Keepmeinmind, First Captain to Take Part in Jockey Club Gold Cup

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Keepmeinmind First Captain to Take Part in Jockey Club Gold Cup

Jockey Club Gold Cup – The trainers of racehorses – Keepmeinmind and First Captain – have their eyes set on competing in the USD1.25-million Jockey Club Gold Cup at the Saratoga Race Course in New York on September 3. Sports oddsmakers expect the two to bring stiff challenges to other top-caliber horses and could pull off victories in the prestigious race. Keepmeinmind is the four-year-old son of Laoban. He pulled off an impressive 2 3/4 lengths victory over Naval Aviator in his last race on July 22. Timing at 1:51.32 in a race also highlighted the debut of Todd Pletcher as the horse’s trainer. It was the second win in 12 starts for Keepmeinmind. He placed fourth in the 2021 Travers Stakes and third in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

The win in the 1 1/8-mile allowance race boosted the hopes of Spendthrift Farm general manager Ned Toffey. He indicated that Keepmeinmind has a big chance of competing in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Toffey also hailed Pletcher’s patience to train the horse. He hopes the horse will secure more victories in the future. The official noted that it will be the trainer’s call if Keepmeinmind is ready to compete in the September race. Before Pletcher took the training reins, Robertino Diodoro trained Keepmeinmind. It was to a close second in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy last year. He places third at the Ohio Derby. He checks in seventh and fourth in last year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes Races, respectively.

First Captain Primed for Jockey Club Gold Cup Bow

There is another horse that is looking to pull off an impressive win. It is a four-year-old colt named First Captain for the Jockey Club Gold Cup. According to the horse’s trainer Shug McGaughey, he was pleased with First Captain’s showing in the Suburban Handicap where he finished second behind Dynamic One. McGaughey took note of the horse’s ability to be “game to the wire” as he edged Untreated by three-quarters of a length in this race. The colt out of Curlin is a five-time winner out of eight starts, including the Pimlico Special in May.

Aside from the two horses, other probable starters include Olympiad, Tax, Brooklyn Strong, Chess Chief, American Revolution, Dynamic One, Untreated and Informative. The 1 1/4-mile race offers a “Win and You’re In” slot to the Breeders’ Cup Classic. With the things at stake in the race, the Jockey Club Gold Cup is expected to bring excitement to horseracing fans who are looking for quality races in the early part of September. The star-studded field will give horseracing picks and parlays a run for their money as it is an unpredictable field.