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.
Competitive Field Assembles in $60,000 Cooper Stakes
The $60,000 Cooper City Handicap February 14 at Gulfstream immediately follows the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie Stakes and comprises the first half of the late daily double with a competitive field of nine fillies and mares set to contest the one mile turf race.
Kitty Wine is the 5/2 morning line favorite for trainer Eddie Kenneally after closing her 2014 campaign with a strong third place effort in the $100,000 South Beach December 13 at Gulfstream. The six year-old mare raced a total of six times in 2014 with just two starts since May 24. Julian Leparoux, who has ridden Kitty Wine in each of her last two starts, will be in the irons again. The pair will break from post eight and should be rolling late. Kenneally connects at a 16% clip with his runners returning from layoffs of 61-180 days.
Granny Mc's Kitten returns fresh
Granny Mc’s Kitten (3/1) is another late runner returning from a slight layoff. The Chad Brown trainee last raced December 20 at Gulfstream in the Tropical Park Oaks where she finished fifth in a race that came back ultra-live. Sandiva, the winner that day, returned to win a Grade 3 event February 7 at Gulfstream and the third place finisher, Dancing House, took a competitive allowance race in her next start. Granny Mc’s Kitten has worked steadily, and Brown boasts an excellent 29% strike rate with runners returning from 31-60 day layoffs.
Sexy will be on the lead
I’m Already Sexy (4/1) has the speed and class to wire this field. The Wayne Catalano trainee gets some class relief after competing in three straight graded stakes events. She was a non-factor in the Grade 3 Endeavor January 31 at Tampa, but should be much tighter for this.
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!