Young Guns Face Off in Gold Cup Showdown

Orb & Palace Malice in Jockey Club Gold Cup

Palace Malice Holds Off Will Take Charge in Jim DandyLet’s preview the 2013 Jockey Club Gold Cup. This event is for 3 year olds and up going 11/4 miles with a purse of 1 million dollars. This is and has always been an interesting race. The three year olds, Orb and Palace Malice get to test the waters as they try to beat older horses for a change. Now just so you know, that is not an easy task. A three year old has not won this race since Summer Bird did it in 2009. Occasionally one will get there but it is not by any means an easy thing to do. If one of the three year olds gets there, he will have the edge on getting named 3 year old horse of the year. The morning line favorite is Todd Pletcher’s Cross Traffic at 5/2. He is a lightly raced 4 year old that has only raced 5 times, but he has never been worse than second and three of those five races were graded stakes races. Pretty impressive. He likes to be on the front end or close to it anyway. I have one problem with him but we’ll get to that later.

Last GunfighterThe second choice in the ML is William Motts Flat Out. He is a seven year old who has won this race the last two years in a row. There has only been one horse who has won this race more than two times and that was the great Kelso who won it 5 years in a row from 1960 to 1964. The next one in the morning line is Palace Malice at 4 to 1. Todd Pletcher is making a pitch with his 3 year old and will try to get a leg up on sophomore horse of the year honors. The other 3 year old in the race is Kentucky Derby winner Orb. Shug McGaughey will try to do the same with his fine colt. Here is how I see it. I think Cross Traffic will vie for the lead with Alpha and I believe that will cause him to come up short. Palace Malice will make an effort off of a stalking trip. Coming from behind will be Orb, Flat Out and The Last Gunfighter. So who will win this thing? I know if Orb is to do it, Shug must take a page out of D Wayne Lukas’ book and have him closer to the pace like Lukas did with Will Take Charge. This is a tough race to handicap, but here I go. The Last Gunfighter first, Palace Malice second and Orb third. Good luck with this one gang!




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