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 Line Up to Face Tepin in $300,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile
On Saturday at Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby undercard will begin with the $300,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile. A Grade 2 event, the race will be contested at one mile on the turf and has drawn a field of nine fillies and mares.
Tepin headlines the field as the overwhelming favorite at odds of 1-2 for trainer Mark Casse. A five-year-old daughter of Bernstein, she has won ten of her eighteen starts and is coming into this race off of five straight victories. In addition to winning the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) last year, she also won this race en route to the Eclipse Award for Champion Grass Mare. Regular rider Julian Leparoux will be in the irons and they will break from the rail.
Isabella Sings proven over Churchill turf
Second choice at morning line odds of 3-1 is Isabella Sings for trainer Todd Pletcher. A chestnut daughter of Eskendereya, she has been on the board in eight of her twelve starts and is trying to earn her fifth victory. Her lone graded stakes win came in the Mrs. Revere Stakes (G2) At Churchill Downs last fall and she will be making her second start of the year. John Velazquez will be aboard and they will break from post position four.
Rainha da Bateria trying to return to form
Also in the field at morning line odds of 12-1 is Rainha da Bateria for trainer Chad Brown. A four-year-old daughter of Broken Vow, she has two wins from twelve starts and was a graded stakes winning juvenile. She has will be trying to rebound after a seventh-place finish in the Hillsborough Stakes (G2) at Tampa Bay Downs last time out and will break from the outside post under jockey Javier Castellano.
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.