Trainer Doug O’Neill said on Sunday that Handsome Mike is headed to the Grade 1 $1 million Haskell Invitational and Mario Gutierrez will ride the colt, who is owned by J. Paul Reddam. Handsome Mike and the jockey will partner for the first time. O’Neill, Gutierrez, and Reddam are the same connections for the recently retired I’ll Have Another, who won this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. “Both Mario and Handsome Mike are ready and raring to go. We are really looking forward to this race at Monmouth,” said O’Neill by phone from his base in Southern California.
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