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!
Plenty of Ways to Bet in $200,000 Eclipse Stakes
The $200,000, Grade 2 Eclipse Stakes May 28 at Woodbine features just six runners, but the mile and one sixteenth event certainly isn’t lacking in quality.
2/1 morning line favorite Are You Kidding Me found a tough spot in his 2016 debut, finishing eighth in the Maker's Mark Mile April 15 at Keeneland. The Roger Attfield trainee should be ready to give a much better account of himself back at Woodbine where the six year-old son of Run Away and Hide is a multiple graded stakes winner. Are You Kidding Me capped his 2015 campaign with a vicotry in the Grade 2 Autumn Stakes November 8 at Woodbine and captured last year's Eclipse Stakes to go with a victory in the Grade 2 Nijinsky Stakes. The veteran runner has 6 wins in 25 career starts for earnings over $663,000. Jockey Alan Garcia will ride with the pair set to break from post 5.
Melmich returns from layoff
3/1 second choice Melmich closed 2015 on a tear, winning an allowance race and the Grade 3 Valedictory Stakes. The Kevin Attard trainee hasn't raced since November 29, but has followed lenghty layoffs before with winning efforts. With 9 wins in 20 starts, Melmich has proven he likes to win races and rarely finishes out of the money. Eurico da Silva gets the mount breaking from post 6.
Florida Won also making seasonal debut
Florida Won (9/2) is also making his seasonal debut after finishing eighth behind Are You Kiddding Me's winning effort in the November 8 Autumn Stakes. The Mark Casse trainee has an abundance of natural speed and is a two-time grade 3 winner at Woodbine. If able to shake off the racing rust, he is a major player.
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.