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!
$400,000 Kelso Handicap Draws Seven for Super Saturday
At Belmont Park, “Super Saturday” will kick off with the $400,000 Kelso Handicap. The Grade 2 event will be run at one mile on the main track and has drawn a field of seven.
Topping the field at morning line odds of 4-5 is Itsmyluckyday for trainer Edward Plesa, Jr. The four-year-old son of Lawyer Ron was last seen winning the Woodward (G1) in a hard-fought stretch battle over Moreno. After being sidelined with a pelvic fracture last summer, Itsmyluckyday has won four of his six starts this year, all against stakes competition. He will break from the outside post under regular rider Paco Lopez.
Bradester going for back to back graded stakes
Second choice at odds of 3-1 is Bradester who will be making his first start at Belmont Park for Eddie Kenneally. Corey Lanerie will be back in the irons after piloting the four-year-old son of Lion Heart to the first graded stakes win of his career in the Ack Ack (G3) last time out. The bay colt will break from post position five as he attempts to earn the sixth victory of his career.
Golden Ticket a proven horse at Belmont Park
Also in the field is Golden Ticket, a longshot at odds of 8-1. The five-year-old son of Speightstown, winner of the Travers (G1) in 2013, made his Belmont Park debut a winning one last time out in the Left Bank Stakes under Joel Rosario. Rosario will again be on board and the pair will break from post position two for trainer Ken McPeek. A six-time winner, Golden Ticket is going for his second win of the year.
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.