Mandaloun wins Haskell after Hot Rod Charlie is disqualified

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Saturday is the signature day of the summer meet at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., and the 14-race card will be highlighted by Race 12, the 2021 Haskell Stakes featuring multiple stars from the spring's Triple Crown trail. CBSSports.comHaskell Stakes 2021 horses, picks, odds: Expert unveils predictions, betting strategy for Monmouth Park

Who won the Haskell?

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

Mandaloun (inside) & Hot Rod Charlie | Sarah Andrew

After a heart-stopping incident in the stretch, and heated battle to the wire between Hot Rod Charlie (Oxbow) and 'TDN Rising Star' Mandaloun (Into Mischief) in Saturday's whip-free GI Haskell Invitational S. at Monmouth, the former crossed the line a nose to the good, only to be taken all the way down to last and Juddmonte's Mandaloun crowned the official winner. With the win, Mandaloun earned an automatic berth to the GI Breeders' Cup Classic later this year.

Stretching-out 'Rising Star' Following Sea (Runhappy) seized the early lead entering the first turn as Hot Rod Charlie pressed in second with Midnight Bourbon (Tiznow) glued to his outside. Mandaloun saved ground just in behind. The field spread out down the backside, with Hot Rod Charlie showing a bit more rateability than he had when second in the GI Belmont S. to drop back and relax in third as Midnight Bourbon took over prompting duties. Mandaloun began to pick up the bit and travel strongly after a :47.32 half, and pilot Florent Geroux still had his mount under a tight hold as Midnight Bourbon struck the front following six panels in 1:10.64. Hot Rod Charlie quickly swarmed the new lead, and Mandaloun came off the fence to pass the tiring Following Sea. It was clear by midstretch that Hot Rod Charlie and Mandaloun were going to decide the outcome, but as they came together to begin their tussle, Midnight Bourbon was squeezed out from in between them and nearly went down, flinging rider Paco Lopez to the ground. The top two continued their battle to the end, with Midnight Bourbon picking himself up and galloping out apparently uninjured. Following Sea was more than 18 lengths back in third, but benefitted from the DQ himself, as he almost certainly would've finished fourth in a cleanly run race.

Lopez, removed from the track on a stretcher, escaped with just a soft tissue injury to his knee and ankle.

“I had my sights on Hot Rod Charlie,” said Geroux. “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 [jockey] 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.”

Prat, who issued an apology to Lopez, said, “I am really proud of [Hot Road Charlie's] effort. He just clipped my heels. That's it.”

This was Mandaloun's first official Grade I victory, but he may earn a second–via a different kind of DQ–if current GI Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit (Protonico) is ultimately stripped of his title due to a betamethasone positive.

A winner of his first two tries, Mandaloun was third on the stretch out behind Midnight Bourbon in the GIII Lecomte S. at Fair Grounds in January before breakout win with blinkers added in the GII Risen Star S. a month later. He was a head-scratching sixth when Hot Rod Charlie invaded from California to take the GII Louisiana Derby Mar. 20, but belied nearly 27-1 odds to finish a half-length behind Medina Spirit–and ahead of Hot Rod Charlie by the same margin–in the Derby. Mandaloun prepped for the Haskell with a neck success in the June 13 Pegasus S.

“We got a really good trip,” Mandaloun's trainer Brad Cox said. “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 I victory. He's a Grade I horse and I'm glad it worked out today.”

As for the incident and subsequent DQ, last year's Eclipse-winning conditioner said, “Someone watching the race next to me said Hot Rod Charlie may come down. I was so focused watching Mandaloun, I didn't see the horse go down. It looked like he clipped heels, but I was not sure what happened. I was not sure if that horse ducked in behind Hot Rod Charlie or if Hot Rod Charlie came over on him. Once I saw the head-on and the replay, I saw it. It didn't take them long to change it and it was pretty obvious they would make a change.”

Cox also trains GI Belmont S. winner Essential Quality (Tapit), who is expected to make his next start in the GII Jim Dandy S. in two weeks.

“Both [Essential Quality and Mandaloun] have obviously been campaigned since last fall and all of 2021,” Cox said. “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, manager of Juddmonte's U.S. division] will come up with a game plan in the near future. No need to make a decision now.”

O'Rourke said, “Ultimately I think Brad followed a very good plan. We got one over the track. He trained up here as well and we're sitting here today so we have to consider it a success.

“I know he's a genuine Grade I horse. There's no fluke to the way the horse runs. It's good that the horse justified how good a runner he is. He's a beautifully bred horse and he was extremely well prepared. We're extremely proud. It was an unusual race but we still feel like he ran a winning race and it tastes the same.”

Juddmonte founder Khalid Abdullah passed away this January at 84.

Mandaloun is the 10th Grade I winner for Into Mischief, who also has 98 stakes winners and 43 graded winners. The Spendthrift super sire had another stellar week in the sales ring as well–he was responsible for three of the four priciest yearlings at Fasig-Tipton July, including the $800,000 topper.

Former Juddmonte colorbearer Empire Maker has now produced the dams of seven Grade I winners, including three this year (Silver State {Hard Spun} and Rock Your World {Candy Ride [Arg]}).

Mandaloun is a fourth-generation homebred for his powerhouse operation. Juddmonte purchased his fourth dam Queen of Song (His Majesty) for $700,000 in foal to Seattle Slew at Keeneland November back in 1989. Mandaloun's dam Brooch was a two-time group winner in Europe and a half-sister to MSW & MGSP Caponata (Selkirk). He is her second foal and the 10-year-old mare has since produced a pair of colts by Into Mischief and a War Front colt this April. This is also the family of Irish Highweight Emulous (GB) (Dansili {GB}) and Group victor First Sitting (GB) (Dansili {GB}).

