First Look: Pegasus stakes lead packed weekend calendar

First Look: Pegasus stakes lead packed weekend calendar
Photo: Gonzalo Anteliz Jr. / Eclipse Sportswire

The Pegasus World Cup stakes at Gulfstream on Saturday are in the spotlight, but the weekend also brings the Southwest (G3), a Kentucky Derby points prep with three Brad Cox starters, and two points preps for the Kentucky Oaks (G1).

Gulfstream hosts four other graded stakes Saturday, and Santa Anita has a trio of weekend graded stakes.

Here's an early look at the likely fields.

Saturday

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

The early favorite, at 5-2, is Cyberknife, who will have his last start before being retired to stud. He’ll start from post 10 in the 12-horse field. Proxy, the second choice at 9-2, drew the inside post. Saffie Joseph Jr. has three entries, including White Abarrio, 4-for-4 at Gulfstream but winless at other tracks, and Skippylongstocking, winner of the Harlan’s Holiday (G3) last out. Click here for more about the field.

2023 Pegasus World Cup G1

Fin Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start Status

Horse Silk White Abarrio White Abarrio
Race Day
7.32 Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.
Tyler Gaffalione
3rd, 2022 Cigar Mile G1 Entered
Last Race 3rd, 2022 Cigar Mile G1

Horse Silk Stilleto Boy Stilleto Boy
Shackleford
6.70 Ed Moger, Jr.
Mike E. Smith
2nd, 2022 San Antonio Stakes G2 Entered
Last Race 2nd, 2022 San Antonio Stakes G2

Horse Silk Skippylongstocking Skippylongstocking
Exaggerator
5.87 Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.
Jose L. Ortiz
1st, 2022 Harlan's Holiday G3 Entered
Last Race 1st, 2022 Harlan's Holiday G3

Horse Silk Simplification Simplification
Not This Time
7.20 Antonio Sano
Paco Lopez
3rd, 2022 Harlan's Holiday G3 Entered
Last Race 3rd, 2022 Harlan's Holiday G3

Horse Silk Ridin With Biden Ridin With Biden
Constitution
4.34 Robert E. Reid Jr.
Emisael Jaramillo
1st, 2023 Kris Kringle LS Entered
Last Race 1st, 2023 Kris Kringle LS

Horse Silk Proxy Proxy
Tapit
7.38 Michael Stidham
Joel Rosario
1st, 2022 Clark Stakes G1 Entered
Last Race 1st, 2022 Clark Stakes G1

Horse Silk O'Connor O'Connor
Boboman
6.34 Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.
Javier J. Castellano
4th, 2022 Harlan's Holiday G3 Entered
Last Race 4th, 2022 Harlan's Holiday G3

Horse Silk Last Samurai Last Samurai
Malibu Moon
5.23 D. Wayne Lukas
Frankie Dettori
2nd, 2022 Tinsel LS Entered
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Tinsel LS

Horse Silk Hoist the Gold Hoist the Gold
Mineshaft
5.81 Dallas Stewart
Brian J. Hernandez, Jr.
3rd, 2022 Malibu G1 Entered
Last Race 3rd, 2022 Malibu G1

Horse Silk Get Her Number Get Her Number
Dialed In
6.01 Peter Miller
Luis Saez
2nd, 2022 Cigar Mile G1 Entered
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Cigar Mile G1

Horse Silk Endorsed Endorsed
Medaglia d'Oro
5.79 Michael J. Maker
Julien R. Leparoux
6th, 2022 West Virginia Governor's G3 Entered
Last Race 6th, 2022 West Virginia Governor's G3

Horse Silk Defunded Defunded
Dialed In
5.89 Bob Baffert
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
1st, 2022 Native Diver Stakes G3 Entered
Last Race 1st, 2022 Native Diver Stakes G3

Horse Silk Cyberknife Cyberknife
Gun Runner
8.04 Brad H. Cox
Florent Geroux
2nd, 2022 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile G1 Entered
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile G1

Horse Silk Art Collector Art Collector
Bernardini
6.67 William I. Mott
Junior Alvarado
5th, 2022 Lukas Classic Stakes G2 Entered
Last Race 5th, 2022 Lukas Classic Stakes G2

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

The morning-line favorite here is Ivar, who was fourth last out in the Breeders’ Cup Mile and runner-up in two Grade 1s before that. City Man is the second choice, at 4-1, and drew the outside post. Lady Speightspeare, at 6-1, is the only female in the race. Todd Pletcher, unable to start two-time winner Colonel Liam because of injury, has Wit starting along the rail at 8-1 on the morning line. Click here for more.

