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!
Young Rivals Race in South Ocean
The forecast will be calling for a chance of snow Sunday afternoon at Woodbine when nine talented juvenile fillies take to the track for the $125,000 1 1/16 miles South […]
The forecast will be calling for a chance of snow Sunday afternoon at Woodbine when nine talented juvenile fillies take to the track for the $125,000 1 1/16 miles South Ocean Stakes. On paper the field seems to be evenly split between a handful of contenders and another group of longshots, although every starter has managed to record at least one winning effort so far this season, and the probable favorite, Paladin Bay, listed at 2-1 in the morning line, will have to overcome both the outside post and high weight of 120 pounds.
Top two have battled it out all season
In a busy campaign that saw her make seven starts already, Paladin Bay only broke her maiden two starts back, but came back from that one to win the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at odds of 15-1. That marked her sixth straight in-the-money finish, a streak that included second-place finishes in both the Shady Well and Nandi Stakes, and a third (placed second) in the Muskoka Stakes. In the Princess Elizabeth she finished a length in front of Lexie Lou, second choice here at 5-2. Lexie Lou won the Muskoka after On Rainbow Bridge was DQ’d, and also has a second from the Victorian Queen Stakes in September.
Only non-Ontario bred in with a chance
Third in the Nandi – ahead of Lexie Lou – and then fifth in the Victorian Queen was Lia’s Miracle, listed in the ML for this at 12-1, who most recently was the best of the rest when finishing second by seven lengths at the $52,000 allowance level. Her jockey for that one has decided to go elsewhere and will be in the tack of the only non-Ontario bred in the field in Filcup, third choice at 4-1. She’s a Milwaukee Brew filly foaled in New York, and is undefeated in two lifetime starts, taking over in upper stretch and winning her latest by 3 1/2 lengths.
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.