Horse Racing Longshots: Pegasus World Cup 2018 Confirmed Horses
Pegasus World Cup Candidates
Under the Pegasus World Cup's unique system of selling spots in the starting gate for $1 million, the field is restricted to 12. Although Bovada is currently offering 16 betting interests, today we'll focus on the 10 horses that have been confirmed for the race, with today's Bovada future bet odds, and how that has changed - or not - since our last look at the Pegasus just about a month ago.
Ever since his dominant performance in the 2017 Breeders' Cup Classic, there's been no question the five-time Grade 1 winner Gun Runner would be the favorite for the Pegasus. He's 5-7 at Bovada today, the same as he was in our last look at the race once month ago. The Pegasus will be the final race of his career, and unless he decides to take early retirement on January 26, he's clearly the one to beat.
Taking a drop from 15-2 to 6-1, Collected sits in second spot in the future odds. He's already at Gulfstream, where by all reports his workouts have been excellent. Running third last out in the (G2) San Antonio Stakes after being the runner up in the BC Classic is reason for some concern.
He was 7-1 last month, and the young upstart West Coast remains at 7-1. Third in the BC Classic, he improved every race last year while reeling off five straight wins. If you like him, you should grab him now, because we have a sneaking suspicion he'll be the #2 choice ahead of Collected come race day.
Pegasus World Cup Longshots
Sharp Azteca was 17-2 the last time we looked at the Pegasus, and he's moved down slightly to 8-1 today. We like everything about this horse - except his ability to win at 1 1/8 miles, something he's never tried to do before.
Off the radar when we last looked at the Pegasus, Seeking The Soul checks in today at odds of 14-1. He only has a single graded-stakes win to his name, but that came in his last start in the (G1) Clark Handicap over a very good field, and the 1 1/8 miles is right in his wheelhouse. Very intriguing as an exotic play.
One of the biggest movers from a month ago, Toast Of New York has dropped from 33-1 to 16-1. Away from the races for two years, he came back and did nothing less than win a handicap race in the UK in December, his first start since running second in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic. It's a great story, but we liked him better at higher odds.
The on-again, off-again Gunnevera is one of the few runners on the list that made a move upward in the odds, from 14-1 to 20-1. Although he's in tough to get the win, he does have home-track advantage. We like those odds for him to at least hit the board.
Stellar Wind did everything in her 10-win career you could ask, except win a Breeders' Cup Distaff, failing in that task three times. The only other thing she didn't do was race against the boys, and this is a tough spot for her to try. She's gone from 20-1 to 25-1, and if you have a patience, you can expect to get even bigger odds on her come race day.
Fifth in the Pegasus last year, War Story has only won once in six tries since then, and finished out of the money in four of those races. We get the idea of taking a shot in a $16 million race, but he's 50-1 at Bovada today, he could likely be 99-1 when the gates open.
Not listed in the Bovada futures (but available on request) is Giant Expectations. He handily beat Collected in the San Antonio, his second graded-stakes win after taking seven starts to get his maiden victory. Still, that win raises more questions about Collected's current state than gives hope this one can shock the world.
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