Mandaloun awarded victory in Haskell after DQ

Horse Racing

OCEANPORT, N.J. — Bother appears to comply with Kentucky Derby runner-up Mandaloun on the racetrack.

The larger the race, the larger the controversy. When all is claimed and finished although, the Brad Cox-trained colt might need two Grade 1 wins.

Mandaloun acquired the primary Saturday when he was awarded the $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park after obvious winner Sizzling Rod Charlie veered within the stretch and precipitated Midnight Bourbon and his jockey to take a scary fall.

The Haskell win additionally gave Mandaloun a spot within the Breeders Cup Basic at Del Mar in California early November.

“I hope the horse is OK. I hope the rider is OK,” Cox mentioned about Midnight Bourbon and jockey Paco Lopez. “Any person watching the race mentioned he may get put up. Watching the replay on the head-on, it appeared like there can be a reversal.”

Midnight Bourbon recovered from a tumble to the monitor and ran off unhurt, the on-call vet on the Jersey Shore monitor mentioned. Lopez was placed on board and eliminated to the monitor’s medical workplace in an ambulance.

Dr. Angelo Chinnici, Monmouth Park medical director, mentioned Lopez had a mushy tissue harm to his proper knee and ankle and didn’t require additional therapy.

“My horse kicked me within the knee,” Lopez mentioned. “I felt ache in my tendon there, and I could not transfer my leg for about 10 minutes, however I’m effective now I can bend my knee once more. I feel I might have gained that race.”

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

The monitor stewards instantly flashed the inquiry signal after the race they usually did not want lengthy to put Sizzling Rod Charlie, the 4-5 favourite coming off a second-place end within the Belmont Stakes, final for interference.

It put Mandaloun once more in the midst of a disputed end.

It has been two months since Mandaloun completed second behind Medina Spirit within the Derby, the opening leg of the Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Medina Spirit subsequently examined constructive for the presence of an anti-inflammatory steroid after the race and the state fee had not decided on whether or not the colt can be disqualified, awarding the Derby then to Mandaloun.

A 3-year-old son of Into Mischief who’s 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 primary half of the 1 1/8-mile race. On the flip for house after Following Sea fell again, Mandaloun and jockey Florent Geroux joined the leaders with a transfer alongside the rail.

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

Mandaloun and Sizzling Rod Charlie waged a livid head-bobbling battle to the wire and Sizzling Rod Charlie completed a nostril in entrance.

“Truthfully I did not know what occurred till I got here again and appeared on the TV,” Geroux mentioned. “It isn’t the easiest way to win, however Mandaloun ran a profitable race and deserves this.”

Cox mentioned Mandaloun would go to Saratoga for a relaxation.

Mandaloun paid $8.20, $4 and $3.20 because the 3-1 second selection. Following Sea was elevated to second and paid $5 and $3.80, whereas Antigravity was $7.80 to indicate.

The profitable time was 1:47.38.

Along with the Haskell, the cardboard additionally included 4 different Graded stakes races, and jockey Joel Rosario dominated the three Grade 3 stakes.

The 36-year-old native of the Dominican Republic gained the Matchmaker Stakes on the turf with Chad Brown’s Nice Island ($10.80). He captured $300,000 Monmouth Cup with Dr Put up ($7.20) and the $250,000 Molly Pitcher Cup with Sleek Princess ($31), each skilled by Corridor of Famer Todd Pletcher.

Brown additionally gained a Grade 1 stakes when Tribhuvan scored a front-running victory within the $500,000 United Nations Stakes on the turf.

For the second straight yr extremely regarded Arklow completed off the board. The 7-year-old horse took a nasty step on the backstretch and virtually fell earlier than recovering.

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