FRANKIE Dettori’s American spring crusade takes him to Gulfstream Park tonight where he has ride in two of the three big graded races on the Pegasus World Cup card.
The feature race off at 10.40pm does not have the quality of some recent renewals with Cyberknife heading the betting. The colt won last year’s Grade 1 Haskell and was second to Cody’s Wish in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. He looks sure to figure in the finish though it is an open conteset.
Another of last year’s classic crop Skippylongstocking had bits and pieces of form to see him competitive here. He won the Grade 3 Harlan’s Holiday here last time.
Michael Stidham’s Tapit colt Proxy, a five-year-old Godolphin homebred, hit his first Grade 1 target in the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs in December and could be the one on the rise, having never been out of the first three on his last six outings. Bob Baffert’s Defunded, winner of the Grade 1 Awesome Again last October, is also in the mix. Frankie rides Last Samauri, a 20/1 shot for D Wayne Lukas.
In the Pegasus Turf World Cup, Dettori rides the former French-trained Hurricane Dream, group-placed in France on his first outing stateside for Graham Motion.
Ivar, former winner of the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes, sets the standard on his close fourth-place finish to Modern Games in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
The Grade 2 Pegasus World Cup Filly and Mare Turf Invitational has a smaller field of eight and Chad Brown’s Irish-bred Coulsty mare Shantisara looks best on her win in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes at Keeneland last year.