The Sun Descends over Saratoga and Rises over Belmont Park
And so it goes, another year of racing at the Spa in the books.
As the sun sets over Oklahoma, there were not too many surprises this season. Johnny wins another riding title; Todd secured the conditioner standings a week or two ago and all that is beautiful at the foothills of the Adironacks remained true. Longshots, upsets continued as well but the greatest constant of all was she held true to her traditions, as she has year after year.
Now we draw our attention to beautiful Belmont Park and their Fall Championship meet. always a blast to follow, this year will be no different.
The 37 day race meet gets underway Saturday, September 11, 2010, with 19 graded stakes races covering nearly every division.
Highlighted by the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at a mile and a quarter on October 2nd, that is one of five Grade I events on the card.
The five Grade I events are:
- The $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup, a mile and a quarter
- The $350,000 Beldame for fillies and mares
- The $350,000 Vosburgh for sprinters
- The $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational
- The $500,000 Flower Bowl Invitational for fillies and mares on the turf.
On Sunday October 3, Belmont shocases the Grade 2, $250,000 Kelso Handicap at a mile, the Grade 3, $150,000 Pilgrim for 2-year-olds on the turf and the Grade 3, $150,000 Miss Grillo for 2-year-old fillies on the turf.
Following that there is the 140th running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Champagne and the 63rd running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Frizette for 2-year-old fillies, along with the Grade 1, $250,000 Jamaica Handicap for 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on the turf.
The Fall Championship Meet at Belmont Park.
It IS worth getting excited about as the Road to the Breeders’ Cup gets shorter and shorter…