Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

‘Honest’ Arklow Thriving On Grass, Should Be ‘In The Mix’ Early In Pegasus Turf

When Donegal Racing purchased a yearling colt in 2015 later named Arklow, it projected the son of Arch as a Triple Crown series prospect. Five years later, Donegal is an accomplished distance grass horse likely to be one the favorites in the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) presented by Runhappy on Jan. 25 at […]

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Cox Waiting To Decide Whether Arklow, Owendale Will Target Breeders’ Cup Turf, Classic

Arklow picked up his first career Grade 1 win with his first victory of the year in Saturday’s $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park. Owned by Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger, and Pete Coneway, the hard-trying 5-year-old finally got the dream trip he was waiting for under new rider Junior Alvarado after previously finishing […]

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Arklow Up Late To End Skid In Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

Winless in five starts this year, Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger and Peter Coneway’s Arklow broke through for his first career Grade 1 victory on Saturday, wearing down front-runner Channel Maker to win the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes at Belmont Park by a half-length under Junior Alvarado. Trained by Brad Cox, Arklow covered 1 1/2 […]

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Channel Maker Going For Unprecedented Second Straight Win In Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

Wachtel Stables, R. A. Hill Stables, Gary Barber and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s Channel Maker will attempt to repeat his 2018 victory when taking on a field of seven assembled for Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at 12 furlongs over the Widener turf course at Belmont Park. The Joe Hirsch Turf Classic is […]

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Secretariat Winner Carrick To Skip Breeders’ Cup, Aim For Hollywood Derby

Michael Carrick, the professional soccer player who enjoyed stints with West Ham, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, was a force to be reckoned with on grass at stadiums across England. “He was the rock that ‘Man U’ were built on,” joked trainer Thomas Morley, a longstanding Spurs supporter. Carrick, the 3-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway, […]

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‘Bogged Down’ In Joe Hirsch, Spring Quality Hopes For Firm Ground In Canadian International

Spring Quality comes into the Grade 1 Pattison Canadian International off his lowest finish to date. But trainer Graham Motion, who also sends out Mekhtaal in the 1 ½-mile fall classic, has faith his Grade 1 champ will be back at the top of his game on Saturday at Woodbine. A son of Quality Road, […]

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‘Gratifying’ Hirsch Win Puts Channel Maker Firmly Into Mott’s Breeders’ Cup Contingent

Channel Maker came out of his 4 ½-length score in the Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic on September Super Saturday in good order, according to his Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott Sunday morning. The 4-year-old English Channel gelding broke sharp and fended off a stretch-drive challenge from even-money favorite Robert Bruce, earning […]

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Albertrani ‘Very Optimistic’ About Sadler’s Joy In G1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

Woodslane Farm’s multiple graded stakes winner Sadler’s Joy is all systems go for Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, said trainer Tom Albertrani Thursday morning. Albertrani said he’s willing to draw a line through the 5-year-old’s Grade 1 Sword Dancer on August 25 at Saratoga Race Course, where he closed from last to finish sixth […]

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Chilean-Bred Robert Bruce, Spring Quality Among 8 In Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

Convento Viejo’s Robert Bruce will look to record his second consecutive Grade 1 win in heading an accomplished eight-horse field in the $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic as part of September Super Saturday at Belmont Park. One of four graded stakes on the day, the 42nd running of the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic is also […]

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