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!
Amis Gizmo Tops Thirteen Contenders for $1 Million Queen's Plate
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queens Plate Stakes, Canadas most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
Trainer Josie Carroll will saddle two horses in the race including the favorite Amis Gizmo, tabbed at odds of 3-1 on the morning line. A chestnut son of Giant Gizmo, he is a half brother to graded stakes winner Amis Flatter and has won five of his six starts. Last time out, he won the Plate Trial in preparation for this race and has been training forwardly since then. Luis Contreras will be aboard and they will break from post position ten.
Leavem in Malibu a star on the rise
Second choice at morning line odds of 7-2 is Leavem in Malibu for trainer Mark Casse. A bay son of Malibu Moon, he has won two of his three starts and will be stepping up to stakes competition for the first time. After a third-place finish in his debut, he broke his maiden in his next start and followed that up with an allowance victory. All three starts have come in his home country. Gary Boulanger will be aboard and they will break from post position four.
Scholar Athlete stepping back up in class
Also in the field at morning line odds of 12-1 is longshot Scholar Athlete for trainer Graham Motion. A gelded son of Einstein (BRZ), he was purchased for $85,000 by West Point Thoroughbreds as a juvenile and has won two of his eight starts. He was last seen winning an allowance race at Belmont Park after a pair of poor efforts against stakes competition. Jose Ortiz will be in the irons and they are scheduled to break from post position twelve.
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.