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!
Salutos Amigos Going for Fourth Straight in $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap
On Saturday at Aqueduct, the track will host the 40th installment of the $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap. Scheduled to be run at six-furlongs on the inner dirt track, the Grade 3 race has drawn a field of six.
Salutos Amigos has been installed as the highweight and will carry 125 pounds and is also listed as the morning line favorite at odds of 8-5 for trainer David Jacobson. A five-year-old gelding by Salute the Sarge, the eight-time career winner comes into this race off of three consecutive victories against stakes competition. He was last seen defeating a similar field, including rival Dads Caps, in the Toboggan Stakes (G3). He will have Cornelio Velazquez back in the irons.
Dads Caps trying to turn the tables on rival Salutos Amigos
Dads Caps will be making his first start for trainer Gustavo Rodriguez and is the second choice at odds of 3-1 on the morning line. A five-year-old son of Discreet Cat, he has won four of his sixteen starts and was second in the 2014 edition of the Tom Fool Handicap (G3). He was second to Salutos Amigos in his first start of the year and has gone winless since the Carter (G1) in April. Jose Ortiz has retained the mount.
Maleeh going for first graded stakes victory
Also in the field at morning line odds of 5-1 is Maleeh for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. A five-year-old son of Indian Charlie out of multiple stakes winner Gold Mover, he has been on the board in five of his six starts and has two career victories. He is stepping back up to graded stakes competition after a third-place finish as the favorite against optional claiming company in January. Junior Alvarado will be aboard for the first time.
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.