We are only halfway through January and one of the richest horse races of the year in the US takes place this Saturday afternoon as part of Gulfstream Park’s daily card. The 2021 Pegasus World Cup brings together the some of the best in thoroughbred racing.
Represented by the best trainers in the game, as many as 12 world class Thoroughbreds are expected to compete for the lion’s share of this seven-figure prize pool.
2021 Pegasus World Cup
Where: Gulfstream Park
South Florida is the site of this $3 million Grade 1 stakes race. Open to Thoroughbreds four and older, this year’s field is deep in both size and talent. Racing on the dirt track at Gulfstream, this event covers 1 1/8 miles in total distance.
While the final field is still taking shape, Horse Racing Nation has listed 12 contenders as probable for Saturday’s main event.
It appears that everyone will be chasing Knicks Go as the set favorite to win. The actual post positions have yet to be drawn along with the accompanying morning line odds, however this five-year old Maryland-bred horse has the highest HRN rating in the projected field at 7.68.
Trained by Brad Cox, the son of Paynter is coming off a huge victory in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. He covered that distance in 1:33.85 on the dirt track at Keeneland on Nov. 7. This horse appears to bet getting stronger with age after a few disappointing runs earlier in his career.
The biggest competition for the top prize should come from trainer Shug McGaughey’ Code of Honor. This five-year old Kentucky-bred horse closed out last year’s campaign with a second- place finish in the Grade 1 Clark Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 27.
Through five graded events in 2020, the son of Noble Mission placed in the money four times. This includes a victory in the Grade 3 Westchester Stakes at Belmont last June. His most memorable run was in the 2019 Kentucky Derby when he placed second behind Country House.
Another likely contender that should remain right in the mix of this year’s World Cup is True Timber with a HRN rating of 7.41. This would be one of the older Thoroughbreds in the field if trainer Jack Sisterson gives the seven-year old the green light to run.
Sired by Mineshaft, he proved that there is still plenty of gas in the tank with a victory in the 2020 Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Dec. 5. He covered the mile on dirt in 1:36.49 past Snapper Sinclair and Performer. That was his fourth finish in the Top 3 over his past five events.
Another solid contender listed as probable for Saturday is trainer Miguel Silva’s Sleepy Eyes Todd. This five-year old horse caught bettor’s eyes by winning last year’s Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 19. This followed a victory in the ungraded Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland the previous month.
Sired by Paddy O-Prado, this Kentucky-bred contender adds value to his likely longer odds with four winning runs in his last six events dating back to April of last year.
Rounding out the top contenders listed as probable on the early entry list are Jesus’ Team and Tax.
A big part of the services that my marketing company, Blue Pointe Advisors, LLC offers is written content for sports betting websites. I have been working as a full-time sports betting writer for the past nine years following a previous career in the field of sales and marketing.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to write about my true passion in life; the world of sports. I also enjoy concentrating the bulk of my pieces towards the betting angle in sports.
It is always a challenge to take past results and current form to try and correctly determine a future result. Sports brings out the unpredictability in what should be a fairly predictable outcome based on the stats, facts and recent trends in a particular matchup. The one thing that I have learned over the past decade or so is that when it comes to betting on sports there is no such thing as a lock.
The main objective with my writing style is to create insightful articles on a wide variety of sporting topics that can provide an edge to today's sophisticated online player. While there are times when my predictions fall well short of the actual outcome, I still enjoy trying to come up with a logical explanation to support my views on every pick I make.
My love of sports started a long time ago when I was just a kid growing up just outside Philadelphia. While I was a big Phillies, Flyers and 76ers fan, my number one team was always the Eagles. My dad was a season ticket holder from 1961 to 2002 and I would honestly say that he missed less than a handful of games than more than a few dismal seasons.
I was fortunate enough to go to a number of Eagles’ games back in the day including the 1980 NFC Championship when Wilbert Montgomery ran roughshod over the bitter rival Dallas Cowboys to lead Philly to their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Flash forward 40 years later and am I still celebrating the thrilling victory over New England in Super Bowl LVII. I know that my dad was smiling down on that one.