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.
Lightly Raced Denman's Call Looking for First Stakes Win in $75,000 San Pedro
On Sunday at Santa Anita, the track will host the $75,000 San Pedro Stakes. Restricted to three-year-olds, the six furlong contest has drawn a field of seven colts and geldings.
Denman’s Call has been installed as the morning line favorite in the contentious field at odds of 2-1 for trainer Doug O’Neill. A chestnut son of Northern Afleet, the gelding will be trying to earn his first stakes victory and second win of his career. He broke his maiden in his debut and followed that up with a third-place finish in the San Vicente Stakes (G2) where he finished behind his Eclipse Award winning stablemate Nyquist. Flavien Prat will be aboard and they will break from post position five.
Toews on Ice trying to return to form
Second choice at morning line odds of 5-2 is Toews on Ice, one of two horses in the race for trainer Bob Baffert. A dark bay son of Archarcharch, he has been on the board in six of his seven starts and has three victories included one against graded stakes company. He will be trying to rebound after finishing sixth in the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park last time out. Victor Espinoza will be aboard and they will break from post position six.
Stakes debut for Boldly True after allowance win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is Boldly True for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. A dark bay son of Yes It’s True, he will be stepping up to stakes competition for the first time and has two wins from three starts. After a fourth-place finish in his debut, he broke his maiden in his second outing and followed that up with a victory against optional claiming competition. Drayden Van Dyke will be in the irons and they will break from post four.
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!