by: Rich Bieglmeier
One of the richest days in horse racing, The Pegasus World Cup, is just two weekends away. Last week we previewed the big one, the Pegasus World Cup Invitational. The article highlighted the top eight contenders, according to oddsmakers, along with video of recent performances.
Today, we are going to look back at the first two Pegasus World Cup Invitational races, along with current Gulfstream Park track biases, to see which horses best fit the profile of Pegasus Gulfstream Park winner.
The Pegasus World Cup Invitational is 1 1/8 miles, raced on Gulfstream dirt.
In 2017, the inaugural winner was ARROGATE, ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Bob Baffert. He was shipped in from Santa Anita and rode the rail and won as the $0.90 favorite. In the opening quarter mile, ARROGATE ran third, a half a length behind the leader and held the same exact place at the half-mile marker. He took the lead for good with 5/16th a mile to go and pulled away by 4 3/4 lengths at the wire.
Profile of a Pegasus World Cup Invitational winner clues from race one: favorite, running from the rail, and raced near the lead all the way around the track.
In 2018, GUN RUNNER broke from the 10 spot with jockey Florent Geroux guiding the 2018 leading money winner home first. Much like ARROGATE, GUN RUNNER shipped in from California, was the $1.90 favorite and pressed the early pace.
He ran second in the opening quarter, trailing he leader by a length. The Steve Asmussen trainee continued to hold second a half-mile in, improving by a 1/2 length. GUN RUNNER took the lead by a length with three furlongs to race, holding his length advantage all the way to the winner’s circle.
Profile of a Pegasus World Cup Invitational winner clues shared in the first two races: California shippers, favorites, and pressed the pace from beginning to end.