Monday, December 25, 2017
The Pegasus World Cup is just a month away and the field is slowly filling up for the $16 million event, the richest race anywhere.
Included among the probables for the 1 1/8-mile race are the first five finishers from the Breeders' Cup Classic: Gun Runner, Collected, West Coast, War Story and Gunnevera. And if Gun Runner appears to be unbeatable, remember California Chrome and Arrogate. Also in the discussion are Clark Handicap winner Seeking the Soul, Conditions Stakes winner Toast of New York and Stellar Wind, eighth in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.
Toast of New York is a 6-year-old who finished second behind Bayern in the 2014 Classic, then retired until recently when he returned to win his comeback race in England. Stellar Wind is a 5-year-old mare who was the champion 3-year-old filly of 2015.
On the 'possibles' list are Mind Your Biscuits, Fear the Cowboy, Guiseppe the Great, Game Over, Prime Attraction and Destin. All depending on who can make late deals, etc.
FROSH LEAD STILL ON HOLD - Just a week remaining to determine Florida's freshman sire leader and the top three are set, although not necessarily in this order: Treasure Beach, Soldat, Prospective. Treasure Beach has 13 winners, Soldat picked up No. 12 this week when Pferd Soldat won at Laurel and Prospective, who will wind up third, grabbed No. 9 with the victory of John Oxley's Lovely Sunset at Gulfstream yesterday. Pleasant Acres Stallions' Poseidon's Warrior and Treasure Beach will finish 1-2 in the progeny earnings category.
ANOTHER BONANZA NEARS - The Rainbow Six jackpot at Gulfstream has grown to $346,394, so somebody has the opportunity to cash in a juicy payoff just in time for the new year. There have been a slew of them already this year.
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