The Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes for 3-year-olds and older was added to the Pegasus World Cup card for 2019 with a purse of $7 million for the inaugural edition.
Read on to learn more about the race for a closer look at this year’s field.
Racetrack: Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Date: Jan. 26
Purse: $7 million
Distance: 1 3/16 miles
Post Time: 4:57 p.m. ET
First held: 2019
1. Magic Wand (9-2): Returns to U.S. after finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. A Group 2 winner in England from barn of elite trainer Aidan O’Brien warrants respect. Both she and Aerolithe will carry 12 pounds less than six of her opponents.
JOCKEY: Wayne Lordan; TRAINER: Aidan O’Brien
2. Yoshida (5-2): Elite talent goes back to the grass after winning the Grade 1 Woodward on dirt and running fourth in Breeders’ Cup Classic. This distance might be ideal for him, and I’d guess he’ll wind up the tepid favorite.
JOCKEY: Jose Ortiz; TRAINER: Bill Mott
3. Channel Maker (12-1): Grade 1 winner is sort of an “all-or-nothing” type whose best efforts of late have come on softer ground. There is a bit of rain in the forecast, but the Gulfstream turf is usually firm and he’s unplaced in two starts on this course.
JOCKEY: Javier Castellano; TRAINER: Bill Mott
4. Aerolithe (8-1): Group 1 winner in native Japan against males and very capable in this spot, especially carrying 12 pounds less than six opponents. Should be just off the pace and make her bid near the stretch. Might be just a little far for her, but 8-1 morning-line odds would be a gift from the racing gods.
JOCKEY: Florent Geroux; TRAINER: Takanori Kikuzawa
5. Next Shares (15-1): Faded late in the Breeders’ Cup Mile but rebounded nicely to win the Grade 2 San Gabriel on Jan. 5. Has won three of his last four and should be razor sharp at a nice price.
JOCKEY: Tyler Gaffalione; TRAINER: Richard Baltas
6. Fahan Mura (30-1): She looks like the controlling speed and turned in some sparkling performances while winning 7-of-11 starts in 2018. But this is a huge test in class facing males for the first time in a $7 million, Grade 1 race.
JOCKEY: Edwin Maldonado; TRAINER: Vladimir Cerin
7. Bricks and Mortar (5-1): Looked better than ever in return from more than 14 months on the sidelines with a terrific final eighth of a mile. He’s 2-for-2 at Gulfstream for the best turf trainer in the U.S.
JOCKEY: Irad Ortiz Jr.; TRAINER: Chad Brown
8. Delta Prince (15-1): Regally-bred horse has always had high expectations. Seems inconsistent ... until you look at his 10 top-three finishes in 11 starts. He has run well on this turf course and offers nice value.
JOCKEY: Frankie Dettori; TRAINER: Jimmy Jerkens
9. Catapult: (7-2) Multiple graded stakes winner comes in off a monster effort in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. He’s a serious player and versatile enough to stalk or close.
JOCKEY: Joel Rosario; TRAINER: John Sadler
10. Dubby Dubbie (30-1): Finished 11th of 13 in his only other try in a Grade 1. I think there are significantly better options in this race if you are looking for a longshot.
JOCKEY: Luca Panici; TRAINER: Bob Hess
THE PICK: Aerolithe
LIVE LONGSHOT: Delta Prince