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.