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2022 Pegasus World Cup Tips - Three Grade Ones covered at Gulfstream Park

By Jon Vine
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27 Jan 2022
  • Tips for the three big Grade Ones on Pegasus World Cup day
  • This huge meeting takes place at Gulfstream Park on Saturday 29th January
  • Life Is Good is our selection in the 2022 Pegasus World Cup
  • We've also backing Lady Speightspeare and Hit The Road at Gulfstream on Saturday
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Pegasus World Cup. (Getty)
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Gulfstream Park stages one of the most lucrative races in the sporting world on Saturday night, as nine of North America's finest flat races take part in the Pegasus World Cup.

Leading up to the $3m feature, viewers have a couple of extra Group One races to enjoy, with the Pegasus World Cup Filly and Mare Turf and the Pegasus World Cup Turf also taking place on Saturday's card.

Here are our best US Racing tips for the three Grade Ones on Pegasus World Cup day.
    Table Of Contents
  • Gulfstream Park Tips - Saturday 29th January
  • Race 1 - Pegasus World Cup Filly and Mare Turf Tips
  • Race 2 - Pegasus World Cup Turf Tips
  • Race 3 - Pegasus World Cup Tips

Gulfstream Park Tips - Saturday 29th January


Race 1 - Pegasus World Cup Filly and Mare Turf Tips


Gulfstream Park is a speed track, favouring horses drawn low who like to be up with the early pace. The Turf track, situated inside the dirt circuit, is particularly sharp and being posted wide turning for home is often a race killer.

Regal Glory tops the market, and deservedly so, as she comes into this on the back of a Grade One win at Del Mar. Chad Brown speedy filly should be well-suited by the track on Saturday and I can't see her having any problems coming out of stall two.

While Regal Glory may look the most likely winner, I fancy an each-way bet on LADY SPEIGHTSPEARE, who will look to get forward early from stall three. Roger Attfield's mare won several big races at home in Canada and didn't run badly on her US debut when third in the Park Oaks Stakes held over course-and-distance in December. She could run well at a tasty price.

Race 2 - Pegasus World Cup Turf Tips


Colonel Liam won this race 12 months ago, and went on to beat some really good horses in both the Memorial Classic Stakes and the Turf Classic Stakes later in the season. Todd Pletcher's five-year-old has, however, been off the track since a disappointing run in the Manhattan Stakes in June 5th and this looks a deeper race than what he won last year.

HIT THE ROAD is yet to step foot beyond the mile, but Dan Blacker's five-year-old showed excellent consistency at the highest level last season and seems to have been overlooked in the market.

Blacker's star won his first two starts at Santa Anita, including a Grade One triumph in the Frank Kilroe Mile Stakes. Hit The Road then missed the break and finished fifth in the Fourstardave, before finishing right up behind Mor Forza and Smooth Like Straight in two lucrative Grade Twos. Hit The Road has been out of action since missing the Breeders' Cup, but he won after a lay-off last year and Tyler Gaffalione's mount has plenty of class.

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Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. celebrates while riding Life Is Good to victory during the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. (Getty)

Race 3 - Pegasus World Cup Tips


Having tipped up runners at each-way prices in the first two races, I won't be siding against the top two in the betting for Saturday's feature. They look head-and-shoulders ahead of the competition.

Knicks Go made all the running to win this last year and has utilised identical tactics to win the Cornhusker Handicap, the Lukas Class, the Whitney Stakes and the Breeders Cup Classic since then. Brad Cox's six-year-old, who will likely be retired after this race, has been drawn perfectly in stall one, and he's going to be exceptionally hard to peg back.

LIFE IS GOOD twice defeated future Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit at the start of 2021. Following a narrow defeat to the classy Jackie's Warrior, Todd Pletcher's stable star won the Kelso Handicap by five lengths and blitzed his rivals to score in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.

Irad Ortiz Jnr will look to go straight from the front from stall four, so Knicks Go won't have everything his own way. I'm expecting the two to engage in a ding-dong battle coming down the stretch, and I'd slightly favour the younger, improving star in Life Is Good to come out on top.
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