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.
Stakes Day at Prairie Meadows Includes G3 Iowa Oaks
A field of nine sophomore fillies will take to the track in Saturdays $200,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows. The Grade 3 event will be run at a mile and a sixteenth on conventional dirt and has held graded stakes status since 2004.
The slight favorite in the wide-open field of nine is Sugar Shock, a three-year-old daughter of Candy Ride (ARG) trained by Doug Anderson. Channing Hill will be aboard and he has ridden her to all four of her victories, most recently in the Panthers Stakes. The lone real blemish on her eight-race record was an eighth-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks.
Kentucky Oaks contender looking for first graded win
Second choice at 7-2 is Michael Maker’s chestnut filly, Thank You Marylou. Carrying the familiar red and white colors of Ken and Sarah Ramsey, the daughter of Birdstone will be making her first start since a fifth-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks. She has won two of her five starts, both of which came against stakes company and will attempt to earn her first graded win. Cornelio Velazquez has been named to ride with regular rider Julian Leparoux going with Ria Antonia.
Longshot Designer Legs tries to get back on the board
Also in the field is longshot Designer Legs for trainer Dallas Stewart. Robbie Albarado, Jr. will be aboard the three-year-old daughter of Graeme Hall. She won the first stakes race of her career at Prairie Meadows as a juvenile before winning the Adirondack Stakes (G2) via disqualification. She has been tabbed at 12-1 morning line and has yet to hit the board from two starts this year.
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!