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!
Roadhog Going for Third Win in $100,000 Alphabet Soup Handicap
On Saturday at Parx Racecourse, their star-studded day of stakes races kicks off with the $100,000 Alphabet Soup Handicap. Restricted to horses bred in Pennsylvania, the mile and a sixteenth race will be run on the turf and has drawn a field of eleven.
Topping the field of state-bred colts and geldings at odds of 3-1 is Roadhog for trainer Elizabeth Merryman. Bred and owned by Ellendale Racing, LLC, the seven-year-old son of Bowman’s Band will have Kendrick Carmouche aboard. The veteran gelding will be making his fifth appearance in the Alphabet Soup Handicap and won both the 2013 and 2010 editions. He was last seen finishing fifth against stakes company at Laurel and will break from post six.
Page McKenney going for back to back stakes wins
Second choice at odds of 7-2 is Page McKenney for trainer Mary Eppler. A four-year-old son of Eavesdropper, the chestnut gelding will be trying to earn the ninth win of his career and the sixth this year. He has won four consecutive races in his home state and got his first stakes win last time out in the Robellino Stakes at Penn National when the race came off the turf. Frankie Pennington will be back in the irons and the pair will break from post position four.
Graded stakes winner Edge of Reality back at Parx
Also in the field from post position five Edge of Reality from the barn of Graham Motion at odds of 5-1. A four-year-old son of Lawyer Ron, the dark bay colt will have Irad Ortiz, Jr. back aboard after a fourth-place finish in the Robellino Stakes last time out. As a three-year-old, he won the Smarty Jones (G3) at Parx on the main track and will be making only his second start on turf. He was seventh in his turf debut at Saratoga in August.
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.