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Gemologist will dominate in the Haskell.
The nine-furlong Haskell Invitational will be decided by Javier Castellano. Yes, you read that correctly.
Without a doubt, Paynter, the very speedy and talented three-year-old for Bob Baffert will have the lead from the beginning of the race. Paynter, who was second to the recently retired Union Rags in the Belmont Stakes, had a sizzling six-furlong effort on July 23 of 1 minute, 11.4 seconds.
But Bob Baffert has this horse primed for another big race.
Javier Castellano has the best horse in the race, I really believe it. Gemologist was my Kentucky Derby pick, but he was absolutely terrible, and finished thirty lengths behind of I'll Have Another. I'm giving this son of Tiznow another chance, and if Javier Castellano doesn't engage in a speed battle with Paynter, I have all the confidence in the world that Gemologist will win easily.
If Paynter and Gemologist engage in an early battle, Nonios will be the beneficiary. Corey Nakatani picks up the mount on this Jerry Hollendorfer horse, and with a 394 Beyer rating for the distance, this is the dark horse.
I'm not sure what to expect from Dullahan, who I correctly picked in the Grade One Blue Grass on April 14. However, his performances have regressed since then, and maybe the jockey switch back to Kent Desormeaux will help.
Gemologist has a win at nine furlongs, has a win over a wet track and is training exceptionally well—a 58.2 bullet work on July 22 at Saratoga.
Gemologist will win the $1,000,000 Haskell by three lengths in 1.49.3.