The New York Racing Association's Martin Panza, senior vice president of racing operations, has been working with Australia's Victoria Racing Club to try to drum up American interest in that country's premier event, the Melbourne Cup. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, NYRA has carded a two-mile race for Belmont Stakes Day in June, calling it the Belmont Gold Cup, which should provide a high enough ranking for any American horse looking to be invited to the Melbourne Cup.
“Its not been easy as we don't produce a lot of staying horses in the US. Most of ours are horses that have been bought in Europe and brought to America,” said Panza. “But we would like to encourage Americans to have a look at running in the Melbourne Cup. With the internationalization of racing, the travel being much easier now and the way horses from all over the world run in the race it would be great to have an American interest too.”
Other countries have been successful in the Melbourne Cup, including Ireland, France, Germany, and Japan. Horses to place in the Melbourne Cup have come from countries like England and even South Africa. Unusual Suspect was one American-bred horse to contest the Melbourne Cup recently, but he had pretty much been transferred to Australia for several starts before that contest, and finished off the board in both of his attempts.
Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.
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