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Mandaloun To Work Saturday For Haskell, Weather Permitting
Mandaloun (Credit: Equi-Photo / Bill Denver)

Mandaloun To Work Saturday For Haskell, Weather Permitting

OCEANPORT, NJKentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Mandaloun will work Saturday at Monmouth Park – weather permitting – according to Blake Cox, the son of trainer Brad Cox, as the 3-year-old son of Into Mischief continues to move forward with his preparations for the $1 million Haskell Stakes (G1) on July 17.

Mandaloun was part of a contingent of Cox runners that arrived at Monmouth Park on Tuesday, a group that included four horses entered for the 4 other graded stakes races on the Haskell Day card.

Arklow (United Nations [G1]), Juliet Foxtrot (WinStar Matchmaker [G3]), Night Ops (Monmouth Cup [G3]), and Vault (Molly Pitcher [G3]) accompanied Mandaloun on the van from Kentucky.

Arklow (left) and Mandaloun at Monmouth Park (Credit: Equi-Photo / Bill Denver)

“Everyone shipped in very well,” said Blake Cox. “All of them galloped Wednesday and today.

“Mandaloun is doing very well. We’ll probably point for a work on Saturday, weather dependent. It will be a nice, easy 1/2 (mile). He’s ready to go.”

Mandaloun already has a race over the track, having won the Pegasus Stakes on June 13.

The list of possible starters for the 54th edition of the Haskell includes Belmont Stakes (G1) runner-up Hot Rod Charlie; Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Rombauer and runner-up Midnight Bourbon; Following Sea; Pickin’ Time; Basso; and Antigravity.

Pickin’ Time, trained by Kelly Breen, Basso (trained by Gregg Sacco), and Antigravity (trained by Jerry Hollendorfer) are stabled at Monmouth Park.

Blake Cox said the Grade 1-winning Arklow, coming off a victory in the Louisville Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs on May 15 in his seasonal debut, “might work an easy 1/2” on Sunday in preparation for the 1 3/8-mile United Nations on the turf.

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