After a stellar fourth in the 2011 Dubai World Cup (G1), his first start of the season, Cape Blanco looks to continue his winning run in the US with a win in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) at Belmont Park. Winner of the Man o’War (G1) and Arlington Million (G1), the son of Galileo could be the favourite for the top turf male division of the annual Eclipse Awards.
Expected pacesetter Mission Approved is back after a lacklustre effort in the Arlington Million, having last won in June over Gio Ponti in the Manhattan Handicap at Belmont. A two-time G1 winner Teaks North takes his shot in the Joe Hirsch, along with Winchester and Grassy. A compact field of six go postward over the 12 furlongs trip. The Joe Hirsch Turf Classic winner earns a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs, which includes shipping allowances for the first time in the history of the programme. Read more on the race from the Daily Racing Form. Watch Cape Blanco’s win in the Arlington Million below.