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.
Showdown of the State-Breds in the $125,000 New York Stallion Series
On Saturday at Aqueduct, New York-bred fillies and mares will take center stage in the 8th running of the $125,000 New York Stallion Series. The seven-furlong contest has drawn a field of ten.
Sunny Desert has been named the morning line favorite at odds of 3-1 for trainer Bruce Levine. Though winless from four starts this year after returning off of an extended layoff, she is an eight time winner and won the 2012 edition of the New York Stallion Series. She is trying to rebound after finishing eighth after a troubled trip in the Empire Distaff Handicap in October. John Velazquez will be aboard from post six.
Vicki's Dancer going for NY Stallion Series repeat
Second choice at 7-2 is the defending winner of the 2013 running of the New York Stallion Series, Vicki’s Dancer. Trained by Rudy Rodriguez, the five-year-old daughter of Disco Rico is attempting to earn her first win of the year and sixth of her career. After finishing third last time out, she will get an equipment change and wear blinkers for the first time. Irad Ortiz, Jr. has picked up the mount and they will break from post four.
Saythreehailmary's trying for first stakes win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Saythreehailmary’s for trainer John Morrison. Bred and owned by Very Un Stable, the sophomore daughter of Repent has been on the board in five of her seven career starts, all of which have come this year. She was last seen winning an allowance race against state-bred company and is going for her first stakes win. Dylan Davis, aboard last time out, has retained the mount from post eight.
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!