Girvin, who was a beast in Triple Crown preps in Louisiana early this year, earned his first Grade 1 victory with a hard fight in the $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park July 30.
With Robby Albarado aboard, Girvin trailed in the field of seven while Battle of Midway, Timeline and Irish War Cry duked it out on the front end. Girvin was still 15 lengths off the lead after the half in the 1 1/8-mile race but started his move along with McCraken soon thereafter.
McCraken looked to be the winner in the stretch, but Girvin came flying on the outside to nail him on the wire.
"McCraken got the jump on me and kept me inside, but my horse never lost momentum so I wasn't concerned," Albarado said. "(Girvin is) really coming into his own right now. I worked him last week up at the Spa and he was sharp. He showed that today. When he got in the clear in the stretch, he just kept coming and coming. I was so impressed with what he did today and I think he's just going to get better and better."
The Haskell victory was Girvin’s fourth win. At Fair Grounds, he won the Risen Star (G2) and Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2). In the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), the Keeneland September Yearling Sales alumnus was roughed up and finished 13th in his only off-the-board finish in seven lifetime starts.
Girvin, a 3-year-old Tail of Ekati colt, was bred in Kentucky by Bob Austin and John Witte. Joe Sharp trains Girvin for owner Brad Grady. He was offering during Book 1 of the 2015 September Yearling Sale.