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.
Big Macher Trying to Defend Title in $150,000 California Cup Sprint
On Saturday at Santa Anita, the track will host the 25th running of the $150,000 California Cup Sprint. The six-furlong contest has drawn a competitive field of nine California-bred colts and geldings.
Big Macher, the defending California Cup Sprint champion, headlines the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 8-5 for trainer Richard Baltas. A five-year-old gelded son of Beau Genius, he finished out his 2014 season with four wins from seven starts including the Cal Cup Sprint and the Bing Crosby (G1). He was last seen winning the Cary Grant Stakes in November at Del Mar. Rafael Bejarano will be back aboard and they will break from the rail.
San Onofre training sharply off of a layoff
Second choice at 5-2 on the morning line is San Onofre who is returning to the races off of an eleven-month layoff. Trained by Karen Headley, the five-year-old gelded son of Surf Cat has won four of his five career starts. He will be making his stakes debut and has been training forwardly for his comeback effort with consecutive bullet workouts. Mike Smith, aboard for all four victories, will be back in the irons and they will break from post position two.
Frumious back in the entries off of long layoff
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is Frumious for trainer Jeff Bonde. A nine-year-old son of Grindstone, the former graded stakes winner is returning off of a fifteen-month layoff. Prior to that lone start in October of 2013, he last raced in January of 2012 when he won the Palos Verdes (G2). This race will be his fifth time returning off of an extended hiatus. Martin Pedroza will be aboard and they will break from post position eight.
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!