In the aftermath of Prayer for Relief’s eye-catching workout Saturday, Zayat Stables and trainer Dale Romans have decided to point the 9-year-old multiple graded-stakes winner to the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 28.
The son of Jump Start, who captured the Iowa Derby (G3), West Virginia Derby (G2) and Super Derby (G2) in succession when trained by Bob Baffert in 2011, breezed five furlongs at Gulfstream in 59.25 seconds, the second fastest workout of 46 recorded at the distance Saturday.
“He worked so good Saturday. He’s doing so well. He’d just come back from Dubai and it took him a couple races,” Romans said. “He may not be as good as he once was, but I think he can be as good once as he ever was.”
Zayat Stables isn’t one of the 12 stakeholders in the Pegasus but is making the $2 million earner available to those few who have yet to secure a horse to represent them in the world’s richest race.
“That’s between Mr. (Ahmed) Zayat and whoever is looking for a horse,” Romans said. “I’m just training on him. After that work, he asked me, and I told him not to duck anyone.”
Source: Gulfstream Park