6-year-old Stymie wears the flowers after winning the 1947 International Gold Cup at Belmont Park. Jockey Conn McCreary grins for the cameras, while trainer Hirsch Jacobs and wife Ethel look on proudly
The International Gold Cup was considered truly the first “international” race. The entries included Argentineans *Endeavour II and *Talon, as well as Brazilian *Ensueno. Representing America were Stymie, Triple Crown winner Assault, Chmpion 3-Year-Old Phalanx, and multiple stakes winner Natchez. 46,000 people packed Belmont Park to see the race, and the bettors made Assault the favorite based on his impressive seven-race win streak. Stymie, who had been beaten by Assault in the Butler Handicap just a week previously, was third in the betting.
4-year-old Natchez nearly ran away with the race. Under jockey Ted Atkinson, he jumped to the lead from the start and was not headed until nearly the end. Stymie settled fifth early, then made his move down the stretch. “Stymie was on the charge, with his head high, McCreary’s face almost buried in his copper mane”. Natchez held on gamely, but Stymie beat him by a neck, with Assault four lengths back in third