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2012 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1)

Date/Track:
9/29/2012, Belmont Park
Post Time:
5:12 PM ET
Distance:
1 1/2m (Turf)
Age/Sex:
3+ M
Time:
2:33.73

What the Nation is saying about the 2012 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1)...

How many handicappers does it take to nail down the all-graded stakes Pick 4 on Super Saturday at Belmont Park? Only two, if their names are Matt Shifman and Brian Zipse. Enjoy our combined analysis on the four big races...Read More
Horse Racing Nation Managing Editor, Brian Zipse, and blogger, Matt Shifman have combined their handicapping efforts to give you four different tickets for the Pick 4.Read More
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  • travel_vic · Alone on the lead: the best bet in the game. The horse dictates the race to all who follow. Odds will stink however, so will have to look elsewhere IF there is a bet to be found. Watch how the front does in other turfer races UP to that one. · 565 days ago ·
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  • icyhotboo · I just felt like playing a horizontal, only $6 for some fun. I'll bet the races as they come up odds willing. BEL #7 $0.50 Pick-4 1,5,8,​WT,1,4,​WT,2,4,​WT,5 none $ 6.00 · 565 days ago ·
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Point of Entry is the best turf horse in america, he'll be tough to beat at 12 furlongs. Treasure Beach hasn't been in top form and is in a slump and hasn't done well in america. Little Mike will have to run 12 furlongs for the first time, it will be interesting to see if he can last the distance. I saw Little Mike in person in the Arlington Million, if someone would have pressed him he would have lost. The pace was handed to him the whole race. I think this distance is just to far. I believe that Kindergarten Kid and Hailstone both are outsiders with little chance of winning. I bet Finnegans Wake in the Sec. Stakes. I believe Belmont will be tough at 12 furlongs for him and he'll have trouble closing facing older horses. A very exciting race...... I like Finnegans Wake's price, I'll bet him even at Belmont.
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  • ILuvTurfRacing · I'd personally rather see Shug sending Point of Entry to Woodbine to run in the G1 Canadian International Stakes. There's gonna be some really good European horses in that field. Last year's BC Turf 2nd, Sea Moon. This year's G1 Grand Prix De Paris winner, Imperial Monarch, and now it looks like Ed Dunlop is bypassing the Arc with Snow Fairy because of ground concerns and bringing her to Woodbine, also. Although right now they're talking about the E P Taylor Stakes for her. But as competitive as she's always been against males, having beaten them in the G1 Hong Kong Cup and G1 Irish Champion Stakes, and finishing 3rd in last year's Arc, I wouldn't rule out Dunlop calling an audible and putting Snow Fairy in against the boys instead. Going to the CIS would give Shug a better sense of where his horse stands against some quality European horses, because he'll likely be seeing some of the same horses that will be at Woodbine in Oct. at Santa Anita in Nov. · 567 days ago ·
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  • MarcelloMarocco · I agree with I love Turf racing. I will be at woodbine for that race in my Ballydoyle silks cheering on Imperial monarch....the best 3 yr old in Aidens yard. Can't wait! · 566 days ago ·
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I dont know which race I am the most excited about this Saturday, but I think the Joe Hirsch has my vote (for now). Lets just hope its as good as last year's win by Cape Blanco over Dean's Kitten.
Fresh off a pair of dominant Grade 1 victories, Point of Entry enters the Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational on Saturday at Belmont Park as one of the premier turf horses in the country. Read More
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey expressed his pleasure with the way his Super Saturday-bound Point of Entry and Hymn Book worked this morning. Read More
Trainer Dale Romans, who has already has established a personal record for single-season North American earnings in 2012, will have multiple chances to take down additional lucrative prizes over the next two weeks at Belmont Park as he has Shackleford set for the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Handicap and...Read More
Point of Entry will try for his third consecutive Grade 1 score and fifth victory in a row as he heads the list of probable starters for the Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at 1 ½ miles on the turf.Read More
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey sent out a fearsome foursome of workers on Sunday to gear up for upcoming graded stakes at Belmont Park. Read More
  • buckpasser · I am happy that the Phipps family and their relatives the Janneys are back with some good horses. · 576 days ago ·
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  • forego139 · Point Of Entry is one talented dude and must be respected, looking forward to is next start, all race horse And J Velasquez in the irons tuff duo. · 576 days ago ·
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A look at the top 10 American contenders to carry the torch Court Vision captured from Goldikova last year.Read More
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  • Mary Z. · Or the very good turf miler females? They don't get their own race. Which ones could join the boys? · 580 days ago ·
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  • jasen.mangrum · AmbitiousD, I'm not sure about Summer Front, but I know Silver Max is being pointed to the BC. I know it was 1 1/4, but he's not in the top 10 after that performance against straight 3 year old. Plus, if Obviously & Little Mike both show up for the BC mile, he'll be in for a long day. · 580 days ago ·
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