Admission Office Has Longshot Chance in Pegasus Turf

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By Emily Shields

The official field with odds have been drawn for Saturday’s 2020 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1), a 1 3/16-mile race worth $1 million at Gulfstream Park. Magic Wand was made the 7-2 favorite in a field of 12 with one also eligible of Tusk.

Magic Wand (Ire) will have her work cut out for her, as the globetrotting mare has to break from post 12. She was second in this race last year, defeated by Bricks and Mortar, and has run 11 times since, including a Grade 1 victory in Australia in November. Aidan O’Brien trains the daughter of Galileo (Ire), who will have top jockey Ryan Moore back aboard.

The Pegasus World Cup Turf contenders can be wagered on with TVG, and offer value with their morning line odds this year. In with an upset chance is Admission Office, who is 30-1 on the morning line. He hasn’t won since an allowance at Keeneland last April, but he has run very well since, racing Catholic Boy to a half-length in the Dixie (G2) at Pimlico in May, then running third, beaten just a half-length, in the Wise Dan (G2) at Churchill Downs. He was also second by a half-length in Gulfstream’s Fort Lauderdale (G2) in December, defeating Channel Cat who is 10-1 on the morning line. Flavien Prat will ride for Brian Lynch.

Instilled Regard is the horse who won the Fort Lauderdale, and is a 10-1 value for trainer Chad Brown, who trained last year’s winner Bricks and Mortar. He gets Irad Ortiz, Jr. aboard and was once good enough to run fourth in the Kentucky Derby (G1).

Channel Cat’s third in the Fort Lauderdale was his first start since missing by two and a half lengths in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). Earlier last year he won the Bowling Green (G2) at Saratoga, and he has been top three in five of six starts on this course.

Sadler’s Joy was a winner over the Aqueduct turf in November for trainer Tom Albertrani. He has two wins over this course, including a grade 2 here in 2018 and 2017, and will have Javier Castellano aboard. The seven-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy is a grade 1 winner.

Without Parole (GB) is Chad Brown’s second entrant. He is 4-1 morning line and gets international star Frankie Dettori up. He was third in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) last out, and before that ran for John Gosden in Europe. His lone try over this distance he finished off the board.

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