BlackJack and Lo Duca’s Pegasus World Cup Betting Guide
Brian Spurlock, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Accelerate
- The 2019 Pegasus World Cup takes place this Saturday at Gulfstream Race Course in Hallandale Beach, Florida.
- Accelerate (9-5) is the favorite to win the race with City of Light (5-2) not too far behind.
- Paul Lo Duca and BlackJack Fletcher break down the race and offer a few picks.
The Pegasus World Cup, one of the world’s richest horse races with a $9 million purse, takes place this Saturday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL. Post time for the race is 5:40 p.m., ET on NBC.
The race features some of the top thoroughbreds in the world, including several we’ve seen recently in major races.
Here is the draw and the latest odds for the 2019 Pegasus World Cup:
There’s no question that No. 5 Accelerate (9-5) is the best horse in the field. If he runs his race, and is anything close to 100%, the Breeders’ Cup Champion will cap his career in terrific fashion.
Having said that, this is horse racing and that means anything can happen. It’s not a lot of fun to bet a horse that is going to be close to an odds-on favorite.
Instead I’m going to focus on some exotics, either with or without Accelerate, that can add value to your Pegasus tickets.
First on my list is No. 8 Gunnevera (8-1) has flown under the radar this year. He finished second in the Woodward Stakes (Yoshida) and Breeders’ Cup Classic (Accelerate). He is a quality horse that has shown that he can handle the distance and win this race if Accelerate stumbles.
This is a chance for redemption for No. 10 Audible (10-1), who ran well through a tough trip in the Kentucky Derby but has not looked like himself since. The track plays into Audible’s favor though. This is his home course and the site of his impressive 2018 Florida Derby victory. If Audible can summon the horse we saw last year at this track, he is a competitor.
My favorite longshot is No. 9 Kukulkan (30-1). Like any longshot, there are a lot of unknowns with this horse. He is the winner of the Mexican Triple Crown (Derby Mexicano, Stakes Jockey Club Mexicano and Gran Premio Nacional) and is undefeated in his career. This is his first start outside of Mexico and nobody knows what to expect, but at 30-1 I’ll toss him in my exotics and hope he lives up to the hype.
My Bet: 5-8-9-10 Superfecta Box
Paul Lo Duca:
Accelerate and City of Light, who are racing to the final time before heading to the breeding shed, headline this field. The fact that Gunnevera, a terrific horse in his own right, is the only other horse whose odds are in the single digits.
The two favorites also drew favorable posts. City of Light will be in the third spot and Accelerate in the fifth for a 1 1/8 mile-race that features an abrupt first turn which spells trouble for horses drawn to the outside.
Accelerate could force the hand of City of Light and make him go faster than he wants in the early running.
Gunnevera, the horse with the most experience at Gulfstream, likes to start slow and close the show late, which could play to his advantage if Accelerate and City of Light go too fast too soon.
You can’t really make any money by using the top two in boxes, so I’m throwing City of Light off my tickets and playing Gunnevera with Accelerate.
Also, there’s a 50% chance of rain on Saturday and if that happens I’d suggest using No. 6 Tom’s d’Etat (20-1), who is making his graded stakes debut while also seeking his fifth win in a row. At that price, he could really add some value if he comes in.
My Bet: Exacta (box): 5, 6, 8