Things to Do in Miami: Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park January 23, 2021
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Gun runner on his way to victory at the 2018 Pegasus World Cup.
Photo by Neil Johnson courtesy of Gulfstream Park
“Knicks Go” is not a phrase that is heard a lot these days outside of the world of horse racing, mainly because the New York Knicks have been sucking ass for 30 years and currently no fans are allowed in Madison Square Garden due to COVID-19. But with Travers and Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law pulling out after his connections originally planned to take him to the $ 3 million Pegasus World Cup in Gulfstream Park on Jan. 23, Maryland’s five-year-old Knicks Go is the one 5-2 acre 2-line favorite and will likely stay that way when the starting gate opens on Saturday afternoon in Hallandale Beach. Among the rest of the field, Code of Honor (9-2 in the morning line), Tax (5-1), and Sleepy Eyes Todd (8-1) are the main contenders for upset Knicks Go.
At Gulfstream, the main attraction, as always, will be the insanely huge statue of the winged horse Pegasus, which is just behind the main track / mall entrance. Knicks Go may have smoked some formidable competition in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile last November – including Pegasus colleague Mr. Freeze (15-1 in the morning line on Saturday) – but if he had the actual Pegasus in a race of can hit anyone? Distance?
One day, hologram technology may reach a point where a match race of this nature can be projected onto Gulfstream’s jumbotron (or the sky above). But in the here and now, savvy bettors will find some fascinating turf races over a mile and a half on the Pegasus sub-map.
At the La Prevoyante Stakes for mares and mares (eighth race; after 3:09 p.m.), the duo of Always Shopping and Cap de Creus, saddled by Todd Pletcher, who clinched a double victory at the Via Borghese Stakes in Gulfstream in December, made it into the top -Picks, with the more easily driven Heavenly Curlin completing its second big test against more classic stocks.
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Among the boys, Doswell, who shares a trainer, 83-year-old Barclay Tagg, with previously mentioned retiree Tiz the Law, is good value for money while battling expected favorite Sadler’s Joy in the WL McKnight Handicap ( 10 races; after 4:13 p.m.).
The pandemic has put the Kibosh on Gulfstream’s player-friendly policies with free general admission. So while high rollers can watch the action in person, peanut gallery bets will be banned from the track live stream or from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. NBC’s broadcast of the feature races.
Pegasus World Championship. Saturday, January 23, Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino, 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach; 954-454-7000; pegasusworldcup.com. Tickets cost $ 100 to $ 1,150.