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 of 9 Signed on for $400,000 First Lady
The Grade 1 $400,000 First Lady October 4 at Keeneland features a field of nine fillies and mares going a mile on the turf course in a very evenly matched race.
Dayatthespa is the 3/1 morning line favorite for trainer Chad Brown after winning a listed stakes race August 24 at Saratoga in her last start. The five year-old daughter of City Zip is a multiple graded stakes winner and has enjoyed a stellar career with nine wins in sixteen starts. In two starts this year, Dayatthespa has looked every bit as competitive as she has throughout her career showing her trademark early speed and posting Beyer Speed Figures of 97 and 101. She enters the First Lady making the third start of her form cycle which often produces any runner’s best effort. In three career starts over the Keeneland lawn, Dayatthespa has two wins and one second place finish.
Filimbi looks to regain best form
Filimbi (7/2) defeated Dayatthespa two starts back in the De La Rose at Saratoga before coming up empty as the favorite in the Grade 2 Balston Spa. A repeat of her best effort would make her a serious threat to win the First Lady, but Filimbi has been inconsistent for trainer Bill Mott and will be a short price in a field with other viable betting options.
Better Lucky tries to repeat
Better Lucky (6/1) won this race last year, and returns to the turf after running in a pair of seven furlong stakes races on the main track at Saratoga. With jockey Mike Smith in the irons for trainer Thomas Albertrani, Better Lucky could be an excellent value play.
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!