Thursday, May 23, 2024

First Look: Pegasus World Cup + 7 other graded stakes

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The Pegasus World Cup races have been in the spotlight, but Gulfstream Park has four other graded stakes on its Saturday card, with others on offer at Sam Houston and Santa Anita.

Here is an early look at the likely fields.

Saturday

Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), Gulfstream, 1 1/8 miles, 4-year-olds and up

National Treasure, who hasn’t won since the 2023 Preakness but came within a nose of a Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile victory, was made the 9-5 favorite on the morning line. The second choice is First Mission, who has a record of 5: 3-2-0 and lost by a nose last out in the Clark (G2) to Trademark, who also is entered here and was at 15-1. Hoist the Gold and Senor Buscador, 1-2 in the Cigar Mile (G2) last out, had morning-line odds of 12-1 and 20-1, respectively.

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Nimitz Class

Munnings

4.45

Bruce M Kravets

Edgard J. Zayas

3rd, 2023 M. P. Ballezzi Appreciation Mile LS

20-1

Last Race

3rd, 2023 M. P. Ballezzi Appreciation Mile LS

2 Horse Silk O'Connor O’Connor

Boboman

5.27

Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.

Paco Lopez

1st, 2023 Harlan’s Holiday G3

8-1

Last Race

1st, 2023 Harlan’s Holiday G3

3 Horse Silk Dynamic One Dynamic One

Union Rags

5.01

Todd A. Pletcher

Irad Ortiz, Jr.

6th, 2022 Jockey Club Gold Cup G1

15-1

Last Race

6th, 2022 Jockey Club Gold Cup G1

4 Horse Silk Hoist the Gold Hoist the Gold

Mineshaft

6.55

Dallas Stewart

John R. Velazquez

1st, 2023 Cigar Mile G2

12-1

Last Race

1st, 2023 Cigar Mile G2

5 Horse Silk Trademark Trademark

Upstart

5.11

Victoria H. Oliver

Fernando De La Cruz

1st, 2023 Clark Stakes G2

15-1

Last Race

1st, 2023 Clark Stakes G2

6 Horse Silk Senor Buscador Senor Buscador

Mineshaft

6.11

Todd W. Fincher

Junior Alvarado

2nd, 2023 Cigar Mile G2

20-1

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Cigar Mile G2

7 Horse Silk National Treasure National Treasure

Quality Road

6.54

Bob Baffert

Flavien Prat

2nd, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile G1

9-5

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile G1

8 Horse Silk First Mission First Mission

Street Sense

6.97

Brad H. Cox

Luis Saez

2nd, 2023 Clark Stakes G2

7-2

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Clark Stakes G2

9 Horse Silk Grand Aspen Grand Aspen

Dialed In

4.39

Todd A. Pletcher

Jose L. Ortiz

2nd, 2023 Harlan’s Holiday G3

8-1

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Harlan’s Holiday G3

10 Horse Silk Il Miracolo Il Miracolo

Gun Runner

4.82

Antonio Sano

Javier J. Castellano

3rd, 2023 Clark Stakes G2

20-1

Last Race

3rd, 2023 Clark Stakes G2

11 Horse Silk Crupi Crupi

Curlin

5.78

Todd A. Pletcher

Frankie Dettori

1st, 2023 Queens County LS

20-1

Last Race

1st, 2023 Queens County LS

12 Horse Silk Skippylongstocking Skippylongstocking

Exaggerator

6.08

Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.

Tyler Gaffalione

3rd, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile G1

8-1

Last Race

3rd, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile G1

13 Horse Silk Castle Chaos Castle Chaos

Palace Malice

4.12

Robert N. Falcone, Jr.

3rd, 2023 Cigar Mile G2

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2023 Cigar Mile G2


Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1), Gulfstream, 1 1/8 miles (turf), 4-year-olds and up

Four-year-old filly Warm Heart is the 9-5 morning-line favorite as she faces males here. After a successful career in Europe, she was second by a neck in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf and then third last out in the Hong Kong Vase (G1). Integration, who is 3-for-3 in a career that began in August, is the second choice at 3-1 after winning the Hill Prince (G2) by five lengths over I’m Very Busy, also entered here.