2023 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational G1

Fin Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start Status

Horse Silk Wit Wit
Practical Joke
5.69 Todd A. Pletcher
Jose L. Ortiz
3rd, 2022 Hollywood Derby G1 Entered
Last Race 3rd, 2022 Hollywood Derby G1

Horse Silk Who's The Star Who's The Star
Tonalist
6.09 Mark E. Casse
Emma-Jayne Wilson
1st, 2022 Valedictory Stakes G3 Entered
Last Race 1st, 2022 Valedictory Stakes G3

Horse Silk Steady On Steady On
Pioneerof the Nile
0.00 Todd A. Pletcher
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
2nd, 2022 Tropical Park Derby LS Entered
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Tropical Park Derby LS

Horse Silk Speaking Scout Speaking Scout
Mr Speaker
4.34 H. Graham Motion
Paco Lopez
1st, 2022 Hollywood Derby G1 Entered
Last Race 1st, 2022 Hollywood Derby G1

Horse Silk One More Bid One More Bid
California Chrome
4.59 Ryan Hanson
Mike E. Smith
1st, 2022 Mathis Mile G2 Entered
Last Race 1st, 2022 Mathis Mile G2

Horse Silk Master Piece Master Piece
Mastercraftsman
4.87 Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.
Tyler Gaffalione
8th, 2022 Breeders' Cup Turf G1 Entered
Last Race 8th, 2022 Breeders' Cup Turf G1

Horse Silk Lady Speightspeare Lady Speightspeare
Speightstown
5.48 Roger L. Attfield
Luis Saez
3rd, 2022 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf G1 Entered
Last Race 3rd, 2022 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf G1

Horse Silk King Cause King Cause
Creative Cause
5.34 Michael J. Maker
Florent Geroux
9th, 2022 Fort Lauderdale G2 Entered
Last Race 9th, 2022 Fort Lauderdale G2

Horse Silk Ivar Ivar
Agnes Gold
7.80 Paulo H. Lobo
Javier J. Castellano
4th, 2022 Breeders' Cup Mile G1 Entered
Last Race 4th, 2022 Breeders' Cup Mile G1

Horse Silk Hurricane Dream Hurricane Dream
Hurricane Cat
4.45 Graham Motion
Frankie Dettori
7th, 2022 Prix Dollar G2 Entered
Last Race 7th, 2022 Prix Dollar G2

Horse Silk Good Governance Good Governance
Kingman
4.45 Anna Meah
Shaun X. Bridgmohan
4th, 2022 Fort Lauderdale G2 Entered
Last Race 4th, 2022 Fort Lauderdale G2

Horse Silk Decorated Invader Decorated Invader
Declaration of War
6.27 Christophe Clement
Junior Alvarado
2nd, 2022 Fort Lauderdale G2 Entered
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Fort Lauderdale G2

Horse Silk City Man City Man
Mucho Macho Man
5.48 Christophe Clement
Joel Rosario
1st, 2022 Fort Lauderdale G2 Entered
Last Race 1st, 2022 Fort Lauderdale G2

Horse Silk Atone Atone
Into Mischief
4.45 Michael J. Maker
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
1st, Aqu AlwOC (11/10/22-R6) Entered
Last Race 1st, Aqu AlwOC (11/10/22-R6)

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

Shantisara is the morning-line favorite, at 2-1. Her only start since April was a fifth-place finish in a black-type stakes at Keeneland on the Breeders’ Cup Saturday undercard. The second choice is Dalika, at 7-2. The 7-year-old was 3-for-6 last year, with all of her wins in graded stakes. Queen Goddess, at 5-1, won the Robert B. Frankel (G3) on New Year’s Eve in her first start since May.

