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.
Full Field of Twelve Set for $300,000 Southwest Stakes
On Monday at Oaklawn Park, a full field of twelve Triple Crown hopefuls will compete in the $300,000 Southwest Stakes. Carded at a mile and a sixteenth on the main track, the Grade 3 race is also part of the Kentucky Derby points system.
Far Right, the winner of the Smarty Jones Stakes last time out, has been tabbed as the favorite at odds of 3-1 for trainer Ron Moquett. A chestnut son of Notional, he has been on the board in six of his seven starts and is trying to earn the first graded stakes win of his career. He won the Smarty Jones with a bold late run from off the pace and will have Mike Smith back aboard from post position two.
Mr. Z trying for first stakes win after eventful Smarty Jones
Second choice at 7-2 on the morning line is Mr. Z, one of two horses in the race for D. Wayne Lukas. A chestnut son of Malibu Moon, he wound up third as the favorite last time out in the Smarty Jones Stakes after jockey Jon Court was unable to keep him from veering out in the stretch. Court has retained the mount and they are scheduled to break from post position ten.
J S Bach stepping up after sharp maiden win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 4-1 is J S Bach, a homebred for owner Donald Dizney. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the bay son of Tale of the Cat is making his stakes debut after breaking his maiden in his first start of the year at Gulfstream as the heavy favorite. Prior to that, he had been second in his lone start as a juvenile. John Velazquez will be aboard from the rail,
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!