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!
Eight Fillies to Try Glorious Song Stakes
The thoroughbred season is starting to wind down at Woodbine, but there are still few stakes races on the calendar yet to be run. One of those will go this […]
The thoroughbred season is starting to wind down at Woodbine, but there are still few stakes races on the calendar yet to be run. One of those will go this Saturday afternoon, as eight are expected to go to the gate for the $125,000 Glorious Song Stakes, for two-year-old fillies fighting it out at 7 furlongs over the Polytrack. Three Ontario-breds will be lining up for the start, and on paper the race shapes up to be a battle between 2-1 morning line favorite Zensational Bunny and 5-2 Norquay, both of whom will go into their second lifetime starts having broken their maiden at first asking.
Favorites both sport strong pedigrees
Zensational Bunny made her debut in a 5 1/2 furlong MSW event in late September, and led the field gate-to-wire, widening to a three-length lead at the finish. She’s a Kentucky-bred sired by multiple Grade I stakes-winning Zensational, who finished fifth in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Norquay, meanwhile, only made her first appearance in late October, and came from off the pace to win a 7-furlong MSW race by 4 1/2 lengths. She’s a Pennsylvania-bred sired by Fairbanks, who won the Grade II Hawthorne Gold Cup and ran tenth in the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Executive Allure carries Ontario hopes
The homebred with the most likely chance is Executive Allure, the third ML choice at 4-1. After showing little as the well-beaten favorite in her first lifetime start, she turned things around in a big way by winning her second start, holding on in the stretch to capture the Fanfreluche Stakes by a neck. Another positive move forward could put her right in the thick of things here. The longest shot in the morning line at 20-1, Zubi Zubi Zu goes into her third career start with stakes experience, although she finished well back of the contenders in the Grade III Mazerine. She cuts back in distance for this.
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.