Accelerate Is Favored In Saturday’s $9 Million Pegasus World Cup Invitational

Winter’s biggest racing event takes place this Saturday January 26th at Gulfstream Park — the $9 Million Pegasus World Cup Invitational. Featured under card race is the $7 Million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. First post of this stakes filled program is 11:30 AM. All four Virginia Bets OTBs will simulcast the action — Breakers Sports Grille and Ponies & Pints in Richmond, Buckets Bar & Grill in Chesapeake, and The Windmill Off Track Sports Grill in Martinsville/Collinsville. 

The two favorites for this year’s Pegasus World Cup Invitational both drew well in a field of 12 Tuesday at Gulfstream Park.

Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year candidate Accelerate will be slotted in the 5 post as the 9-5 favorite, while second choice and Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner City of Light wound up in post position 3 at 5-2.

Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Accelerate is early favorite in the January 26th Pegasus World Cup.

Among the other leading contenders, last year’s Kentucky Derby third-place finisher Audible (post position 10) and Cigar Mile winner Patternrecognition (PP 12) will both have to overcome a difficult outside draw for the 1 1/8-mile configuration at Gulfstream Park.

For the first time this year, the Pegasus event will feature two main races, one being the new Pegasus World Cup Turf. For that race, Woodward Stakes winner Yoshida drew the 2 post position as the favorite at 5-2. Catapult is second at 7-2, coming out of the 9 post.
The turf race will be run at 1 3/16 miles with a $7 million purse, $3 million to the winner. The dirt race features a $9 million purse, with $4 million to the winner.

Here are the complete fields with odds, trainer and jockey.

Pegasus World Cup:

1. Bravazo (12-1)— D Wayne Lukas, Luis Saez
2. Something Awesome (20-1)—Jose Corrales, Edgar Prado
3. City of Light (5-2) — Mike McCarthy, Javier Castellano
4. Seeking the Soul (12-1) — Dallas Stewart, John Velazquez
5. Accelerate (9-5) — John Sadler, Joel Rosario
6. Tom’s d’Etat (20-1) — Al Stall, Jr., Shaun Bridgmohan
7. True Timber (30-1) — Kiaran McLaughlin, Joe Bravo
8. Gunnevera (8-1) — Antonio Sano, irad Ortiz Jr.
9. Kukulkan (30-1)— Fausto Gutierrez, Frankie Dettori
10. Audible (10-1) — Todd Pletcher, Flavien Prat
11, Imperative (30-1) — Anthony Quartarolo, Tyler Gaffalione
12. Patternrecognition (10-1) — Chad Brown, Jose Ortiz

Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational:

1. Magic Wand (9-2) — Aidan O’Brien, Wayne Lordan
2. Yoshida (5-2)— Bill Mott, Jose Ortiz
3. Channel Maker (12-1)—Bill Mott, Javier Castellano
4. Aerolithe (8-1)— Takanori Kikuzawa, Florent Geroux
5. Next Shares (15-1)— Richard Baltas, Tyler Gafflione
6. Fahan Mura (30-1) — Vladamir Cerin,Edwin Maldanado
7. Bricks and Mortar (5-1) — Chad Brown, Irad Ortiz. Jr.
8. Delta Prince — (15-1) Jimmy Jerkens, Frankie Dettori
9. Catapult (7-2)— John Sadler, Joel Rosario
10. Dubby Dubbie (30-1)— Bob Hess, Luca Panici
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