Saturday, January 29 at Gulfstream Park is one of the biggest races of the year: the Pegasus World Cup (G1)! This $3 million race, covering a mile and an eighth on the Gulfstream dirt track, drew a field of nine handicap horses. The eyes of the racing world will be on Gulfstream on Saturday, and you can bet it from the comfort of your own home here in Canada!
$300,000 Grade 2 Fritchie Handicap Full of Runners
The $300,000 Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap features an ultra-competitive field of eleven fillies and mares set to contest the seven furlong event on the main track February 14 at Laurel Park.
California invader Sam’s Sister is the 5/2 morning line favorite for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer after winning the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes and Grade 2 Santa Monica Stakes in succession at Santa Anita in her last two starts. The four year-old daughter of Brother Derek has won five of six career starts for earnings of $427,450. Sam’s Sister’s lone blemish came on the Polytrack where she finished eighth in a November 21 allowance race at Del Mar. Jockey Elvis Trujillo gets the call breaking from post ten.
Princess Violet a model of consistency
Second choice Princess Violet (3/1) draws the rail for trainer Michael Hushion. The four year-old daughter of Officer ran second in her last start – the Grade 3 Go for Wand Handicap, and also finished second in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes in June at Belmont. Princess Violet has finished out of the exacta just once in her career – a seventh place effort in the Grade 2 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga. Jose Ortiz will be aboard the classy filly in the Fritchie.
A Horse for course
Lady Sebelia (7/2) has a home turf advantage over the top two choices having raced predominantly at Laurel over her 13 race career. The Robin Graham trainee is a seven-time winner, including five victories at Laurel Park. Lady Sebelia enters the Fritchie on a three-race winning streak with two of those coming against minor stakes company at Laurel.
The Kentucky Derby trail makes its way to Oklahoma on Friday, December 17 for the Remington Springboard Mile! The race drew a field of nine up-and-coming two-year-olds to go a mile on the main track. The prizes are rich: a $400,000 purse, as well as Road to the Kentucky Derby points (10-4-2-1) for the first four horses across the wire.
The Los Alamitos Futurity (G2), California’s most important Kentucky Derby Prep in December, is coming up on Saturday, December 11! The race features the most promising two-year-olds in California, set to go a mile and a sixteenth over the dirt at Los Alamitos Racecourse. The race offers a purse of $300,000, as well as Road to the Kentucky Derby points, apportioned 10-4-2-1 to the top four finishers.