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!
Cali Star Looks to Shine in $150,000 Heavenly Prize Invitational Stakes
On Saturday at Aqueduct, the stakes action will kick off with the $150,000 Heavenly Prize Invitational Stakes. Carded at a mile and a sixteenth on the main track, the stakes race has attracted a field of seven fillies and mares.
Cali Star tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 8-5 for trainer Martin Wolfson. A five-year-old daughter of Street Cry (IRE), she is out of a graded stakes winning mare and has four wins from nineteen starts. Last year, she made her graded stakes debut a winning one in the Rampart Stakes (G3) and was last seen finishing second in the Houston Ladies Classic Stakes (G3). Irad Ortiz, Jr. will be aboard and they will break from post position six.
Four-year-old debut for Include Betty
Second choice at morning line odds of 3-1 is Include Betty for trainer Tom Proctor. A four-year-old daughter of Include, she is a multiple graded stakes winner and has five wins from fourteen starts. She has been on the shelf since finishing second in the Valley View Stake (G3) at Keeneland in October and has been training steadily in Florida. Aaron Gryder will be aboard and they will break from post position four.
Mei Ling looking for breakthrough win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is Mei Ling for trainer Todd Pletcher. A five-year-old daughter of Empire Maker, she has been on the board in thirteen of her seventeen starts and will be trying to earn her fourth victory. She is a minor stakes winner and was last seen finishing third in the Maryland Racing Media Stakes. Jose Ortiz will be aboard and they will break from post position two.
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.