Both Omaha Beach and Spun to Run have been scratched from Saturday’s Grade 1, $3 million Pegasus World Cup. Left is a solid field of evenly matched thoroughbreds.
Race 12. Pegasus World Cup(G1). For Four- Year- Old And Upward, With No Race Day Medication, at a distance of One And One Eighth Miles. Purse $3,000,000.
|1||True Timber||Joe Bravo||Kiaran McLaughlin||15/1|
|2||Tax||Jose Ortiz||Danny Gargan||8/1|
|3||Diamond Oops||Julien Leparoux||Patrick Biancone||15/1|
|SCR||Seeking the Soul||John Velazquez||Dallas Stewart||30/1|
|6||Higher Power||Flavien Prat||John Sadler||6/1|
|7||War Story||Joel Rosario||Elizabeth Dobles||30/1|
|8||Mr Freeze||Luis Saez||Dale Romans||20/1|
|SCR||Spun to Run||Scratched||Scratched|
|10||Mucho Gusto||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||Bob Baffert||9/2|
|11||Tenfold||Tyler Gaffalione||Steve Asmussen||30/1|
|12||Bodexpress||Emisael Jaramillo||Gustavo Delgado||30/1|
Tax has posted two straight triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures coming in, was second over a speed-favoring track last time and should get to be the pace setter from this post. posted a bullet work two weeks ago and has raced and won without Lasix. He’s a Grade 2 winner and has raced at this level. Tax also faces older horses after a 3-year old campaign that saw him never finish worse than third in five races at the nine-furlong distance.
Mucho Gusto also benefits from the scratches, primarily because he won’t have to duel early. Mucho Gusto has never finished worse than fourth in his career. His workouts coming in are sharp. Mucho Gusto goes first time against older runners after competing well in stakes company against his own age class in 2019. Four workouts in 18 days, three of them bullets, should be enough to have him forwardly placed and allow him to find a spot on the board.
War Story is still going strong at age 8. He comes in off a win in the local Harlan’s Holiday that produced a triple-digit Beyer. War Story is exiting a local graded victory and he likes this distance. He has not raced up to his potential in his last two outings,
Diamond Oops received a perfect setup winning the six-furlong Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) five weeks ago and has never raced past one mile. Tough field to try to go a distance for the first time against.
Mr Freeze came into his own last fall, winning Churchill Downs’ Ack Ack and placing in two other graded races.
Higher Power was third in his last two races after poor starts, including the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He’s the lone Grade 1 winner in this group, scoring a commanding victory in the Pacific Classic in which he defeated a few rivals that oppose him again here. He has the class to topple this field. He should be running mid-pack and finish in the top two.
True Timber looks to erase his dismal showing in this race last year. He stretches back out in distance after exiting a decent third-place finish in the Cigar Mile behind a couple of big-name runners.
Bodexpress is such an unknown potential it is hard to trust him too race up to his potential. He is moving up in class and the field could be above his ability.
J’s Top Three Picks:
- Higher Power
- Mucho Gusto