First Look: Pegasus events lead a busy stakes weekend

First Look: Pegasus events lead a busy stakes weekend
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Gulfstream Park's three Pegasus contests are the highlights of a busy weekend stakes calendar, with Knicks Go taking on Life Is Good in the Pegasus World Cup and Colonel Liam returning from an eight-month layoff to defend his Pegasus World Cup Turf title.

The schedule features stakes from coast to coast, including Kentucky Derby and Oaks points preps at Oaklawn – and the expected return of Cezanne at Santa Anita.

Here is an early look at the fields.

Saturday

Gulfstream

Pegasus World Cup (G1), 1 1/8 miles, 4-year-olds and up

Knicks Go and Life Is Good meet in this $3 million event after victories in the Breeders' Cup Classic and Dirt Mile, respectively. Knicks Go won this race last year on his way to an expected Horse of the Year honor, and this will be the final race of his career. Sir Winston is coming off an impressive streak at Woodbine, with two wins and two seconds in his last four starts – three in graded stakes. Endorsed made a late bid last out in the Mr. Prospector at seven furlongs on this track but couldn't catch up to Officiating.

2022 Pegasus World Cup (G1)

Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1), 1 1/8 miles, 4-year-olds and up

Colonel Liam started 2021 with a win in this race and two more graded stakes then took a break after an eighth-place finish in the Manhattan (G1). He has been working at Palm Meadows, with a bullet five furlongs in 1:00.23 on Jan. 14. Channel Cat was only a neck behind Serve the King in the Red Smith (G2) last out on Nov. 20. Well-traveled Field Pass, winner of the Seabiscuit (G2) by a head last out, would make his first start at Oaklawn.

2022 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1)

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 Colonel Liam
Liam's Map
7.32
T. Pletcher
8th, 2021 Manhattan (G1) 
Probable
 Channel Cat
English Channel
6.65
J. Sisterson
2nd, 2021 Red Smith (G2) 
Possible
 Field Pass
Lemon Drop Kid
6.20
M. Maker
1st, 2021 Seabiscuit Handicap (G2) 
Possible
 March to the Arch
Arch
6.15
M. Casse
5th, 2021 Artie Schiller (LS) 
Possible
 Bob And Jackie
Twirling Candy
6.09
R. Baltas
1st, 2021 San Gabriel Stakes (G2) 
Possible
 English Bee
English Channel
6.09
H. Motion
3rd, 2021 Fort Lauderdale (G2) 
Possible
 Sacred Life
Siyouni
6.09
C. Brown
2nd, 2021 Seabiscuit Handicap (G2) 
Possible
 Hit the Road
More Than Ready
5.95
D. Blacker
3rd, 2021 City of Hope Mile (G2) 
Possible
 Cross Border
English Channel
5.73
M. Maker
1st, 2021 Prairie Bayou (LS)
Possible
 Law Professor
Constitution
5.47
M. McCarthy
1st, 2021 Mathis Brothers Mile (G2) 
Possible
 Doswell
Giant's Causeway
5.27
B. Tagg
1st, 2021 Fort Lauderdale (G2) 
Possible
 Never Surprised
Constitution
4.94
T. Pletcher
1st, 2021 Tropical Park Derby (LS)
Possible
 Flavius
War Front
4.79
M. Maker
3rd, 2021 Artie Schiller (LS) 
Possible
 Two Emmys
English Channel
4.59
M. Robertson
3rd, 2022 Colonel E. R. Bradley Stakes (LS)
Possible
 Atone
Into Mischief
4.45
M. Maker
2nd, 2021 Fort Lauderdale (G2) 
Possible
 Point Me By
Point of Entry
4.45
E. Kenneally
2nd, 2021 Woodchopper (LS)
Possible
 Space Traveller
Bated Breath
4.45
B. Walsh
4th, 2021 Fort Lauderdale (G2) 
Possible

Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf (G3), 1 1/16 miles, fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Regal Glory had three wins and a second in five stakes starts at five tracks last year, including a 2 1/2-length win in the Matriarch (G1) last out on Nov. 28. Princess Grace rallied to finish third by a nose in that race. The top three finishers in the Suwannee River (G3) are possible here, including winner Sweet Melania.

