Jeremy Plonk: Pegasus World Cup Post Draw Reaction

A total of 14 hopefuls passed the entry box this afternoon for Saturday’s $3 million Pegasus World Cup with a capacity field of 12 eligible to start. The seventh running of Gulfstream Park’s signature winter race features Grade 1 winners Art Collector, Cyberknife, Defunded, Get Her Number, Proxy and White Abarrio. The lack of a standout favorite as in past years – such as Arrogate, Gun Runner and Knicks Go – makes this perhaps the best betting race in the event’s history. Cyberknife was set as the 5-2 morning line favorite.

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In a race leaning heavily towards front-end pace factors historically, this Pegasus World Cup edition figures to see Art Collector and Defunded as its defined early speed over the 1-1/8 miles trip. That they drew next to one another could lead to a head-to-head battle for control. Still, they are high quality and could hold the aces if longshot Ridin With Biden (post 3) isn’t sent hard with intent on the front. A wide draw for Cyberknife in post 10 will put jockey Florent Geroux in an early decision-making mode – take back and tuck in, or send hard and avoid ground loss.

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First post Saturday will be an early 10:50 am ET start with live NBC coverage from 4:30-6 pm ET. The undercard includes the $500,000 Grade 3 Pegasus World Cup Filly and Mare Turf and the $1 million Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Turf.


Gulfstream Park // Grade 3 Pegasus World Cup Filly & Mare Turf // 1-1/16 miles (turf)

1. Artie’s Princess (Jose Ortiz) 20-1
2. Dalika (Brian Hernandez Jr.) 7-2
3. Wakanaka (Joel Rosario) 6-1
4. Sweet Enough (Junior Alvarado) 20-1
5. Mona Stella (Mike Smith) 30-1
6 Queen Goddess (Luis Saez) 5-1
7. Lady Rockstar (Tyler Gaffalione)
8. Justify My Love (Javier Castellano) 30-1
9. Shantisara (Irad Ortiz Jr.) 2-1
10. Bay Storm (Frankie Dettori) 10-1
11. Perseverancia (Julien Leparoux) 15-1


Gulfstream Park // Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Turf // 1-1/8 miles (turf)

1. Wit (Jose Ortiz) 8-1
2. Good Governance (Shaun Bridmohan) 15-1
3. Atone (Irad Ortiz Jr.) 12-1
4. Hurricane Dream (Frankie Dettori) 15-1
5. One More Bid (Mike Smith) 20-1
6 Lady Speightspeare (Luis Saez) 6-1
7. Speaking Scout (Paco Lopez) 8-1
8. Who’s the Star (Emma Jayne Wilson) 20-1
9. Decorated Invader (Junior Alvarado) 15-1
10. Ivar (Javier Castellano) 5-2
11. Master Piece (Tyler Gaffalione) 10-1
12. City Man (Joel Rosario) 4-1

13. King Cause (Florent Geroux)
14. Steady On (Irad Ortiz Jr.)


Gulfstream Park // Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup // 1-1/8 miles

1. Proxy (Joel Rosario) 9-2
2. Simplification (Paco Lopez) 15-1
3. Ridin With Biden (Emisael Jaramillio) 20-1
4. White Abarrio (Tyler Gaffalione) 10-1
5. Defunded (Irad Ortiz Jr.) 6-1
6. Art Collector (Junior Alvarado) 10-1
7. Skippylongstocking (Jose Ortiz) 5-1
8. Get Her Number (Luis Saez) 15-1
9. Last Samurai (Frankie Dettori) 20-1
10. Cyberknife (Florent Geroux) 5-2
11. Stilleto Boy (Mike Smith) 30-1
12. O’Connor (Javier Castellano) 10-1

13. Hoist the Gold (Brian Hernandez Jr.)
14. Endorsed (Julien Leparoux)