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!
OTB Breeders' Cup Mile
Featuring the reigning US Horse of the Year in Wise Dan, the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Mile will be run on the turf as the eighth of nine races on Saturday […]
Featuring the reigning US Horse of the Year in Wise Dan, the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Mile will be run on the turf as the eighth of nine races on Saturday at Santa Anita. If there’s anything like a Best Bet to be found in the unpredictable Breeders’ Cup races, it could just be this, where Wise Dan has been made the even-money morning line favorite over nine others. Last year on the same track, Wise Dan stalked the pace into the stretch, and then poured it on to win by a 1 1/2 lengths over 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom.
Wise Dan could put his stamp on another HOY award
Prior to that Wise Dan had won three consecutive graded-stakes races – two of them Grade I’s – and continued his winning ways after, winning five more including two Grade I’s. Over his career he’s won 14 graded-stakes races and has never been worse than second in his last 14 starts. The only chink in his armor might be that he was beaten by Silver Max, 5-1 in the BC Mile morning line, but even then, the race was taken off turf and run on the Keeneland polytrack.
Biggest challenge could come from Irish newcomer
Among those with a slight hope are the Irish-bred Obviously (10-1), who himself has a decent record of graded-stakes success, having won the Grade I Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park earlier this year, as well as the Grade II Del Mar Mile and the American Handicap. Since breaking his maiden across the pond he’s been in the money in 15 of 16, although he was fourth last out in the Grade II City of Hope. Second ML choice at 4-1 is another Irish-bred, Olympic Glory, making his first start stateside.
Post time for the 2013 Breeders' Cup Mile is 4:40 PM PDT
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.