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Gulfstream Park’s Pegasus Global Cup returns on Saturday, Jan. 25, for its fourth working — however with a couple of tweaks. Handbag cash has dipped from $Nine million remaining 12 months to $Three million, and horses can be required to compete with out any race day drugs.
In flip, the access construction has modified to that of a extra conventional stakes. House owners not want to acquire a place within the beginning gate, with invites out to 17 horses, 12 of that have been indexed as “invitees” and 5 as “reserve invitees.”
Combining data from Horse Racing Country’s Stakes Tracker, interviews and different printed experiences, we now have assembled a projected box right here. Please be aware that the early projected odds don’t stability, as we are nonetheless 3 weeks out and the contenders listing stays tentative.
Bravazo [ML 30-1 – Superior Once more – D. W. Lukas/L. Saez – 18: 3-4-3 – $2,009,528] Bravazo accumulated maximum of his $2 million in income via hitting the board in 2018 Grade 1 races just like the Preakness, Haskell, Travers, Breeders’ Cup Dust Mile, and the Clark. He ran a disappointing 9th in his 2019 debut within the Clark, however instructor D. Wayne Lukas hardly has his horses in a position to run after lengthy layoffs. Connections care for top ambitions regardless of surgical procedure knocking Bravazo out for many of 2019. He was once fourth in remaining 12 months’s Pegasus.
Diamond Oops [ML 30-1 – Lookin At Fortunate – P. Biancone/J. Leparoux – 12: 5-2-1 – $646,490] After his victory within the latest seven-furlong Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park, instructor Patrick Biancone stated he would really like to get invited to the Pegasus. Maximum of Diamond Oops’ luck has come sprinting, however he was once moment within the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at the garden remaining October at Keeneland, appearing distance will not be a topic. All 5 of his victories have come at his house observe, Gulfstream.
Upper Energy [ML 5-1 – Medaglia d’ Oro – J. Sadler/F. Prat – 15: 5-1-6 – $1,376,648] The 5-year-old will head to Florida following a couple of Santa Anita Grade 1 display finishes within the Breeders’ Cup Vintage and the Superior Once more. The defeats stemmed, no less than partly, from deficient breaks from the gate. Ahead of that, the John Sadler runner registered his signature victory within the Pacific Vintage (G1) at Del Mar.
Mr Freeze [ML 30-1 – To Honor and Serve – D. Romans/R. Albarado – 10: 4-3-1 – $639,110] Mr Freeze presentations the bottom income within the box however nonetheless has banked greater than $600,000. He grabbed large tests with wins within the West Virginia Derby (G3) after which the Ack Ack (G3) at Churchill Downs. In November, he was once 3rd within the Clark when he in short held the lead within the stretch. There may well be some upside left on this newly became 5-year-old.
Omaha Seashore [ML 7-5 – Conflict Entrance – R. Mandella/M. Smith – 10: 5-4-1 – $1,651,800] Omaha Seashore turned into the Kentucky Derby in response to his wins in Oaklawn Park’s Rebellion (G2) and Arkansas Derby (G1). His probabilities at the first Saturday in Would possibly have been halted via throat surgical procedure, however he got here again with flexible wins towards older horses whilst sprinting. Within the Breeders’ Cup Dust Mile, he were given too a long way at the back of early and was once moment to Spun to Run. Without reference to how the Pegasus box develops, Omaha Seashore would be the favourite off the again of a very easy victory within the Malibu (G1). The Pegasus will stretch him again out to the Arkansas Derby distance.
Roadster [ML 12-1 – High quality Highway – B. Baffert/J. Rosario – 9: 3-3-1 – $812,200] This Bob Baffert runner is winless for the reason that Santa Anita Derby (G1) in April. He was once 15th within the Kentucky Derby after burnt up leaving the gate, and because then he has posted 3 second-place finishes. Maximum just lately, the son of High quality Highway was once the runner-up at the back of Omaha Seashore within the Malibu. The Derby stays his handiest get started outdoor of California.
In quest of the Soul [ML 20-1 – Very best Soul (IRE) – D. Stewart/B. Hernandez Jr. – 31: 7-8-7 – $3,420,153] With a moment remaining 12 months and a 5th in 2018, In quest of the Soul is the Pegasus Global Cup veteran. However since his most-recent victory in remaining June’s Stephen Foster (G2), his shape has been lackluster. He was once remaining noticed working 6th within the Clark, and it is imaginable that the 7-year-old has misplaced a step, even though, Dallas Stewart has a historical past of having horses in a position to run at lengthy odds in large races.
Spun to Run [ML 7-2 – Onerous Spun – J. C. Guerrero/I. Ortiz Jr. – 12: 5-2-3 – $1,160,520] His victory within the Breeders’ Cup Dust Mile makes him the one horse within the box with a win within the Breeders’ Cup. Significantly, earlier Pegasus heroes Arrogate, Gun Runner and Town of Mild exited Breeders’ Cup wins, too. Spun to Run is somewhat other in a single regard. Because the championships, he has raced once more, chasing Most Safety all over when moment within the Cigar Mile (G1). It was once some other robust efficiency nevertheless for this later creating horse.
Tax [ML 15-1 – Arch – D. Gargan/I. Ortiz Jr. – 10: 3-3-1 – $828,300] Tax had a pleasing 12 months in 2019 racing towards fellow 3-year-olds with noteworthy wins within the Withers (G3) at the Derby path after which at Saratoga within the Jim Dandy (G2). He returned from a three-month layoff after working 7th within the Travers to complete moment within the Discovery (G3) at the back of an up-and-coming Phipps Strong colt named Performer. The Pegasus looks as if a tricky spot to stand older horses for the primary time.
True Trees [ML 20-1 – Mineshaft – Ok. McLaughlin/J. Bravo – 22: 4-4-7 – $950,550] Since working 7th in remaining 12 months’s Pegasus after which 9th within the Dubai Global Cup, True Trees won a six-month freshening. He returned to run 3rd in 3 graded stakes in New York: the Kelso (G2), Daring Ruler (G3) and the Cigar Mile.
Conflict Tale [ML 20-1 – Northern Afleet – E. Dobles/L. Saez – 38: 8-7-5 – $2,984,996] You must shake your head in admiration on the 8-year-old. Simply whilst you assume his time competing in graded stakes is nearing an finish, he comes up large once more. The previous gelding adopted a moment within the Greenwood (G3) at Parx with a 12-1 disillusioned within the Harlan’s Vacation (G3), which serves as Gulfstream’s native prep race for the Pegasus.
Others Invited (and their much more likely subsequent race): Present Field (Saudi Cup), Magic Wand (Pegasus Turf), Math Wizard (Saudi Cup), Most Safety (Saudi Cup), McKinzie (Saudi Cup) and Mucho Gusto (Saudi Cup).
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