Heading of the article – Vosburgh Stakes: An Automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint

The Vosburgh Stakes is one of the final major horse races of the United States racing calendar. The event takes place in September at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The race features three-year-old horses or older. Vosburgh Stakes is just one of the big race events in the U.S., while enthusiasts in Great Britain can already get Grand National tips for next year’s contest.

This year’s Vosburgh Stakes will take place on Saturday, September 29. Each horse that features in the long running race is invited. The invitations can be quite exclusive. Although the Vosburgh Stakes isn’t as well-known as the Preakness Stakes, Kentucky Derby, or England’s Grand National, it is a race that can prepare a horse for big things in the future.

Vosburgh Stakes – History

The Vosburgh Stakes was first run in 1940. The race was named after racing aficionado Walter S. Vosburgh, who was the official handicapper for The Jockey Club. When it was established, the Vosburgh Stakes was open to all ages. The open age rules ended in 1958. Since then, only horses of either gender aged three years or older can participate.

Vosburgh Stakes – What to expect

The race is run over six furlongs on dirt. It is one of the more important on the U.S. horse racing calendar. The horse that wins at Belmont Park qualifies automatically for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. There are six races that qualify horses for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint with the Vosburgh Stakes typically being the fourth of the season. In 2017, the race’s purse was $350,000. It isn’t a small amount and it can be a stepping stone to even greater things.

Vosburgh Stakes – Past winners

The Vosburgh Stakes has had a number of top horses finish in the winner’s circle on their way to achieving great things in the sport. Rock Fall won the race in 2015 just two months after winning the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap. Kodiak Kowboy won the Vosburgh Stakes during a triumphant trio of wins in 2009. Now retired, Kodiak Kowboy earned over $1.7 million in his career. Ghostzapper took home the Vosburgh Stakes title in 2003 in the first of his six major horse race wins. Ghostzapper went on to earn more than $3.4 million in his career as he won the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Vosburgh Stakes – Who will win in 2018?

The 2018 edition of the race is currently being headlined by Imperial Hint. Trained by Luis Carvajal Jr., the five-year-old has been running well this year. The horse won both the True North G2 and the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap. Earlier this year, Imperial Hint won the Sprint and in four starts, he has won three races. In 2017, Imperial Hint finished second at the Vosburgh Stakes, losing out to Takaful.

Glorious Empire maybe Imperial Hint’s biggest challenge at Belmont. He won his last two races at Delaware Park and Saratoga. Glorious Empire’s Saratoga win came in the race following Imperial Hint’s triumph. The seven-year-old isn’t a lock to compete at the Vosburgh Stakes, but a solid finish at the Sword Dance Stakes at the end of August could influence his trainer to race him at Belmont. 

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