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Horse Silk Atone Atone

Into Mischief

4.45

Michael J. Maker

Paco Lopez

8th, 2023 Turf Mile G1

20-1

Last Race

8th, 2023 Turf Mile G1

2 Horse Silk Jerry the Nipper Jerry the Nipper

Liam’s Map

4.12

Todd A. Pletcher

Jose L. Ortiz

3rd, 2023 Fort Lauderdale G2

20-1

Last Race

3rd, 2023 Fort Lauderdale G2

3 Horse Silk Integration Integration

Quality Road

6.67

Claude R. McGaughey III

Tyler Gaffalione

1st, 2023 Hill Prince G2

3-1

Last Race

1st, 2023 Hill Prince G2

4 Horse Silk I'm Very Busy I’m Very Busy

Cloud Computing

5.34

Chad C. Brown

Irad Ortiz, Jr.

2nd, 2023 Hill Prince G2

15-1

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Hill Prince G2

5 Horse Silk Webslinger Webslinger

Constitution

5.56

Mark E. Casse

Edgard J. Zayas

2nd, 2023 Hollywood Derby G1

15-1

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Hollywood Derby G1

6 Horse Silk Kingmax Kingmax

Kingman

4.12

Jorge Delgado

David Egan

2nd, 2023 Fort Lauderdale G2

12-1

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Fort Lauderdale G2

7 Horse Silk Adhamo Adhamo

Intello

5.82

Chad C. Brown

Flavien Prat

10th, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Turf G1

12-1

Last Race

10th, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Turf G1

8 Horse Silk Master Piece Master Piece

Mastercraftsman

4.87

Rick Dutrow Jr.

Jose Lezcano

1st, 2023 Red Smith G2

8-1

Last Race

1st, 2023 Red Smith G2

9 Horse Silk Warm Heart Warm Heart

Galileo

6.12

Aidan O’Brien

Ryan Moore

3rd, 2023 Hong Kong Vase G1

9-5

Last Race

3rd, 2023 Hong Kong Vase G1

10 Horse Silk Shirl's Speight Shirl’s Speight

Speightstown

5.88

Roger L. Attfield

Luis Saez

8th, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Mile G1

15-1

Last Race

8th, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Mile G1

11 Horse Silk Main Event Main Event

Bernardini

5.06

George Weaver

Javier J. Castellano

1st, 2023 Fort Lauderdale G2

10-1

Last Race

1st, 2023 Fort Lauderdale G2

12 Horse Silk Catnip Catnip

Kitten’s Joy

4.12

Michael Stidham

Frankie Dettori

8th, 2023 Arlington Million G1

15-1

Last Race

8th, 2023 Arlington Million G1

13 Horse Silk Grand Sonata Grand Sonata

Medaglia d’Oro

4.55

Todd A. Pletcher

4th, 2023 Fort Lauderdale G2

Entered

Last Race

4th, 2023 Fort Lauderdale G2

14 Horse Silk Anglophile Anglophile

English Channel

4.67

Brian A. Lynch

5th, 2023 Jockey Club Derby LS

Entered

Last Race

5th, 2023 Jockey Club Derby LS

Pegasus Filly and Mare Turf (G2), Gulfstream, 1 1/16 miles, fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Star Fortress who surged to a 10-length lead last out in the Cardinal (G3), her first U.S. start, is the morning-line favorite at 5-2. The second choice at 9-2 is Fluffy Socks, 0-for-4 since winning the Distaff Turf Mile (G2) and second by a head last out in the Matriarch (G1). Full Count Felicia has won four of her last five, including the Suwanee River (G2) last out by 3/4 length over Accomplished Girl, also entered here.

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Horse Silk Cairo Consort Cairo Consort

Cairo Prince

5.07

Todd A. Pletcher

Ryan Moore

4th, 2023 Tropical Park Oaks LS

15-1

Last Race

4th, 2023 Tropical Park Oaks LS

2 Horse Silk Chili Flag Chili Flag

Cityscape

4.79

Chad C. Brown

Flavien Prat

1st, 2023 Forever Together LS

20-1

Last Race

1st, 2023 Forever Together LS

3 Horse Silk Accomplished Girl Accomplished Girl

Street Boss

4.45

Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.

Edgard J. Zayas

2nd, 2023 Suwannee River G3

20-1

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Suwannee River G3

4 Horse Silk Star Fortress Star Fortress

Sea The Stars

4.45

Cherie DeVaux

Luis Saez

1st, 2023 Cardinal Stakes G3

5-2

Last Race

1st, 2023 Cardinal Stakes G3

5 Horse Silk Full Count Felicia Full Count Felicia

War Front

4.12

Brittany T. Russell

Javier J. Castellano

1st, 2023 Suwannee River G3

10-1

Last Race

1st, 2023 Suwannee River G3

6 Horse Silk Ruby Nell Ruby Nell

Bolt d’Oro

4.45

Richard E. Mandella

Frankie Dettori

1st, 2023 Lady of Shamrock LS

8-1

Last Race

1st, 2023 Lady of Shamrock LS

7 Horse Silk Fluffy Socks Fluffy Socks

Slumber

5.37

Chad C. Brown

Irad Ortiz, Jr.

