CALL To Mind, bred and owned by Her Majesty, The Queen, raced into the lead on the far turn and used the length of the stretch to fend off Canessar and fellow European invader Prince of Arran for a popular and record-setting victory in Friday’s Grade 2, $400,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational over 3200m at Belmont Park in New York
The fifth running of the Gold Cup for 4-year-olds and up on the Widener turf course was the last of four graded stakes worth $1.5 million in purses on an 11-race card that marked the midpoint of the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.
Making his North American debut under Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano, Call To Mind went off as the 9-5 favorite in a field of eight and completed the distance in 3:16.78 over the firm course, a Belmont track record.
Carrying Elizabeth II’s purple and scarlet colors, a rare sight at American racetracks, Call To Mind was The Queen’s first starter at Belmont since Dawn Glory, trained by Christophe Clement, finished third in a maiden special weight on Oct. 26, 2012.
Photo: Newbury Racing.