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.
Also Eligibles Waiting in the Kentucky Derby Wings
While not wishing any ill will, the connections to horses on the AE list must sit and wait to see if there’s a late scratch out of the race.
When the connections of Cupid decided not to run in the 2016 Kentucky Derby, despite being eligible on points, it allowed Mo Tom, the #21 horse on the standings list, to draw into the field. With a limit of 20 horses, any others hoping to make the race had to go onto the Also Eligible list, and after the post position draw, Laoban and Cherry Wine are those two, waiting to see if someone else scratches out of the race.
Speedy Laoban would be part of pace duel
Of the two, Loaban would likely have the most impact if he gets into the field. A pure speed horse, he would be assigned the outside post, setting up an interesting scenario where the two natural front runners in the race (he along with Danzing Candy) would be starting from the farthest outside posts. It's likely the Derby would start as an all out drag race, with those two both trying to rocket to the front. A maiden runner, Laoban finished 4th in his last start in the Blue Grass Stakes.
Cherry Wine needs a lot of help to get in
In the unlikely event of two late scratches, Cherry Wine would draw into the field, also pushing everyone else one spot to the left. Cherry Wine also ran in the Blue Grass, where he contended for the lead early before eventually finishing fourth. He has one maiden win to his credit in six lifetime starts. In the morning line odds, Laoban is listed at 50-1, while Cherry Wine sits at 30-1.
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!