The Jockey Club Gold Cup is one of the biggest horse racing events of the fall meeting at Belmont Park and a “win and you’re in” prep race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The race, a Grade 1 stakes for 3-year-olds and up with a $750,000 purse for 2019, was run for the first time in 1919 as the Jockey Club Stakes. It was contested at 1 ½ miles for the first two runnings, then run at the now-all-but-vanished marathon distance of 2 miles for many years before being cut to 1 ¼ miles in 1990.
A look at past winners of the race is like taking a stroll through the Racing Hall of Fame, with champions like Man o’ War, Nashua, Citation, Whirlaway, War Admiral, Kelso, Forego, Shuvee, Damascus, Buckpasser, John Henry, Sword Dancer, Cigar, Skip Away, Curlin, Slew o’ Gold, Affirmed and Easy Goer among those to pose in the winner’s circle.
But while many great ones have emerged victorious in the Gold Cup, it also has produced its share of long-shot winners, including 2018 winner Discreet Lover, who paid $93 as he defeated prohibitive favorite Diversify, as well as the highly regarded overseas invaders Thunder Snow and Mendelssohn.
Despite its rich lineage, the Jockey Club Gold Cup has not had much of an impact in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in recent years. The last horse to win both races was Curlin in 2007. The brilliant Steve Asmussen trained-runner came back to win the Gold Cup again the following year.
In the last 10 runnings, horses capable of racing within four lengths of the leader at the second call have been most effective, winning five times. Two horses have gone gate to wire and two others have come from the clouds to win. Also, if last year’s winner is in the race, give him a long look, as two horses have repeated as Jockey Gold Cup champs in the last 10 years.
The 2019 edition of the Jockey Club Gold Cup is expected to attract many of the top older horses on the East Coast.
The race draws a good crowd, but Belmont Park’s expansive grounds prevent it from resembling the subway at rush hour. But if you want reserved seats, you’d best pick up tickets in advance at nyra.com/belmont/tickets.
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Date, place, time, betting lines
The 2019 Jockey Club Gold Cup will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Post time for the race varies, but it’s usually slightly before 6 p.m. local time.
You can find 2019 Jockey Club Gold Cup betting lines, odds, bonus offers at all legal US horse racing betting sites such as BetAmerica, TwinSpires, DRF bets, NyraBets, 4NJBets and more.
You can legally bet on Jockey Club Gold Cup in all states allowing wagering on horse racing, for example here:
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- New York
- New Jersey
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Where to legally bet on the Jockey Club Gold Cup in the U.S.
You can of course bet on the race at Belmont Park, but it’s also possible to back your opinion with cash in all states where pari-mutuel betting on horse races is legal. In addition to off-track betting outlets, including other racetracks, nearly all legal U.S. advance deposit wagering (ADW) services accept bets on Belmont Park races. NYRABets.com, 4NJBets and Hollywood Races betting sites may have special Jockey Club Gold Cup odds and promo offers tied to one of its marquee races.
Where to watch Jockey Club Gold Cup?
If you can’t attend Jockey Club Gold Cup in person, you’ll want to make sure your cable or satellite TV package includes TVG, as NBC Sports, which has broadcast the race nationally in recent years, is not scheduled to do so in 2019. You can also watch at any off-track betting outlet or racebook that carries Belmont Park.
What we learned from Jockey Club Gold Cup 2019
While horses capable of pressing the pace have a historic advantage, the 2018 edition reminded us that horses can win from the back of the pack if a blazing pace develops.
That’s what happened last year when odds-on favorite Diversify went to the lead out of the gate and set fractions of: 45.64 and 1:09.13 and 1:33.89 in the first mile of the race. After such early exertion, the defending champ understandably tired in the last quarter and faded to fifth.
The beneficiary was the lightly regarded Discreet Lover (45.5-1), who rallied down the middle of the track to beat Thunder Snow by a neck at the wire.