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.
Artemis Agrotera Tops Field for $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap
On Saturday at Belmont Park, the featured race is the 21st edition of the $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap. The race will be run at six and a half furlongs on the main track and has drawn a field of six fillies and mares.
Topping the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 4-5 is Artemis Agrotera for trainer Michael Hushion. The three-year-old filly took on older rivals for the first time last time out in the Ballerina (G1) and emerged victorious to earn the second Grade 1 win of her six-race career. Bred and owned by Chester and Mary Broman, the bay daughter of Roman Ruler will have Rajiv Maragh back aboard and the pair will break from the inside post.
Merry Meadow gets Johnny V in the irons
Second choice at morning line odds of 4-1 is Merry Meadow who comes out of the Mark Hennig barn. A four-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes, she has won two of her five starts this year including the Vagrancy (G3) at Belmont Park. She was last seen finishing third in the Honorable Miss (G2) at Saratoga. With jockey Maragh electing to go with Artemis Agrotera, Merry Meadow picks up the services of John Velazquez and they will break from post position two.
New York-bred Willet taking on open company
Also in the field is the New York-bred, Willet, at morning line odds of 5-1. A six-year-old daughter of Jump Start, Willet has won eight times with three of those victories coming at Belmont Park. After racing against restricted state-bred company in her two prior starts this year, she stepped up to open graded stakes competition and finished third in the Ballerina (G1) in her most recent start. She will have Dylan Davis in the irons for the first time and they will break from post five.
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!