The line-up on Super
Saturday at Belmont Park features five grade one stakes races and a grade two,
all six are part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” Series. The
stakes have combined $3,400,000 in purse money. Here are the specifics for each
race including their respective Breeders’ Cup event followed by some of the interesting
storylines for Super Saturday.
The Beldame – 1 1/8 miles - 3YO and up F/M – The Distaff
The Flower Bowl – 1¼ miles (T) - 3YO and up F/M – The F/M Turf
The Kelso (G2)
– 1 mile – 3YO and up – The Dirt Mile
The Vosburgh – six furlongs – 3YO and up – The Sprint
Can anyone beat Royal Delta in the Beldame? In 2012
Royal Delta won the Beldame en route to her second consecutive victory in the
Breeders’ Cup Distaff and no horse has ever won three in a row in the Distaff.
The Beldame has the best match-up on Super Saturday as the likely three
year-old filly champion Princess of Sylmar steps up to face older girls for the first time.
Is the Joe Hirsch Turf
Classic a slam dunk for trainer Chad Brown and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey?
Brown will send out Big Blue Kitten and Real Solution in the Turf. Big
Blue Kitten won the United Nations (G1) and the Sword Dancer (G1) this summer.
Real Solution just missed by head in the Arlington Million, but was placed first through disqualification.
Flat Out has been dubbed the "Baron of Belmont" by
Horse Racing Nation Managing Editor Brian Zipse because of his five for six
career record on Big Sandy. Flat Out is
going for his third consecutive victory in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Nine other horses have won the JCGC in consecutive years. It is a star-studded group
that includes: Curlin, Skip Away, Slew o’ Gold, Shuvee, and Nashua. Kelso is the only horse to have won more than
two JCGCs and he won five in a row from 1960-1964.
Orb and Palace Malice will renew their rivalry in the JCGC as they step up to face
older horses. However, with Will Take Charge’s victories in the Travers and
Pennsylvania Derby, it has become essential for Orb or Palace Malice to win the
JCGC in order to stay in contention for the three year-old male championship?
The lightly raced four
year-old, Graydar makes his return
to the races in the Kelso. Graydar who has a career record of four wins in five
starts has been sidelined since easy victories in the New Orleans Handicap (G2)
and the Donn Handicap (G1). Graydar won the Donn gate to wire, but came back to
take the New Orleans with a staking trip. Those two wins put Graydar at the top
of the handicap division in the beginning of 2013. If you like gray horses then
you will love this very striking son of Unbridled’s Song.
The Vosburgh features the winners from both of the Saratoga grade one sprints. Justin Phillip won the Vanderbilt and Strapping Groom took the Forego. Both
horses love racing at Belmont Park. The Lumber Guy will make his second start off a layoff and try to win the
Vosburgh again this year.
Which trainer will win the
most Super Saturday Stakes: Todd Pletcher or Bill Mott? Pletcher will likely
enter five or six with Whitney winner Cross Traffic and the Belmont Stakes victor Palace Malice ready for the JCGC. Princess of Sylmar and Authenticity will go in the Beldame. Graydar returns in the Kelso
with Forty Tales listed as a possible
entry in the Vosburgh. Bill Mott’s five
runners are headlined by Royal Delta and Flat Out. Slumber is slated to go in the Joe Hirsch. Ron
the Greek will run in either the Kelso or the JCGC and White Rose is a possible for the Flower Bowl.
Several horses come into
their Super Saturday races on winning streaks.
Princess of Sylmar has won three grade one stakes in a row. Laughing, the likely favorite for the
Flower Bowl also has a streak of three graded events, including two at
Saratoga. Graydar has three in a row dating back to a December 2012 allowance.
Horses looking to add a third win to their streaks are: Big Blue Kitten and
Slumber in the Joe Hirsch, Royal Delta, and Strapping Groom.