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 II $200,000 Honorable Miss Headlines Monday Action at Spa
Monday action at the Spa includes a single stakes race, the $200,000 Grade II Honorable Miss, a handicap event for fillies and mares three years old and upward going six panels on the dirt.
The event attracts a field of seven including 2/1 morning line favorite La Verdad who enters on a four race winning streak for trainer Linda Rice including the Grade II Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct in April. La Verdad’s streak also includes wins in nine of her last ten starts with the lone blemish a second place effort in the Grade II Barbara Fritchie at Laurel Park in February. La Verdad has a sparkling career record of nine wins in eleven starts with just one off-the-board finish - a fourth-place effort in her debut.
My Wandy's Girl tough to go against
The second choice, My Wandy’s Girl (7/2 ML), for trainer Michael Hushion defeated La Verdad in the Barbara Fritchie before a third place effort in her last start – the Grade II Ruffian a Belmont following a three month layoff. My Wandy’s Girl has also been a win machine with fifteen career victories in twenty four starts for earnings of nearly $600,000.
Speedinthruthecity adds value
At 6/1 Speedinthruthecity looks like a legitimate value play for those looking to knock off the favorites. The Steve Asmussen trainee has recorded six wins in fourteen lifetime starts including a victory in the Roxelana Stakes at Churchill Downs in his last effort. Ridden by Julien Leparoux, Speedinthruthecity figures to sit just off 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!