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!
Goldstryke Glory to Set Pace in Apelia
Three-year-old filly Goldstryke Glory will continue her quest to be named Canada’s top three-year-old female sprinter this Wednesday night when she goes to the post for the $100,000 Apelia Stakes […]
Three-year-old filly Goldstryke Glory will continue her quest to be named Canada’s top three-year-old female sprinter this Wednesday night when she goes to the post for the $100,000 Apelia Stakes for three-year-old and up fillies and mares going six furlongs on the Woodbine polytrack. After beginning her second season of racing at the bulring in Hastings Park, the BC-bred daughter of Second in Command shipped east to Ontario where she had started her career in 2012, winning her second time out. She then jumped up to stakes company, and finished second in the Glorious Song to end the season.
Coming into this one on a two-race win streak
On her return to Woodbine this past summer, she ran fourth in the Duchess Stakes – the only time she has failed to hit the board in eight lifetime starts – before reeling off two straight wins in a $70,000 allowance event, and following that up with a dominating 7 ½ length score in the Inglorious Stakes. As the 8-5 morning line choice in the Apelia, her biggest challenge is likely to come from Florida-bred Youcan’tcatchme ( 2-1). Youcan’tcatchme is two-for-two at Woodbine this year, including a victory in the Grade III Seaway Stakes last time out.
Nikki's Smartypants could offer good longshot price
In the Seaway, Youcan’tcatchme finished ahead of Roxy Gap, who is here to take her on again in the Apelia at morning line odds of 3-1. Roxy Gap has a string of graded-stakes starts on her resume, and has been in the money 15-of-18 lifetime, although her last win came in July 2012 in the Royal North Stakes. Finishing third in the Seaway was Nikki’s Smartypants, and she’ll be in the gate Wednesday as well and starts with a tempting 8-1 on the ML. Rounding out the field are Acting Naughty (12-1), fourth in the Seaway and winner of the Sweet Briar Too Stakes earlier this year, and Sca Doodle, also 12-1.
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.