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.
Belmont Park Weekend Stakes Picks and Odds
Racing at Belmont Park this Saturday includes a handful of stakes, including the (G1) Man O’ War, the (G2) Ruffian Handicap and (G2) Peter Pan Stakes.
Man O' War Stakes
Coming off a second-place run in the (G2) Dixiana Elkhorn at Keeneland in late April, Ontario-bred Kaigun (5-2) is just one of several with international connections entered in the Man O' War. Prior to that he won the (G2) Pan American at Gulfstream. The second place finisher in that one, Wake Forest (2-1), will be making just his second start stateside after racking up a pair of Group 3 wins in his native Germany. Up With The Birds (6-1) was fifth in the Dixiana, but has been a solid Grade 1 contender in the recent past, including a second-place showing the 2015 Canadian International.
Four-years-old and upward, 1 3/8 miles on turf.
Picks: 1) Kaigun 2) Wake Forest 3) Up With The Birds
Peter Pan Stakes and Ruffian Handicap
Wild About Deb (8-1) ships in for the Peter Pan from Santa Anita, where he broke his maiden second out by six lengths. Two-for-two lifetime sprinting, Unified led every step of the way last time out at Aqueduct to win the (G3) Bayshore and now stretches out for the first time. Likely to get a piece is Adventist (4-1) who was third in three consecutive at the graded-stakes level, including the (G1) Wood Memorial.
Three-year olds, 1 1/8 miles on dirt.
Picks: 1) Wild About Deb 2) Unified 3) Adventist
Expected starters in the Ruffian include Cavorting (8-5), a former Grade 1 winner who was the beaten favorite in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, and has been in the money in her two starts since. Include Betty (5-1) was on the trail for the Triple Tiara last year, and won the (G1) Mother Goose over this same Belmont dirt track. Calamity Kate (8-1) has had good results at the graded-stakes level in the past, and will be making her 2016 debut.
Four-year-olds and upward, fillies and mares, 1 mile on dirt.
Picks: 1) Cavorting 2) Include Betty 3) Calamity Kate
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.
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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!