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Cape Blanco Confirmed for Turf Classic

Cape Blanco, who has made two successful cross-Atlantic raids so far in 2011, will make another trip from Ireland to the United States to compete in Belmont Park’s Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational on October 1, trainer Aidan O’Brien confirmed via email.

 

Winner of the last year’s Group 1 Irish Derby, Cape Blanco already has a victory at Belmont to his credit, having defeated Gio Ponti in the Grade 1 Man o’ War in July. He returned to Ballydoyle training center in Ireland following the Man o’ War, then came back to the United States to beat Gio Ponti once again in August’s Grade 1 Arlington Million, his most recent start.

 

“He appears to be in great form so we’re hopeful he’ll run somewhere close to best again in the Joe Hirsch,” said O’Brien, who trains the son of Galileo for Mrs. Fitri Hay, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, and Michael Tabor. “He’s an extremely laid-back horse so the traveling doesn’t seem to take too much out of him.”

 

O’Brien said Cape Blanco’s travel plans have not been finalized but that 4-year-old is likely to depart for New York on September 27.

 

A victory in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic would bolster Cape Blanco’s case for the 2011 Eclipse Award for Champion Turf Male Turf Horse, a fact not lost upon O’Brien and the owners.

 

“He’s beaten 2009 and 2010 Champion Turf Horse Gio Ponti in both the Man o’ War and the Arlington Million, so we’d like to think he’s in with a good shot at getting an Eclipse Award,” said O’Brien. “However, there are plenty of races yet to be run, so let’s see what happens. There was no great ‘master plan’ to win an Eclipse Award, but we’re delighted that he is now in contention for one.”

 


 

 

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I agree with you medlocke. With Nathanial not coming over and Acclamation goiing north of the border to skip the BC turf, Caple Blanco may be a possible "single" in BC turf race on pick 3, pick 4 and pick 6 tickets. If he looks good in 1 1/2 he should be ready and well rested for BC. Looks like Treasure Beach may not run until mid - october for his next race. If he does run in BC turf, I would take Cape Blanco over him because he will be fresh, TB wont be.
He is the best turf male in running in North America.
if he wins his next 2 races in usa, he should be shoe-in for hoty.
Mark my words, Aidan O'Brien is using the G1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic as a perfect prep race for the Breeders Cup Turf!! IMO, if Cape Blanco win's the Turf Classic? He'll go off at odd's on to win this year's BC Turf!! JMO.

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