Classic winner Sir Winston is a go for the Pegasus World Cup

Classic winner Sir Winston is a go for the Pegasus World Cup
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Sir Winston, the 2019 Belmont Stakes winner who has been in good form in Canada since returning from an 11 1/2-month layoff in late summer, is headed to the Grade 1, $3 million Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 29 at Gulfstream Park. 

Sir Winston was among 19 horses that received invites this week to compete in the rich Pegasus and on Thursday, Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse confirmed Sir Winston was targeting the race. 

"He's running,' Casse told Horse Racing Nation

Sir Winston is entering his fifth season of racing for owner-breeder Tracy Farmer. The Awesome Again horse was sent to the sidelines for nearly a year towards the the end of 2020 before returning last August to win an allowance race at Woodbine. He would go on to close out last year with runner-ups in both the Durham Cup (G3) and Autumn Miss (G2) at Woodbine before winning the Valedictory Stakes (G2) most recently on Dec. 5.

Sir Winston subsequently joined Casse's string in south Florida where he has been working on the dirt at Palm Meadows Training Center. Most recently, he drilled five furlongs in 1:00.55, which was the second fastest of 55 moves at the distance. 

Sir Winston, who sprung a 10-1 upset when winning the Belmont under Joel Rosario, has a record of 19: 6-4-1 with earnings of $1,189,873. 

2022 Pegasus World Cup (G1)

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 Knicks Go
Paynter
8.26
B. Cox
1st, 2021 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) 
Definite
 Midnight Bourbon
Tiznow
8.02
S. Asmussen
3rd, 2021 Clark Stakes (G1) 
Possible
 Flightline
Tapit
7.61
J. Sadler
1st, 2021 Malibu (G1) 
Possible
 Happy Saver
Super Saver
7.52
T. Pletcher
2nd, 2021 Clark Stakes (G1) 
Possible
 Life Is Good
Into Mischief
7.43
T. Pletcher
1st, 2021 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) 
Definite
 Fearless
Ghostzapper
6.81
T. Pletcher
1st, 2021 Harlan's Holiday (G3) 
Possible
 Ginobili
Munnings
6.76
R. Baltas
6th, 2021 Cigar Mile (G1) 
Possible
 Sir Winston
Awesome Again
6.52
M. Casse
1st, 2021 Valedictory Stakes (G3)
Possible
 Express Train
Union Rags
6.51
J. Shirreffs
1st, 2021 San Antonio Stakes (G2) 
Possible
 Super Stock
Dialed In
6.41
S. Asmussen
2nd, 2021 Poinsettia (LS) 
Possible
 Dr Post
Quality Road
6.24
T. Pletcher
7th, 2021 Clark Stakes (G1) 
Possible
 Concert Tour
Street Sense
6.22
B. Cox
9th, 2021 Preakness Stakes (G1) 
Possible
 Title Ready
More Than Ready
6.08
D. Stewart
6th, 2021 Tinsel (LS) 
Possible
 Eight Rings
Empire Maker
5.85
B. Baffert
3rd, 2021 San Antonio Stakes (G2) 
Possible
 Endorsed
Medaglia d'Oro
5.79
M. Maker
2nd, 2021 Mr. Prospector (G3) 
Possible
 Chess Chief
Into Mischief
5.73
D. Stewart
1st, 2021 Tenacious (LS)
Possible
 Stilleto Boy
Shackleford
5.73
E. Moger, Jr.
3rd, 2021 Malibu (G1) 
Possible
 Officiating
Blame
5.06
S. Joseph,
1st, 2021 Mr. Prospector (G3) 
Possible

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