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.
Veterans Clash in Contentious Alysheba
In one of the more wide-open betting races on the Kentucky Oaks undercard May 6 at Churchill Downs, the Grade 2, $400,000 Alysheba features a field of ten veteran runners set to go a mile and a sixteenth on the main track.
Eagle is the lukewarm 7/2 favorite following his win in the Grade 3 Ben Ali April 16 at Keeneland. The Neil Howard trainee broke through after running well, but settling for minor awards in three successive stakes races earlier in the year at Fair Grounds. Eagle has won 6 of 13 career starts and looks to be in the best form of his life. Regular rider Brian Hernandez retains the mount while breaking from post 4.
Birds of a different feather
Noble Bird (4/1) was second best to Eagle in the Ben Ali, but was making his first start since February. The Mark Casse trainee showed early speed in that race before getting mowed down in the stretch. The four year-old son of Candy Ride is won the Grade 1 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs last summer and should be more fit with the previous race under his belt. Noble Bird finished second by a head in last year’s Alysheba.
Baffert shipper has plenty of zip
The Bob Baffert-trained Cat Burglar will use his early speed while breaking from the rail under Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. Cat Burglar won the Santana Mile last out and has been sharp in each of his three starts this year. The six year-old son of Unbridled’s Song has yet to win a graded stakes race and must prove he can find the winner’s circle against top company.
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!