View Full Version : 2009 91st Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont - Oct 3rd

Oct. 2, 2009, 09:23 PM
Summer Bird, who looks to be one damn fine contender, with a victory in the $750k Grade 1 JCGC would become just the 8th sophomores who swept three of the biggest races in New York (Belmont Stakes, Travers Stakes, JCGC) as he faces six.

The Jockey Club Gold Cup (post time 5:43 p.m. EDT) will be telecast live by TVG, HRTV and MSG Plus, that latter with coverage beginning at 4:30 p.m.

$750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I, Race 10, 5:43 p.m.)
3-Year-Olds and Up
1 1/4 Miles (Dirt)

PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Sette E Mezzo (FL), R A Dominguez, 126, W I Mott
2. Macho Again (FL), R Albarado, 126, D Stewart
3. Summer Bird (KY), K J Desormeaux, 122, T A Ice
4. Tizway (KY), R Maragh, 126, H J Bond
5. Asiatic Boy (ARG), A Garcia, 126, K P McLaughlin
6. Dry Martini (FL), E S Prado, 126, B Tagg
7. Quality Road (VA), J R Velazquez, 122, T A Pletcher

Oct. 3, 2009, 12:20 AM
Too bad it might be chilly and rainy. I'll be there nevertheless. Look for me in galoshes!

Oct. 3, 2009, 03:48 PM
I guess it makes sense to condense discussion of the whole Belmont line up G1 races today into this thread.

Music Note just took the Beldame from Unbridled Belle.

Beldame, G1
1 1/8 Miles, Dirt
F&Ms, 3yo+

1. Music Note
2. Unbridled Belle
3. Copper State

Oct. 3, 2009, 03:53 PM
Up next the Vosburgh over 6f, small field but a couple of monsters in Fabulous Strike and Munnings in there.

Also on the card....
Flower Bowl, G1, F&Ms, 1¼m on the lawn.
Joe Hirsch, G1, 1½m on turf, Gio Ponti's first crack at 12f. This will probably give some indication as to whether he will run in the BC Turf or BC Classic.

Oct. 3, 2009, 04:06 PM
Great come from behind win by Kodiak Cowboy to catch the odds-on Fabulous Strike on the line in the Vosburgh by half a length.

Vosburgh, G1
6f, Dirt

1. Kodiak Kowboy
2. Fabulous Strike
3. Munnings

Very sloppy conditions at Belmont.

Oct. 3, 2009, 04:33 PM
It was a lovely effort by Kodiak Kowboy (no longer under Larry Jones with the retirement and now with Steve A.) to get back into the winner's circle! The conditions there look just down right miserable and TVG cannot even broadcast on-site without continued woes.

Oct. 3, 2009, 05:22 PM
Wow - Interpatation takes the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes (which was kept on the turf). The 7-yr old gelding after leading the race, then getting passed by a length and half by Gio Ponti, clearly said "now way" and clawed back the lead and victory.

45-1 or thereabouts on Interpatation who was winless in 2008 and 2009. Although did finish 2nd in this race last year.

That's why the run the races :)

Oct. 3, 2009, 05:25 PM
Odds-on fav Gio Ponti looked to have the race when taking the lead from Interpretation at the 1/8th pole, but the 46/1 shot Interpretation rallied very impressively as GP seemed to hit a wall in the soft ground in the Hirsch.
Telling was 3rd was dq'ed for interference with Grand Courturier and those two had their placings reversed..

Joe Hirsch, G1
1½m, Turf

1. Interpretation 46/1
2. Gio Ponti 4/5 fav
3. Grand Courturier

Oct. 3, 2009, 05:25 PM
Wow - Interpatation takes the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes (which was kept on the turf).

G1 races are never taken off the turf.

Oct. 3, 2009, 05:50 PM
Summer Bird... best 3yo colt in NA.
Wins the JCGC to add to the Travers and Belmont.
Fair play to Quality Road though, didn't think he had 10f in him, but he fought SB to the last few yards.

What a flop Asiatic Boy has turned though... well beaten last.

Oct. 3, 2009, 06:50 PM
Here are the replays for your viewing pleasure.

Beldame (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fP51Kfw4tk)

Vosburgh (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwL_M2Xn0Pc)

Flower Bowl (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhPWaYfZAqw)

J. Hirsch (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVITocl13xw)

JC Gold Cup (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtgeYTYaFUU)

Oct. 3, 2009, 08:48 PM
OMG, I loved the end of the Hirsch! I thought Interpatation was beat but he just swapped leads, dug in, and said "Coming through!"

And in total slop. The rain was just awful--it looked as bad as it is here, and I'm not trying to run races in my backyard (I just may not be able to mow at this rate until next spring.)

Oct. 3, 2009, 08:48 PM
wow, thanks for the replays...I am at a show in a hotel so I can actually watch them! (dial up at home)

Summer Bird looked like he could do it again....and I would love to canter down to a jump on that one...so correct and sound looking!

Alibhai's Alibar
Oct. 4, 2009, 01:01 AM
Great day of racing, WRETCHED weather! Photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rockandracehorses

Oct. 4, 2009, 12:08 PM
Weather notwithstanding, it was a great day of stakes races. I've followed Interpatation for years but didn't have a dime on him. Very happy for Summer Bird and Tim Ice.

Oct. 6, 2009, 12:00 PM
The weather was wretched however it really is a sad state of affairs when as many big name horses, running for big purses and these are historic context races yet for all that it generates a measly 7,000 fans at Belmont. The Saratogian nailed it with "Bird soars before an empty house" (http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2009/10/05/sports/doc4acaaebe00a4d145908566.txt)

Even though it has become unfashionable to men¬tion racing’s dwindling atten¬dance, it still breaks your heart to get that first look at the majestic Belmont grandstand from the parking lot and then, upon walking over, discover the place is practically empty.

Sure HRTV, MSG Plus, and TVG all broadcasted the racing live so many another 1 million folks watched it on the screen, but still you have to wonder if people like watching racing more virtual then live.