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 3 Bed O' Roses Attracts Talented Field
The $150,000 Bed O’ Roses Stakes Saturday, June 25 at Belmont Park features a talented group of six fillies and mares set to contest the seven furlong event on the main track.
2015 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Wavell Avenue is the 6/5 morning line favorite and gets some class relief after a third-place and fourth-place effort in a pair grade 1 races earlier this year. The Chad Brown trainee was far from disgraced while finishing third in the Grade 1 Madison in April at Keeneland and came back in the Humana Distaff to make a mild closing move behind runaway winner Taris May 7 at Churchill Downs. Wavell Avenue will break from post 2 while carrying the high weight of 123 lbs.
West Coast Chick doing well
West Coast Chick (3/1) enters the Bed O' Roses in fine form after finishing second in the Grade 3 Vagrancy May 21 at Belmont and no worse than third in any of her last three starts. The Nick Zito trained filly appears to be finding her best stride now and could attract the attention of handicappers looking for a horse heading in the right direction. The daughter of Malibu Moon has always been comfortable over the Belmont main track, but will likely need to show up with the best race of her career to topple the favorite.
Bar of Gold has plenty of zip
Bar of Gold is listed at 4/1 on the morning line, but could certainly overtake West Coast Chick as the second betting choice in the race. The speedy graded stakes winner is fresh off a win in the Grade 3 Critical Eye Stakes and is certainly capapble of taking this field gate to wire.
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!