The Pegasus World Cup Card Dazzles

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By Emily Shields

Although the main event at Gulfstream Park is Saturday’s 2020 Pegasus World Cup  (G1), the 12-race card features nine stakes races total, and a pair of maiden special weight races for well-bred three-year-olds.

The $150,000 World of Trouble Turf Sprint goes as Race 3 and is the first stakes on the card. Shekky Shebaz drew the rail and is an 8-5 favorite in a field of eight, which includes Pay Any Price who is riding a two-race win streak.

The $150,000 Ladies’ Turf Sprint has the speedy Girls Know Best, 7-5 on the morning line with two wins in four starts over the course and five wins at the distance. Jean Elizabeth is on a five-race win streak, and retains jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.

The $150,000 South Beach Stakes drew 12 with an also-eligible of Ebullient. Hidden Facts was second here, beaten just a head, on January 5. Mitchell Road was a stakes winner here over a mile on December 14 and has never been worse than second in five starts over the course.

The $150,000 Fred W. Hooper (G3) is wide open, with 14 horses set to go to the post and Free Enterprise the favorite at 4-1 for trainer Chad Brown. Seven Trumpets is 6-1 morning line for trainer Dale Romans and is rounding back into form after a Churchill Downs allowance win on December 1 over six furlongs.

The $200,000 La Prevoyante Stakes (G3) features the Aidan O’Brien-trained shipper Simply Beautiful, who comes in from Ireland and will be ridden by Ryan Moore. Graham Motion has a pair in Mean Mary and Touriga who are both unbeaten in one try each over the surface. Chad Brown is formidable as always on the grass with Lady Paname, 3-1 despite being off 13 months.

The $200,000 Inside Information Stakes is seven furlongs on the main track. It features the return of Spiced Perfection, who scratched out of a two-turn event at Santa Anita two weeks ago. She was last seen winning the Go for Wand (G3) at Aqueduct in December and is a dual grade 1-winner.

The $200,000 W. L. McKnight Stakes (G3) is bookended by strong contenders. Red Knight is 3-1 and breaks from the rail for trainer Bill Mott. American Tattoo drew post 12 and is 7-2 for trainer Todd Pletcher. He is coming off a win in an off the turf event here December 28 over several of today’s rivals.

The Pegasus World Cup Turf and Pegasus World Cup complete the blockbuster card at Gulfstream Park.


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