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Haskell Stakes 2021: Mandaloun placed first, Hot Rod Charlie disqualified

Asbury Park Press 17 July, 2021 - 05:00pm

Hot Rod Charlie, the Belmont Stakes runner-up, crossed the wire a nose in front of Mandaloun. 

The stewards, after an inquiry, ruled that Hot Rod Charlie, under jockey Flavien Prat, had come over on Midnight Bourbon, resulting in Midnight Bourbon throwing jockey Paco Lopez to the ground and then running off before the outriders caught him on the clubhouse turn.

Midnight Bourbon was racing between Hot Rod Charlie on the outside and Mandaloun on the inside when the incident occurred.

Hot Rod Charlie, the 4-5 favorite, was placed last in the field of seven. 

Owner Ron Winchell said after the race Midnight Bourbon was fine. 

"(Paco) has a soft tissue injury to his right knee and ankle,'' Chinnici said. "He was alert and oriented. He took off the (the last two races on the 14-race card) as a precaution. He said he was very disappointed because he thought he had a ton of horse.''

"I'm good, man. I am fine. I'm just going to ice up,'' Lopez said. 

Prat apologized to Lopez in the jockey's room.

"It happens, man,'' Lopez told Prat. 

Prat had a very brief comment about the incident. 

"He (Midnight Bourbon) just clipped my heels. That's it,'' Prat said. 

Mandaloun's trainer Brad Cox said he did not see the incident live.

“Someone watching the race next to me said Hot Rod Charlie may come down,'' Cox said. "I was so focused watching Mandoloun I didn’t see the horse go down. It looked like he clipped heels, but I was not sure what happened.

Hot Rod Charlie had made a three-wide move on the far turn after Midnight Bourbon had assumed the lead on the far turn. Mandaloun and Geroux cut the corner on the far turn 

With jockeys not allowed to whip horses under New Jersey's no whip rule instituted this year, Hot Rod Charlie came in on Midnight Bourbon as he and Mandaloun were starting to edge clear of Midnight Bourbon. 

Hot Rod Charlie and Mandaloun were 18 1/4 lengths clear of Following Sea, who crossed the wire third. 

Manalaloun, the 3-1 second choice, paid $8.20 to win. Following Sea, the early pace-setter, was placed second. Antigravity was placed third and Pickin' Time was placed fourth. 

The 3-1 exacta paid $35 for a $2 wager. The 3-1-2 trifecta paid $133.85 for a 50 cent wager and the 3-1-2-5 superfecta paid $198.96 for a 10 cent a wager.  

It was the first Grade 1 win for Mandaloun. 

In the coming days, Mandaloun could win another Grade 1 race by disqualification. 

He crossed the wire second, beaten a half-length by the Bob Baffert-trained Medina Spirit in the Kentucky Derby. However, he could be placed first in that race in the coming days if the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission disqualifies Media Spirit in the aftermath of failing a post-race drug test.  

He led Midnight Bourbon and Hot Rod Charlie past the stands the first time and through a first quarter in 23.82 .

"We got a really good trip,'' Cox said. "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.''

Midnight Bourbon, the 5-1 fourth choice, made the first move on Following Sea on the far turn and briefly took the lead while Hot Rod Charlie and Mandaloun both commenced their rallies.  

“I had my sights on Hot Rod Charlie. When Hot Rod Charlie tipped out I decided to go inside,'' Geroux said. 

After Midnight Bourbon fell, Hot Rod Charlie and Mandaloun then raced nose-to-nose to the wire with Hot Rod Charlie getting his nose down first. 

Mandaloun earned an automatic berth to the Longines Breeders' Cup Classic Nov. 6 at Del Mar as part of the “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series.

Haskell winners have had success in the Breeders' Cup Classic in recent years. Bayern (2014), Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (2015) and Authentic (2020) all went on to win the classic. 

Authentic won the Kentucky Derby before he won the Classic. The Haskell was run before the Derby last year because the pandemic caused a shift in the racing schedule. 

This was one of the rare times in recent years where Baffert did not have a horse in the Haskell.

Cox, who also trains Belmont Stakes winner Essential Qualify, said no decision has been made on where Mandaloun will run next.

"We’re going to ship Mandaloun up to Saratoga and let him catch his breath,'' Cox said. "We’ll catch our breath. Myself and Garrett (Juddmonte Farms general manager Garrett O'Rourke) will come up with a game plan in the near future. No need to make a decision now.''

“I know he’s a genuine Grade 1 horse,'' O'Rourke said. "There’s no fluke to the way the horse runs. It’s good that the horse justified how good a runner he is. He’s a beautifully bred horse and he was extremely well prepared. We’re extremely proud. It was an unusual race but we still feel like he ran a winning race and it tastes the same.”

Jockey Joel Rosario won three of the stakes on the undercard - two of them for Pletcher. and trainer Chad Brown won two of the undercard stakes. 

Rosario won the Grade 3 $150,000 Matchmaker Stakes with a late rally aboard the Brown-trained Great Island; the Monmouth Cup with the Pletcher-trained Dr Post and the Grade 3 $250,000 Molly Pitcher aboard the Pletcher-trained 14-1 shot Graceful Princess. 

Lopez had three winners on the card. 

Tribhuvan recorded a Beyer Speed Figure of 102. Dr Post had a 101 Beyer Speed Figure. Graceful Princess had a 96 Beyer and Great Island a 92 Bey 

Total handle on the card was $16,414,535. On-track handle was $1,170,950. 

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