(Edited press release)
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, in conjunction with the New York Racing Association, announced that the Sept. 27 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park will be televised live on ESPNEWS.
The Jockey Club Gold Cup features the race’s defending champion, 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin. With a victory in the Gold Cup, Curlin would earn a winner’s share of $450,000 and vault past Cigar as the leading North American-based earner in Thoroughbred racing history. Cigar retired in 1996 with a lifetime bankroll of $9,999,815. Curlin’s career earnings currently stand at $9,796,800.
The Jockey Club Gold Cup—which can also be seen live on TVG and HRTV—is for 3-year-olds and up and is contested at 1 1/4 miles on Belmont’s dirt track. It will be the 10th race on an 11-race card, with a scheduled post time of 5:52 p.m. ET.