Talking Horses: Haskell Stakes drama raises new questions over whip bans

By: Greg Wood Tuesday 20 July 2021

New Jersey has banned use of the whip for encouragement but incident in Saturday’s race showed it does not guarantee safety

The stretch run in the Grade One Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park, New Jersey on Saturday was packed with drama and excitement in equal measure.

Hot Rod Charlie and Mandaloun, the favourite and second-favourite respectively, made their moves off the turn and were locked in a duel from more than a furlong out, but Hot Rod Charlie edged left halfway down the stretch and crossed in front of Midnight Bourbon, who clipped heels and fell.

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