2nd, 2023 Matriarch Stakes G1

9-2

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Matriarch Stakes G1

8 Horse Silk Queen Goddess Queen Goddess

Empire Maker

6.07

Michael W. McCarthy

Tyler Gaffalione

9th, 2023 Matriarch Stakes G1

6-1

Last Race

9th, 2023 Matriarch Stakes G1

9 Horse Silk Didia Didia

Orpen

5.09

Ignacio Correas IV

Jose L. Ortiz

10th, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf G1

6-1

Last Race

10th, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf G1

10 Horse Silk Sister Lou Ann Sister Lou Ann

Frosted

4.59

Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.

Paco Lopez

3rd, 2023 Suwannee River G3

20-1

Last Race

3rd, 2023 Suwannee River G3

11 Horse Silk Mission Of Joy Mission Of Joy

Kitten’s Joy

4.45

H. Graham Motion

John R. Velazquez

3rd, 2023 QE II Challenge Cup G1

10-1

Last Race

3rd, 2023 QE II Challenge Cup G1

12 Horse Silk Surprisingly Surprisingly

Mastery

5.67

Todd A. Pletcher

Oisin Murphy

7th, 2023 Ballston Spa Handicap G2

20-1

Last Race

7th, 2023 Ballston Spa Handicap G2

13 Horse Silk Be My Sunshine Be My Sunshine

Frosted

4.45

Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.

1st, 2023 Tropical Park Oaks LS

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2023 Tropical Park Oaks LS

Inside Information (G2), Gulfstream, 7 furlongs, fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Last year’s winner, Maryquitecontrary, was 0-for-4 in graded stakes since and then won the listed Rampart Stakes at Gulfstream on Dec. 30. Intrepid Daydream had four straight wins before finishing second by a half-length in the Sugar Swirl (G3), and he has finished in the money in 12 of 14 career starts. Music City Star, now with Jena Antonucci, returned from a 10-month layoff with an optional-claiming allowance win on Jan. 6.

Fred W. Hooper (G3), Gulfstream, 1 mile, 4-year-olds and up

Hejazi returned from a seven-month break with an optional-claiming allowance win and then a second-place finish last out in the Malibu (G1). Cyclone Mischief has made one start since finishing last in the Kentucky Derby, a fourth-place finish in an optional-claiming allowance on Nov. 26. Lightly raced Expressman makes his first start since finishing sixth in the Westchester (G3) in May.

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Horse Silk Hejazi Hejazi

Bernardini

5.61

Bob Baffert

Flavien Prat

2nd, 2023 Malibu G1

Entered

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Malibu G1

2 Horse Silk Expressman Expressman

Liam’s Map

4.12

Todd A. Pletcher

John R. Velazquez

6th, 2023 Westchester G3

Entered

Last Race

6th, 2023 Westchester G3

3 Horse Silk Steal Sunshine Steal Sunshine

Constitution

4.12

Bobby S. Dibona

Paco Lopez

4th, 2023 Harlan’s Holiday G3

Entered

Last Race

4th, 2023 Harlan’s Holiday G3

4 Horse Silk Cyclone Mischief Cyclone Mischief

Into Mischief

6.58

Dale L. Romans

Frankie Dettori

Entered

Last Race

18th, 2023 Kentucky Derby G1

5 Horse Silk Dreaming Of Kona Dreaming Of Kona

Fast Anna

6.07

Aldana Spieth

Scott Spieth

3rd, 2023 Mr. Prospector G3

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2023 Mr. Prospector G3

6 Horse Silk Gilmore Gilmore

Twirling Candy

6.19

Brendan P. Walsh

Jose L. Ortiz

2nd, 2023 Mr. Prospector G3

Entered

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Mr. Prospector G3

7 Horse Silk Castle Chaos Castle Chaos

Palace Malice

4.12

Robert N. Falcone, Jr.

Tyler Gaffalione

3rd, 2023 Cigar Mile G2

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2023 Cigar Mile G2

8 Horse Silk Accretive Accretive

Practical Joke

5.34

Chad C. Brown

Irad Ortiz, Jr.

10th, 2023 Cigar Mile G2

Entered

Last Race

10th, 2023 Cigar Mile G2

9 Horse Silk Giant Game Giant Game

Giant’s Causeway

5.91

Dale L. Romans

Martin Garcia

8th, 2023 Clark Stakes G2

Entered

Last Race

8th, 2023 Clark Stakes G2

10 Horse Silk Great Navigator Great Navigator

Sea Wizard

4.79

Eddie Owens Jr.

