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.
Six Fillies Lined Up for 60 K Pan Zareta at Fair Grounds
The $60,000 Pan Zareta Stakes January 10 at Fair Grounds is the lone stakes race on the card, featuring a compact field of six fillies and mares scheduled for the five and a half furlong turf sprint.
Good Deed, the 4/5 morning line favorite for trainer Steve Margolis, has been ultra-consistent winning 8 of 15 starts in her career including 3 of her last 5. Good Deed returned from over a nine month layoff December 14 to vanquish allowance foes at Fair Grounds where she has excelled. Good Deed will attempt to avenge a second place finish in last year’s Pan Zareta. She will break from post four under jockey Brian Hernandez.
Duchess back in winning form
4/1 second choice Starship Duchess is another consistent performer, earning 6 wins in 14 lifetime starts for earnings of $150,716. Starship Duchess returned to winning form in her last start, beating allowance foes November 28 to snap a three race losing streak. Trained by Louie Roussell, Starship Duchess will be ridden by E.T. Baird.
Amoss runner looks to stay sharp
Angie’s Prim Lady (9/2) has won three of her last five starts for trainer Tom Amoss, and has hit the board in 10 of 14 career starts for earnings of $133,288. The four year-old daughter of With Distinction will break from post six under jockey James Graham.
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!