Across the pond at Gulfstream Park on Saturday we have the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes amongst a decent card out there.
Best bet for the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes Gulfstream Park
Grade One 1m1f Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes on the Dirt is due off at 10.34 our time. It is not perhaps the race it was when launched in 2017 with it’s $1 million entry fee and in 2018 $16m prize-fund but it is still a very big race with two of the very biggest names Stateside lining-up. The two main hopes arrive off the back of wins at the Breeders Cup at Del Mar last November.
Last year's winner Knicks Go won the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Classic over 1m2f book ending 2021 with two huge wins. There is a lot to be said for track and trip form. Life is Good won the Grade One Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, I tipped him, and though he has never gone this far there is every reason to believe the extra furlong shouldn’t be a problem. I am reliably told Gulfstream tends to favour front-runners and both these horses are all about speed and love to race prominently so it could be a cracker. Knicks Go lead every yard last year but that won’t be so easy with Life is Good in the line-up and the Todd Pletcher trained colt didn’t look to be slowing down in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winning by 5¾ lengths. If the stamina lasts out, I think the four-year-old might be able to lead every yard of this. The worst run Knicks Go put in last season was when taken on for the lead in the Saudi Cup where he finished fourth. I am on Life is Good at 6-4 NRNB Thursday afternoon in the hope he can show the older horse a clean pair of heels and stay there. Pletcher said in the build-up “With Life is Good you’re talking about a horse that, if you wanted to, could probably be the best sprinter in the country – he’s just naturally very quick and very fast. He’s also showed in the Dirt Mile that he has the ability to go at a high cruising speed and keep going, and that’s what we’ve seen in his training. Everything he shows us is he’ll run further.” Do not miss this one!