2022 Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf (G3)

Inside Information (G2), 7 furlongs, fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Four Graces' second-place finish by a nose in a Gulfsteam allowance on Jan. 6 was her first start off a six-month-plus layoff. Dance d'Oro returns off a 2-length win in the Rampart (G2) here on Dec. 18.

2022 Inside Information (G2)

W. L. McKnight (G3), 1 1/2 miles (turf), 4-year-olds and up

Sole Volante will be looking for his first win in nine starts since June 2020. Flying Scotsman faded to finish sixth in the Tropical Turf last out and has not won in five starts since a February allowance here.

2022 W. L. McKnight Handicap (G3)

La Prevoyante (G3), 1 1/2 miles (turf), fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Probables include the top five finishers from the Dec. 31 Via Borghese Stakes, where Always Shopping rallied to finish a nose ahead of Harajuku. Hungry Kitten raced only three times last year, starting in August after a nine-month layoff.

2022 La Prevoyante (G3)

Charlatan (G3), 1 mile, 4-year-olds and up (formerly the Fred W. Hooper)

Ny Traffic started 2021 with an allowance win at Belmont and finished with an 8 3/4-length victory in the black-type Hudson Handicap, with three graded-stakes losses in between. Shivaree won the Marion County Florida-Bred Stakes last out for his first win in seven starts since scoring in the same race a year ago. Officiating won the Mr. Prospector (G3) last out over Pegasus World Cup contender Endorsed and Dennis' Moment, who also is expected here.

2022 Charlatan (G3)

Oaklawn

Southwest (G3), 1 1/16 miles, 3-year-olds

Slow Down Andy, seventh on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with 10 points, missed being 3-for-3 with his half-length loss in the Golden State Juvenile (G2) two starts ago and fought Messier in the final furlong to win the Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) last out. Chasing Time tries his first stakes after a 7 3/4-length allowance win here last out. Newgrange is 2-for-2 after his Sham win. Dash Attack, who also has 10 Derby points, also is 2-for-2 with a win in the Smarty Jones here on Jan. 1. This Kentucky Derby points prep offers 10-4-2-1 points to the top four finishers with trainers other than Bob Baffert.

2022 Southwest Stakes (G3)

Martha Washington (listed), 1 mile, 3-year-old fillies

Tonito's earned two points on the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard with her third-place finish last out in the Starlet (G1), won by Eda, who also is expected here. Shotgun Hottie set the pace in the Untapable last out before giving way. Optionality broke her maiden on third try in October and won her next two, including an 8 1/4-length win last out in the black-type Trapeze. This Kentucky Oaks points prep offers 10-4-2-1 points to the top four finishers with trainers other than Bob Baffert.

2022 Martha Washington (LS)

Santa Anita

San Vicente (G2), 7 furlongs, 3-year-olds

Messier will look to bounce back from his second-place finish to Slow Down Andy – a possibility here – in the Los Alamitos Futurity. Doppelganger graduated on debut last out at six furlongs. Forbidden Kingdom makes his first start since the Bob Hope (G3), where he finished second to Messier. Straight Up G had two straight wins before finishing second by a neck in the California Cup Derby.

2022 San Vicente (G2)

Megahertz (G3), 1 mile (turf), fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Madone's last win came in the San Clemente (G2) in July, and he last ran in the Oct. 30 Autumn Miss (G3), finishing seventh. Mucho Unusual is coming off a 5: 2-2-1 record last year, finishing third last out in the Robert J. Frankel (G3).

2022 Megahertz Stakes (G3)

Palos Verdes (G3), 6 furlongs, 4-year-olds and up

Cezanne is expected to make his return here. He raced only once last year, winning the April 18 Kona by 9 3/4 lengths before going to the sidelines. He's been working well at Santa Anita, going five furlongs in 59.6 seconds Sunday morning. Shooters Shoot would return to graded-stakes company after a second-place finish in a Santa Anita allowance on Jan. 2.

