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.
Louisiana Champions Handicap Features Competitive Field
The $50,000 Louisiana Champions Day Handicap features a field of eight in a competitive betting race restricted to Louisiana-bred horses that have started for a claiming price of $12,500 or less in 2014.
The race is scheduled for a mile and seventy yards on the main track led by 3/1 favorite The Louisiana Kid trained by Jose Camejo. A five year-old gelded son of 2005 Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Afleet Alex, The Louisiana Kid is fresh off a decisive six furlong win November 21 versus a $10,000 optional claiming field at Fair Grounds. Primarily a sprinter, The Louisiana Kid is notably 0 for 4 at the mile and seventy yard distance over his career, but should be prominent early under jockey Miguel Mena.
Candiano hasn't fared well at FG
7/2 second choice Candiano fits with this bunch from a speed figures standpoint, but the Keith Bourgeois trainee has been idle since October 15 and has just one career win at Fair Grounds in 21 tries. Still, Candiano has won two of his last five races and hasn’t finished off-the-board in any of those starts. The eight year-old gelding was facing better in his last two starts at Delta and should give an honest account of himself again versus a suspect field.
Blinkers off on Over a Barrel
Over a Barrel (4/1) has the best last race Beyer Speed Figure (90) in the field and appears to be in the best form of his career under the direction of trainer Victor Arceneaux. The five year-old gelded son of Brahms was beaten just a neck against $30,000 optional claimers last out at Delta and has posted five consecutive runner-up finishes. He will race without blinkers – a piece of equipment he has worn in at least twelve straight starts.
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!