Crist: ‘Staying Within Division Should Be Out of Fashion by Fall’

by | 09.27.2013 | 8:27am

On Saturday, Belmont Park and Santa Anita will play host to 11 graded stakes races – 10 of them Grade 1's – in what has been dubbed 'Super Saturday'.

Some of the races that will be run are the prestigious Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Beldame at Belmont Park, and the Awesome Again and Zenyatta at Santa Anita. All four of the races are for 3-year-olds and up, and some of the top sophomores in the country, such as Orb, Palace Malice, and Princess of Sylmar will be taking on their elders for the first time.

This is the time of year when divisional championships really come into focus, and races that feature the 'younger generation' taking on older horses often bear plenty of weight in determining year-end honors. In his latest column for the Daily Racing Form, Steven Crist writes that this is the way it should be – that races restricted to 3-year-olds “…should, like the wearing of white shoes, cease after Labor Day.”

Crist understands the temptation to run a top 3-year-old in races with rich purses, such as the $1 million G2 Pennsylvania Derby, or the $1 million G1 Cotillion, but he believes those races 'sabotage' more historic races by “depriving the public of the rivalries and showdowns it needs to attract a broader base of interest.”

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

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