Call To Mind strikes Gold for The Queen at Belmont

Call To Mind
Call To Mind

Connections of royal runner Call To Mind reflected upon a job well done after he won the Grade Two Belmont Cup on Friday.

Owned and bred by the Queen, the four-year-old son of Galileo thrived for the step up to two miles to take the big Belmont Park race by a length from Canessar.

John Warren, bloodstock and racing adviser for the Queen, said: "We knew this was the kindest track in America, being such a lovely turf course and so well looked after.

"He's a horse at home that fits in a group Group Two-level calibre, and there aren't many group Group Two-level races written.

"When looking over the program, this was the perfect race.

"We felt that this trip is something that we could latch on to.

"What makes a mockery of his breeding is that his dam (Memory) was a brilliant six-furlong mare.

"And she's bred a brilliant two-year-old that hasn't gone beyond seven furlongs - so that's what makes us keep guessing.

"The Queen gets so much pleasure out of this."

Winning jockey Javier Castellano told www.bloodhorse.com "European horses, you need to cover up a little bit, then let them finish.

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