Pegasus World Cup 2019
By Jessica Paquette
The Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) and Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) anchor a truly spectacular card from Gulfstream Park. From interesting, deep maiden fields to a variety of stakes races, there is something for everyone on the card.
Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational
Yoshida (JPN) is one of two Japanese-bred horses in this race and, along with the Irish filly, this race lives up to the international billing. Yoshida has been a very exciting horse to watch campaign and I admire the ambition it took to make him a Grade 1 winner on both turf and dirt. He has been freshened since a competitive fourth place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and by all accounts has continued to physically develop as a five-year-old. He is a tactical horse pace-wise and should land himself squarely in contention. Magic Wand deserves some respect here after a competitive Breeders’ Cup effort. She proved she can make the trip across the pond and turn in a solid effort and, in what is really a wide open race in many ways, the European shipper always warrants a look. Bricks and Mortar is an interesting horse – this is a bold step up in his second start back off of a fourteen month layoff but he did come back impressively last time out. He showed some serious talent early in his career and it seems like a big vote of confidence to spot him here. For a longshot, Delta Prince has some appeal. He is a half to champion Royal Delta and while he has not quite lived up to the success of some of his siblings, he has been knocking on the door of a Grade 1 win and could really surprise here. Also worth noting the Jerkens barn has been live to kick off the Gulfstream meet.
Pegasus World Cup Invitational
Gunnevera has true home track advantage here and at morning line odds of 8-1, he could get overlooked and offer some real value here. He has been really well campaigned throughout his career and has rarely run a bad race – he is a hard-knocking, show up every time sort of horse and seems to have continued to improve as he has matured. He looks like he is coming into this race with a good foundation for his first start of the year and could surprise. Bravazo has been training exceptionally well since a narrow defeat in the Clark Handicap (G1) and he seems like the kind of horse you leave off of your ticket at your own peril. He has proven to be a game competitor and Coach Lukas is very capable of pulling off a big upset victory. Accelerate turned in a sensational year in 2018 and, judging by his impressive recent worktab, is geared to end his career on a high note. He has been the absolute model of consistency throughout his career and has been very well campaigned and well managed. While primarily successful on the West Coast, he showed in the Breeders’ Cup he is more than a California star and is strictly the horse to beat here.