A purse of a half-million dollars isn’t going to be enough to entice the turf milers to challenge Flintshire. Chad Brown’s star trainee has already secured a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Longines Turf thanks to his rousing performance at the Sword Dancer Invitational in August, and will look to take away that opportunity from someone else at the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes this weekend. The race offers the winner a sizeable bounty and is part of the challenge series.
Flintshire has been absolutely ripping apart the competition since his arrival in the United States. He’s gone 3-0-0 in as many starts with another pair of wins at the Manhattan Handicap and the Bowling Green Handicap. The pairing with Chad Brown and Javier Castellano has been ideal for the six-year old, who still seeks revenge for his second-place finish at the Breeders’ Cup Turf in 2014.
The favorite for the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes was also a well known contender over in Europe, where he compiled a record of 5-9-1 over 18 starts. He’s added a 3-1-0 record in the United States and brought in $8.8 million in career earnings.
His competition this weekend are the second and third place finishers from the Sword Dancer who were no match for him whatsoever at that race. Ectot comes in off a second place finish at a Saratoga allowance and is a relative unknown.
This is what’s known in the business as easy money. Whether Flintshire can hold that form all the way through the Breeders’ Cup Turf is the real question. There’s nothing in his recent body of work that suggest he’d be unable to do so.
Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes – Saturday, October 1st at Belmont Park (3:26 EST)
1 1/2 Mile Turf — 3+ Year Olds — $500,000
|1||Ectot (GB)||Jose L. Ortiz||126||Todd A. Pletcher||–|
|2||Twilight Eclipse (KY)||Joel Rosario||126||Thomas Albertrani||–|
|3||Money Multiplier (KY)||John R. Velazquez||126||Chad C. Brown||–|
|4||Flintshire (GB)||Javier Castellano||126||Chad C. Brown||–|