Arklow Seeking to be Second Pegasus Turf Winner
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By Emily Shields for TVG
Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) veteran Arklow is one of 12 horses slated to go to the post for the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Turf (G1), which will be run for the second time Saturday at Gulfstream Park. He will be taking on a field that includes the globetrotting mare Magic Wand and the streaking Mo Forza.
Arklow won the Turf Classic Invitational (G1) at Belmont Park two starts back before finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup. Brad Cox trains the six-year-old son of Arch, who will be making his first start over the surface. He has six wins and 14 top three efforts in 24 starts, with $1.8 million in earnings. Luis Saez will ride.
Magic Wand (Ire) is a 7-2 favorite coming off a nose loss in the Longines Hong Kong Cup (G1) in December. She was second in this race last year for trainer Aidan O’Brien, and went on to run 11 more starts in 2019, finishing second six times. The daughter of Galileo has $4.1 million in earnings and gets top jockey Ryan Moore in to ride.
Mo Forza is riding a four-race win streak since breaking his maiden at Santa Anita on September 29. He reeled off victories in the Twilight Derby (G2), Hollywood Derby (G1), and the Mathis Brothers Mile (G2), at distances ranging from a mile to 1 1/8 miles. This is 1 3/16 miles, which is the furthest he will have gone. Peter Miller trains and Joel Rosario will ride.
Without Parole (GB) is a 4-1 choice after running third in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) last out. Chad Brown trains the former John Gosden charge, who was a grade 1 winner at Royal Ascot in 2018 before coming to the United States last fall. His stablemate Instilled Regard won the local prep for this when he took the Fort Lauderdale (G2) over this course on December 14. Irad Ortiz, Jr. will be back aboard the Brown trainee, who defeated Admission Office (30-1) and Channel Cat (10-1) in the race. He was once good enough to run fourth in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and has found a new home on the grass.
Zulu Alpha drew the rail. The $1.2 million earning son of Street Cry (Ire) was fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), beaten less than two lengths for the win. He took the rich Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) three starts back and has two wins over the turf course at Gulfstream Park.
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