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US$250,000 Boost To US Gr1 Haskell
US track Monmouth Park has increased the purse for the Gr1 Haskell Invitational Stakes (to be run on August 2) by US$250,000 (A$305,660) to US$1.25m (A$1,528,300) reported thoroughbredtimes.com. The decision was bolstered by a potential match-up between Gr1 Preakness Stakes winner Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia D'oro-Lotta Kim, by Roar) & Gr1 Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird (Birdstone-Hong Kong Squall, by Summer Squall). According to the report, Monmouth officials have been trying to lure Gr1 Kentucky Derby Mine That Bird away from the Gr2 West Virginia Derby on August 1 at Mountaineer. The new purse will pay a total of US$700,000 (A$855,850) to the winner.