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 Set to Run in $1.5 Million Belmont Stakes
There will be no shortage of competition for the Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Exaggerator on Saturday, June 11, for the Belmont Stakes (G1). There is expected to be a field of thirteen for the third jewel of the Triple Crown.
Exaggerator will likely be the favorite in the field, probably less than even money when the gates open. The consistent colt, a son of 2007 Preakness Stakes (G1) champion Curlin, was second behind Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and came back to win the Preakness Stakes (G1) handily over an off track at Pimlico. Since the Preakness, his jockey Kent Desormeaux had a brief stint in an alcohol rehabilitation facility but has been back in the tack this week at Belmont Park. Exaggerator is trained by Keith Desormeaux.
Gettysbury a front-running rabbit for Creator
One of the latest additions to the field has been Gettysburg who recently switched to the barn of Steve Asmussen after previously being trained by Todd Pletcher. The gray son of Pioneerof the Nile has one win from seven starts and is owned by WinStar Farm who also own the late-closing Creator. Gettysburg typically does his running on the front end and could set the pace for his closing stablemate.
Strong hand for trainer Todd Pletcher
Trainer Todd Pletcher is expected to have two starters in the race – Destin and Stradivari. Destin, a full brother to multiple graded stakes winner Creative Cause, has been freshened since a sixth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (G1). Stradivari, a son of Medaglia d’Oro, made his stakes debut in the Preakness Stakes (G1) and finished fourth after two consecutive victories. He will be trying to earn his first stakes win.
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!