Luca Panici

5th, 2023 Mr. Prospector G3

Entered

Last Race

5th, 2023 Mr. Prospector G3

11 Horse Silk Tumbarumba Tumbarumba

Oscar Performance

5.77

Brian A. Lynch

Luis Saez

2nd, 2023 LA Champions Day Classic RS

Entered

Last Race

2nd, 2023 LA Champions Day Classic RS

12 Horse Silk Signator Signator

Tapit

6.37

Claude R. McGaughey III

Javier J. Castellano

4th, 2023 Queens County LS

Entered

Last Race

4th, 2023 Queens County LS

W.L. McKnight (G3), Gulfstream, 1 1/2 miles (turf), 4-year-olds and up

Francesco Clemente was second by a neck last out in the Hollywood Turf Cup (G2), his first graded stakes. Stone Age returned from a six-month layoff in August and finished fifth in three starts since. Verstappen, winless in his last five starts, was caught late to finish a close third last out in the Red Smith (G2).

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Horse Silk Francesco Clemente Francesco Clemente

Dubawi

6.59

Chad C. Brown

Irad Ortiz, Jr.

2nd, 2023 Hollywood Turf Cup G2

Entered

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Hollywood Turf Cup G2

2 Horse Silk Marwad Marwad

Intello

4.45

Nader Moubarak

David Egan

7th, 2023 Fort Lauderdale G2

Entered

Last Race

7th, 2023 Fort Lauderdale G2

3 Horse Silk Stone Age Stone Age

Galileo

6.33

Chad C. Brown

Ryan Moore

5th, 2023 Fort Lauderdale G2

Entered

Last Race

5th, 2023 Fort Lauderdale G2

4 Horse Silk Value Engineering Value Engineering

Lemon Drop Kid

4.79

Michael J. Maker

Jose L. Ortiz

7th, 2023 H. Allen Jerkens LS

Entered

Last Race

7th, 2023 H. Allen Jerkens LS

5 Horse Silk California Frolic California Frolic

California Chrome

4.59

Armando De La Cerda

Edwin Gonzalez

Entered

Last Race

6th, 2023 Pan American G2

6 Horse Silk Palazzi Palazzi

Pioneerof the Nile

4.34

Mark E. Casse

Edgard J. Zayas

4th, 2023 Valedictory Stakes G3

Entered

Last Race

4th, 2023 Valedictory Stakes G3

7 Horse Silk Verstappen Verstappen

War Front

3.87

Brendan P. Walsh

Frankie Dettori

3rd, 2023 Red Smith G2

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2023 Red Smith G2

8 Horse Silk Cellist Cellist

Big Blue Kitten

4.79

George R. Arnold II

Martin Garcia

11th, 2023 River City G3

Entered

Last Race

11th, 2023 River City G3

9 Horse Silk Grand Sonata Grand Sonata

Medaglia d’Oro

4.55

Todd A. Pletcher

Tyler Gaffalione

4th, 2023 Fort Lauderdale G2

Entered

Last Race

4th, 2023 Fort Lauderdale G2

10 Horse Silk Rockemperor Rockemperor

Holy Roman Emperor

4.60

Chad C. Brown

Flavien Prat

7th, 2023 River City G3

Entered

Last Race

7th, 2023 River City G3

11 Horse Silk Anglophile Anglophile

English Channel

4.67

Brian A. Lynch

John R. Velazquez

Entered

Last Race

5th, 2023 Jockey Club Derby LS

12 Horse Silk Red Run Red Run

Gun Runner

5.45

Michael J. Maker

Paco Lopez

9th, 2023 Fort Lauderdale G2

Entered

Last Race

9th, 2023 Fort Lauderdale G2

13 Horse Silk Starting Over Starting Over

Liam’s Map

4.79

Michael J. Maker

Oisin Murphy

6th, 2023 Canadian International G1

Entered

Last Race

6th, 2023 Canadian International G1

14 Horse Silk Catch That Party Catch That Party

More Than Ready

3.79

Michael J. Maker

Javier J. Castellano

4th, 2023 H. Allen Jerkens LS

Entered

Last Race

4th, 2023 H. Allen Jerkens LS

15 Horse Silk Shawdyshawdyshawdy Shawdyshawdyshawdy

Summer Front

5.47

Michael J. Maker

Jose Lezcano

5th, 2023 H. Allen Jerkens LS

Entered

Last Race

5th, 2023 H. Allen Jerkens LS

16 Horse Silk F Five F Five

Not This Time

0.00

Brian A. Lynch

Luis Saez

1st, 2023 H. Allen Jerkens LS

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2023 H. Allen Jerkens LS

La Prevoyante (G3), Gulfstream, 1 1/2 miles (turf), fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Romagna Mia has made three U.S. starts, winning the Via Borghese last out and the Dowager (G3) before that. R Calli Kim has won four in a row, including the Long Island (G3) last out, her first graded stakes. Sister O’Toole finished third in her last two starts, the Redcarpet (G3) and Waya (G3).

