Reports: Trio of updates on the Pegasus World Cup field

January 03, 2019 03:53pm
Three developments over the last 24 hours have led to further clarification on which horses will enter the Grade 1, $9 million Pegasus World Cup set for Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park.

 The Daily Racing Form's Marty McGee reports that Clark Handicap (G1) winner Leofric is no longer under consideration due to a quarter crack developed since the Nov. 23 race. A 6-year-old son of Candy Ride, Leofric worked twice at Fair Grounds, most recently on Dec. 22, before Cox backed off.

 DRF also confirmed that Tom's d'Etat, the recent winner of Fair Grounds' Tenacious Stakes, has been pre-entered for the Pegasus. The lightly raced Al Stall trainee has won his last four starts in a streak that dates back to June. Given this begins his 6-year-old season, owner G M B is taking a shot while they have him healthy.

 The Thoroughbred Daily News' Bill Finley reported that while connections to recent Malibu Stakes (G1) winner McKinzie are interested in running in the Pegasus, they are without a spot in the field. The Pegasus is limited to 12 starters with cost to enter $500,000 apiece, though those slots can be rented out.

"If he’s doing really well and an available spot comes up, we’ll go," trainer Bob Baffert told Finley. "If there’s not a slot available for him we’re not going to worry about it.”

McKinzie could be the 12th and final contender for the race with 11 others probable to run at this point. Get a full look at the field headlined by Breeders' Cup Classic winner Accelerate through our Stakes Tracker.


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