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!
Belmont Sprint Championship Offers Sizzle
The $400,000, Grade III Belmont Sprint Championship features a salty bunch of speedsters going seven furlongs on the main track July 5 as part of the inaugural Stars & Stripes Racing Festival in New York.
Al Stall’s Central Banker is the deserving 5/2 morning line favorite after an impressive win in the May 3 Churchill Downs Stakes on the Kentucky Derby undercard. The four year-old Speightstown horse appears to be hitting his best stride at this stage in his career and has shown an affinity for the 7 furlong distance. The aforementioned Churchill Stakes is run at that distance as is the Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita where he lost a photo finish. His closing style has been an asset at this specialty distance where true sprinters often come up short in the final furlong.
Clearly Now and Salutos Amigos dangerous
The Brian Lynch charge Clearly Now is the second choice at 3/1 after running third in the Churchill Downs Stakes behind Central Banker two starts back. David Jacobson’s Salutos Amigos is an interesting item at 5/1 on the morning line after finishing third in the True North Stakes at Belmont. Prior to that effort, Salutos Amigos reeled off three consecutive wins against allowance level foes.
Palace draws ideal post position
The Linda Rice trained Palace won the True North in his last start and is 7/2 on the morning line. Palace also took the Grade III Fall Highweight Handicap in November at Aqueduct. The speedy Palace draws advantageously with the number eight post position which should afford jockey Cornellio Valasquez the luxury of sizing up the early pace scenario. The remaining runners are all double digit odds on the ML.
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.