Bet On The 2017 Haskell Invitational – Morning Line Odds and Picks

The Haskell Invitational Stakes is the biggest race that comes to Monmouth Park Racetrack in New Jersey each year.  There is a nice $1,000,000 purse and the Grade 1 invitational is one of the best races for 3-year olds between the Triple Crown races and the Breeders Cup in October.

If you watched the Triple Crown races then you will be familiar with most of the top contenders in the field this year.  Irish War Cry, who finished 2nd at the Belmont Stakes, is one the favorites in the field at 7/2 odds, with Timeline, a horse who did not compete in the Triple Crown, also at odds of 7/2.  The other horses in the field will bring back memories of the Triple Crown races.  These include Girvin, McCraken, Battle of Midway, Practical Joke and Hence.

In this article I will look at the morning line odds for the 2017 Haskell Invitational and also provide a 3 step guide to getting your bets in on this race come Saturday.

2017 Haskell Invitational Stakes Odds

Here are the morning line odds for this years edition of the Haskell Invitational.  It’s important to remember that your bet will not be fixed at these odds.  The odds will change throughout the day depending on the amount of money that comes in on each horse.

  • Irish War Cry 7/2
  • Timeline 7/2
  • McCraken 4/1
  • Practical Joke 4/1
  • Battle of Midway 5/1
  • Girvin 6/1
  • Hence 8/1

As you can see Irish War Cry and Timeline are the two favorites to win this race, but it’s really anyone’s race to win with McCraken and Practical Joke having just slightly longer odds than the favorites and Battle of Midway and Girvin being given very respectable odds as well.  Hence at 8/1 is the lone underdog, but even he is being given a legitimate shot at 8/1.

My Pick

I like McCraken at 4/1 in this field.  If you remember he was one of the favorites heading into the Kentucky Derby and it ended up being a strange race that resulted in him finishing in 8th position.  That said, he has bounced back with a tune-up win at the Matt Winn-G3 in June and he’s had plenty of rest leading up to this race.

I’m still a believer and I think McCraken will win this race and get back into the discussion with the top 3-year olds of 2017.

Play: McCraken 4/1

How To Bet On The Haskell Invitational in the USA

Here’s a simple 3 step guide to getting your bets placed on the Haskell Invitational this year if you live in the USA.

#1. Open a Account

You’ll need to join an online sportsbook in order to bet on the race.  Bovada is our top rated sportsbook for American residents.  They are dedicated to the American market and you notice this throughout their sportsbook with the betting options and banking methods geared towards American bettors.

Bovada also has a very easy to use racebook and you should be able to quickly find the Haskell Invitational race and place your bets.

#2. Make a Deposit

Next you’ll have to make a deposit to have some funds with which to bet on the race.  Bovada accepts both MasterCard and Visa, as well as bitcoin, which has become a very common method for betting transactions online. is currently offering a 50% matching bonus up to $250 for all new deposits.  So a $500 deposit will get you the max bonus of $250.

#3. Place Your Haskell Invitational Bets

You should now be ready to place your bets on the race.

Once at the Bovada website click on ‘Horses’ on the left sidebar and then select ‘Monmouth Park’ under the ‘Today’s Tracks’ drop down menu.

The post-time for the race is 5:48pm, so select the race that coincides with that time and then make your bets.

Check out our horse race betting info page for all the details about the various wagers you can make.

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