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!
On Rainbow Bridge Takes Shady Wells
On Rainbow Bridge didn’t want to be left behind in her second start the way she did in her first. In her maiden bow on June 15, 2013, the two-year-old […]
On Rainbow Bridge didn’t want to be left behind in her second start the way she did in her first. In her maiden bow on June 15, 2013, the two-year-old daughter of Bold Executive lingered in the gate, and then had to make a hard charge to try and close 15 lengths. She didn’t quite get there, finishing third that day as a 14-1 longshot. Her second try was this past Saturday in the $150K Shady Wells Stakes, for two-year-old fillies going 5 ½ furlongs on the Woodbine Polytrack.
Quick move off the turn decides the outcome
Breaking from post 1 under apprentice jockey Skye Chernetz, this time On Rainbow Bridge got a good start, and settled in along the rail, stalking the pace of leader Where’s The Carat, through a quick opening quarter of 22.83. That one held the lead through the turn, until Chernetz angled the Dave Coty-trained On Rainbow Bridge into the two-path and asked her for a run. She responded immediately, sweeping past the leader and drawing clear for a 1 ½-length victory. Paladin Bay finished second, and Where’s the Carat held for third.
First Stakes win for apprentice Chernetz
The win marked the first Stakes victory for the 20-year-old Chernetz, who is in her second full year of riding, and who was one of three nominees for the Sovereign Award as Canada’s Outstanding Apprentice Jockey in 2012. After a slow start to her rookie campaign, things picked up late in the season for Chernetz, and she finished 2012 with 25 wins from 385 starts. She got off to a much better start in 2013, and with the Shady Wells victory, has already recorded 18 wins from only 169 starts, as well as 19 second and 16 third-place finishes.
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.