“Hill Prince, declared out of the Manhattan Handicap because he would have had to carry 133 pounds, had a two-mile practice run in the morning that was so sparkling that it led Arcaro to remark, “I never worked a horse that worked like that.” Last year Hill Prince won the two-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup in 3:23 ⅖. In yesterday’s trial the 4-year-old colt went the distance in 3:23 ⅗.
“And I’ve got news for you,” said Arcaro, “I was riding him like a park policeman.”
Maybe the winner of the 1950 horse-of-the-year title is going to be the title-winner again.” (James Roach / The New York Times, 10/07/1951)
Despite Hill Prince’s impressive workout the week prior, the Princequillo (IRE) colt would meet his match in the weight-for-age Jockey Club Gold Cup (2 mi.) on October 13. After leading throughout, Counterpoint would finish a head behind 3-year-old Count Fleet colt Counterpoint, with both horses hitting the wire ten lengths ahead of the 3-year-old Count Fleet filly Kiss Me Kate (who’s granddam Judy O’Grady finished second in the race in 1935). Final time: 3:21 ⅗.
The race was ultimately a parade of champions, as Counterpoint would end the season named Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old Colt for 1951, while Hill Prince was named Champion Handicap Horse, and Kiss Me Kate was named Champion 3-Year-Old Filly.