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!
Several Top Finishers Meet in Grade 2 King Edward Stakes at Woodbine
Turf racing will take center stage on Sunday at Woodbine Racecourse in the $200,000 King Edward Stakes (G2), a mile contest on the grass for three-year-olds and upward. The race has attracted a loaded field of eight with several prominent stakes winners in the mix.
Topping the morning line at 2-1 is Excaper, a five-year-old gray son of Exchange Rate trained by Ian Black. The runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in 2011 has put together a respectable resume with a total of five wins from seventeen starts. He earned the first graded stakes win of his career in the Connaught Cup Stakes (G2) at Woodbine in May. Eurico Rosa Da Silva has been named to ride.
Globe-hopping challenger had G2 win last time out
Second choice at 5-2 is Utley for trainer Jonathan Shepphard. Edgar Prado will be aboard the six-year-old son of Smart Strike after guiding him to victory in the Dixiana Stakes (G2) at Pimlico in May. The world-traveling colt began is career in Europe, shipped to Churchill Downs for the 2010 Breeders’ Cup and competed the next year in England before winning his United States return at Gulfstream in 2012.
Breeders' Cup placed Laugh Track looks for a turf win
Breaking from the outside in the field of eight is Laugh Track, the runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) last fall. Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Patrick Husbands, the five-year-old son of Distorted Humor is looking for his first win of the year. From four starts, he has two third-place finishes to his credit. He has been on the board in all three starts on the Woodbine turf but has yet to win on grass.
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.