Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

Joe Hirsch Winner Channel Maker Joins Cast For Pegasus World Cup Turf

Grade 1 winner Channel Maker has joined the field for the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 26. The Bill Mott-trained 5-year-old gelding, who is owned by Wachtel Stable, Gary Barber, R.A. Hill and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, is on course to make his ninth Grade 1 start in his […]

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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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‘Superb’ Secretariat Stakes Winner Carrick Takes On Elders In Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

Donegal Racing’s Grade 1 Secretariat winner Carrick exited his Saturday breeze at Belmont in fine fettle, said trainer Tom Morley, who confirmed Sunday morning that the 3-year-old Giant’s Causeway colt would make his next against older horses in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic on Saturday. Morley said he was satisfied with how Carrick […]

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Foot Bruise May Have Sistercharlie Out Of Flower Bowl, Could Train Up To Breeders’ Cup

Trainer Chad Brown didn’t let the proverbial grass grow under his feet after having five winners at Belmont Park on Saturday, sending out a loaded contingent to the actual turf Sunday morning in preparation for next weekend’s September Super Saturday and other stakes for the Fall Championship Meet. Three-time Grade 1 winner Sistercharlie breezed four […]

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Pletcher Hoping Return To Belmont Helps Hi Happy Find The Winner’s Circle

La Providencia’s multiple graded stakes winner Hi Happy breezed four furlongs over Belmont’s main track Saturday morning in his final major training session ahead of next weekend’s Grade 1, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic for trainer Todd Pletcher. The 6-year-old Argentinian homebred covered the distance in 49.55 seconds, his second work since finishing fourth in […]

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‘Fit And Strong’ Gronkowski On Target For Jockey Club Gold Cup

Phoenix Thoroughbred III’s Gronkowski put in his final work for the Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup on September 29, going five furlongs in 1:00.88 on Belmont Park’s main track Saturday morning. “He breezed great and is on target for the Gold Cup,” trainer Chad Brown said. “I think the horse is fit and […]

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