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!
Lea Taking On Ten Rivals in $1 Million Woodbine Mile
On Sunday at Woodbine, the featured race is the $1 million Woodbine Mile. A Grade 1 event contested at one mile on the turf, the winner of the race automatically qualifies for the Breeders Cup Mile (G1).
Lea headlines the field of eleven as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Bill Mott. A five-year-old son of First Samurai, he is a graded stakes winner on both turf and dirt and has won a total of seven of his seventeen career starts. He has one win from five starts this year and will be switching back to turf after competing primarily on dirt in his recent starts. He was sixth last time out in the Whitney Stakes (G1) and will have Joel Rosario aboard from post ten.
Obviously (IRE) returning off of a layoff
Second choice at odds of 3-1 on the morning line is Obviously (IRE) for trainer Phil D’Amato. A seven-year-old gelded son of Choisir (AUS), he has won half of his 22 starts and will be making his first start since finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) in November. He has been training forwardly for his return to the races and is scheduled to break from the rail under jockey Joe Talamo.
Za Approval trying to return to form
Also in the field and a long shot at odds of 20-1 is Za Approval for trainer Mark Casse. Bred and owned by Live Oak Plantation, the seven-year-old gelded son of Ghostzapper is a multiple graded stakes winner and is trying to earn his first victory since winning a minor stakes race last September. He was second in an optional claiming race last time out and will have David Moran aboard from post four.
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.