Royal Ascot is one of the greatest race meets in the world, and there is no race as historic or exciting during the meet than the Gold Cup (G1)! First run in 1807, it is one of the premier races for stayers in the world. The two-and-a-half-mile turf race offers a rich £500,000 purse, and it drew ten of the world’s best long-distance horses.
Ron The Greek Upsets in The JC Gold Cup
All but ignored in the pre-race talk, and at the betting windows where he went off at 21-1, Ron the Greek proved them all wrong on Saturday at Belmont, winning […]
All but ignored in the pre-race talk, and at the betting windows where he went off at 21-1, Ron the Greek proved them all wrong on Saturday at Belmont, winning the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational with ease over a stellar cast. For collecting his first win since January, the six-year-old Florida bred earns entry into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Classic on November 2 at Santa Anita, where he will have to do it all over again against much of the same competition. Ron sits chilly as the battle rages up front Breaking smoothly from the #1 post, Ron the Greek settled into a comfortable stride in third place in the 1 ¼ miles race, on the rail just behind pacesetter and Woodward Stakes winner Alpha (22-1), and Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice (3-1). Chasing behind were two-time defending Gold Cup Champ Flat Out (5-2), Kentucky Derby winner Orb (7-2), and Whitney Invitational winner Cross Traffic (7-2). As the field turned for home, Palace Malice moved to engage Alpha on the lead, and at first it looked like Ron the Greek would be swallowed up by the rapidly closing pack.
BC Classic will be an even tougher field
Just in the last of the turn, however, he seemed to find another gear and slipped through almost unnoticed by those dueling to his outside. Once straightened away, he simply pulled away from the field, to win by 6 ¼ lengths, a result that even seemed to catch race caller Tom Durkin by surprise. Now it’s on to the BC Classic, where Ron the Greek will likely face Palace Malice, Cross Traffic and Flat Out again, as well as last year’s winner Fort Larned and other top stakes horses from this season including Game On Dude, Will Take Charge and Mucho Macho Man.
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes is one of the most important races of the Royal Ascot meeting! With a £1 million purse, the race is one of the richest of the entire week, and it also offers its winner a guaranteed berth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
The 2022 Belmont Stakes, which will be run on Saturday, June 11, drew an exciting field of eight to compete for $1.5 million and a place in horse racing immortality. Several familiar New York horses will line up for the race, including Wood Memorial (G2) winner Mo Donegal and Peter Pan (G3) winner We the People.
The best horses in the older dirt male division line up for the $3 million Pegasus World Cup on Saturday, January 29 at Gulfstream Park! The race is at a mile and an eighth on the main track, an intermediate distance that draws both Classic runners and milers alike. Nine horses have passed the entry box, and are ready for a thrilling renewal of the winter’s biggest race!