2023 Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf G3

Fin Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start Status

Horse Silk Wakanaka Wakanaka
Power
6.87 William I. Mott
Joel Rosario
1st, 2022 Fall Harvest Stakes LS Entered
Last Race 1st, 2022 Fall Harvest Stakes LS

Horse Silk Sweet Enough Sweet Enough
Lope de Vega
0.00 Roger L. Attfield
Junior Alvarado
7th, 2022 Bessarabian G2 Entered
Last Race 7th, 2022 Bessarabian G2

Horse Silk Shantisara Shantisara
Coulsty
6.30 Chad C. Brown
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
5th, 2022 Fall Harvest Stakes LS Entered
Last Race 5th, 2022 Fall Harvest Stakes LS

Horse Silk Queen Goddess Queen Goddess
Empire Maker
5.12 Michael W. McCarthy
Luis Saez
1st, 2022 Robert J Frankel Stakes G3 Entered
Last Race 1st, 2022 Robert J Frankel Stakes G3

Horse Silk Perseverancia Perseverancia
California Chrome
4.12 Cherie DeVaux
Julien R. Leparoux
2nd, 2022 Cardinal Stakes G3 Entered
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Cardinal Stakes G3

Horse Silk Mona Stella Mona Stella
Will Take Charge
4.79 Patrick L. Biancone
Mike E. Smith
2nd, 2023 Sunshine Filly and Mare Turf RS Entered
Last Race 2nd, 2023 Sunshine Filly and Mare Turf RS

Horse Silk Lady Rockstar Lady Rockstar
Frankel
5.12 Brendan P. Walsh
Tyler Gaffalione
2nd, 2022 Suwannee River G3 Entered
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Suwannee River G3

Horse Silk Justify My Love Justify My Love
Agnes Gold
0.00 Paulo H. Lobo
Javier J. Castellano
6th, 2022 One Dreamer RS Entered
Last Race 6th, 2022 One Dreamer RS

Horse Silk Dalika Dalika
Pastorius
5.07 Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Brian J. Hernandez, Jr.
1st, 2022 Cardinal Stakes G3 Entered
Last Race 1st, 2022 Cardinal Stakes G3

Horse Silk Bay Storm Bay Storm
Kantharos
5.48 Jonathan Thomas
Frankie Dettori
3rd, 2022 Suwannee River G3 Entered
Last Race 3rd, 2022 Suwannee River G3

Horse Silk Artie's Princess Artie's Princess
We Miss Artie
6.23 Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.
Jose L. Ortiz
6th, 2022 Bessarabian G2 Entered
Last Race 6th, 2022 Bessarabian G2

Southwest (G3), Oaklawn, 1 1/16 miles, 3-year-olds, 20-8-6-4-2 Kentucky Derby qualifying points

Brad Cox is expected to have three last-out winners here. Jace’s Road won the Gun Runner at Fair Grounds by 5 1/2 lengths. Corona Bolt is 2-for-2 and won the Sugar Bowl by 6 3/4 lengths. Hit Show would make his first stakes start after winning a Dec. 26 optional-claiming allowance where Protege finished third.

2023 Southwest Stakes G3

Las Virgenes (G3), Santa Anita, 1 mile, 3-year-old fillies, 20-8-6-4-2 Kentucky Oaks qualifying points

Faiza is 2-for-2 with a win by a head in the Starlet (G1) last out ahead of Pride of the Nile and Uncontrollable, also expected here. Ice Dancing was a 3 1/4-length winner last out in the Santa Ynez (G3), with Fast and Shiny, also expected here, finishing third. Justique is 2-for-3 after bouncing back from a third-place finish in the Chandelier to win a black-type stakes at Del Mar.

2023 Las Virgenes G3

Martha Washington (listed) Oaklawn, 1 1/16 miles, 3-year-old fillies, 20-8-6-4-2 Kentucky Oaks qualifying points

Olivia Twist is 3-for-3 and won a black-type stakes at Remington Park last out. Defining Purpose is 2-for-2 after winning a black-type stakes at a mile here on Dec. 31. This will be the eighth start for Take Charge Briana, who is 0-for-4 since breaking her maiden in September.

