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Cape Blanco seeks third American G1 in Hirsch Turf

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.

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  1. Always felt like Cape Blanco was the one Ballydoyle got wrong. I never got the impression they rated him as highly as they should have? Which became even more apparent when So You Think showed up to race for Ballydoyle this season, and set about racing in European G1 stakes races that Cape Blanco likely would’ve been racing in had So You Think not been purchased by the Coolmore people for the stable? He never fully got the kind of credit he deserved for such an impressive Dante Stakes win over Workforce at York. Of for pummeling Rip Van Winkle and Twice Over in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown back in 2010. Now, I fear that unless the American eclipse voters do the right thing by voting Cape Blanco as the 2011 American Turf HOY, he’ll never fully get the credit he deserves from enduring 3 cross-Atlantic shipping’s over thousands of miles from Ireland to America, and still proving talented enough to win 3 of the arguably biggest G1 turf stakes in America in the G1 Man O’ War Stakes, G1 Arlington Million, and the G1 Joe Hirsch Turf Invitational. Another pure class son sired by the great Galileo!! He really deserved his shot at winning this year’s BC Turf, and will be sorely missed!! TJMO.

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