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.
$200,000 San Marcos Stakes Draws Field of Nine
On Saturday at Santa Anita, the stakes action continues with the 63rd running of the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes. Carded at a mile and a quarter on the turf, the Grade 2 race has drawn a field of nine colts and geldings.
Finnegans Wake tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Peter Miller. A six-year-old son of Powerscourt (GB), he comes into this race off of back-to-back victories against graded stakes competition and was last seen winning the San Gabriel (G2) at Santa Anita. A five-time career winner just shy of the $1 million mark in earnings, he will break from the rail under jockey Victor Espinoza.
Dynamic Sky trying to rebound after rough trip
Mark Casse will saddle the second choice, Dynamic Sky, at odds of 3-1 on the morning line. A five-year-old son of Sky Mesa, he wound up sixth in the San Gabriel (G2) after being compromised by traffic in the stretch. The five-time career winner has notched victories on turf, dirt and synthetics and his last score came in the Red Smith (G3) on the lawn at Aqueduct in November. Corey Nakatani will be back aboard from post position eight.
Surface switch from dirt to turf for Quadrivium
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is Quadrivium for trainer Graham Motion. Owned and bred by Flaxman Holdings, the four-year-old son of Henrythenavigator began his career racing in Ireland. He made his North American debut with back to back wins on dirt at Keeneland and Laurel before finishing seventh in the San Pasqual (G2). He has not hit the board from four starts on turf and will break from post seven under Forest Boyce.
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!