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 Stakes Undercard Races Preview and Picks
Besides the Belmont Stakes, there are five other Grade 1 races scheduled for Belmont Park on Saturday afternoon. All post times Eastern.
Acorn Stakes - 1 m fillies, 12:39 pm
Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia heads a short field with morning line odds of 6/5. Go Maggie Go (3/1) comes in off a win in the (G2) Black Eyed Susan Stakes. Off The Tracks (5/1) has three lifetime wins, and is from the same sire as Belmont favorite Exaggerator.
Ogden Phipps Stakes - 1 1/16 m F&M, 1:52 pm
Perhaps the most evenly matched race of the day, where any one of four or five have a chance. Curalina (3/1) has been in the money in all 9 lifetime starts and comes in off a Grade 1 win. Stopchargingmaria (7/2) won last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff and makes her second start of 2016. Veteran Sheer Drama (5/1) has three Grade 1 wins, including as recently as two starts back.
Just A Game Stakes - 1 m (turf) F&M, 3:58 pm
Wide-open affair has drawn a field of 13 and should offer good value on several choices. Strike Charmer (8/1) drew the tough inside post but comes in off a solid graded-stakes win. Former Canadian Horse of the Year Lexie Lou (15-1) also comes in off a turf win at Woodbine and gets a cut back in distance at a big price. Irish-bred Faufiler (5-1) has made steady improvement in her second year on US soil.
Metropolitan Mile Handicap - 3-year-old and up, 4:41 pm
Lots of big names in this one, including Frosted (7/2) who ran second to American Pharoah in the 2015 Belmont. Stanford (5/1) won the (G2) Charles Town last out and was second in two previous graded-stakes tries. Calculator (10/1) has been in the money in all of his last six graded-stakes starts.
Manhattan Stakes - 1 1/4 m (turf) 4-year-olds and up, 5:37 pm
This one features an international cast with a heavy 8/5 favorite in Flintshire, a world-traveller who has been 1st or 2nd in nine graded or group stakes lifetime. He'll be facing the top American turf runner in Big Blue Kitten (6-1) looking for the win in his second start of 2016. World Approval (10-1) goes for the red-hot Mark Casse barn, and has been knocking on the door recently in top-level stakes.
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!