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.
Bayern Trying to Reclaim Spotlight in $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes
On Saturday at Santa Anita, the featured race is the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes. As part of the Breeders Cup Challenge series, a win in this Grade 1 event would grant the victor an automatic spot in the Breeders Cup Classic (G1). The mile and an eighth race has drawn a field of eight.
Bayern, the winner of 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), is one of two horses in the race for trainer Bob Baffert and tops the field as the 5-2 morning line favorite. A four-year-old son of Offlee Wild, he has won six of his fourteen starts and has not won since his Breeders’ Cup score last fall. He is trying to rebound after finishing ninth behind champion mare Beholder in the Pacific Classic (G1) last time out. Martin Garcia will be aboard from the outside post.
Hoppertunity attempting to return to form
Second choice at 3-1 on the morning line is Hoppertunity, the other Bob Baffert-trainee in the race. A four-year-old son of Any Given Saturday, the bay colt was a $300,000 yearling and has won four of his thirteen starts. A multiple graded stakes winner, he has been fourth in his last two starts against graded stakes competition and will have Mike Smith aboard from post position five
Hard Aces a threat from the rail
Also in the field at morning line odds of 4-1 is Hard Aces for trainer John Sadler. A five-year-old son of Hard Spun, he is a six-time winner and notched his first graded stakes victory two starts back in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1). He is trying to move forward off of a sixth-place finish in the Pacific Classic (G1) and will have Victor Espinoza in the irons from the rail.
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!