World cup 2020



Gauging the list of invitees for the Grade one , $3 million two thousand and twenty Pegasus World Cup on dirt is difficult at first, if only because a few key horses do not intend to run. Two stars on the list, Maximum Security and McKinzie, for instance, will bypass the race. And of the two John Sadler-trained invitees, only Higher Power is expected. But there is one star in Omaha Beach that is confirmed. After competing in this Jan. 25 race at Gulfstream, he will begin a new career at stud.. Omaha Beach simply is the best horse in this race on paper. If theres only flaw at which to pick, it is that he might need an aggressive ride to perform his best. In the two thousand and nineteen Rebel Stakes (G2) and Arkansas Derby (G1), Omaha Beach used a devastating middle move to win around two turns. once he secured the lead, it became impossible to pass him in the stretch. Top Bob Baffert colts Game Winner and Improbable found that out the hard way . When Omaha Beach returned in the six-furlong Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) on Oct. 5, he did not secure the lead by the turn in a shorter event. But as a natural router, it is a lot more difficult to cut into a six-furlong sprint pace. Omaha Beach did move into a closer position through the bend before battling Shancelot in the stretch and pulling out the comeback win. In the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile, however, Omaha Beach fell eight ½ lengths off the pace at one point and did not appear a whole lot closer on the turn. He still rallied in the stretch, but the advantage Spun to Run created proved too much. Last month, Omaha Beach reverted back to his aggressive style in the Malibu Stakes (G1) on his way to winning by an easy 2 ¾ lengths. But the Dirt Mile loss showed how Omaha Beach could lose the Pegasus, too. If a quality speed horse opens up on the far turn and Omaha Beach takes too long to start his move, whoever is in front only may only need to hold on. And, again, that quality speed horse is possibly Spun to Run. Spun to Run is on the list of invitees, and he deserves it considering the second half of his two thousand and nineteen campaign. After finishing third to Maximum Security off the layoff in the Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) in July, Spun to Run won the Smarty Jones Stakes (G3) at Parx Racing and followed that up with a close fifth in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1), only losing by 1 ½ lengths to Math Wizard. From that point, Spun to lope continued to progress by winning the M.P. Ballezzi Appreciation Mile by six ¾ lengths with a smashing 125 TimeformUS Speed Figure before taking the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile on the front end. Spun to Run then chased Maximum Security throughout the Cigar Mile (G1), but that is forgivable given the winners talent. When a horse such as Maximum Security does not fold, it discourages others from trying. For what is is worth, Spun to Run still earned a 127 TimeformUS figure. The main question for Spun to Run is whether he can thrive over nine furlongs. In terms of pedigree, there is nothing obvious that says he wont. Another interesting name is Tax, who enters this race after a runner-up finish in the Discovery Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct . The loss is forgivable, as it came after a short layoff and the connections probably did not crank him . Most readers know Tax from the Derby trail. After starting off his campaign by winning the Withers Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct, he then finished second in the Wood Memorial Stakes (G2) . Afterwards, he threw in the worst race of his career in the Kentucky Derby, crossing the wire 15th in the slop. But Tax rebounded with a good fourth in the Belmont Stakes and a win in the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) before fading to seventh in the Travers (G1) . Tax is experienced at the highest level against his own peers. He could move forward now as a 4-year-old gelding and become a top older horse. In terms of the Pegasus, what makes Tax especially attractive is his tactical speed. Even without the lead, this horse will lay close enough, and its likely he lost to a legitimate peer in the Discovery as the late-developing Performer made his stakes debut for trainer Shug McGaughey. Those appear to be the three main Pegasus win contenders. Math Wizard deserves a mention, too, for his hard-trying nature, as his only real clunker last year came in the West Virginia Derby (G3). He could become the ignored closer who finds his way into third or fourth if he shows up. Connections have the Feb. 29 Saudi Cup as a higher priority. In a race that could also contain the likes of Magic Wand, Mr Freeze, Roadster, Seeking the Soul, War Story, Diamond Oops and True Timber, expect post positions to play a major role. If Mike Smith gets Omaha Beach to the lead early, that may be a more decisive factor in the race. 

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