Jockey Club Gold Cup Day, 2011

Oct 5th 2011 09:30 pm |

Yes, the marketing people at NYRA prefer “Super Saturday” but it will always be Jockey Club Gold Cup day to me. Saturday brought a stable of stars to the big oval at Belmont and most would agree that we saw a few horses that will be major players come Breeders Cup in November.

We lost the likely favorite for the Breeders Cup Turf, Cape Blanco, who was injured while winning the Joe Hirsch, but winners on the day like Havre de Grace, Stacelita, Uncle Mo, and Flat Out will all be bet heavily on Breeders Cup weekend.

The most intriguing of those four is Havre de Grace who continued her brilliance by easily winning the historic Beldame.  All indications are pointing for her to start in the Breeders Cup Classic.  If that is the case, it will be an opportunity to have a filly win the “big race” for two out of the last three years.  The Golden Age of fillies and mares continues. Let’s hope we see her in the Classic lined up against Uncle Mo, Flat Out, Game on Dude, and Tizway. I think she has a huge shot to beat whatever field she might face and a win in the Classic would make her a major player for Horse of the Year. She would be the third straight female to win that award which would be an unprecedented streak.

As always, Saturday at Belmont was great fun.  It’s amazing the number of people I have connected with by starting this site.  Anyone who thinks that racing is an “old persons” sport should tag along with me to the track sometime. There is a new generation of racing fans that are a dedicated and enthusiastic group.

Speaking of dedicated and enthusiastic groups, I am proud to be part of a new racing initiative being spearheaded by the talented Valerie Grash of Foolish Pleasure and Fillies First fame. The group is called TURF and the site went live this week. Valerie has assembled quite an esteemed group of racing writers, be sure to check it out: http://www.turfbloggers.blogspot.com/

I’ll be back next week with more racing history. In the meantime, here are a couple of photographs I snapped of the big day at Belmont:

Cape Blanco in the paddock before winning the Joe Hirsch

Two-year old champion Uncle Mo on his way to the track before winning the Kelso. It was his first win since March and the second win of his 3-year-old campaign.

Trainer Larry Jones and jockey Ramon Dominquez with the fabulous filly Havre de Grace

The 2011 Beldame winner Havre de Grace

Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Flat Out leads the pack coming down the historic Belmont Park stretch

All eyes on Flat Out in the winner's circle

I won’t be making the trip to Breeders Cup this year so this past Saturday was one of my last track visits of 2011.  Another racing season has flown by, before we know it we will be talking about the Derby colts again.

Thanks for reading and good luck!

Filed in Belmont Park,Jockey Club Gold Cup,thoroughbred racing history



One Response to “Jockey Club Gold Cup Day, 2011”

  1. RG says:

    Union Rags got his start at your track.