Stretching out, True Timber possible for Pegasus World Cup

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True Timber, who competed on final yr’s Kentucky Derby path earlier than returning dash distances, might proceed stretching again out within the Pegasus World Cup.

Coach Kiaran McLaughlin stated Thursday that Calumet Farm’s normal supervisor, Eddie Kane, has expressed curiosity in coming into the latest Cigar Mile (G1) runner-up to North America’s richest race set for Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park.

“It’s only a chance,” McLaughlin stated. “I’m unsure if he would even get in if he pointed that method.”

Additionally this week, coach D. Wayne Lukas introduced Calumet-owned Bravazo is pointing to the Pegasus.

The 1 1/8-mile race was in 2018 value $16 million. This yr, the principle observe occasion may have a $9 million purse, with a brand new Pegasus turf race paying out the remaining $7 million. Value to run additionally decreased from the earlier $1 million to $500,000.

For now, “We’ll level that method,” McLaughlin stated.

The sphere shall be restricted to 12 runners, with slots accessible now for buy. The Stronach Group, which hosts the race, has not revealed what number of slots stay open.

True Timber got here off a layoff Sept. 16 to win his allowance non-obligatory claiming return going six furlongs at Belmont Park. From there, he completed second within the Daring Ruler Handicap (G3) earlier than operating second by 3/four of a size to Patternrecognition — one other potential Pegasus runner — within the Cigar Mile.

“He ran an enormous race the opposite day stretching out to a mile, and he galloped out actual nicely,” McLaughlin stated. “The thought course of is, possibly a mile and eighth or extra is OK.”

So far as McLaughlin’s different stakes runners, Enticed, who was final seen within the 2018 Kentucky Derby, “is simply getting began” with a three-furlong breeze Saturday on the Palm Meadows Coaching Middle in Florida. The coach stated Avery Island, final yr’s Withers Stakes (G3) hero, is because of return to him “quickly” after damage knocked the Road Sense colt off the Derby path.

McLaughlin stated he hasn’t despatched a horse postward but from the present 2-year-old crop he believes is Derby materials going into subsequent yr however stated “hopefully another person will” show succesful from his barn within the coming months.

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