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.
2 Year-Old Fillies Going Long for the First Time in Pocahontas
From a handicapping perspective, the Grade II $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes September 6 at Churchill is all about which two year-old filly will handle the added ground of the mile and a sixteenth race.
Take Charge Brandi is the lukewarm 7/2 favorite for trainer D. Wayne Lukas on the merit of her second place finish in the Grade II Schuylerville Stakes July 18 at Saratoga. That race, however, was not run in particularly fast time as Take Charge Brandi earned just a 66 Beyer Speed figure after setting fast early fractions and fading in the final stages. Even more troubling for the favorite was her most recent effort – a dismal fifth place finish in the Grade II Adirondack Stakes August 10 at Saratoga. Still, Take Charge Brandi’s pedigree suggests that extra distance should benefit her. As a daughter of the stamina-laden Giant’s Causeway, she is also out of a Seeking the Gold mare.
Pangburn should handle the dirt
At 9/2 on the morning line, Pangburn looks like a serious contender for trainer Kenny McPeek despite her inexperience. Pangburn broke her maiden at first asking July 12 at Ellis Park in a one-mile turf race making her the only winner of a two-turn race in the field. Additionally, the switch from turf to dirt can be viewed auspiciously as Pangburn is a daughter of Congrats from the dirt-dominant A.P. Indy line.
Loom looks to break maiden in stakes
Loom (6/1 ML) looks to be another serious player in the field despite entering the race still a maiden. The Victoria Oliver trainee recorded a field-best 73 Beyer in her last start against maiden special weight company at Indiana Downs falling a neck short at a two-turn mile.
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!