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 TVG Diana Marks First Grade I of 2014 at Saratoga
The $500,000 TVG Diana Stakes signifies the first Grade I race of the 2014 Saratoga meet as ten fillies and mares are set to contest the mile and eighth race on turf July 19 in New York.
The French-bred Alterite is the 3/1 morning line favorite for trainer Chad Brown, but must shake off some rust as she makes her first start since a third place finish in the Grade I Breeder’s Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita last November. Alterite is a Grade I winner, taking the Garden City Stakes last fall at Belmont and Group I placed in her native country.
Emollient rounding into top form again
The Bill Mott trainee Emollient looks to be regaining her best form after a second place finish in the Grade I Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita May 26 which was her last start. Emollient is also a grade I winner, having won the American Oaks last year for the same connections. Joel Rosario will take the mount.
Discreet Marq looks to shake loose
Speedster Discreet Marq (5/1 ML) usually shows up with her running shoes on and figures to be on or near the early lead again for trainer Christophe Clement. Discreet Marq will be making her fourth consecutive start in a Grade I race after notching two second place finishes and a fourth against top company in her last three efforts. Stephanie’s Kitten (6/1) has back class to spare, but is looking to regain her form after two disappointing efforts in the Grade I Jenny Wiley and Grade I Just a Game for trainer Chad Brown.
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.