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!
Speedy Purely Hot Goes For Second Woodbine Stakes Win
Maryland-bred Purely Hot, who almost scored a massive upset over superstar Groupie Doll last year, leads the field for the Grade III Hendrie Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday.
In what is shaping up to be a highly competitive race, Maryland-bred Purely Hot has been made the morning line 2-1 favorite for Saturday’s feature at Woodbine, the $150,000 Grade III Hendrie Stakes. Run at 6 1/2 furlongs on the all-weather track, the race is open to fillies and mares aged four and up. The race has drawn a field of eight, including four Ontario-breds, a group that includes Grade I winner and 2013 Queen’s Plate contender Spring in the Air (4-1), who will be seeking her first win in six Woodbine starts dating back to last June.
Purely Hot faces some familiar rivals
The six-year-old Purely Hot, meanwhile, will be going for her second straight Woodbine win after claiming the Grade III Whimsical Stakes in late April. A daughter of Pure Prize, Purely Hot did the bulk of her running in 2013 at Presque Isle Downs, where she had reeled off four straight wins before being narrowly defeated by two-time Eclipse Award winner Groupie Doll in the Grade II Presque Isle Downs Master Series. Out of the money in her next four starts, she scored a decisive win in the Whimsical over Spring in the Air and Mekong Delta, also in the Hendrie field at 15-1.
Part the Seas may be in line for another upset
Second choice in the ML at 3-1 is another US invader in the form of the Illinois-bred My Option. After picking up her fourth lifetime win in the Grade III Arlington Oaks last July, she’s run third three times in her last four starts, two of those in graded-stakes. Of the longer shots, homebred Part the Seas (6-1) will be making her first start since winning the Grade II Bessarabian Stakes at Woodbine last December at odds of 14-1, a race in which Mekong Delta ran second and Purely Hot was fourth.
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.