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!
Kaigun Goes Against Tough Company in Belmont Grade I Stakes
Ontario-bred Kaigun, a 2013 Queen’s Plate runner, will take on some of the very best turf horses on the Belmont Stakes undercard.
Longshot Kaigun will be carrying the lone Ontario hopes on the Belmont Stakes undercard this Saturday, when he goes up against nine others in the $1 million Grade I Knob Creek Manhattan Stakes, for horses aged four and up going 1 1/4 miles on the Belmont turf course. A five-year-old gelding from Northern Afleet and trained by Mark Casse, Kaigun didn’t show much last year when finishing seventh in the Queen’s Plate Trial at Woodbine and following that up with a ninth spot in the Plate itself, both run on the polytrack.
Kaigun has almost beat the best since going to turf
Since switching to turf, however, he has had some promising results, including a close 3/4 length runner-up finish to two-time horse of the year Wise Dan in the Grade I Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes at Keeneland in April, where he went off at odds of 37-1. For the Knob Creek, he has been listed at 15-1 in the morning line, and will break from post #9 under jockey Alan Garcia. Breaking from the very inside post is lukewarm second ML choice Imagining (7-2), who comes into this off a win in the Grade I Man O’ War stakes run on Belmont’s inner turf course in May.
Wide open race offers some good betting possibilites
In what could be a very lucrative betting race, the favorite at 3-1 is Seek Again, winner of the very last Hollywood Derby in December, and most recently runner-up in the Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes at Churchill, where, like Kaigun, he came within a head of upsetting superstar Wise Dan. Co-third choice at 5-1 is the Irish-bred Grandeur, who has made a career of hopping back and forth across the pond to challenge top North American turfers in graded-stakes events. After running off a string of three wins in four UK starts, he came back to Belmont in May to run third in the Grade I Man O’ War behind Imagining and Real Solution, also 5-1 for the Knob Creek.
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.