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!
Top Decile Taking on Eight Sophomores in $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes
On Saturday at Fair Grounds, the track will host the 23rd edition of the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes. Scheduled to be run at a mile and seventy yards on the main track, the race has drawn a field of nine three-year-old fillies.
Top Decile, the runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), has been installed as the morning line favorite at 8-5 for her sophomore debut. Purchased for $110,000 as a yearling, the chestnut daughter of Congrats broke her maiden at first asking for trainer Albert Stall. She was second in her next start, beaten only half a length in the Alcibiades (G1), before heading on to the Breeders’ Cup. Mike Smith will be aboard and they will break from the outside post.
Undefeated record on the line for West Coast Belle
The undefeated West Coast Belle is the second choice on the morning line at 2-1 for trainer Wayne Catalano. A homebred daughter of Tapit for owners Gary and Mary West, she was a perfect three for three as a juvenile. After breaking her maiden in her debut, she won both the Rags to Riches Stakes and the Golden Rod (G2). Shaun Bridgmohan, aboard for her graded stakes win last out, will be back aboard and they will break from post two.
Forever Unbridled taking on stakes company
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Forever Unbridled for trainer Dallas Stewart. Bred and owned by Charles Fipke, she is a full-sister to the 2014 winner of the Silverbulletday Stakes, Unbridled Forever. She is taking on winners for the first time after breaking her maiden in her second career start as the heavy favorite. She has had a bullet workout since that win and will have Brian Hernandez, Jr. back aboard from post five.
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.