Big Blue Kitten Headlines Strong Field for $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic
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Thu 24/09/2015 - 18:38 EDT
On Saturday at Belmont Park, the featured race is the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic. The winner will earn an automatic spot in the starting gate for the Breeder’s Cup Turf and the Grade 1, mile and a half event has drawn a field of seven colts and geldings.
Big Blue Kitten has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 in the competitive field and is one of three horses for trainer Chad Brown. A seven-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy bred and owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, the multiple graded stakes winner is the most accomplished horse in the field with thirteen career victories. He has two wins from four starts this year and was last seen finishing second in the Arlington Million (G1). Joe Bravo will be aboard from post three.
Red Rifle poised to fire a big effort
Second choice at morning line odds of 5-2 is Red Rifle for trainer Todd Pletcher. A five-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway, he is a seven-time winner and is a graded stakes winner on both turf and dirt. He was second last time out in the Sword Dancer Invitational (G1) and had back to back stakes wins before that race. Javier Castellano will be in the irons and they will break from the rail as he tries to improve off of his last race.
Inconsistent Slumber (GB) trying to return to form
Also in the field at morning line odds of 7-2 is Slumber (GB), another of Chad Brown’s three contenders. A seven-year-old son of Cacique (GB), he is a five-time winner and notched his first graded stakes victory earlier in the year in the Manhattan Stakes (G1). He is trying to rebound after finishing eighth in the Arlington Million (G1) last time out and will break from post position five under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Players trying to look beyond prohibitive favorite Tepin in the September 17 Woodbine Mile will surely have their work cut out for them as the superstar mare tackles seven rivals on the grass.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes Tuesday night from Fort Erie race track, where Sir Dudley Digges will try to take another step toward Canadian racing history.
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, Canada’s most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
A spectacular card of graded stakes action has been assembled for Saturday at Belmont Park and the $1 million Ogden Phipps is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the day. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.