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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.
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
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.
Among the top older horses being pointed to the race are Preservationist, winner of the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (Gr. 1) at Belmont in in his last start, and Vino Rosso, winner of the $500,000 Gold Cup (Gr. 1) at Santa Anita before running a wide-trip third to McKinzie in the $1 million Whitney Stakes(Gr. 1) at Saratoga on Aug. 3.
Yoshida, winner of the 2018 Woodward and third in the race this yearafter being bumped hard at the break, and Thunder Snow, who finished second in the Jockey Club Gold Cup last year and most recently finished third in the $1.2 million Metropolitan Handicap (Gr. 1) behind Mitole, both were listed as possible two weeks before the race.
Two top 3-year-olds are being aimed at the race as well: Code of Honor, winner of the prestigious Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 29 in his last start, and Tacitus, 3rd in the Travers. Both will be facing older horses for the first time and their presence will be a good yardstick for the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2-3 at Santa Anita.
Recent history says handicappers should favor horses who ran their last race at Saratoga: Nine of the last 10 winners did so. Also, winning that last prep race should not be considered a prerequisite: Eight of the last 10 winners did not win their previous start.
The Whitney and Woodward Stakes have been the most productive Spa races since 2009 in producing Jockey Club Gold Cup winners, accounting for six of the last 10. The Travers also has produced a pair of victors.
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.
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.
The race draws a good crowd, but Belmont Park’s expansive grounds prevents 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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Where to watch Jockey Club Gold Cup in US?
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. You can also watch at any off-track betting outlet or racebook that carries Belmont Park.
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