Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes

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Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Inaugural Race: 1919
  • Distance: 1 and 1/4th of a mile (10 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three Year Olds and up
  • 2023 Purse: $1,000,000
  • 2023 Race Date: Saturday, September 2nd

2023 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes Race Results

POST
HORSE
JOCKEY / TRAINER
WIN / PLACE / SHOW
8
Bright Future
Javier Castellano / Todd A. Pletcher
$9.50 / $4.50 / $3.70
1
Proxy
Joel Rosario / Michael Stidham
$4.70 / $3.70
6
Tyson
Manuel Franco / Josie Carroll
$5.10
5
Clapton
Irad Ortiz, Jr. / Chad Summers
7
Duke of Love
Luis Contreras / Josie Carroll
4
Rattle N Roll
Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. / Kenneth G. McPeek
3
Warrior Johny
Junior Alvarado / Philip A. Bauer
2
Unbridled Bomber
Dylan Davis / James T. Ryerson

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $1.00 Exacta (8-1) Paid: $13.60
  • $0.50 Trifecta (8-1-6) Paid: $43.00
  • $0.10 Superfecta (8-1-6-5) Paid: $39.70

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Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes Race History

The Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes is a Grade I horse race historically run each year at Belmont Park (although it was shifted to the Saratoga Race Course in 2021). Inaugurated in 1919, past race winners include a laundry list of hall of famers and champions, including Sword Dancer, War Admiral, Cigar, Curlin, Slew o' Gold, Affirmed, Forego, Shuvee, Kelso, Citation, Whirlaway, Man o' War, and John Henry.

Of note in the race's long history is the 1978 edition, which saw Hall of Fame stallion Exceller edge 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew by a nose in a thrilling battle down the stretch. Affirmed, who would capture the Triple Crown that year, finished fifth after his saddle slipped but would rebound and capture a win the very next year by defeating a field that included the legendary Spectacular Bid.

Jockey Eddie Arcaro dominated the Jockey Gold Cup during his hall of fame career, capturing a record 11 victories. His record has stood since he notched his final win in 1961. Trainer Jim Fitzsimmons holds another long standing record with his 7 wins. Of the esteemed winners of the race, ten horses have won the race twice but its Kelso who holds the record with 5 wins, who captured those victories consecutively between 1960 and 1964.

As part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" Series, winners are automatically entered into the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes Past Winners

Year
Winner
Jockey / Trainer
Distance / Time
2023
Bright Future
Javier Castellano / Todd A. Pletcher
1 1/4 M / 2:03.00
2022
Olympiad
Junior Alvarado / William I. Mott
1 1/4 M / 2:02.11
2021
Max Player
Ricardo Santana, Jr. / Steven M. Asmussen
1 1/4 M / 2:02.49
2020
Happy Saver
Irad Ortiz Jr. / Todd Pletcher
1 1⁄4 M / 2:01.77
2019
Code of Honor
John Velazquez / Shug McGaughey
1 1⁄4 M / 2:00.30
2018
Discreet Lover
Manuel Franco / Uriah St. Lewis
1 1⁄4 M / 1:59.99
2017
Diversify
Irad Ortiz Jr. / Richard Violette Jr.
1 1⁄4 M / 2:00.96
2016
Hoppertunity
John Velazquez / Bob Baffert
1 1⁄4 M / 2:00.68
2015
Tonalist
John Velazquez / Christophe Clement
1 1⁄4 M / 2:02.16
2014
Tonalist
Joel Rosario / Christophe Clement
1 1⁄4 M / 2:02.12