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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Can Shack Pull Off Fourth Consecutive Preakness-Haskell Double?

Shackleford in Preakness Post Parade
Will Shack keep the streak alive? The past three winners of the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes have come back to win the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational.  Lookin at Lucky, Rachel Alexandra and Big Brown completed the double in the last three years.

If you throw in Point Given and War Emblem, we've had five complete the double in the last 10 years. Do you see a pattern here?

I think I made the right decision in the Belmont by throwing him out when I was trying to decide what to do with him. You have to think he gets a pass after drawing an outside post, running in the slop and with the added distance of the Test of a Champion.

He does has some formidable competition with Belmont winner Ruler On Ice, stable mate Pants on Fire and Preakness third place finisher Astrology in the field. Kiaran McLaughlin throws Rattlesnake Bridge into the mix and the Tesio winner Concealed Identity will run his second race over the Jersey Shore strip after finishing third in the Grade 3 Pegasus behind Pants on Fire.

This time I think Shack gets it done and takes the lead position in the fight to be this year's 3-year old champion. By the way, those last three Preakness-Haskell double doers? They all took home a 3-year old champion Eclipse trophy.

There will be a Shack warning on the Jersey Shore this weekend...

1 Comment:

Brian Appleton said...

I'll be rooting for Shackleford as well, I think he's poised to take control of the 3-year-old male division. I'm very much looking forward to seeing the Haskell.


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