Pegasus World Cup 2019
While the final field for the Pegasus World Cup has not yet been made official, there’s a good indication that at least 11 of the 12 available spots in the gate have been claimed, and online racebooks like Bovada are open for future bets. Horses not listed with odds on the Bovada site for the Pegasus horse race can be bet on request.
Here are some of the key factors leading up to the race.
- The 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Accelerate is expected to be the favorite.
- Guneverra, the runner-up in the BC Classic, is also expected to enter.
- The winner of the 2018 Mexico Triple Crown, Kukulkan will be running and is undefeated in 14 lifetime starts.
- The race will include a second Breeders’ Cup winner in City of Light, who won the 2018 BC Dirt Mile.
- Along with Gunnevera, Seeking The Soul will be running in his second straight Pegasus.
Pegasus World Cup Top Contenders
As mentioned above, Accelerate (+175) is the favorite in the Pegasus future bets at Bovada and he is expected to hold that status right through to race day. He’ll be trying to follow the path of Gun Runner, who claimed the 2017 BC Classic and then the Pegasus in 2018.
Trained by Bob Baffert, Accelerate has won four consecutive races and six of his last seven, with five of those wins at the Grade 1 level.
Current second choice in the futures is City Of Light (+350). He was very impressive in winning the BC Dirt Mile, taking the field wire-to-wire to win by a comfortable 2 3/4 lengths.
While it took City Of Light five races to get to the stakes-racing level, he now has three Grade 1 wins and has been first or second in nine of 10 lifetime starts.
Third in the Pegasus last year Gunnevera (+850) was second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He’s a hard-trying horse that always shows up for the big races and is often a factor in the top three when they hit the wire. Gulfstream is his home track.
The other top contender in the race is McKinzie (+800), who was sidelined with an injury for the 2018 Triple Crown trail. After a six-month layoff he won the (G1) Pennsylvania Derby, ran a very disappointing 12th in the BC Classic, but bounced back with a big win in the (G1) Malibu Stakes.
Of the horses listed here, he’s the only one without a confirmed spot in the race as of January 7.
Pegasus World Cup Long Shots
After reeling off four straight wins in 2017-18, Audible (+1000) ran a respectable third in the 2018 Kentucky Derby. Following a six-month break he since has a win and a second-place finish in races to close out 2018. Three of his five lifetime wins have come at Gulfstream.
Fifth in the Pegasus last year, Seeking The Soul (+1600) scored one win and had three other in-the-money finishes in 2018, including a runner-up effort in the BC Dirt Mile behind City of Light.
Pegasus World Cup Contenders
Of the other horses getting attention Kukulkan proved his dazzling success in Mexico was no fluke when he shipped up to Gulfstream and won the Caribbean Classic in his first start on US soil.
Florida-bred Patternrecognition only has two graded-stakes races in his 11 lifetime starts, but he has won them both including most recently the (G1) Cigar Mile.
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