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!
Carroll Has Twirl in the Blushing KD
With two scratches on the board, the path to the winner’s circle at Fair Grounds may have become a little more wide open in the $75, 0000 Blushing KD Handicap, […]
With two scratches on the board, the path to the winner’s circle at Fair Grounds may have become a little more wide open in the $75, 0000 Blushing KD Handicap, one of six stakes events scheduled on Saturday afternoon in New Orleans. Prior to those scratches, the morning line favorites for the filly and mare 1 1/16 turf event were Artemus Kitten, coming from the outside post at 3-1, and Class Included at 7-2 and carrying high weight of 119 pounds, one more than her chief rival. Seven are now expected to go to the gate.
Long time between wins for favorite
For five-year-old Artemus Kitten, the Blushing KD will mark her ninth straight stakes race this year, although she has not won since February when she took the Jersey Lily Stakes at Sam Houston by 1 1/2 lengths as the 3-5 favorite. She had moved right up to graded-stakes company for two of her last three, picking up the place in the Grade III Modesty Handicap at Arlington, before running eighth in the Grade I Beverly D. in a very good field. She’s been away for two months after a very dull seventh in the River Cities Stakes.
Twirl looking for first win stateside
Class Included comes into this following a six-length win in the $150,000 Treasure Chest Stakes run at a mile on the dirt at Delta Downs. Prior to that she was a distant fourth on the dirt in the Grade II La Troienne at Churchill. Her last turf effort was a second in a mid-level allowance at Keeneland three starts back. Woodbine’s Josie Carroll has the Irish-bred Twirl (5-1) , who has yet to find the winner’s circle in four starts since shipping over, although she’s been in the money twice. She cuts back in distance and gets her fifth different rider.
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.