Royal Ascot is one of the greatest race meets in the world, and there is no race as historic or exciting during the meet than the Gold Cup (G1)! First run in 1807, it is one of the premier races for stayers in the world. The two-and-a-half-mile turf race offers a rich £500,000 purse, and it drew ten of the world’s best long-distance horses.
$100,000 La Jolla Handicap Draws Strong Field of Ten
Prospect Park tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Clifford Sise, Jr. A dark bay son of Tapit, he has been on the […]
Prospect Park tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Clifford Sise, Jr. A dark bay son of Tapit, he has been on the board in seven of his nine starts and is trying to earn the first graded stakes victory of his career. He will be switching to the turf for the first time and was last seen finishing second in both the Los Alamitos Derby (G2) and Affirmed Stakes (G2). Kent Desormeaux will be aboard and they will break from post position nine.
Papacoolpapacool trying to return to form
Second choice at 3-1 on the morning line is Papacoolpapacool for trainer Philip D’Amato. A gelded son of Temple City, he has won four of his ten starts and is a multiple stakes winner. He is trying to return to form after a pair of average efforts and was last seen finishing fifth in the Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar. Gary Stevens will be aboard and they will break from post position six.
Om aiming for first graded stakes win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 7-2 is Om, the only horse with the distinction of defeating Triple Crown winner American Pharoah which he did in his maiden win as a juvenile. Trained by Dan Hendricks, he has two wins from five starts and returned to win an optional claiming race two starts back off of an eleven-month layoff. Fernando Perez will be in the irons from post three.
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes is one of the most important races of the Royal Ascot meeting! With a £1 million purse, the race is one of the richest of the entire week, and it also offers its winner a guaranteed berth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
The 2022 Belmont Stakes, which will be run on Saturday, June 11, drew an exciting field of eight to compete for $1.5 million and a place in horse racing immortality. Several familiar New York horses will line up for the race, including Wood Memorial (G2) winner Mo Donegal and Peter Pan (G3) winner We the People.
The best horses in the older dirt male division line up for the $3 million Pegasus World Cup on Saturday, January 29 at Gulfstream Park! The race is at a mile and an eighth on the main track, an intermediate distance that draws both Classic runners and milers alike. Nine horses have passed the entry box, and are ready for a thrilling renewal of the winter’s biggest race!