Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith masterfully pulled Geaux Rocket Ride out to blaze by Mage down the lane in a thrilling upset for the Haskell at Monmouth on July 22 on a fast track in Oceanport. A length and three quarters back at the line, Mage held on to place as the hotly-touted Arabian Knight, trained by Bob Baffert, the race’s winningest trainer, showed. Going off at a nicely priced 12-1, Geaux Rocket Ride paid a bracing $25.40 to win, Mage paid a respectable $9.40, and Arabian Knight paid $4.80.
Although most ordinary handicapping logic might have tipped Kentucky Derby victor Mage to win in this
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