Super Saturday Notes - Belmont Park - 09/25/13
After an extended hiatus, The Chalk is back by popular demand. I am not sure who is demanding it, but we are back regardless. The Saratoga season was a bit of a roller coaster ride. The Chalk started out hot and then began a steady decline until the end of the meet. The rain over the final racing weekend really took its toll on us but there are six graded stakes races on the Saturday card at Belmont so we hope to make up for all of it right now.
The Jockey Club Gold Cup is Saturday's headliner. It is a mile and a quarter on the dirt for $1,000,000. Flat Out is looking to win it for the third straight year, while Cross Traffic looks to solidify himself as a legitimate BC Classic contender and Palace Malice, arguably the best in the Travers, looks to return to the winners' circle. While the boys go head-to-head the other intriguing battle will come in the Grade-I Beldame. It's a mile and an eighth on the dirt for fillies three years-old and up.
Three fillies will steal the pre-race headlines in this one. Royal Delta, Princess of Sylmar and Authenticity. Watching Royal Delta and Princess of Sylmar battle it out will be entertaining. In my opinion they are the two best fillies right now, though I would not sleep on Authenticity. She finished behind Royal Delta in the Grade-I Personal Ensign at Saratoga last month and ran away with the Grade-3 Shuvee prior to that.
We will get into all the other Stakes races on Super Saturday at Belmont once the entries are drawn.