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 Sir Cat Stakes Part of Opening Day Action at the Spa
The 145th Saratoga meet kicks off Friday, July 18 in New York with ten races carded including the $100,000 Sir Cat Stakes which will be included in the late pick four and daily double.
The Sir Cat, run at a mile on the turf, features eight three year-olds who have never won a stakes race on the turf. Tourist, the 8/5 morning line favorite trained by Hall-of-Famer Bill Mott, comes into the race off back-to-back victories against maiden special weight and allowance foes while making his second start off a four month layoff.
Storming Inti looking to break through
Trainer Chad Brown is always dangerous on the turf and at Saratoga. His charge, Storming Inti (9/5 ML), is the class of the field after running second in the Grade II American Turf Stakes at Churchill and third in the Grade III Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream before finishing third again in the contentious Penn Mile Stakes at Penn National in his last start.
Ring Weekend available at a price
Cabo Cat (4/1 ML) has run in the exacta in each of his last three starts in minor stakes competition for trainer Mark Hennig. Tampa Bay Derby winner Ring Weekend is available at 10/1 on the morning line, and classes up nicely against this field. He must rebound after a distant fifth place finish in the Preakness and an off-the-board finish in the Grade III Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth in his last two starts for savvy turf trainer Graham Motion.
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!