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.
Rivals Meet Again in The Whitney H.
Mucho Macho Man will go into the gate this Saturday at Saratoga looking for his first Grade I stakes win, after coming oh-so-close in a thrilling second place finish in […]
Mucho Macho Man will go into the gate this Saturday at Saratoga looking for his first Grade I stakes win, after coming oh-so-close in a thrilling second place finish in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic. He’ll also be looking for some revenge, as he faces once again the colt he just couldn’t catch in the Classic in Fort Larned. The two rivals will go head-to-head in the $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap, where Fort Larned has been installed as the 7-5 morning line favorite and is the defending champ.
Fort Larned tunes up with Stephen Foster
Fort Larned is coming off a win in the Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill, his first win in three starts in 2013, following dull efforts in the Gulfstream Park and Oaklawn Handicaps earlier in the year. He’ll face two of his Stephen Foster rivals on Saturday, including Ron the Greek, who finished third, and Successful Dan, who was fourth. For his part, Mucho Macho Man opened the year as the well-beaten favorite in the Gulfstream Sunshine Millions Classic, and most recently came back to finish third in the Criminal Type Stakes at Belmont.
Strong field of graded-stakes contenders
Both Mucho Macho Man and Ron The Greek have been listed as the co-third choice for the Whitney at 6-1, behind the 5-2 Cross Traffic, who was beaten by a nose in the Grade I Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont. It was the second, second-place finish in graded-stakes company for the four-year-old Unbridled Song colt, who won his first two career starts earlier this year. Rounding out the Whitney field will be Fast Falcon and Alpha, third and fourth, respectively, in the Grade II Suburban Handicap, and Csaba, most recently third in the Grade III Salvator Mile.
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!