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!
Saturday Features The Donald Levine Handicap at Parx Racing
A full field of twelve is scheduled to compete in Saturday’s $100,000 Donald Levine Memorial Handicap, a seven-furlong contest for three-year-olds and up at Parx Racing. The 121 pound highweight is Traffic Light, a locally-based five-year-old gelding.
Traffic Light, trained by Alfredo Velazquez with regular ride John Bisono named back aboard the son of Peace Rules, has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite and will break from the outside in the field of twelve. Seven of his eight career victories have come at the Pennsylvania racetrack and he was last seen winning an allowance/optional claiming race at Monmouth Park in front-running style.
Edge of Reality has graded win at Parx on his resume
Second choice on the morning line at 7-2 is Edge of Reality who will be making his first start for popular trainer Graham Motion. The four-year-old son of Lawyer Ron will be making his first start since a sixth-place finish last December and has been training steadily at Fair Hill for his return. As a sophomore, he won the Smarty Jones Stakes (G3) at Parx by a neck. Kendrick Carmouche will be in the irons for the first time.
Falling Sky looking to rebound from pair of also-ran starts
Also in the field is Falling Sky, a son of Lion Heart, who was an early contender on the Triple Crown trail in 2013. The multiple Grade 3 winner is trained by George Weaver and will be ridden by Edgar Prado. Tabbed at 4-1, he will try to improve off of a tenth-place finish on the Derby undercard in May. He has been beaten by double-digit lengths in both starts this year since winning the Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes in February.
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.