Although it’s still early days in terms of who we think may line up in the 2019 Pegasus World Cup, only certain horses will even be good enough to take part, let alone qualify, so we can start to second guess some of the potential names on show.
Already a pattern may be developing in terms of the type of horse that wins this, so keep in mind the history of the Pegasus in order to help you understand what it takes to win it. Check that out within our main Pegasus page here.
The world’s biggest owners love to flex their muscles in the big races, so even having to stump up a cool million to get involved in this contest does not put them off. So long as they feel they have a contender they’ll be sure to get the check book out and as such we take a look at some of the horses capable of landing a blow:
Accelerate (trainer: John Sadler, owner: Hronis Racing LLC)
John Sadler’s stable star turn six years old at the turn of the year but he’s been peaking in 2018 having shot clear to win the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic by more than twelve lengths from Pavel before backing up that win both at Santa Anita and in Louisville in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Accelerate is the one to beat right now and it’s hoped he is nominated.
Audible (trainer: Todd Pletcher, owner: China Horse Club)
The forgotten horse at this level maybe? Having had a great prep, this runner got a little too far back in the Kentucky Derby before running on to finish third, only 2 ¾ lengths behind Triple Crown winner Justify. He was a beaten 1/10 favorite on his return in December but he needed that run after a problem and let’s not forget that he is a Florida Derby winner – a Grade 1 race over 1 1⁄8 miles at Gulfstream no less!
City Of Light (trainer: Michael McCarthy, owner: Mr & Mrs William K Warren Jr)
This son of Quality Road is a very interesting contender. He was well beaten by Accelerate back in May but he’d won over 1 1⁄8 miles in April beating the same horse on that occasion and promising to improve past time. If he could do that, he’d be beating the BC Classic winner so the form is rock solid. He scored in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile with a wire-to-wire win and if employing those tactics again over this distance could be hard to beat.
Gunnevera (trainer: Antonio Sano, owner: Margoth)
The five-year-old is maturing nicely now and will show himself to be a much better horse then twelve months ago when he finished 13½ lengths off the pace in third. He comes into this race a Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up and is a major contender.
McKinzie (trainer: Bob Baffert, owner: Karl Watson, Michael Pegram & Paul Weitman)
Another horse that failed in the Classic in Kentucky but at this age he could get better and is only a three-year-old right now. His win in the Pennsylvania Derby at Parx back in September marked him out at the time as a true quality performer and he will not be one to take lightly.
Aerolithe (trainer: Takanori Kikuzawa, owner: Sunday Racing Co Ltd)
The Japanese mare could add some international flavor to this race and she has pretty good form at Grade 1 level on the turf over there. The distance seems fine and she’ll hope for a firm track.
Catapult (trainer: John Sadler, owner: Woodford Racing LLC)
A Grade 2 turf winner twice over now (Eddie Read Stakes & Del Mar Mile), this six-year-old full horse more importantly was a close second in a bunched finish to the Breeders’ Cup Mile behind Expert Eye and on breeding he may appreciate the extra 3/16 of a mile.
Magic Wand (trainer: Aidan O’Brien, owner: Tabor, Smith, Maginer and Jooste)
A Grade 2 winner at Royal Ascot and close fourth behind Sistercharlie in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, this Irish trained filly may love these conditions and will be a leading contender if lining up.
Yoshida (trainer: Bill Mott, owner: Win Star Farm LLC, China Horse Club)
As a dual Grade 1 winner in 2018 and a close fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Yoshida’s form is in the bag. It is thought by owners that, as a Grade 1 winner on turf already back on Kentucky Derby day, this race could be ideal for him and he may be sent to England in the summer to contest the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Once the field is known and your choices are made, you can watch the race live at TVG and place your bets here with us too. Our race experts will be on hand during the build-up to the race to offer up to the minute analysis of the runners but for now, check out the latest odds.
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