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.
Abiding Star In, Gun Runner Out of 2016 Preakness Stakes
The picture of the field for the 2016 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico is beginning to become clear as the post position draw looms on Wednesday. The second jewel of the Triple Crown is scheduled to run on Saturday, May 21 and will feature the undefeated champion Nyquist.
Among his challengers will be Abiding Star who was questionable for the race due to the quarantine at his home base, Parx Racing, due to an equine herpsevirus outbreak. The quarantine was lifted on Tuesday and the colt was given the go-ahead to ship to Pimlico. Trained by Ned Allard, the bay colt is a homebred for longtime owner Gilbert Campbell’s Stonehedge Farm and is by Uncle Mo, the same sire as Nyquist.
Abiding Star facing a major class test
Abiding Star has won five of his eleven starts and is undefeated so far this year. He has never faced graded stakes competition and was last seen defeating four rivals in a front-running victory in the Parx Derby. The colt was supplemented to the Triple Crown after winning the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park in March. The forecast is calling for rain and Abiding Star has already proven himself on an off track.
Gun Runner to skip the Preakness and prepare for summer
In other Preakness Stakes (G1) news, it was announced that multiple graded stakes winner Gun Runner, the third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby (G1), would sit out the next leg of the Triple Crown and be freshened for the prestigious summer races for three-year-olds. He will continue to train at Churchill Downs for trainer Steve Asmussen as they map out the next portion of his sophomore campaign.
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!