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!
Savannah Jane Stakes Headlines Thursday Card at GP
The Thursday, February 11 card at Gulfstream Park includes the $65,000 Savannah Jane Stakes with a field of seven fillies and mares set to contest the mile and one half marathon race on the grace.
2/1 favorite Maximova, trained by the turf-savvy Christophe Clement, finished well ahead of the two rivals that figure to give her the most stern challenge in the Grade 3 La Prevoyante Stakes December 26 at Gulfstream and seems to be headed in the right direction after consecutive on-the-board finishes in stakes races.
Cay Dancer looks to regain top form
Cay Dancer (5/2) and boasts top connections with jockey/trainer combination Chad Brown and Javier Castellano in the five year-old filly’s corner. Despite dropping in class, Cay Dancer has plenty of question marks following her sixth-place effort in the La Prevoyante. That effort followed an eight-month layoff – the second lengthy layoff on Cay Dancer’s past performance line since coming to the United States from England in 2014. Prior to the most recent break Cay Dancer showed her ability finishing second in the Grade 3 Bewitch Stakes April 24 at Keeneland.
Other Clement runner takes class dip
Walk Close (3/1), also from the Clement barn, is yet another runner exiting the same race, as she tries to rebound from a poor effort in the La Prevoyante where the five year-old daughter of Tapit finished eighth. Walk Close won the Grade 3 Modesty Handicap in 2015, but failed to hit the board in three other graded stakes tries. She is another runner that figures to benefit from the class reduction and a top pilot is named in Joel Rosario.
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.