Pegasus World Cup day is typically the start of any new year’s busy graded stakes schedule and this year is no different.
Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister’s Mr Freeze takes aim on the G1 Pegasus World Cup again after finishing 2nd in the race a year ago. The now six year old son of To Honor and Serve is a graded stakes winner over the surface, taking last year’s G2 Gulfstream Park Mile on the way to a productive 2020 campaign.
Making his second start off the bench, Social Paranoia takes the step up in class to compete in the G1 Pegasus World Cup Turf for The Elkstone Group where he drew the far outside post in the field of 12. That shouldn’t matter for the talented son of Street Boss, who will have a long run-up to the first turn. Social Paranoia figures to have a strong chance in the million dollar race with a record of three wins from four starts over the Gulfstream Park turf.
The undercard features private purchase Cinnabunny who lines up in the G2 Inside Information for owners Madaket Stables, Michael Dubb, Michael Anspach and Bethlehem. The four year old daughter of Golden Lad was last seen finishing a close 3rd in the G3 Sugar Swirl after enduring a terrible trip.
In the G3 Marshua’s River, Tuned (GB) goes for Al Shaqab while Zofelle makes her first start of the year for Scott Heider having last been seen in the G1 Just a Game at Belmont. Zofelle, a stakes winning daughter of Zoffany took the Pago Hop a year ago before close on the board finishes in both the G3 Mint Julep and Sand Springs.
Also running on the card are Succeedandsurpass, who runs in the G3 McKnight for owners Little Red Feather and Madaket Stables and the talented Attachment Rate who will make his turf debut for Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister in the 3rd race.
At Oaklawn Park, Vault makes her five year old debut for owners Kueber Racing, Madaket Stables, Little Red Feather and Barlar in the Pippin, having drawn the rail in a full field of twelve. Since she was last seen, her half-sister Mirth sold through Elite Sales for $1,050,000.
Also returning to the races off the layoff is Steve Landers’ Night Ops, who runs in the Fifth Season at Oaklawn. The winner of last year’s Essex Handicap, Night Ops calls Oaklawn home with three wins and a second and third place finish from six starts at the Hot Springs, AR, track.