Millionaire Cross Border, Winner Over Jumps, Returns To Flat For Belmont Gold Cup - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Millionaire Cross Border, Winner Over Jumps, Returns To Flat For Belmont Gold Cup

Millionaire flat racing star Cross Border breaks his maiden over hurdles in March of 2023

Three Diamonds Farm's multiple graded-stakes winning New York-bred Cross Border has made his last three starts over jumps, but will return to the flat in Friday's Grade 2, $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup, a two-mile Widener turf test for older horses, at Belmont Park.

The 9-year-old English Channel ridgling made five starts for trainer Keri Brion dating to September, including his last three over hurdles led by a maiden score traveling 2 1/16-miles in March at Aiken ahead of a distant fourth last-out in a 2 1/2-mile handicap over soft ground on April 29 at Charlotte.

Cross Border recently rejoined the barn of Mike Maker, who conditioned the dark bay from 2019-August 2022, and has posted a trio of works over the Belmont dirt training track including a half-mile effort in 52 flat this morning.

“He's the same old Cross Border. He's a sound, hickory horse,” Maker said.

Bred in the Empire State by Berkshire Stud and B. D. Gibbs, Cross Border captured back-to-back editions of the 11-furlong Grade 2 Bowling Green in 2020-21. The ultra-consistent Cross Border sports a ledger of 49-12-8-6 for purse earnings in excess of $1.1 million.

He will be in search of his first win in 10 attempts over the Belmont green, having hit the board on four occasions.

“It looks like a tough spot to make his comeback, but we'll see,” Maker said.

Irad Ortiz, Jr. will pilot Cross Border from post 12 as part of a stacked 13-horse field that includes European raiders Siskany and High Definition.

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