After a fantastic 2021 horse racing season, which was capped off by the two-day Breeders’ Cup in California, it is already time to start the 2022 campaign.
Wow, how time flies.
Speaking of flying, the two horses that will headline the Pegasus World Cup meet at Gulfstream Park on January 29 are expected to fly out to the front of the ever-shortening pack and give fans and bettors their first duel of the new season.
There will be seven stakes races at the meet, with $5.2 million up for grabs. Two of the main races (all three of the main races on the day are for four-year-olds and up) will be the new Grade 3 Filly & Mare Turf ($500K, 1 1/16 miles) and the Pegasus World Cup Turf ($1 million, 1 1/8 miles).
Of course, the highlight race on the 29th will be the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational ($3 million 1 1/8 miles), and we have two superstars in the race right now: Knicks Go (the defending champion) and Life Is Good, the two horses with the best Beyer (Knicks Go 113, Life Is Good 109), Brisnet (Knicks Go 109, Life Is Good 104), and Timeform US (Knicks Go 136, Life is Good 129) numbers by far.
Right now, the rest of the field is fluid, with some horses (Derby runner up and Haskell winner Mandaloun and Midnight Bourbon) opting to run in the Louisiana Stakes on January 22 instead of going up against the mighty duo.
But this race is not about the horses who will not be in attendance: it is all about the dynamic duo, and also some of the horses you can use under the two to make some money in trifecta and superfecta wagering.
Here is a list of the two favorites, according to the lines on Horse.bet, that will be in the Invitational, and a couple more horses that might be factors in the money.
The Pegasus World Cup 2022 Horses, Favorites & Betting Odds
- Knicks Go (2-1 futures odds)
- Life Is Good (5-2 futures odds)
- Express Train (15-1 futures odds)
- Stilleto Boy (30-1 futures odds)
Knicks Go (2-1 futures odds)
How can you start this list with any other horse than the defending Pegasus World Cup champion? Knicks Go started out 2021 with a win in this exact race, then went on to win five more Grade 1 races over the course of the season, ending his campaign with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic as the 5-2 favorite. Speaking of favorites, Knicks Go is just that to win the 2021 Eclipse Award, and is going to be one of the two top picks when these horses line up on January 29 at Gulfstream. So who is the other horse that can give Knicks Go a go?
Life Is Good (5-2 futures odds)
This is shaping up to be a two-horse race to be the favorite, and it might be the same on the track. Life Is Good tore out of the gate in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and won going away by six lengths. He wants to race the same way as Knicks Go, and the Todd Pletcher/Irad Ortiz Jr. combination might have him right to the front once again at the Pegasus. The horse breezed a five furlong workout on January 15 in 1:00.36, and is getting set up to be a major factor.
Express Train (15-1 futures odds)
John A. Shirreffs and C R K Stable had a wonderful Christmas present, when Express Train stunned Hot Rod Charlie to win the Grade II San Antonio Stakes at odds of 7-1 on December 26. If this horse is in the field, he could be worth a play in any tri and super action.
Stilleto Boy (30-1 futures odds)
If the horse gets in the field, he could be a factor, and might be worth a shot in any trifecta or superfecta because of his odds and speed figures in the Awesome Again and BC Classic (Beyer 99/99, Brisnet 99/100, Timeform US (121/120).
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