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.
A Year Makes a Difference in Breeders' Cup Distaff
With last year’s winner out of the lineup, several are in with a shot in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Distaff, led by a pair coming off consecutive big wins.
Last year the BC Distaff was all about Untapable. The Tapit filly had a dream year, in which she had won 5-of-6 (her only loss coming when taking on males in the Haskell Invitational) coming into the Breeders' Cup, including a win in the Kentucky Oaks. Going off as the heavy favorite, she didn't disappoint, cruising to a solid victory, capturing not only the Distaff, but the Eclipse Award as champion three-year-old filly. Although not running to 2014 form, she was supposed to be back in the 2015 Distaff to defend her title.
ML choice appears at top of her game
With fate intervening to make Untapable a Breeders' Cup-week scatch, a number of others have now drawn attention in what looks to be a very wide open race. Leading the field as 5-2 morning line favorite is Sheer Drama. A back-to-back Grade 1 winner coming into the Distaff, the Florida-bred has been first or second in every one of her races this year, coming out on top of Untapable and Got Lucky (6-1 in the Distaff ML) in her last.
Others have shown solid speed in preps
Sheer Drama will have to overcome starting from the widest post, however, and if that proves too much, others will be there to take advantage, including Wedding Toast (4-1), also a back-to-back Grade 1 winner, who will be trying to prove she can get the job done outside of New York. She has one trip over the Keeneland surface, finishing 4th earlier this year in the (G1) Madison Stakes. Breaking from the inside of the Distaff gate is I'm A Chatterbox (8-1), who just collected her first Grade 1 score after a pair of runner-up finishes this summer at that level, and who before that ran third in the 2015 Kentucky Oaks.
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!