Baffert 'on the fence' over shipping for Pegasus World Cup

By Victor Ryan
January 13, 2020 02:18pm
Baffert 'on the fence' over shipping for Pegasus World Cup
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It remains to be seen whether trainer Bob Baffert will be representated in the Grade 1, $3 million Pegasus World Cup.

Notably omitted from the revised invitation list released Sunday by Gulfstream Park officials was Roadster, who was in the original field of 12, while remaining on the also-eligible list was stablemate Mucho Gusto.

On Monday, Baffert said Speedway Stable’s Roadster would stay at his Santa Anita base and run in the San Pasqual Stakes (G2) going nine furlongs on Feb. 1. The son of Quality Road, who exits a second to Omaha Beach in the Dec. 28 Malibu (G1), continued preparations for the San Pasqual on Monday with a bullet four-furlong drill in :47.40.

As for Mucho Gusto, Baffert said he is split between sending him to Gulfstream for the Jan. 25 Pegasus or also running him in the San Pasqual. The 4-year-old son of Mucho Macho Man, who collected a trio of Grade 3 wins in 2019, has not raced since finishing fourth in the Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park on Sept 29.

Baffert previously said the main objective for Michael Lund Petersen’s Mucho Gusto’s is the $20 million Saudi Cup on Feb. 29 in Riyadh. While he is currently on the also-eligible list for the Pegasus, Mucho Gusto would draw into the field with a defection between now and the Jan. 25 race.

Mucho Gusto returned to training around Thanksgiving and boasts three consecutive bullet drills on the work tab, which includes most recently a six-furlong move in 1:12.80 on Friday. Baffert said he will decide on Mucho Gusto’s comeback race next week.

“I’m still on the fence with him,” Baffert said. “We’ll do what we always do -- wait to see how the final work goes and then make a decision from there.”

Mucho Gusto boasts a record of 10: 5-2-2 with earnings of $779,800. After winning the Bob Hope Stakes (G3) at Del Mar as a juvenile, Mucho Gusto added to his graded stakes success last year with wins in the Robert B. Lewis (G3), Lazaro Barrera Stakes (G3) and Affirmed Stakes (G3).

On Sunday, the invitation list for the Pegasus was bolstered with the addition of Midcourt to the main body, while Bodexpress and Tenfold are behind Mucho Gusto on the reserve list.

2020 Pegasus World Cup (G1)


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