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!
Wonder Gal Takes on Five Rivals in $100,000 Ladies Handicap
On Sunday at Aqueduct, the featured race is the $100,000 Ladies Handicap. Restricted to fillies and mares, the stakes race will be run at a mile and seventy yards and has drawn a field of six.
Wonder Gal tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 8-5 for trainer Leah Gyarmati. A four-year-old daughter of Tiz Wonderful, she has been on the board in eight of her ten starts and is a two-time winner. Bred in New York, both of her victories came against restricted state-bred stakes competition and she was third last time out in the Comely Stakes (G3) in open ranks. Irad Ortiz, Jr. will be aboard and they will break from post position three.
Mei Ling heading in the right direction
Second choice at morning line odds of 2-1 is Mei Ling for trainer Todd Pletcher. Purchased for $500,000 as a yearling, the five-year-old daughter of Empire Maker has been on the board in eleven of her fifteen starts and is a three-time winner. She is trying to earn the second stakes win of her career and was second last time out in the Go for Wand Handicap (G3). Jose Ortiz will be aboard and they will break from post position four.
Sustainable looking for first stakes win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 4-1 is Sustainable for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. A four-year-old daughter of Forestry, she has won three of her sixteen starts and is trying to earn her first black type victory. She is coming into this race off of a winning effort against optional claiming competition at Aqueduct in December and is making a step back up in class. Junior Alvarado will be in the irons and they will break from the outside post.
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.