A field of 10 were assigned post positions Tuesday for the Grade 1, $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, a new addition for 2019 to run at 1 3/16 miles on the grass. The companion to the 1 1/8-mile Pegasus dirt race, the Turf is headlined by Yoshida, a Grade 1 winner on multiple surfaces, and includes a pair of international runners.
Here’s a look at post positions, odds and jockey assignments ahead of the Pegasus Turf, set for 4:50 p.m. Saturday with the broadcast on NBC.
1. Magic Wand, 9-2 (Aidan O’Brien/Wayne Lordan): The 4-year-old daughter of Galileo represents elite connections as Coolmore’s runner. She was fourth in her last start, the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.2. Yoshida, 5-2 (Bill Mott/Jose Ortiz): The Old Forester Turf Classic (G1) hero last spring at Churchill Downs ran respectfully at Royal Ascot and switched to dirt to end his 2018 campaign, winning the Woodward (G1) before fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.3. Channel Maker, 12-1 (Bill Mott/Javier Castellano): The Ontario-bred didn’t fire in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, finishing 11th, but going two starts back he struck in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) against some of the division’s best.
4. Aerolithe, 8-1 (Takanori Kikuzawa/Florent Geroux): The Japanese shipper, a 5-year-old mare, is a Group 1 winner over males. She’ll make her international debut here while first or second in nine of 13 career starts.
5. Next Shares, 15-1 (Richard Baltas/Tyler Gaffalione): Campaigned in partnership by Michael Iavarone, formerly of the IEAH Stables operation, this 6-year-old by Archarcharch won the San Gabriel (G2) on Jan. 5 and has run some of his best races outside of California.
6. Fahan Mura, 30-1 (Vladamir Cerin/Edwin Maldanado): A victory in the Dec. 29 Robert J. Frankel (G3) at Santa Anita Park encouraged connections to take a shot with this 5-year-old mare, a multiple stakes winner.
7. Bricks and Mortar, 5-1 (Chad Brown/Irad Ortiz Jr.): Chad Brown’s always dangerous on the green. This one enters off an allowance victory on Dec. 22 over the course following more than a year away from the races.
8. Delta Prince, 15-1 (Jimmy Jerkens/Frankie Dettori): The runner for race host Stronach Stables, he has won a graded stakes on turf but actually last appeared on the main track, finishing third in Aqueduct’s Bold Ruler (G3).
9. Catapult, 7-2 (John Sadler, Joel Rosario): Second to Expert Eye in the Breeders’ Cup Mile last time, he runs for trainer John Sadler, who will saddle the Pegasus dirt favorite Accelerate.
10. Dubby Dubbie, 30-1 (Bob Hess Jr./Luca Panici): Purchased by Ron Paolucci for this spot, the newly turned 4-year-old has contended mainly in the allowance ranks, where he won last time at Churchill, but did start in Arlington Park’s top turf races for 3-year-olds on grass.