Belmont cancels Friday card in expectation of heavy rain

Due to anticipated heavy rain, Friday's live racing card at Belmont Park has been canceled to ensure the track surfaces are in optimal condition for Saturday's card, which features six graded stakes, all part of the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" Challenge Series. The winners of those races qualify for an automatic starting position in the corresponding Breeders' Cup Championship race with pre-entry and entry fees paid.

Saturday's 11-race card gets underway at 12:50 p.m. (EDT) and is highlighted by the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational, with a 10-horse field featuring a rematch of the top four finishers from Saratoga's Grade 1 Whitney Invitational -- Fort Larned, Ron the Greek, Flat Out and Hymn Book.

Many of racing's superstars will compete on Saturday's undercard, including champion Royal Delta and multiple Grade 1 winner It's Tricky in the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame Invitational; Grade 1 Woodward and Grade 1 Cigar Mile winner To Honor and Serve and classic winner Shackleford in the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso; Grade 1 winners Zagora and I'm A Dreamer in the Grade 1, $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational, and multiple Grade 1 winners Point of Entry and Little Mike in the Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational.

Saturday's wagering menu is highlighted by a $500,000 guaranteed, all Grade 1 stakes Pick 4, starting with the Grade 1, $400,000 Vosburgh Invitational at approximately 4:04 p.m. and also including the Flower Bowl, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic and Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Belmont Park's Super Saturday card will feature a Pick 6 carryover of $96,841. The Pick 6 starts with the Kelso at approximately 3:30 p.m.

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