Belmont Fall Meet Starts September 9

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Belmont Park Hosts 42 Stakes Worth $10 Million During Fall Meet

A total of 42 stakes worth $10.625 million highlight the 38-day fall meet at Belmont Park starting Friday, September 9.

On opening day, a field of 10 3-year-old fillies will gather on the turf for the $100,000 Christiecat, the first of three stakes scheduled for opening weekend.

Stakes action continues Saturday with the $100,000 Seattle Slew at 1 1/16 miles for 4-year-olds and up. Sunday features the $100,000 Allied Forces for sophomores going six furlongs on the turf.

Two spectacular Saturday’s lead up to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The Grade I, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (G1) is October 1, and other graded stakes are on that Saturday card: the Grade I, $400,000 Beldame Invitational for fillies and mares, the Grade I, $350,000 Vosburgh Invitational for sprinters, the Grade II $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap for fillies and mares and the Grade III, $200,000 Pilgrim for 2-year-olds on the turf.

The Joe Hirsch and the Vosburgh are both “Win and You’re In” qualifiers for the Breeders’ Cup Turf and Breeders’ Cup Sprint, respectively, with the winners earning automatic berths and fees-paid trips to Santa Anita Park in November.

October 8 at Belmont is Jockey Club Gold Cup Day, highlighted by the 98th running of the Grade I, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational. The 1 ¼-mile race, which offers the winner a fees-paid trip to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, will be supported by the Grade I, $500,000 Flower Bowl Invitational for fillies and mares on the turf, the Grade I, $500,000 Champagne for 2-year-olds, the Grade I, $400,000 Frizette for 2-year-old fillies, and the Grade III, $500,000 Hill Prince for 3-year-olds on the turf.

Like the Jockey Club Gold Cup, the Flower Bowl [Filly & Mare Turf], the Champagne [Juvenile] and the Frizette [Juvenile Fillies] guarantees the winners spots in the starting gate for their respective Breeders’ Cup races.

The spotlight will shine on the Empire State on Saturday, October 22, when the top New York-breds gather at Belmont Park to compete in eight stakes races highlighted by the $300,000 Empire Classic. Belmont Park also will host Taste New York featuring local New York wines, spirits and food, along with craft vendors, fall-themed family activities and the return of College Day, in which area students can compete for prizes and win scholarships.

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