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.
American Pharoah Taking On Eighteen in $2 Million Kentucky Derby
American Pharoah tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Bob Baffert. Purchased for $300,000 as a yearling, he went on to be named […]
American Pharoah tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Bob Baffert. Purchased for $300,000 as a yearling, he went on to be named the Eclipse Award winner for champion two-year-old last year after a pair of Grade 1 wins. As a sophomore, he is a perfect two-for-two and won the Arkansas Derby (G1) last time out in an eight-length romp as the heavy favorite. Victor Espinoza will remain aboard and they will break from post position eighteen.
Dortmund putting undefeated streak on the line
Baffert will also saddle Dortmund as the second choice at 3-1 on the morning line. A massive chestnut son of Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, he is undefeated from six starts and won a race at Churchill Downs as a juvenile. This year, he has had three consecutive graded stakes victories on the West Coast. Regular rider Martin Garcia will be in the irons and they will break from post eight.
Carpe Diem a major threat for Pletcher
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is Carpe Diem for trainer Todd Pletcher, one of three horses he will saddle in the race. Purchased for $1.6 million as a juvenile, he has won four of his five starts and was second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) last fall. He won the Blue Grass (G1) as the heavy favorite in his final Derby prep and will break from post position two under jockey John Velazquez.
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!