2023 Martha Washington LS

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

Obligatory had a 2022 record of 5: 2-1-1, with both wins in graded stakes, and was third in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint last out. Maryquitecontrary has won four straight and is coming off a win in the Rampart Stakes at Gulfstream, where she beat Colorful Mischief, also expected here, by 3 1/2 lengths.

2023 Inside Information G2

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

Prevalence returned from a five-month layoff to finish fourth in a Keeneland allowance in October and then seventh in the Mr. Prospector (G3). Hoist the Gold, who is 0-for-9 since winning an optional-claiming allowance in February, is cross-entered here and in the Pegasus World Cup.

2023 Fred W. Hooper G3

Fin Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start Status

Horse Silk Twelve Volt Man Twelve Volt Man
Violence
4.12 Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.
Frankie Dettori
8th, 2022 Claiming Crown Jewel RS Entered
Last Race 8th, 2022 Claiming Crown Jewel RS

Horse Silk The Reds The Reds
Tonalist
4.12 Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.
Junior Alvarado
8th, 2022 Greenwood Cup G3 Entered
Last Race 8th, 2022 Greenwood Cup G3

Horse Silk Prevalence Prevalence
Medaglia d'Oro
6.29 Brendan P. Walsh
Tyler Gaffalione
7th, 2022 Mr. Prospector G3 Entered
Last Race 7th, 2022 Mr. Prospector G3

Horse Silk Picking Up Pennies Picking Up Pennies
First Dude
0.00 Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.
Jose L. Ortiz
4th, GP AlwOC (4/30/22-R9) Entered
Last Race 4th, GP AlwOC (4/30/22-R9)

Horse Silk Octane Octane
Brethren
5.17 Carlos A. David
Mike E. Smith
1st, 2022 Marion County Florida Sire Stakes RS Entered
Last Race 1st, 2022 Marion County Florida Sire Stakes RS

Horse Silk Noble Drama Noble Drama
Gone Astray
4.12 David Fawkes
Emisael Jaramillo
4th, 2022 Marion County Florida Sire Stakes RS Entered
Last Race 4th, 2022 Marion County Florida Sire Stakes RS

Horse Silk Mish Mish
Field Commission
4.45 Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.
Edgard J. Zayas
6th, 2022 Hanshin LS Entered
Last Race 6th, 2022 Hanshin LS

Horse Silk Miles D Miles D
Curlin
5.68 Chad C. Brown
Joel Rosario
3rd, 2022 Mineshaft Stakes G3 Entered
Last Race 3rd, 2022 Mineshaft Stakes G3

Horse Silk Hoist the Gold Hoist the Gold
Mineshaft
5.81 Dallas Stewart
Brian J. Hernandez, Jr.
3rd, 2022 Malibu G1 Entered
Last Race 3rd, 2022 Malibu G1

Horse Silk Endorsed Endorsed
Medaglia d'Oro
5.79 Michael J. Maker
Luis Saez
6th, 2022 West Virginia Governor's G3 Entered
Last Race 6th, 2022 West Virginia Governor's G3

Horse Silk Doc Amster Doc Amster
Midshipman
0.00 Jena M. Antonucci
Javier J. Castellano
3rd, 2022 Parx Dash LS Entered
Last Race 3rd, 2022 Parx Dash LS

Horse Silk Dean Delivers Dean Delivers
Cajun Breeze
5.31 Michael Yates
Miguel A. Vasquez
2nd, 2022 Mr. Prospector G3 Entered
Last Race 2nd, 2022 Mr. Prospector G3

Horse Silk Black Belt Black Belt
Not This Time
0.00 Peter R. Walder
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
3rd, GP Mcl (2/24/21-R4) Entered
Last Race 3rd, GP Mcl (2/24/21-R4)

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

Channel Maker was 2-for-6 last year and was seventh in the Breeders' Cup Turf last out. Abaan has gone 0-for-5 since winning this event last year. Value Engineering beat Wicked Fast last out in the H. Allen Jerkens at Gulfstream.

