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.
Beholder Back in Action in $300,000 Zenyatta
Multiple champion Beholder will return to action in the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita. The Grade 1 race will be run at a mile and a sixteenth and the winner will automatically earn a spot in the field for the Breeders Cup Distaff.
Beholder, the 1-2 morning line favorite, will face five rivals as she attempts to come back after suffering an injury while finishing fourth in the Phipps (G1) last time out. Trained by Richard Mandella, the four-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in 2012 and triumphed in the Distaff in 2013. She has won seven of her eight starts at Santa Anita and is going for her second win of the year. Mike Smith will be aboard replacing the sidelined Gary Stevens.
Iotapa going for third straight Grade 1
Second choice at 2-1 on the morning line is Iotapa for trainer John Sadler. The four-year-old daughter of Afleet Alex is going for her third consecutive victory and has won a pair of Grade 1 races this year, the Vanity (G1) and the Clement Hirsch (G1). Since her last victory at Del Mar, she has been training sharply at Santa Anita and will have regular rider Joe Talamo aboard. Iotapa is slated to break from post position two as she goes for her seventh career win.
Tiz Midnight takes on graded stakes company
Also in the field is Tiz Midnight, tabbed at 8-1 on the morning line for trainer Bob Baffert. The four-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute will have Victor Espinoza aboard as she makes her stakes debut after winning her last three starts. She is switching back to dirt after winning two races over Del Mar’s synthetic main track and broke her maiden at Santa Anita in June. Tiz Midnight will break from the rail in the field of six.
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!