and Hot Rod Charlie finished a nose in front.

"Honestly I didn't know what happened until I came back and looked at the TV," Geroux said. "It is not the best way to win, but Mandaloun ran a winning race and deserves this."

Cox said Mandaloun would go to Saratoga for a rest.

Mandaloun paid $8.20, $4 and $3.20 as the 3-1 second choice. Following Sea was elevated to second and paid $5 and $3.80, while Antigravity was $7.80 to show.

In addition to the Haskell, the card also included four other Graded stakes races, and jockey Joel Rosario dominated the three Grade 3 stakes.

The 36-year-old native of the Dominican Republic won the Matchmaker Stakes on the turf with Chad Brown's Great Island ($10.80). He captured $300,000 Monmouth Cup with Dr Post ($7.20) and the $250,000 Molly Pitcher Cup with Graceful Princess ($31), both trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher.

Brown also won a Grade 1 stakes when Tribhuvan scored a front-running victory in the $500,000 United Nations Stakes on the turf.

For the second straight year highly regarded Arklow finished off the board. The 7-year-old horse took a bad step on the backstretch and almost fell before recovering.

Did NJ anti-whip rule help cause Haskell incident? Hot Rod Charlie jockey says it did

Asbury Park Press 18 July, 2021 - 06:41am

Because what was supposed to be a showcase for New Jersey’s toughest-in-the-nation whip rule reignited the debate on safety, as winner Hot Rod Charlie was disqualified after coming in on Midnight Bourbon just inside the eighth pole, causing Midnight Bourbon to stumble and unseat jockey Paco Lopez.

While Lopez had nothing more than a bruised knee and ankle, and Midnight Bourbon was uninjured, racing was once again in a position of having to defend itself.

The incident, after what had been a safe first seven weeks of the Monmouth Park meet on the track, came during what was the first major race in the United States where jockeys were unable to use a whip for anything other than an emergency situation. The Haskell is a Grade 1 race with a $1 million purse, and was televised on NBC.

It highlights what critics have contended is a rule that actually puts jockeys and horses in harm’s way by not allowing riders to use their discretion when situations arise during a race.  

Mandaloun, who hit the wire second and was eventually declared the winner, is likely to be elevated to the top spot after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby.

The tight rope the sport has been walking between real reform and public perception ever since the spike in equine fatalities at Santa Anita in early 2019 is more difficult than ever to navigate.

For Monmouth Park, it’s unfortunate because Saturday turned out to be a pretty good day otherwise.

Only time will tell whether it can help cure what ails the sport, and whether a uniform policy on the limited use of a riding crop will make a difference on the racetrack.

It would be one thing if the Haskell incident had happened in a bubble, but it didn’t. Instead, it’s part of a long-running narrative for an industry trying to hold its place on the sports landscape.

Mandaloun Wins Haskell After Midnight Bourbon Stumble, Hot Rod Charlie DQ - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Paulick Report 17 July, 2021 - 05:45pm

The Grade 1 Haskell Stakes was to be a rematch of the Lousiana Derby, where Hot Rod Charlie bested Midnight Bourbon and Mandaloun on the road to the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby. On the line for the winning 3-year-old was a guaranteed spot in the starting gate for the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., on Nov. 6. This highly anticipated meeting between the three ended with a disqualification for Hot Rod Charlie and a second consecutive win at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., for Mandaloun.

At the start, Midnight Bourbon and Following Sea broke fastest with Hot Rod Charlie and Flavien Prat right behind them. Following Sea held a short lead after the first quarter in :23.82 and then Midnight Bourbon took over on his outside, getting a head in front at the half-mile. Hot Rod Charlie was third, a half-length in front of Mandaloun, who did his running on the rail throughout the 1 1/8-mile Haskell.

On the final turn, Following Sea still held a 1 1/2-length lead, with Midnight Bourbon, Mandaloun, and Hot Rod Charlie behind him. As they entered the stretch, Mandaloun and Florent Geroux made their move on the rail with Midnight Bourbon and then Hot Rod Charlie also vying for the lead. Following Sea fell back as the three dueled down the stretch. Sandwiched between a driving Mandaloun and Hot Rod Charlie, Paco Lopez saw that Midnight Bourbon needed more running room to put in their bid for the lead. He started to take the Steve Asmussen trainee outside when Midnight Bourbon clipped heels with Hot Rod Charlie. That caused Midnight Bourbon to stumble badly, with Lopez falling off the Asmussen colt. Hot Rod Charlie and Mandaloun dueled down the rest of the stretch, with Hot Rod Charlie putting his nose in front at the wire.

Immediately after the finish, the Inquiry sign went up, signaling that the Monmouth stewards would take a second look at the stretch run. They disqualified Hot Rod Charlie, placing him last. Mandaloun was declared the winner of the Haskell, with Following Sea second and Antigravity third, followed by Pickin' Time and Basso. Final time for the 1 1/8 miles was 1:47.38.

Post-race, Midnight Bourbon was reported to be unharmed after that stumble in the stretch. Paco Lopez was taken away in an ambulance but later Monmouth medical director Dr. Angelo Chinnici that “(Paco) has a soft tissue injury to his right knee and ankle. He was alert and oriented. He was not taken to the hospital. He took off (the rest of the card) as a precaution. He said he was very disappointed because he thought he had a ton of horse.”

Mandaloun paid $8.20, $4.00, and $3.20. Following Sea paid $5.00 and $3.80. Anitgravity paid $7.80 to show.

After the race, Geroux was pleased with Mandaloun's performance, but knew Hot Rod Charlie was going to be tough. “I had my sights on Hot Rod Charlie. When Hot Rod Charlie tipped out, I decided to go inside. It was a very hard battle. Hot Rod Charlie was going to win by a neck and right at the end my horse came back and made it really close. Unfortunately for Hot Rod Charlie, he came in and Midnight Bourbon clipped his heels and he got disqualified. I feel bad for the connections of Hot Rod Charlie because he ran a hard race and Flavien Prat is a good friend of mine. I kind of feel bad for him. Honestly, I didn't know what happened until I came back and looked at the TV. It is not the best way to win but Mandaloun ran a winning race and deserves this.”

Trainer Brad Cox thought Mandaloun ran well in the Haskell. “We got a really good trip. I thought it was a lot like our Kentucky Derby trip. He was saving ground. Florent did a good job of getting on the outside of Following Sea. Turning for home I thought we had a big shot at winning the race. I thought we ran a winning race. Didn't have our nose down at the wire but all and all it worked out. I'm proud of the effort and the performance. He's always been a good colt, he has always been highly thought of. He deserves a Grade 1 victory. He's a Grade 1 horse and I'm glad it worked out today.”

Mandaloun is owned and bred by Juddmonte Farms. He is by Into Mischief out of the Empire Maker mare Brooch. The Haskell is his third victory in six starts in 2021, giving him a record of five wins in eight lifetime starts for total career earnings of $1,651,252.

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