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.
$400,000 St. Leger Stakes A True Test of Endurance
The $400,000 St. Leger Stakes is the first major stakes race of the day August 16 at Arlington Park as eleven three year-olds are scheduled to line up for the one mile and eleven sixteenths marathon on the turf.
The field draws four European imports including the 3/1 morning line favorite Dandino. Bred in Great Britain, Dandino has enjoyed success in North America winning last year’s St. Leger Stakes and placing second in the Grade I Canadian International at Woodbine in 2012. However, Dandino is coming off two dismal performances in his native country, finishing sixth in a pair of Group II races – the Hardwicke and Prince of Wales. Still, international superstar jockey Frankie Dettori takes the mount for trainer Marco Botti and Dandino must be taken seriously despite the short price.
The Pizza Man could deliver again
At 9/2, The Pizza Man is sharp and fresh off back to back stakes wins including the Grade III Stars N Stripes in his last start. The Pizza Man has eleven wins in sixteen lifetime starts. As a son of 2007 Breeder’s Cup Turf winner English Channel, the added distance does not figure to be a problem for The Pizza Man whose early speed should also bolster his chances. The Pizza Man will be going for his fifth straight win.
Irish invader looks to be improving
Eye of The Storm (6/1 ML) looks like a major player in this race for trainer Aiden O’Brien. The Irish-bred colt is fresh off a mile and a half win the Group III Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown. Like the other Euro shippers, he will add Lasix for the first time. Eye of The Storm should feel the medication and will be running late.
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!