Super Screener: The 2 Pegasus horses to bet with Omaha Beach

January 21, 2020 02:59pm
Mike Shutty, author of Horse Racing Nation's Super Screener handicapping system, won't go against the obvious in Saturday's Grade 1, $3 million Pegasus World Cup.

Shutty tabbed Omaha Beach as his top contender and lone "A" horse in the 1 1/8-mile race at Gulfstream Park, saying the 4-year-old son of War Front is "ready to submit a new and final lifetime top" in his last start before heading off to stud at Spendthrift Farm.

In a race where Omaha Beach figures to press the pace and go on, who may fill out the board at a bit of a price? That's key to cashing big on the Pegasus World Cup, and the 
Super Screener projects a pair of possibilities for the place positions.

The Super Screener, which handicaps the nation’s top stakes each week, will include other events on Gulfstream's loaded Saturday card. For now, here's a look at the Pegasus contenders Shutty ranks next-best using time-tested, data-driven methods.

First, Shutty considers Higher Power's winning Pacific Classic (G1) running line "
the best of any horse in this race." The John Sadler trainee, picked up out of an action last year and allowed to go long on the dirt, excelled in Del Mar's summer meet feature, winning by 5 1/4 lengths.

Following that effort, however, Higher Power was slow leaving the gate in Santa Anita Park's Awesome Again (G1) and the Breeders' Cup Classic. Still, Shutty considers a third to Vino Rosso and McKinzie in the Classic "solid."

"With a clean break," Shutty added, "Higher Power should secure a great stalking trip just behind Omaha Beach. Tiring speed will come back to him."

That's also the hope for another "B" choice in the Pegasus World Cup.

"He's l
ikely to get overlooked in the wagering to our benefit," Shutty said, "as this race couldn’t set up any better for a horse who won his prep on this track."

Now in training with Elizabeth Dobles, War Story sprung a 12.6-1 upset when rallying from midpack to win Gulfstream's Dec. 14 Harlan's Holiday (G3). The veteran gelding also nearly hit 100-plus figures on Brisnet's second call, late pace and Speed Rating numbers, a key piece of 
Super Screener criteria.

"He'll move forward second off the layoff and offers value," Shutty said.

Key screening criteria for the Pegasus includes horses with a projected progression in form cycle and balanced energy distribution profile. That pertains to the top three selections, but Shutty also offers suggested wagers and notes on every runner in the expected field of 12 in his full edition of the 
Super Screener available now.

Good luck with your tickets, and consider getting the Super Screener advantage today.


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