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Monday, July 29
Came Home to miss Haskell

The Haskell, already reeling from the defection of War Emblem, received another major blow Friday when it was announced that Swaps winner Came Home will not run.

Expected to be the favorite in the Aug. 4 race at Monmouth, Came Home apparently had a lethargic workout Friday morning when going five furlongs in 1:02.20 at Santa Anita. Trainer Paco Gonzalez was hoping the 3-year-old colt would go in about 1:01. Afterward, owner John Toffan and trainer Paco Gonzalez announced the horse will pass the $1 million race.

"It was never more than 50-50 that we would go to the Haskell," Gonzalez said. "John [co-owner John Toffan] made the final decision (not to run) this morning."

War Emblem dropped out after he was assigned 124 pounds, which led his connections to opt instead for the Pacific Classic. Sunday Break was withdrawn after suffering a stifle problem. There are only four confirmed starters for the $1 million race: Like A Hero, Island Skipper, Magic Weisner, and Puck. However, some trainers may change their plans to run in the Haskell considering the recent defections. Bobby Frankel has said he may change his mind and run Belmont runner-up Medaglia D'oro. Other possible starters are Easyfromthegitgo, Stephentown and Peekskill.

Gonzalez said Came Home may start in the Aug. 24 King's Bishop at Saratoga, but Toffan said that was unlikely.

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