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!
Dixie Strike an Outside Shot in Azeri
Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas will be the place to watch and wager on this Saturday, with three graded-stakes races featured on the afternoon card. First up is the […]
Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas will be the place to watch and wager on this Saturday, with three graded-stakes races featured on the afternoon card. First up is the $200,000 Grade II Azeri Stakes, for fillies and mares aged four and up racing 1 1/16 miles on the dirt. Multiple graded-stakes winner Close Hatches will lead the field into the starting gate as the heavy morning line favorite at 7-5. Close Hatches is trained by Bill Mott and will be making her first start since running second in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in November.
Favorite has a Grade I resume
Prior to that, she had won two straight Grade I events, taking the Cotillion at Parx and the Mother Goose at Belmont. She also captured the Grade II Gazelle last spring before running a disappointing seventh in the Kentucky Oaks. Second ML choice for the Azeri at 5-2 is Don’t Tell Sophia, a six-year-old who will carry high weight of 123 pounds. She’s two-for-two so far this year at Oaklawn with both wins coming in ungraded stakes. She does have a Grade II win on her record from last year, winning the Chilukki at Churchill Downs.
Others look to be improving
Offering a bit of a price is another making her 2014 debut in Flashy American (6-1). She finished 2013 just on the edges in a pair of graded-stakes, running fourth in the Grade I Zenyatta, and then improving to third in the Grade II Falls City Handicap, where she stretched out to 1 1/8 miles. Prior those two she had a pair of minor stakes wins. An outside longshot for the Azeri might be the Ontario-bred Dixie Strike. Although winless in two starts this year, she bounced back from a poor effort in the Pippin Stakes and ran a big one to finish second to Don’t Tell Sophia in the Bayakoa Stakes last out.
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.