Paul’s Plays: Pegasus World Cup Card Selections

All eyes will be on Gulfstream Park on Saturday for the Pegasus World Cup card. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Paul Lo Duca grew up a baseball and horse racing fan has been able to realize his dreams by working in both professions. Lo Duca spent 11 seasons in Major League Baseball, primarily as a catcher, and made four All-Star teams before retiring with a career batting average of .286 and 1,112 hits. After his baseball career, Lo Duca began a new career in the horse-racing broadcasting world. 

In 2019, Lo Duca will be an occasional guest correspondent for America’s Best Racing, providing social media and video coverage.

Below are Paul’s plays for the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Saturday as well as for the rest of the day's races. 

Gulfstream Park, Race 1

#1 Olympic Runner (6-5)

#9 Traveling (7-2)

Gulfstream Park, Race 2

#3 Charlie the Greek (15-1)

#4 Fire Mission (5-2)

#6 Minute Madness (7-2)

#8 Polar Jet (8-1)

#9 Souper Wish (4-1)

Gulfstream Park, Race 3

#4 World of Trouble (6-5)

#8 Recruiting Ready (10-1)

Gulfstream Park, Race 4

#13 Ranger Up (5-1)

Race 5, Ladies' Turf Sprint Stakes

#6 Just Talkin (6-1)

#8 Smiling Causeway (4-1)

#9 Pastime (20-1)

Race 6, South Beach Stakes

#9 Dolce Lili (5-1)

#12 Road to Victory (4-1)

#1 Fire Key (10-1)

Race 7, Fasig-Tipton Hurricane Bertie Stakes

#3 Awestruck (6-1)

#4 Shamrock Rose (2-1)

#2 Dream Pauline (3-1)

#8 Stormy Embrace (4-1)

Race 8, La Prevoyante Stakes

#5 Tricky Escape (9-2)

#1 Holy Helena (3-1)

#9 Santa Monica (7-2)

#8 Semper Sententiae (8-1)

Race 9, Fred W. Hooper Stakes

#4 Breaking Lucky (9-2)

#6 Aztec Sense (7-2)

#9 Unbridled Juan (8-1)

#8 Copper Town (6-1)

Race 10, W. L. McKnight Stakes

#7 Canessar (5-1)

#2 Soglio (9-2)

#4 Zulu Alpha (4-1)

#3 Winter Union (15-1)

Race 11, $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf

#3: Channel Maker (12-1): If you throw out his last race, he has the best numbers at longer distances compared with the rest of this field. Love the price at 12-1.

#2 Yoshida  (5-2): I still don’t know if he’s better on dirt or turf, but I know he’s good! Must use.

#7 Bricks and Mortar (5-1): He came off a long layoff and ran his career-best race. Look for more improvement in his second start off the layoff for champion trainer Chad Brown.

#4 Aerolithe (8-1)

Race 12, $9 million Pegasus World Cup

#5 Accelerate (9-5): Trainer John Sadler finally got the Breeders’ Cup monkey off his back when he won the Classic in November, and my sources say he’s feeling the best he’s ever felt ... meaning the horse.

#8 Gunnevera (8-1): He just seems to show up to the party every time. With anticipation of a fast pace, a horse who has won $1.8 million at Gulfstream Park will be rolling like freight train late.

#6 Tom’s d’Etat (20-1): My longshot in this race. He has tremendous numbers that can compete, especially if it rains, but seasoning is an issue. I think he’s a live longshot to hit the board.

#3 City of Light (5-2)

Good Luck!

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