2023 W. L. McKnight Handicap G3

Fin Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start Status

Horse Silk Wicked Fast Wicked Fast
Tourist
4.45 Michael J. Maker
Miguel A. Vasquez
2nd, 2022 H. Allen Jerkens LS Entered
Last Race 2nd, 2022 H. Allen Jerkens LS

Horse Silk Value Engineering Value Engineering
Lemon Drop Kid
4.79 Michael J. Maker
Jose L. Ortiz
1st, 2022 H. Allen Jerkens LS Entered
Last Race 1st, 2022 H. Allen Jerkens LS

Horse Silk Time for Trouble Time for Trouble
English Channel
4.12 Jeff Hiles
Emisael Jaramillo
1st, 2022 Claiming Crown Iron Horse RS Entered
Last Race 1st, 2022 Claiming Crown Iron Horse RS

Horse Silk Temple Temple
Temple City
4.79 Michael J. Maker
Florent Geroux
10th, 2022 Red Smith G2 Entered
Last Race 10th, 2022 Red Smith G2

Horse Silk Shawdyshawdyshawdy Shawdyshawdyshawdy
Summer Front
5.47 Jorge R. Abreu
Paco Lopez
8th, 2022 Red Smith G2 Entered
Last Race 8th, 2022 Red Smith G2

Horse Silk Reigning Spirit Reigning Spirit
War Front
4.45 Brian A. Lynch
Javier J. Castellano
11th, 2022 Red Smith G2 Entered
Last Race 11th, 2022 Red Smith G2

Horse Silk Red Knight Red Knight
Pure Prize
5.92 Michael J. Maker
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
11th, 2022 Breeders' Cup Turf G1 Entered
Last Race 11th, 2022 Breeders' Cup Turf G1

Horse Silk Pao Alto Pao Alto
Intello
4.12 H. Graham Motion
Frankie Dettori
7th, 2022 Fort Lauderdale G2 Entered
Last Race 7th, 2022 Fort Lauderdale G2

Horse Silk Harlan Estate Harlan Estate
Kantharos
5.27 Whitworth Beckman
Joel Rosario
5th, 2022 Autumn G2 Entered
Last Race 5th, 2022 Autumn G2

Horse Silk Channel Maker Channel Maker
English Channel
7.18 William I. Mott
Tyler Gaffalione
7th, 2022 Breeders' Cup Turf G1 Entered
Last Race 7th, 2022 Breeders' Cup Turf G1

Horse Silk Barberini Barberini
Flintshire
4.12 Arnaud Delacour
Jorge Ruiz
3rd, 2022 H. Allen Jerkens LS Entered
Last Race 3rd, 2022 H. Allen Jerkens LS

Horse Silk Agitare Agitare
Teofilo
0.00 Keri Brion
Julien R. Leparoux
7th, 2022 H. Allen Jerkens LS Entered
Last Race 7th, 2022 H. Allen Jerkens LS

Horse Silk Abaan Abaan
Will Take Charge
5.12 Todd A. Pletcher
Luis Saez
5th, 2022 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational G2 Entered
Last Race 5th, 2022 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational G2

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

Adventuring had her 2022 debut in August and won two stakes before finishing fourth in the E.P. Taylor (G1) and third in the Cardinal (G3). Transient made her first stakes start last out in the Maple Leaf (G3), where she was caught in the stretch and finished third. 

2023 La Prevoyante G3

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

Little Vic has a score to settle with Drafted after being caught at the wire last out in the Gravesend to lose by a nose. Synthesis finished in the money in seven of his nine starts last year and is coming off an optional-claiming allowance win at this track and distance.

2023 Toboggan G3

San Pasqual (G2), Santa Anita, 1 1/8 miles, 4-year-olds and up

Hopper would make his first start since winning the Affirmed (G3) in June. Newgrange was 3-for-6 last year, finishing third last out in the Native Diver, won by Defunded. Heywoods Beach won two graded stakes last year and was third last out in the San Antonio (G2) behind Country Grammer and Stilleto Boy.

2023 San Pasqual Stakes G2

Sunday

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

Bob Baffert had eight of the 11 nominations for this event, and all are listed as probable. They include Havnameltdown, winner of the Bob Hope (G1) last out, and four who are coming off maiden wins. Two nominees are from Ryan Hanson, and they are listed as possible. The other nomination was Navy Man, who ran in a Sunday race at Santa Anita.

2023 San Vicente G2

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