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.
Romansh Tops the Field for the Suburban Handicap
Some of the top long distance older horses in the country are scheduled to compete in the $500,000 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park. The Grade 2 event has drawn a field of eleven to compete at the classic distance of a mile and a quarter on the main track.
Installed as the favorite at 3-1 on the morning line and slated to carry 117 pounds is Romansh for trainer Tom Albertrani. The four-year-old son of Bernardini will have Jose Ortiz in the irons bearing the familiar blue silks of Godolphin Racing, LLC. A $750,000 purchase as a yearling, Romansh has won four of his ten starts and was last seen finishing third to Palace Malice in the Met Mile (G1).
Last Gunfighter will tote the high weight
Second choice at 7-2 and carrying a high weight of 120 pounds is Last Gunfighter. Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Javier Castellano, the five-year-old son of First Samurai won his first start of the year in May with a nose decision in the Mountainview Handicap as the favorite. Two of his nine career victories have come at a mile and a quarter and he will break from post five, just inside of Romansh.
Norumbega goes for two in a row
Also in the field at 6-1 is distance specialist Norumbega, a four-year-old son of Tiznow bred and owned by Stuart Janney, III and trained by Claude "Shug" McGaughey. Joel Rosario will be back aboard after piloting the grey colt to a game victory in the Brooklyn Handicap in June. The pair prevailed by a hard fought neck in the mile and a half race.
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!