Pegasus World Cup


Graded Stakes Preview and Betting Guide

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Race 7 – Hurricane Bertie Grade 3 for Fillies and Mares 4 years old and up, 7 Furlongs

In a wide-open race there are a few contenders with plus odds that you should keep your eye on come post time. 2 – Dream Pauline (3-1) comes in having won 3 of her last 4. Castellano is on the mount, she has been training well, firing a bullet 1 back. 3- Awestruck (6-1) is in perfect rhythm and carrying the lightweight, if her odds stay or rise, she is a must play. 4 – Shamrock Rose (2-1) has won 4 in a row the last 2 of which came at 7 furlongs over the Gulfstream surface. Irad and Mark Casse will have her ready to show the world why she is the favorite. 5 – Blamed (5-1)has won 5 of her last 6 including the Comely Grade 3 Stakes at Aqueduct. 6 – Ms Meshak (20-1) is a strong daughter of Shackelford and winner of 2 in a row both at Gulfstream. She is a huge play at those odds and is our HIT THE BOARD SPECIAL of the day.

Bets – Exacta Box 4,6,2,5 Show 6 

Race 8 – La Prevoyante Grade 3 for Fillies and Mares 4 years old and up, 1 ½ Turf

This race has no clear favorite, so we are looking for a mid-priced horse to jump up and make our day a profitable one. 3 – English Affair (8-1) won last time out at Churchill going 1 mile and eighth. Javier Castellano gets the mount for her first race since November. 5 – Tricky Escape (9-2) had won her last 3 starts before a bad showing in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl. The distance will not be an issue for this 6 year old daughter of Hat Trick. 7 – Si Que Es Buena (6-1) won last time out over the Gulfstream turf going 1 3/8ths. She has beaten both the 1 – Holy Helena (3-1) and the 5 in her two previous starts. 

Bets – WPS 7 Exacta Box 7,3,5

Race 9 – Fred W. Hooper Grade 3 for 4 year olds and up, 1 mile

1 – Coal Front (9-5) is the closest favorite this side of Accelerate to be a sure thing. Johnny V and Todd Pletcher team up on this powerful son of Stay Thirsty. 6 – Aztec Sense (7-2) is a winner of 8 in a row, 7 of which were against much lesser at Parx. His odds need to jump significantly to be a serious bet. 8 – Copper Town (6-1) had won 3 in a row before a terrible start in the Grade 1 Cigar. Castellano might just be what he needs and if his odds hold or rise look to hit him hard. 10 – Mo Don’t No (20-1) his best races are at 1 ¼ , but he could clean up nicely if the pace is too quick too early. Expect the 3,4,8,and 9 to all move right away trying to out dueling the 1. If this happens, Mo Don’t know will be trotting around the Winner’s Circle and you’ll be dancing around the window.

Bets – WPS 10,8 Tri 1 over 8,6,10

Race 10 – W.L. McKnight Grade 3 for 4 year olds and up, 1 ½ Turf

And just like the classic 90’s love song, “we start it back to one” 1 – Highland Sky (10-1) has been training exceptionally well and is primed for a big run. 2 – Soglio (9-2) has finished in the money in each of his last 6 races. He is a true distance horse and Michael Maker and Jose Oritz are looking for a big effort out of this 5 year old son of Scat Daddy. 3 – Winter Union (15-1) isn’t quite in this class yet, but he has moved through each condition in rhythm and against a weaker field, he has a good shot to the hit the board. If his odds hold he is a major play. 7 – Canessar (5-1) has back to back seconds but hasn’t race since July. Castellano gets the mount. 4 – Zulu Alpha (4-1) has won twice in the 3 races since being claimed. He had a throw away 7th last time out here at Gulfstream.

Bets – Exacta Box 2,3,4 WPS 3,1

Race 11 – Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Grade 1 for 3 year olds and up, 1 3/16 Turf

With Glorious Empires departure from this race the field is wide open. 2 – Yoshida (5-2) returns to action after a missed break and subsequent 4th place finish in the Breeder’s Cup Classic. 1 – Magic Wand (9-2) is a quality French 4 year old by champion sire Galileo. He struggled in his only U.S start, but is carrying the super lightweight of 112 lbs. 3 – Channel Maker (12-1) has made a career by running past his odds. He did not show up at all in the Breeder’s Cup Turf, which was puzzling, but this is not that field, and with Castellano on the mount expect a big bounce back. 7 – Brick and Mortar (5-1) Chad Brown and Irad team up for a horse that has finished in the money in each of his last 6 starts, including 4 wins. He fired a bullet in his last work, but is best at 1 mile or less. 8 – Delta Prince (15-1) and 9 – Catapult (7-2) are also best at a mile, but look to stretch out here. 

Bets – WPS 3 (if 10-1 or better) Exacta Box 9,2,3,7 Show 3,8

Race 12 – Pegasus World Cup Invitational Grade 1 for 3 year olds and up, 1 1/8

Since its inception in 2017 the Pegasus has failed to produce a first class duel. The great Arrogate blew away the field in 2017 and Gun Runner did the same last year. With Accelerate looking as strong as ever this year has all the makings of another uncontested romp. 1 – Bravazo (12-1) Lukas keeps running him and I keep saying “one day he’ll win one, but that day is not today”, well this Saturday isn’t that day either so save your money. 2 – Something Awesome (20-1) had a promising win 3 back at Churchill over the oft beaten War Story. He hasn’t done much since, but look for his to hit the board at a solid price. 3 – City of Light (5-2) the last horse to be Accelerate he looks to regain the form that he had last April at Oaklawn Park. He comes in having won 4 of 6 including the Breeder’s Cup Dirt Mile, Castellano gets the mount. 5- Accelerate (9-5) has won 4 in a row and 5 of 6. He is the best horse in the country and could very well be Horse of the Year if not for Justify and his Triple Crown. 6 – Tom’s d’Etat (20-1) has been smashing lesser by 3 lengths or more each time he touches the track. This is a huge step up in class so don’t expect a miracle, but a show finish in not completely out of the question. 8 – Gunnevera (8-1) is an owners dream. He never competes for the win, but he gobbles up the money. Look for him to the hit the board in the impossibly slow way he always does. 9 – KuKulkan (30-1) is unbeaten in all 14 starts in Mexico. The only this we know about him is that Larry Collmus is having nightmares about mispronouncing his name. 10 – Audible (10-1) showed early promise last year on the Derby trail, but was a non-factor in the actually race losing badly to Good Magic and Justify. In his two starts his returning to the work tab he hasn’t beaten anyone worth noting, Flavien Prat gets the mount for Pletcher.

Bets – Win 5 Exacta Box 5,8,2,6,3 WinShow 2,6