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.
Paradise Creek Stakes Features Up and Comers
The $100,000 Paradise Creek Stakes, a race carded at seven furlongs for three year-old turf horses May 28 at Belmont, features a field of eight in addition to a pair of runners on the also-eligible list in what shapes up to be a great betting race.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has had more than his share of success campaigning turf runners and appears to have another good one on his hands with 8/5 moring line favorite Mighty Mo. The sophomore runner is a son of the powerhouse stallion Uncle Mo who has produced first crop horses such as 2016 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist. Mighty Mo broke his maiden in his second caereer start March 26 at Gulfstream Park and followed that effort with a fine second place effort April 23 in the Woodhaven Stakes at Aqueduct. Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez will have the mount while breaking from post 8.
Maiden winner looks the part
Conquest See Ya is the 2/1 morning line second choice for trainer Mark Casse following an impressive maiden score Aprile 30 at Belmont. Prior to that effort the son of Adios Charlie finished third in his debut at Woodbine. Despite an obscure pedigree, this runner appears to be the real deal and will be tough to deny if able to make slight improvement on his last speed figure. Like several runners in the race, however, Conquest See Ya will have plenty of questions to answer while facing better competiton. Jockey Jose Lezcano will take the mount while breaking from the rail.
Clement speedster should be more fit
Christope Clement is another turf savvy trainer and must be respected with 4/1 shot Too Discreet. The son of Discreet Cat also exits the Woodhaven where he finished fourth while making his seasonal debut. Prior to that start, Too Discreet won a pair of five and a half furlong sprints last year at Saratoga.
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!