The 2013 Jockey Club Gold Cup is stacked from top to bottom. Here are some fun facts regarding the stellar field:
- All but one horse is a Grade or Group 1 winner… and the lone outsider was victorious in one of the nation’s most historic races, the Pimlico Special.
- They account for a combined 23 graded stakes wins.
- In 116 lifetime starts, they have hit the board over 2/3 of the time.
- The field has combined lifetime earnings of $12,324,071.
- If Ron the Greek were to win, Bill Mott would be just the third trainer to win back-to-back editions with different horses and the first in over 60 years. “Sunny” Jim Fitzsimmons did it in 1929-30 with Diavolo and Gallant Fox. Ben Jones accomplished the feat with Citation and Ponder (1948-49).
- Orb is the first Kentucky Derby winner to run in the Jockey Club Gold Cup as a three-year-old since Thunder Gulch in 1995. 2003 Derby winner Funny Cide won the race as a four-year-old.
- It took Last Gunfighter five starts to break his maiden, the most of any horse in the field. However, he’s been nearly perfect since, with just one loss.
- Vitoria Olimpica was a Group 1 winner on turf in his native Brazil. His first win in this country came in his dirt debut, the Alydar Stakes at Saratoga. The timing was impeccable - he sports the same silks that Alydar used to carry, the former Calumet colors that are now owned by Stud T N T.
- Alpha loves it here in New York. The colt has never been noted for his consistency, but in ten Big Apple starts, he’s only been worse than second twice.
- Flat Out is looking to become just the second horse to win more than two Jockey Club Gold Cups. The standard, of course, is set by the mighty Kelso with five wins. He is currently one of ten horses with two wins in the race.
- Prior to Flat Out, the most recent horse to pair-up in the Jockey Club Gold Cup was Curlin. A win by Palace Malice would make him the second multiple JCGC winner to sire a winner of the race. Nashua won the race in 1955-56 before siring the great mare Shuvee, herself a two-time winner (1970-1971).
- Four-year-old Cross Traffic is the most lightly raced horse in the field with just five starts. He’s also less than a 1/4 of a length from being undefeated, having suffered narrow defeats in the Westchester and Met Mile.
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