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.
Wide Open New York at Belmont Saturday
Racing action in New York is highlighted this weekend with a pair of graded stakes races on Saturday at Belmont Park. First up, race 8 on the 11-race card, will […]
Racing action in New York is highlighted this weekend with a pair of graded stakes races on Saturday at Belmont Park. First up, race 8 on the 11-race card, will be the Grade II $200,000 New York for fillies and mares age three-year-old and up going 1 ¼ miles on the sweeping Belmont turf. The race is shaping up to be a reunion of sorts for old rivals, as five of the expected starters met earlier this year in the Grade II Sheepshead Bay.
Tannery looks for second in a row
Included in the field is the winner of that one, Tannery, who had shipped over last September from her native Ireland. Tannery made her US debut with a third-place finish in the Grade I Garden City Stakes, but so far this year had three out-of-the money tries before scoring a one-length victory over a soft turf in the Sheepshead. Her biggest challenge is likely to come from another Irish-bred in the form of Dream Peace, a Group II winner in France seeking her first US victory after four straight in-the-money finishes in Grade I races.
New York offers great betting value
Whether you’re at the track or wagering at one of New York’s OTBs, the race looks to offer good value, with the morning-line odds on the favorite, Dream Peace, set at 5-2. Second choice at 7-2 is Lady of Shamrock, who ships in from California with two Grade I victories on her resume. Tannery is listed as 9-2 in the morning line. Also on the card is the $150,000 Grade III Victory Ride for three-year-old fillies, going six- furlongs on the dirt. Last year’s winner, Emma’s Encore, set a record for the event, running a blistering 1:08.4.
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!