Cape Blanco wins US Grade One

    Aidan O’Brien’s raider Cape Blanco just held the late burst of Dean’s Kitten to win the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park on Saturday.

    The 2010 Irish Derby winner was sent to the lead under Jamie Spencer turning for home and quickly went two lengths ahead of his field at the top of the straight. However, Dean’s Kitten emerged from the pack and beared down on the Ballydoyle colt.

    The gap closed all the way to the wire as Ramon Dominguez pushed the Michael Maker trained colt hard but he couldn’t quite get there as Cape Blanco held on to take the spoils.

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