Pegasus World Cup Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2023 Pegasus World Cup Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2023 Pegasus World Cup is set for January 28 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Pegasus World Cup Preview
- Race: Pegasus World Cup
- Purse: $3 million
- Track: Gulfstream Park
- Date: January 28
- Post Time: 5:40 PM (ET)
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2023 Pegasus World Cup Handicapping
Although it is no longer the richest horse race in the world, the (G1) Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes still offers a huge purse – equal to the Kentucky Derby – and is still able to draw a top-class field.
This year is no exception as the race has drawn a very competitive 12-horse field that is loaded with past graded-stakes winners and Triple Crown race contenders. They are set to run 1 1/8 miles on the Gulfstream dirt.
Odds listed here are provided by the Gulfstream track oddsmaker.
2023 Pegasus World Cup Free Pick & Handicapping: Cyberknife Race Odds: 5-2
It took Cyberknife a few races to figure out how to win at the top level of racing, but over the past year he has been very good. With the exception of the 2022 Kentucky Derby, he’s finished in the top three in seven of his last eight starts.
Included in those are Grade 1 stakes wins in the Arkansas Derby and Haskell Stakes. Last out he was second by just a head in the (G1) Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. He’s been off since then, but has put together a string of excellent works leading up to this. Drew a tough outside post.
He’s trained by Brad Cox, while Florent Geroux will ride.
2023 Pegasus World Cup Free Pick & Handicapping: Proxy Race Odds: 9-2
One that seems to never run a bad race, Proxy has hit the board in 11 of 13 career starts although he’s had trouble getting wins at the stakes level.
He had a breakthrough in his last race when he won the (G1) Clark Stakes going 1 1/8 miles at Churchill Downs. However, that was against a small and arguably weak field, and he steps into much deeper waters here.
The trainer is Michael Stidham, jockey Joel Rosario gets the ride.
2023 Pegasus World Cup Free Pick & Handicapping: Defunded Race Odds: 6-1
California shipper Defunded will be making just his second lifetime start in 13 races outside of Santa Anita or Del Mar in SoCal.
He comes into this on a two-race winning streak, having taken the (G1) Awesome Again Stakes and (G3) Native Diver Stakes, the latter of those by a comfortable 4 3/4 lengths despite having to overcome a bad bobble coming out of the gate.
Trainer Bob Baffert goes for his third win in seven editions of the race, as does jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.
2023 Pegasus World Cup Free Pick & Handicapping: White Abarrio Race Odds: 10-1
The horse for the course, White Abarrio has won all four of his lifetime starts at Gulfstream Park, but is 0-for-6 elsewhere – not an angle that should be overlooked while noting he has gone five races without a win.
Included on his record are wins in the (G3) Holy Bull Stakes, and (G1) Florida Derby. Last out he was third the (G1) Cigar Mile at Aqueduct, while at the same time recording a career best 111 Equibase speed figure.
The trainer is Saffie Joseph Jr. and jockey Tyler Gaffalione will be in the irons.
Here’s My 2023 Pegasus World Cup Free Pick.
While past editions of the Pegasus have generally featured. strong favourite – five of six winners went off at odds of less than 2-1 – this year’s field appears more balanced and it’s most likely the betting will be spread among several contenders.
At least I’m hoping that will be the case, and I’d be happy to take Cyberknife for the win at his morning line odds of 5-2. I’m a bit concerned about the outside post draw, which is a difficult place to win from due to the 1 1/8 mile configuration of the Gulfstream track with a short run into the first turn.
However, I think he’s a versatile enough colt that he can be sitting mid-pack early and get himself into contention as they turn for home. Defunded is a bit of a wild card here as he’s been taking on some tough competition in California and appears to be at the top of his form.
Full Field: Pegasus World Cup Odds
By post position
- #1 – Proxy 9-2
- #2 – Simplification 15-1
- #3 – Riden With Biden 20-1
- #4 – White Abarrio 10-1
- #5 – Defunded 6-1
- #6 – Art Collector 10-1
- #7 – Skippylongstocking 5-1
- #8 – Get Her Number 15-1
- #9 – Last Samurai 20-1
- #10 – Cyberknife 5-2
- #11 – Stilleto Boy 30-1
- #12 – O’Conner 10-1
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