HRT Highlights #61 Gold Cup & Irish 2000 Guineas Recap

In this HRT Highlights #61, we will look at the latest horse racing news and 2023 Belmont Stakes updates. Check it out!



HRT Highlights #61

2023 Triple Bend Highlights

While spring is the time for the three-year-olds it is also when stables start looking at their Breeders’ Cup options and George Papaprodromou sent out Spirit of Makena to a dominating victory in the G2 Triple Bend going 7 furlongs.  Joe Bravo was in the saddle and won the race for the second straight year.  9 year old C Z Rocket finished second and pushed his career earnings to over 2 million dollars  

2023 Gold Cup Highlights

At The Curragh in Ireland, The G1 Gold Cup was run and Luxembourg got the victory holding off Bay Bridge.  Arc d’Triomphe runner-up Vadeni ended up third.  It was the third G1 win for Luxembourg who is trained by Aiden O’Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore.

2023 Irish 2000 Guineas Highlights

Also in Ireland was the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas and Paddington gave trainer Aiden O’Brien his 12th victory in the event when he powered home under Ryan Moore. Stablemate Cairo came running late to get second.   

2023 Daytona Stakes Highlights

Former Quarter horse jockey Cesar DeAlba scored his first stakes win as a thoroughbred trainer win Fast Buck took the G3 Daytona at Santa Anita under Hector Berrios.   

Belmont Stakes Odds

2023 Belmont Stakes Updates

In Belmont Stakes news, Forte had a supervised workout and a blood draw.  If all is well the two-year-old champion will be allowed to race in the Belmont after missing the Kentucky Derby due to a bruised foot.  Meanwhile, Kingsbarns will miss the Belmont due to a case of Colic. 

2022 Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike will move from the barn of Eric Reed over to William Mott.  Owner Rick Dawson had a disagreement over the movie rights for Rich Strike and decided to change trainers. Rich Strike has been winless in six races since the Derby surprise.  

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