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The GII Belmont Gold Cup on the turf Thursday marked the first of the weekend’s graded races at the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at Saratoga with The Grey Wizard (Ire) (g, 5, Caravaggio–Fancy {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}), who finished second in the race last year to Siskany (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), surging late for a last-gasp win in the two-mile event. Champagne Juan (Justify) was nosed out in the last strides for second, while Limited Liability (Kitten’s Joy) was also a part of the photo and settled for third. Siskany was prominent throughout, tracking longshot leaders So High (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) at 20-1 and Lucky Curlin (Curlin) at 63-1 until fading in the stretch.

The Grey Wizard earned a spot in the G1 Melbourne Cup with the win. He began his 2024 campaign with an off-the-board effort in Keeneland’s GII Elkhorn S. in April, but improved significantly for a third in the May 18 GIII Louisville S. at Churchill. Final time in the Gold Cup was 3:18.35.

O-Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and The Estate of Albert Frassetto; B-Longfield Stud (Ire); T-Graham Motion.

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