A look at the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Field

Aerolite is a GI winner from Japan. He won the  1 1/2 miles GII Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot last June. Aerolithe will be racing for the first time outside her native country. She has been first or second in nine of 13 lifetime starts, four of them wins, including victories over males in the 2017 GI NHK Mile Cup and the 9 furlongs GII Mainichi Okan last October. 

Bricks and Mortar will be making just his eighth career start in the Pegasus Turf. He is undefeated in two tries over Gulfstream’s turf, breaking his maiden at first asking in February 2017 and returning from a 14 1/2 layoff to won a one mile optional claiming allowance on Dec. 22. Bricks And Mortar won his first four career starts, including the GII National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes in 2017. He ran third in his final two starts at three, in the G3 Saranac and in the G3 Hill Prince.

Channel Maker exits an off-the-board finish over a soft course in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Nov. 3. He won two of eight starts last year, dead-heating with Glorious Empire in the GII Bowling Green. He won by 4 1/2 lengths the GI Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational in September.

Catapult is second choice on the morning line at 7/2. He won the nine-furlong GII Eddie Read and GII Del Mar Mile prior to the Breeders’ Cup Mile, where he finished second.

Delta Prince has finished worse than third only once in 11 lifetime starts, when he ran fourth in the GI Woodbine Mile Sept. 15. He won the King Edward (GII) over Woodbine’s turf last summer and second by a neck in the Fourstardave (GI) at Saratoga, both at one mile, Delta Prince returns to the grass after finishing third in the seven-furlong Bold Ruler (GIII) over Aqueduct’s main track Nov. 2.

Dubby Dubbie recently won a second-level optional claiming allowance going nine furlongs over a yielding Churchill Downs course on Nov. 23. Also ran third in the G3 American Derby last summer.

 

Fahan Mura had easy gate -to-wire victory in the 9 furlongs G3 Robert J. Frankel Dec. 29 at Santa Anita. She has recorded 9 wins from 23 starts.

 

 

Next Shares enters the Pegasus Turf having won three of his last four starts, the most recently the 9 furlongs GII San Gabriel Jan. 5 at Santa Anita. He won the GI Shadwell Turf Mile in October at Keeneland, he finished 13th in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Yoshida drew Post 2 and installed as the 5/2 program favorite. The field features nine Group or Graded winners, including Channel Maker another Bill Mott trained entree. Yoshida made the first ten starts of his career on the turf, including a trip to Royal Ascot last June, when he finished fifth in the GI Queen Anne Stakes. He ran first or second in seven of those grass races, four of them wins, he won the GI Turf Classic in his 2018 debut. He won GI Woodward at Saratoga in September. In his last start, he finished fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Following the Breeders’ Cup, Yoshida joined Mott’s winter string at Payson Park in Florida, where he shows six works over its main track since mid-December.

 

 

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