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.
Grade 2 Mathis Brothers Could Produce a Price
The $200,000 Grade 2 Mathis Brothers Mile Stakes December 26 at Santa Anita is a handicapping puzzle that will force bettors to analyze a host of variables in the opening day turf race for three year-old colts.
The conversation begins with 5/2 morning line favorite Heart to Heart who ships to the west coast for trainer Brian Lynch after capturing a pair of graded stakes wins at Churchill Downs. Heart to Heart has four wins in five lifetime turf starts, and has never lost on firm footing which he should find on the Santa Anita green. In Heart to Heart’s four turf wins, each were earned in gate to wire fashion. However, in the Mathis Brothers, Heart to Heart may not inherit the early lead as easily as he has in previous races.
Faster pace suits Home Run Kitten
Home Run Kitten (6/1) is an interesting proposition for trainer David Hoffmans. The Kitten’s Joy colt won a Grade 3 stakes sprinting over the Santa Anita turf before trying the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint where he ran a disappointing eleventh. The stretch back to a mile is of little concern, however, as Home Run Kitten gave a good account of himself at the distance last spring and summer at Santa Anita including a win in the Singletary Stakes. A fast early pace would benefit Home Run Kitten’s closing style.
Sawyer's Hill a live long shot
Sawyer’s Hill (12/1) has run his last three races at the mile and one eight distance, but looks best-suited for a flat mile. The son of Spring At Last should appreciate the reduced distance and could find a comfortable trip stalking the early pace.
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!