Pegasus 2022: 2 older horses are added to final invitations

Pegasus 2022: 2 older horses are added to final invitations
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A three-time stakes winner for trainer Brad Cox and a durable, four-time allowance victor were among the late additions to the invitation list for Saturday’s Grade 1, $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park.

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Shared Sense, a Godolphin homebred 5-year-old by Street Sense, won the Indiana Derby (G3) and Oklahoma Derby (G3) for Cox in 2020. His only triumph since was in last summer’s Tri-State Overnight Stakes at Ellis Park. It was his second start back from a seven-month break. Cox said Tuesday that Shared Sense will not race in the Pegasus but, instead, in an allowance race Friday at Oaklawn.

Empty Tomb, a 24-time starter, is a 6-year-old entire by Speightstown who is trained by Robert Falcone Jr. In addition to his allowance scores, he has a second-place stakes finish from his most recent start, the Dec. 19 Queens County at Aqueduct.

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Three also-eligible candidates also were in the last round of invitations issued Sunday and posted Monday on the Gulfstream Park website. They included Coastal Defense, seventh last out in the 2021 Santa Anita Handicap (G1); Speaker’s Corner, second in the Discovery Stakes two months ago at Aqueduct; and War Stopper, fifth June in the Salvator Mile (G3) at Monmouth Park.

Pegasus World CupAge, sexTrainerJan. 23Jan. 16Jan. 9
Chess Chief     6 hDallas Stewart     X     X    AE
Commandeer     4 gJimmy Toner     X    AE 
Empty Tomb     6 hRobert Falcone Jr.     X  
Endorsed     6 hMike Maker     X    AE    AE
Fearless     6 gTodd Pletcher     X     X    AE
Knicks Go     6 hBrad Cox     X     X     X
Law Professor     4 gMichael McCarthy     X     X 
Life Is Good     4 cBrad Cox     X     X     X
Shared Sense     5 rBrad Cox     X  
Sir Winston     6 hMark Casse     X     X     X
Stilleto Boy     4 gEd Moger Jr.     X     X    AE
Title Ready     7 hDallas Stewart     X     X    AE
Coastal Defense     6 hDale Romans    AE  
Speaker's Corner     4 cBill Mott    AE  
War Stopper     5 hTodd Pletcher    AE  
Ginobili     5 gRichard Baltas      X     X
Happy Saver     5 hTodd Pletcher      X     X
Olympiad     4 cBill Mott      X 
Super Stock     4 cSteve Asmussen      X     X
American Theorem     5 rGeorge Papaprodromou     AE 
Forewarned     7 hUriah St. Lewis     AE 
Happy American     4 cNeil Pessin     AE 
Dr Post     5 hTodd Pletcher       X
Eight Rings     5 hBob Baffert       X
Express Train     5 hJohn Shirreffs       X
Flightline     4 cJohn Sadler       X
Mandaloun     4 cBrad Cox       X
Midnight Bourbon     4 cSteve Asmussen       X
Concert Tour     4 cBrad Cox      AE
Officiating     4 cSaffie Joseph Jr.      AE
X - Invited     
AE - Also eligible     
c - Colt g - Gelding     
h - Horse r - Ridgling    

The 2021 winner Knicks Go, who is expected to be named Horse of the Year next month, makes the last start of his career in the Pegasus. Racing for Cox, he is likely to be the favorite. Life Is Good, making his 4-year-old debut for trainer Todd Pletcher, figures to be the second choice.

The Pegasus draw is scheduled for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. EST at Gulfstream Park. It will be streamed live on the race’s website and its Facebook page.

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