NYC Has Great Day of Horse Racing

October 2, 2013

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Photo by Mike Lizzi

Photo by Mike Lizzi

Outside of the Breeders Cup [San Anita], New York City ran the best day of racing I have ever seen on Saturday, September 28th.

      “Big Sandy” [Belmont] offered five Grade 1′s and a G 2 during the afternoon, while twenty miles North on the same night The “Yonk” offered eight stakes races.  The total reached over $5 million for the duet of pari-mutual wagering.  Queens and Yonkers became paradises for the equine lover of ovals, offering fine food, beverage and four legs running counter clockwise at various distances and surfaces.
       The highlight of Belmont’s prestigious card was the $1 Million “Jockey Gold Cup”.  The strong field of eight hopefuls quickly realized their hooves were in trouble as six-year

Photo by Dan Heary

Photo by Dan Heary

old Ron The Greek at 21-1 [$44.00] stayed near the lead and took it over for good at the mile pole and won by seven lengths at the distance of  1-1/4 miles in a very fast 1:59.70.

       The “Greek” beat Belmont stakes winner Palice Malice [2nd], Flat Out [won last 2 Gold Cups-3rd] and Derby winner Orb [last] along with other graded stakes winners.  The veteran broke out of a slump in style in a “romp” and upped his earnings to $2.7 million lifetime for his connections.  Jose Lezcano was in the irons as he recently returned from an injury at Saratoga.
     At 6:30 pm, I hopped in my buggy and realized why auto insurance is so much or non-existent in the “City” as I valiantly drove the Cross Isle to the Whitestone to the “Hutch” to some other road.  I then happily informed my wife in the backseat covering her eyes, “we made it”.  BTW, I take the Honda and leave the Mustang in Ct..
     Now at Yonkers they had “Sires Stakes Night”, offering $1.8 million for eight races [$225,000 each].  The beauty of this fall night was great racing, great weather, and of course great horses.  The glory moment this night was in the 7th race, as undefeated “He’s Watching” was going for #8.  This remarkable pacer has track records at Buffalo, Vernon, and Tiago, among others.
Photo by Mike Lizzi

Photo by Mike Lizzi

     This night became special when “Watching”, in his first year of pacing equaled a WORLD RECORD for a half mile track for the one mile event as he crossed the finish line in 1:52.2.  Starting in the one slot, it was gate to wire winning by 5 lengths and increasing his early life earnings to over $300,000.  The colt is now undefeated in eight starts as Jim Morrill drove to victory in the sulky as “Watching” has his eyes set on The Breeders Crown, October 19th at Pocono Downs, Pa. where there will be over $6 million in purse money that night.
     All and all, a great eleven hours of horse racing, seeing the finest in the world at both types of racing.
                                                    
Dan: From The Finish Line