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!
Dimension Powers to Play the King Win
Showing an obvious like for Woodbine’s EP Taylor Turf course has probably earned Dimension a shot at 2012 American Horse of the Year, Wise Dan. On Sunday, Dimension captured the […]
Showing an obvious like for Woodbine’s EP Taylor Turf course has probably earned Dimension a shot at 2012 American Horse of the Year, Wise Dan. On Sunday, Dimension captured the Grade II $200,000 Play the King Stakes at Woodbine, run at seven furlongs. A five-year-old UK bred, Dimension began his career across the pond, winning a couple of handicap events and placing in a few others. Coming to North America late last year, he struggled early, but now has a win and a second in two graded turf events at Woodbine.
Scores breakthrough victory for the 2013 season
Sent off as a 10-1 long shot, Dimension was hustled to the front early by jockey David Moran, where he was able to skim the rail in a three-horse duel with 24-1 Danger Bay, and 3-1 second choice Excaper. Under pressure form those two to the top of the stretch, Dimension slowly eased away and was set down through to the wire to win driving by 2 ½ lengths, with Excaper holding on for second and Riding the River a hard-charging third. It was Dimension’s fourth career win in 19 starts, and first of the 2013 season.
Race a prep for Ricoh Woodbine Mile next month
With the win, Dimension has earned a shot at the Grade I Ricoh Woodbine Mile on September 15, 2013, where he will likely be faced with the huge task of upsetting Wise Dan, the defending Ricoh champion. Unbeaten in the past calendar year, Wise Dan has won eight straight graded-stakes events, including the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Mile, and 13 of his last 15. He won last year’s Ricoh by 3 ½ lengths over a field that included Riding the River. The Woodbine Mile is a designated ‘Win and You’re In’ race to the 2013 BC Mile.
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.