The inaugural Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational shares center stage with the prestigious Pegasus World Cup on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The Grade I, $7 million event, previously run as the Gulfstream Park Turf, will be contested at 1 3/16th-miles. A field of 10 will face up to the gate at approximately 4:51 p.m. EST. The Pegasus Turf is the 11th of 12 scheduled races at Gulfstream. Be sure to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
#7 BRICKS AND MORTAR (5-1) had a solid three-year-old campaign, winning two stakes and placing in another two, but after suffering an injury in late-2017, he was forced to miss most of his four-year-old season. He only managed to return in December, winning a high-level allowance over this course. BRICKS AND MORTAR is perhaps spotted ambitiously, but Chad Brown appears to have this one sitting on a career-best effort. The five-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway will once again have Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard. Look for BRICKS AND MORTAR to save ground early in a mid-pack position before springing late to take the Pegasus Turf.
#9 CATAPULT (7-2) exits a game second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile behind foreign raider Expert Eye. Prior to that effort he swept a pair of Grade IIs at Del Mar, namely the Eddie Read and Del Mar Mile. John Sadler has CATAPULT working well for the longest race of his career to date. Joel Rosario ships in to ride.
#2 YOSHIDA (5-2, morning-line favorite) was not disgraced when finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic after winning the Grade I Woodward convincingly two starts back. The Bill Mott trainee will switch back to turf, a surface on which he’s already a Grade I winner. YOSHIDA clearly enjoys the 1 1/8-mile trip; the extra 1/16th shouldn’t really inhibit him. Jose Ortiz has the assignment.
The play: $3 exacta box 2/7/9, $2 win 7 ($20)
DFJ analysis: See my Pegasus World Cup column!
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