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!
Good Field Set to Run Buena Vista Stakes
The highlight of the special simulcast holiday card on Monday afternoon from Santa Anita is the $200,000 Grade II Buena Vista Stakes for fillies and mares four-years-old and up racing […]
The highlight of the special simulcast holiday card on Monday afternoon from Santa Anita is the $200,000 Grade II Buena Vista Stakes for fillies and mares four-years-old and up racing a flat mile on the turf. In what is shaping up to be a very competitive event, 10 are expected to go to the gate, including the lukewarm 5-2 ML favorite, the Florida-bred Egg Drop. A winner of three straight graded-stakes events, she comes into this after fighting back to get the nose win in the Grade I Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park in early December.
Egg Drop facing toughest test in awhile
Prior to that, Egg Drop had scored a head win in the Grade II Goldikova Stakes at Santa Anita, as well as a head win in the Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar. This may be the toughest field she has faced in awhile, however, as it features a number of graded-stakes winners. Second choice in the morning line at 3-1 is Pontchatrain, also a winner of three straight including the Grade III Senator Ken Maddy Stakes and last time out the Grade II Monrovia, both on the Santa Anita turf.
A couple others with upset possibility
Also in the field and listed as third ML choice at 4-1 is Bill Mott’s Tapicat, who dominated the Voodoo Dancer Stakes at Gulfstream in her last race, but who otherwise has been unable to find the winner’s circle in graded-stakes company since winning the Grade III Florida Oaks a year ago. An interesting long shot is Miss Serendipity (6-1), a Group 1 winner in Argentina who will make her second stateside start, having run into traffic trouble late and finishing fourth in her Santa Anita debut last month.
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.