Shackleford made 5-2 favorite for Haskell

July 28, 2011 - 12:14 PM
Monmouth Park Horse Racing

This photo provided by Equi-Photo, Preakness Stakes Champion Shackleford is lead by his regular exercise rider Faustino Aguilar to his morning bath on Thursday, July 28, 2011 in Oceanport, N.J. Shackleford will be the likely morning line favorite for Sunday's $1,000,000 Resorts Haskell Invitational horse race at Monmouth Park in Oceanport. (AP Photo/Equi-Photo, Bill Denver)

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — Preakness winner Shackleford is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in a field of eight for Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in New Jersey.

Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice is the co-third choice along with stablemate Pants On Fire at 4-1. Coil, trained by four-time Haskell winner Bob Baffert, is the second choice at 3-1.

Also entered Thursday for the 1 1/8-mile, Grade 1 race for 3-year-olds were Joe Vann, Concealed Identity, JJ's Lucky Train and Astrology.

Shackleford drew the No. 5 post and will be ridden by Jesus Castenon. Ruler On Ice leaves from the No. 6 post with Jose Valdivia Jr. aboard.

Seven of the last 10 Haskell winners went on to win 3-year-old championships.