OCEANPORT, N.J., JULY 30 -- Belmont Stakes winner Bet Twice was installed as the 6-5 early favorite today for Saturday's $500,000-added Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park.
Alysheba, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner who ran fourth in the Belmont, was listed at 7-5. Lost Code, who wasn't nominated for the Triple Crown races but has won seven straight stakes, was rated at 2-1.
Bet Twice ran second to Alysheba in both the Derby and Preakness.
Completing the field of five 3-year-olds for the 1 1/8-mile race were Clever Secret, 15-1, and Born To Shop, 30-1.
Alysheba has been suffering from a skin rash, but trainer Jack Van Berg said, "I don't like it, but I don't think it'll hurt him."
The rash, called girth disease, is a fungus that "looks worse than it is," Van Berg said. "You wouldn't think of it if this was any other horse."
Van Berg reiterated that his colt will not run on the anti-beleeding medication Lasix, which is allowed in New Jersey.
"I'm going to tell you flat out, I'm not going to use it," he said. "I'm sick of hearing about it. It's a simple as that."
Alysheba showed improvement since using Lasix in late April and was on the drug when he won the Kentucky Derby and and Preakness. He was prevented by New York State regulations from using it in the loss at Belmont.
The post position order, with weights and jockeys, from the rail out: Born To Shop, 112, no rider; Clever Secret, 116, Jacinto Vasquez; Lost Code, 124, Gene St. Leon; Alysheba, 126, Chris McCarron, and Bet Twice, 126, Craig Perret.