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2011 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1)

Date/Track:
10/1/2011, Belmont Park
Post Time:
3:22 PM ET
Distance:
1 1/2m (Turf)
Age/Sex:
3+ M
Time:
2:36.61

What the Nation is saying about the 2011 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1)...

It’s been a long, hard, and more than frustrating task to piece together the puzzle of Horse of the Year, but it seems that finally, at long last, the fog is clearing and leaders are emerging. Read More
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  • Mike in SB · I thought Havre de Grace's win was the most impressive of the weekend by far, and with Flat Out winning the Gold Cup, she has to be the favorite for the Classic. Actually a lot of the Breeders Cup races are starting to look pretty good. Havre de Grace, Uncle Mo and the rest in the Classic makes it look like a better race now than it did a few months ago and the Ladies Classic looks wide open now. If the Arc Winner comes over and So You Think runs in the Classic this could be a very good Breeders Cup. · 927 days ago ·
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  • DeadHeat · Mike I completely agree about the Classic. The fact that you have some definitive stars now makes the race come up much better. I mean with the list of horses i said in my blog, there are what 6 grade one winner heading for the race? Makes it look much more competitive. · 927 days ago ·
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  • shores · he did a great job!! also a great effort from dean's kitten. i hope nothing's wrong with Winchester... · 928 days ago ·
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Another turf scratch: Teaks North, winner of Monmouth Park’s Grade I United Nations, is out of the $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, leaving a field of five in which Arlington Million winner Cape Blanco of Ireland is the odds-on favorite.Read More
A month after Naipaul Chatterpaul claimed Mission Approved for $35,000 in June, 2010, the New York-bred finished second by a neck to Gio Ponti in the Grade 1 Man o' War; a year later, he won the Grade 1 Manhattan. Next Saturday at Belmont, the trainer is hoping that Top Surprize will follow his stab...Read More
Cape Blanco, the 2010 Irish Derby victor, is looking for his third straight Grade 1 triumph in the United States in Saturday’s 1 ½-mile Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational.Read More
All systems are “go” for Mission Approved’s planned start in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational after the 7-year-old breezed one mile on Belmont Park’s inner turf course on Thursday.   Mission Approved, winner of Belmont’s Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap in June, was clocked i...Read More
Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational winner Winchester and Grassy, recent winner of the Grade 2 Bowling Green Handicap, tuned up this morning for Super Saturday’s Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, working five furlongs in company over the inner turf.   With assistant trainer Christophe...Read More
Winchester, who will attempt to defend his title in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational on Super Saturday, turned in a five-furlong breeze toward that goal on Sunday morning at Belmont Park. Sent out in company with Mr. Ryder, Winchester was clocked in 1:03.56 over Belmont's firm inner ...Read More
  • medlocke · Winchester's gonna have his hand's full with Cape Blanco!! Cape Blanco's not just a 10f horse. He's got a win in the G1 Irish Derby over 12f, and a 2nd place finish behind Harbinger, but ahead of Youmzain, Daryakana, and Workforce in the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 12f. · 941 days ago ·
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  • rossington · I expect Winchester to be as equally a formidable opponent for Cape Blanco over 1-1/2 as Gio Ponti was over 1-1/4 in the Man O' War and Arlington Million. That said, I still can't see past Cape Blanco winning a third straight American G1 turf stakes in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic. Cape Blanco's a proven G1 winner at 1-1/2 himself in Europe. Where it's no secret that the middle distance turf competition is a good deal tougher than it is in America. JMO. · 939 days ago ·
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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. Read More
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  • Zenyatta-Perfection Personified · He is the best turf male in running in North America. · 943 days ago ·
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  • joepo · 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. · 942 days ago ·
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CAPE BLANCO is likely to bid for a hat-trick of Grade 1 wins in the United States with trainer Aidan O’Brien on Sunday confirming that the Joe Hirsch Memorial Turf Classic over 1m4f at Belmont Park on October 2 is under serious consideration for the four-year-old.Read More
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  • medlocke · @tiznow, Very much agree!! Someone commented to me that Acclamation should be ahead of Cape Blanco right now in the running for champion American turf horse. But if Cape Blanco ships back over from Ireland and win's either the Joe Hirsch or B.C. Turf, I don't know how he couldn't win the award? · 953 days ago ·
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  • jinlie01 · Definitely making a strong case for Turf Horse of the Year..at the least. · 953 days ago ·
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