by Jeremy Plonk
January 2, 2018
Now that we’ve finished all the cookies and the last bars of Auld Lang Syne, the first major destination for 2018 will be January 27 and the $16 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park. Last year’s showstopper featured California Chrome and Arrogate. With less than 4 weeks until racing’s version of the mega millions jackpot, the lineup is taking shape as each of the dozen $1 million starting spots solidifies.
Here’s the cast as it stands:
An additional three slots will be filled out in the coming weeks, and indications are one of those may be via super miler Sharp Azteca, who would add a phenomenal pace element to the Pegasus World Cup.
Arrogate won last year’s inaugural PWC off a layoff from the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the longest such inactivity of any horse in the field. Interestingly, Bob Baffert has gone two ways with his ’18 Pegasus hopefuls – taking the Arrogate route with West Coast, but opting to run Collected in last week’s G2 San Antonio, in which he ran a disappointing prep.
Be sure to check out the final workouts in the coming weeks for all the contenders at XBTV.com. I will be particularly interested to see how West Coast, my pick to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, concludes his preparations at Santa Anita before coming east.