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.
$5 Million BC Classic Showcases Top Contenders
With the late scratch of Beholder in the $5 million Grade 1 Breeders Cup Classic October 31 at Keeneland, American Pharoah (4/5) figures to get a much easier trip possibly even a loose lead in the 1 1/4 mile journey.
American Phaorah certainly doesn’t need the lead, but has been plenty comfortable when assuming that position, while winning the Grade 1 Preakness and Grade 1 Belmont Stakes in gate-to-wire fashion in addition to a handful of other races on the Triple Crown champ’s resume. Breaking from post 4, regular rider Victor Espinoza figures to find an ideal spot either on the lead or from a cozy tracking position. Defeated in his last start for just the second time in ten career races, American Pharoah has worked spectacularly in the interim and appears well-positioned to further solidify his place as one of the all-time greats.
Tonalist has every chance
On paper, Tonalist (4/1) has been a model of consistency, recording Beyer Speed Figures in the range of 105-111 in each of his last seven starts. While Belmont Park has been the four year-old multiple grade 1 winner’s track of preference, he has run credibly at Saratoga and Santa Anita during that span. Tonalist appears to be the main threat to American Pharoah in the stretch.
Honor Code rolls lates
Honor Code (5/1) has been a quirky, but brilliant stretch runner in his ten race career, but enters the Classic off a dull third-place effort in the Grade 2 Kelso over sloppy Belmont race track. Honor Code will benefit from a quick pace up front, and should make his usual late charge in the lane.
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!