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 Pelican Stakes Draws Field of Eight Louisiana-Breds
On Saturday at Delta Downs, the featured race is the $100,000 Pelican Stakes. Restricted to three-year-olds bred in Louisiana, the race will be run at seven and a half furlongs and has drawn a field of eight colts and geldings.
Sea Vow has been installed as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 for trainer Joseph Foster. Bred and owned by Ronald Webb, the bay gelding has won four of his seven starts and has been on the board a total of six times. Three of his victories have come against state-bred stakes competition and he was last seen finishing third in the LA Bred Premier Night Prince Stakes. Alexander Castillo will be aboard and they will break from post position four.
Icy Gentleman trying for two wins in a row
Second choice at morning line odds of 7-2 is Icy Gentleman for trainer Henry Johnson, Jr. A chestnut son of Yankee Gentleman, the gelding has been on the board in six of his seven starts and will be trying to notch his fourth victory. He is coming out of a victory over Sea Vow in the LA Bred Premier Night Prince Stakes and will break from the outside post under jockey Jorge Guzman.
Step up in class for Chattanoogan
Also in the field at morning line odds of 4-1 is Chattanoogan for trainer Danny Pish. A homebred for Tigertail Ranch, the dark bay colt is by Lone Star Special and has two wins from four starts. He broke his maiden at first asking and after two poor performances against stakes company, he won an allowance race last time out. Chris Rosier will be aboard and they will break from post two.
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!