2022 Palos Verdes (G3)

Aqueduct

Toboggan (G3), 7 furlongs, 4-year-olds and up

The top three finishers from Aqueduct's Dec. 19 Gravesend Stakes could return here. Chateau won that contest by 3 1/2 lengths over Jaxon Traveler, with another 3/4 length to Drafted. Repo Rocks won allowance races at Aqueduct in November and December before finishing second in the Blitzen at Parx.

2022 Toboggan (G3)

Sunday

Santa Anita

San Marcos (G2), 1 1/4 miles (turf), 4-year-olds and up

Subconscious won three straight before finishing fifth in the Hollywood Derby (G1) last out. The top three finishers from the San Gabriel (G2) could run here; Bob and Jackie won by a nose over Friar's Road, with Ready Soul a half-length back.

2022 San Marcos (G2)

Sam Houston

John B. Connally Turf Cup (G3), 1 1/2 miles (turf), 4-year-olds and up

Hierarchy returns to graded-stakes company for the first time since a ninth-place finish in the Wise Dan (G2), where he finished ninth. He hasn't won in six starts since. Dyn O Mite finished sixth in a listed Oaklawn stakes last out, coming off an allowance win at Keeneland in October.

2022 John B. Connally Turf Cup (G3)

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 Conviction Trade
Exchange Rate
5.12
J. Caldwell
L. Luzzi
9th, Bel Claim (11/7/2021-R3)
Entered
 Hierarchy
Point of Entry
6.27
J. Sharp
C. Lanerie
3rd, FG AlwOC (12/18/2021-R7)
Entered
 Tide of the Sea
English Channel
5.27
M. Maker
T. Gaffalione
10th, 2021 Red Smith (G2) 
Entered
 Strong Tide
English Channel
5.09
M. Lauer
G. Franco
6th, 2021 TVG (RS)
Entered
 Decision Maker
Court Vision
4.45
T. Van Berg
M. Pedroza
1st, CD Allow (11/24/2021-R8)
Entered
 Fantasioso
Strategic Prince
4.45
I. Correas
J. Graham
3rd, 2021 H. Allen Jerkens (LS)
Entered
 Malthael
Noble Mission
4.79
M. Maker
R. Gutierrez
6th, 2021 H. Allen Jerkens (LS)
Entered
 Logical Myth
Data Link
4.45
J. Sharp
A. Beschizza
6th, 2021 Buddy Diliberto Memorial (LS) 
Entered
 Another Mystery
Temple City
4.45
C. Block
J. Loveberry
8th, 2021 Buddy Diliberto Memorial (LS) 
Entered
 Dyn O Mite
Goldencents
5.78
J. Desormeaux
S. Elliott
6th, 2022 Colonel E. R. Bradley Stakes (LS)
Entered
 Ajourneytofreedom
Hard Spun
5.59
M. Maker
J. Rosario
2nd, 2021 H. Allen Jerkens (LS)
Entered
 Parrot Head
Tourist
5.07
J. Castellanos
E. Valdez-Jiminez
8th, 2021 Oklahoma Derby (G3)
Entered
 Shady McGee
Zoffany
M. Maker
R. Eramia
7th, Aqu Allow (11/14/2021-R3)
Entered
 Celerity
City Zip
W. Cundiff
I. Diego
6th, 2021 John B. Connally Turf Cup (G3) 
Entered

Houston Ladies Classic (G3), 1 1/16 miles, fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Pauline's Pearl's win in the Zia Park Oaks was her first score since the April 3 Fantasy Stakes (G3) and followed in-the-money finishes in three state graded stakes. Golden Curl won the Ricks Memorial Stakes at Remington Park before finishing fourth in the My Charmer at Turfway last out.

2022 Houston Ladies Classic (G3)

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