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.
Dig Deep Gets Class Test in $100,000 Robert Hilton Memorial Stakes
On Saturday at Charles Town, the track will host the $100,000 Robert Hilton Memorial Stakes. Restricted to three-year-olds, the seven-furlong contest has drawn a field of seven colts and geldings.
Dig Deep has been tabbed as the heavy favorite at odds of 7-5 on the morning line. A bay son of Candy Ride (ARG), he is a homebred for Colts Neck Stable and has one win from three starts. He is stepping up to stakes competition for the first time after breaking his maiden last time out. Prior to that, he had a pair of runner-up efforts. Javier Castellano will be in the irons and they are scheduled to break from post position five.
Lightly-raced Quijote looking for third victory
Second choice at morning line odds of 5-2 is Quijote for trainer Tom Amoss. A dark bay son of Pomeroy, the gelding has been on the board in all three starts and will be trying to earn his third career victory. He won the first two starts of his career and was second in the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes at Aqueduct in his stakes debut. Jose Ortiz will be aboard and they will break from post position three.
Maiden Virtual Machine ambitiously spotted
Also in the field at morning line odds of 4-1 is Virtual Machine for trainer Joe Sharp. A chestnut son of Drosselmeyer, he was purchased for $65,000 and while he has yet to break his maiden from five starts, he has been on the board four times. He stepped up and was second in the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park last time out. Kendrick Carmouche will be aboard and they will break from post two.
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!