Irish War Cry, the runner-up in the Belmont Stakes, is the 5-2 favorite in the $1 million Haskell Invitational for 3-year-olds.
The richest race of the season at Monmouth Park drew a field of seven for the 50th edition on Sunday.
With a victory, Irish War Cry would join Thanks To Tony (1980) as the only New Jersey-bred winners of the state's biggest thoroughbred stakes.
The Garden State connection runs even deeper. The race is named for Amory Haskell, the first chairman and president of Monmouth Park, whose daughter Isabelle de Tomaso bred and owns Irish War Cry.
The morning-line choice breaks from the rail with Rajiv Maragh aboard for trainer Graham Motion....