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!
The Pizza Man Looks to Deliver in $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap
On Saturday at Gulfstream Park, the track will host the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap. Scheduled to be run at a mile and an eighth on the turf, the Grade 1 event has drawn a field of eight colts and geldings.
The popular Illinois-bred, The Pizza Man, tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 4-5 for trainer Roger Brueggemann. Owned and bred by Midwest Thoroughbreds, the seven-year-old son of English Channel is a sixteen-time winner and will be making his first start of the year. He closed out his 2015 season with a victory in the Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (G2) and will be competing at Gulfstream Park for the first time. Javier Castellano will be aboard and they will break from post position six.
Shining Copper trying to return to form
Second choice in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Shining Copper for trainer Chad Brown. A six-year-old gelded son of Aragorn (IRE), he is a five-time winner and will be trying to earn his first graded stakes victory. He has been off the board in his last two starts against graded stakes competition and is trying to move forward off of an eleventh-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). Joel Rosario will be aboard and they will break from the outside post.
Triple Threat (FR) back off of brief freshening
Also in the field at morning line odds of 10-1 is Triple Threat (FR) for trainer Bill Mott. A six-year-old son of Monsun (GER), he has been on the board in nine of his seventeen starts and is a four-time winner. A Group 2 winner in France and a Grade 2 winner in the United States, he has been freshened since finishing sixth in the Canadian International Stakes (G1) in October. Jose Lezcano will be in the irons and they are scheduled to break from post three.
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.