It’s Accelerate versus City of Light with a strong supporting cast in this year’s running of the Grade 1, $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational. Those two are both headed off to Lane’s End Farm after Saturday’s race at Gulfstream Park, looking to follow in the footsteps of Gun Runner, who made it a successful finale in last year’s running.
Post positions were drawn Tuesday for the field of 12 with these morning line odds and jockey assignments. Post time is 5:40 p.m. ET with NBC to broadcast.
1. Bravazo, 12-1 (D. Wayne Lukas/Luis Saez): Now 4, this colt showed up at every big spot as a sophomore and contended against older in his final two starts of 2018. He has to break through at some point, right?
2. Something Awesome, 20-1 (Jose Corrales/Edgar Prado): The Stronach Stables runner represents the race host here. While a multiple stakes winner, the son of Awesome Again is facing a class hike from his regular spots.
3. City of Light, 5-2 (Michael McCarthy/Javier Castellano): The Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner has proven versatile and beat race favorite Accelerate the last time they ran at this distance in the 2018 Oaklawn Handicap (G2).
4. Seeking the Soul, 12-1 (Dallas Stewart/John Velazquez): A Grade 1 winner back in 2017, he ran in the 2018 Pegasus as well. Seeking the Soul was part of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile field that included City of Light and Bravazo.
5. Accelerate, 9-5 (John Sadler/Joel Rosario): The Horse of the Year finalist swept California’s Grade 1 races for older horses in 2018 and capped it with a win outside his base in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.
6. Tom’s d’Etat, 20-1 (Al Stall/Shaun Bridgmohan): The fragile son of Smart Strike has always carried high expectations. Kept healthy recently by Al Stall, it’s time to take a shot in a big race off a minor stakes victory at Fair Grounds.
7. True Timber, 30-1 (Kiaran McLaughlin/Joe Bravo): A name from the 2017 Derby trail, this Kiaran McLaughlin trainee ran second in the Cigar Mile (G1) in his previous start in what appeared a big move forward speed figure-wise.
8. Gunnevera, 8-1 (Antonio Sano/Irad Ortiz Jr.): A fast-closing second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, this 5-year-old fan favorite has been knocking on the door of a signature win for a while. He was third in the 2018 Pegasus.
9. Kukulkan, 30-1 (Fausto Gutierrez/Frankie Dettori): Having never lost, the Mexican Triple Crown winner enters off a Gulfstream victory in the Clasico del Caribe in December. Still, that race offered speed figures well below par.
10. Audible, 10-1 (Todd Pletcher/Flavien Prat): Last year’s third-place Kentucky Derby finisher will be back at the site of his Florida Derby (G1) score as a 4-year-old and offers value given his defeat in his Pegasus prep, the Harlan’s Holiday (G3).
11. Imperative, 30-1 (Anthony Quartarolo/Tyler Gaffalione): The longshot campaigned by Ron Paolucci finalized the 12-horse Pegasus field over the weekend when McKinzie was officially pulled from consideration.
12. Patternrecognition, 10-1 (Chad Brown/Jose Ortiz): He could just be getting good for Chad Brown, who has notched consecutive graded scores in the Kelso (G2) and Cigar Mile (G1) with this 5-year-old who hadn’t tried a stakes until September.