John B. Connally Turf Cup (G3), Sam Houston, 1 1/2 miles (turf), 4-year-olds and up

Palazzi won three in a row before finishing fourth in the Canadian International (G1) and Valedictory (G3), all at Woodbine. Sunlit Song has finished in the money in all but one of her last 30 starts, and she was fourth in that one. Catch That Party made his first stakes start in the listed H. Allen Jerkens Handicap last out, finishing fourth.

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Horse Silk Catch That Party Catch That Party

More Than Ready

3.79

Michael J. Maker

David Cohen

4th, 2023 H. Allen Jerkens LS

Entered

Last Race

4th, 2023 H. Allen Jerkens LS

2 Horse Silk Sword Zorro Sword Zorro

Zoffany

6.23

Rachael Keithan

Iram Vargas Diego

9th, 2022 Wickerr RS

Entered

Last Race

9th, 2022 Wickerr RS

3 Horse Silk Seductive U S A Seductive U S A

El Kingdom

3.79

Cesar Govea

Leandro D. Goncalves

6th, 2023 John B. Connally Turf Cup G3

Entered

Last Race

6th, 2023 John B. Connally Turf Cup G3

4 Horse Silk Summer Lover Summer Lover

Summer Front

3.79

Cesar Govea

Richard A. Bracho

Entered
5 Horse Silk Palazzi Palazzi

Pioneerof the Nile

4.34

Mark E. Casse

Freddy Manrrique

4th, 2023 Valedictory Stakes G3

Entered

Last Race

4th, 2023 Valedictory Stakes G3

6 Horse Silk Street Ready Street Ready

More Than Ready

4.84

Michael J. Maker

Jose L Alvarez

10th, 2023 Buddy Diliberto Memorial LS

Entered

Last Race

10th, 2023 Buddy Diliberto Memorial LS

7 Horse Silk Singapore Flash Singapore Flash

Shanghai Bobby

4.12

J. R. Caldwell

Rene Diaz

9th, 2021 Remington Green LS

Entered

Last Race

9th, 2021 Remington Green LS

8 Horse Silk Dynadrive Dynadrive

Temple City

4.79

Michael J. Maker

Reylu Gutierrez

8th, 2023 Canadian International G1

Entered

Last Race

8th, 2023 Canadian International G1

9 Horse Silk Paluxy Paluxy

Brody’s Cause

3.79

Scott E. Young

Floyd Wethey Jr.

4th, 2023 Zia Park Championship LS

Entered

Last Race

4th, 2023 Zia Park Championship LS

10 Horse Silk Sunlit Song Sunlit Song

My Golden Song

4.12

Mindy J. Willis

Stewart Elliott

1st, 2023 Remington Green LS

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2023 Remington Green LS

11 Horse Silk Ocelot Ocelot

Big Blue Kitten

3.79

Karl Broberg

Elvin Gonzalez

10th, CD MSW (6/20/21-R10)

Entered

Last Race

10th, CD MSW (6/20/21-R10)

12 Horse Silk Red Run Red Run

Gun Runner

5.45

Michael J. Maker

Fernando Jara

9th, 2023 Fort Lauderdale G2

Entered

Last Race

9th, 2023 Fort Lauderdale G2

Houston Ladies Classic (G3), Sam Houston, 1 1/16 miles, fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Dear Lady makes her first stakes start after winning her last two at Oaklawn and Churchill Downs. Perfect Wish won three straight before finishing seventh in the Remington Park Oaks (G3) then returning to win the black-type She’s All In, also at Remington Park. Free Like a Girl won two stakes for Louisiana-breds before finishing third last out in the Bob F. Wright Memorial Stakes.

San Pasqual (G2), Santa Anita, 1 1/8 miles, 4-year-olds and up

Mr. Fisk has won two straight stakes, most recently the Native Diver (G3). Mixto broke his maiden in November then finished second in the San Antonio (G2) behind Newgrange, who is possible here. Salesman’s win in the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G2) was his first U.S. win in four starts after a long career in Europe. National Treasure was possible here but is running in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational.

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