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HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

Will the Real Premier Pegasus Please Stand Up?

Zipse’s Kentucky Derby Daily - Day 79
Not to be confused with Slim Shady, I have been wondering for some time just who the real Premier Pegasus is. I can not and will not forget the horse who looked as cool as Marshall Mathers in winning his first three starts last Summer and Fall at Del Mar and Hollywood. He took over his contests early and then looked like a horse who was only doing what he needed to do in order to hit the wire comfortably in front. Myung Kwon Cho, who bred, owns and trains Premier Pegasus, also has Derby prospect Riveting Reason in the barn. That colt recently missed winning the Robert Lewis Stakes by the narrowest of margins, but it seems Cho has always seemed to be a little more high on Pre Peg. So good in those three wins was the son of Fusaichi Pegasus, that his fan base bestowed on him the nickname Pre Peg. High praise for such an untested horse, but then questions started to arise.
Regally bred out of a Summer Squall mare, the apparent star in the making has now been away from the races for three months, and I am not sure why. Once considered a prospect for the BC Juvenile Turf, Cho decided to keep him at home for a facile score in the Prevue Stakes. That made sense, but since then I expected to see his name on the entry list for the CashCall Futurity, or the Sham Stakes, or the Robert Lewis Stakes. No on all three. There was a block of training missed after his Prevue win, with little news coming in on his status. Cho talked about putting Premier Pegasus on the grass, which seemed odd for such a well regarded Derby prospect. He was becoming the mystery horse.
[Is Premier Pegasus overrated on HRN's current list of 2011 Kentucky Derby Contenders at number 5?]
I am not sure if all the questions will ever be answered, but one thing I am sure of is this colt has a ton of ability, a high cruising speed, and the breeding to excel both on dirt and around two-turns. I have long considered him the West Coast’s top Derby prospect. I guess I just needed to be patient for his return.
A little weary from waiting for Premier Pegasus to run again, I needed to see for myself Sunday’s entries, to be certain that Pre Peg would indeed be on the list for the San Vicente. Happily, he is.
In other Derby doings, Horse Racing Nation has compiled a list of top 2011 Kentucky Derby Contenders and their current odds at Wynn and Lucky's. Listed below are the top prospects that are not part of the 23 single betting interests on the first Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Meaning a bet placed on the mutual field in the next three days, is a bet on all of these prospects and more. Notice Pre Peg is part of the field.
Horse                                                                  Wynn                 Lucky's   


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Skydime...I want to join your group..how do I go about it? Btw..PrePeg should represent himself well but it definitely is a stronger more talented field he's facing in SV. But I like his tenacity and gameness..will see how speed holds. I expect bigger and better things from PrePeg through the prep races.
I like Premier Pegasus in the San Vincent and I'm really curious to see what The Factor can do. I'm not sure if he is a Derby kind of horse or a speedster.
You say ToMAto, I say ... either way, I think we can agree that we like Premier Pegasus as the distances get longer.
Its "PrePeg". One word. Like Madonna, Bono or Cher. As the leader of the Premier Pegasus Marching and Chowder Society (aka Team PrePeg), I thought it was only fair to alert you of the correct spelling. :-)
The Factor might be favored, big test for him ... I've been waiting for Sway Away's return for awhile as well. Should be fun.
The San Vicente came up strong. I think The Factor may take it, but I am not big on him stretching out to 1 1/4.

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