Cape Blanco - 2011 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (G1)

Odds-on favorite Cape Blanco narrowly retained his unbeaten record in the United States, holding off longshot Dean's Kitten to take the 35th running of the Grade 1, $500000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic on "Super Saturday" at Belmont Park. A well-traveled 4-year-old, Cape Blanco shadowed Mission Approved in second placed through fractions of 52.42, 1:19.37, 1:44.92 and was put to a drive by jockey Jamie Spencer after dispatching the pacesetter midway on the second turn. The favorite took a clear lead into the stretch but was tested to the wire by Dean's Kitten, whose rally fell a nose short. Trained by Aidan O'Brien, Cape Blanco completed 1 ½ miles on yielding turf in 2:36.61 and returned $3.20 for a $2 win wager as the 3-5 favorite.

 

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