09/09/2011 4:22PM

Three-Year-Olds vs. Older at Belmont

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If a 3-year-old stays around long enough, he or she will eventually have to face older horses. That said, there is still something very exciting about the big prospective matchups of 3-year-olds against older horses at this Belmont Park fall meeting, which begins Saturday.

If everything holds together, Travers and Jim Dandy winner Stay Thirsty will face Whitney and Met Mile winner Tizway in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Alabama winner Royal Delta will tackle Havre de Grace, who was so impressive beating males in the Woodward, and possibly even Blind Luck (although it appears highly unlikely) in the Beldame. And Uncle Mo, last year’s champion 2-year-old male who was so courageous in narrow defeat in his comeback in the King’s Bishop, will meet his elders in the Kelso. Each of these races, by the way, will be run on October 1.

Of course, anything happen between now and then. But if everything does hold together, which is always a huge “IF,” then we’re going to find out a lot about how good this year’s 3-year-old crops are, don’t you think?